29 June 2017


Hans Ørbech HENDRICKSON was born 23 Nov 1815 in Lærdahl, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Heinrich HANSEN and Anna OLSDATTER. His baptism took place in Lærdahl on 26 Dec 1815. He married Silla in Norway and they emigrated to the US in 1850. Landing in New York on the 12 July. Hans died 6 Oct 1890 and is buried in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery outside of Decorah, Winneshiek cty, Iowa. (I have a PDF of Han's baptismal record for anybody that wants a copy.)

Silla BAARDSDATTER was born 6 Sep  1827 in Lærdahl, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Baar HOLVERSON and Synneve HALVORSDATTER. Her baptism took place 12 Sep in Lærdahl. She died 1 August 1904 and is buried with her husband outside of Decorah, Iowa.

Silla was the mother to 8 children. However, I only have information on 7 of them, all born in Iowa. Those children are:

  • Ann b. 3 Mar 1853
  • Synneva b. 21 Aug 1855
  • Helen b. abt 1860
  • Henry b. abt 1863
  • John Martin b. 25 Dec 1864 (He appears to havae gone by Martin)
  • Benjamin b. abt 1868
  • Helmer b. 5 Dec 1872

I have the family on the following censuses:

William & Sylvia WELLS

I don't have much information on this family at the moment. Here's what I do have though.

William W. WELLS was born about 1821 in Pennsylvania. Sylvia (his wife) was born about 1831 in Pennsylvania. The couple had 3 children that I know about. Stanley (born about 1852), Leonard (born about 1854), and Chester "Chet" (born about 1859.) Stanley was born in Pennsylvania, Leonard in New York, and Chet in Iowa.

I have the family on the following censuses

  • 1855 NY State Census
  • 1860 US Census in Boone township, Hamilton county, Iowa