09 October 2013

Aslak and Anna LOVEN

I'm covering both of my great-great-great grandparents in the LOVEN line in this post. They are the LOVENs that decided to leave Norway for Iowa.

Aslak (Aslag) was born as Aslak OLSEN LOVEN (the 2 names explained on my post about John LOVEN) on 27 May 1826 in Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Ole ASLAKSEN and Signe ALVSDATTER.
Aslak is number 46.  The translation is "Date of birth 27 May [1826], date of baptism 28 Jun, name Aslack, born in wedlock, parents cotter Ole ASLAKSEN and Signe ALVSDATTER LOVEN, witnesses Trjer ALVSEN, Ivar ALVSEN, Knud ELLINGSEN, og Marie GJERTSDATTER LOVEN, also Ingebor ASLAKSDATTER BEIRGUM."
Anna was born as Anna JOHANNESDATTER SKAJEM on 21 Jun 1828 in Aurland, sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Johannes ANDERSEN and Methe NIELSDATTER.
Anna is number 47.  The translation is "Date of birth 21 June [1828], date of baptism 29 June, name Anna, parents farmer Johannes ANDERSEN and Metthe NIELSDATTER SCHAJEM [SKAJEM], witnesses Ole ANDERSEN SCHAJEM, Jens ENOCHSEN VIGESLAND, Gjert TORJURSEN LOVE, Martha ERICHSDATTER SCHAJEM, Bergilda NEILSDATTER VIGESLAND, and Anna NEILSDATTER SCHAJEM."
Aslak and Anna were married 31 May 1858 in Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.
Aslak and Anna's marriage is number 5. Translation "Wedding date 31 May [1858] The wedded couple Unwed man Aslak OLSEN LOVEN [age 32] and unwed woman Anna JOHANNESDATTER [age 29], his fatehr Ole ASLAKSEN, her father Johannes OLSEN, best man Lars INGVARDSEN and Johannes OLSEN SKAJEM, annoucements dates May 16, 24, and 30; wedding requested by groom when vaccinated for smallpox."
Aslak and Anna had 4 children before they came to America in 1869: Sigrid "Sarah" on 4 Jul 1861, Johannes on 2 Nov 1862, Metta on 5 Jan 1865, and Ole on 14 Mar 1868. They set sail on 12 Apr 1869 on the bark Alma and landed in Quebec on 1 Jun 1869. (The passenger list is at norwayheritage.com.) After settling around Decorah, Iowa, Aslak and Anna had 2 more children Nels Johannes on 15 May 1872 and Hannah on 10 Oct 1875. They stayed living on their farm in Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa and the Decorah area for the rest of their lives. Aslak died 24 Oct 1900 in Decorah, Winnehshiek county, Iowa. while Anna lived for a few more years and died 21 May 1910 in Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa. I do not have obits for either one of them, but they both do have memorial up on findagrave [Aslak and Anna].

Before his death, Aslak did become a naturalized citizen in 1869. This process also made Anna a citizen as, at that time, wives gained their citizenship through their husbands and underaged daughters through their fathers. I only have Aslak's final paper though.


I have found them on the following censuses:


  • 1865 Norwegian Census for Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane.
  • 1870 US Census, page 15, Glenwood towsnhip, Winneshiek, Iowa
  • 1880 US Census, page 1, Glenwood township, Winneshiek, Iowa
  • 1900 US Census, page 1A, Glenwood township, Winneshiek, Iowa
  • 1910 US Census, page 9A, Glenwood township, Winneshiek, Iowa
1910 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa.

Line of descent to me
Aslak and Anna LOVEN
--> Johannes "John" LOVEN
  --> Henry Rudolph LOVEN
    --> Orval Marlen LOVEN
      --> James LOVEN
        --> Me (Martha)

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