Name: Jacob Hansen Gravrok.
Born: 28 Sep 1823. Lesja, Oppland, Norway.
Christened: 2 Nov 1823, Lesja Church, Oppland, Norway.
The saga of Jacob and Marie has some interesting twists and turns and is currently an open ended question. Jacob and Marie were born in Lesja . They left Lesja around 1840 and went to work on a farm in Melhus.
On 11 Dec 1841 Marie has John (Jacobsen) Gravrok who is listed as illegitimate. While not unusual, it's what happens next that is. Jacob and Marie do not get married, in fact they marry others. Jacob marries Brynhild Jonasdatter and Marie marries Trond Christofersen. They both have children from their marriages; Jacob has one Hendrik Jacobsen and Marie has two Christofer Trondsen and Kari Trondsdatter.
At this point it's important to note that Brynhild is 16 years older than Jacob. She is also a small pox survivor. Marie's husband dies prior to 1865. In 1865, at the time of the census, Brynhild is now 60 years old with a 16 year old son living at home. She certainly needs help around the house and farm. Marie also has her youngest child still living with her and she needs a place to live without a husband. So yes, Marie moves in to live with Jacob, the father of her illegitimate child, who's still married to Brynhild. .
According to the Melhus Bygdebok, read in the 1980's , Brynhild's brothers were not happy with this arrangement and had the marriage of Jacob and Brynhild annulled. They did this to return the property from Jacob's control to Brynhild's brothers.
Jacob and Marie leave Melhus and are currently unaccounted for.
Transcription: Jacob and Brynhild marriage 4, 16 Jun 1849 Melhus, Ungkar Jacob Hansen  Pige Brynhild Jonasdatter,  Dovre    , 21 3/4 38, Hans Jacobsen, Jonas Erichsen, Anders Hansen     ,
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