Thank you so much for your help and interest. I am so grateful to you and Brian for all of the help. Please see my reply to Brians post as it has some more information. I do not think that the story about the brother's is credible and I don't find any records that would support that. I do however think the the name change from Gullordsletten to Sletten upon arriving in the US would be very possible. I have found that many of our family history tradition stories have some basis in truth no matter how small a kernel it is. I have a "sea faring ships Captain" gt. gt. Grandfather that in reality was a cabin boy on a steam ship on a lake. LOL
In regards to this posted family, I am trying to figure out what it says. Please bear with my total lack of the Norwegian language.
"Lars Olsen, født ca 1794, gift 1. gang 16. april 1816 som ungkar, dragon på Båbergseie med tjenestejente på Udal, Kari Pedersdtr. født ca. 1792 i Båbergstuen. I 1818 er de husmannsfolk på Gullordsletten under Øvre Gullord. De fikk flere barn, og Kari døde i 1837. Lars gift 2. gang 1838."
Does it go something like this.????
Lars Olsen (the father of Mathias Larson) born circa 1794 married 16 April 1816 (is this the place they were married) Kari Pedersdtr born circa 1792 in Babergstuen. Kari died in 1837 Lars died 1836???? I have no idea if I am even close but trying. What does gift 1. gang and gift 2.gang mean. I thought that barn might mean child?
Thanks so much for helping me.