Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mary Finnestad vs Rasmus Skaar et al

I originally posted information regarding a lawsuit filed following the death of Martha Iversdatter Nordskar Peterson's death.   The lawsuit was filed by her older sister, Mari Iversdatter Nordskar Finnestad, wife of Ole Olson Finnestad Sr.

I thought I had posted information showing the location of the property in question at the time of Martha's death.

Here is a current map of the location.

Peterson Farm, Malta, Illinois

Here is the 1892 Plat map for Malta township, Malta, DeKalb county, Illinois that shows the Peterson farm on the lower portion of the map.

1892 Malta township Plat map
The property was sold to pay off the mortgage.    The proceeds were dispersed between the surviving family members as Peter and Martha did not have children.    The farm was sold to Michael and James Lynch.    By 1905, the Malta township Plat map showed the Lynch Brothers as owners of the property.   The upper portion of the Peterson property was transferred to Margaret Lynch.

1905 Malta township Plat map

Sailing from Stavanger

I was reviewing the 1871 passenger list of the Nordens Dronning which Rakkel (Rachel) and Iverdine (Dina) Olsdatter Finnestad had traveled from Norway to America and found another family connection.

Listed below Rakkel Olson Finnestad is Marthe Iversdatter Nordskaar.    Marthe (Martha) had not been married at the time she sailed to America.    The farm where she had lived in Norway. Nordskaar, was used as a last name.    Martha was the younger sister of Mari Iversdatter Finnestad and sister-in-law of Ole Olson Finnestad Sr.

Martha passed away November 20, 1899.  Services were held at the First Lutheran Church in Lee County, Illinois.   Having left no heirs, a lawsuit was filed to distribute the proceeds left from her estate.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Carrie (Dirdall) Finnestad - passport application

I had posted Carrie's passport application in a previous post.    I found page 2 of the application:


This page includes her passport photo from 1920.

Carrie was married to Rasmus, the son of Mari (Iversdatter) and Ole Finnestad Sr.