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Hytta Family from Tunhovd Norway

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Hytta Family from Tunhovd Norway

Val Hvidston (View posts)
Posted: 13 Nov 1999 10:09PM GMT
The Hytta - Levorson family that I am researching is outlined below. More information is available at http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/h/v/i/Val-G-Hvidston

Hytta - in Tunhovd

The Hytta property was in olden days the most northerly living place in Tunhovd neighborhood. The farm lies nicely in the sun slant toward the south with wide and free outlook over the fjord and toward the mountains in the south and west. Toward the north-west opens the wide Roung valley with hilly birch from where the mountains meet at the bottom of the valley.

Hytta (which means The Cabin) is an old living place which they don't know the beginning of. At one time a little house or hut had stood there, likely a sloop or a hunter's place, which wasn't built by a Tunhovder - because it lay too close to their homes. It must have been built by out of town hunters. The Tunhovd people put a name on that spot. Since then the people in Tunhovd have cleared it away and afterward it had grown into a solid living place, which no doubt from the first has been counted as the southern most farm or middle farm.

The first time we found Hytta directly named in any papers was in the late 1730's. In 1783, widow Sigrid Olsdatter Medgarden sold out to her sisters, Gro and Guri. Gro had a share of an inheritance in the middle farm. Sister Guri got her share in Hytta which was assessed at $50. Gro Olsdatter Medgarden was married to Asle Clementsen in 1736. Gro Olsdatter Medgarden (Hytta) died in June 1766. Asle Clementsen lived a few more years. He had likely sold Hytta to Ole Knutsen Veslegard, but we don't know of any title for the sale.

In 1782, Ole Knutsen sold the place to Asle Knutsen Borgen from Skurdalen for $180. With this sale Hytta came into a whole new family, which through marriage became related to people at Hytta all the way to our days.

Asle Knutsen Borgen got married to Bergit Gulliksdotter in 1749. It is not known if Asle Knutsen and his family came to live at Hytta because Asle wasn't owner of Hytta. He sold Hytta again in 1784 to his son-in-law Kittil Bottolfsen for $169. It is possible that Kittil lived at Hytta for awhile after he got married, but in 1788 he bought Rotegaard from one who was called Daniel Tovsen, and sold Hytta simultaneously to him for $120 and 64 shilling in yearly taxes to the main farm.

Kittil Bottolfsen settled himself then in southern Rotegaard and Daniel Tovsen came to Hytta. Daniel Tovsen died sometime before 1810. His widow, Angjer Olsdatter sold Hytta in 1810 to Knut Aslesen Borgen for $304 and requested some further income. The new owner was Asle Knutson Borgen's son who had bought Hytta in 1782, accordingly he came back to his father's farm and settled himself there. Knut Aslesen Borgen was married to Sigrid Syversdatter Rukke. Their children were -
Barbo, born around 1808, married Knut Christiansen Gardokk, Hallingdal around 1828.
Ingrid, born in 1812, married Ole Olsen, lower Breivik in 1834.
Joran, born in 1815, married Kittil Nilsen Veslegard in 1842.

Knut Aslesen and Sigrid were a long time at Hytta. In 1814 Knut Aslesen also bought Haga (which means upper garden) from Ole Larsen Smedsrud, Nes for $100. Afterward Knut Aslesen and family likely lived alternately at Hytta and Haga, and used both properties together when the taxes to Norway's Bank was assessed in 1816/17. Knut Aslesen had to pay $2 in taxes, not a large sum but surely large enough.

Knut Aslesen died in 1823 at age 60.

To get an impression of what they had for furniture and equipment at a place like Hytta - we will take a summary of a registry and appraisal which was held at Hytta 12 December 1823: 1 bread grill with equipment, 1 frying pan, 2 axes, 1 grind stone with irons, 2 household pots and pans, 2 spinning wheels, 30 wooden plates for milk and cream, 6 milk containers (wooden), 1 horse harness, locks, sheepskin blankets, homespun pants, woven skirts, skin for boots.

The animals at Hytta and Haga were; 1 pale horse, 1 red cow, 1 red female cow without horns, 1 red heifer, 1 two year old heifer, 1 two year old bull, 1 one year old heifer and 1 sow.

Hytta and Haga had not had any debts, but under meeting of the beneficiaries and heirs in 16 July 1824, Hytta was able, under Medgarden and Haga and Sonstegard, to be assessed. Hytta was two thirds and Haga one third, afterward Hytta and Haga became appraised as a permanent house.

On Hytta - 1 six-log living room building, 1 six-log storehouse, 2 houses on a dairy for Hytta. In all, Hytta then became (with house and land) assessed for $250.

Sigrid Syversdatter, widow of Knut Aslesen Hytta became married again to Ole Kristiansen Garnaas from Hallingdal in 1825. They had a daughter Guri. She married Kristian Levorsen Hallibakken from Nesbyen in 1845. Ole Kristiansen and Sigrid had many years at Hytta. From the national census in 1835, two families lived there - in all 8 people. Feeding at the farm was for 1 horse, 3 cattle, 4 sows and 2 goats.

The old living room at Hytta was now poor, and in 1847 Ole Kristiansen and his son-in-law Kristian Levorsen built up the living room which still stands on the farm. (The living room got added onto at the turn of the century). The Storehouse, which is on one height with two rooms, was from 1761 and must have been set up in Asle Clemensten's time.

In 1855, Ole Kristiansen sold Hytta to his son-in-law Kristian Levorsen Hallien for $100 and pension for himself and his wife. Ole Kristiansen Hytta died in 1866 at 82 years old. His widow Sigrid Syversdatter died in 1878 at 95 years old.

Then it was Kristian Levorsen's turn to be owner at Hytta. In 1855 he bought the summer pasture - Myrestolen from Ole Svennsen Eidal, Nes, for $100. Myrestolen became the summer farm to Hytta. Otherwise the summer farm (the closet home) was sold from the farm in 1888 to Haraldset at Nes.

Kristian Levorsen Hytta and Guri had these children -
Levor, born 1846, married Ingrid Knutsdatter Skarpaasen in 1874
Ole, born 1850, died 1882
Sigrid, born 1853, married Johan Halvorsen, Oslo
Margit, born 1856, married Kristen Olsen, Sonstegard in 1883 (They settled in lower Breivik)
Guri, born 1857
Kristian, born 1863, died 1873

With the National Census in 1865, we find Kristian Levorsen, 46 years old and Guri Olsdatter, 39 years old at Hytta with all six children and two people on pension - Ole Kristiansen and Sigrid Syversdatter.

Preacher Stang in Nore tells in his diary that in July 1870 he was on a trip in Tunhovd, along with the grave digger Knut Kittlesen Eidsaaen. People at the summer farm went to the mountains in the summer. He took his helper into the cabin of Kristian Levorsen, but he was at the summer farm so only the wife was at home. There the preacher got coffee with some cheese balls instead of sugar and milk - such was often used. So the preacher and Knut got to lay on the leaves in the loft. They had their clothes along, and they got to borrow a new Skirt from Guri to lay under the hay bed.

Kristian Levorsen Hytta died in 1871 - 53.5 years old. Widow Guri Olsdatter still stayed at the property some years, but in 1875 she sold Hytta, with the summer farm Myrestollen, and the fishing rights in Rodungsoset to son Levor Kristiansen for $400 and pension.

Guri Olsdatter Hytta died in 1895 at 68 years of age.

The new owner, Levor Kristiansen was an unusually clever and versatile man with good understanding and skill for all kinds of work. He was a timber man, carpenter, blacksmith, plasterer and boat builder. He has made many rowboats and barges. They were known to be light rowing and good on the water. For that purpose he worked a fish hatchery - trout at Hytta.


Levor Kristiansen, as was earlier mentioned, was married to Ingrid Knutsdotter Skarpaasen in 1874. The children were -
Kristian, born 1875, married Ingeborg Olsdatter Plassen from Tinn in 1904
Guri, born 1876, married Halvor Olsen, Upper Haga, 1905
Bergit, born 1879, married Ole Erikson Bendiksplass in 1897. Bergit became a widow early, and she married later Hans Dokken. They emigrated to America.
Knut, born 1880, emigrated to America
Margit, born 1883 married Einar Rotegaard
Ole, born 1885, married Margit Rotegaard
Torstein, born 1887, emigrated to America
Levor, born 1890, emigrated to America

In the National Census in 1875 we find Levor Kristiansen, 29 years old and Ingrid Knutsdatter, 25 years old, along with their son Kristian. They had a hired boy and nursemaid. Otherwise Guri Olsdatter also lived at Hytta along with daughters Margit and Guri and son Ole Kristiansen. And Sigrid Syversdatter died at 95 years old.

Their animals consisted of 1 horse, 7 cows, 2 heifers, 13 sheep and 1 goat.

First in the year 1890, there was at one time school held for Tunhovd community in the living room of Hytta until the new school got built. Levor Hytta was owner and master at Hytta in the whole 53 years, and much was accomplished during those years. His wife, Ingrid died in 1902 - 51 years old. In 1928 Levor sold Hytta to his son Kristian. Levor died in 1929.

So, it was a new Kristian Levorsen that was owner and farmer at Hytta. He had in his youth gone to non-commissioned officer school and Police school. For 15 years he worked with the Oslo Police.

Kristian Levorsen was an outstanding, active Policeman, and they are still telling about how strong he was and about the struggle he had with wandering brew-making sea men. But Kristian became tired of the life in the city, calm and quiet that he himself was. He came home and took over the farm. There he didn't need to use his fists or power on anyone. In the home community he was made use of a lot in various places of trust and he was also with the township board for awhile.

Kristian Levorsen Hytta became, as was earlier mentioned, married to Ingeborg Olsdatter Plassen from Tinn. Their children were -
Ingrid, born 1926, married Gulbrand Solbakken. (Solbakken is what earlier was called Vollen and is thus neighbor to Hytta.)
Ragnhild, born 1932, married Alf Brandt, lived for awhile in Telemark
Olav Lidvard, born 1936, engaged to Tove Lynaas from Rodberg.

The Tunhovd farms, in the years before 1936, they dealt with the heirs of the relatives that were entitled to the rights of the forest.


Kristian died in 1948, 73 years old. His widow Ingeborg still lived on the farm along with the son Lidvard who has now taken over.

Lidvard Hytta is trained as a teacher, and he now has this daily work with school in his home town Tunhovd.

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