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 Mari <I>Olsdatter Sønstegaard</I> Berge

Mari Olsdatter Sønstegaard Berge

Death 1855 (aged 45–46)
Pierce County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Martell, Pierce County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 98803801 · View Source
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Mari born on Sønstegaard, a farm in Norway, on Dec. 8. 1809, bap. Jan 7. 1810. Her parents were Ole Pedersen and Anne Christensdatter Sønstegaard. (Anne Christensdatter was from farm Sønstegaard and Ole Pedersen from farm Hanslien when they married Oct. 8. 1809.)

Mari Olsdatter Sønstegaard married Peder Bertilison Berge on Oct 5, 1835 in Follebu, Opland, Norway.

They arrived in America on July 26, 1849 on the ship called the "Preciosa" along with their children Ole, Amund, Hans, Bertil and Annie.

From essay by Olga Peterson Snow (1911-2007)
"My great grandparents, Peder Bertilson Berge (born May 12, 1808) and Mari Ola'sdatter (Ole's daughter) along with their children left Lillehammer, Norway and came to Wisconsin. In 1849 they first came to Jefferson County in
southern Wisconsin. In 1855 they brought their family and possessions by oxcart to Martell Township in Pierce County. Their children were: Ole Berge (my grandfather) born in the Lillehammer area Nov. 22, 1835, Amund born in 1842, Bertel born in 1843 or 1844, Anna and Hans. Hans was "adopted out" so his name was changed to Hans B. Werner.

Shortly after they reached Martell Township my great grandmother was pregnant. When she went into labor her husband sent word to a neighbor, Mrs. Haugen, to come and help in the delivery. She was unable to come so she sent her teenage daughter. The nearest doctor was at Hudson about fifty miles away. When the daughter didn't return, Mrs. Haugen went to see how things were. She found her daughter holding the baby but the mother had died. We think Hans was not the baby born at the time of his mother's death, but we do not know why he was "adopted out".

My great grandfather wanted his wife to have a Christian burial. A plot of ground about ten miles north (at what is now North Rush River Lutheran Church) had been consecrated that past summer. There were no roads so they followed an Indian trail and the Rush River until they reached the cemetery. She was the first white Christian woman buried there. I am sure some kind of marker was placed on her grave but no trace of it has been found."

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In searching Fall of 2011, we couldn't find the stone. Prior documentation of stone is listed on this site

"Broken stone: Mari Olsdatter b. 3 Feb 18??"





  • Created by: Lisa Moschkau
  • Added: 13 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98803801
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mari Olsdatter Sønstegaard Berge (3 Feb 1809–1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98803801, citing Rush River Lutheran Church Cemetery, Martell, Pierce County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Lisa Moschkau (contributor 47603737) .