Martha (Carlson) Johnson (1863 - 1940)
Martha Carlson (or Martha Karlsdatter
as her name was in Norway) was born 18
June 1863(# 55) on Hjelmen farm, Fitjar
in Sunnhordaland County, Norway. She died in cancer, 6 Dec.
1940 in Dunkirk, WI. (Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, WI.). She was
daughter of Karl
Andreas Thomsen and Anna
Hansdatter. Martha married Carl
Otto Johnson, on 18 Jan. 1888 in Wisconsin. They had 6 children
and an one adopted daughter:
Carl Gustav Emil Johnson, b.
20 Mar. 1889 in Dane County, WI, d. 28 Sep. 1964 in Stoughton, WI.
Alfred Johnson, b. 5 Aug. 1892, d. 8 Sep. 1954.
Johnson, b. June 1895. d. in Ohio.
Johnson, b. 15 Nov. 1898, d. July 1968.
Johnson, b. Jan. 1900, d. 10 Jan. 1958.
6. Mrs. Boden.
7. Mrs. Nora
Kirkpatrick. She was an adopted daughter.
Carl O. and Martha with their children Oscar and Emil.
was confirmed, 12
Oct. 1879(# 66) in Fitjar church. Her grade was: Knowledge - very good, Diligence
- very good, Behaviour - very good. At that time, she was living on Hjelmen farm.
Martha was 23 years old when she emigrated
to America, 6
Apr. 1887. She travelled with the Stjerne Linjen (White Star Line).
She was then unmarried. Something
must have happend on this voyage, because on the 15
Apr. 1887 she travelled from Kristiansand with the ship S/S
Geiser Thingvalla Line, and arrived in New York on 30 April 1887.
Her destination was Wisconsin.
Martha married Carl O. Johnson. From
the 1900 census report we can see that they were farming in Rutland township near
Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA. Her brother Tollef (Tolley) Carlson was living with
them at that time. In 1920 Tollef was still unmarried and living in Stoughton.
Her gravestone at Find
obituary in Stoughton Hub Newspaper, Dec. 7, 1940:
JOHNSON DIES FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Martha Johnson, 77, Dies After Two Weeks'
Illness at Farm Home South of City.
Martha Johnson, 77, died late Friday afternoon at her farm home, three and one
half miles south of Stoughton, following a two weeks' illness.
Carlson was born in Sogn, Norway, June 16 1863 and at the age of 24, came to the
United States. She was married to C. O. Johnson on January 18, 1888: he preceded
her in death five years ago.
are three sons, Oscar, Madison; and Emil and Arthur at home; three daughters,
Mrs. Anthony Kostrak, Mrs. R. N. Snyder, Davenport, Ia., and Mrs. B. B. Kirkpatrick,
Madison; two brothers, Tollef Carlson, Stoughton, and Hans Carlson in Norway.
services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Cummings funeral
home and at 2 o'clock from First Lutheran. The Rev. Amos W. Stolen will officiate,
and burial will be in Riverside cementery. The body will lie in state after 7
o'clock Saterday evening.
here for more pictures of Martha and her family 1)
Steinsbø: Fitjar bygdebok bind I, page 434 - 435.
Jacob Aaland: Fitjar
Bygdeskipnad og bygdesoge.
The 1900 census report.
Stoughton Hub Newspaper.
Thanks to Janet Minett for the pictures and info.
Thanks to Erv Erdahl for the obituary.
Hordaland county, Fitjar, Parish
register (official) nr. A 1 (1862-1881), Birth and baptism records 1863, page
Hordaland county, Fitjar, Parish register (official) nr. A 1 (1862-1881),
Confirmation records 1879, page 153.