Our Remmen Ancestors
Our ancestors lived on a
typical small Norwegian farm named Bødal. It is
located on a large lake named Lovatnet (or
Loenvatnet, which is Loen Lake) in western Norway
in the fylke of Sogn
og Fjordane, in the kommune of
Stryn (see maps, below). See this site for information and 360
degree panorama pictures of
Stryn. The parish name is Innvik. For more information on Sogn og Fjordane,
to the Rootsweb site.
See: Norway Maps
See: Norway Maps
Lovatnet, lying southeast of the
town Loen, is located at the very end of Nordfjord, which
leads from the Norwegian Sea to Loen (see map, below).
Bødal is located at the other end of Lovatnet from Loen,
across the lake from Nesdal farm (we
have ancestors from that farm also).
See Bødal farm to the right and
Nesdal to the left on the map. Also,
note the headland just below Bødal that juts out into
the lake. Directly across the lake from this headland you
will see the mountain Ramnefjellet on the Nesdal side.
Views of Lovatnet
(Click on pictures to see full size)
See more at: Loen Info
See more from: Eero Vainikko
My 8th great-grandfather,
Elling Simonsen, was born in about 1624, and
lived on Bødal farm. He married Synnøve
Lauritsdatter from Dårflot farm, which is
between Oppstryn and Erdal, on Strynsvatnet
(Stryn Lake), just north of Lovatnet. Their son
Elling Ellingsen born in about 1650 married Kari
Jacobsdatter of Indre Nesdal, which is located
just across the lake from Bødal.
Elling Ellingsen had a son
named Samuel Ellingsen. The next several
generations went on with another son named
Elling, then Samuel, then Elling
Samuelson who was born in May of
1802, and married Dorthe Monsdatter of
Elling Simonsen BØDAL 1624 - 1665
Synnøve Lauritsdatter DÅRFLOT
Elling Ellingsen BØDAL 1650 - ?
Kari Jacobsdatter NESDAL 1662 - ?
Samuel Ellingsen BØDAL 1718 - 1782
Johanne Absalonsdatter SUNDE 1725 - 1769
Elling Samuelsen BØDAL 1749 - 1817
Sesilie Ingebrigtsdatter BENÆS 1746 - 1825
Samuel Ellingsen BØDAL 1777 - 1828
Christi Petersdatter HILDE 1766 - 1812
Elling Samuelsen BØDAL 1802 - 1883
Dorthe Monsdatter NESDAL 1805 - 1840
Samuel Ellingsen BØDAL 1830 - 1898
Eli Jensdatter 1832 - 1833
Elling Samuelsen BØDAL 1866 - 1905
Elisabet Petrine Ottesdatter GRODÅS 1872 - 1905
Oskar Ellingsen BØDAL 1900 - 1936
Brite Andersdatter Hogrenning
Elling and Dorthe had six
children. The oldest son, Samuel, inherited the
farm from his father as was the custom. The
second oldest son, Mons, was my
great-great-grandfather. Mons was born March 24,
1833, and was baptized in the Loen Church. Mons
lived on the farm until at least 1866, when the
census shows that he was 33 years old, and still
(Click on picture to see full size)
See more at: Welcome to Loen
In 1866 the Bødal farm had
six families living in separate households, each
of which owned their section of the farm. There
was also a separate household associated with
Elling's that included his widowed step-mother
Johanne Jonsdatter who was living with her
unmarried daughter, Kari Samuelsdatter (Elling's
half-sister). At the time Kari was 40 years old,
and spent her days working on the farm and caring
for her 78-year-old mother. Her mother had
previously given up the farm in exchange for
food, housing, and care (for the rest of her
The family had four horses,
twenty-five large cattle, forty sheep,
twenty-five goats, and three pigs. Their crops
planted that year included 4 tønner of barley,
6-1/2 tønner of oats, and 5 tønner of potatoes.
One tønne is the equivalent of 4 bushels or 32
Mons left the farm sometime
between 1866 and 1873, when he was married. Mons'
brother Samuel stayed to run the farm with his
wife Eli Jensdatter and their family. Samuel and
Eli's oldest son, Elling Samuelsen, eventually
took over the farm from Samuel. Elling Samuelsen,
his wife Elisabet Petrine Ottesdatter, and many
others were all killed as the result of a
landslide in 1905.
about the Ramnefjellet
landslides that killed most
of the people who lived in Bødal and Nesdal.
See: Norway Maps
When Mons Ellingsen was 40
years old he married Kristianna Amundsdatter from
og Romsdal fylke, which is
just north of Sogn og Fjordane (see map, above).
Kristianna was from the farm Rypdal located in
Vestnes kommune. At 23 years of age, she was the
oldest daughter of Amund Larson and Synneve
Olsdatter. Rypdal farm is just south of Tresfjord
(see map, below). After they were married, they
moved to Remmem Indre farm in Vestnes.
Mons and Kristianna had four
sons, Elling (my great-grandfather), Anton,
Sivert, and David. Elling, Anton, and Sivert all
emigrated to the United States.
David was born in 1881
according to the 1900 census, so may have been a
twin of Sivert. The census also states that David
is away from the farm, in England. It could be
that he was visiting or emigrating to England, or
that he was there on his way to America. It is
also possible that he was visiting one of the
Norwegian farms named England.
Sivert was born in 1881 in
Vestnes, Norway. He is listed in the emigration
records as Sivert M. Remme, departing from
Ålesund, Norway on April 3, 1901. It also states
that he was a male, age 20, unmarried, from
Vestnæs. His occupation given is farmer. He
traveled on the popular Hvide Stjerne Line with
the destination of Dakotta on a prepaid ticket.
Sivert Monsen Remmen married
Mabel Elizabeth Lightfoot December 3, 1905 in
Union County, Oregon, came to the Tacoma area in
1907 and moved to Shelton in 1926. He was a
retired Longshoreman, and was a charter member of
the Longshoremen's Union, Local 23, in Tacoma,
Washington. He was a member of Jehovah's
Witnesses. Sivert died at age 87 on April 10,
1968 in Shelton, WA.