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Martha Larsdotter (Ovre-Berge) Tesdahl (1826 - 1893)

Martha Larsdotter Tesdahl formerly Ovre-Berge aka Øvre-Berge, Berg
Born in Øvre-Berge, Etnesjøen, Hordaland, Norwaymap
Wife of — married 1854 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Story, Iowa, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Mar 2019
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Martha Berg was born Marta Larsdotter on 29 July 1826 to Lars Persson and Ingeborg Sveinsdotter, who were "Huusfolk på Øvreberge." Huusfolk were tenant farmers - they worked the land, but did not own it. Martha's christening was on 30 July 1826. Øvreberge, literally translated, means Upper Berg.

On 6 April 1854, in Grindheim, Hordaland, Norway, Martha married Lars Tesdahl. Shortly thereafter, they left Norway and came to the United States, first settling in Illinois, then moving to Central Iowa with the newly formed Palestine Lutheran Church. Their oldest son was born in Story County, Iowa, in 1855. Martha passed away in 1893.


Palestine Cemetery, Huxley, Story County, Iowa, USA [1]


  1. Find A Grave
  • Etnesoga. Dyrvik, Ståle. Etne Bygdeboknemnd, Etne, Norway, 1968-1972; Etne Kommune, Stavanger, Norway, 1995. FHLC call number 948.32/E1 H2d. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Vol V, pp. 333-334, entry 25.h
  • "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Marthe Larsen, 29 Jul 1826; citing ; FHL microfilm 124,494.
  • "Norway Marriages, 1660-1926," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Lars Halvorsen and Marthe Larsdr, 06 Apr 1854; citing Grindheim,Hordaland,Norway; FHL microfilm 124,494.
  • "Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Martha H Tesdahl, 25 Jan 1893; citing Union Twp, reference P T-4 RN 33; FHL microfilm 1,403,710.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 August 2017), Martha Tesdel in household of Lewis Tesdel, Union, Story, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 210, sheet 368B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0365; FHL microfilm 1,254,365.
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 08 May 2018), memorial page for Martha Ovre-Berge Tesdahl (29 Jun 1826–25 Jan 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70547782, citing Palestine Cemetery, Huxley, Story County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by True2form (contributor 47475661). Find A Grave

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Ovre-Berge-1 and Larsdotter-2906 appear to represent the same person because: appears to be same, I was gathering info from findagrave. thanks
posted by Joe Kenyon

Rejected matches › Unknown Berges (abt.1825-)

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