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Lunde & Viker records 1900's
Lunde Land Records - Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN
Lunde/Viker Land Records - Moscow, Freeborn Co., MN


These are records for Cornelia Lunde (before marriage) or her direct ancestors Click on the link for a printable image

The Generations of Njorth10This information is from "Look to the Rock" The Dybdahl/Anderson Episode by Ann Urness Gesme. I have taken the liberty of changing the end to show the line to Cornelia Lunde and her descendants. This family line traces Cornelia's ancestry through her mother, Ingeborg Viker Lunde, back to Harald the Fair-haired, first King of Norway, and back before that to BC. There are a lot of scoundrels in there, so be forewarned! Still it is fun to read and interesting, with some great names like Erik Haraldson Blood Axe and Olaf Gudrodsen the Dwarf!
Vikings and CharlemagneEarlyThis is an email I wrote to a cousin who had asked if we had Vikings in our family. It also talks about our line from Charlemagne, which includes King Louis & Charles of France and King Alfred of England. It refers to some information in the Generations of Njorth document, above, plus additional information.
Nils Hanson Rustand1792Life of Nils Hanson Rustand, father of Ole Nilson Viker. He was Cornelia Lunde's maternal great-grandfather. Nils was born in 1792 and he had a colorful life - he was a famous hunter and trapper and lived to be 81 years old. He was born on the Rustand farm, but bought the Viker farm in 1824 so was also called Nils Viker. He traveled to America, but did not like it and returned to Norway, which was very unusual at that time. Originally written in Norwegian by Ingeborg & Wilhelm Elsrud. This updated English translation, posted April 2013, is translated by Bjarne Breilid, edited by Don Nelson. To see it in Norwegian, click HERE.
Peder Lunde history by Emma Stoa Lunde1850This paper was probably written in the 1950's about Peder Lunde's family, but I'm inserting it here as it contains many of the family stories about the Viker church in Norway, Peder & Else's immigration, early history in Hayward, MN etc. There is also information on Endre Gulbrandson and family. Emma was married to Peter Lunde, grandson of Peder & Else Gravli Lunde. This is my transcription of a xerox of the paper - I did note what I believe is an error. Emma wrote that the ship Peder sailed on left Drammen on May 1, 1850 - I think it left May 11, 1850. Peder didn't sign out of the Viker church until May 10, 1850, and there is a note on the back of Ole Viker's immigration papers (he sailed on same ship) that is dated May 11th. Also the ship landed in New York, not Quebec, as I have found them on a passenger list there. I think the confusion came because Ole Viker's wife, Margit Nubsdatte Onsgaard, came in 1852 or 1853 on the same ship, and at that time it landed in Quebec. Both sets of immigrants went by canal boat through the Great Lakes to reach Wisconsin after landing.
Viker church, Norway1850These are 1999 photos of the Viker church, but wanted to put them with Ole Viker's immigration papers as this is the church where he and Peder Lunde both signed out of when they left for America. The photos also show how beautiful the area is where they came from. Photos from Don Nelson.
Viker church altar, Norway1850There has been a church on the Viker estate since the 1400's. When the church was first built as a stave church it was under the authority of the Catholic church. In 1701 the stave church was torn down, but the pulpit, altar & crucifix were saved and placed in the new Lutheran church, built in 1702, that is still being used. The two brass candlesticks are dated 1719. Photos from Don Nelson
Viker church interior, Norway18501999 photos from Don Nelson.
Viker church pulpit, Norway18501999 photo from Don Nelson. This is the church the Lunde's and Gravli's attended - this is where Peder Lunde & Else Gravli were married in 1845 as well as their parents in the early 1800's. Also the Viker and Rustand families attended this church and had marriages and baptisms here.
Ole Viker immigration papers1850I have partially translated this - email me if you want a copy of my translation.

Passenger list for ship Christiane - first page

1850Ship Lundes & Vikers came over on. Family story had been that they landed in Quebec, but this passenger list confirms that they landed in New York. Peder Asleson Lunde is passenger #3. His son Asle is #4. I belive that Margit Nubsdatter Onsgaard and her son Julius from her first marriage also traveled on the Christiane in 1852 or 1853, and that they landed in Quebec at that time. Confusion came because Ole Viker and Margit told their children that they came over "on the same ship", which it was, but not the same year.
THIS WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WEBSITE. Once there, use your "Back" button to return to this page.Complete passenger list for Christiane 1850This is a link to the passenger list of the 1850 voyage of the Christiane that is on the website "100 Years of Emigrant Ships From Norway.".This excellent website was made by Børge Solem, Trond Austheim together with Gery and Sue Swiggum, and I will always be thankful to them for posting this list where I found my Lundes and Vikers! There is a transcript and also scans of the actual list. On list is #3 Peder Lunde, #4 Asle Lunde (should be age 4), #81 Else Olsdatter (Gravli), #68 Ole Wiger (Viker) with his brother #67 Hans Viker and sister #142 Gjertrud. If the link does not work the website is at There is also a voyage account of the same ship's journey in 1851 that probably was similar to the 1850 journey in many ways.
Ringerike Emigration lists1850This is a list made by Eigel Elsrud of people who emigrated from Norderhov, Hole & Aadalen, Ringerike, Norway to America in the years from 1839 to 1852. It also includes numbers of people who emigrated from 1839 to 1878. For each person it gives the date they signed out of their local church and either their birthdate or their age in years.
Ole Viker & Margit Onsgaard marriage1853Beloit, Wisconsin. At the time of their marriage, Ole was age 23 and Margit was age 34.
1856 census Osage Twp., Mitchell Co., IA1856Household #84 includes Peder & Else Lunde and son Asle, age 10. Household #85 is Ole & Margit Viker & children Julius (Margit's son from a previous marriage), Nils & Ingeborg. Ingeborg was listed on early census records as Isabel. Also the family went by the last name Nilson or Nelson on early records. The Viker family left Iowa about 1858 and went to Brown (later Watonwan) Co., Minnesota. The Lunde family also left Iowa in 1856 and settled in Freeborn Co., MN.
1857 State Census Twp 102, Freeborn, Minnesota18571857 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

1860Peder Lunde family. Endre Gulbrandson next door is Peder's relation. Endre's wife Marit Gravli was first cousin to Else Gravli and she was raised with Else and her siblings. Peder settled in Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN about 1856, and he and Endre Gulbrandson were the first two permanent settlers of Hayward. Peder's younger son, Ole P. Lunde, born in 1858, was the first white child born in Hayward.
1860 census Madelia, Brown Co., MN1860Ole Viker and family should be on this census and aren't - note that Gilbert Palmeson, wife Anna and children Caroline and Betsy were counted on July 23rd as being in household #288/293, and then are RECOUNTED on July 24th as being in household #300/304 with different neighbors. Gilbert Palmeson was a friend of Ole Viker and also from Aadalen, Norway - I believe that one of those households should have been the Viker home and the census taker made an error. Ole Viker tried to convince Gilbert Palmeson and another friend, Ole Palmeson (Kjella) to leave with him in 1862, but they ignored the warning and both men were later killed in the Sioux Uprising in 1863.
Letter from the Office of the Sioux Commissioners1863Answer (I assume) to letter sent on behalf of Ole Viker and others requesting some recompense for the land and belongings he left behind when he fled Brown County after being warned of the upcoming Sioux uprising. The letter states that "it is the opinion of our Commission, we cannot take cognizance of any claims for depredations committed by the Sioux or other Indians, after the passage of the Act under which we were appointed and are acting - Nor for any committed prior to the 17th of August 1862." Ole Viker and family fled in the summer of 1862. The actual uprising occurred in April 1863. The letter did add "The cases you mention are particularly hard ones and ought to be entitled to relief from some quarter, but I do not see that we can do it."
1865 census Holt Twp., Fillmore Co., MN1865After fleeing the Sioux uprising in Brown (later Watonwan) Co., MN in 1862, Ole Viker & family returned to Fillmore Co., MN where they had relatives. 1865 census for Holt Twp, Fillmore Co., MN, household #61 includes: Ole Nelson, M(Margit), Julius, Theodore, Charl, Ingebor, Caroline.
1870 census Holt, Fillmore Co., MN18701870 census Holt, Fillmore Co. MN - Ole Nelson, age 40, Margaret (56), Isabel (15),Theodore (13), Carl (10) & Caroline (9). Julius not living with them. The family lived in Fillmore Co., MN from 1862 to about 1872, when they moved to Mower Co., MN.
1870 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN18701870 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN - Peter Lund (51), Elsie (49), Asle (24) and Ole (12). Ole listed as born MN, all others listed born Norway.
1874 Atlas Freeborn Co., MN1874From 1874 Atlas of Minnesota - Freeborn Co., showing Hayward and Moscow Townships. Hayward is where Peder & Else Lunde settled. They bought an inverted L shaped piece of land in 1861 that went to their oldest son Asle, and after his death to Asle's son Alfred. The short part of the "L" was in the southwest corner of Section 8, and their house was located in this section. Peder bought two more pieces of land in the northwest corner of Section 8 in 1866 & 1871 that went to his younger son, Ole P. Lunde. Ole later sold his land in Hayward and bought land in Moscow Township about 1896. Ole & his family moved to Moscow because that is where his father-in-law, Ole Nilson Viker had settled in 1891.
1874 Atlas Hayward Twp1874Land plat of Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN. Highlighted areas are land owned by Peder Lunde and Endre Gulbrandson. Writing and markings by Atlanta Brees. Note that Peder owns two sections of land in Hayward - his original holdings are an inverted L shaped piece of land with 80 acres in Section 18, 40 in Section 7, and 40 in Section 8 (his house is on the part in Section 8). He also holds an additional 160 acres in the North East corner of Section 8 that he bought in 1866 & 1871. Peder and his neighbor Lysander Luce joked that one day the railroad would run between their homes, and when the railroad was built it actually did go between them. L. Lunde in same township is Lars Lunde, another Lunde descendant, as was his wife, Kari Lunde.
1874 Atlas Mower Co., MN1874Ole & Margit Viker lived in Mower Co., MN from 1872 to 1883. They are listed on the 1875 and 1880 censuses in Frankford, Mower Co., MN. In a newspaper article written about their daughter Ingeborg's 90th birthday, it states "Her girlhood years were spent in Grand Meadow until her marriage when she came to Freeborn County." Ingeborg was about 16 when her family moved to Mower Co. She married Ole P. Lunde in 1881 at age 25.
1875 census Frankford, Mower Co., MN18751875 census Frankford, Mower Co. MN: Ole Nelson (42), M.(f)Margit)(57),J.(m)(Julius)(28),I.(f)(Ingeborg or Isabel)(19),T.(m)(Theodore)(18), C.(m)(Carl)(16),C.(f)(Caroline)(14) Family next door also listed as Nelson, all initials, all born Norway. Family next door is probably Ole's brother Hans Nilson Viker - ages are not correct for Hans and second wife Maren, but ages and sexes for the children match except there should be one more son about age 14.
1878 Land Plat Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN1878Land plat of Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN. Highlighted areas are land owned by Peder Lunde and Endre Gulbrandson. Writing and markings by Atlanta Brees. Note that Peder owns two sections of land in Hayward - his original holdings are an inverted L shaped piece of land with 80 acres in Section 18, 40 in Section 7, and 40 in Section 8 (his house is on the part in Section 8). He also holds an additional 160 acres in the North East corner of Section 8. He also holds an additional 160 acres in the North East corner of Section 8 that he bought in 1866 & 1871.
1880 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN18801880 census Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN - Household #31/34, census taken on June 4, 1880.Household included Peter Lund (60), Else (59), Asle (33) and Ole (21). Ole listed as born MN, all others listed born Norway. Peder died in Hayward in 1891, the year before his granddaughter Cornelia was born.
Cornelia Lunde birth record First Half1892Record at Freeborn County Courthouse of the birth of Anna Cornelia Lunde on March 30, 1892 in Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN.
Cornelia Lunde birth record Second Half1892Continued record of birth of Anna Cornelia Lunde at Freeborn County Courthouse. Line 17. Parents listed as Ole & Ingeborg Lunde. Ole born in Minnesota & Ingeborg born in Iowa. Recorded at Courthouse on April 4, 1892.
Cornelia Lunde baptism certificate1892Notes by Cornelia's daughter Atlanta Brees Dye. Cornelia glued the certificate onto a page of a book. Baptism record (in Norwegian) of Anna Cornelia Lunde, born March 30, 1892 and baptised May 1, 1892 at Hayward Lutheran Evangelical Church. Minister was O. H. Smeby, and witnesses were A. N. Teslow, Anna R.(?) and Ole Linum & wife.
1895 Hayward MN Land Plat1895

1895 Hayward, Freeborn Co., MN. On September 2, 1891, Peder & Else Gravli Lunde made a contract with their sons Asle & Ole & their wives - in exchange for care in her old age and $2000, they gave Asle Peder's original homestead and Ole the upper 80 acres plus another 80 acres. Ole built a house on his land - his daughters Cornelia & Atlanta were both born there. He also donated the southeast corner of his land to the town of Hayward for a creamery. Asle died in 1892 & his wife Gunhild died in 1896, leaving Ole & Ingeborg to care for Elsie. In 1897 Ole sold his land and bought land in nearby Moscow, Freeborn Co., MN where his inlaws Ole & Margit Viker had settled. Else lived with Asle's young children on the original homestead for several years after Gunhild's death, but she then lived with Ole & Ingeborg until she died in 1908. Writing by Atlanta Brees.