Martin Ole Helland is my 2nd Great-Grandfather.
I have read through the parish registers for the years 1854-1858 for areas around Steinkjer, Norway. I have not seen a Martin with the correct parent names.
However, there was a Mortinius born May 28, 1857 to Ole Johnson and Anne Martha Olsdatter from the Hælen farm in Stod, Norway. Martin Ole Helland's reported birthday is May 23, 1856. A change from May 28 to 23 would be an easy transcription error. The following URL is a map showing the 10 mile trek from Steinkjer to Stod:
The newspaper obituary of Martin Ole Helland who died March 30, 1934 states that he was confirmed at the Elstad Lutheran Church in Minnesota. The church has a confirmation record from June 2, 1872 for Ove Martinius born on May 28, 1857 in Stod, Norway to Ole Johnson and Anne Martha Olsdatter. The church historian and I believe that the Stod Parish record and Elstad Confirmation record refer to the same individual despite the difference in the name.
More importantly, we believe that this is the young Martin Ole Helland based on parent names (given, surname, and farm names), sibling names, and other facts consistent with verbal and written family history. But, I'm always open to new information that could prove otherwise.