Niels Olsen Bjerkedal

1704–before 30 March 1781 (Age 77)
Bratterød, Våler, Smaalenenes, Norway

The Life of Niels

When Niels Olsen Bjerkedal was born in 1704, in Bratterød, Våler, Smaalenenes, Norway, his father, Ole Olsen, was 34 and his mother, Mrs Ole, was 22. He married Berte Jonsdatter on 31 August 1732, in Våler Kirke, Våler, Smaalenenes, Norway. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He died before 30 March 1781, in Bjerkedal, Våler, Smaalenenes, Norway, at the age of 77, and was buried in Våler Kirkegård, Våler, Smaalenenes, Norway.

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Niels Olsen Bjerkedal
Berte Jonsdatter
Marriage: 31 August 1732
Ole Nielsen
Anne Nielsdatter
Maren Nielsdatter
Anne Nielsdatter
Berte Nielsdatter
Svend Nielsen
Berte Nielsdatter
Ingeborg Nielsdatter
Jon Nielsen

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31 August 1732
Våler Kirke, Våler, Smaalenenes, Norway


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World Events (2)

1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 32

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 35

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.

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 (3)

  • Niels Johnsen in entry for Anders Nilsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Niels Olssen in entry for Niels Nilsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Niels Olsen in entry for Hans Nilsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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