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Petra Olsdatter Skavland Sem
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1879
Nord-Trøndelag fylke, Norway
Death: Jun. 10, 1961
Garfield County
Montana, USA

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Norwegian church records document that Petra Olsdatter was born on August 14,1879 to Ole Pedersen and Ann Pedersdatter from the Engesmoen farm, Enga, Snåsa, Nord-Trøndelag Norway. Petra's mother was born on the Skavlan farm.

In 1902 Petra and her brother Peter emmigrated to America. Petra left first in May followed by her brother in July. Petra's last name in the ship records is listed as Engumsmo which is Engesmoen misspelled. Engesmoen is the name of the farm she left in Norway.
Her brother Peter (FINDAGRAVE #14740404) is listed on ship records as Peter Ols. which is an abbreviation for Olsen. Petra and Peter decide to use the Skavlan surname in America. The Skavlan/Skavland surname was used also by other close relatives who immigrated to America. Their destination is Deloraine Canada Manitoba which is the final stop in Canada before entry into north Dakota USA and Bottineau.

In the 1910 US census Petra is married to Carl Sem and is living with Carls parents in Bottineau North Dakota. She has four year old Alvin.

Carl Sem is living in Bottineau in 1900 as documented in the 1900 US census. There is a homestead patent for Carl Sem issued in 1908. Carl's parents Rasemus and his family immigrated in 1904. Ship records document the family using the surname FORBERG on the voyage.

1910 US census
Bottineau North Dakota
Head - Rasemus O Sem M 56 Norway
Wife - Inger M Sem F 55 Norway
Son - Christ Sem M 24 Norway
Son - Rudolf Sem M 14 Norway
Head - Carl Sem M 31 Norway
Wife - Petera Sem F 30 Norway
Son - Alvin O Sem M 4 North Dakota

Rasinus and Inger are included in this Norwegian family tree:


Carl was born on the SEM farm in Snasa Harad Norway

Children of Petra and Carl Sem:

---Ida Sem Buckler
---Clifford Sem born 15 March 1918 montana
---Alvin O Sem
---Clara Sem Leslie,-- Portland, Ore
---Ruby Sem Freeman,-- Rialto, Cal
---Ruth Sem Alex-born July 02,1910 in Bottineau,
North Dakota,and died September 08,1947

It appears that Petra is still residing in Bottineau in the 1915 State Census under the Misspelling Petra Sam.
Carl Sem is working in Washington state in 1918 as a carpenter. When he registers for the draft in Washington in 1918 he documents that his wife Petra Sem resides in Joplin Montana. In the 1920 census he is still working in Washington state and is living with an uncle.

1930 United States Census
Name: Petra Sam
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1930
Event Place: Joplin, Liberty, Montana, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 51
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1879
Birthplace: Norway
Immigration Year: 1902
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Petra Sam Head F 51 Norway
Ruth Sam Daughter F 19 North Dakota
Ida Sam Daughter F 17 North Dakota
Clara Sam Daughter F 14 North Dakota
Clifford Sam Son M 12 Montana
Ruby Sam Daughter F 9 Montana

Family links: 
  Ole Pedersen Engum (1824 - 1901)
  Ann Pedersdatter Engum (1850 - ____)
  Carl Olaf Sem (1878 - 1947)*
  Alvin O Sem (1905 - 1985)*
  Ida Sem Buckler (1912 - 1937)*
  Clifford P Sem (1918 - 1970)*
  Petra Olsdatter Skavland Sem (1879 - 1961)
  Peter Skavland (1881 - 1970)*
*Calculated relationship
Joplin Cemetery
Liberty County
Montana, USA
Maintained by: Vinje
Originally Created by: cara
Record added: Oct 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43030361
Petra Olsdatter <i>Skavland</i> Sem
Added by: Sarah Gruwell
Petra Olsdatter <i>Skavland</i> Sem
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This is my great-grandmother. Her birth date is August 16, 1879 as far as I have been able to find out. She was born in Norway.
- Patty-ricia
 Added: May. 13, 2010

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