Tora Hansdatter Skjerdal

Brief Life History of Tora Hansdatter

When Tora Hansdatter Skjerdal was born on 11 November 1798, in Skjerdal, Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, her father, Hans Olsen, was 28 and her mother, Ragnhild Johnsdatter Hylland, was 21. She had at least 6 sons and 4 daughters with Niels Olsen Vinjum. She died in 1856, in Norway, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

Niels Olsen Vinjum
1794–
Tora Hansdatter Skjerdal
1798–1856
Ole Nilsen Vinjum
1820–1884
Hans Nilsen Vinjum
1822–1869
Kari Nilsdatter Vinjum
1825–
Ingeborg Nilsdatter Vinjum
1827–1827
Knut Nilsen Vinjum
1829–1902
Guri Nilsdatter Vinjum
1830–
Nils Nilsen Vinjum
1831–
Ragnhild Nilsdatter Vinjum
1835–
Erik Nilsen Vinjum
1838–1838
Kristen Nilsen Vinjum
1841–

Sources (19)

  • Thora Hansdatter, "Norway Church Books, 1815-1930"
  • Thora Hansdatt:, "Norway Church Books, 1815-1930"
  • Thora Hansdatt:, "Norway Church Books, 1815-1930"

World Events (8)

1801 · 1801 Norwegian Census

It listed all family members living on each farm. Also those living in the cities.

1810 · Vaccinations

Royal order issued by the King of Norway and Denmark in 1810 required everyone to have a certificate of smallpox vaccination. This was also recorded in the Church records. 33

1814 · Syttende Mai (17th May)

Constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom to avoid being ceded to Sweden from Denmark. Celebrated by Norwegians & Norwegian-Americans on May 17th each year.

Name Meaning

Probably a respelling of Laura , that coincides in form with the German spelling of the same name and also with the medieval English given name.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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