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Records of the First Church of Christ  in Beverly, Volume 2
1772-1803

 

 

Jorgen Nilssen of Bryggsfjell, Nordland Norway and Some of his Descendants

 

Generation No. 1

      @1.  Jorgen1 Nilssen was born 1675, and died 1761.  He married Ranni Jennsdatter.  She was born 1662, and died 1736.

Child of Jorgen Nilssen and Ranni Jennsdatter is:

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Anders2 Jorgensen, born 31 May 1705 in Fuglstad, Nordland Norway; died 1794 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway.

 

Generation No. 2

      @2.  Anders2 Jorgensen (Jorgen1 Nilssen) was born 31 May 1705 in Fuglstad, Nordland Norway, and died 1794 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway.  He married (1) Ellen Nilsdatter 10 Jan 1729/30 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway, daughter of Nils Jonsen and Rachel Amundsdatter.  She was born 1705 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway1, and died 1757 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway1.  He married (2) Berit Olsdatter 1758 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway1, daughter of Ole Pedersen and Dorothea Israelsdatter.  She was born 1727 in Straumsnes, Hemnes Nordland Norway2, and died 1795 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway3.

Notes for Anders Jorgensen:

Anders was known as "Skipper" in Korgen when he first appears in the district's records.  He probably spent his early years at sea.  In 1743 he bought two Cargo ships with Anders Larsen of Mula.  He used these to trade fish for goods between Begen and Lapland with his wife Skipper Eli.  He was listed as "Lenssmann" or Sheriff of the district..

More About Anders Jorgensen:

Anders was known as “Skipper” in Korgen, and captained 2 Cargo boats between Bergen and Lapland in the north.  He held the title of Lensmann or Sheriff.

Upon the death of his first wife, he chose to marry the sister of his son-in-law.

Christening: 1705, Nesna Church

Notes for Ellen Nilsdatter:

Elen Nilsdatter is easily one of my most colorful ancestors.  Most of the information reported here comes from a cousin, Svein Osmo, who lived for many years in the Hemnes area and maintains great knowledge of the Osmo and allied farms in Hemnes.. 

"Skipper Eli" as she was called in the district was a successful trader and entrepreneur.  While her husband Anders enjoyed a successful sea trade between Bryggfjell and Bergen to the south, "Skipper Eli" had an equally successful trade with the Lapp people to the north.  Their farm served as a way station that they both used. 

She was reputed to be a witch, and local Bryggfjell folk gave her wide berth.  It was said in Bryggfjell that, although the farm was located far from the sea, Elen could throw a fishing line out her top floor window and catch a fish for dinner. 

The Church that Eli attended was located at Hemnesberget and was quite far from her farm, so she maintained a small house nearby so she could rest after traveling.  Others had a long way to come to church as well, and she took this opportunity to sell them food and drink.  This made her habitually late for the Service.  If she did arrive on time, he would often stand outside the Church to show off the fine clothing she owned from far away places brought to her by her husband's boats.  Sometimes, after the service began, she could be seen sitting on the steps knitting.  This behavior finally moved the Priest, Jakob Andreas Parelius, to stop the service one Sunday and sing to her the third verse of an obscure hymn written 200 years before by an obscure Danish composer.  The verse chastised her for her disrespect for God and the Church.  To the great surprise of the Priest and the assembled congregation, Skipper Eli responded immediately with the ninth verse of the same hymn, whose words defended her way of living.  This scene created such an impression in the village of Hemnesberget that people still talk about it today.

Elen was said to be miserly with her possessions.  At the time of her death in 1757 her estate was valued at 1606 Daler 8 skilling- a princely sum in those days.  Even in death, however, she could not remain far from her property and for years her spirit was heard rummaging amongst her things in the attic of her home.  When her husband died and her possessions were sold, she continued to be heard around her things in their new homes.  In the 1920s a family that owned Eli's Lapp sledge (Akje) sent in frustration for a Spiritualist named Jens i Hundbekken who, realizing that ghosts did not like steel, put some steel nails into the sledge.  Skipper Eli bothered the family no more. 

More About Berit Olsdatter:

Children of Anders Jorgensen and Ellen Nilsdatter are:

 

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Randi Kristine3 Andersdatter, born 1731 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway4; died 1732 in Briggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway5.

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Randi Helene Andersdatter, born 1733 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway; died 11 Oct 1779 in Straumsnes, Hemnes Nordland Norway.

 

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Rakel Elisabeth Andersdatter, born 1735 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway; died in Valla, Korgen Nordland Norway.

 

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Nils Andersen, born 1737 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6; died 1742 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6.

 

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Jorgen Andersen, born 1740 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6; died 1763 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6.

 

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Nils Andersen, born 1742 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6.

 

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Hans Andersdatter, born 1745 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6.

 

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Anders Andersen, born 1748 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6.

Children of Anders Jorgensen and Berit Olsdatter are:

 

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Elen3 Jorgensdatter, born 1759 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6; died in Leirskar, Korgen Nordland Norway.

 

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Ole Jorgenssen, born 1761 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6; died 12 Oct 1834 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway6.

 

Generation No. 3

      @4.  Randi Helene3 Andersdatter (Anders2 Jorgensen, Jorgen1 Nilssen) was born 1733 in Bryggfjell, Korgen Nordland Norway7, and died 11 Oct 1779 in Straumsnes, Hemnes Nordland Norway7.  She married Jon Olsen, son of Ole Pedersen and Dorothea Israelsdatter.  He was born 1723 in Straumsnes, Hemnes Nordland Norway7, and died 16 Oct 1779 in Straumsnes, Hemnes Nordland Norway7.

More About Jon Olsen

Children of Randi Andersdatter and Jon Olsen:

 

 

 

Fuglstad Farm Endnotes

 

1.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Bryggfell store pp818-823.

2.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Straumsnes Farm pp550-555.

3.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Bryggfell store pp818-823.

4.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Bryggfell Store pp818-823.

5.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Bryggfjell store pp818-823.

6.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Bryggfell store pp818-823.

7.  Nordli, Erling, Compiler, Hemnes Farms and Families,  (Hemnes Kommune, 1992), Straumsnes Farm pp550-555.

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