Swendseid Swensied family history
1330. SWENDSEID, CLARENCE. FAMILY HISTORY, ca. 1950. 61 typescript pages. P 376. “The Men from Telemark,” the story of Rolleiv Svendseid and his family, who migrated in 1867 from Telemark, Norway, settling first in Fillmore County, Minnesota, and then in 1883 at Nelson, North Dakota. Among the topics treated are politics, church, higher education, agriculture, and financial depressions.
Rolliev Swendseid decided to venture across the sea in 1867 and engaged passage for his family, as well as his widowed mother, Dordi Olvsdatter Kleppe Svendseid, as well as his brother Olav and his sister Anne. He did leave one son in Norway who was to inherit his uncle’s farm, but Tov did not tarry long, he came to join his parents a year later. The ocean passage was made abroad the Laurdal, a small sailing vessel that embarked from Porgrunn. Grandmother Swendseid often told of this journey across the broad Atlantic how the mothers would cook the meals for their families out on the open deck. How they had scant provisions for this long sea voyage, what a problem it was to fed this hungry family with salt pork flatbread, dried meat. This indeed a great undertaking and no one knew what the promised land would be. A baby was born on board the Laurdal in mid ocean. Father often told of this event. The first mate baptized the baby Laura Atlanta. The Laura from the ship’s name and since the baby was born in mid ocean her second name was Atlanta. It seems peculiar that we had tow Lauras in our family. No doubt father insisted on these names. My brother Theodore married a Laura. To carry on this matter along we have an Atlanta as well. Anthony called his oldest daughter Eleanor Atlanta. Father was nine years old when he crossed the ocean the first time. This baptism on board the sailing vessel must have made a great impression on him. I can visualize that scene. The ships company and passengers standing on deck, the heavy seas, the weather beating, first mate reading the baptismal vows, giving the infant the name Laura Atlanta. Many years later father met this girl at one of the Telemarkenlags, she had grown to womanhood in South Dakota.
In 1868 she departed from Porsgrunn on Apr. 19th, and arrived at Quebec on June 8th. She was carrying 336 passengers. Master was Capt. J. L. Petersen. (585 tons) The passenger list is kept by the National Archives of Canada [NAC]. In 1869 the Laurdal departed from Porsgrunn on Apr. 12th, and arrived at Quebec on May 18th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 335 steerage passengers and 15 cabin passengers. One child died of pneumonia, John age 2, son of Halvor Østensen and Kirsti. Also on this voyage the Laurdal was mastered by Capt. J. L. Petersen, and she had a crew of 19. (585 tons) The passenger list is kept by the National Archives of Canada [NAC].
In 1870 the Laurdal departed from Porsgrunn on Apr. 12th and arrived at Quebec on June 12th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 333 steerage passengers and 18 cabin passengers. There was an outbreak of measles, and when the ship arrived at the quarantine station on Grosse Île twelve were sick. They were landed. There were births on the voyage, on May 24th, Kittel, son of Ole Gulbjørnsen and Geni Tollefsdatter, on June 12th, Halvor, son of Even Aslaksen and Gunhild, and on May 26th, Hans Christ, son of Jacob Tollefsen and Anne. There were also two deaths after the arrival at Grosse Île, the first on June 14th, Nini age 2, the daughter of Torsten and Bergit and the second on June 8th, which was an elderly person. The Laurdal was mastered by Capt. J. L. Pedersen as usual, and had a crew of 16. (600 tons) The passenger list is kept by the National Archives of Canada [NAC]. In 1871 the Laurdal departed from Porsgrunn on Apr. 16th, and arrived at Quebec on June 5th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 7 cabin and 187 steerage passengers. There were 3 births on the voyage, and one child had died from bronchitis. It was 6 months old Østen, son of Ole Aasmundsen (32) and his wife Ingeborg (38). Master was Capt. J. L. Petersen, with a crew of 16. The passenger list is kept by the National Archives of Canada [NAC]. In 1872 she departed from Porsgrund on Apr. 13th, and arrived at Quebec on June 1st. She was mastered by Capt. J. L. Petersen and was carrying 241 passengers The passenger list is kept by the National Archives of Canada [NAC].