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Marit Dokken "Mary" Olsdatter Barsness
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Birth: May 22, 1870
Oppland fylke, Norway
Death: Nov. 20, 1939
McLean County
North Dakota, USA

Marit was born in Kvam, Nord-Fron, Oppland, Norway in May 1870. She immigrated to America in 1893. Marit lived in Alexandria, Minnesota, with her brother and his family while working as a waitress when she met Peder. Peder traveled through the area on his way up north to log timber. He stopped in the cafe to eat lunch one day and was immediately smitten by Marit's beauty. From then on, every time Peder had to travel north and, again on his way back home, he stopped in the cafe to eat...but mainly to see Marit. After a short dating period, they were married in Minnesota. Four of their children were born in Minnesota. A few years later, after being told there was land available for homesteading in the Roseglen area, Peder and his oldest son, Oscar, left for North Dakota. They took with them their work animals and what supplies were needed for setting up housekeeping. After Peder and Oscar were settled on the homestead, Marit and the remaining children traveled by train to join Peder and Oscar on their new farm. Peder & Marit had 11 children: Anna Marie, Oscar Herman, Mabel Luella, Norman Edwin, a girl & boy died in infancy, Reuben Bennane, Oswald Herman, Judith Amanda (my mother), Gladys Tina & Palmer Melvin. Their life was hard but good. One day when the family went in to town for supplies, Oscar fell off the wagon and was run over. Oscar was only 12 years old when he died from the injuries suffered in the fall. Peder and Marit never got over that tragedy. Marit's parents were Ole Pederson & Marit Olsdatter of Kvam, Nor-Fron, Oppland, Norway. Her parents did not immigrate to the US. They died at Kvam, Nor-Fron, Oppland, Norway. (Much of the above information was obtained from a story written years ago by Peder and Marit's eldest daughter, Anna.)

Family links: 
  Peder Hansson Barsness (1863 - 1938)
  Anna M. Eidahl (1894 - 1988)*
  Oscar Barsness (1895 - 1907)*
  Reuben B. Barsness (1905 - 1946)*
  Oswald Barsness (1907 - 1995)*
  Judith Amanda Barsness Amundson (1910 - 1961)*
  Gladys Barsness Peterson (1912 - 2010)*
  Palmer Barsness (1914 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Roseglen Cemetery
McLean County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Pat Amundson Elkins
Record added: Nov 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44161245
Marit Dokken Mary <i>Olsdatter</i> Barsness
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Marit Dokken Mary <i>Olsdatter</i> Barsness
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Marit Dokken Mary <i>Olsdatter</i> Barsness
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Thinking of you and the family. Still researching your ancestors. Rest in Peace. Your granddaughter.
- Pat Amundson Elkins
 Added: May. 11, 2014

- Cori Hoag
 Added: Dec. 6, 2012
Rest in Peace, Grandma. Love.
- Your Family
 Added: Nov. 10, 2009

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