Not a relative, just posting information from sources:
Source: “Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota 1902 “
Name: Nels H. Lofthus
Birth: 28 July 1852, Numedal, Norway
Immigration: 1867 to Clayton County, Iowa
Parents: Nels is the oldest child and only son of Hellik and Berget (Kjome) Lofthus
Spouse: Margaret Henderson (married 1880)
Children: Nine children: Carl H., Bernhard A., Martin, Tina, Albert, Nellie, Mabel, George, Edwin
Source: “Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota “
Published 1902 Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Chicago, Illinois.
“Containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Representative Citizens of NORTHERN MINNESOTA with a review of their life work, their identity with the growth and development of the region; . . . “
NELS H. LOFTHUS
Nels H. Lofthus, residing on section 30, in Sletten Township, is one of the pioneer settlers of Polk county, Minnesota, and during his residence there has become well known as a progressive agriculturist and a man of exceptional business ability. He has earned his way to the front by his hard labor and honest dealings and well merits his success and the esteem in which he is held.
Mr. Lofthus was born in Numedal, Norway, July 28, 1852. He was the oldest child and only son of four children born to Hellik and Berget (Kjome) Lofthus. The family emigrated to America in 1867, settling in Clayton county, Iowa. A year later they removed to Winneshiek county, and a short time afterward made a permanent home in Winnebago county, where our subject was reared and educated. He attended the sommon schools several winters and became familiar with the English language. IN the spring of 1882 he fitted up a prairie schooner (covered wagon) and after journeying twenty-six days landed in Polk county with his family and all his personal property. He remained about a year at Fertile, with his brother-in-law, meanwhile looking over the Red River Valley, and visited North Dakota. About a month prior to the opening of the reservation he “squatted” on the land which he now owns. He has given much attention to stock farming, and has confidence in the dairy interests of Minnesota. He lived in a log house in the early days, and patiently awaited the coming of the railroad to that region. For about three years he had control of a country store at Sletten, which was established in 1895. In March, 1901, he and his son established a general store at Buzzle post office in Beltrami county. Mr. Lofthus has met with success in his financial ventures and is classed among the prosperous men of his locality.
Mr. Lofthus was one of the organizers of Sletten Township, and was one of the first to be elected Justice of the Peace. He has served as township clerk for over ten years, and takes an active and commendable part in all local affairs. He is a Republican politically, and is a member of the Lutheran church. Mr. Lofthus was married in 1880 to Miss Margaret Henderson. Of this marriage nine children have been born, namely: Carl H., Bernhard A., Martin, Tina, Albert, Nellie, Mabel, George and Edwin.
Other genealogical information:
Here is the family on the 1865 Norwegian census, 2 years before emigration:http://www.rhd.uit.no/folketellinger/ftliste_e.aspx?ft=1865&...
• Census year: 1865
• Municipality: Rollag
• Municipality number: 0632
• Name of domicile: Bergerud (plads)
Number of persons in this domicile: 6
Name Family status Marital status Occupation Birth year Place of birth Ethnicity
Hellik Nielsen Husf g Husmand med Jord 1816 Rollag
Birgit Nielsdatter hans Kone g 1824 Rollag
Niels Helliksen deres Søn ug 1852 Rollag
Viil Helliksdatter deres Datter ug 1856 Rollag
Joran Helliksdatter deres Datter ug 1859 Rollag
Kjersti Helliksdatter deres Datter ug 1861 Rollag
The place they are living, Bergerud, is a tenant farm, under the main farm called Kjomme. The father Hellik Nielsen is a tenant farmer, with some land of his own to raise what the family needs.
The municipality is Rollag, which is a parish in Numedal (valley) in the Norwegian fylke of Buskerud. Rolloug was another spelling variation.
The same census is on another database, the digital archives from the University of Bergen. It gives a bit more information.http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...
District no. Page School distr. Local parish Parish Farm Title
1 199 Søndre Rolloug Hoved Sogn Rolloug Bergerud (plads) 1
Pers.no. Household Given name Last name Family pos. Occupation Marital status Age Sex Birth place Cattle Sheep Goat Barley Oat Potatoes
5 1 Hellik Niels. Husf Husmand med Jord g 50 m Rollag 2 1 5 1/16 1/4 1
6 Birgit Nielsd. hans Kone g 42 k Rollag
7 Niels Helliks. deres Søn ug 14 m Rollag
8 Viil Helliksd. deres Datter ug 10 k Rollag
9 Joran Helliksd. deres Datter ug 7 k Rollag
10 Kjersti Helliksd. deres Datter ug 5 k Rollag
In 1865 they had 2 cows, 1 sheep, 5 goats, Barley, Oats and Potatoes.
The father had to go and work for the owner of the main farm. They didn’t own their house.
Here is the birth record of Nils Helliksen
Kildeinformasjon (source information): Buskerud fylke, Rollag, Klokkerbok nr. I 2 (1831-1856), Fødte og døpte 1852, side 133.
Permanent sidelenke (page link): http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8557&i...
The page link is nice because you can blow up the page to 150% using a drop down menu at the top of the page.
The following is a link to the jpg, which is the best one to save to your computer.
Permanent bildelenke: http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:NBN:no-a1450-kb20070315630134....