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Jakob Elias Williamson, I
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1853
Kvinesdal kommune
Vest-Agder fylke, Norway
Death: Jul. 10, 1928
Farsund kommune
Vest-Agder fylke, Norway

Jakob Elias Williamson (1853-1928) migrated to Minnesota in the United States in June of 1899 where he worked as a farmer. He returned to Norway around 1914 and stayed until his death. (b. April 14, 1853; Dalen farm, Feda parish, Kvinesdal, Vest Agder, Norway - d. July 10, 1928; Troyberg farm, Vanse parish, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway)

Jakob Elias Williamson, Jakob Elias Willumsen, Jakob Elias Villumsen.

Jakob was the son of Olene Andrea Pedersdatter (1819-1912) and Willum Andreas Larsen (1816-1896). He was born in April of 1853.

On April 17, 1853 he was baptized under the name "Jakob Elias Williamsen" at Fede parish, Kvinesdal, Vest Agder, Norway.

Gine Martene Villumsdatter (1845-1903) who married Ole Mathias Tønnessen (1843-1929) in 1865 and moved to Skranefjell farm, in Fede by 1900; Lars Peder Villumsen (1849-1914) aka Peder Villumsen who married Anne Severine Andreasdotter (1855-1898) in 1871 and after her death he married Oline Andreasdotter (1877-?) in 1903; Kristiane M. Villumsdatter (1860-1883); and Villumine A. Villumsdatter (1863-after1900). All the children were born in Fede, Kvinesdal, Vest-Agder, Norway.

First marriage:
Jakob married Anna Elisabeth Olesdatter (1855-1909) around 1878. Anna was born in November of 1853.

They had the following children: Willhelmina Olesdatter (1879-1936) who married Bernhard Gjelhaug; Ole M. Williamson (1881-1948) who married Doris E. Wilkens (1901-1980); Helen Marie Williamson (1888-1975) who married Edgar Pardon (1881-1973) aka Maria Williamson, who was born in June of 1888; Christian Arthur Williamson (1889-1939) aka "Alfred Williamson" in the 1900 US Census, who was born in November of 1889; Jacob Elias Williamson (1892-1974) who was born in February of 1882, and he married Tilda Olson (1895-1978); Emil A. Williamson (1896-1964) who was born in July of 1896, and he married Martha Wilkens (1902-1989); and Jenny C. Williamson (1899-1956) who was born in October of 1899 and she travelled back to Norway and married Ole Johnson (1871-1961), and may have returned to the US around 1914. Jacob had a total of eight children, with seven living, by the year 1900.

His son Ole M. Williamson emigrated to Minnesota in 1897. Jacob came to the United States with his wife and the remaining children in June of 1899.

Death of wife:
Anna Elisabeth Olsdatter died in 1909.

Deerwood, Minnesota:
In 1900 he was living in Deerwood, Kittson County, Minnesota. He was indexed in the census under the name "Jacob Wilkemson". He had a total of eight children with seven living in the year 1900. The children living at home were: "Alfred"; Jacob; Maria; Emil; and Jennie. Jacob was working as a day laborer.

Norway Township, Minnesota:
In 1910, now a widower, he was living in Norway Township, Kittson County, Minnesota. In the census he was listed as "Jacob Williamson" and he was working as a farmer. Living with him were: "Mary Williamson"; "Jacob J. Williamson"; "Emil A. Williamson"; Jennie Williamson; and "Martin E. Williamson", who was listed as a nephew and was born in 1881. Martin was most likely the son of Lars Peder Villumsen (1849-1914) aka Peder Villumsen.

Jakob moved back to Norway after his wife died and he took Jenny C. Williamson with him.

Second marriage:
Around 1914, in Norway, he married Freddrikke Abrahamsdatter Haugeland (1894-1985).

They had the following children: Anne E. Villumson (1915-1963); Agnes Amanda Villumson (1919-?); Agnes Andrea Villumson (1919-?) who married Richard Larsen (1914-?); Jakob Frits Villumson (1922-1923) who died as an infant; Jakob Fridtjof Villumson (1924-?); and Petter A. Villumson.

He died on July 10, 1928 on Troyberg farm, Vanse parish, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.

Jakob was buried in Vanse Church Cemetery, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.

Memories about Jakob Willumsen:
Judith K. Grothe (1947- ): writes: "Jakob Willumsen, immigrated to the US with his wife and children in 1899. They settled in Northern Minnesota in Kittson County. After Jakob's wife died he returned to Norway in 1912 and remarried. Jakob had 7 children from his 1st marriage. They all stayed in the US. There were 6 children from the 2nd marriage in Norway and they all stayed in Norway - I believe that branch of the family still lives in the Suggenes, Vest-Agder, Norway area." Later she wrote: "As for Jakob. He was born 4/17/1853 in Dalen, Kvinesdal, Vest-Agder. He died on 7/10/1928 at Vanse, Vest-Agder. He married Anna Olsdatter on 11/6/1878. They had 7 children. The family believe Jakob must have owned all of the Dalen area as he later made a land exchange with his brother-in-law, Ole Tonnessen, for Ulland. Ulland is in eastern Fedafjorden and known to be a good fishing area. In 1891 Jakob was selling silicum from Ullandskjodna. He had hopes of starting a mining business. In April 1899 he sold Ulland for 1,000 Norwegian kroners and in June 1899 the whole family, except Ole, immigrated to the US. They settled in the Halma, Minnesota area in Kittson County. The oldest son, Ole had immigrated to Minnesota in 1897. The family took the name of Williamson in the US. After his wife, Anna, died in 1909, Jakob returned to Norway with his youngest child, Jenny. He missed his homeland. In 1911 Jakob purchased Troyberg, Vanse, Vest-Agder. He hired Freddrikke Haugeland as a homemaker and in 1915 they married. Jakob and Freddrikke had 6 children."

Relatives who emigrated:
Jacob had three cousins that emigrated to the US. All were descendents of his uncle, Ole Mathias Pedersen (1820-1914). They were: Otto Olsen (1858-1921) who married Hannah E. Hansen (1864-1936); Hannah Eline Olsdatter (1860-1938) aka Lena Olson, who married Andrew Havig Jensen (c1866-c1933); and Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914) who married John Edward Winblad (1856-1914). He also had a cousin that emigrated: Inga Pedersen (1885-1928) who emigrated to New York in the United States and married Emil Schneider. Inga was the daughter of Jacob's uncle, Peder Andreas Pedersen (1831-?).

Jakob Elias Willumsen (1853-1928) was the first cousin, three times removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). He was the nephew of Ole Mathias Pedersen (1820-1914). He was the great-grandfather of Judith K. Grothe (1947- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on March 25, 2004.

Family links: 
  Willum Andreas Larsen (1816 - 1896)
  Olene Andrea Pedersdatter Larsen (1819 - 1912)
  Anna Elisabeth Olesdatter Williamson (1855 - 1909)
  Wilhelmenia Williamson Gjelhaug (1879 - 1936)*
  Jacob Elias Williamson (1892 - 1974)*
  Gine Martene Willumsdatter Tønnessen (1845 - 1903)*
  Jakob Elias Williamson (1853 - 1928)
*Calculated relationship
Vanse Kyrkje
Farsund kommune
Vest-Agder fylke, Norway
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Record added: Mar 25, 2004
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