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Joel Nelson Njus from Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA wrote on 25. December 2020 at 6:04
I was researching (Googling) my grandmother, Irene Johnson Njus (on my Dad, John Nelson Njus's side) when she appeared on the Trefall site, she was married to my grandfather, Joel Malchure Njus.

Her dad was Martin Johnson, but his parents aren't listed. However, her mother was Josephine Ekse, whose mother was Inger S0rem and father was Jakob Jakobsen Ekse, whose parents were Jakob Nilson Ekse & Ingebjorg Jakobsdotter Trefall, (whose dad was Nils Jonson Ekse.)

I was fascinated by Janice Johnson's legendary story, where she mentions Ingeborg "Emma" Jonsdotter Trefall.

I am wondering how Ingeborg Emma Jonsdotter Trefall is related to Ingebjorg Jakobsdotter Trefall.

I am also wondering if I am related to Janice Johnson through both my great grandmother and my great grandfather!

My children are Renzo, whose mom is Annie Alvarez, and Jade Ezra-Sung, whose mom is Kalli Sung.

Let me know if you have any further insight.

Thank you, Kaare.
Janice Johnson from Farwell, Minnesota wrote on 17. March 2019 at 20:13
I made a link on Ancestry above for you to look at a article in our local paper about the "Footprints in the snow" I mentioned in my previous guestbook entry. Also my Ancestry page is set for Public so if you'd like you can see my line. Look for "Janice Kluver" and my tree name is "Janice Lena Kluver Johnson" . It is still in progress however. But i do show the link to Trefall.
Janice Johnson from Farwell, Minnesota, U.S.A wrote on 17. March 2019 at 5:02
Greetings to my fellow relations. My name is Janice Kluver Johnson (1971). My strong ancestral lineage goes like this. My mothers name is Marilyn Ann Johnson Kluver. (1940) Marilyn's mother is Josephine Gecina Klegseth Johnson. (1910-1997) Josephine's mother is Karran Christina Johanneson Klegseth. (1877-1946) Karren's, know best as Christine, mother was Ingeborg Jonsdatter Trefall. Ingeborg was the eldest daughter of Jon Nilsson Eske (1822-1899) and Kari Ingebrigtsdatter Trefall (1827-1895). Ingeborg, who preferred to be called Emma, emigrated from Norway to the US on April 4, 1876 with Gullak Johanneson Begro and were married on December 5, 1876 in Minnesota then claimed their homstead in Revillo, South Dakota in 1877. They had 6 children thus many lines of their lineage survive today. I'd like to share a story that has been orally passed down from generation to generation in our families about a young, brave Trefall girl in the year 1349. The story goes like this. When the Black Death went through Norway in 1349 it killed 2/3 or more of the population and on many farms all died. The Government sent soldiers through the country to bury the dead. When they came to Trefall farm they thought all were dead. They buried them and just as they were leaving one person saw the small foot prints of a little child in the snow. What happened was that when the family became sick and when the mother was dying, there was only her 8 year old daughter left alive. So that she might live, she cut a hole in the center of a feather bed and told the girl since she would not be able to keep the fire going to only get out of the feather bed to go to the food house. Every farm had a separate place for food where they would have a whole winter's supply of dried and smoked fish, also beef, cheese, butter, stacks of flat bread and so on. So, if this 8 year old girl had not survived there would not have been no Grandmother Ingeborg Trefall and all of her descendants before her. I am happy to say that we, the many descendants of Ingeborg Jonsdatter Trefall and Gullak Johannessen Bergo are still surviving today and I am glad to share this tale with all of you. I do not know if this is a common story in other families? Ingeborg "Emma" Jonsdatter Trefall and Gullak Johannessen Bergo's families are still surviving and thriving in the Upper Midwest and Northern Regions of the U.S. today in Wisconsin, Minnesota North and South Dakota, even Nevada and California. This website is a treasure trove of familial information and I am glad to have found it. Thank you.

translation to Norwegian

Hilsen til mine medforbindelser. Jeg heter Janice Kluver Johnson (1971). Min sterke forfedre går slik. Mors mors navn er Marilyn Ann Johnson Kluver. (1940) Marilyns mor er Josephine Gecina Klegseth Johnson. (1910-1997) Josephines mor er Karran Christina Johanneson Klegseth. (1877-1946) Karren, kjenner best som Christine, mor var Ingeborg Jonsdatter Trefall. Ingeborg var den eldste datteren til Jon Nilsson Eske (1822-1899) og Kari Ingebrigtsdatter Trefall (1827-1895). Ingeborg, som foretrakk å bli kalt Emma, ​​emigrert fra Norge til USA 4. april 1876 med Gullak Johanneson Begro og ble gift 5. desember 1876 i Minnesota, hevdet deretter sin hjemsted i Revillo, South Dakota i 1877. De hadde 6 barn dermed overlever mange linjer av deres slægt i dag. Jeg vil gjerne dele en historie som har blitt oralt gått ned fra generasjon til generasjon i våre familier om en ung, modig Trefall-jente i år 1349. Historien går slik. Da den svarte døden gikk gjennom Norge i 1349, drepte den 2/3 eller mer av befolkningen og på mange gårder døde alle. Regjeringen sendte soldater gjennom landet for å begrave de døde. Da de kom til Trefall gård, trodde de at alle var døde. De begravet dem og akkurat da de dro, så en person så småfotene av et lite barn i snøen. Det som skjedde var at når familien ble syk og da moren var døende, var det bare hennes 8 år gamle datter igjen i live. Slik at hun kunne leve, kuttet hun et hull i midten av en fjærseng og fortalte jenta fordi hun ikke ville kunne holde brannen gå for å bare komme ut av fjærsengen for å gå til mathuset. Hver gård hadde et eget sted for mat der de ville ha en hel vinter forsyning av tørket og røkt fisk, også biff, ost, smør, stabler med flatt brød og så videre. Så, hvis denne 8 år gamle jenta ikke hadde overlevd, ville det ikke vært noen bestemor Ingeborg Trefall og alle hennes etterkommere før henne. Jeg er glad for å si at vi, de mange etterkommerne til Ingeborg Jonsdatter Trefall og Gullak Johannessen Bergo, fortsatt overlever i dag, og jeg er glad for å dele denne fortellingen med dere alle. Jeg vet ikke om dette er en vanlig historie i andre familier? Ingeborg "Emma" Jonsdatter Trefall og Gullak Johannessen Bergos familier er fortsatt overlevende og blomstrer i USAs øvre Midtvesten og Nordområdene i dag i Wisconsin, Minnesota Nord og Sør-Dakota, selv Nevada og California. Dette nettstedet er en skattekiste av familiær informasjon, og jeg er glad for å ha funnet den. Takk skal du ha.
kaare wrote on 23. October 2017 at 22:08
Hei, og velkomen til Nye Trefallsidas Gjestebok! Gjestebok-historien frå 2004-2016 frå Gamle Trefallsida er inportert med orginal dato og klokkeslett, og du finn dei under.
Sidan du no først er her ville det væra svært hyggeleg om du la att nokre ord i gjesteboka.
Beste helsing --k@@re

Hello, and welcome to the New Trefallpage Guestbook! Below you will find the entries from the Old Trefallpage Guestbook from the period 2004-2016 imported in chronological order.
As you have come across these pages, I would be very happy if you drop a message in the guestbook.
Best regards --k@@re
Neal Forde wrote on 17. February 2016 at 20:29
I just found this site. Wonderful, so well done. Since English is the only language I have it may be a challenge but I am trying to locate as much as I can about the ancestral farm Fyrdegaard and any relatives still in the area. All I have is that Olav Fryde was living there in 1977.
Tak
Mary Fowler wrote on 28. March 2015 at 8:36
Thank you for a wonderful site! My grandfather was John Samson Gulbraa and my grandmother was Elizabeth Ekse. I was astonished and thrilled to see a familiar photo of one of the Ekse bruk's. I've been told that my grandmother was a maid in the Gulbraa home, which is where she met my grandfather. My cousin Dawn Kirby has done a lot of research on the families, and we would all love to have any other information that's available about the Gulbraa/Ekse heritage. Thank you. Mary Fowler, Kent, WA, USA
Nils Tore Kjørbekk wrote on 5. July 2014 at 16:46
Mye interessant stoff her. Må ha vært en stor jobb å samle og systematisere det hele. Det hele er så oversiktlig og systematisk at jeg hele tida får lyst til å klikke videre på neste link. Historien rundt flyet som krasjet og menneskene ombord var spennende. Lykke til med utstillinger.
Lee Fjellanger wrote on 13. April 2014 at 1:40
I would be willing to write up some information about
Olina Fjellanger and her immigration to America and
having children.
(A little bit about 2 of her brothers and one sister
who also went to America.)
Do I sent it here, like this?
Dagmund Vindheim from 6982 Holmedal wrote on 28. November 2013 at 21:14
Hello Karen Windheim,
I am on a stay in usa, Arkansas. I have been on car trip over the west part of usa also through oregon and up to Portland. I remember you from your visit in Norway at the end of the nineties. You also visited Vindheim. I am the nabour of the farm Lars vindheim came from.

This is sent for saying hello.

Best regards
Dagmund Vindheim
greg hansen wrote on 30. August 2013 at 6:42
Today I was digging through some old family papers of my great grandfathers, Mense Severin Johannesen, and he traced his fathers father to Johannes Knutsen Trefall born in 1797 at the Trefall farm, and now I have found this wonderful family site, and im totally blown away. I have some history from this side that can maybe fill in some blanks so ill be excitedly waiting a responce...your long distant cousin Greg
Kimberly Gilbertson wrote on 11. April 2013 at 0:30
This is a wonderful website. I had never seen any of these photos before and only had a vague idea of where my ancy ancestors came from. My great-grandmother was Brita Ekse and my great-grandfather was Torkel Gullbra. I would love any information you would have on the Gullbra and Ekse farms.
Tim Traefald wrote on 29. February 2012 at 23:50
Hi again Kaare,
I haven't been out here for a while and thought I'd see if there was anything new. Your site looks very nice! Thanks for all your hard work at keeping the family history!
Tim
Vidar Andreassen wrote on 30. December 2011 at 22:52
Hei!
Kunne hatt lyst til å ta en tur til vrakstedet, men er det noe mer å se av vraket der opp eller alt fjernet?
Uansett er det synd at deler har blitt fjernet, dt burde ha fått ligge som et krigsminne. Viktigere det enn på et museeum.
carole donn wrote on 17. December 2011 at 21:10
hello! i enjoyed this website. i'm especially interested in eksingdahl because my family, the ekse family emigrated from there. my great grandfather, jacob ekse was sent in the late 1800s by the hauge synod to study and serve lutheran pioneers in the dakota territory. he traveled by buggy, snowshoes, and sleigh and established many congregations. ultimately he became president of the lutheran church in america---which became the ELC synod in later years.
our family records in norway go back to the 1300s and it was always said that eksingdahl was named for the ekse family. i have no idea if that's true. i'm 4th generation american but still am 100% of norwegian extraction. other family members came from voss, sogn, stavanger and trondheim early in the very early 1900s and late 1800s.
Maureen Simonson of Mt. Shasta, CA wrote on 26. August 2011 at 2:03
What a fascinating site. So many familiar names and places. My maternal Great-Grandparents were Lars and Anna Ekse, when reading down to the "in Norwegian only" section, the Big Canoe Settlement is where my mother's family settled. The Fadness Folkedahl Sanderson lineage are all related. Family areas in Norway are Berdal, Ekse, Voss, Sognefjord area, Hamre, Hove; and keep learning of more. It is so exciting to read other Guestbook entries and see familiar family names. My mother, Ellen Sanderson Simonson, grew up in Decorah, Iowa. She did much geneology research and I've begun to continue her work. Thank you all.
Ronny Fosse wrote on 20. July 2011 at 21:23
Flott og informativ side om historia rundt det tyske flyet.
Hørte min bestemor fortelle om styrten mange ganger når eg var mindre.
Pete Norlander wrote on 18. July 2011 at 18:55
Great website. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. My great grandmother, Anna Nesheim Simonson is from Nesheim farm. My great grandfather (or maybe it was his father) is from Ekse. His American name was Mattias Exxe Simonson (he spelled Ekse differently). I have been to the Eksingadalen valley on two occasions. It is a beautiful valley. We have relatives from Norway arriving tomorrow to visit us here in Northern California in the USA. Their names are Rune and Annette Oksendahl. They have two children, Julie and Gard. Rune's mother Kjellaug is the daughter of Lars Nesheim. Lars and my great grandmother Anna Nesheim are brother and sister (I hope I got that correct!) How far is Nesheim from Trefall?
Brian Paul Bungum wrote on 17. May 2011 at 11:30
Är släkt till dig tror jag. Bo nuförtiden i Gränna Sverige. Gift med Susanne Wetteskog och har fyra barn.

Pappa Theodore Milton Bungum son till Theodore Bungum som bosatt i Erskine Minnesota.
per vuttudal wrote on 13. May 2011 at 12:37
dere er noen raringer, fakk ya all !!!!
Dawn Kirby wrote on 18. April 2011 at 6:33
Hello again. I've been doing a lot of research on my Ekse/Trefall, Gulbraa heritage.
I noticed you have info on the Trefall branch, Bruk #2, regarding Askjell Knutson Trefall, the eldest son of Knut Jakobson Trefall, and I am a descendant of his brother, Helge.
Knut Jakobson Trefall was my great-great-great grandfather through his son, Helge, born 1846; son of Knut and his 2nd wife, Elisabeth Askjelsdatter Aarhus.
Helge married Marie Gullaksdatter Nedre, born 1857. they were married in Voss on 15 Jun 1880.

One of their daughters was my great-grandmother, Elisabeth Helgesdatter Ekse, born 1885. She married John Samson Gulbraa in 1908, in South Dakota, USA. She emigrated in 1906, and he in 1902. They lived in North Dakota for a while, and also spent several years in Irma, Alberta, Canada. They had 5 children, and eventually settled in Olympia, Washington. Elizabeth died in 1972 at the age of 87 years, and John died in 1974 at the age of 91 years.
Their last living daughter, Ragnhild, lives in California, USA.
I have lots of information and pictures on this branch of the family if anybody is interested. I live in Olympia, Washington, USA.
Again, thank you for making this wonderful, informative website!