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The farm name Eiane comes from the word "eid" which can mean narrow land between two "seas". Eiane is located on the north side of the Jøsenfjorden.



Inger Eiane's closest ancestors (click to see larger image)




         YtreEiane2b     1752 [2]
The image shows the Outer Eiane a little before 1900. [2]

Outer Eiane was from the start the king's farm. But before 1688 this was, like so many other farms, sold to the nobleman Ole Gjedde in Denmark. His in-law colonel Gersdorf took over after him, and he sold Outer Eiane, Inner Eiane and parts of Østerhus to the farmer Jone Johnson Vadla in 1688. In 1723 two other farmers, Jørgen Øye and Gudmund Røgjelstad, had taken over each half of the farm. Gudmund was the son of Jone Vadla. Jone Gudmundsen, the son of Gudmund Røgjelstad, bought Jørgen Øye's part in 1728. Gudmund owned half the farm until he died in 1740. By the shift after he died, the son Lars Gdmundson inherited his father's part. Jone took over on Røgjelstad and in 1752 Lars purchased his brother's part, and became thus the sole owner. [2]

In 1808 Gudmund Larsson gave the deed to the farm to Jone Johnson Vadla who was married to Anna, his daughter. Jone and Anna lived on Vadla, and they leased Outer Eiane to her only sister, whose name was also Anna, and was married to a man called Jone Johnson. Gudmund, the son of Jone and Anna Vadla got the deed from this parents on Eiane in 1839. But he didn't move to Eiane at that time. He married the widow Inger Olsdatter on Lower Hauge, and they lived there until about 1856, when the son of Inger from the first marriage, married, and took over the family farm. Gudmund and Inger then move to his farm in Outer Eiane. Jone Johnson, who had ran Eiane all the time from 1808, were then folgemann (retired). [2]



Gudmund Jonsen Eiane and Inger Olsdatter Vormeland


Inger Olsdatter. Vormeland and Gudmund Jonsen Eiane, the parents of Jone Eiane. Click to see larger image



Gudmund Johnson born 1812 in Vadla, died 1888 on the Outer Eiane. His mother was from Outer Eiane, and Gudmund was the owner of the farm on the Lower Hauge by deed from his father in 1839.
He was married to the widow Inger Olsdatter
Children: 1) Jone b. 1840 in Outer Eiane, 2) Ola, b. 1842 in Riskadal, married to Anna Larsdtr, 3) Nils, b. 1845, d. 1850, 4) Anna Karina, b. 1850


Johne's birth, 24. June 1840 on the Lower Hauge (from the church records)



 Jone Tøtland (Hauskje) and Siri Aanensdtr


Siri Ånensdtr and Jone Tøtland (Hauske), the parents of Siri Jonsdtr Tøtland Eiane



Siri was born in 1822 on Laugaland (gnr. 45, bnr. 2) in Vormedal, Hjelmeland. Jone was born in 1821 on Tøtland (gnr. 39, bnr. 1-6), in Vormedalen, Hjelmeland. They married in 1845 and had 11 children. They lived there for 18 years, before they, in 1865, bought the whole Hauskje-farm from the state and moved there. They were active haugianere (Christian laymen), his parents had helped to build the chapel (bedehus) in Hjelmelandsvågen 1840. It was called 'Samlingsstova in the bay', and is probably the first bedehus (chapel) in Norway.

Jone was also active in society and was e.g. investor in Spinneriet (yarn factory) in Hjelmelandsvågen. Jone and his wife Siri died both in 1891, within a few months. (See picture below related to Jone Tøtland).

Jone and Siri with kids Siri Eiane (d. 1937), youngest son Jens (1861-1926), the daughter Liva Vadla (in Årdal, d. 1924), the son Ånen Hauskevaag, Ola (Eik Hausken, d. 1936), eldest son Jone (d. 1928) and the youngest daughter Elin Serine (d. 1884). Click to see the larger picture; photo from Nils Viga Hausken.



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Photos (from left) of Tøtland (gnr 39), Hauskje and Spinneriet (yarn factory) in Hjelmelandsvågen

The mother of Jone was Siri Jonsdotter Tøtland/Hauske, born 1801 on Tøtland and died on Eiane (at her grandchild's) in 1893. She married as 15-year-old with Jone Olson Byre (1790-1852). Jone got the deed from his father-in-law Jone Knutson on half part of Tøtland in 1816. After Tøtland was taken over by his son in 1846, they moved to 'bnr 3' on Byre (Fister), which Jone owned.

Siri Jonsdotter Tøtland/Hauske

"According to descendants of her on Hauske Siri Jonsdotter was called "the old-Siri", and the daughter-in-law Siri Aanensdotter called "wife-Siri". "The old-Siri" was the one who ruled and reigned, "Wife-Siri" was humble and careful. About Siri Jonsdotter Hauske there is much to be said. Siri was rased as a single child, her siblings died as infants. She married at the age of 15 years in 1816, and gave birth to 4 children, the last when she was 23 years old. One child was still-born, only Jone (1821-1891; see above) and Eli (1823-1870; married to the large farm Håland in Erfjord) grew up. Siri survived both their children. She was a dedicated haugianar (Christian lay movement) as her husband. She took part in establishing the first Christian mission association in the country, together with the a.o. the haugianer leader of Helga Vormeland from Vormeland in Vormedal. Her husband, with her help, took place in building of the first bedehus (laymen chapel) in Norway. Together with the people on the Eiane and Vormeland they gave timber to the house. She was aware og being one of the most affluent people within Hjelmeland, both young and old. But she was not entirely easy to be in opposition to, the bones her nose was probably not short. It has been told that when she "reigned" as farmer's wife on Tøtland, there was a year with food shortage among many people in Vormedal. Poorer people, workers turned then to the big farms where they had something to give away. "No," was the response from Siri. But her mother Liva gave them something behind the back of Siri. Siri Jonsdotter Hauske visited her family relatively often; to Håland in Erfjord, Eiane, Vadla in Årdal and probably also to her husband's family at Byre. She brought her own possession, a down duvet, and a saddle, a woman's saddle, which still existed until late 1970s. It was unfortunately cut up to firewood" (from Nils Fight Hausken)

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Disagreement in the "bedehuset Bethel" about the preacher Morten Olsen. Siri asks an important question in the occasion. [3]


Siri Jonsdotter was the daughter of Jone Knudson from his first marriage with Siri Svendsdotter, the daughter of Svend Svendson Fister and Eli Andersdotter. They had no children. Jone Knudson married again with Liva Osmundsdotter in 1798; she was the mother of Siri Jonsdotter.
. . . At helgeland.nu we can read following about Siri Sveinsdotter: she inherited most of Bjelland when her first husband died in 1755. She became owner of the remaining part of the farm in 1760, when she got the deed from her sons Ola and Peder. Siri married again with Jone Knutson from the Lower Fevoll. Jone lived with Siri on Bjelland in Fister from their marriage in 1763 (probably 1759) to 1787, when they sold Bjelland to Ola Olson Outer Sandanger, who was the son of Siri and her first husband. They moved then to Tøtland. Siri and Jone was affluent people, and owned land on many farms.
When Siri was buried in 1796, the priest Munthe wrote a piece in the newspaper Bergen Adresseavis. It is the oldest burial report we know from this area. The post reads:

Siri Johnsdtr Tøtland's ancestors

.We can follow the generations from the bishops Jens Pederson Schelderup and Jørgen Eriksen (see further down) all the way to Siri Johnsdtr Tøtland via Live Bjørnsdtr Jelsa (see brown star in the chart above and details in the chart below). Click to see the higher resolution.

We can also follow the generations from the Mayor of Bergen, Søren Jensen Hoffmann (1595-1665) all the way to Siri Johnsdtr Tøtland via Live Bjørnsdtr Jelsa (see brown star in the chart above and details in the chart below). Click to see larger image.

"Scholeusstikket" is the first known prospect of Bergen, here the 1580-version of Jerome Scholeus. In the middle of the picture, the bay and Bryggen. All the way to the left Bergenhus with Håkonshall and the Rosenkrantz tower, to the right Maria church, the ruins of Hallvard's church, secondly Martinskirken, "Korskirken" (the two towers) and the Cathedral. In the background in the middle of Fløyen, to the right the slope of Ulriken. Click to see the larger image.


Søren (or Severin) Jensen was born in Viborg in Jutland 17. June 1595, as son of the dean Jens Pedersen Løvenbalk, and his wife, Anna Tøgersdatter. He became a citizen of Bergen in 1630, and became a councilor there 19. January 1637. He became the mayor 7. may 1644 and remained in this office for 21 years until his death 8. march 1665. Søren Jensen, who also had the family name Hoffmann, was married 3 times: 1) with Maren Thuresdatter in 7 years, and had 3 sons with her, 2), Giertrud Hansdatter from 1632 to 1661, and had with her 3 sons and 6 daughters, and 3) with Catharine Munthe from 1663 to 1665. Catharina Munthe was the daughter of bishop Ludvig Munthe. She was born on Borreby rectory in Skåne.

Bergen Historical society publications 1929
Ladegaarden and its Owners A. M. Wieseners 218-20
The deed of 15. november 1650. Hereof mayor Severin Jensen and wife Giertrud Hansdatter get the rent of the city a piece of the city's "desolte properities", and grant them to enclose, located next to the Small Sandvig. The plot stretches in the length on the north side from the lake along over the mountain called "Rottenhoffuidt" (now Rothaugen) and up to the drive way by Lauridtzs Ollufsen's fence and place. On the southern side from the drive way along Hendrik Gielbretzen's house and garden, out to the sea to marebakken. In the breath from "Rottenhoffuidt" and over to Hendrich Gielbretzen's property, "is very stony and uneven, which is could be costly to repair". This land, that in the deed is stated as already being fenced, "Mayor Søfren Jensen, his wife, children and heirs,from now on, use and retain, make use of as best they can", Thy pay 3 mark in lease. It is on this land the main house on the Ladegaarden stood, and one can assume that it is Søffren Jensen who first developed the property in lordship-like style. By the deed dated Bergen 27. January 1658 he further bought of Tebbecke sal. Hendrich Søffrensens an old house for "for living purpose", located at Stølen, close to Little Sandvig, with the corresponding land. At 16. June 1659 the mayor and counsel in Bergen issue deed to the mayor Severin Jensen and wife Giertrud Hansdatter as well as both their children and heirs "one of the city's land on the mountain, that Tebbecke sal. Henrik Søffrensen' heirs have bought". The plot was east to west 102 alens and in breadth south to the north 86 alens. In addition the deed states that he got additional "a piece on deserted land, which extend from the stony part from the iece that the mayor bought from Tebbecke and towrds the hill that is now fenced and in length from the southern side and toDaniel Brown's property on the north side (the way unhindered)".

In yearly lease will be paid 1 riksdaler. It is also stated a.o. that the property shall be used, and improved.

(from https://gw.geneanet.org/brynjulf)


Christoffer Valkendorf's house, built 1558, served as Bergen's first city hall from 1561.


Jacob Sørenson Hofmann was born about 1655 in Finnøy prestegard, as the son of sokneprest (parish priest) Søren Sørenson Hofmann and his wife Marita Helliesdotter Hagedorn. He came to Jelsa about 1687, and was in 1693 lensmann (sheriff) in Jelsa. Jacob Hofmann was then a well-traveled man. His eldest son is born in the north of Finnmark in 1678. Later Jacob Hofmann lived on Sand, leased plot on Sand farm that was the benefit of the priest in Jelsa. They came to Sand about 1680 and stayed there for ten years. It is mentioned in volume 3 of Sand that Ingeborg was from Barkeland. Jacob Jelsa got inheritance of Hiim in 1705 in the shift after Tormod Johnson.
…..As sheriff, it appears that he was reasonable with the farmers in their county. In 1693 there were many farmers in Jelsa, Sjernarøy, and Hjelmeland, which had not paid their tithes to the bishop. The bishop summoned these to the court on Hebnes in 1694. The summons was done by the sherriffs (lensmen) and they were obliged to get 4 shillings of every person that were summoned. The lensmen from Sjernarøy and Hjelmeland demanded these 4 shillings, but Jacob Hofmann said that if the bishop would would waive his requirement from the farmers he would waive his own requirements. But councel Cort Hoyer, who was the proxy for the bishop, stated that the expenses for the judge and the travel was too expensive to be waived. Every man should pay 12 shillings for each span of grain* and 2 shillings in the legal cost.
…..Jacob Hofmann had inherited his part of the Jelsagarden, the rest he bought the inn of the brethren, and verbrør. Nils Mikkelsen, the minister of Jelsa, was married the first time with Maren Sørensdotter Hofmann, the sister of James, and the second time with Mette Jensdotter Godtzen. Nils Mikkelsen had purchased 2 ½ laup butter in Jelsa. The widow after the priest seals all goods in Jelsa, 6 marks* butter in Asheim and ½ laup butter in Klunghaug, to Jacob Hofmann in 1695. When the widow Mette Jensdotter marry committed with sokneprest Jørgen Pral to Falnes bought Jacob Hofmann yet 1½ laup butter in Jelsa and 6 marks the butter in Asheim for 140 riksdalar in 1697. Finally sat James, as owner of all the Jelsa, Jelsa Mehus, Klunghaug and nils henrik Asheim.
…..Jacob Sørenson Hofmann was married to Ingeborg Larsdotter. She died in 1709, 52 years old. Jacob Hofmann married again in 1710 with Liva Olsdotter Håland in Erfjord but they had no children. About the children of Jacob Hofmann, we can first let his daughter Maren Jakobsdotter Kvaløy tell. She witnessed in the a case over odel to Jelsa Mehus in 1761:
"She explained that her deceased father, who owned all properties in Jelsa and had 3 sons. The two elder, by the name of Søren, one died in his childhood and the other as bachelor. The third,, by the name of Lars Jakobsen, lived on Skjerven, and died without leaving any heirs. All died after that Marta Jakobsdatter had taken over Jelsa part. The witness's father had 3 daughters, of which Marta was the eldest, the witness where number two, and Eli the youngest." In the census and church records we find there are six children that are known. (From helgeland.nu)



In the following, we refer some information about some of the other people on the chart of Siri Johnsdtr Tøtland (above):

Knut Johnson (the yellow star in the Siri Johnsdtr Tøtlands pedigree chart) got the document for leased land on the Laugaland in 1736, but six years later Knut moved to the Lower Fevoll where his father came from. Knut used half the farm in his early years, from about 1742. In 1743 he got the deed of a half-laup* butter in the farm. He had just as much from before, so then he became the owner of one laup* butter in Lower Fevoll, which corresponds to 1/3 of the farm. With a farm exchange in 1751 he got additional one laup butter and the right to odel to the half the farm. Svein Eivindson Ø. Sedberg in return got had 1 laup butter in Meland and 2 lbs* 6 marks* butter in Tysdal in Årdal. The same year, Knut leased a half laup butter of Søren Hielm. One last farm exchange with Svein Eivindson Sedberg took place in 1755. For giving land properties in Meland and Husstøl and pay ten riksdalar, Knut became the owner of one laup butter, and the right to odel for the last half. Thus, he now owned 2/3 and the right to odel of Lower Fevoll.
In the bailiff's documents of 1762/1763 it is said that Knud Johnsen died 25. January 1763, his wife, Siri Andersdotter 27. January 1763, and they were buried together. In the "Specification of The Umyndiges funds and The Anordnede Formynderes Nafne udj Ryefølche Carmsund and Hæsbye" one find there was a shift 9. April 1764 after them both, and immature inheritors were the children: Biørn, Thore and Anne. The guardian for Biørn was John Knudson Bielland, for Thore was Christen Pedersen Løgeland and Anders Knudson Fævold for Anne. They had gathered much earthly wealth. The estate exceeded 900 riksdalar.  (From helgeland.nu)


Jone Olson Byre's ancestors (Siri Johnsdtr Tøtland's grandfather ; see the blue star in the chart above). Click to see a larger image.

About Jone Johnson d.e. (see the red star above). Jone Johnson d.e. , the son of Jone Johnson and Sofie Bjørnsdotter, was born about 1664 in Vadla, Hjelmeland, Rogaland, and died about 1741 in Vadla, Hjelmeland at an age of around 77 years. Jone Johnson d.e. lived on Upper Mæle, Årdal in 1701, but had moved to Vadla in 1718. Jone and his wife Anna Ormsdotter were related and had to have the charter had been withdrawn to marry. They leased one pound* of butter in the farm on Vadla in 1720 from Jone Foss and Odd Lower Hauge. In 1728 Jone bought one pound* of butter from the farm of the Bjørn Halsne and Albert Øyestad. The prosperity in the farm gradually increased. At the shift after the Jone and Anna in 1741, the total fortune was 849 riksdalar*. They had the children Siri, Anna, and Worm. The daughter Siri is not mentioned in the book of Hjelmeland, but is mentioned in the book of Årdal. (From Helgeland.nu)


Ancestors of Lars Bjørnson Aukland (see the green star in the Siri Johnsdtr Tøtland's pedigree chart above)

Lars Bjørnson Aukland, the son of Bjørn Olson and Kari Gudmundsdotter, was born circa 1650 in Aukland, Hjelmeland, and died about 1710 in Sandanger Ytre, Fister, at the age of about 60 years. Lars married Margrete Jensdotter about 1679 in Hjelmeland church. Lars Bjørnson was farmer on the Outer Sandanger in 1688, when he became the owner of the farm Flotene at Ombo. He must have passed away before 1711; because his widow is then listed as farmer. Lars was lensmann (sheriff) from 1706 to 1709. His wife Magrete Jensdotter Hjelm had a good folge (retirement) agreement with her son-in-law according to a letter from 1713. The agreement was that she should have 4 tønne* of oats, ½ tønne of clean grain (barley), ¼ tønne rye and animal feed for two cows and 18 sheep. In addition, she had living place free of charge. It was a shift after her in 1759, but she must have died some time before this. Her sons, Bjørn and Jens, are mentiond, so is one daughter, who was married Jonas Oddson. Kari Larsdotter who was married to Nils Jonasson on Little Nessa in Årdal was from Outer Sandanger. She is in the book of Årdal recorded as born in 1667, but this must be too early. She is probably born about 1680 and named after the mother of Lars. The daughter who was married to Jonas Oddson was probably Margrete and named after her maternal grandmother.  (From helgeland.nu)

His son, Bjorn Larsson Sandanger was married to Marta Jakobsdotter Hofmann in Jelsa. Eli Jakobsdotter, the youngest sister of Marta, told about how this marriage came about. She was too young to remember it herself, but the stepmother of her, Liva Håland, had told her: "Her mother Liva Olsdatter told her after she (Eli Jakobsdatter) had taken over Jelsa Mehus, that her father, Jacob Hofmann had offered Bjørn Larsen this part of the farm for use and habitation, then Bjørn demanded his daughter. But after Bjørn had consulted his friends, he responded that if he could not get the other part, which they called the Steensparten, he could neither have the land or the girl."
…..Jacob Hofmann probably thought he could be a good future son-in-law, because Bjørn get a document on leasing the land in Steinsparten 2½ laup* butter and 6 marks* butter in Asheim. The letter of the lease is dated 10. september 1706, but registered first in autumn 1707 after Bjørn and Marta were married. It was also given bail for Bjørn to use the farm for free for both sons of Jacob Hofmann. After her mother Marta Jakobsdotter in 1709 inherited 15 marks butter in Jelsa. Bjørn bought from his brothers-in-law Bjørn Kvaløy and Knut Olson Ropeid, their mother's heritage 15 marks* butter from both. Of brother-in-law Lars Hofmann he bought 12 marks of butter in Jelsa. In the shift after Jacob Hofmann Bjørn Larsson got 16 marks of butter in Jelsa, 18 marks butter in Klunghaug, 6 marks* butter in Asheim and 5 spann* of grain in Vignes. Marta Jakobsdotter died in 1741. After Bjorn Larsson there was a shift in 1751, but there was nothing to be inherited. When the creditors had taken their there part, there were nothing more left. They had 9 children. (From helgeland.nu)

Lars Bjørnsons father, Biørn Olson Aukland , the son of Ole Johnson Aukland and Margrete Bjørnsdotter was born in 1610, in Aukland, Hjelmeland, and died in 1686, in Aukland, 76 years old. Bjørn Olson is mentioned as the former of Aukland from 1639. He and his father must both have used the farm for a period, before Bjørn took over everything. He was a great land owner like his father had been. In 1661 he owned 14 farm parts on together about eight laupar butter. Until 1670 the value of the property was doubled. He then owned 16 ¾ laupar butter. A part of the property was probably inherited from the father of Kari, lensmann (sheriff) Gudmund Toreson Fosen, one of the largest land owners in Ryfylke at the time. Bjørn Olson Aukland is listed as the owner on the Hetletveit, Ombo, in 1670. Bjørn owned great land properties around, more than 18 laupar butter in 20 farms. Bjørn probably never lived on Hetletveit. In a inspection over fence between Vatland and Nårstad in 1698, it was said that the fence had stood in the same place in many years, even from the time when Bjørn Aukland was the user of Nårstad and Vatland. Bjørn Olson Aukland must have used these two farms from the time he married about 1630 to the time the father of Ola Jonsen Aukland died about 1653, when he moved to farm of odel of Auckland. Aukland people owned most of Ombo for a period. The deed of Aukland he got in 1671 from the heirs of the deceased elder brother, Tollak Johnson. It was 2 ½ laupar butter in Aukland and Inner Skår he then bought for 380 riksdalar. From before he owned half laup in the farm. Laurits Lauritsson was the name of a Stavanger citizen who "resided" on Jelsa circa 1660. He was probably the user of Buer, and had signed a contract with Bjørn in 1658, about the use of the farm. After two years he summoned Bjørn to court because he had broken the contract. He had a.o. injured the forest by chopping woods, tearing the bark and built a house. It was the replacement for Bjørn Olson in 1687. His wife Kari Gudmundsdotter was dead before 1679. Kari and Bjorn had seven children. (From helgeland.nu)

lensmann (police sergeant) Ola Jonson's carver's marks

The father of Bjorn Olson Aukland was Ola Johnson,the son of Jone Olson and Berta Tollaksdotter. He was born about 1568 in Tøtland, Hjelmeland, and died about 1655 in Aukland, at an age of around 87 years. In the book of Hjelmeland it is said that the first wife of John Johnson Aukland, Margrete Bjørnsdotter, was born in Norheim in Etne. It is one Bjørn that is mentioned on the Norheim at that time, and it is Bjørn Oddson. Margrete is not mentioned as the daughter of Bjørn in the book of Etne, but a daughter with the name Kari is mentioned. Ola Johnson was lensmann (sheriff) in Hjelmeland in over 40 years, from 1608 to 1652. He was, together with his brother Jone Olson and nephew Peder Tormodson Foss, dispatch from Hjelmeland to king insertion of prince Christian in 1610.
.....Ola was a big land owner. In documents of odel for 1624, he is listed with nine laup butter in 13 different farms. As lensmann he summoned Ola Johnson Anders hat maker and his wife Synnøve to the court in 1621 for the abuse against him. It was Synnøve who had used the mouth to the lensmann because Ola shall have "handlid och schichit och omgaaed with hinde as a thiran and jngen erlig man". The reason for the abuse was that John should have caused that Anders and Synnøve didn't received well reputation from the people. Now it was John who asked for recommendation on the court "och fick thet as erligt och gaat was vdj all maade". Synnøve had to take her accusations back, and apologize to the sheriff.
.....The situation for Ola was worse two years later. When he was summon by the lord Henrik Bille because he had given a false custom document to a Dutch skipper. There were several complaints against Ola. He had not the authority to customs clearance, he had declared only half the goods, and taken in more money than what was written on the declaration. It seems that Ola had reconciled with the lord, without being judged. There is brought up a quite striking thing in this case. The excuse was that "selff customer hand Jcke leese and schriffue" he could not read or write! It was the son, which yet was not a grown-up, who had written the declaration. It was thus possible to be a lensmann tens of years without being able to read and write. He obviously needed a guidance to master what was required. The information can be interpreted as a sign that selection of lensmenn was based more on the position and genus than formal qualifications.
.....In 1628 Ola asked for recommendations from people at the court again. He asked "hoerledis rde "hoerledis hand sigh in the 20 Aars at hand haffuer werrit lehnsmand, haffuer schichet och forholdit. Dertil meenige mand suarid, that they tachede hannom got i alle maader". In 1635 Ola was sentenced to a fine of about 40 riksdalar. The reason was that he had let himself be bribed. He had received a donation to sign a call letter "mod ordinanzen". A call letter isan omployment letter for the priests, and "ordinanzen" is church ordinance from 1539, which among other things gave the rules of procedure for appointment of priests. Ola's son, Tollak, was a priest, and it is reasonable to believe that it was his call letter his father had unlawfully signed. Tollak was a priest in Hardanger, and inherited 2 ½ laupar in Aukland. Bjørn owned ½ laup. (From helgeland.nu)

Old bridge in Hogganvik

Lars Bjørnson Aukland's maternal grandmother, Marit (optional. Marit and Margit) Larsdotter was the daughter of Lars Knudson Hogganvik and Borghild? and born about 1585 in Hogganvik, Vikedal, Rogaland, and died about 1667 in Håland, Erfjord, at the age of about 82 years. She was first married to Gudmund Toreson Fosen in Avaldsnes. Gudmund and Marta took over some of Fosen in 1617, but when his father died, they used the whole farm. Gudmund became gradually one of the richest landowners in the county. In 1617, he listed with 5 wits 2 cans corn in Topnes, 7 cans corn in Li and 3 wits grains in Hervik in Leiranger skipreide, 5 cans of grain in Mannes, and 1 cans of grain in Nordstokko in Stangaland skipreide and 7 vett 1 cans of grain in Fosen, 4 cans of grain in the Døle, 1 pound grain in Gismarvik, 1 pound grain in Høyvik, ½ wit grains in Sandvik and 1 wit grains in the Sønnaland in Hetland. Some of this was pawned objects. Later, his wealth increased strongly, and in 1624 he is listed together with his heirs a total wealth of 30 laupar butter or 30 pounds of grain. He was lensmann (sheriff) in Hetland from 7. november 1617 to 1627. In 1628 Marta governed the farm, but in 1629 she married again with Olav Larsson from Håland in Erfjord. Olav Larsson was chosen to bailiff 2. July 1630. Later he became lensmann (sheriff) in Hetland skipreide after Gudmund Toreson (1633-1635). In 1632 his land property is listed in addition to what his wife of and the stepchildren owned. It was totally 30 pound of goods. He later moved to the family farm on Håland in Erfjord, where he in 1636 is listed with his wife and step children. He was later lensmann (sheriff) in Jelsa area 1640-1650 and 1660-1671. The estate was then on 26 laupar butter 1 wit grain, in addition to 2 laupar 2 pounds of butter in Håland. Olav Larsson and Marta Larsdotter was among the witnesses in the trial on witchcraft against Sigrid Sigurdsdotter in Vik, and in the witchcraft case against Turid Hausland in 1663, and to Kari Klomber in 1663. In the tax documents in 1645, he and his wife put 3 mark 8 shillings for Håland farm. In 1666, he still uses Håland, and 3 laupar of butter in depth. Olav Larsson marry up again with Anna Clausdotter Koch. She had been married twice before. First with bailiff and councilor in Stavanger, Jacob Thomasson Hvatz, and so Kannitz Isakson. Her father was Claus Olson, became citizen in Stavanger 16. January 1700, it was mentioned that Anna Klausdotter live in Stavanger on the property after her first husband, Jakon Tommasson. (From helgeland.nu)

Lars Knudson Hogganvik , the son of Knud Hogganvik and NN Håkonsdotter, born about 1555 in Hogganvik, Vikedal, Rogaland, and died in 1626, in Hogganvik, Vikedal, at the age of about 71 years. Another name for Lars was Laurits Knudson.
.....Laurits Knutson represented Vikedal in the insertion of the king in 1591 and 1610. He lived on leased land in Hogganvik, but he owned much land properties in Sandanger and in Fosse in Hjelmeland. Laurits inherited 1 laup butter in Skiftun after Odd Sevatson Fevold and berge Velde writes that he probably was the daughter's son to Sevat Oddson. In Rogaland historical society yearbook of 1988 states that the parents can be Anna(?) Fartegnsdotter and Knut Valen. There is also said that Laurits was married to a daughter of Thorgils Johannesson in Torsnes, as then becomes a maternal granddaughter of Sevat Oddson. Berge Velde, in his book, refers to Thorgils Johannesson Torsnes as the father of his first wife.
.....In the yearbook of 1949 Asgaut Steinnes is guessing that she was the daughter of Thorgils on Torsnes. She is not mentioned in the 'bygdeboka' for Jondal. Laurits will receive the legacy of Odd Fevold with his wife. His Mother Anna(?) Fartegnsdotter had been married to Laurits Johannesson Galte on Valen before she married Knut Valen. It is therefore reasonable that Anna(?) and Knut's son was named after Laurits.
.....If these family relations of Laurits Knutsson and his first wife is correct, then Laurits Knutsson married the cousin of his half siblings. Thorgils Johannesson Torsnes was the brother of Laurits Johannesson on Valen and was the first husband of Anna(?) Fartegnsdotter. Another theory about the origin of the Laurits Hogganvik was raised by "Ætt og Heim" in 1996. It was there mentioned that Laurits probably was the daughter's son of Håkon Torgilsson Foss/Sæbø, and his wife Magla Oddsdotter. If that is correct, Laurits is then the son of the maternal granddaughter of Odd Fevoll and the heir to Odd Fevoll.
.....His first wife is unknown, and the theory that she was the daughter of Thorgils on Torsnes can not be proven. Hogganvik is named as farm of the 'lensmann' in 1602-1607 and 1615-1625. He was lensmann in Vikedal 1591-1625. In 1610 Lars Hogganvik owned the properties in farms with depth of 3 laup butter and ½ pounds of grain. In 1614, he is mentioned as the user of the Sandvik-saw, in 1618 of the Hogganvik-saw. The same year, he had 1 ½ laup 18 mark of butter, 5 vetter* corn, and 4 rams. It was his own and his step children's goods. In 1624 Lars Hogganvik met in the court of Hauga in Jelsa with his son Lars Larson Oppsal in Vikedal, and Jon Villumson. Lars was the second time married to Catarina Johannesdotter, the widow after the priest on the Rennesøy, hr. Rasmus Olafson. (From Helgeland.nu)


laup: ca. 18 kg
mark: 8 unser, ca 250 gram
pund: 2 merker, ca. 1/2 kg
vette: 6.3 kg

spann: 1 laup
tønne: 138 liter

kanne: 2 potter, ca 1.9 liter
spesiedaler: 5 ort, 4 nok
skilling: 1/24 ort




Two bishops:

1) Jens Pedersøn Schjelderup

Was born in 1510, in Skjellerup, Hobro, Denmark, and died in 1582 in Bergen. He was the son of Peder Jensen, born 1485 in Skjellerup, Hobro on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark, where he was a farmer. He was married to Maren Nilsdatter, who died in Bergen. Peder Jensen died 1564 in Bergen. He came to Norway with his son. Professor in physics from 1551, dr.in 1554, and bishop from 1557 in Bergen. He was arried to Susanne Leonhardsdatter, born in Denmark, and died in 1582 in Bergen. She was a nursing or stepdaughter of professor Peter Capeteyn, died 1557. Jens Pedersøn Schjelderup and Susanne Leonardsdatter had eight children, among them Adriane Jensdatter Schjelderup who was married to Jørgen Eriksen, the bishop of Stavanger. See more about Jens Pedersøn Schelderup  here.


2) Jørgen Erikssøn

Born: 1535, Haderslev, Sønderjylland, Denmark

  • Marriage: Adriane Jensdatter Schjelderup in 1571
  • Death: 1604 69 years old
  • He studied in Copenhagen and Wittenberg, was slottsprest in Bergen and was ordained a bishop in Stavanger 1571.
    He was the third lutheran bishop of Stavanger.
    He was married three times, but only had children with his 2. wife, Adriane.
    In 1592 he published a prekensamling, "Jonæ Bog", which was a series of sermons he had held in Stavanger cathedral from 1578 (image). A. Chr. Bang has said that "in his Forkyndelse is Magister Jørgen Erichsen 'Norway Luther'."

Jørgen Eriksson was bishop of Stavanger in the period 1571-1604. He married bishop Schelderup's daughter. Erikssøn was perhaps the most significant person in the Norwegian church related to the reformation. It is no exaggeration to say that the reformation was incorporated as ecclesiastical order by Jørgen Erikssøn's work. More about Jørgen Erikssøn here.


[1] houses of worship in California, by A. Ropeid (1993)
[2] Hjelmeland – Farms and the People 1, by T. Brandal (1989/2005)
[3] christian life in California. From Haugesund to Hidra, by Jacob Straume (1956)