- Born: 14 Mar 1845, Vardal, Oppland, Norway 76,186,219,220
- Christened: 12 May 1845, Vardal, Oppland, Norway
- Marriage: Beathe Pedersdtr. Kirkeby on 6 Aug 1872 in Næs, Hedmark, Norway 211,212
- Died: 21 Nov 1909, Onalaska twp, La Crosse, Wisconsin aged 64 73,221
- Buried: 24 Nov 1909, Halfway Creek, Onalaska twp, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin 73
1900 census, Onalaska twp, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin
Enumeration district 89, sheet 11A, line 12
Christiansen, Mathias, Head, white, male, born Mar 1845, age 55, married for 28 years, birthplace Norway, parents Norway, immigration 1880 (20 years), occupation Day Laborer, can read and write
", Bjata, Wife, white, female, born Aug 1848, age 51, married for 28 years, birthplace Norway, parents Norway, immigration 1881 (19 years), can read and write
", Morise, Son, white, male, born Oct 1874, age 25 , single, birthplace Norway, parents Norway, immigration 1881 (19 years), Farm Laborer, can read and write
", Maria, Daughter, white, female, born June 1878, age 21, single, born Norway, parents Norway, immigration 1881 (19 years) , occupation Servant, can read and write
", Malla, Daughter, white, female, born Oct 1882, age 17, single, born Wisconsin, parents born Norway, Servant, can read and write
", Olga J, Daughter, white, female, born Mar 1885, age 15, single, born Wisconsin, parents born Norway, Servant, can read and write
", Olmar B, Son, white, male, born Jan 1887, age 13, single, born Wisconsin, parents born Norway, at School , can read and write
", Nina A, Daughter, white, female, born Aug 1889, age 10, single, born Wisconsin, parents born Norway, at School, can read and write
", Agnes M, Daughter, white, female, born Apr 1891, age 9 single, born Wisconsin, parents born Norway, at school, can read and write
Document from Orville and Louise Larson, of Sunnyvale California, received by James C. Anderson of Kelowna B.C. about 1980. (approximate date) (Orville Larson is the son of Marie Christiansen (b. June 12, 1878), and Christian O. Larson (b. Feb 27, 1867)
CHRISTIANSEN FAMILY TREE
Mathias and Beathe Christiansen came across from Norway March 14, 1881 (note .. perhaps later.. jca). (according to the 1900 census for Onalaska twp, Mathias came over (1880) a year earlier than Beathe and the children) . Cost $135.60 Cunard Steerage Passage, Liverpool to New York. Children included were Pete, Christian, Maurits, Marie and Malla.
Name Fodt (Born) Dode (Died)
Mathias Christiansen March 14, 1845 Nov 22, 1909
Beathe Aug 22, 1848 Jan 7, 1925
Pete Jan 19, 1870 June 12, 1948
Christian Sept. 21, 1872 March 24, 1961
Maurits Oct 24, 1874 Aug 7, 1908 (bachelor)
Marie June 12, 1878 July 27, 1954
Malla May 10, 1880 July 7, 1881 (died on ocean)
Malla Oct 5, 1882 Aug 10, 1964
Olga Josephine March 16, 1885 July 21, 1905 (not married)
Olmar Berthinius Jan 21, 1887 Sept 10, 1934 (bachelor)
Nina Augusta Aug 21, 1889 July 18, 1913
Agnes Mathilda April 4, 1891 Nov. 15, 1964
Pete and Christian took the name of Granum.
followed by 1 1/2 pages of family data for each of the above starting with Pete Granum and ending with Agnes Mathilda..
A copy of this family data held by James C. Anderson of Kelowna B.C.
Mathias Christianson Granum died suddenly Sunday evening Nov. 21 of heart trouble at the age of about sixty years. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from the Halfway church at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Berrum and undertaker C.P. Wall. Interment was made in the Halfway cemetery.
(Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," November 25, 1909, p. 3.)
Naturalization process: as per the 1900 census for this family, the "First Papers" of the USA naturalization process had been filed and should be found on LDS film 2260667 which covers surnames A-J LaCrosse County , Wisconsin, index to naturalizations. jca.
Mathias Christiansen Dybdal departed Christiana on 26th of March on the steamship "Hero" according to the book "Utvandringen til Amerika", page 444.
Research indicates that the "Hero" belonged to the Wilson Line and made frequent voyages from Christiana to Hull England where connections could be made to America and Canada from Liverpool.
S/S Hero (2)
Burden: 1, 034 gross
Built: 1866 in Hull, England at C. & W. Earle
Shipowner or operator: Wilson Line, Hull, England
Dimensions: 229.3ft x 30.6ft x 20.8ft
norwayheritage.com indicates that the "S/S Hero" did embark Christiana on Friday, the 26th of March for Hull, England.
It is not known at this time how Mathias Christiansen made his way from Liverpool to La Crosse , Wisconsin. The New York passenger lists have been searched without success so far, so perhaps Mathias sailed via Halifax or Quebec City.
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigration: March 1880, 1880, Utvandringen Til Amerika (Book) P. 444. Mathias Dybdal, g. arb. f. 1845, (sonn of Christian Amundsen og Marie Olsdtr. Dybdal), reiste med Hero 26/3 til La Crosse, Fr. Bet.
• Immigration: as per 1900 census, 1880.
• Residence, 1900, Onalaska twp, La Crosse, Wisconsin. 76
Mathias married Beathe Pedersdtr. Kirkeby, daughter of Peder Johannesen and Maria Poulsdtr, on 6 Aug 1872 in Næs, Hedmark, Norway 211.,212 (Beathe Pedersdtr. Kirkeby was born on 27 Aug 1848 in Næs, Hedmark, Norway 76,222,223,224, christened on 26 Nov 1848 in Næs, Hedmark, Norway, died on 7 Jan 1925 in Onalaska twp, La Crosse, Wisconsin 73,225 and was buried on 12 Jan 1925 in Halfway Creek, Onalaska twp, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin 73,226.)
Extract from The Ellis Island , New York internet web site.
By the 1880's, steam power had shortened the journey to America dramatically. Immigrants poured in from around the world: from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and down from Canada.
The door was wide open for Europeans - In the 1880s alone, 9% of the total population of Norway emigrated to America. After 1892 nearly all immigrants came in through the newly opened Ellis Island.