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I thought that I would add an update to Akoline's story. Last summer when I went to Norway, I visited the Methodist Church in Fredrikstad where Akoline/Oleane and her husband Samuel became Methodists. It is also the church where my gg-grandfather Emil Georg Samuelsen Haugen was baptized. When I visited, I met with an historian affiliated to the church, and he showed me not only the original book of records, but also a picture of the minister who would have baptized them all. The book of records also recorded the unfortunate death of my ggg-grandfather Samuel Andreasen. The record said he had died on 3 June, 1875 by drowning at sea. Of course, I have previously posted what actually happened to him, which is a little different. My gg-grandfather had told my father (my father was a boy at the time) that his father, Samuel, had fallen to his death from the ship's mast after going up to make a repair. In fact, at the archives in Norway last summer, I had discovered the record that said exactly this. The accident occurred somewhere on their way to Bristol, England. I'm sure he was buried at sea, which is what the church record means by saying he "drowned." Here is a link to Samuel's story.
Last summer I posted very briefly about what I found in the Methodist Church. Here are some more pictures with further comments.
|Fredrikstad Methodist Church. Below is the inside of the church; the historian I met said it had to be redone due to a fire.|
|The minister who baptized Akoline/Oleane, Samuel, and Emil was Bernt Johannessen. Below are the pictures of all the ministers who have served the Methodist Church in Fredrikstad.|
|This records says my ggg-grandfather, Samuel Andreasen died on June 3rd, 1875. Below it says that he drowned at sea.|
|The book of records from the Methodist church containing the baptismal records for my ggg-grandparents|
and of their son, Emil Georg Samuelsen Haugen. It also contained the death record for my gg-grandfather, Samuel Andreasen.