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Berte Gundersdatter (1757 - 1837)

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Born in Dal vestre, Solum, Telemark, Norgemap
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Wife of — married in Solum, Telemark, Norgemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Vold, Solum, Telemark, Norgemap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Apr 2018
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This profile is part of the Solum, Telemark, Norway One Place Study.

Berte was born in 1757[1]. She was the daughter of Gunder Halvorsen (Dal / Marum) and Anne Tollefsdatter[1][2].

She was confirmed on 4 October 1772[3].

She married Kittil Torsen on 3 May 1785[4].

In the 1801 census at Bjørntvet søndre, Solum, Birthe Gundersdatter, 43 years old, is in her first marriage with Kittil Thorsen[5].

She passed away on 29 November 1837[6], probably living at the time with her daughter Ingeborg Kittilsdatter and son-in-law Jens Andreas Andersen.

Research Notes

Kittil Torsen's spouse Berte was a brick wall for many years. It was when I finally discovered the probates after Kirsti Gudmundsdatter[7] and Gunder Halvorsen[2] that I realised that the pastor had mixed up the names of the babies Anders and Berte, baptised on the same day.

To complicate matters even further, the probate after Berte's uncle Jacob Halvorsen[8] mentions Gunder Halvorsen's youngest daughter as "Kari married in Solum parish". I find more reason for trusting the probate after Gunder himself, which states that his youngest daughter's name was Berte, than the information given in the probate after her uncle, which appears to be second-hand. The statement that she is married and living in Solum does however support the evidence that she is indeed Berte Gundersdatter, at the time recently wedded to Kittil Torsen. LBK 05:27, 18 February 2019 (UTC)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Scanned Norwegian Church records at Digitalarkivet. Solum, Telemark SAKO/A-306/F/Fa/L0002: Parish register (official) no. I 2, 1713-1761. Births and Christenings page 128. 9 Oct 1757: Gunder Dahls og Anne Tollevsdatters barn Anders. Faddere: Giæst Gierum, Niels Marum, Iver Thorsøn Bergen, Karen Tollevsdatter, Berthe Tollevsdatter Mælum. (the pastor must have swapped the names of the two babies baptised on the same day, Anders and Berthe, cf. probates after Kirsti Gudmundsdatter and Gunder Halvorsen. See also the Research Notes. LBK)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scanned Norwegian Probate records at Digitalarkivet. Nedre Telemark Sorenskriveri SAKO/A-135/H/Hb/Hba/L0015, 1775-1784 page 191b. Marum søndre i Mælum 15 Jan 1776: Gunder Halvorsen.
  3. Scanned Norwegian Church records at Digitalarkivet. Solum, Telemark SAKO/A-305/A/Aa/L0002: Other parish register no. 2, 1743-1791. Confirmations, 4 Oct 1772 i Solum kirke: Birthe Gundersdatter Mælum 15 aar.
  4. Scanned Norwegian Church records at Digitalarkivet. Solum, Telemark SAKO/A-306/F/Fa/L0003: Parish register (official) no. I 3, 1761-1814. Betrothals and Marriages page 208-209. (forlovet 29 Mar 1785, gift 3 May 1785): Kittil Thorsen, ungk. og Birthe Gundersdatter, pige. Forlovere Ole Nielsen Nenset og Hans Kielsen.
  5. Scanned Norwegian Census records at Digitalarkivet. Year 1801 census, Solum Parish, Telemark RA/EA-4070/J/Jd/L0029 page 172b-173a. «Søndre Biørntvedt» (forts.) 8. Familie: Husmann med jord Kittil Thorsen.
  6. Scanned Norwegian Church records at Digitalarkivet. Solum, Telemark SAKO/A-306/F/Fa/L0005: Parish register (official) no. I 5, 1833-1843. Deaths and Burials page 261. Død 29 Nov 1837, begravet 10 Dec 1837 ved Solum: Enken Berthe Gundersdatter Kongerød, fattiglem 82 aar, Vold.
  7. Scanned Norwegian Probate records at Digitalarkivet. Nedre Telemark Sorenskriveri SAKO/A-135/H/Hb/Hba/L0014, 1757-1764 page 373b. Gjernes under Gjærum i Mælum 24 Mar 1762: Kirsti Gudmundsdatter.
  8. Scanned Norwegian Probate records at Digitalarkivet for Bamble sorenskriveri SAKO/A-214/H/Hb/Hba/Hbaa/L0011, 1785-1792 page 108a. Bratsbergkleiva i Gjerpen 5 Jan 1786: Jacob Halvorsen.

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