Endre Ostensen Holmestad

1732–1814 (Age 81)
Fortun, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

The Life of Endre

When Endre Ostensen Holmestad was born on 15 October 1732, in Fortun, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, his father, Osten Endresen, was 56 and his mother, Agatha Tollefsdotter, was 19. He married Rannei Haaversdotter about 1764. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 25 September 1814, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

Endre Ostensen Holmestad
Rannei Haaversdotter
Marriage: about 1764
Østen Endresen Holmestad

Spouse & Children

about 1764
Dale, S-Fj, Norway


Parents & Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (4)

1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 4

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 7

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 69

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

Name Meaning

Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Østen, from Øystein, Old Norse Eysteinn, composed of the elements ey ‘luck’, ‘gift’ + steinn ‘stone’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Endre Ostensen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Endre Ostensen in entry for Osten Andersen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Endre Ostensen Holmestad in entry for Agaatha Andersen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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