Location: Dakota Territory, United States
Surnames/tags: Moen Sparbu Parish, Nord_Trondelag, Norway Portland, Oregon
This book is about the Moen family that lived at Langlie farm and Moen farm in Sparbu parish, Nord-Trondelag, Norway in 1843, when the immigrating ancestor, John Thonious Andreassen Moen, was born to Andreas Torsen Langlie and Bereth Olsdatter Koneg at Langlie farm. Children of Andreas and Bereth: John Thonious Andreassen Moen, was born in 1843 on the Langlie farm. Oline Andreasdatter Moen, born 1846 Oluf Andreassen Moen, born 1849 Josefine Andreasdatter Moen, born 1851 Bergitte Andreasdatter Moen, born 1854 Olava Andreasdatter Moen, born 1860
John Thonious Andreassen Moen, age 19, married Ingebor Andreasdatter Bjerken, age 22, on July 16 1863. Ingebor was the daughter of Andreas Anfinsen Bjjerk. John and Ingebor lived on the Moen farm with his parent and sisters. While there they had two children; daughter Serianna "Annie", born in 1864 and a son, Brent Andreas.
In 1866, John, Ingebor and their two children boarded a ship for America. During the voyage both their children died. ((Family oral history that the 1st thing John T did on landing in Canada was bury the children.))
They landed at Quebec, Canada where they went on to locate in Paint Creek township, Allamakee county, Iowa. They lived in that county as well as Winneshiek and Osceola counties in Iowa. Page 1 of 4. (intro plus some family obits)
While living in Iowa they had the following children: Anna B., born 1867 Albert, born 1870 Martin, born 1872 Theodore, born 1877
In 1879 the family came to Dakota Territory and homesteaded in Davison County,now Hanson county, Fairview township. (Prior to 1883 Davison was north of Hanson county. In 1883 the county boundaries were changed. Since then Davison county is to the west of Hanson)
John was the first settler in the part of the county. Sioux Falls was the nearest railroad some 80 miles distant. Mr Moen secured 3 claims and at once engaged in farming. He had a fine place, well improved. He was the first to turn sod and did the first planting in the township.
John Thonious Moen's name became John Thonious Moe. The reason for this is that due to an error in the processing of his naturalization papers, the "N" was dropped off the end of MOEN by mistake. The process of correcting the error was going to be too complicated, and officials told him that it would be easier to keep the MOE. Which he did.
In 1884 they had another son, David. In January of 1891 their son Martin took sick and died. ((below is how it is written in the book)) ORBITUARY OF MARTIN MOE Alexandria Harold, Alexandria, South Dakota January 16, 1891 Died - At the home of his parents in Fairview township, Tuesday, January 13, 1891, Martin Moe, aged 17 years, of obstruction of the bowels. The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Moe. Death came with awful suddeness: he had been sick but two days. And a family that had never before known a sorrow of this kind were doomed to unspeakable anguish. The deceased was a bright, smart boy and loved by all. God has claimed him and in that palace not made by hands shall he be ever happy, Ever singing the praises of him who gave and has taken away. "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live; and whomsoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. O, may Thou indeed redeem Thy promise, and after the gloom of the dark valley may the spirits of those, now sundered, unit a union as durable as the eternity of God.
This is the only consolation, the only comfort to the sorrowing parents; all human words are of no avail. We can only sorrow with them. Hoping that as the years pass away time's gentle touch will close the wounds and banish the bitterness of loss, leaving but a holy memory, precious and soothing.
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About 1900, John, wife Ingebor, daughter Anna and son David left South Dakota and settled in Portland, Oregon, leaving the homestead to Albert. (After farming for many years Albert turned the farm over to his son Chester. Chester eventually passed it on to his son Robert. It is now farmed by Robert's sons, The homestead has been in the Moe family now for 5 generations)
In 1896 Albert married Gertrude Bennett. They had three Children: Chester born 1898, Ethel born 1903 and John born in 1912. After retiring from the farm Albert and Ethel moved to Mitchell where he passed away in 1925.
((People are left out if still living or Assumed living unless over a 105 yrs old. Death information will be added as found.))