Help with Norwegian Military History circa 1808

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Hi all,

I was researching and came along an ancestor who was listed as a soldier in his wedding registration.

Then in his son’s birth registration he was listed as the father (it was pre- the marriage) and I think it gave his company, rank and location.

I was curious if there were any Wilitree members who could help me understand the reference and give context to if he were part of a certain war?  I googled a bit and understand Norway-Denmark was on the French side in the Napoleonic Wars but as I’m Canadian my Norwegian History is a little rusty haha.

I’d love to give more context to this family profile. :)

Robin Helstrom
WikiTree profile: Ellef Nilsen
asked in Genealogy Help by Robin Helstrom G2G5 (5.3k points)

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First a little help with the places of birth and death. Låkasken is in Sannidal, and Masterød is in Bamble. Those are neighbouring parishes on the Telemark coast.

"Ellev Nielsen Grenader ved 2det Comp. i Fred.v" means that he was a Grenadier at the Second Company in Frederiksværn, now called Stavern and part of Larvik municipality in Vestfold. Not many miles from Bamble by sea actually. Fredriksvern was one of the main naval ports of Norway at the time.
answered by Leif Biberg Kristensen G2G6 Mach 1 (14.9k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard

Between 1807 and 1814, Denmark-Norway and Great Britain were in a state of war. The worst part of it, at least from a Norwegian point of view, was the British blockade of food supplies from Denmark to Norway, "leading to dire conditions and mass starvation", to quote Wikipedia. It was not only in 1812, however; already in the winter of 1809 there was widespread famine in Norway.

The Norwegians, on their side, engaged in privateering, and took a lot of trade ships on their route between Britain and the Baltic.

I haven't found much about the Norwegian participation in the Napoleonic wars on the Web, but if you're really interested in the history, I can recommend this book. It's insanely expensive, but you may be able to borrow it from a library.

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