Going back 347 years to 15 November 1670

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. I’m using a random number generator to decide how many years to go back in time.  The intent is to see which ancestors were living, where they lived, the basics of what was going on in their lives, and what was going on in the world around them.


Going back to 1670 has proven to be much more difficult than my first post in this series when we went back to … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Martha Eldridge

Martha Eldridge (1667-<1735)

Martha Eldridge was born on 20 Apr 1667 in Driffield, Gloucestershire, England as the fourth child of Thomas Eldridge and Amy. She had three siblings, namely: Obediah, Jonathan, and Lydia. When her birth was recorded, old style dates were still being used. At the time, new calendar years started on March 25th. That means that March was considered the first month of the year. Martha was born on the 20th day of the second month of the year, which translates to April 20th.

When she was 17, she married Daniel Zealy, son of John Sealy and Martha … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Barebo Engebretsdtr Torset

Barebo Engebretsdtr Torset (1848-1940)

Barebo Engebretsdtr Torset was born on 09 Mar 1848 in Endredokken, Skar, Hemsedal, Norway as the only child of Engebret Asleson Torset and Berget Ingvalsdtr Grondal. Her mother was a widow when she married Barebo’s dad. So, Barebo had four half-siblings as a result of the marriage of Berget Ingalsdtr Grondal and Endre Oddmundson Oygarde. The siblings were Barebo Endresdtr, Ingvar Endreson, Kari Endreson and Oddmund Endreson (who had died before Barebo’s birth).

Barebo Engebretsdtr Torset was baptized on 26 Mar 1848 in Gol Parish. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Note that her name has … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Bertha H. Stemson

Bertha H. Stemson (1877-1968)

Bertha H. Stemson was born on 05 Mar 1877 in Newry, Freeborn, Minnesota as the eighth child of Halvor Stemson and Birgit Nilsdtr Lostegaard. Her parents were Norwegian immigrants. Bertha had eleven siblings, namely: Ingeborg, Barbra, Christina, Nels, Sam, Carl, Carl Gilbert, Berthena Olivia, Julia Helene, Henry Bennett, and Ole Edwin. Bertha H. Stemson was baptized on 29 Mar 1877 in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Austin, Mower, Minnesota. She was baptized Barbro, but was known as Bertha, the American version of the name. She was confirmed at Red Oak Grove on 13 Aug 1893.

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Happy Birthday Thomas Fawcett

Thomas Fawcett (1795-1865)

Thomas Fawcett was born on 16 Feb 1794/5 in Frederick, Virginia as the thirteenth and youngest child of Thomas Fawcett and Martha Branson. His parents were of the Quaker faith, so his birth was recorded as 16th day, 11th month, 1794. Their year started in mid-March, so the 11th month was February. Thomas had twelve siblings, namely: John, Richard, Martha, Rachel, David, Hannah, Lydia, Thomas (died as child), Joseph, Mary, Eunice (died young), and Eunice.

When Thomas was about twenty years old, he and his parents removed from Virginia and resettled in Ohio. As Quakers, they had … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Björn Christianson Rukke

Björn Christianson Rukke (1841-1932)

Björn Christianson Rukke was born on 11 Nov 1841 on the Rukke farm in Nes, Buskerud, Norway  as the fourth child of Christian Oleson Rukke and Ragnild Bjornsdtr Skolt. He had six siblings, namely: Ole (who died at age 15 months), Ole , Jorand, Kari, Randi, and Margit. Björn Christianson Rukke was baptized on 17 Mar 1844 in Nes i Hallingdal, Buskerud, Norway.

When he was a few years old, his parents decided to leave Norway and cross the ocean to America. He wasn’t quite three years old yet when they made the trip. I wonder … Continue reading

The Christianson book is ready

I am very excited to announce that my book, “The Christianson Family,” is now available. I started work on the book exactly a year ago and after hundreds of hours of work, many interruptions, and some exciting new discoveries, I am finally finished!

This book traces the descendants of Ole Thorson Tollefsgardie who was born about 1777 in Flå, Buskerud, Norway. These descendants number in the thousands, have lived in far corners of the world, and have been known by many different surnames. Extended biographies are included for the families of Ole Thorson Tollefsgardie; his son, Christian Oleson Rukke; his … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Crooked Run Tommy

Thomas Fawcett (1747/8-~1822)

Today is the 268th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Fawcett. He was born on 24th day 1st month 1748 in Frederick County Virginia. He was the second of six children of Richard Fawcett and Rachel Ireson.

Birth Date

Thomas was born into the Society of Friends, known to us as the Quaker faith. Double dating was still in effect when he was born, so not only does his birth date involve double dating listing the year as 1747/8 and March as the 1st month of the year (see posts on Thankful Badcock and Joseph Johnson for … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber (1803-1885)

Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber (1803-1885)

Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber (1803-1885)

Birth and Marriage

Happy birthday to Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber who was born 213 years ago on 15 March 1803. Carl’s mother’s name was Mary, but his father’s name is not yet known to us. As a young man, Carl married Ernestine-Caroline Neuman. Little is known about his early life.

Pomerania, Prussia, Germany or Poland

Carl’s birth and marriage occurred in Pomerania or Prussia or Germany or Poland… With boundaries moving often, the area of his origin has changed names through the years. The Fehlhabers considered themselves Germans. When he was born, his town was in Pomerania. Situated … Continue reading

New year… new adventures

With the new year comes new adventures. I’m completely retired now and have officially launched my new business. Please check out FamilyPastExpert.com and spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in one of the products I offer or help with their family history. You can also like Family Past Expert on Facebook.


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