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The Family of Endre Gulbrandson & Marit Hansdatter Gravli

1857 State Census Township 102, Freeborn, Minnesota
Andrew Gulbranson, age 40, b. Norway, Farmer
Marit Gulbranson, age 42, b. Norway
Gulbran Gulbranson, age 17, b. Norway, Farmer
Gonor Gulbranson, male, age 14, b. Norway (listed as male but this is an error)
Hans Gulbranson, age 13, b. Norway
Veger Gulbranson, age 11, b. Norway
Karee Gulbranson, age 8, b. Norway (listed as male but this is an error)
Mary Gulbranson, age 5, b. Norway
Elsie Gulbranson, age 3, b. Norway
Ole Hanson, age 68, b. Norway, Farmer (Ole Hansen Rustand Haugerud)
Peter Lund, age 37, b. Norway, Farmer
Elsie Lund, age 37, b. Norway
Asle Lund, age 12, b. Norway

1860 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN
Andrew Gilbransen (Endre), age 47, b. Norway
Maryett (Marit), age 46, b. Norway
Gilbran (Gulbrand), age 19, b. Norway
Julia (Gunner), age 17, b. Norway
Hans, age 15, b. Norway
William (Veggar), age 14, b. Norway
Caroline (Kari), age 11, b. Norway
Mary (Maria), age 7, b. Wisconsin
Elsie L. (Else), age 5, b. Wisconsin
Edward, age 1. b. Minnesota
Living next door to Peder & Else Lunde and family

1870 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN
Peter Lund, age 51, farmer, Real estate 3000, Personal Estate 900, b. Norway
Elsie, age 49, keeping house, b. Norway
Asle, age 24, b. Norway
Ole, age12, b. MN
Endre Gulbranson, age 57, farmer, Real estate 2000, Personal Estate 1000, b. Norway
Marit, age 55, keeping house, b. Norway
Gilbert, age 28, farmer, Real estate 3000, Personal Estate 300, b. Norway
Julia, age 27, lives at home, b. Norway
Hans, age 26, farmer, Real estate 1900, Personal Estate 250, b. Norway
Viger, age 23, farmer, Real estate 1900, Personal Estate 250, b. Norway
Maria, age 17, b. Wisconsin
Elsie, age 15, b. Wisconsin
Edward, age 11, b. Minnesota
Nils Gulbranson, age 42, farm laborer, Personal Estate 300, b. Norway
Gury, age 46, keeping house, b. Norway
Carrie, age 19, b. Norway
Erick, age 15, b. Norway
Gulbrand, age 12, b. Norway
Thorwald, age 8, b. Norway
Maria, age 4, b. Norway
Ole, age 1, b. Wisconsin

1880 United States Census Albert Lea, Freeborn, Minnesota Page Number 106D
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Vegger GULBRANDSON Self S Male W 33 NORWAY Hardware Merchant NORWAY NORWAY

1900 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., Minnesota
(Unreadable) Gulbranson, head, Nov 1846, age 53, md 20 yrs, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1852, in US 48 yrs, Farmer
Ann M., wife, Mar 1861, age 39, md 20 yrs, 9 births, 8 surviving, Iowa/Norway/Norway
Ina M, daughter, July 1881, age 18, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Eskil H, son, Aug 1883, age 16, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Victor M., son, Aug 1885, age 14, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Amos B., son, Aug 1887, age 12, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Cleon D., son Mar 1890, age 10, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Fremont G., son, Feb 1894, age 6, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Kathinka, daughter, Aug 1896, age 3, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Nina O, daughter, Jan 1899, age 1, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Mable Tostenden, servant, Sept 1881, age 18, Minnesota/Norway/Norway, Servant
Jens Sorenson, boarder, Aug 1877, age 22, Denmark/Denmark/Denmark, imm 1892, in US 8 yrs, Farm Laborer
George Jensen, boarder, Mar 1865, age 35, md 7 yrs, Wisconsin/Denmark/Denmark, Carpenter
Theodor Briggs, boarder, Dec 1873, age 26, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa, Carpenter

1910 census Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., Minnesota
218 Elizabeth Street #82/89
Vegar Gulbrandson, head, age 62, md 29 yrs, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1853, Own Income
Anna M., wife, age 49, md 29 yrs, 10 births, 7 surviving, Minnesota/Norway/Norway
Ina, daughter, age 28, Minnesota/Norway/Minnesota
Fremont, son, age 16, Minnesota/Norway/Minnesota
Katinka, daughter, age 13, Minnesota/Norway/Minnesota
Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002
about Anna Marie Gulbrandson
Name: Anna Marie Gulbrandson
Death Date: 27 Jun 1919
Death County: Freeborn
State file number: 004317
Certificate Number: 004317
Certificate Year: 1919
Record Number: 279814

1920 census Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., Minnesota
218 Williams Street #53/90
Veggar Gulbrandson, head, age 73, married, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1852, No occupation
Ina M., daughter, age 38, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa
Cleon D., son, age 30, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa, Teller, Bank
Fremont G., son, age 26, Minnesota/Norway/Iowa, Commercial Trader, Hardware


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Endre Gulbrandson, a sturdy old pioneer of Freeborn county, now deceased, assisted in the development of the county from the earliest days, and left a heritage of honor and integrity which has been held untarnished by his large family of children. He was born in Aadalen, Norway, December 4, 1812, son of Gulbrand and Kari Gulbrandson, descended from many generations of Norsk ancestors. He grew to manhood in Norway, was there married, and there spent his early manhood.

In 1852 he brought his family to America, and located for a time in Iowa County, Wisconsin, later moving to Wingville, Grant County, in the same state. May 8, 1856, the family started for Minnesota. Endre left his family in Houston County, and walked to Mitchell, Iowa, where he met his relative, Peter Lunde. The two men stalked out claims in Hayward township, this county, and then returned for their families, the Gulbrandson family arriving about the middle of the summer. For a time the family lived in a dugout on a claim of 160 acres in section 17, but later they moved to a claim in section 8, and there lived in another dugout. In 1863 a log house was built, 20x30 feet, two stories high. Mr. Gulbrandson prospered with the years, and his agricultural operations proved so successful that he increased his holdings until he owned 280 acres of good land. Although a true American, he never forgot the scenes of his childhood and early manhood, and in 1885 he made a trip to the old country, spending six months in visiting friends and relatives. Mr. Gulbrandson exerted a great influence in his community, and participated actively in political life. He was interested in everything which he believed to be for the betterment of his town, and wwas in every way a good citizen. In his home, he was a loving husband and devoted father, and in the community he was a staunch friend. Thoroughly trained in the tenets of the Lutheran church, he possessed a true Christian character, and was an active promoter of religion in this county. He lived until his death in the log house, which he erected in the early days. The house is still preserved and is owned by his son Vegger Gulbrandson. Endre Gulbrandson died March 27, 1886, and his wife Marit Hanson, who was born in Aadalen, Norway, September 2, 1814, and whom he married in 1840, died February 21, 1898. This worthy couple had a family of eight children: Gilbert, deceased; Julia, deceased; Hans, of Albert Lea; Vegger, of Albert Lea; Kari, now Mrs. Lars Lunde, Hayward; Maria, deceased; Elsie L., of Albert Lea, and Edward, deceased.

Vegger Gulbrandson, banker and retired business man, is one of Albert Lea's most useful and active citizens, having taken a vital interest in the business, agricultural, financial and educational development of the county since his arrival here with the earliest settlers in 1856. He was born in Aadalen, Norway, November 4, 1846, son of Endre and Marit (Hanson) Gulbrandson, and with them came to the United States in 1852, locating in Iowa county, Wisconsin, and later in Grant county in the same state. In 1856 the family came to Freeborn county, and took up their residence in Hayward township. Vegger attended the common schools for a brief time, but the larger part of his education has been received from close observation and keen reasoning, as well as by deep reading. He worked out for a time, but spend most of his youth on the home farm in Hayward township. While on the farm he became interested in the sale of farm machinery, and after a time decided to devote his entire time to that business. Accordingly, in 1876, he came to Albert Lea, and engaged in that line in partnership with his brothers, Gilbert and Hans. Subsequently Gilbert sold his interest. In the course of time a hardware department was added, and Hans and Vegger conducted the business for nearly twenty-five years, erecting suitable buildings, maintaining a large volumn of trade, and enjoying the confidence and trust of the entire community. A few years ago, Vegger retired to the extent of giving up his active interest in the business, but he is still busily engaged in looking after his various holdings. He is vice-president of the First National Bank, of Albert Lea, and the owner of 300 acres of which bears the signature of no less a personage than Abraham Lincoln. For many years, Mr. Gulbrandson labored for the upbuilding of Luther Academy, at Albert Lea, as one of its most active directors, and he is still one of the trustees of Luther College at Decorah, Iowa. A Republican in politics, he has done the city of Albert Lea excellent service as a member of the charter commission, and as an alderman of the third ward. He has also been prominently mentioned in connection with several important state offices. As an historical investigator, Mr. Gulbrandson is painstaking and accurate, and his services have been invaluble in establishing beyond a doubt the story of the first permanent settlement of Freeborn county. He was also instrumental in having the first cabin built in Freeborn county moved to the fair grounds. On August 26, 1880, Vegger Gulbrandson was united in marriage with Anna Marie Knutson, of Winnebago county, Iowa. This union has been blessed with seven children: Eskeld H. is a hardware merchant in Ellendale, Minn.; Ina lives at home; Victor M. is a traveling salesman for Deere, Webber & Co., of Minneapolis; Amos B. is a hardware merchant in Hayward, Minn.; Cleon D. is a student at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Freemont G. and Kathinka L. are at home and attend the public schools. The family residence is at 218 East William Street.