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 Sjur Aarentson “Severt” Anderson

Sjur Aarentson “Severt” Anderson

Birth
Norway
Death 26 Aug 1902 (aged 85)
Illinois, USA
Burial Lisbon, Kendall County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 84349116 · View Source
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In 1854 in a low-built, three-masted sailboat with two daughters, Mary and Sena, and one on the way, Sjur and wife, Enger Katrina set sail for America. During the eleven weeks it took to cross the ocean, a cholera epidemic broke out. They arrived in Buffalo, New York, then to Chicago, Illinois by boat and on to Morris, Illinois. Somewhere along the way they changed his name to Severt Anderson when they came to America because of the difficulty or confusion with Sjur Arents.
When they got to Morris, Illinois, they were met by Johannes Markhus, and given a ride to the home of Sjuar Mathres's home and stayed in a barn the first night as people were afraid of the cholera. The next day Lars Hus took them to Lars Challey's home and there they lived in one small room. They had to go in and out of a window as there was no door and they had to be isolated from the other family until they were over the dreaded disease, cholera. Enger spent her time knitting, but would have liked to set up her loom. Sjuar (Severt) helped with the thrashing, to pay for the lodging they had. After six weeks they found a store building in Newark, Illinois where they lived until Christmas, when they moved to a log house, an ancient tumble down structure, scarce fit for man or for mouse on Ole Duvick's farm. They had to find new floor boards as the floors were so worn out, and the new boards were put down and nailed down fast. They had to hang blankets over the windows to keep the snow out. Osmon Martin was born in this log house on May 22, 1955. In the spring of 1858 they moved near Newark to Mrs. Booth's house for the six weeks they had to wait for the windows. On Sundays they would go to a small school house where the South Lisbon Lutheran Church now stands to hear Rev. P. A. Rasmussen preach.
Sjur (Severt) was an excellent cooper, but barrels weren't in much demand. He eventually turned to working on the land while Enger knitted, making rugs and woven woolens, all of which helped feed and provide for their family.
They lived in this dwelling for four years when he bought a homesite in Lisbon and started in building the home that would be his delight. The neighbors thought it a wonder as it was 8 by 22 feet, a mansion in those days, but with 16 children, some dying in infancy, the space was well used! Enger was known for her hospitality as no one who came to her door ever went out of it hungry. She surely fed many a score as the coffee pot was never empty, the cookie jar was filled to the top and she dispensed refreshments to all who happened to stop. They were members of the West Lisbon Lutheran Church. For many years they were the only Scandinavian family in the village. She was also a mid-wife and helped many of her neighbors.
They had or raised 14 or 15 children.
• Mary (Gurine Marie Nielsen) Anderson Larson (1850-1933) (Adopted; from mother's 1st marriage) Married Torres G Larson in 1869.
• Sena (Hansine Katrine Nielsen) Anderson Nelson (1852-1929) (Adopted; from mother's 1st marriage) Married Andrew L Nelson in 1875.
• Aaron (Arent or Arents Sjurssen) Anderson (1853-1874)
• Osmon Martin Anderson (1855-1920)
• Torbior Lourisa Anderson Seglem (1856-1817) died in El Dorado, Kansas. Married Knute J Seglem in 1875.
• Severt Anderson (1858-1859)
• Anne Olina ("Lena") Anderson Paulsen (1859-1937) Married Samuel R Paulsen in 1879.
• Severt Elias Anderson (1861-1881)
• Peter Lewis Anderson (1862-1937)
• John Lewis Anderson (1864-1916)
• Edward Olaus Anderson (1866-1930)
• Helen Carolyn Anderson Larson (1869-1946) Married William Larson.
• Andrew Tobias (1869-1869)
• Henry Tobias (1871-1871)
• Lena Anderson (1880-1899) (adopted by Severt) [Biological father: Ed Nelson]



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  • Created by: Patricia (Anderson) Scoggin
  • Added: 2 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84349116
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sjur Aarentson “Severt” Anderson (1 Jan 1817–26 Aug 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84349116, citing West Lisbon Lutheran Cemetery, Lisbon, Kendall County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Patricia (Anderson) Scoggin (contributor 47405345) .