My Jacobsen (Jacobson in America) line included siblings from Brandbu, Hadeland, who emigrated during the 1860s and 1870s. their parents were Jacob Eriksen (1798-1854) and Anne Nielsdatter (1797-1870; died in Freeborn County, MN, USA). I have found the ships that carried two of these families from their homes in Gran parish to Quebec and Philadelphia. Here are their stories (with my sources):
FAMILY 1: Niels Jacobsen, wife Siri Olsdatter, 24-year-old daughter Anne, and 16-year-old son Ole, left Svinningseiet tenant farm in Gran around April 15, 1874. Eldest son Jacob Nelson already had left Norway for America four years earlier. The four sailed from the harbor at Christiania (presently Oslo) on April 22, 1874, aboard the ship Pontecorvo. They had no idea what lay ahead. From the Norway-Heritage website:
“In 1874 (the Pontecorvo) departed from Christiania on April 24th and arrived at Quebec June 15th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 270 steerage passengers. On May 21st she collided with an iceberg in fog (150 miles) off Cape Race, Newfoundland. The collision sent the mast crashing down upon the deck, tearing a big hole in the planking and tons of ice cascading back over the deck of the ship. There was a lot of wailing and confusion among the passengers following the collision with the iceberg. A few prayed to God, others sang and shouted. The passengers were rescued by the S. S. Macedonia. After being rescued, the passengers were forced to sleep on piles of coal at night. The worst was that they were also very short of water and the small amount that was available was rationed. It is anticipated the Pontecorvo was towed to the quarantine station by the Macedonia. She came into quarantine station at Grosse Île (the quarantine island on the St. Lawrence River, about 30 miles downstream from Quebec City) on the 10th of June. There had been five deaths at sea due to an outbreak of measles, and many of the passengers were sick when they arrived at the quarantine station. There was also one young man suffering from fever…The vessel was purified and disinfected. No subsequent cases of illness occurred amongst the passengers from this vessel. All those who were admitted to the hospital recovered. The passengers arrived at Quebec on June 15th. The Pontecorvo was mastered by Capt. Pedersen and had a cew of 15.” [Article from The Daily Telegram, Eau Clair, Wisconsin, dated 7 Oct 1961; report of the celebration of the 98th birthday of Andrew Johnson; submitted to Norway-Heritage by his descendant, Don Desmond.]
The family left Quebec by rail for Freeborn County in southern Minnesota. Farmer “Nels” Jacobson and wife “Siri Olsdatter” appear in the 1875 Minnesota State Census at Riceland Township, where they lived next to his younger brothers, Christian and Jacob Jacobson. By the 1880 U. S. Census, “Nels” and “Sarah” Jacobson had moved a few miles to Geneva, an adjacent township north of Riceland. Their home was next to their son, Jacob Nelson, his wife Anne, and granddaughter, Mary. Soon thereafter, both families left Minnesota. They settled in Traill County in eastern Dakota Territory. In September 1884, Jacob Nelson purchased a farm in Buxton Township, and father Nels Jacobson bought a farm one mile south in Wold Township in November 1886. Around this time, the family began using a Norwegian farm surname – Sletmoen. In 1889, the area of Dakota Territory where they lived became the state of North Dakota. Nels Jacobsen Sletmoen died sometime before the 1900 U. S. census was taken, and his 77-year-old widow, “Sigrid” Sletmoen, lived with Jacob and his wife, Anne, on their farm. Jacob and Anne – the eldest daughter of Rangdi Jacobsdatter Melquist – were first cousins, as well as husband and wife. Siri Sletmoen died at Wold, North Dakota, on March 17, 1910.
FAMILY 1 SOURCES:
1. Emigration Record, Digitised Parish Records,"Individual nos. 36-39, Niels Jacobsen Svinningseiet, b. 1 Feb 1822; Siri Olsdatter, b. 19 Nov 1822; with children: Anne Nielsdatter, b. 12 Apr 1850; and Ole Nielsen, b. 20 Aug 1857; Left for Amerika; Attest: 15 Apr 1874," Page 522 of original documents; Gran 1856-1874; Digitalarkivet; Archives of Norway.
2. Christiania Politkammer Emgrant Protokoll 3, "Nils Jakobsen (52; male; married; cotter; Gran to Albert Lea, MN); Siri Olsdatter (50; female; married; Gran to Albert Lea, MN); Ole Nilsen Svennungseiet (17; male; laborer; Gran to Albert Lea, MN); Anne Nilsdatter (23; female; servant; Gran to Albert Lea, MN); Captain: Pedersen; Departed: Christiani, 23 Apr 1874; Arrived: Quebec, 15 Jun 1874," Norway-Heritage website; www.norwayheritage.com
3. Canadian Passenger Lists: 1865-1935, "Niels Jacobsen and Ole Nielsen Svinningseie; [note: although the names of Siri Olsdatter and Anne Nielsdatter are not on the list, there are numbers (2 and 3, respectively, immediately after the names of the two men); the passenger list unfortunately only lists the names of the "head of household", with numbers showing the adults in the family/group, the number of children 1-14, and the number of infants.]; Ship: skibet (sailing ship) 'Pontecorvo"; Departed Christiania 22 Apr 1874; Arrived: Quebec, Canada 15 Jun 1874," Image 88 and 89/118 at Ancestry.com; also at Library and Archives Canada website.
FAMILY 2: Kari Jacobsdatter, husband Erik Christiansen, son Jacob, and daughters Anne, Ingeborg, Elise, Kari, Mari, Marthe, and Randine, left Smedshammereiet tenant farm for America around May 2, 1878. Their eldest son, 21-year-old Christian Eriksen, already had sailed to America with the family of his uncle, Niels Jacobsen, aboard the Pontecorvo in 1874. After saying farewell to friends and neighbors in Gran, Erik and Kari Christiansen took their eight children to beautiful Christiania harbor. Ocean travel had changed dramatically since the mid-1860s. Steamships had begun to replace sailing ships, cutting the trip from a couple months to less than a couple weeks. The family first boarded a Wilson Line steamship called the Angelo, which left Christiania on May 17, 1874. This relatively small vessel transported them to the port of Hull, on England’s eastern coastline. With bags and trunks safely transferred, they soon boarded a steam-engine train that chugged across the English countryside to the Liverpool harbor. Their belongings next were stowed aboard the Indiana, a large American Line steamer. The ship, captained by R. W. Sargent, left Liverpool on May 29th and arrived at Philadelphia harbor on June 10th – a marked departure from the nerve-wracking oddyssey their son Christian had endured aboard the iceberg-damaged Pontecorvo. The Christiansens made their way by rail to Albert Lea, Minnesota, where they joined their son and several of Erik’s and Kari’s siblings.
Erik and Kari lived only briefly in Freeborn County, Minnesota, according to her obituary. The family moved by ox cart prior to June 1880 to Bear Park in Norman County, Minnesota. At the time, this area was still a part of Polk County. Shortly thereafter, they began using the surname, Milsten. Erik and Kari (Carrie) Milsten homesteaded and farmed at Bear Park for many years, before retiring in the nearby village of Gary in Strand Township. They remained there until about 1907, when for health reasons they moved several miles north to live with their daughter, Kari Garden, in adjacent Sundahl Township. At the time of her death at Sundahl on September 18, 1912, Kari Jacobsdatter Milsten was 83 years of age. Her 89-year-old husband passed away in the same place on May 17, 1916.
FAMILY 2 SOURCES:
1. Emigration Record; Digitised Parish Records,"Individual nos. 42-51: Erik Christiansen Smedshammereiet, b. 1826; Kari Jacobsdatter, b. 1829; with children: Jacob Eriksen, b. 1858; Anne Eriksdatter, b. 1855; Ingeborg Eriksdatter, b. 1860; Elise Eriksdatter, b. 1863; Kari Eriksdatter, b. 1865; Mari Eriksdatter, b. 1868; Marthe Eriksdatter, b. 1871; and Randine Eriksdatter, b. 1873; Left for Amerika; Attest: 2 May 1878," Page 91 of original documents; Gran 1875-1879; Digitalarkivet; Archives of Norway.
2. Emigranter fra Oslo 1867-1930, "Passengers 44677-44686: Erik Christiansen (m; gift; arbeider, 50); Mari (sic - Kari) Christiansen (47; f; gift); with 8 Christiansen children (all ugift): Jacob (20); Anna (22); Ingeborg (18); Elise (14); Mari (sic - Kari) (11); Marie (9); Marthe (6); Randine (3); [notes for all: Bustad: Gran prestegjeld, Hadeland; Reisemål: Albert Lea, MN]; Ship: Angelo [a small, Wilson Line steamship which takes passengers to Hull, England, for transfer to a larger, trans-Atlantic steamship]; Date: 17 May 1878," Digitalarkivet; Archives of Norway.
3. Philadelphia Passenger Lists: 1800-1945, "Eric Christiansen (50; male; farmer) with wife Kari Christiansen (47) and children: Jacob (20); Anna (22); Ingeborg (18); Elise (14); Kari (11); Maria (9); Martha (6); and Randi (3); Ship: Indiana (American Line); Departed: Liverpool, 29 May 1878; Arrived: Philadelphia, 10 Jun 1878; Capt. R. W. Sargent; [note: all members of family incorrectly identified as from Sweden]," Image 5/24 at Ancestry.com; www.ancestry.com
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