Guri O. <I>Winjum</I> Bjelde

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Guri O. Winjum Bjelde

  • Birth 19 Mar 1846 Aurlandsvangen, Aurland kommune, Sogn og Fjordane fylke, Norway
  • Death 19 Jun 1908 Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 79702288

Guri O. Bjelde was born 19 Mar 1846 in Aurland, Norway. Bethania Ministerial Records state she was the daughter of Ole Vingom. Minnesota records for naturalization and for her death, give the name as Winjum.

She married Nils Andreas Bjelde about 1867 in Norway. Nils Andreas Bjelde was born in Norway in March 1845.

They were the parents of 8 children. Six of their children were as follows: Nils Andreas ca 1869-23 Jan 1952 (Louise Sandens), Peter A. 2 Jul 1872-26 Nov 1955 (Lukris Oium 1 Feb 1872-1959), Anna ca 1877, Guttorm ca Nov 1878, Malla Jan 1881- unknown, Andrias "Gerhard" 13 Jul 1884-4 Jul 1972 (Clara J. Stene 24 Aug 1887-9 Jan 1973). Their son Peter was a missionary to Madagascar.

N. Andreas and Guri came to America on the ship Campania. They departed from Liverpool, England and sailed to New York, NY arriving on 9 Jun 1894. Traveling with them were their children, Anna, Guttrom, Malla(Marta), and Gerhard. Their destination was Cannon Falls, MN.

The 1895 state census for Kenyon Township, Goodhue County, MN shows Andreas and Guri Bjelde, both age 50, Nils age 25, Guttorm age 16 and Gerhard age 10 living and farming there. Andreas is shown to be a teacher and Gerhard is living with their neighbors, the Nelson family. He is a farm laborer.

By 1900 the Federal Census shows them living in Norman County, Lee Township, MN. Andreas is now listed as a farmer and his wife, Guri, and four children, Peter A., Guttorm, Malla and Andrias Gerhard, live together. Land records show they live and farm in Section 29 of Lee Township just east of Perley. In 1905 the state census shows Gerhard still living with his parents, but their older children, Nils and Anna have joined them.

Guri's grave marker shows she died 19 Jun 1908, but the Minnesota Death Index shows that she died 15 Jun 1908. There is no funeral for Guri found in the Bethania Ministerial Records.


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  • Created by: DAJacob
  • Added: 1 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79702288
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Guri O. Winjum Bjelde (19 Mar 1846–19 Jun 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79702288, citing Bethania Lutheran Church Cemetery, Perley, Norman County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by DAJacob (contributor 47645223) .