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Sever Larson, 1844-1885


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/14/2009 at 15:35:52

Sever Larson died January 8, 1885 at the farm home of his parents in Estherville township. He was born January 6, 1844 at Aal, Hallingdal, Norway to Lars Paulson Troo and Guri Syversdatter Sundbrei. He came to America at the age of 13 in 1857 and lived in Dane County, Wisconsin with his parents and siblings before the family migrated to Emmet County in 1860.

He was 18 years old when he joined for a 3-year tour of duty in the Union Army on February 3, 1862. He was a private in Company K of the Wisconsin 15th Army Regiment during the Civil War. The regiment was called the Scandinavian Regiment; the officers spoke fluent English but commands were made in both languages. Sever was ill and hospitalized much of the time during his service. He was discharged from the army on February 10, 1865 at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He was married to Margarette Young Vieux, of Indian descent, on December 15, 1872 at St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas. They had no children.

He is buried in Wallingford Lutheran cemetery.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Sources: Estherville Northern Vindicator, Emmet County Death Record Book 1, page 3; Paulson Family records.


Died Severt Paulson, at the home of his father four miles south of town on Friday last. The deceased was about 45 years old and had been in feeble health for some time. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss. (Northern Vindicator, Estherville, IA, January 16, 1885)

Note: this is Sever Larson, son of Lars Paulson.


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