I left off last time with my ggg-grandmother Akoline Oleane's conversion to Methodism, her marriage to her second husband, her return to the Lutheran Church, and the birth of her fourth child, Amine, by another man while her husband had disappeared in America for 10 years. As it turns out, the father of Amine, Martinius Johannesen, was a boarder in Oleane's home. He was 16 years younger than Oleane, and the story is that when Oleane became pregnant he was scared and ran away. I learned about this from Amine's grandson, whom I met thanks to my computer. He also added that Martinius did see Amine until she was about 10 years old, but he stopped after this age. With this information in hand, I was able to find a series of records to help piece together the probable sequence of events. Martinius moved to Hvaler to work at stone-cutting, and it was there that he married and started a family -- about the same time he stopped seeing Amine.
Overall, Oleane and her children had hard lives, with the exception perhaps of her son, Emil, my gg-grandfather. Of course, his youth without a father was not likely to have been easy, and then his step-father disappeared in America. But he eventually did pretty well for himself working the lumber and other jobs; he also married and built his own house. In fact, in 1900, the census shows that he and his wife took in his mother, Oleane, and two of her children, Hartvig and Amine. Harda was married by then. But, in contrast, Emil's half-siblings did struggle much more during their lives. Harda married an alcoholic, Hartvig was an alcoholic, and Amine had a child out of wedlock with an unknown man, although she did eventually marry a good man. However, I shall share these stories with more detail when it is their turn to have their biographies told.
Oleane moved to Lilleaker, Oslo, to help Amine when she became a single mother. She stayed there until she died, according to Amine's grandson, on 24 August 1924. I tried to find her death record, but it would be found in Ullern Parish, and for some reason, they have not released many records to the digital archives. I hope to attain this record directly from the parish at some point. I did write to them several months ago but have not received a response.
Next time on the Sunday Biography Series, another ancestor takes center stage, so stay tuned!
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