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Mari Iversdatter "Marie" Skaar Finnestad
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1823
Hjelmeland kommune
Rogaland fylke, Norway
Death: Nov. 1, 1905
Ogle County
Illinois, USA

Based upon the Calvary Lutheran Church funeral record (used as the basis for the inscription) Mari was born in 1824.

The 1865 Norwegian Census record placed Mari's age at 43, indicating she was born in 1822 or 1821 (depending on whether the census took place before or after July 1865).

The parish record for Mari and Ole's marriage indicated Mari was 18 3/4 on the date of her marriage, July 4, 1844, indicating Mari's year of birth as 1825.

The census records for the United States in 1900 listed Mari's birth as July 1823. With all the conflicting data, it was difficult to verify her true date of birth.

After I had the monument created I eventually confirmed Mari's siblings (Rasmus, Martha and Susanna) and allowed me to verify the names of Mari's parents. With that additional information I tracked down her Norwegian baptism/birth record and confirmed Mari was born in 1823, NOT 1821, 1822, or 1824. So unfortunately the inscription on the Finnestad monument is off by one year.

Mari was christened at home on 6 July 1823 (not in the church) and in the church 3 Aug. 1823. (From her birth record)

Here is Mari's confirmation record. Here it's easy to read her parents names and here we can see that she was
christened 3 Aug. 1823. Confirmation Mari Iversdatter # 4, 6 Oct. 1839: 
Family links: 
  Iver Reierson (1798 - 1878)
  Sigrid Rasmusdatter (1795 - 1881)
  Ole Olson Finnestad (1814 - 1906)*
  Elizabeth Olsdatter Knutson (1844 - 1930)*
  Sarah Olsdatter Finnestad Finnestad (1846 - 1923)*
  Maria Olsdatter (1848 - 1851)*
  Bertha Olsdatter Finnestad Haaland (1850 - 1929)*
  Iverdine Olsdatter Finnestad Travland (1850 - 1879)*
  Rachel Marie Olsdatter Finnestad Vallem (1853 - 1932)*
  Ole Olson Finnestad (1856 - 1928)*
  Mary Olsdatter Finnestad Bell (1859 - 1937)*
  Berthel Olson Finnestad (1861 - 1914)*
  Rasmus Olson Finnestad (1863 - 1945)*
  Barnel Oluf Olson Finnestad (1866 - 1868)*
  Mari Iversdatter Skaar Finnestad (1823 - 1905)
  Marthe Iversdatter Skaar (1825 - 1826)*
  Reier Iverson Skaar (1827 - 1828)*
  Martha Iversdatter Skaar Peterson (1829 - 1899)*
  Britha Iversdatter Skaar (1832 - ____)*
  Rasmus Iverson Skaar (1835 - 1922)*
  Susanna Iversdatter Skaar Travland (1838 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Cemetery
Lee County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 71
Created by: Michael Finnestad
Record added: Feb 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65282892
Mari Iversdatter Marie <i>Skaar</i> Finnestad
Added by: Michael Finnestad
Mari Iversdatter Marie <i>Skaar</i> Finnestad
Added by: Michael Finnestad
Mari Iversdatter Marie <i>Skaar</i> Finnestad
Added by: Michael Finnestad
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 Added: Feb. 7, 2011

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