Niels Olsen

1782–1845 (Age 63)
Lardal, Vestfold, Norway

The Life of Niels

When Niels Olsen was born in 1782, in Lardal, Vestfold, Norway, his father, Ole Nielsen, was 22 and his mother, Helene Pedersen, was 25. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Anne Poulsdatter. He died in 1845, at the age of 63.

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Niels Olsen
Anne Poulsdatter
Poul Nilsen
Ole Nilsen
Elen Maria Nilsen

Spouse and Children


    Anne Poulsdatter




    Poul Nilsen


    Ole Nilsen


    Elen Maria Nilsen


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+3 More Children

World Events (6)

1801 · 1801 Norwegian Census

Age 19

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

Age 28

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
1825 · Sloopers

Age 43

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.

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.

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Sources (3)

  • Niels Olsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Niels Olsen, "Norway, Marriages, 1660-1926"
  • Niels Olsen in entry for Poul Nilsen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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