OLSEN, Johan Christian

Residence: Norman County, Minnesota. Born 1839 at Skjegrud, Hurdals Prestegjeld, Norway, the youngest son of Ole Eriksen Björtomt. Left Norway in 1861. Civil War: Private. Died Aug 1861. Buried on the 13 Sunday after Trinity in Washington Prairie Lutheran Church Cemetery, Decorah, Winneshiek County Iowa. Pastor U. V. Koren, officiated. Monument reads “Johan Nordgaard, Born 1840 in Hurdalen, Norway. Died August 1861”. Sources: (Washington Prairie Statistics [Black Book], Section VIII Burials, p 3, 1861.) (Hurdal Bygdebok) (Book in Vesterheim, Madison, library entitled “The Skjeggerud Sisters”, p403) (Ulvestad p319) (Karlyn Nordgaard Cross said this may be her great uncle “Johan Kristian Olson Nordgaard, b 1840 d 1861”.)

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