Karen Jonsdatter

Brief Life History of Karen

When Karen Jonsdatter was born about 1729, in Värmland, Sweden, her father, Jöns Jönsson, was 56 and her mother, Kierstin Nilsdotter, was 53. She married Ole Christensen on 2 February 1756, in Bærum, Akershus, Norway. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 4 October 1773, in Bærums Verk, Akershus, Norway, at the age of 45, and was buried in Bærums Verk, Akershus, Norway.

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Family Time Line

Ole Christensen
Karen Jonsdatter
Marriage: 2 February 1756
Siri Olsdatter
Hellene Olsdatter
Christen Olsen
Jon Olsen
Helene Olsdatter
Anders Olsen
Niels Olsen

Sources (8)

  • Kari Joensdr, "Norway, Marriages, 1660-1926"
  • Kari Joensdr in entry for Christen Olsen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Kari Jonsdr in entry for Jan Olsen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

World Events (3)

1736 · Confirmation & education

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

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.


In Treaty of Abo, Sweden ceded southeast Finland to Russia.

Name Meaning

equivalent of Katherine . It was first introduced to the English-speaking world by Scandinavian settlers in America; it has been used in Britain only since the 1940s, but had become very popular by the 1960s.

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

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