Though my main goal in genealogy is to discover and follow in as much detail as possible the migration routes that my ancestors took to get me to where I am presently located at, I am still interested in any type of information that pertains to them. I suppose, at least in my case, this would include not only the good information but the bad or sordid. Last week I found such a piece of sordid information. I discovered that one of my eighth g-grandfathers from Norway was convicted of drowing his wife in 1681. He died the following year in prison.
My gg-grandparents, Lars and Ragnhild Haselhaugen immigrated to Barron County, Wisconsin from Norway in 1877. But before they made the trip five of their children had already come to the United States. Olea was the first. She made the trip sometime before 1869. She ended up in Maryland where she eventually died. Daughters Gunhild and Kristi both immigrated to Barron County in 1869. Their son Gudbrand traveled to Barron County in 1872 and their daughter Ronnaug made the trip in 1873. The last of their children to immigrate was Berthe, my g-grandmother, who came over with her husband and child in 1879 but instead of going to Wisconsin they went to Freeborn County, Minnesota. The picture shows a record of some of the people who immigrated from near the Haselhaugen farm at the same time in 1869. The names of Gunhild and Kristi can be found in the center of the page. Their patronymic name is Larsd. This is short for the daughter of Lars.
Names of my ancestors have always interested me. Many of them were named after someone else. My ggg-grandparents Joseph and Beulah Weinhart had four sons. Their names were Charles A. Weinhart, Lorenzo Dow Weinhart, Theodore Parker Weinhart , and George Washington Weinhart. It is obvious that the fourth son was named after George Washington. The middle two Lorenzo Dow and Theodore Parker were named after preachers/ministers, one from the early 1800's and one from the 1850's. Both were strongly anti-slavery. This makes me wonder if Joseph and Beulah were both strongly anti-slavery in their views. If the last three sons are named after someone it makes me believe that the first son, Charles A., is named after someone also. I am just guessing but maybe his middle name is Abner which was Beulah's father's name. If then the middle name is for her father maybe the first name, Charles, is the name of Joseph's father. The picture gives a brief synopsis on the Reverend Theodore Parker who was the namesake of Joseph and Beulah's third son.