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Nils Hansen Rustand was born on July 07, 1792 in Rustand, Aadalen, Norway. He was the son of Hans Olsen Rustand & Kari Olsdatter Storoydgarden
Kari Nubsdatter Viker was born on September 28, 1796 in Viker, Aadalen, Norway. She was the daughter of Thor Nubsen Viker & Gjertrud Andersdatter
Aaste Olsdatter was born Jan. 25, 1832 in Strandlieie, Aadalen, Norway. She was the daughter of Unknown parents

THE FAMILIES OF NILS HANSEN RUSTAND VIKER

First marriage:

Nils Hanson Rustand & Kari Thorsdatter Viker

Nils Hansen Rustand married Kari Thorsdatter Viker on July 30, 1815, in the Viker church. Nils & Kari lived at Viker, which they leased after their marriage, and Nils bought the Viker farm in 1824 and took the last name of Viker. Nils was a famous hunter and trapper in Aadalen. Nils & Kari had 10 children, 8 of whom later immigrated to America. Kari died in 1859 and Nils also came to America in 1861, but he soon returned to Norway as he did not like what he considered to be the primitive conditions there. Nils is listed at age 75 on the 1865 census of the Skarrud farm in Buskerud, Norway.
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Notes for Nils Hanson Rustand Viker

Children of Nils Hanson Rustand & Kari Thorsdatter Viker:

Kari NilsdatterKari Nilsdatter Viker was born Sept 15, 1815 at Viker, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. She married Fingal Paulson Enger on March 15, 1852 at the Viker Church in Aadalen, Buskerud Norway. Paul was a widower with two sons, and Fingal & Kari had 3 more children. On June 17, 1853 Fingar Paulsen Enger, Kari Nilsdatter, and his sons Jens and Paul left for Sondre Aurdal. This was to the Jobraaten farm, and they lived there a few years and I think this is where the children of Fingal and Kari were born. Information I have been given indicates that Kari & Fingal remained in Norway until their deaths, but I have not found them there on the 1865 or 1875 censuses at this time. Fingal died in 1867, probably in Norway. One of Fingal's sons from his first marriage, Paul Enger, emigrated to America and owned land in Moscow, Freeborn Co., MN that he later sold to Kari's brother Ole Nilson Viker. Kari Viker Enger died in 1890, probably in Norway.
Thor Nilsen Viker SandvigenThor Nilsen Viker was born Jan 28, 1818 at Viker, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. Thor married Kari Andersdatter Sandvigen on Sept 22, 1845, and they had 6 children on the Sandvigen farm. The family is listed on the 1865 census of Sandvigen, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. Kari died on February 28, 1889, and Thor is listed in the household of his married daughter Tonetta on the 1900 census of Sandvigen, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. Several of Thor's children and grandchildren emigrated to America, and settled in MN. Most used the surname Sandvigen in the US. Thor Viker died on August 01, 1903 at Sandvigen, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway
Notes for Thor Nilsen Viker Sandvigen
Hans NilsenHans Nilsen Viker was born July 29, 1820 at Viker, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. Hans emigrated to America in 1850 on the ship Christiane, along with his brother Ole and sister Gjertrud. He married Sigrid Olsdatter Hiaseie Pikop about 1856 in MN and they had 9 children who settled in MN. I have not found the family on the 1860 census at this time, but they are listed on the 1870 census of Preble Twp., Fillmore Co., MN. Sigrid died in Sept 1871, and on June 15, 1872 Hans married Maren Nilsdatter Lunde in Spring Grove, Fillmore Co., MN. Maren was the widow of Hans' first cousin Ole Olson Rustand. Maren died before 1880, and Hans is listed as widowed on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Preble, Fillmore Co., MN. Hans Viker died Sept 5, 1900 in Preble Twp., Fillmore Co., MN.
Notes for Hans Nilsen Viker
Gjertrud NilsdatterGjertrud Nilsdatter Viker was born April 10, 1822 at Viker, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. She emigrated to America in 1850 on the ship Christiane with her brothers Hans and Ole. Gjertrud married Knut Chrispenson on March 4, 1851 in Rock Co,. WI and they had 3 children. They are listed on the 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Newark, Rock, Wisconsin. In 1860 they are listed Canude Christenson, in 1870 under Knute Christianson. Also Gjertrud is listed under the name Jane in 1870 and Annie in 1880. Knut died in 1888, and Gjertrud is listed as widowed and living next to her married son Nils & family on the 1900 census of Newark, Rock Co., WI. Gjertrud Viker Chrispinson died March 7, 1909 in Rock Co., WI.
Notes for Gjertrud Nilsdatter Viker Chrispenson
Nub NilsenNub Nilsen Viker was born Feb 7, 1823 in Viker, Buskerud, Norway. He was christened March 1, 1824. Nub married Live Eriksdtr Holte Wiger on May 19, 1851 in Norderhov, Buskerud, Norway. Nub & Live emigrated to America soon after their marriage in 1851, and they had 7 children. According to birthplaces of their children, they were in Wisconsin in 1852 & 1854, but had moved to Minnesota by 1855. They are listed on the 1857 census of Twp 101, Fillmore, Minnesota. They are listed on the 1860 & 1870 census of Preble, Fillmore Co., Minnesota. According to a biography of their son Erick, the family moved to Becker Co., Minnesota in 1872. They are listed on the 1880 census of Atlanta, Becker, Minnesota, and three of their children married in Lake Park, Becker Co., Minnesota in 1879, 1880 & 1885. At some time between 1880 to 1894 Nub & Live moved to Clay Co., Minnesota. Their children settled in Minnesota and Canada. Several of them used the spelling Wiger. Nub Nilsen died on Dec 6, 1894 in Hitterdal, Clay Co., Minnesota. Live died on March 06, 1915 in Ulen, Clay Co., Minnesota. Nub & Live are both buried in the North Cemetery (Bethlehem Memorial Cemetery), Ulen, Clay Co., Minnesota.
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Anne NilsdatterAnne Nilsdatter Viker was born April 11, 1826 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway. She married John Christianson on Oct. 18, 1847 in the Viker Church in Norway. They had 6 children, several of whom went by the surname Skalet. Only one of their children stayed in Norway - the rest all came to America. John and Anne emigrated to America in 1884, following their sons Christian & Nils, who emigrated in 1873. Their two daughters came here, also, not sure what year. Their son Ole emigrated in 1886. Anne Viker Christiansen died July 22, 1906 at the home of her daughter Karen in Nielsville, Polk Co., MN. Her tombstone gives her name as Annie Christianson.
The Family of John Christianson & Anne Nilsdatter Viker
Notes for Anne Nilsdatter Viker Christianson
Tombstones of John & Anne Viker Christianson
Ole NilsenOle Nilsen Viker was born September 16, 1828 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway. He died young, before he was one year old. Ole Viker died May 21, 1829 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway.
Ole Nilsen
(the Elder)
Ole Nilsen Viker was born Feb 10, 1830 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway. According to a biography of his daughter, Ole was in the Norwegian Navy before emigrating to the US in 1850 on the ship Christiane with his brother Hans and sister Gjertrud. He married Margit Nubsdatter Onsgaard on Dec 19, 1853 in Beloit, Rock Co., WI. Margit had a son from a previous marriage, and she and Ole had 5 more children. They lived in WI and IA for a few years, but moved to MN by 1857. Ole and Margit lived in Brown (later Watonwan), Fillmore, Mower, Polk and Freeborn Counties in MN. Also according to his daughter's bio, he served in the Civil War on the Union side for several years. Ole is sometimes known as Ole Viker the Elder, as he had a younger brother also named Ole Nilsen Viker who lived to adulthood - both also emigrated to the US. He is listed on earlier records as Ole Nelson, and later records as Ole Wiker or Viker. Ole Viker died Dec 22, 1910 in Moscow, Freeborn Co., MN. On his tombstone his name is listed as Ole Wiker, but his granddaughter Cornelia always pronounced and spelled the name Viker.
The Family of Ole Nilson Viker
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Notes for Ole Nilson Viker
Gunhild Maria "Mary" NilsdatterGunhild Maria Nilsdatter Viker was born Feb 29, 1832 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway. In her obituary she is called Mary Haugen, and she is listed on the Minnesota Death Index as Mary Ellen Haugen.. She married Elling Knutsen Haugen on April 27, 1852 in Norderhov, Aadalen, Buskerud Norway, and they are listed on the IGI as emigrating to America on the same day. They had 9 children. Elling & Maria settled first in Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin. I have not found them on the 1860 census at this time. In 1862 they moved to Mower county, MN. They are listed on the 1870 census of Racine, Mower Co., MN (post office Hamilton, Fillmore Co., MN.). In the the spring of 1880 they moved to Lyon Co., MN. They are listed on the 1880 census of Eidsvold, Lyon Co., MN. Elling died in 1890 & Maria is listed as widowed and living next to her married son Nels & family on the 1900 census of Eidsvold, Lyon Co., MN. Gunhild Maria "Mary" Nilsdatter Viker Haugen died June 8, 1918 in Eidsvold Township, Lyon Co., Minnesota.
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Ole Nilsen
(the Younger)

Ole Nilsen Viker was born June 14, 1834 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway. He emigrated to America in 1851, signing out of the Viker Church in Norway on March 25, 1851. According to his obit, after immigrating he settled in Rock Co. Wisconsin, where he resided for a few years, then he went to California for about 9 years during which time he returned to (Fillmore Co., Minnesota) only once. He is listed on the 1860 census of Putah, Yolo, California, Post office Sacramento, working as Ole Nelson, laborer, on the farm of Henry Conner. Ole returned to Fillmore Co., Minnesota 1866 and settled on the farm on which he died. Ole married Guri Christoffersdr Erickson about 1866 in Minnesota, and they had 7 children. The family is listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Preble, Fillmore Co., MN. Ole died Feb 28, 1896 in Spring Grove, Fillmore Co., Minnesota. The children used the spelling Wiger for their surname.
Notes for Ole Nilsen Viker the younger
Iver NilsenIver Nilsen Viker was born May 10, 1837 at Viker, Buskerud, Norway. I'm not sure when he came to America. He married Guri Paulsdatter Norstebo on Feb 12, 1862 in Highland Prairie, Fillmore Co., MN. Guri had 2 children from previous relationships, at least one of whom was still alive. Ivere & Guri had a son, Nels, on May 20, 1862. Iver enlisted in the Civil War and family story is that he was captured and held in Andersonville Prison while in the War, although this has not been documented. He died of consumption and chronic diarrhrea contracted while in the service of the United States. Iver died Sept 3, 1863 at Little Norway Township, Fillmore County, MN and is buried at the Highland Prairie Cemetery at Peterson, Fillmore County, MN. Guri remarried Lars Hanson Staaland, and they had 2 more children. Lars & Guri are listed on the 1870 & 1880 census of Norway, Fillmore Co., MN. Lars died on Nov 8, 1898, and Guri is listed as widowed on the 1900 census of Norway, Fillmore Co., MN. Guri died on December 10, 1916 in Melville, Sweet Grass Co., Montana, probably at the home of her married daughter Kari (Staaland) Rein.
Notes for Iver Nilsen Viker

Second marriage (? not sure if they were ever officially married):

Nils Hansen Rustand Viker & Aaste OlsdatterSometime between 1865 to 1870, Nils began living with a widow, Aaste Olsdatter. Aaste was listed at age 32 on the 1865 census of the Braaten farm, Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway with her husband Gudbrand Olson & their 3 young children. Her husband froze to death while out hunting sometime between 1865 to 1870. Aaste had two children born in 1870 & 1872 who were christened with Nils named as the father; Nils was in his 80's at that time. Nils Hansen died March 18, 1873 at Branden, Brandbu, Buskerud, Norway.

Children of Nils Hanson Rustand Viker & Aaste Olsdatter:

Ole NilsenOle Nilsen was born Feb 2 1870 at Skarrud in Norway. 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 Ådalens best speed skater.
Gabriel NilsenGabriel Nilsen was born May 18, 1872 at Skarrud in Norway. At his christening Nils Hanson Viker was named as being his father.

Viker portrait??This unidentified portrait was found in the attic of the farm belonging to the grandson of Ole Nilsen Viker (born 1830). It is probably a portrait of Ole and Margit Viker, or one of Ole's siblings. Margit was 11 years older than Ole, and to me this woman looks like she could be older than the man in the portrait. If anyone recognizes the couple in the portrait, please let me know!!!