Jon Olsen

1714–1801 (Age 87)
Trondenes Prestegjeld, Troms, Norway

The Life of Jon

When Jon Olsen was born in 1714, in Trondenes Prestegjeld, Troms, Norway, his father, Ole Jonsen, was 26 and his mother, Elen Nilsdatter, was 23. He married Dorthe Hartvigsen in 1744, in Trondenes Prestegjeld, Troms, Norway. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He died in 1801, in his hometown, at the age of 87, and was buried in Trondenes Prestegjeld, Troms, Norway.

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Family Time Line

Jon Olsen
Dorthe Hartvigsen
Marriage: 1744
Malena Jonsdatter
Elen Jonsdatter
Hartvig Jonsen
Berte Jonsdatter
Berte Jonsdatter
Martha Kirstina Jonsdatter
Dorthe Jonsdatter
Ole Jonsen
Ole Jonsen

Spouse and Children

Trondenes Prestegjeld, Troms, Norway


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Berte Sofia Olsdatter


    Elisabet Olsdatter


    Malena Olsdatter


World Events (3)

1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 22

Law of 1736 legally established Confirmation in the Lutheran Church which led to organized education for all children. These became important records which the Pastor kept.
1739 · Universal schooling

Age 25

First school law to begin universal schooling in Norway. They taught the subjects of Christianity, reading, writing, arithmetic. Compulsory schooling from the age of seven and at least until ten to twelve years old.
1801 · 1801 Norwegian Census

Age 87

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

Name Meaning

1 Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030 . This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.2 German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • 1763 Tax List Harbachen, Trondenes, Norway
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Olsen - Individual or family possessions: male

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