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Notes for Ole Nilson Viker

The Family of Ole Nilson Viker & Margit Nubsdatter Onsgaard

!Birth: film #278221 page 132- no.34
!Baptism: film #124056 page 432 #38.
!Marriage: 19 Dec 1853, Luther Valley Church, Rock County, WI.
!Death: 22 Dec 1910, Freeborn County, USA.
!Emigration: Film 124058, #39 on May 6, 1850.

Born on the Viker estate in Aadalen, Norway February 10, 1830. Christened March 13, 1830. Confirmed August 30, 1846.
Immigrated to America in 1850 - on passenger list of the Bark Christiane, captain Chr. Tofte, which left passenger list for Drammen to New York that is on file with the National Archives. Listed as Ole Wiger, age 20. Also on boat was Hans Wiger, Gjertrude Wiger, Peder Asleson Lunde, and Else Olsdatter (Gravli Lunde). Boat arrived at New York on July 16, 1850

Family story states that they landed in Quebec (they actually landed in New York) and took canal boats to Wisconsin. "In the summer of 1850, Ole Viker, Gulbrand Mellem and 'Shillings Nils' left Beloit, Wisconsin for Cincinnati, Ohio where they worked on barges, floating down the Ohio and Mississippi River down to Vicksburg, Mississippi. From there they went into the forests near Vicksburg, cutting down logs for lumber and cordwood for fuel for the steamboats sailing on the Mississippi River.

1853 - Age 23. Married Margit Onsgaard, age 34, in Beloit, Wisconsin. Margit had son Julius, age 7, later known as Julius Viker.

1856 census Osage Twp., Mitchell Co., Iowa
Household #84
Levi Olson, age 31, b. Norway, In Iowa 6 years
Isabel Olson, age 20, b. Norway, In Iowa 6 years
Peter Lund, age 36, In Iowa 6 years. (Had actually been in US for 6 years, in Iowa for 4.)
Else Lund, age 35, In Iowa 6 years
Esly P. Lund, age 10, In Iowa 6 years
Household #85
Ole Nelson (Viker), age 26, b. Norway, in Iowa 2 years
Marg Nelson, age 37, b. Norway, in Iowa 2 years
Nels Julius Nelson, age 8, b. Norway, in Iowa 2 years
Nels Ole, age 2, b. IA, in Iowa 2 years
Isabel Ole, no age listed (infant), b. IA Note: This is Ingeborg Viker who later married Ole Lunde

1854 to 1857 - Farmed in Mitchell County, IA. 1856 Iowa State census lists Ole Nelson, age 26. Living with wife Mary (37),children Nels Julius(9),Nels (2) and Isabel (no age given - probably less than 1. Born in 1855) Living next door to Peter and Else Lunde. Listed as having lived in Iowa for 2 years.

1857 to Summer 1861- Homesteaded in Madelia, Brown (now Watonwan) County, MN until fleeing from Sioux uprising in 1862.( Listed in one account as part of group who settled there in 1858.) Others from Aadalen in settlement included Ole Palmeson Kjella and his brothers Gulbrand Palmeson and Helge Palmeson. Ole and Gulbrand Palmeson were both killed in the 1862 uprising.

Summer 1861 to about 1872 - Fillmore County Minnesota

November 1861 - daughter Karoline born and baptised at the Elstad Lutheran Church in Fillmore Co., Minnesota
Birth records of the Elstad Lutheran Church, Lanesboro, Fillmore Co., Minnesota
Karoline, born 3 Novbr 60 (error, should be 61), baptised 17 Novbr 61, Parents Ole Nielsen & Marit Nubsdatter, Witnesses: Jan Evenson, Nils Torsen, Valborg Aasmunsdtr & Anne Semmen, Elstad church.

Biography of daughter Caroline states:
Caroline Wicker was bom Nov. 3, 1861, youngest daughter of Margaret (Onsgaard) and Ole Nelson Wicker of Highland Prairie, near Spring Valley, Minn. Her father, a farmer, had been in the Norwegian Navy before coming to America. Her mother had many relatives living in southern Minnesota who had preceded her to the United States. Many of them lived around Albert Lea and Austin. Shortly after Caroline's birth, her father joined the Union Army and was in the service for several years. Caroline was raised in the Lutheran church, educated in the country schools. Between school terms she often visited her many relatives around the area and in Wisconsin. In her early twenties, she took up land in Minnesota and worked at Crookston. There she met 0. M. Omlie to whom she was married at Fargo. Aug. 27.1883.

Is this Ole N. Viker??
MN 4th Inf Co H. Residence not shown. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 32. Substitute. Mustered 21 Dec 1864 (or 19 Dec 1862). Private. Discharged from the service with his regiment, 19 Jul 1865. Sources: (MINN p213) (MCIW p237)

July 25, 1865 - Son Nils was killed by son Julius in a farming accident (family story says he was killed with a scythe during harvest. Nils was age 11 and Julius was age 18. According to family story, Nils was hidden by the tall wheat in the field and Julius didn't realize he was there. He hit him with a scythe in the stomach. There is a death record for Nils Olson Wiger at the Elstad Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, Fillmore Co., Minnesota

1865 census Holt, Fillmore Co., Minnesota
Census probably taken after harvest, late July or early August. This is also when the 1860 and 1870 censuses were taken in Fillmore County.
Household #61
Ole Nelson

1870 census Holt, Fillmore Co. Minnesota
Ole Nelson, age 40, b. Norway, Farmer
Margaret, age 56, b. Norway, Keeping house
Theodore, age 13, b. Iowa
Carl, age 10, b. Minnesota
Isabel, age 15, b. Iowa
Caroline, age 9, b. Minnesota
Where is Julius?

1871 to 1882 - Frankford, Mower Co. Minnesota.

1875 census Frankford, Mower Co. Minnesota
Ole Nelson, age 42, b. Norway
M., female, age 57, b. Norway
I., female, age 19, b. Wisconsin
T., male, age 18, b. Wisconsin
C., male, age 16, b. Minnesota
C.. female, age 14, b. Minnesota
J., male, age 28, b. Norway
Family next door also listed as Nelson, all initials, all born Norway.

1880 United States Census Frankford, Mower, Minnesota Page Number 440C
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Margit WIKER Wife M Female W 61 NORWAY Housekeeper NORWAY NORWAY
Isabel N. WIKER Dau S Female W 24 IA At Home NORWAY NORWAY
Theadore N. WIKER Son S Male W 23 IA Farm Laborer NORWAY NORWAY
Charles N. WIKER Son S Male 21 MN Farmlaborer
Caroline N. WIKER Daughter S Female 19 MN At Home
Julius J. WIKER Son S Male 34 NORWAY Farm laborer

About 1883 to about 1889 - lived up by Thief River Falls, MN. Granddaughter Margaret Lunde born in Thief River Falls on Sept. 21, 1883, probably when they were living there.

1885 census Sanders Township, Polk Co., Minnesota
O. A. Wiker, age 55, b. Norway
Margret, age 67, b. Norway
Julius, age 39, b. Norway
Charlie O., age 26, b. Minnesota

June 12, 1889 - granted land patent by General Land Office at Crookston, MN for 160 acres; "Southeast quarter of section 5 in Township 153 north of range 44 west of the Fifth Principal Meridian in Minnesota." To get patent had to work the land for certain number of years. (5 or 6?)

Moved to Moscow, Freeborn Co., Minnesota in 1891

Margit died in 1894. Died where?? Buried in Moscow, MN.

1900 census Moscow Township, Freeborn Co., MN
Ole Wiker, head, Feb 1830, age 70, widowed, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1850, in USA for 50 yrs, Farmer
Julius, son, Oct 1846, age 54, single, imm 1850, in USA for 50 yrs, Norway/Norway/Norway, Farm labor
Karl, son, Oct 1858, age 41, single, MN/Norway/Norway, Farm labor

1905 census Moscow Township, Freeborn Co., MN- Ole Wiker, age 74. Living with sons Julius (57) & Carl (47). Living next door to Ole P. Lunde & family

1910 census Moscow Twp., Freeborn Co., MN
Household #67/68
Ole Lunde, head, age 51, MN/Norway/Norway, farmer, md 26 yrs
Ingeborg, wife, age 54, IA/Norway/Norway, md 26 yrs, 6 children, 6 surviving
Peder O., son, age 28, MN/MN/IA, carpenter
Margaret E., daughter, age 26, MN/MN/IA, dressmaker
Rudolph S., son, age 22, MN/MN/IA, farm labor
Violie C., son, age 19, MN/MN/IA. teacher
Cornelia, daughter, age 18, MN/MN/IA
Atlanta, daughter, age 14, MN/MN/IA
Household #68/69
Carl O. Viker, head, age 50, MN/Norway/Norway, farmer
Ole N., father, age 80, widowed, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm. 1850, Na

Dec. 22, 1910 - died of old age. Buried in Moscow Cemetery under last name WIKER

Freeborn Co., courthouse records
Book E, page 130 line 2 Moscow