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Notes for Nils Hansen Rustand Viker

The Families of Nils Hansen Rustand Viker

Had 9 children.

!Birth: film #124056. 19 Aug 1792.
!Baptism: 1792.
!Marriage: Film: 124056, Page 388, #9. Nils Hanson Rustand of Wiger at age
23 Married Kari Thorsdtr Wiger age 19. 30 Jul 1815.
On IGI, Marriage 30 Jul 1815. 1814-1868 #124055.
!Death: Film 278221 on 18 Mar 1873. At age 81.
!Burial: 1 Apr 1873. At Viker in Aadalen.
!1865 Census: Film: 123039. Widower living on Skarrud.
AFN: 2QKH-43 also 2QDG-2L.

1801 census Buscherud, Nordrehoug, Rustan farm, Norway - Hans Olsen (57), Kari Olsdatter (46), Barbro Hansdatter (25), Kari Hansdatter (20), Ole Hansen (17), Sigri Hansdatter (14), Ole Hansen (11), Niels Hansen (8) and Simen Hansen (4). First marriage for Hans & Kari, all children listed as theirs. Hans listed as "Bonde og Gardebeboer" of Rustan farm, first family listed on that farm.

Digitalarkivet: 1865-telling for 0614 Aadalen. [43685/30]
Midtre Viker Hoved-Sogn Aadalen Skarrud 404 1
894 1 1 Nils Hans. Viker Inderst e 75 m Aadalens Prgj.

Digitalarkivet: 1865-telling for 0614 Aadalen.
Midtre Viker Hoved-Sogn Aadalen Braaten 1
980 25 1 Gudbrand Ols. Husfader Husmand med Jord g 49 m Aadalens Prgj. 1/4
981 26 Aaste Olsd. hans Kone g 32 k Aadalens Prgj.
982 27 Martin Anders. deres Søn ug 9 m Aadalens Prgj.
983 28 Maria Gudbrandsd. deres Datter ug 6 k Aadalens Prgj.
984 29 Olia Gudbrandsd. deres Datter ug 4 k Aadalens Prgj.

Info from Lorraine Haugstad:

Ancestral file shows informtion submitted by:
Ragnar Sorensen
Osterlisvingen 1
Oslo 11

Ancestral file show Nils Hanson had a son by an unmarried woman by the name of Aaste Olsen Strandlieie.

On film# 128539, I found in the udflytte, on page 81, #22 Nils Hansen Viger age 69 going to Nord America on the 9 Apr 1861. (Possibly if Kari died 21 Aug 1859 he was an Enke by then. On the 1865 Census I find him as an Enke. Others that left for America at the same time were possibly friends and relatives. #19, Nils Thorsen of Sandvigen age 19., #19 Gunild Olsdtr of Fjosvigen., age 24., #20 Maria Andersdtr age 41 of Sandvigen., and #21 Asle Thorsen age 13 of Sanvigen.

Nils Hanson went to America, but returned to Norway. He told the people when he came back that the people in America were living in primitive conditions and he hadn't liked it there.

Nils Hansen Rustand later Nils Viker
by Ingeborg and Wilhelm Elsrud
Translation by
D. K. Nelson

Nils Rustand was born at Rustand the 17th of February 1792, and was the brother of Ole Hansen Rustand, later Ole Hansen Haugerud. Nils was a man of unusual character and it is appropriate to include some of his life's history in this account. He was especially famous as one of Ådalens most renowned hunters, and he is said to have shot about 20 bears. The following information is based mostly on the "Emigration History from the Ringerik District" and "Records about Hunting and Fishing" by Elling E. Elsrud.

It is told that in his youth Nils had a child by a girl in the neighborhood of Rustand, but this has not been verified. In the summer of 1815, he was married in the Viker church to Kari Viker and moved to the Viker farm. Viker was then church property, and Nils and Kari took over the lease on the the farm. Kari was daughter of Thor Nubsen Viker and Gjertrud Andersdatter. In 1824, they purchased the farm for their own. As custom was at that time, he then called himself Nils Viker.

Kari and Nils had 10 children, 6 boys and 4 girls. In 1850, 4 of the children emigrated to America, and some time later 4 more went thus there were only 2 left in Norway. They were the elder son Thor who married Kari Andersdatter Sandviken and moved there, and Kari who married Fingar Johbråten. Thor and Kari had 6 children, of whom Olea married Lars Simensrud.

Nils was not interested in farm operations. He was generally out hunting, bear hunting over bait, high country hunting in the winter, bird shooting the whole spring, and trapping in the fall. The farming went badly, and he had to agree to sell Viker. He had become a widower, and although his brother Ole had warned him against going (see page 10 Hrinvariki from May 1992) , he emigrated to America the 9th of April 1861. There he lived some time with each of his children, but was not happy. In a letter to his relatives at Elsrud he wrote that he would "rather be beggar in Norway than farmer in America. " It was especially the simple turf houses and primitive log cabins he did not like. After a time went he back to his Ådalen birthplace. At that time was it seldom that anybody went home to Norway from America, and it aroused great attention that Nils came back. People came from far away to hear how the conditions were in the promised land, and Nils told gladly.

Nils now had no home of his own. He lived partly with his brother's daughter Olia at Elsrud, and partly he leased a house at Skarrud. Now he was able to take up hunting again, and for the entire spring he was in the forest shooting game. He shot anything he was able to, hens and grouse, and put out snares at game places. At one time had he found another, great grouse roosting place at the Skarrud summer farm in the mountains, and there he shot so many birds that he had to make several trips to get all of them. Here also a fairygirl came there to him one night he was lying beside the fire. Nils was highly superstitious. At one time in the spring he arrived at Knapvassetra, and saw 7 bears at the mound there. He had only birdshot, and besides it seemed that there were too many, he said, so it was not possible to scent the right bear. Once Nils shot and wounded a bear in Skarrudleina. When the bear tried to seize him, he crawled up on the a great stone, and the bear came after. He struck the bear several times with gun barrel so it went down again, and in between he attempted to reload. At last he had shot the bear. He did not come down and go onward before the bear was dead. There was a second hunter with him on this trip, it was either Palme Enga or Gunnar Børsesmed, called Børsegunner. That was about the summer two red foals disappeared, and when they took the stomach out of the bear, they had enough to see what had became of the foals, said Nils. When Nils had shot a certain number bears, likely 20, he got an award. Nils had many guns, One of the guns he gave to Edvard Elsrud who was the youngest son of his brother's daughter Olia, married to Elling Elsrud. This the gun Edvard used when he shot his first grouse, and that is now with his son's son, the writer Edvard Elsrud at the Great Northern armory in Hedalen. Another gun he took with him to America, and had it with him on his return to Norway. That is now at Rustand, where there are available three old muzzle loading guns made by Børsegunner. Likely Nils took this gun with him from home when he moved to Viker and in his elder days gave it back to his brother's son Hans Rustand. Dentist Nils Viker in Hønefoss also a gun which had belonged to Nils the elder.

At the census in 1865 Nils lived at Skarrud, which was the property of freeman Skougstad at Gunbjørrud. At this counting it was also recorded that Gulbrand Olsen and Aaste Olsdatter lived in Braaten below Elsrud. Late in the fall in 1867 Gulbrand was logging at Sandvannet in Vidalen. The 2nd of December he started go home over the mountain along with the other loggers. The weather was bad, it snowed and blew hard. In the darkness and the snowstorm he became separated from the other men, and nobody managed to locate him again in the evening. Several days later Gulbrand was found frozen to death in the cold. He had sat himself under a tree for a rest and got himself a little food, and in his hands he had a stiff frozen club. Gulbrand was taken in ski toboggan down to Aaste, where he had to thaw out before he was laid in the coffin. He was buried the 26th of December, and Aaste was left with 4 small children. She was then 35 years old. In the years after that Aaste was a widow, she had enough aided in part by Nils with the house care, and perhaps he moved up to Skarrud. The 2nd of February 1870 Aaste had a son who was baptized Ole. At the christening widower Nils Hansen Viker was given as father. Ole was later a famous man in the parish. He went under name "Aasteola", and was in his youth Ådal-ens best speed skater. The 18th of May 1872 Aaste again had an illegitimate son who was baptized Gabriel, and Nils was also this time given as the father. He was then 80 years old. In the new year 1873 Nils decided to go to Brenna in Hadeland to visit his family. Before he went he had put out an otter trap in an deep pool in the Skarrud river with a fish for bait, and he asked Edvard Elsrud, who then was a youth of 18 years, if he would take care of the trap for him while he was gone. Nils came never back from this trip. He suddenly became sick, and died the18th of March 1873 at his relatives home in Hadeland. He was then just over 81 years old.

They got an otter in the trap, and Edvard followed Lars Simensrud and Kara Opperud to Kristiania (Oslo) to sell the skin. Håkon and Elling Opperud had bought up many skins which they wanted to sell. Kara went along all the way, and in Kristiania they lived with shopkeeper Hoxmark who owned a peasant cottage. Here they got room for free, and they had food with them from home.

We close with a survey of Nils Vicker's children in the marriage with Kari:

Thor, born 1818; and Kari, born 1815; stayed in Norway. All the others who grew up, left for America: Hans, born 1820; Gjertrud, born 1822; Nub, born 1824; Anne. born 1826; Ole the elder born 183O; Gunhild Maria, born 1832; Ole the younger born 1834; and Iver, born 1837. (There also was born a Ole in 1828, but he died when 8 month's old.)

Hans second marriage was to Maren Lunde, widow of Ole the elder, Rustand, (a first cousin) see page 12 in HRINGARIKI from December 1992. Iver died after having participated in the civil war, see page 15 in the same reference.

All children who emigrated were married, and they left behind themselves a great family in America. Just south of Grand Forks in N. Dakota, at the border to Minnesota, lies Viker farm, which still is owned by the family.