|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1838, Norway|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1926|
South Dakota, USA
Michael was born Mikkel/Mikael Ericksen Elvehjem, and came from the parish of Sogndal. He was the son of Erik Gvesten Elvehjem and Unni Johannessen. Erik's occupation was a turner (making Norwegian spinning wheels). Michael married Ingeborg Gurine (or Gurine Ingeborg) Gaard (chose to be called "Julia" in the United States) on Nov. 15/16, 1866 at Skare, near Haugesund, Norway. Julia was the daughter of Knud Knudsen Gaard and Torbjor/Torborg Gahr Nilsdtr Nilssen. Several years after their marriage, the couple moved, in 1871, to the United States. After arriving in the United States, Michael and Julia first stayed in Chicago with Michael's brother Gjest (#62819438) and his wife Margaret, and their two children. Michael and Julia were somehow lured to Earl (now Earlville), only 60 miles southwest of Chicago for homesteading. Sometime before 1882, the family left Illinois, heading out west via oxen and caravan. Michael and Julia had decided to leave Illinois because they were extremely frustrated that a railroad track had been built diagonally across their farm. One day, the family story goes, while on their journey west, the caravan stopped in Miner County, South Dakota for lunch. A large number of Norwegians had already begun settling in the region, and the family was coaxed to end their travels right there and help develop the community. Their first home was a sod house, which Michael built for the family to live in. Michael's death certificate lists his cause of death as The Sudden Death Curse.
Michael and Julia's children were:
Erik Johan, born Jan. 2, 1867, Norway. Died in infancy.
Karen Tomina, died shortly after birth in Norway.
Carl Johan, born Mar. 14, 1872 Earlville, Illinois. Married Marie Petrina Rimstad on Sep. 7, 1895. Had 11 children. Died Apr. 9, 1941.
Edward Usen, born Nov. 21, 1873 in Earlville, Illinois. Married Louise Helen Ilstad on Jun. 25, 1908 Had 9 children. Died Jan. 8, 1934.
Martin Emil, born Mar 4, 1876 in Earlville, Illinois. Married Anna Elshaug on Feb. 10, 1898. Died Apr. 7/9, 1939 and is buried at Belleview Lutheran Cemetery, Miner County, South Dakota.
Bertie Martina, born May 28, 1878 in Leland, Illinois. Married Nels Servold on Oct. 20, 1898. Had 6 children. Died Jul. 7, 1937.
Julia Marie born Aug. 28, 1880. Married John Olai Servold on Nov. 1, 1901. Had 10 children. Died May 6, 1946.
Erik Gvesten Elvehjem
Ingeborg Gurine Gaard Erickson (1838 - 1892)*
Carl Johan Erickson (1872 - 1941)*
Edward Usen Erickson (1873 - 1934)*
Martin Emil Erickson (1876 - 1939)*
Bertie Martina Erickson Servold (1878 - 1937)*
Julia Mary Erickson Servold (1880 - 1946)*
John Erickson (1836 - 1907)*
Michael Erickson (1838 - 1926)
Hannah Erickson Person (1849 - 1939)*
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Jan Darby
Record added: Dec 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63069170
Added: Dec. 19, 2010