- Amundson Family History
Anderson-Amundson cemetery, also known locally as the "Hillside
Cemetery", is located along the west side of Hillside Road about 500 feet
south of the Hillside Road/County A intersection south of Rockdale, Wisconsin.
It is a rectangular area measuring 53.5 feet along Hillside Road and 31 feet
the road, and is at the
northeastern corner of the present Ted Mickelson farmhouse area which once was
part of the Bjørn and Abel Catherine
was selected in 1850 when both Bjørn and son, Bruun, died in the cholera
epidemic. About 1982, Ted Mickelson showed us his land deed.
It carefully "cut around" the cemetery area. Evidently, in
1886, following the death and burial of Abel Catherine,
her youngest son, Albert C.
Amundson, obtained the transfer of this plot of land from Martin Hollo, then
owner of the old Anderson farm. Abel Catherine
had passed the farm to Rasmus,
who had sold it subsequently to
Martin Hollo. As it happens, Mrs.
Ted Mickelson advised us that she was a descendant of the Hollo family.
subsequently obtained the following:
from land records regarding
Road, 1/4 mi.
So. of County A, near Cambridge,
abstract obtained from
Dane County Title Company
Deed, Volume 97, page 220
indenture, made the twenty-first day of June, in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and eighty-six between Martin L. Hollo of the County of
Dane and State of Wisconsin, unmarried, party of the first part, and Doctor A.
Amundson of the same place of residency, party of the second part,
that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of One Dollar,
to him in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is
hereby confessed and acknowledged, have given, granted, bargained, sold,
remised, released, aliened, conveyed and confirmed and by these presents does
give, grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, alien, convey and confirm unto the
said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever:
following described real estate, situated in the County of Dane and State of
Wisconsin to wit: Part of the South East quarter of the North West Quarter of
Section No. Two (2) in Township No. Five (5) North of Range No. Twelve (12)
East. Said part are (sic) for a Family Cemetery and is only to be used for that
purpose, bounded as follows viz; Commencing one and one half rods West from
the North East corner of the
said South East quarter, running South three (3) rods and four (4) feet, thence
West one (1) rod and fourteen feet and six (6) inches, thence North three rods
and four (4) feet, thence East to the place of beginning.
with all and singular, the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging,
or in anywise appertaining, and to all the estate, right, title, interest, claim
or demand whatsoever, of the said party of the first part, either in law or
equity, either in possession or expectancy of, in and to the above bargained
premises, and their hereditaments and appurtenances.
have and to hold the above premises as above described with the hereditaments
and appurtenances, unto the said party of the second part, and to his heirs and
assigns forever. And the said Martin L. Hollo, for himself and his heirs,
executors and administrators does covenant, grant, bargain and agree to and with
the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, that the above
bargained premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of
the second part, his heirs and assigns against all and every person or persons
lawfully claiming the whole or any part thereof, by, through or under him and
none other, he will forever warrant and defend.
witness whereof, the said party of the first part have hereunto set his hand and
seal the date and year first above written.
sealed and delivered in presence of (sig)
Martin L. Hollo
Be it remembered that on the 21st day of June AD 1886, personally carne before me the named Martin L. Hollo, to me known to be the person who executed the above Deed, and acknowledged the name to be his free act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.
July 20, 1886 NOTARY
11 o'clock A.M.
Notary Public, Dane Co.
Alvin R. Amundson's Action
1973 Albert Amundson's second son, Alvin R. Amundson, notified an unspecified
list of family members (probably the then-writers of the "Andersonia")
from typed letter, signed by Alvin Amundson, addressed
Cousins:" and dated "Cambridge, Wisconsin, Nov.
have set up the trust fund for the care of the cemetery where our grandparents
are buried which is about 4-5 miles south of Cambridge.
I have it all in fine shape and will expect the Church Cemetery
Association* to keep it that way. I
am sure they will do so. They seem entirely satisfied with the sum that I gave
them. Thought I'd better do it while I was alive and kicking and seeing that I
know the men in charge. They put the money in the regular church fund, as the
cemetery fund to which it should be deposited, is responsible to the Dane County
(of the East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, located west of Hillside Road on Church
Road about 1/2 mile north of the Hillside/County A intersection.)
the family cemetery is actually under the ownership of the descendants of Albert
C. Amundson, supported by the gift of Alvin R. Amundson to the East Koshkonong
Lutheran Church. Today's descendants are Albert "Bud" Amundson and
Eleanor Amundson Brown. As of the 1985 Family Reunion, a bronze plaque is being
prepared for installation at the cemetery. The actual "unveiling" is
expected to take place on October 31, 1985, exactly 100 years after the death of
The arrangements and the wording
of the plaque were developed and approved by Ken and Eleanor Brown.
small family cemetery is located at the intersection of what is now Dane County
Trunk A and Hillside road. It is
separated from the surrounding field by a low concrete wall with an iron fence
embedded in it. Inside the cemetery
is a bronze plate, four feet square, containing the following inscription:
Bjørn (Kvelve) Anderson 1801-1850
M. Bruun Anderson 1834-1850
Burena Anderson 1869-1870
Catherine (von Krogh) Anderson 1809-1885
and Abel Catherine with two sons and two daughters settled on a homestead
adjacent to this site in 1841 after emigrating from Norway in 1836 with two
sons. Two daughters and four sons were born here, including a son
by a second marriage.
and the second son, Bruun, died during the cholera epidemic of 1850 at which
time this cemetery was dedicated. Catherine
married Ingebrigt Amundson in 1854. A
son, Rasmus B. Anderson, was the father of Hannah Burena.
Martin Hollo, a subsequent owner of the farm deeded this cemetery site to
Albert C. Amundson, only child of the second marriage.
1985 by the living members of more than 1,600 descendants of Abel Catherine on
the centennial of her death.
care provided by Alvin R. Amundson, a grandson, through agreement with the East
Koshkonong Lutheran Church Cemetery Association"
historical marker (designed by Kenneth Brown, husband of Eleanor Amundson) is
mounted on capped, hollow, stainless-steel posts, 10 feet in length, filled with
and buried in concrete 4 feet deep with a cross-bar between the posts and 5
"ladder" cross pieces on each post.
The bronze plate itself is mounted with flat-head stainless bolts and
double-nuts with ball-peened threads on a heavy sheet of stainless steel with a
raised surrounding stainless steel framing.
We wanted it to last. It is
a good thing we did. During the
winter a few years later a truck slid on some ice and went out of control.
It crashed through the cement wall and traversed the length of the
cemetery before hitting the marker. The
marker stopped the truck. There is
a dent in one of the posts, but it is still standing firmly.
Go check it out for me the next time you are in southeastern Wisconsin.