Ole Olsen

1707–
Skarprud, Telemark, Norway

The Life of Ole

When Ole Olsen was born in 1707, in Skarprud, Telemark, Norway, his father, Ole Aslaksen Skarprud, was 34 and his mother, Sigrid Olavsdotter, was 30.

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Family Time Line

Ole Aslaksen Skarprud
1673–1730
Sigrid Olavsdotter
1677–
Tor Olavsson Skarprud
1699–1753
Knud Olsen
1700–1753
Johannes Olsen
1701–1762
Ole Olsen
1707–
Groe Olsdotter
1710–
Anders Olsen
1712–
Karen Olsdotter
1712–
Jon Olsen
1716–

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World Events (3)

1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 29

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 32

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 94

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.

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