lived with his widowed mother. Albert played the violin.

All the children who married celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversaries.

Tveitan, Ole Larsen and Mary (Flaaten)

(Geneva Tweeten)

Ole Larsen Tveitan, son of LarsTorgrimsen Tveitan and Mari Johnsdtr Grene, was born 16 Jul 1824 youngest of 8 children. Ole was born on Sondre Tveitan Gaard in Notodden, Heddal, Telemark, Norway. In 1849 he left Norway and emigrated to America. Ole purchased land in Highland Twp. Winneshiek Co. in the years 1853, 1855 and 1856 obtaining a total of 160 acres. He was one of the early pioneer members of the Hesper Lutheran Church and served as secretary of the congregation.

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Ole Larsen Tveitan

Ole married 30 Jul 1876 to Mary (Flaaten) Stienbratten, (widow of Anstien Stienbratten) born 30 Nov 1846 in Ness Hallingdahl, Norway, daughter of Knute and Helga Flaaten. Mary emigrated to America in 1866. Anstien and Mary had 2 children, Stone and Anne who were adopted by Ole. Stone married Rosella Street, daughter of Bailey G. and Mary Jane (Purcell) Street. Anne never married.

Ole and Mary had 4 children: Lewis married Mathilda Ovidia Andersen, daughter of Severine and Karen (Moberg) Andersen; Mary married James Landsom, son of John and Maria (Duklett) Landsom; Henry never married and Theodore married Clara Sophie Andersen, daughter of Severine and Karen (Moberg) Andersen.

Ole continued to farm in Highland Twp. until his death 7 Apr 1904. Burial was at Highland Lutheran Cemetery, Winneshiek Co.

Tyler, Richard and Ellen (Wohlford)

(Beverly Petrak)

Jennie (b. 1876) and Lulu (b. 30 Jun 1878) Tyler were the daughters of Richard and Ellen (Wohlford) Tyler of Freeport, Winneshiek Co. Richard and Ellen Tyler were also the parents of 3 sons: James C. (b. 1872); Charles K, (b. 1874) and Garfield E. (b. 1881) all born in Winneshiek Co. Richard and Ellen were married in the home of I. G. Westin, 30 Dec 1871.

Richard was the son of James Tyler (b. 2 Apr 1810) and Lucy (Bassett) Tyler (b. 22 Dec 1811). They were born in Marden, County of Kent, England. James and Lucy came to America in 1845 with their 4 oldest children — Eliza, James, George and Fred. The family lived in Cleveland, OH 5 years where Richard was born. They moved on to Green Co., Wl where John was born in Jun 1852. John and his wife Emma lived in Hartford Twp. in Minnehaha Co., SD.

In 1853 the James Tyler family moved on to the Col. Taylor farm north of Decorah. They lived there 3 years, then purchased a farm in the northeast part of Decorah Township.

Lucy Tyler passed away 26 Jan 1890. In 1893 James moved from the farm to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Calvin Brown, in Decorah, where he passed away on 7 Sep 1897. James and Lucy were laid to rest in the Russell Cemetery near Decorah. The Tyler’s were married 55 years 21 Jun 1934. Most of those years were spent with their family in Winneshiek Co.

Ellen was the daughter of David Wohlford who was born 10 Mar 1817 in Pennsylvania and Harriett (Kniss) Wohlford, born 5 Jun 1821, in Northumberland Co., PA. Harriett’s parents were Judeah and Sameul W. (Kniss). David and Harriett were married 22 Dec 1844 in Stephenson Co., IL and became the parent’s of Cyrus, Ellen, Austin and Lucy, all born in Stephenson Co. Cyrus born 7 Aug 1845 and Ellen M. Headington were married 25 Feb 1869 in Springwater, Winneshiek Co. Cyrus passed away 10 Jan 1891 in Decorah, IA. Burial in Phelps Cemetery, Decorah. Ellen was born 7 Sep 1847 near Freeport, IL. After the death of her husband she went to California to live with her son Garfield. Ellen was 99 when she passed away 28 Dec 1946 in Wilmington, Los Angeles Co. CA. Austin was born near Freeport, IL 18 Apr 1849. Little Austin was taken by death 13 Mar 1851. David Wohlford the father of these children died 5 weeks after his 2-year old son on 2 May 1851.

Both David and Austin are in the Bellview Cemetery, Buckeye Twp. Stephenson Co. IL. I keep thinking of the terrible pain great-great-grandmother Harriett must have felt when she lost her tiny son and her beloved husband just 5 weeks apart. Harriett was carrying her fourth child when her husband died and on 13 June 1851; five weeks after the death of her father, Lucy was born. Harriett had her hands full, a widow at age 30 with a 6-year old, a 4-year old and a new born baby. Lucy married John Nelson Headington 3 Dec 1868. They lived in Winneshiek Co. all their lives. Lucy passed away 20 Nov 1927. Lucy and


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