Olai Olsen (Melsby)
(1858 - 1935)
Hans Jørgen Olai Olsen was
May 1858(# 51) on Melsbø farm, Lødingen,
Nordland County, Norway. He died 1 Feb. 1935 in Idun, Aitkin, Minnesota,
USA. He was son of Ole
Andreas Amundsen and Martha
Andersdatter. Hans married Anna
Marie Iverson (Dec. 1865 - 14 Nov. 1941). They had at least
8 children, but I only knew 6 of the names:
Olivia Melsby, b. 2 Jul. 1889, d. 9 Jul. 1970 in Beltrami County,
Minnesota, m. Anfind Berdahl (27 Feb. 1875 - 9 Jul. 1970).
2. Ole Julius Melsby, b. 16 Oct. 1890, Minnesota, m. 16 Oct. 1918
in Hamlin County, SD, Lillian Olsen (15 Sep. 1894 - Jan. 1994).
3. Albert L. Melsby, b. 20 Aug. 1893, Aitkin, MN. d. 23 Dec. 1962,
m. Edna Melvina Melsby (10 Jan. 1902 - 18 Nov. 1961).
4. Helmer Melsby, b. 1896, MN, d. 1987, m. Cora Marie Scherer (1894
5. Julia A Melsby, b. 30 Jul 1900, MN, d. 5 Sep. 1964, Clark, Clark
County, SD, m. Emerson Liston Wilson (8 Dec. 1896 - 12 Oct. 1969).
6. William Herman Melsby, b. 7 Jun. 1907, Aitkin, MN, d. 1936, Hennepin
Hans Jørgen Olai was christened on 25
51) in Lødingen.
In the 1865
census Hans Jørgen Olai was living on Melsbø farm
in Lødingen together with his parents and siblings. (At that
time the farm name was written as Mælsbø).
He emigrated to USA in 1866 together with his parents and siblings.
They departured from Trondheim
on 5 May 1866 on the bark Neptunus. They arrived in Quebec Canada
on 9 June 1866. Passenger
list (see # 346 - 353). His name was then
listed as Hans Jørgen.
He used the name Hans Melsby in USA.
Hans Melsby and his brother Ingvald
Melsby are mentioned several times in the pioneers stories a cousin
of my great grandfather wrote. The Melby's are mentioned in part
# 1, 2 and 3 in this link: http://slektsforskning.com/login/person/anetre/tekst/Pioneers.asp
Link to his page
on FIND A GRAVE: Hans
In the link to Lødingen above, click on the pictures for
a bigger picture. 1)
Ministerialprotokoller, klokkerbøker og fødselsregistre
- Nordland, Ministerialbok nr. 872A08, 1840-1863, s. 97.
Folketelling 1865 for 1851P Lødingen prestegjeld.
Passenger list 1866 - bark Neptunus.
FIND A GRAVE.
Tolleif George Thomsen: Memories from Bear Lake.