Please help decipher & translate 2 or 3 lines of Norwegian probate record.

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Hello - I would greatly appreciate assistance in finding out what a certain probate record, dated 12 July 1793, says about the sister of the deceased person. The record is for Giertrud Tostensdatter whose sister is Seborg Tostensdatter Jørstad. There are two places in the record that mention Seborg, and I would like to know what is said about her, including if it mentions Seborg having a child (son Tosten).  A general paraphrase of the information is fine.

The first mention of Seborg is found at the following place on the page:
Right side of image
Near end of Line 7

On the next page... is the second mention of Seborg, found at the following place on the page:
Left side of image
Near end of Line 2

Thank you for any help!

Martha Hicks

in Genealogy Help by Martha Hicks G2G Crew (550 points)
Just a hint for the future: A lot more people follow the tag "Norway" than "Norwegian". I happen to follow both, just in case. But you're more likely to get responses if you tag questions about Norwegian genealogy with "Norway".
Thank you, Leif!  Users of this site are very fortunate to have access to your AWESOME expertise and knowledge.  Best wishes...
You're awesome too, who have the guts to go to work at Norwegian probates. They can be hard to crack, but they are extremely rewarding when you do.

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It's a horrible handwriting, and barely legible. It says that the deceased has two brothers Johannes Tostensøn Enger? and Lars Tostensøn ??? Eie? and the sister Seborg Tostensdatter Jørstad Eie, apparently unmarried and thus a legal minor, and Tosten Svendsøn Løken is appointed as her guardian.

On the next page is only stated her inheritance of 4 dalers and 23 skillings, I think it is. Her brothers get 8 dalers and something each. A sister-lot was a half brother-lot.

Probates normally don't tell if inheritors have children. unless they are dead and their children inherit in their stead.
by Leif Biberg Kristensen G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
Thank you, Leif!  That is incredibly helpful information that Tosten Svendson Løken was appointed as Seborg's guardian!  That name turns up as a godparent in baptismal records I am examining where I need to determine which of two Seborg Tostensdatters is my ancestor, and this is a major indicator that I am on the right track in figuring out the right one! Thank you so much!!
Guardians are usually close relatives, so Tosten may well be an uncle or a cousin of Seborg's.
Thanks! It's good to know that they are likely related. I'll investigate that.

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