Marit Olsen

about 1785–1874 (Age 89)
Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

The Life of Marit

When Marit Olsen was born about 1785, in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway, her father, Ole Venneslotten Andersen, was 23 and her mother, Beret Evensdatter, was 25. She married Jorgen Larsen Gagnaunet about 1808, in Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She died in 1874, in Norway, at the age of 89.

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Family Time Line

Jorgen Larsen Gagnaunet
Marit Olsen
Marriage: about 1808
Ane Jorgensen Gagnaunet Gronvik
Ole Jørgensen
Martha Jorgensdatter
Gjertrud Jorgensen
Lars Jørgensen/
Anders Jorgensen
Berit Jorgensdatter
Karen Jorgensen Gagnaunet
Giertru Jorgensdr

Spouse and Children

    Jorgen Larsen Gagnaunet



about 1808
Sør-Trøndelag, Norway


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Gjertru Olsdatter


    Even Olsen


    Ane Olesdatter


    Kari Olsdatter


+3 More Children

World Events (7)

1801 · 1801 Norwegian Census

Age 16

It listed all family members living on each farm. Also those living in the cities.
1810 · Vaccinations

Age 25

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
1810 · Ole Bull

Age 25

Eminent Norwegian violinist and composer. Renown Norwegian violinist and composer who toured multiple times in the US. Family friend with Edvard Grieg.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Marith Olesdatter Gagnøijvigen in entry for Ole, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Marit Olsdr in entry for Beret Jorgensdr, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Marit Olsdr in entry for Giertru Jorgensdr, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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