OLESON, Hans

WI 12th Inf Co C. Residence: Perry, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born 17 Sep 1840 in Romerike, Norway, a son of husmann Ole Hansen Hofseteie and Ronnaug Margrete Pedersdatter Rolstadeie. Civil War: Age 22. Farmer. Married. Blue eyes, sandy hair, rosy complexion, 5’6”. Enlisted 30 Sep 1861. Private. Promoted to Corporal 5 Oct 1863. Re-enlisted for three years and re-mustered on 2 Jan 1864 at Natchez, Mississippi. While on home leave on 13 Apr 1864 he married Marthea Jacobsdatter. Promoted to Sergeant 1 Feb 1865. Mustered out 16 Jul 1865. Naturalized 13 Dec 1865. Post war: Adopted the surname “Grinder”. Died 5 Jan 1905 at Daleyville, Wisconsin; his widow, Marthea, died 7 Mar 1931. Sources: (WHS red book vol 17, p48) (“Civil War Diary of Hans Olson Grinder”, by Albert O. Grender, priv. Publ. 1993) (“The Grinder Family” by Albet O. Grender, priv publ 1995) “Grinder, Hans”

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