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OLE JACOBSON

Some records have his surname as Jacobsen. Ole was born in Trondheim, Norway on 15 August 1832. He died on 17 November 1879 in Hawley. In the 1890 Veterans Schedule he was living in Hawley. His wife Elizabeth started receiving a widow's pension on 29 February 1892. Ole is buried in Clay County. Burial, Tombstone Picture
From Vesterheim, National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center:
"JACOBSEN, OLE WI 27th Inf Co H. Residence: Christiania, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born in Trondhjem, Norway, on 15 Aug 1832, a son of Jacob and Verona Jacobson. Came to America. Married on 10 Jul 1860 at Clinton, Albion Township, Dane County, Wisconsin, to a daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Torgerson of Arendal, Norway. Civil War: Age 31. Engineer. Blue eyes, black hair, light complexion, 6. Enlisted for three years on 9 Sep 1862 at Christiania and commissioned First Lieutenant on that day. Mustered 25 Oct 1862 Second in command of Company H. Company was mustered on 25 Oct 1862 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Became ill and was hospitalized in March and April 1863 in Madison, Wisconsin. Became ill again near Helena, Arkansas, and was hospitalized from 13 Aug 1863 to 31 Oct 1863. Returned to duty. He assumed command of the company on 16 Dec 1863 after loss to sickness of Captain Corneliusen. Resigned 23 Feb 1864 at Little Rock, Arkansas, due to his disability (diarrhea). Post war: Moved to Hawley, Minnesota, in 1872. In 1877, he applied for a homestead. He died in 1879 and his widow proved up the homestead. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 129-10, 130-10, 131-4,14; red book vol 32) (RWV vol II p 499) (Margit Bakke <mbakke@eot.com>)"

LARS PEDERSON JELSING
and
ANDREW L. JELSING

From History of Clay and Norman counties, Minnesota, Page 363:
"Each man who strives to fulfill his part in connection with human life and human activities is deserving of recognition, no matter what may be the field of his endeavor, for it is interesting to note the varying conditions that have compassed those whose careers are brought to the attention of the readers of history.
An enterprising merchant of the village of Dale, Highland Grove township. Clay county, is Andrew L. Jelsing. who was born in Dodge county, Minnesota, March 6, 1870. He is a son of Lars Pederson Jelsing and Maria Jelsing, both natives of Norway. The father came to America in 1861, leaving his wife in the old country until he could establish the future home of the family in the New World. After spending two years near Madison, Wisconsin, Lars Pederson Jelsing, in 1863, returned to Norway, intending not to return to America, but he subsequently came back and located in Dodge county, Minnesota. He had not been there long until he was drafted for service in the Civil War, but he hired a substitute. He brought his wife and three sons back to America with him. She was Anna Bang prior to her marriage, and their three children were named as follow: Peter, who is living, and Martin and Peder, deceased. The wife and mother died in Dodge county, and later Lars Pederson Jelsing married Maria Christensen and to that union four children were born, all of whom survive at this writing [1918], namely: Andrew L., the subject of this sketch: Randine, Hannah and Louisa. The father of these children continued farming in Dodge county until 1871, when he moved his family to Clay county in a covered wagon and bought railroad land in Eglon township, on which he established the future home of the family; but two years later bought a homestead right just across the line in Becker county, of eighty acres, and lived there until 1893, later adding to his original holdings until he had a total of three hundred and twenty acres. He carried on general farming extensively and brought his place up to a high state of improvement. He retired from active life in 1891, but continued to reside there until 1893, and thereafter spent the rest of his life among his children. His second wife died in 1880. In 1883 he made another trip to Norway. He helped organize Lake Park township, Becker county, and also helped to organize Solum Lutheran church in Eglon township. His death occurred in Moorhead on March 10, 1908.
Andrew L. Jelsing grew to manhood on the home farm. He attended the district schools and was a student for three years in the State Normal at Moorhead, living at home until he was twenty-one years old. He began life for himself as a teacher, which profession he followed for five years, in Becker and Clay counties, with marked success. He then took up grain buying at Winnipeg Junction, Clay county which place is no longer on the maps [1918], and continued grain buying, for the most part, until the summer of 1908. In the meantime he served as justice of the peace and village recorder and also was a member of the school board. He helped incorporate the village, but when the railroad was relaid through the county, missing Winnipeg Junction by one mile, the town soon became extinct, its inhabitants moving to other places. Mr. Jelsing started the village of Dale, in Highland Grove township, where he has since resided. He purchased the townsite and laid out the town, huilt a store and began a general-merchandise business, which he has conducted with ever-increasing success to the present time, carrying a large and well-selected stock of goods and enjoying an excellent trade with the people of the surrounding country. He was active in securing a postoffice for the town and was appointed postmaster when the office was first established, in March 1910, and has discharged the duties of the same ever since [1918 biography]. He is a notary public and is clerk of the local school board. He was formerly justice of the peace at Dale. As a public servant he has discharged his duties in an able, faithful and acceptable manner, always taking a great interest in the affairs of his locality. Politically, he is a Republican, and, religiously, he belongs to the Lutheran Church, being active in the work of the same.
On February 15, 1898, Mr. Jelsing was married to Lena L. Bjerke, a native of Lake Park township, Becker county. She is a daughter of the late Lars C. Bjerke, and was born on January 29, 1873. Her father was one of the early homesteaders of that township. Mr. and Mrs. Jelsing have no children of their own, but they have an adopted daughter, June Jelsing, whom they have had from infancy."

ERASTUS F. JENKINS

Erastus was born in Maine on 4 December 1845. He enlisted in Company A, 1st Minnesota Infantry on 30 March 1864. He was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia on 22 June 1864 and mustered out on 16 May 1865. He started receiving his pension on 3 March 1880 and his wife Susan started receiving a widow's pension on 12 March 1926. In 1890 he was living in Hawley. Erastus died on 16 February 1926 at the Minnesota Soldiers Home in Minneapolis. He is buried in Minneapolis. Burial, Pictures

BERGE JOHNSON

Berge was born in Norway on 29 January 1839. He enlisted as a Private in Company K, 2nd Minnesota Regiment. In the 1890 Veterans Schedule he is living in Ulen. In 1900 he is living in Keene. He started receiving his pension on 29 August 1879 and then his wife started receiving a widow's pension on 6 June 1910. Berge died 10 February 1910. He is buried in Poplar River cemetery, Fosston, Polk County, Minnesota. Burial, Tombstone Picture

HENRY JOHNSON

In 1890 Veterans Schedule he is living in Hawley. He started receiving his pension on 10 February 1892 and then his wife, Betsy, started receiving a widow's pension on 23 May 1902. Henry died 10 April 1902. He is buried in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery West in Hitterdal. Burial, Tombstone Picture
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From Biography in Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota, 1902:
Henry Johnson, who was born in Norway December 24, 1843, was reared and educated in his native land until he reached the age of thirteen years, when he came to the United States, making his home for two years in Houston county, Minnesota, when he moved into Iowa, finding a home in Hesper township, Winneshick county, where he learned the blacksmith trade. He mastered his trade and carried on a shop until 1861. The outbreak of the Civil war found him ready to respond at once to the call of his adopted country, and he enlisted at Decorah, Iowa, in the Twelfth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. The regiment went into camp at Dubuque, and as soon as it was organized went to the front. At Fort Donelson it assisted in the capture of the fort and fifteen thousand prisoners, after a brilliant battle of two days. At Shiloh the regiment was captured on the first day's battle, with General Prentiss in command, but Mr. Johnson and a few others escaped. He was made part of the Union brigade, and after the battle secured a sick furlough to come home for two months. Returning to his command at the end of that time, he was in time to participate in the battle of Corinth. In 1863 he was attached to Battery K, First Missouri Light Artillery, and here he completed his term of enlistment. In 1864 he re-enlisted as a veteran. On July 4, 1864, he participated in the battle of Helena, Arkansas, subsequently at the capture of Little Rock, Arkansas, and served until the closing scenes of the war. He was mustered out at St. Louis in 1865.
Coming back to Iowa, Mr. Johnson bought a farm and devoted himself to its cultivation. In 1867 he was married to Miss Betsia J. Johnson, who was born in Norway, October 13, 1845. To this union have come ten children, five of whom are dead: Christina D., Theodore, Albert H., Agnald A., and Ella H.
Mr. Johnson came to Highland Grove township, Clay county, Minnesota, taking a homestead on section 18, of Highland Grove township. His homestead comprised one hundred and sixty acres. He sold it in 1897, and bought a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 13, Cromwell township. Here he does modern and progressive farming. He has five horses and eight cows. The place has all needed farm machinery. There is a good farm house, a two-story structure with six large rooms. THe barn is thirty-two by forty feet, and has a fine hay loft. He is a member of the G. A. R. and has held the offices of town clerk and assessor and for nine years was a member of the school board. He and his family are members of the Synod Lutheran church. In politics he is a Republican and has been a delegate to the district, county and state conventions.

MARTIN VAN BUREN JONES

Martin was born in 1843. He enlisted as a Private in Company K, 31st Iowa Regiment on 13 August 1862 and mustered out on 2 November 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1890 Veterans Schedule he is living in Sabin. In 1900 and 1910 he is living in Alliance and in 1930 he is living in Fargo. He started receiving his pension on 20 June 1888 and then his wife started receiving a widow's pension on 27 February 1932. Martin died 6 February 1932 in Clay County. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Sabin. Burial, Tombstone Picture