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Mørkve

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Mørkve is a farm in Voss Parish, Hordaland, Norway, now Myrkdalen, Vestland. The farm name may come from an archaic word for forest, mork or mørk, being the only wooded area and attractive for those first settlers.

The first known residents of Mørkve, then called Apostelsgods, were two tenants named Anders and Joann, mentioned in the 1661 matrikkel (land record). It did not say how the farm was divided, so it's likely they co-farmed it. In the 1695 matrikkel, Kjeld Pedersen owned half of the farm, valued at one laup (about 15 kg) of butter. After 19 November 1699, his land was divided in half between his widow Brytteva Danielsdatter and his four children: Anders, Hans, Peder, and Brita. By 1701 there were new owners of Mørkve. There were two odelsbonde (freeholders), Ole Olsen, age 36, and Bård Olsen, age 40, though how the farm was divided between them is unknown. Ole died childess when he was 53 (c. 1718). The farm changed hands on 24 June 1718 when it was arranged that his widow Marta Rognaldsdatter was allowed to continue to use the land, for a price of 1/2 laup (about 7.5 kg) and 10 2/7 mark (about 2.5 kg) butter. The 1723 matrikkel again shows new owners of Mørkve, named Anders, Ole, and Bjørn, though it again doesn't say the values of each of their holdings. The value of the first two parts belonging to Anders and Ole were probably the same as they were previously. Bjørn's portion was probably valued at 1/2 laup butter, and became bruk 7. In 1723 the farm was reported to have land 1 mile from the farm and adequate timberland for firewood though no mill or fishing, as it was 7 1/2 miles from the sea and in a mountainous area. 5 1/4 tunna korn were sown and it yielded 15 3/4 tunna. In the winter, 13 cows, 12 young cattle, 27 sheep, and three horses were born. The farm largely depended on their own crops, as it was 13 1/2 miles from town.

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Anders Kjeldsen, the son of Kjeld Pedersen who was named in the 1695 matrikkel,





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