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Simon Trondsen (Arnevik) Arntz (1824 - 1891)

Simon Trondsen Arntz formerly Arnevik
Born in Arnevik, Halsnøy, Fjelberg, Hordaland, Norgemap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Huxley, Story, Iowa, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Jul 2017
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Simon was born in 1824 at Arnevik on Halsnøy in the Fjelberg clerical district in Hordaland, Norway, the son of Trond Torsteinson (Øvrebø) Arnevik and Åsa Ingebrigtsdatter Børøy. He grew up at Arnevik, and when he was 29 in 1854, he married Ingeborg Rasmusdatter Kachenshaug in Fjelberg. Just a couple of days after the marriage, they emigrated to America. His new bride died soon afterwards, perhaps in a cholera epidemic upon their arrival in America. Simon remarried soon afterwards to Malene Larsdatter (Vårå or Jorem), who had recently lost her husband in the cholera epidemic. The couple married probably in Illinois in early 1855, where they had their first two children. By 1860, after a short stay in Wisconsin, the family, which included Malene's child from her first marriage, settled to farm near Huxley, Story County, Iowa. There were many others in the area from Fjelberg, and one of the churches is even named the Fjeldberg Lutheran church. Malene americanized her name to Melinda and they took the surname Arntz. The couple had a total of nine children together. Simon died in 1891 in Huxley and is buried with his wife in the Fjeldberg Cemetery there.

Children (including Norwegian name):

  1. Isabelle (Belle; Ingeborg), 1855-1942; m. Henry E. Jondall, 1875, Slater IA
  2. Thomas S., 1857-1903; Northwood IA
  3. Lew (Louis), 1859-1933; m. Fredda Pearl ??, 1897
  4. Lena? 1861?? in 1870 census Aseline between Louis and Maria in church membership record
  5. Mary Elizabeth (Maria), 1863-1897; m. Gilbert Thorson c. 1885
  6. Albert, 1864-1941; m. Olive Olemoen Ellefson, c. 1900, MN (not in 1870 census)
  7. Brit (Ingebrigt), 10 Aug 1865-
  8. Sam Joseph (Simon), 2 Dec 1867-1939; Calgary/Vancouver, Canada
  9. Louise (Lovise), 31 Jan 1870-1961; m. Aimel A Chader, 1893, Slater, IA
  10. Regine, 20 Jul 1872-
  11. Lenia (Aseline Regina), 20 Mar 1876-11 Aug 1882
  • Malene (Malinda) was first married to Anders Torgilsson, who died in a cholera epidemic upon their arrival in America. He was the father of her first child, Andrew, born in 1854. Malinda died in 1920 in Huxley.
  • The family of Simon's brother Charles lived nearby the Arntz farm in Huxley; they had adopted the Arendts surname .

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Ancestors of Tjærand Trondsson Arnevik, by Charles L. Arendts. Accessed 15 Jul 2017. Slater News, 1891.

Simon T. Arntz, living a mile south Huxley, died on February 26 at the age of 66 years. He had been sick for some time.

Research notes

  • To consult for more information: Norwegian bygdebok titled, Kvinnherad 5, Allmennsoga gards, aettesoga, Band 5 Eid Og Fjelberg Sokner, By Anders Havnelid, dated 1992. pp. 254-255, 290, 432 (cited at Arendts Family Ancestry tree)


Ancestors of Tjærand Trondsson Arnevik, by Charles L. Arendts. Accessed 15 Jul 2017. Name: Simon Trondsson Arnevik; Birth: 4 Aug 1824 • Arnevik, Fjelberg Parish, Hordaland, Norway; Death: 26 Feb 1891, Huxley, Story County, Iowa; Parents: Trond Torsteinsson; Åsa Ingebrigtsdtr.; Marriage: Apr 1855; Spouse: Malene Larsdotter Vårå; Spouse Birth: 2 Dec 1833, Skjold, Norway; Spouse Death: 10 Mar 1922, Story County, Iowa

Arendts Family Ancestry tree Name: Simon Trondsson Arnevik; Spouse: Malene Larsdotter Vårå; Children, all Arntz:

  1. Isabelle, 1855-1942
  2. Thomas S., 1857-1903
  3. Lew, 1859-1933
  4. Albert, 1864-1941
  5. Simon, 1867-
  6. Louise, 1870-1961
  7. Regine, 1872-


"Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 December 2014), Thron Torstensen in entry for Simon Thronsen, 04 Aug 1824; citing ; FHL microfilm 124,510. Name: Simon Thronsen; Gender: Male; Birth Date: 04 Aug 1824; Christening Date: 07 Aug 1824; Christening Place: FJELBERG, HORDALAND, NORWAY; Father's Name: Thron Torstensen; Mother's Name: Aasa Ingebrichtsdr

SAB, Fjelberg Sokneprestembete, H/Haa: Parish register (official) no. A 5, 1822-1834, p. 17. Quick link, accessed 15 Jul 2017. Entry no.: 80; Birth Date: 4 Aug 1824; Christening Date: 7 Aug 1824; Legitimate?: yes; Name: Simon Thornsen; Father: Thron Torstensen; Mother: Aasa IngebrichtsDat.; Position: farmers; Residence: Arneviig; Sponsors: Halvor Svensen Arneviig, Torsten Tiærandsen Wiig, Lars Gierlsen Arneviig, Ingeri NielsDat Arneviig, Kari PederDat Arneviig, Anna JohanesDater ibidum; Baptism place: Fjelberg


"Norway Marriages, 1660-1926," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Simon Thronsen and Ingeborg Rasmusdr, 14 Apr 1854; citing Hordaland, Norway; FHL microfilm 278,057. Name: Simon Thronsen; Birth Date: 1825; Age: 29; Spouse's Name: Ingeborg Rasmusdr; Spouse's Birth Date: 1827; Spouse's Age: 27; Event Date: 14 Apr 1854; Event Place: Hordaland, Norway; Father's Name: Thron Tostensen; Spouse's Father's Name: Rasmus Torrissen

  • Similar record: "Norway Marriages, 1660-1926," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Simon Thronsen and Ingeborg Rasmusdr, 14 Apr 1854; citing Olen, Hordaland, Norway; FHL microfilm 124,511.

SAB, Fjelberg Sokneprestembete, H/Haa: Parish register (official) no. A 7, 1851-1867, p. 208. Quick link, accessed 15 Jul 2017. Entry no.: A 5; Marriage Date: 17 Apr 1854; Groom: Simon Thronsen, bachelor; Groom residence: Arnevik; Groom age: 29; Groom father: Thron Tostensen; Bride: Ingeborg Raimusdatter, maiden; Bride residence: Kachenshaug; Bride age: 27; Bride father: Rasmus Torressen; Witnesses: Hans Hansen Eide, Johns Knudsen Lande; Banns: 21, 26 Mar; 2 Apr 1854; Marriage location: Fjelberg

Record for marriage to Malene in Crawford County, Wisconsin or in Illinois?

Emigration to America

SAB, Fjelberg Sokneprestembete, H/Haa: Parish register (official) no. A 7, 1851-1867, p. 345. Quick link, accessed 15 Jul 2017. Entry no.: 45; Departure date: 18 Apr 1854; Name: Simon Thronsen Arnevig; Position: Renter; Birth date: 4 Aug 1824; Departing family: 45 Simon Thronsen Arnevig, renter, 4 Aug 1824; 46 Ingeborg Raimusdatter, 15 Sep 1827; Destination: North America ??; Clerical district: Fjelberg

Residence in Iowa

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2015), Simon F Arnts, 1860. Name: Simon F Arnts; Event Type: Census; Event Date: 13 Jun 1860; Event Place: Palestine Township, Story, Iowa, United States; Post Office: Cambridge; Gender: Male; Age: 35; Race: White; Birth Year (Estimated): 1825; Birthplace: Norway; Page: 13; Household (Role Sex Age Birthplace): Simon F Arnts, M, 35, farmer; real estate value: 300; personal estate: 200; Norway; Melinda Arnts, F, 25. Norway; Andrew Arnts, M, 5, Illinois; Isabell Arnts, F, 5, Illinois; Thoma Arnts, M, 3, Wi; Lewis Arnts, M, 0 [1/12], Iowa

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 October 2014), S P Arselt, Iowa, United States; citing p. 2, family 10, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,919. Name: S P Arselt; Event Type: Census; Event Year: 1 Aug 1870; Event Place: Palestine township, Story, Iowa, United States; Post Office: Cambridge; Gender: Male; Age: 48; Race: White; Race (Original): W; Birth Year (Estimated): 1821-1822; Birthplace: Norway; Page Number: 2; Household (Role Sex Age Birthplace): S P Arselt, M, 48, Farmer, real estate value: 400; personal estate: 600; Norway; Mealinda Arselt, F, 34, keeping house, Norway; Male citizen >21; Isabell Arselt, F, 15, at home, Illinois; attended school; Thomas Arselt, M, 13, at home, Wisconsin; attended school; Lewis Arselt, M, 11, at home, Iowa; attended school; Lena Arselt, F, 9, at home, Iowa; Maria Arselt, F, 7, at home, Iowa; Brit Arselt, M, 5, at home, Iowa; Simeon Arselt, M, 2, at home, Iowa; Louisa Arselt, F, 0 [4/12], at home, Iowa; b. F 26 Parents' birthplace: all foreign-born for everyone;

Fjeldberg Lutheran Church, [pay service]; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1826-1940; Fjeldberg Lutheran Church records, p. 128 of 560. Accessed 15 Jul 2017. Church membership register. Entry no.: 48; Name: Simon T. Arnevig; Family members:

  1. Simon T. Arnevig
  2. Malina Elisabeth Larsd
  3. Anders
  4. Ingeborg
  5. Tomas
  6. Louis
  7. Asnlena
  8. Maria
  9. Ingebrickt
  10. Simon
  11. Louisa

Church: Fjeldberg Lutheran Church, Huxley, Iowa; Date (estimated): 1870s

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 July 2016), Siman Arnts, Palestine, Story, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 209, sheet 360A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0365; FHL microfilm 1,254,365. Name: Siman Arnts; Event Type: Census; Event Date: 22 June 1880; Event Place: Palestine, Story, Iowa, United States; Gender: Male; Age: 58; Marital Status: Married; Race: White; Race (Original): W; Occupation: Farmer; Relationship to Head of Household: Self; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Self; Birth Year (Estimated): 1822; Birthplace: Norway; Father's Birthplace: Norway; Mother's Birthplace: Norway; Sheet Letter: A; Sheet Number: 360; Person Number: 0; Volume: 1; Household (Role Sex Age Birthplace): Siman Arnts, Self, M, 58 [reads more like 55], married, Farmer, Months unemployed: [checkmark]; NOR; Malinda Arnts, Wife, F, 44, keeping house, NOR; Brit Arnts, Son, M, 14, works at home, IA; Siman Arnts, Son, M, 12, works at home, IA; Mariah Arnts, Daughter, F, 17, single, works out, IA; Louisa Arnts, Daughter, F, 10, at home, IA; Lenia Arnts, Daughter, F, 4, IA; Parents' birthplace: Norway for all;



Palestine Lutheran Church, [pay service]; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1826-1940; Palestine Lutheran Church records, p. 66 of 537. Accessed 15 Jul 2017. Funerals register. Name: Simon Arnevig; Death date: 27 Feb 1891; Burial date: 3 Mar 1891; Death place: Story Co., IA; Birth place: Norway; Church: Palestine Lutheran Church, Huxley, Iowa

FindaGrave Memorial #15915557, accessed 15 Jul 2017. Name: Simon Arntz; Birth: 1824; Death: 1891; Burial: Fjeldberg Cemetery, Huxley, Story County, Iowa, USA Photo?: Yes; Inscription: "Father; Simon Arntz; 1824-1891"

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