Family Genealogy
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
 

Happenstance happens to everyone and in many cases it may be enough to completely change a person's future. It happened to my gg-grandmother Guri Lien and her children. They immigrated to the United States in 1861. They were going to Nicollette County, Minnesota where a large number of Norwegians from the Hallingdal region of Norway were located. They might even had relatives or ex-neighbors already living there. As chance would have it a major Indian uprising took place in the Nicollette region forcing mass evacuation of settlers and refugees from the area. Guri and her children were forced back towards the east to Goodhue County where they took up residence. In the end all worked out fine as all of Guri's daughters married well-to-do farmers in that area and Guri was able to live most of her remaining life with her daughters and their families. The picture was taken of refugees exiting the Indian uprising. I doubt it but it is possible that Guri and/or her daughters might be in this picture.
 
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