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Peder Olson Dokken
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1848, Norway
Death: Aug. 7, 1928
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA

Obituary: Park Region Echo, Aug. 9, 1928, page 7 column 4
Peder Olson Docken
Peder Olson Docken (Dokken) of Nelson passed away Tuesday, August 8, 1928 at the home of his nephew, Edwin R. Olson, at the advanced age of 80 years.
The deceased was born in Norway on August 18, 1848, and came to America forty four years ago. He was married in Norway to Marit Everhaage and one daughter, Lizzie, was born to this union. She is now Mrs. W. D. Sanford. His wife passed away before he came to America. For many years Mr. Docken lived on his farm in Alexandria township, and about twenty years ago he moved to the village of Nelson, where he made his home until five years ago, since when he made his home with his nephew, Edward R. Olson, east of Nelson. He leaves several sisters and brothers in Norway, and one sister in this country, Mrs. Peter Barsness, who lives at Roseglen, North Dakota. The funeral arrangements had not been made at the time we go to press.

Peder Olson Docken's daughter Lizzie married Willis Sanford in Minneapolis.
HENNEPIN 00970148

Peder Olson Docken (Dokken on some records, and in Norway) is buried in the Nelson Cemetery, Douglas county, Minnesota. There are supporting census records for him, and he died in nearby Osakis, Douglas county, Minnesota Aug. 7, 1928.
His gravestone says simply "Uncle Peder". My aunt (age 88) remembers that a Peder Dokken lived in Nelson above the store with Mary (Mrs. Tom) Olson and her sister Lena Olsen - and there is quite a bit of evidence that Lena married Peter Dokken in 1904. In 1910 Lena and her children were using the name Dokken for their last name. But by 1920, just Lena was, although she is "widowed" and Peder is not living with them. The marriage appears to not have worked out. Or there was no marriage?

Peder's records at are:
1900 census, widowed with a daughter Lizzie:
Peter O Dokken, "United States Census, 1900"Name: Peter O Dokken
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1900
Event Place: ED 29 Alexandria Township (excl. Alexandria village), Douglas, Minnesota, United States
Birth Date: Aug 1850
Birthplace: Norway
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Race: White
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Years Married:
Marriage Year (Estimated):
Mother of how many children:
Number of Living Children:
Immigration Year: 1885
Page: 1
Sheet Letter: A
Family Number: 14
Reference ID: 49
GS Film number: 1240762
Digital Folder Number: 004120273
Image Number: 00292
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Peter O Dokken M 50 Norway
Daughter Lizzie Dokken F 21 Norway

Here is the 1904 marriage record, with errors in transcription or ???
DOUGLAS G - 562 8/27/1904 BACK, P P OLSON, LENA

1910 in Alexandria
Peter O Dokken, "United States Census, 1910"Name: Peter O Dokken
Event Place: Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Immigration Year: 1885
Birthplace: Norway
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Household ID: 3
Page: 1

Name: Peter Dokken
Event Type:
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: , Douglas, Minnesota
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Birthplace: Norway
Birth Year (Estimated): 1850
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Birthplace:
Household ID: 13
Sheet Number: 1
GS Film number: 1820828
Digital Folder Number: 4312176
Image Number: 00648

1928 death:
parents:Ole Peterson, /
Name Peder Olson Docken
Gender Male
Burial Date
Burial Place
Death Date 07 Aug 1928
Death Place Osakis, Douglas, Minnesota
Age 79
Birth Date 1849

It is possible that this is Peder Olsen Dokken from Nord-Fron.
1865 Norway Census, born 1849:

Census year: 1865
Municipality: Nord-Fron
Municipality number: 0518
Name of domicile: Dokken
Number of persons in this domicile: 8


Name Family status Marital status Occupation Birth year Place of birth Ethnicity
Ole Pedersen hf g Husmand med Jord 1823 Nordre Fron
Marit Olsdatter Hans Kone g 1826 Nordre Fron
Peder Olsen Deres Søn ug Hjælper Faderen 1849 Nordre Fron
Peder Olsen Deres Søn ug 1855 Nordre Fron
Østen Olsen Deres Søn ug 1859 Nordre Fron
Nils Olsen Deres Søn ug 1862 Nordre Fron
Ole Olsen Deres Søn ug 1865 Nordre Fron
Kari Olsdatter Deres Datter ug 1851 Nordre Fron

His genealogy is posted online here, back in Norway, including his parents.

Peder Olsen Dokken
1849 -
born: 1849 Dokka, Kvam
Kjønn Mann
Person ID I195159

Father Ole Pedersen Bjørkerusten, born. 7 Jun 1823, Bjørkerusten, Kvam
Mor Marit Olsdtr Dokken, born. 22 Mar 1825, Dokka, Kvam
Married 16 Jun 1846 Kvam Kirke
Famile ID F141291

Possible first marriage in Norway for Peder Olson Dokken.
Name: Peder Olsen
Birth Date: 1849
Spouse's Name: Marit Larsdr
Spouse's Birth Date: 1851
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 04 Feb 1879
Event Place: Nord Fron,Opland,Norway
Father's Name: Ole Pedersen
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Father's Name: Lars Olsen

Four days after the above marriage, a baby girl that is a good match for Lizzie Dokken is born in the same parish, with parents of the same name.
Lise Olsen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"Name: Lise Olsen
Gender: Female
Event Date: 27 Apr 1879
Event Place: Nord-Fron, Oppland, Norway
Birth Date: 08 Feb 1879
Death Date:
Name Note:
Father's Name: Peder Olsen
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age: 30y
Mother's Name: Marit Larsdr
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age: 28y
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C42007-3
System Origin: Norway-EASy
GS Film number: 125513
Reference ID:

This is a history for Peder Olson Docken's sister, Marit (Mrs. Peter) Barsness.
Mr. and Mrs. Peder Barsness

Peder Barsness came to the Roseglen, North Dakota community from Cyrus, Minnesota in the spring of 1906. In an immigrant freight car, he brought his horses, cattle, machinery, and other household supplies. His son, Oscar, who was eleven at the time, came with him.

Hauling lumber from Garrison, Barsness put up a small barn and a two-room tarpaper house, with a ladder-style stairway to the low upstairs, where the children slept. In June, Mrs. Barsness and their other four children joined him. They arrived by train to Garrison, where Mr. Barsness and Oscar met them in a horse-drawn lumber wagon.

Earlier pioneers had organized a congregation with occasional worship services that were held in various homes. At that time, those services were conducted by a minister who would travel to the area from Turtle Lake.

Barsness, however, feeling the need of a Sunday School for his own children, set about organizing the first Sunday School of what was to become the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Roseglen.

He secured the use of a vacant homestead shack belonging to Karl Kvale as a meeting place. Here, as the supervisor and the only teacher, Barsness and his four older children met regularly, weather permitting, with children of other nearby families. Only families within walking distance were represented in this first early Sunday School, namely the Rostads, Granheims, and Barsness's. Those who attended were taught subjects as diverse as the ABCs, Luther's Small Catechism, and The Explanation, all in the Norwegian language.

In the summer of 1907, Oscar met instant death in a runaway accident, a hard blow to the parents. In the years to come, four more children were added to the family.

One Sunday noon in 1917, Papa Barsness, with the family home from church, had something on his mind. "De agar ikke an go snore paa raaden me hester langere," he announced suddenly. "Me maa fell kjobe os en automobile like dan some andre folk." And so one day, he brought home a car, a Model T Ford.

Papa Barsness was born in Sogn, Norway, and died in 1938, at the age of seventy-four. Mama (Marit) Barsness, born in S. Fron, Gulbransdalen, Norway, died in 1939 at the age of sixty-nine.

The findagrave number for Peder Olson Docken's sister is
Find A Grave Memorial# 44161245

Family links: 
  Lena Larson Olsen (1867 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
Nelson Cemetery
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Sec 1 Blk 16 Lot ??
Created by: Enoch
Record added: May 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110423629
Peder Olson Dokken
Added by: Enoch
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