Hotvedt Family Genealogy


"The one thing about genealogy that I’ve come to understand is that the beauty is not in the dates, but in the stories."
(Mike Linak, descendant of Charles Narve Hotvedt.)

Clarence's endeavors in Hotvedt family genealogy sparked my interest in the subject. He originally created a family tree in 1957 and made revisions as necessary through the mid 1970's. His tree primarily began with his father and mother then branched out with himself and his 9 brothers and sisters and their children and grandchildren.

In his autobiography Clarence wrote, "My father (Charles Narve Hotvedt) was born in Kongsberg, Norway in 1858 and moved to America in 1875 at the age of seventeen along with the great immigration waves from Europe which occurred in those days. He was the son of Narve Hellickson Stengelsrud (1813-1890) and Eleanora Clausdatter Bjorndalen (1817-1902)." Charles Narve was born Carl and appears in Norwegian documents as Carl or Karl. He, as most did, changed his name when he emigrated to America. (See below on name changing.) Many of his siblings also emigrated to America, with Anders and Martha remaining in Norway.

By looking at this tree, last updated in 1975, it's obvious that there are now probably hundreds of relatives who don't know one another. To date, I have met Clarence's granddaughter, located and talked with descendants of Mable's, and corresponded with descendants of Ida's who live in the Pacific Northwest.

Should you be a member of our Hotvedt family who stumbled upon this site, I'd love to hear from you. My contact information is listed under the sites menu to the left.


Let's start with the 1975 family tree.
We have found that there are a few inaccurate dates and information on the bottom roots of the tree. But that's ok because we're interested in the stories, not the dates.

An interesting story regarding Clarence's notation in the above section of the tree where he noted that Anders' daughter Anna Narveson was living at "Modum, Aarmodt Station, Norway."
Aarmodt Station is actually the railroad depot. According to an old-timer in Norway, they would not have lived at the railway station. In those days it served as a common mailing address for the people of Amot, Modum. Apparently there were no post offices in this area, so in order to send or receive mail they had to visit the railway station. The twice a day train would also do post office services.

In the lower branches of the above root, Claus Bjorndalen and Karie Lingelstad are Eleanora Clausdatter Bjorndalen's parents. And the Hellick & Martha with question marks are Hellich Narvesen Stengelsrud & Marthe Mari Pedersdatter, parents of Narve Hellickson Stengelsrud.



My great grandparents Charles & Maren with their children.

The family home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

My genealogy research  has been directed at my great, great grandparents (Narve Stengelsrud & Eleanora Bjorndalen) and their descendants.
(They were married December 30, 1840)
Narve Stengelsrud & Eleanora Bjorndalen

A well researched story of Narve Stengelsrud's early life can be found on a
sub-page that's linked at the bottom of this page.

Narve Helliksen Stengelsrud was born December 11, 1812, died September 17, 1880 and was buried at Hedenstad Church near Skollenborg. The church informed me in June, 2014, that they could not locate his grave.

It should be noted that some dates on Clarence's family tree and in his writings do not correspond with parish records recently discovered in Norway.


Hedenstad Church (above) and cemetery below.


Eleonora Clausdatter Bjorndalen was born September 5, 1817, died January 24, 1899 and was buried at Heggen Church, Modum, Norway.


Heggen Church (above) and cemetery below.


Churches of Significance To The Family
Skoger Gamle Church in Drammen: My great grandfather Carl (Charles Narve Hotvedt) was baptized and sister Karen/Kari was confirmed here.
Old Holmen Church in Sigdal: Narve and Eleonore were married here and their first four children were baptized here.
New Holmen Church in Sigdal: Twins Anders & Anne Marie and Kjersti were baptized here.


Blaafarveverket Cobalt Mines

Newly discovered records show Narve Helliksen Stengelsrud, his brother Peder and father Hellick Narvesen Stengelsrud moved from Kongsberg to Modum during the approximate years of 1830-1840 and worked as miners at the cobalt mines at Blaafarveverket in Modum.

This is a picture from the Blaafarveverket Museum showing pages from a protocol over the miners working hours and pay – note that Narve Helliksen Stengelsrud is listed.

The workers labored tirelessly to collect the cobalt ore, which was the basis for the success of Blaafarveværket. The Cobalt Mines are three kilometres in length from north to south. This is where the cobalt ore was discovered in 1772 and laid the foundations for Norway's largest manufacturing company.

Below are pictures of the cobalt mines as they are today.



And two more pictures I took on my visit to the mines in September of 2014. The mines consisted of both open pit (pictured) and the tunnel mines pictured above.



So one might wonder why we aren't named Stengelsrud. 

Here are some explanations. First from Clarence who wrote, "It was customary in Norway to take as a last name the name of the farm or location in which one lived and as a first name the name of the father or some given name. So when dad came to America he registered as Narve (son of Narve) Hotvedt from the area he lived. His brother who came with him (Chris) took the name of Narveson. So then father's brothers and sisters were named Peter Hotvedt, Anders, Anna, Christian, Helena, Karen and Martha Narveson.

Dag Hotvedt from Norway (no relation) wrote me and further explained why Norweigans changed their names:


"Heritable family names were generally adopted rather late within Scandinavia. Nobility were the first to take names that would be passed on from one generation to the next. Later, clergy, artisans and merchants in cities took heritable names. Hereditary family names (surnames) were still used together with primary patronyms (father's name plus an affix denoting relationship), which were used by all social classes. This meant that most families did not have surnames until modern times. Scandinavian patronyms were generally derived from the father's given name with the addition of a suffix meaning 'son' or 'daughter'. This naming tradition remained commonly used throughout the Scandinavian countries during the time of surname formation.Thus, the most common Norwegian surnames were originally patronymic, commonly ending with the suffixes "-ssen", "-sson", "-sdatter", "-sdotter" which is the genitive s plus the word sen or son for son or datter or dotter for daughter. In Norway, the genitive s was often dropped; compare the typical Swedish Hansson and the Norwegian version Hansen. During the 18th century it gradually became common to add a surnames derived from placenames - commonly originated as farm names, to be able to differentiate between –for instance – two guys named Nils Hansen living within the same area. That’s also the reason why one Nils Hansen might change his name from Nils Hansen Flåtten to Nils Hansen Hotvedt when he moved from one farm to another. Only as late as 1923, it was ordered by law that each family should have a single, hereditary last name. Following the new law, most families took a patronymic name, but some adopted a farm name as their new, hereditary last name. Like Hotvedt."

Anna Hotvedt in Norway (no relation) explained, "Norway it was - like it still is in Iceland -common to use father's first name and "sen" or "datter" depending on gender... Practical if there is more than one father among siblings, but as Norway in about 1900 realized that we were about to become too many Andersens and Hansens and Olsens, we started to adopt the name from either the place or the farm we came from."


Norwegian census records from 1865 and 1875 confirm these names. I find the 1865 census, shown below, to be interesting in that the family all lived together but there were four last names being used.


The term "Glabak" in the lower left corner refers to the name of the farm where they lived. The one year old boy named Martinius is shown in another document as the son of unmarried Martha. This young boy would later emigrate to America as Thos (Tinius) Hotvet.

The 1875 census (below) shows them now living at Tubbe-Hotvedt farm. This also shows that many of the children had left home. I have no idea who Johan Holmen is...perhaps a farm hand.



Four of Narve & Eleonora's children. Peter, Helene, Anders & Charles (Carl) above
and daughter Marthe below.


Thank You!

Before going further I would like to thank Kjell Halverson and Anna Hotvedt, both in Norway, for their invaluable assistance in this project. Anna for her research in tracing early ancestors, her encouragement throughout the process, and pointing me in the direction that led to meeting Kjell. And Kjell, the Sherlock Holmes of Norwegian genealogy, for his expertise, his contributions of substantial information, and the person who ultimately found my relatives in Norway.

We had the privilege of meeting Kjell and having dinner with Anna on our stop in Norway.

Traveling To America

My great grandfather and many of his siblings emigrated to America. I am providing the information that I have been able to obtain, which may not be complete.

It might be interesting to feature two of the journeys. Lets start with my great grandfather Carl Narveson (Charles Narve Hotvedt). Then his brother Christian Narvesen.

Actually, Carl Narveson and his sister Helene Narvesdatter traveled together to America. Their journey probably began by walking or riding in a cart with their parents the couple of miles from Tubbe-Hotvedt to the Skollenborg railway station. The extention of the railway between the capital and Drammen to Kongsberg had been opened in 1871, including a new station at Skollenborg. This timetable from 1875 indicates a travel time of 4 hours 45 minutes from Kongsberg via Drammen to Christiania (Oslo).


Here's the train they would have taken to begin their journey.

And who do you guess was on the same ship from Christiania (Oslo) to Hull, England? Helene's future husband, Anders Ramstad, also headed to Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Kjell speculates, "He must have returned from America at an earlier stage, because the emigrant protocol states that he was an American/'Amerikaner'. One might be tempted to speculate if this was just a coincidence or had Kari/Karen Narvesen, already arrived in Eau Claire, gotten to know the Ramstad brothers and sent Anders/Andrew across the pond to escort her younger siblings safely to America ?"

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Above is a newspaper ad for the S.S. Angelo and below is a picture of the Angelo which they sailed from Christiania (Oslo) to Hull, England.


The Angelo was built by Humphry & Pearson Shipbuilding in Hull for the Wilson Line. Tonnage was 1,536 tons gross, 1,057 under deck and 993 net. Poop 385 tons, forecastle 32 tons and house on deck 73 tons. Rigging: iron construction, single screw, 3 masts steam Schooner, 2 deck, 1 of iron, 4 bulkheads and 1 partial bulkhead. Propulsion: compound engine with 2 inverted cylinders of 37 and 72 inches diameter respectively, stroke 42 inches, delivering 300 horsepower. The engine was built by the same company as the hull.

 

The Angelo was placed on the Scandinavian feeder service. She maintained the Christiania Hull service together with the S/S Hero. The Wilson Line had weekly service from Christiania, departing every Friday, and arriving at Hull Sunday evening or Monday morning. In 1875 the S.S. Angelo departed Christiania on Friday, July 2nd. at 5 p.m. and arrived Hull Sunday at 6½ p.m. This was a record-breaking journey over the North Sea.


Below is part of the passenger list from April, 1875, showing Carl, Helene, and Anders.



A passengers list shows that Carl, Helene and Anders Ramstad then traveled from Liverpool to America aboard the SS Erin and arrived in New York on May 5, 1875.


SS Erin, built by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. in 1864, Jarrow-on-Tyne, England. Tonnage: 3,319. Dimensions: 370' x 41'. Single-screw, 10 knots. Inverted type engines. Three masts and one funnel. Clipper bow. Iron hull.

Launched, June 18, 1864. Maiden voyage: Liverpool-New York, August 2, 1864. Tonnage increased to 3,956 in 1872. Lengthened to 418 feet (4,577 tons) in 1877. After compound engines had been installed speed was increased to 12 1/2 knots. Sailed from New York for England on December 31, 1889, with 72 people on board and was never heard of again.

This is an ad for the Erin and it's sister ships. Translated:

Advertisement by the Trondheim agent "Wallin" in the newspaper "Trondhjems Adressecontors Efterretninger April 2nd, 1870: "The American Emigration Company conveys emigrants to all parts of the United States by the national Line's steamships, namely: France 3571 tons, Pennsylvania 2889 tons, Erin 3318 tons, Italy 3700 tons, Helvetia 3318 tons, England 3307 tons, Denmark 3118 tons, Egypt (under construction) 4000 tons, The Queen 3517 tons, Virginia 2887 tons, Holland 3530 tons Spain (under construction) 4000 tons. These ships are the biggest and most comfortable that are sailing the Atlantic; every Wednesday they depart from Liverpool, the Erin on the 6th of April, the France extra on the 9th of April, Virginia on the 13th of April, Pennsylvania on the 20th of April, the Helvetia on the 27th of April and so on, as will be announced later. This company conveys from Sweden almost the same amount of emigrants as all the other companies together, and also in Norway it has a good reputation by their main agent Mr. O. Svenson. By the National Line steamships about 20 000 Scandinavians will cross the ocean this year, and because of this the emigrants will not be exposed much to emigrants of other nationalities aboard the ships. The ships carry doctors and Norwegian interpreters and stewards. Passengers enrolls and further information can be obtained from the undersigned, who spent 10 years in America, and thus is well aquatinted to the conditions there. Wallin, Strandgaden Nr. 3. "


The following is an ad from an advertising card issued by the New York agent about 1880:

National Line, Passenger Steamships. Comprising Twelve of the largest ocean steam-ships (belonging to the company) in the Atlantic Service, leaving the port of New York, the aggregate tonnage of which amounts to 52.666 tons.

These passenger Steamers have been constructed in the best manner, at the most celebrated Ship-Yards in Great Britain. They are built of iron and steel, in water tight and fire-proof compartments, are of unusual strength and power, and magnificently equipped. They are rated among the finest in the World. As these Steamers are of the largest class, and of remarkable steadiness at Sea, Passengers are not so liable to sickness or discomforts.

UNSURPASSED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PASSENGERS
The Salons and Staterooms are very spacious and cheerful; finely lighted and ventilated, and elegantly furnished. The Table will compare favorably with that of the best Hotels in England. Ladies Boudoir-also Piano, Library, Smoking, and Bath Rooms, etc. A Surgeon, Stewards, and Stewardesses on every Steamer. Medicine and attendance free.

STEERAGE
The steerage is large, light and airy, and warmed by Steam in winter. Married couples and families are berthed together; Single persons placed in separate rooms. Meals are served regularly three times a day by the Ship's Stewards, and consists of an unlimited quantity of good and wholesome provisions, put on board under the inspection of the Company's Purveyor. Plenty of fresh drinking water. The care of Surgeon and Stewards free.

PASSAGE RATES
Saloon, $50, $60, $70,..Excursion, $100, $110, $120
Steerage, to Scandinavian or German Ports, - $32
Steerage, from Scandinavian or German Ports, - $30
Steerage, from or to Principal Ports in Great Britain, - $26
BEING $2,00 CHEAPER THAN MOST OTHER LINES

Carl's brother Christian had already come to America. He may have seen this newspaper ad for the Wilson Line's service from Christiania (Oslo) to Hull, England



He booked passage aboard the Wilson Line's steamship S.S. Hero (2) which departed Oslo on August 12, 1870 for the 48 hour trip to Hull. Below you'll see his name on the official passenger manifest for the first leg of his journey to America. It shows the date of departure, his age of 19, his home of Kongsberg, his final destination of Edgerton, Wisconsin, and the vessel Hero.

This is an image of the S.S. Hero.


Below is the listing of corresponding ships that he would have been able to connect with to make the trans-Atlantic crossing. Passenger records list him on the SS Calabria and that he arrived in America on 8-26-1870. 


S.S. Calabria


The Norway-Heritage website has an amazing story about how the majority of emigrants going to America would travel. It also gives some insight to the development of how ships were constructed and the transportation arranged. Here's the link:



Those Who Came To America

Christian (Kristian) Narveson's destination was Edgerton, Wisconsin. He homesteaded land in Wisconsin on July 10. 1883. (See document below).  At some point he traveled to the gold mines of Montana. Below he's listed in the 1894 Helena, Montana city directory. He passed away in Helena on June 10, 1908. To date no records have been found to indicate he married or had children.


From 1894 Helena, Montana city directory.

Mine patents found for Christian Narveson in Lewis And Clark County, Montana.

Charles Narve Hotvedt was my great grandfather. His tree is at the beginning of this page and extensive information is available in the "His Life and Times" area of this website. Charles was born Carl (Karl). As mentioned previously, he took the name "Hotvedt" from the name of the family farm (Tubbe-Hotvedt) which he left when he emigrated to America in 1875 at the age of 17. Charles owned a tavern on Barstow Street, downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Here's a favorite picture of him...notice the name "Hotvedt" in the window and reflected in the mirror.


Karen & Helene Narvesdatter

 

On the family tree, Clarence listed Charles Narve Hotvedt’s sister Karen…later found to have gone by the name Kari. She became a mystery woman as we researched her.

 

Kjell, in Norway wrote, “Kari was confirmed at Skoger church Oct 2 1859 but I have not found her moving to Kongsberg like her parents and siblings. I checked the church records of both Skoger and Kongsberg without finding a trace of her getting married, being buried or having emigrated - quite frustrating !”

 

I found that Karen was not listed on her mother’s death record as were the other children. She’s also not listed on the 1865 census, although she would have been about 20 years old and probably had already left home.

 

I noticed that both Karen and her sister Helene are shown on the family tree as having married Ramstad men. As a child I knew Helene’s daughters Lucy and Nelly Ramstad. I posed the theory to Kjell that both gals emigrated to America and married brothers. Since I knew Helene lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, I did a quick search on www.findagrave.com and discovered the graves of both Helene and Karen and their husbands. It appeared that two sisters emigrated to America and married brothers who had also emigrated to America.

 

At the same time, Kjell was continuing his search and sent the following information to me: “In US census 1910 Andrew Ramstad and Helen with Nellie - household # 245 - were living next door to John Ramstad and Karie - household # 243 - at Eau Claire Ward 1, Eau Claire and it seems they were neighbors in 1920 also, household # 279 Andrew Ramstad and Helen, both 71 years old and household # 281 John Ramstad and Karen N. Ramstad, both 73 years old, at Eau Claire Ward 1, Eau Claire.”  He continued, “I guess I found the link of Andrew and John Ramstad. The short version of my latest findings: in Norway they were brothers, parents Ole Gudmundsen and Karen Andersdatter, from farm Visperud Ramstad in Fet, Akershus county. So, two sisters married two brothers.” He found that Andrew and John emigrated to America in 1867 and their parents followed in 1868.


Helene & Andrew's home as it is today.

Lucy, Nellie & possibly sister Hilda Ramstad. Lucy & Nellie lived in their parents home until their deaths.

Karen & John's home as it is today.

Below is a tree for Karen and Helene. I purposely blocked some
information for the privacy of living relatives.


Kjell further researched Karen (Kari) and wrote the following:

"Kari Narvesen may have been the more adventuress and willful sibling because, at age 14, she moved from Sigdal to Skoger in December 1858 by herself, 9 months later than her parents and sister Marthe Marie. In addition she did not move from Skoger to Kongsberg along with parents, Marthe Marie and toddler Karl in 1861. Instead, reference this church record, she left Skoger for the neighboring district of Stromso in Drammen city, working as a servant. Only in the spring of 1863 did she move from Stromso to Kongsberg but she did not join the rest of the family in Kongsberg. According to this church record she was to work as a servant at the house of Mr. Lange (the forest master of Kongsberg silver mines at the time) at Nymoen."

 

"Still haven't found her in census 1865 ! !"

"Then in 1867 she finally took the great leap and emigrated to Wisconsin and was the first child of Narve Helliksen and Eleonore Clausdatter leaving the nest for good."

"This church record is actually for emigrants from Kongsberg of 1871 but in those days not everybody was logged in the emigrant protocols until years later. In the case of Kari it is stated that she left 4 years ago, her birth and confirmation dates are listed and also that she was leaving for Viskonsin - Amerika. In addition the record says that an official certification was issued on
April 24, 1871, the content of which is not known. I am not familiar with what prevailing rules and regulations one had to abide by before getting married in US 1872, but my guess is that Kari sent a letter to her parents asking them to contact the local parson to issue a verification of her date of birth ahead of her getting married the year later."


Peter (Peder) Hotvedt The following is information on Peter:

Born: 22 Jan 1861 at Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norge (Norway)

Married: (1) Caroline (Lena)

Married: (2) 1894 Emma NICHOLSON

Died: 1930 at Pierce County, Wisconsin

 

Occupation: Doctor

 

Peter's Children: Harriette HOTVEDT, Hazel HOTVEDT, Malvin HOTVEDT, Nels HOTVEDT (1884)

 

Events in Peter’s life:

22 Jan 1861 - - Peter (Peder) Ingvald HOTVEDT was born; Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norge (Norway)

09 Apr 1884 - Birth of son Nels HOTVEDT;

1894  - Married Emma NICHOLSON (aged 19);

07 Apr 1896 - Death of wife Emma NICHOLSON (aged 20);

1930 69 - Peter (Peder) Ingvald HOTVEDT died; Pierce County, Wis (Note.1)

(Note.1) buried in Martell Methodist Cemetery, Pierce County

This is a wonderful heirloom which is still in the family. A small hand-carved chest

made by Peter Hotvedt. Inscribed on the bottom,

"Belongs to Mabel - 1887 - Peter Hotvedt" (w/ his signature).


Martinius Jorgensen

Martinius became quite a mystery man as Kjell, Mike Linak, and myself researched his emigration to America. Originally we were only able to find one record which will be discussed below.

Martinius was born August 23, 1865 to unmarried Martha Narvesen. His father was Jorgen Timandsen Hvamb. Church records show he was christened on October 29, 1865 in Kongsberg. In the December 1, 1865 census he was listed as living with his mother and grandparents Narve Stengelsrud and Eleonore Bjorndalen at farm Glabak. The 1875 census shows "Tinius" Jorgensen living with his grandparents at Tubbe-Hotvedt. Records show he was confirmed as Martinius Jorgensen Tubbehotvedt on October 3, 1880, at Hedenstad Church. The 1885 census lists his mother with her husband but there's no mention of Martinius.

The first record we found dealt with what turned out to be a return trip from Norway after a visit in 1901. It was an Ellis Island document which revealed several bits of information including his name as Tinius Hotsveat (see image below...it's a hand written record and the spelling was probably based on the writer spelling it as it sounded to him or her). Additional information included that he was an American, he was married, and his stated purpose for the trip to America was listed as "going home." This told us that he had previously emigrated to America. His destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota. Secondly, a passenger list for Cunard Line's SS Campania (see below) shows him as Thos (tinius) Hotvet, an American headed to Minnesota.



Several weeks of searching took place before Kjell found what we were looking for. His original emigration record. He left Sandsvar in the spring of 1884 which is no coincidence since his grandmother sold Tubbehotvedt and moved to Holo in June that year. 19 years old in 1884 matches his birth in 1865 perfectly and the middle 'J' could be Jorgensen. And he was going to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


The record below shows his sailing on the SS Geiser from Oslo to New York. Leaving Oslo on April 17, 1884 and arriving in New York on May 2, 1884.


After a search of the 1885 Wisconsin census records we found him living in Rock Creek (Dunn County), Wisconsin...less than 15 miles from Eau Claire.


Interestingly, the 1885 census also listed a Peter Hotvedt (possibly his uncle) and a John Ramstad (possibly his aunt Karen's future husband) living in Rock Creek.

Following his stay in Rock Creek he seemed to disappear from the record books. Subsequent searching found a likely candidate living in Minneapolis...one Thomas Hotwet. Thomas and wife Mary are listed in the 1900 census:


They were also found in the 1905 Minnesota census.

Subsequent searching to confirm his identity proved futile. Finally, in October, 2014, Kjell was able to obtain an official death record for Thomas from the State of Minnesota. It revealed a birth date and birth city that exactly matches the man we had been searching for. This is probably as close to a positive identification as we'll ever get.



Those Who Remained In Norway


Martha Narvesen and Anders Narvesen Hotvedt stayed in Norway and raised families. Anna Hotvedt (not related) in Norway, traced these branches and found the following:


"You are quite right, I do enjoy nosing into old archives : D Ederklep, that is one unusual name! At first I thought it might be a misinterpreted american version of another name, but no - Ederklep it is! It popped up right away. Marthe married Thor (also listed as Tov, but not Thurn), listed as a reastaurant-owner, and the had 3 children: Gustofa (1879), Nils (26.01.1883) and Elionore (1885). The family lived in Nymoens Torv in Kongsberg in 1885. When I follow Nils, I find him in a 1910 census for Kongsberg, living in Dyremyrgate, living alone listed as farmer (not living in a farm, obviously). Gustofa is later called Gustava and married Halvor I. Ruud (1871). They had Eleonore (girl, 29.12.1899), Gunvor (girl, 15.03.1902), Johan (boy, 17.12.1904), Tora (girl, 06.05.1907) and Torstein (boy, 22.11.1909). Dress in 1910 census for Kongsberg: Nymoens Torv. Marthe, as mother-in-law, lived with them, and they had two maids/servants. The place has obviously been both hotel and restaurant, according to the archive."

Marthe and Tov operated the business which was along the lines of a café/restaurant/hotel at Nymoens Torv in Kongsberg. A staff member of the Kongsberg city technical office confirmed that the building was totally destroyed by fire in 1920 and nothing was built on the site until a movie theater in 1965.


This is a listing of Marthe's descendants. I have found many living descendants but will respect their privacy and not post names on this site. 

Anders Narvesen Hotvedt bought Holo farm in Modum on 26 April 1884 and the sale was officially registered as a lawful change of property ownership on May 10 1884. Church records show that Anders and his mother Eleonora Clausdatter Bjorndalen moved to Heggen parish in 1884. (Remember that Eleonora sold Tubbehotvedt in 1884). In the census of 1891, so far not digitized, they were living together at Holo. Anders was referred to as single, property owner and farmer and his mother was referred to as supported for by her son. Anders daughter Anna and her half brother Einar lived and worked at Holo as singles all their life.


The city of Modum has since expanded and includes a newer housing  development on the original Holo farm. However, the original barn remains (above) as does an original food storage structure (below). Pictures were taken in September of 2014.


Anna's information continues, "Anders Narvesen Hotvedt marries Oliane (Oleane) Kristoffersdatter Lobben, and they have 4 children: Nils Andersen Holo (22.10.1894), Kristoffer Andersen Holo (18.08.1896), Einar Andersen Holo(1899-1899), Anna (Andersdatter) Andersen Hotvedt (01.09.1901). Anders dies of tuberculosis on October 2, 1901. As a curiosity, Oliane remarries later, and get at least two more children. Oliane, new husband Ole Syvertsen and all the children lives - in 1910 census for Modum, in Holo. This is not far from Kongsberg."





This is a listing of Ander's descendants that we've been able to find.

An update: Kjell was able to find two different sources in Norway who both indicated that there are no living descendants of Ander's children. These sources said that Anne (Anna) and half brother Einar never married.

Anders Narveson Hotvedt's daughter Anne.

Ander's sons Nils and Kristoffer's graves in Oslo.


Anne (Anna) Marie Narvesdatter was born in 1854 and was Ander's twin. (Not to be confused by his daughter of the same name.) Information is scarce for Anne but Kjell found a church record indicating she moved from her birth place in Sigdal to Kongsberg with the family in 1863. Anne Marie died from meningitis 29 Dec 1865 at Kongsberg.

Kjersti Narvesdatter passed at birth or shortly after in 1857.

Please note: Any trees I have included here are not necessarily complete. They list the names that have been found.



Tubbe-Hotvedt Farm

Tubbe-Hotvedt farm is important as it's the name Carl Narveson took when he came to America. It's the origin of our family name, Hotvedt.

On my trip to Norway relatives explained the farm's name. Tubbe is a term that was used to describe a direction, as in north, south, east or west. Since there were (and still are) many Hotvedt farms, Tubbe was the term to designate this particular farm. And Hotvedt means "high field." 

 Aerial view from 1951.

In March of 2014 I contacted the Buskerub County office in Kongsberg, Norway, in an attempt to determine if the original farm house still existed at Tubbe-Hotvedt. They replied, “Tubbe-Hotvedt, farm house, build 1840, restaured (restored) 1984-85, is still there.”


Google Earth aerial view today.

The original 1840 house as it is today.

Knut, the current owner, invited us for the traditional Norwegian afternoon cake and coffee on the back porch. The cake was delicious and the view was spectacular.


The Registry Office of Numedal and Sandsvar indicates that Narve Helliksen and family moved from Kongsberg to Tubbe-Hotvedt in 1867. A deed registered October, 1 1867, shows the transfer of ownership from the widow of Halvor Gulbrandsen (Ingeborg Marie Jacobsdatter Tubbehotvedt) to Narve Helliksen Stengelsrud for the total sum of 2200 Specidaler (pre-Krone denomination).


From the registry, translated by Kjell:


"The undersigned widow, Ingeborg Marie Jacobsdatter Tubbehotvedt, confirm that I have sold my farm and conducted a full makeover of Tubbehotvedt, serial number 525 skyld 3 Daler 23 Skilling* to Narve Helliksen  Stengelsrud. My right of ownership to Tubbehotvedt is to be found in the Testament from my late husband Halvor Gulbrandsen dated 28 December 1864, registered on 15 November 1865. Tubbehotvedt is under the cadastral number old 107 / new 125 in Hedenstad parish of Sandsvar Tinglag.** The farm is sold, houses and other amenities included, for the agreed purchase price Spd 2200 – two thousand two hundred Specidaler."



*These designators with numbers were a measurement determined by the tax authorities for taxation which again relates to a certain size of the farm.

** Tinglag was the smallest juridical unit that Norway was divided into at the time.


Narve Stengelsrud’s widow Eleonore Klausdatter sold the farm, deed registered 23 June 1884, for 10400 kroner (approx eq. of 2600 of the old monetary unit Specidaler) to Hans Hansen Varp.



Doing further research, Kjell found that in 1853 a new school system of 8 districts was established, each with a fixed school house. Up until then, schooling had taken place at different farm houses on an alternative basis. One of the new districts was East Hedenstad with fixed schools at farm Hotvedt and Tubbe-Hotvedt. The latter had the school at their premises from 1858-1880



In the summer of 1980 Tom Linak (Mabel's son - Clarence's nephew) journeyed to Norway in search of relatives and the Tubbe-Hotvedt farm. Below is a trip report he mailed to Clarence upon returning to the United States. In his writings he mentions finding an Eric and Ruth Hotvedt in Skollenborg, Norway, where Tubbe Hotvedt is located. They have a son Halvor and daughter-in-law Anne Marie Hotvedt. With the help of Anna I was able to locate and visit with Anne Marie on the phone. Subsequent research found that these Hotvedt's are not related.


 Here is the trip report written by Tom Linak:




Two pictures of the Tubbe Hotvedt farm house taken in 1980.

Knut, the current owner of Tubbe-Hotvedt, confirmed these pictures correct. He said the upper left window in the above picture was his bedroom as a child growing up there.