Anders Olsen RAAE (1780-1843)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

According to the Lærdal Bygdebok II (Espe 1990: 352), Ole Halvorsen Raae and his wife Jesa had two sons named Anders. The Lærdal parish register (nr. A 2, 1779: 265) records the birth of the first son on 12 Jan 1779 and his baptism on the 17th of the same month. He died after 8 days on the 20 Jan 1779 and was buried on the 23rd (nr. A 2, 1779: 257).

It was common in Norway, however, to name a baby boy after a deceased older brother. Anders Olsen Raae (II) was born 3 Feb 1780 and was baptized on the 7th.

 
Sogn og Fjordane county, Lærdal, Parish register (official) nr. A 2 (1752-1782), Birth and baptism records 1780, page 270. Image courtesy of Digitalarkivet. 

Note that Anders' father, Ole Halvorsen Raae, is also listed as a witness for the baptism of Ole Thomasen in the entry above that of Anders.

Anders was betrothed to Ragnilde Knudsdtr Moe on 1 Mar 1808 and they were married on 19 Mar 1808. Interestingly the entry directly below Anders and Ragnilde is that of Anders' younger sister, Ingeborg Olsdtr Raae. She was betrothed on the same date (1 Mar 1808) to Knud Andersen Quigne and married on 25 Mar 1808.


Detail of Sogn og Fjordane county, Lærdal, Parish register (official) nr. A 4 (1805-1821), Marriage records 1807-1808, page 150-151. Image courtesy of Digitalarkivet. A search for Anders Olsen Raae returns this digital record.

According to Espe (1990: 367), Anders and Ragnilde had five children: (1) Knut (1805-1850), who married Brita Knutsdtr Tønjum; (2) Jesa (1810-Bef 1860), who married third cousin Ole Fredriksen Rikheim; (3) Ole (1812-1896), who married Kirsti Johannesdtr N. Bjørko; (4) Lars (1814- ), who married Kari Olsdtr Raae; and (5) Ragnilde (1817-1877), who married her first cousin, Asbjørn Halvorsen Raae. Jesa, Lars, Ragnilde and their families all emigrated to the United States in the 1850s and settled in Wisconsin.

The Lærdal parish records contain the death dates for both Anders and his wife, Ragnilde. She died on 4 Feb 1841 and was buried on the 11th.


Detail of Sogn og Fjordane county, Lærdal, Parish register (official) nr. A 9 (1835-1857), Death and burial records 1841, page 20. Image courtesy of Digitalarkivet.

Anders Olsen Raae died on 31 Mar 1843 and was buried on 6 Apr. Note that line 35 shows that a Kari Nielsdtr Raae died on 24 Mar and was buried on the 28th. It is unknown at this time if she is related to Anders.


Detail of Sogn og Fjordane county, Lærdal, Parish register (official) nr. A 9 (1835-1857), Death and burial records 1843, page 28. Image courtesy of Digitalarkivet.

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