Even Ostensen Lee

1819–1900 (Age 81)
Brattberg, Hedmark, Norway

The Life of Even

When Even Ostensen Lee was born on 27 June 1819, in Brattberg, Hedmark, Norway, his father, Osten Arnesen, was 26 and his mother, Berte Eriksen, was 31. He married Hellena Karoline Hansen on 30 January 1843, in Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norway. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Bangor Township, Brookings, South Dakota, United States in 1900. He died on 17 June 1900, at the age of 80, and was buried in Volga, Brookings, South Dakota, United States.

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Even Ostensen Lee
Hellena Karoline Hansen
Marriage: 30 January 1843
Hans Even Lee
Beatha Evensen
Karen Evensdatter
Maren Evensen
Osten Evensen/
Andreas Evensen
Ole Evensen
Agnette Evensen Lee

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30 January 1843
Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norway


  • Male1843–1930Male

  • Female1845–Female

  • Karen Evensdatter


  • Maren Evensen


  • Osten Evensen/


+3 More Children

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World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1825 · Sloopers

Age 6

First organized group of emigrants to leave Norway. First emigration to America began with the Sloopers who left in an undersized sloop “Restauration” sailed from Stavanger, Norway on July 4th, 1825.
1843 · Edvard Grieg

Age 24

Birth year of renown musical composer and pianist. Born in Bergen, Norway. Musical composer and pianist whose music is known worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions brought the music of Norway to develop a national identity,

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)

  • Even Lee in household of Andrew Lee, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Even Istenson in entry for Andreas Evenson and Julie Olsdatter, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • Even Ostensen in entry for Karen Evensdatter, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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