Berit LARSDTR

Female 1742 - Aft 1795  (> 54 years)


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  • Name Berit LARSDTR 
    Born 1742 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1795 
    Notes 
    • Baptism Record: Sortland i Hadsel 1730-1794
      Name: Bereth
      Father: Lars Paulsen of Kaosbol
      Baptism Date: Pride Dominic: 4 post Pasch

      Borgos, Johan I. Sortland bygdebok. Gård og slekt. Del. 4. Sortland Kommune, 2011. Translation by Gerald Lowell. Comments in brackets are provided by the translator:
      "Berit Larsdtr was the youngest who lived to adulthood of the children born to Lars and Milla. She married Peder Rasmussen in 1761; he was a younger brother of Jon Rasmussen, who married Berit's eldest sister.

      Berit and Peder lived in Bøkleiva or Valfjordmarka the first few years they were married, but in 1769 they moved to Gåsfjorden. There was plenty of room there, since all of Berit's sisters had left.

      The couple was in critical need of the resources that existed in the Sami settlement. Their children were born very close togther in age. Berit gave birth to fifteen children over a 23 year period. Many died, as it was common at the time, but six children reached adulthood.

      In the next generation, many children were born within the families living in Sortland, Hadsel and Andoy. The second youngest son, Peder Pedersen, moved to Andenes. Among the great-grandchildren [of Peder Pedersen] were Helmer Hansen, who sailed with Roald Amundsen to the South Pole and later became the harbormaster in Tromsø.

      Peder [Rasmussen] died in 1787, leaving behind a fairly large inheritance. He owned a "six ring" [a boat with three pairs of oars] on which he had served as captain. The livestock consisted of a horse, three cows and some sheep, and when debts were deducted, there still remained 16 riksdaler for sharing between Berit and her six surviving children.

      Berit lived at least until 1795. At that time, all of the children who survived to adulthood had married and moved out. But she knew about others who could take over the farm. The youngest son of Marit Larsdtr and Kristen Jonsen, Lars Kristensen, returned to Gåsfjorden again in 1798. He and Ellen Olsdtr, married in 1778, had lived for twenty years in Øksnes.

      In the 1801 census, there is this written about Kristen [Incorrect. The statement refers to Lars Kristensen]: "Tenant farmer who lives off the sea, having some livestock." It shows that the Sami couples lived in the same way as the Norwegian tenant farmers.

      Five years later the couple vanished from Gåsfjorden and it is not known where they went. Living conditions were then very hard everywhere, and there were more places than just Gåsfjorden that became desolate at this time. It was also the end of the Sami settlements there." [1]
    Person ID I10762  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2015 

    Father Lars PAULSEN,   d. 1756 
    Mother Milla ERIKSDTR,   b. Abt 1700,   d. 1770  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 1722 
    Family ID F3759  Group Sheet

    Family Peder RASMUSSEN,   b. 1732,   d. 13 Feb 1787, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 1761 
    Children 
     1. [Dødfødt] PEDERSEN,   b. 1763, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1763, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. [Unnamed] PEDERSEN,   b. 1764, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1764, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Hans PEDERSEN,   b. 8 Apr 1765, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820  (Age 54 years)
     4. Lars PEDERSEN,   b. 1766, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1766, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. [Unnamed] PEDERSEN,   b. 1767, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1767, Bø, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Berit Maria PEDERSDTR,   b. 1769, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1769, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Anna PEDERSDTR,   b. 1770, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1823, Hadsel, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     8. Inger PEDERSDTR,   b. 1772, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1772, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Anders PEDERSEN,   b. 1773, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Berit Martha PEDERSDTR,   b. 1775, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Marin PEDERSDTR,   b. 1776, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Marit PEDERSDTR,   b. 1777, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Erik PEDERSEN,   b. 1778, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1839  (Age 61 years)
     14. Kristen PEDERSEN,   b. 1780, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852  (Age 72 years)
    +15. Peder PEDERSSEN,   b. 31 Aug 1783, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1832, Andenes, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     16. Rasmus PEDERSEN,   b. 1785, Gåsbøl, Sortland, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F3758  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S70] Sortland Bygdebok. V. 1: Gård og Slekt., Borgos, Johan I., (Sortland Kommune, 2001.).