Hi Betty, Just today 21 July 2012 found your Post on Message Board written 16 June 2012 with Alexander WOYEN.
We are 1 cousin 2 removed in-law relationship to each other. My name is Willie E. HAMBLY (widow of Jim HAMBLY, your 1c2r)
Have tried to find your address and phone number, my address book of 1973 has you living in etc., etc.(won't list it here)and still I don't know how to reach you. PLEASE E-mail me at email@example.com
Alexander WOYEN's son, Hans Wilhelm "Bill" WOYEN - Jim had interviewed in the 1970's at Edmonton, Alberta. Uncle "Bill" told Jim that He had always written the NEILSON's in Norway. We have often wondered "if" they are
Alexander's blood line. Uncle "Bill" said that the blood father spelling is Neils OLSEN (BRINCH).
Jim had a copy of Alexander's christening (you have baptized
23 Aug 1867 as Alexander Neilsen Brunes at Trefoldighed, Oslo, Askershus, Norway). PLEASE both of us to find a copy of Alexander's chr./bapt. record and share. Jim's papers have Alexander's christened 27 Oct 1867, same place as you have. As you probably know for the time period in Norway and their law was for the woman had to name the father of the baby. The state and church were one and they then went after the father to help support the baby. Another law had that the woman weather or not was married was considered unclean and not premitted to attend the baby's chr./bapt. Jim's research found Alexander's blood Father is holding him, with Godparents and witnesses. The naming of a son was to take the Father's given first name and add "sen" to it for the surname of the baby. Thus Alexander NEILSEN. You probably already know all this. Another surname was added from the farm name thus Alexander's Step-father, Peter HANSEN who owned the VOIEN farm. When Alexander came to America (United States) on a ship (the Ship Passenger List from Norway to America) has the spelling of the farm name of VOIEN to WOYEN spelling. Also this Ship Passenger List has Alexander's Uncle's name that He was traveling with, think it was Hans TOLLEFSEN (Alexander's Mother's brother, a retired Ship Captain (if I remember correctly). The 1875 Census in Norway states (in my words) that our Alexander is NOT the son of the Head of the household, Peter HANSEN. There is a lot more that Jim had to research and document because He wanted to know and because the goverment of Alberta, Canada did NOT have a death certificate for Alexander WOYEN. Even tho Alex's living children were at His bedside when He died, His death had not been reported so Jim had to prove that Alex had lived and died with documentation taken to the goverment. Then we thought that they would give us a free copy..No...we had to pay for a death certificate. from Willie E. HAMBLY