Clay County, SD Settlers

Welcome to the Iverson, Olson, Wold and Lund Families of Clay County, South Dakota

The George Iversons

     My maternal grandparents, Dora Cecelia Iverson and George Lewis Iverson were married in Clay County, South Dakota on 13 May 1914. As you look through my site, you will find links to Clay County, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Norway and Denmark. There are more pictures and hopefully you will see our full genealogy as it stands to date.

Dora and George Iverson

George and Dora Wedding

Dora and George's 50th Anniversary


George Lewis Iverson

      George Lewis Iverson was born 13 May 1894 to Lewis A. Iverson and Marit Olson in Clay County, South Dakota. George married Dora Cecelia Lund on 13 May 1914 and they had 9 children.

     George's father was Lewis A. Iverson who was born to Aslak and Brita on 13 September 1858 in Dane County, Wisconsin. George's mother was Marit Olson who was born 15 August 1860 in Wisconsin to Valdres, Norway immigrants, Ole Tollefson Prestrud and Anne Syversdtr Jørstad. They also settled early in Clay County, South Dakota.

   George's grandfather, Aslak Iverson from Lekve, Ulvik, Hordaland, Norway was one of the original settlers in Clay County and you can read more about him in The Memoirs of Aslak written by Alice Iverson in 1960. Aslak's second wife was Brita Larsdtr. Jordalen of Jordalen, Voss, Hordaland, Norway. Please see some stories written about Brita's family.


Dora Cecelia Lund

     Dora Cecelia Lund was born 20 May 1898 in Clay County, South Dakota to Peter Dam Lund b. 17 July 1866 in Denmark and Alida(Littie) Sophie Wold b. 24 June 1871 in Norway Township, Clay County, SD.

     Dora's father, Peter Dam Lund was living on Billumgaard, Denmark with his siblings and parents Thomas Jorgensen Lund and Dorthea Marie(Dora) Dam in 1880, the year before they immigrated to the U.S. where they settled for a number of years. Dora Dam Lund died in 1898 and is buried in Shennington, Monroe County, Wisconsin.

   Dora's mother, Littie Sophie Wold was born in SD but her parents, Jens Jensen Wold/Voll b. 11 May 1846 and Ingeborg Ole Andreasdtr Saetra (aka Engeborg Satter) b. 18 June 1947 were both from Tysvaer, Rogaland, Norway.


More pictures and information can be found at  Our Pioneer Ancestors.

Here is a little more interesting information on the
Early History of Scandinavians in South Dakota .

My Family Treemaker Reports


     My first cousins, David Iverson and Jim and Craig Erickson blazed the genealogy trail for me on the footsteps of family historians such as Helen Stiklestad, Cleo Erickson, Gladys Scholten, Alice, Bea and Theresa Iverson - to name just a few of the earlier researchers. Thank you to all of them!

     For assistance with your research in Clay County, South Dakota, you may contact Cleo Erickson or the mailing address is Austin-Whittemore House 15 Austin Ave., Vermillion, SD 57069. AW House is open year around Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM or by appointment for tours and research. They have early Vermillion newspapers on file as well as family and oral histories in the library.

     AW House has The History of Clay County South Dakota by D. Schell as well as Hay Country History, A Story of the Pioneers of the Gayville and Meckling, SD Area by Mrs. Carl Miller for sale.

     Cleo has been of tremendous assistance to me and furthermore, we ended up being related.


Good News!!

A map of homesteads in 1884 Clay County, South Dakota was just prepared for the Clay County Historical Society in memory of Lois Bottolfson Kryger. The map was compiled  by using information from an 1884 map of Clay County and the 1990 Homestead Map from the Centennial Atlas Company. The map shows each section with the homesteader's name handwritten in the section. It measures 17" x 20".

I am so thrilled to have this map and it can be ordered from Cleo Erickson at or in care of the Austin-Whittemore House, 15 Austin Ave., Vermillion, SD 57069. Suggested miniumum donation $10.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Thank you to the Kryger family for compiling this treasure for us researchers.

     You'll find a map of 1901 Norway Township, Clay County, SD or 1924 Norway Township, Clay County, SD with the names of the inhabitants.

     The internet has expanded our research quickly. I hope to hear from others who may tie into this family.   Email Stephanie   

     Names I am researching: Lund, Wold, Iverson and Olson. I am working with others searching Bottolfsons, Lundes, Gundersons and Myrons. Cleo is searching the Larson and Severson family; the Lyman Collar family from New York and she has extensive information on the Dye family.

          Distant Cousins

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