Guri Lien (gg-grandmother on my father’s side)
- Guri was born in September 1824 in the Buskerud province of Norway in a region known as Hallingdal
. She married Asle Erikson Lien in 1844. They had five daughters and one son. In 1861 she immigrated to the United States with her children. There are somewhat conflicting stories on why her husband didn’t accompany the family which I won’t get into now. When she first arrived in Minnesota she traveled to Nicollet County where there was a fairly large population on Hallingdal Norwegians. But an Indian uprising
forced many of the settlers to head back to the East. Guri and her family ended up in Goodhue County. Here they stayed. All five of Guri’s daughters married farmers from the area. She traveled back to Norway in 1875 to settle up (divorce?) with Asle and get her share of their farm. Sometime between returning and 1880 she went with her son Erick to homestead land in North Dakota. After returning to Minnesota she spent the rest of her life living with her daughters. She died in 1901. The picture is Guri's tombstone which is located in the Gol cemetery in Kenyon, Minnesota. Her first daughter was my great grandmother.