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  • ID: I913
  • _UID: 18934DB178A2463AB98C634485B2468E3A32
  • Name: Gilbert ANFINSEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 FEB 1860 in Sheldon Township, Houston County, Minnesota
  • Death: 1 AUG 1898 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: AUG 1898 Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Note: St. Pauli Cemetery
  • Birth: ABT 1860 in Houston County, Minnesota
  • Note: has Gilbert?s birthdate as 2 Feb 1861, but a check of the cemetery confirms that it should be 2 Feb 1860. He shares a tombstone with his wife, Sigri, and son Gilbert Melvin, just south of Ole Braaten?s place. His inscription is in Norwegian and impossible now to decipher.


    Obtained land grant in Pennington County on 14 April 1894. Accession Nr. MN0560.090. He applied on 22 December 1891 at the Crookston Land Office for Section 31 of Township 153 of Range 42 in Minnesota. He certified that he was a single man over 21 years of age and was a natural born U.S. citizen. His witnesses wre Torkel Anfinson (62 years old) who said Gilbert settled on the land in August 1888 and had a log house, granary, stable, and 40 acres fenced. Value at $525. Torkel Anfinson signed his own name and did not have to make a mark.

    Ole Braaten was a second witness who testified to the same as Torkel Anfinson and signed his own name. Note that Ole Braaten is his father-in-law and Torkel Anfinson is his uncle. Gilbert himself testified in 1894 that he was now married at age 32 and had 50 acres under cultivation. He also signed his own name.
  • Note:

    1860 Census of Sheldon, Houston County, Minnesota shows him to be 6 months old; 1870 Census lists him as 10 years old
  • Change Date: 26 FEB 2007

    Father: Anfin ANFINSEN (HOUGERUD) b: 14 DEC 1823 in Lofthuseiet, Buskerud, Numedal, Norway c: 11 JAN 1824 in Rollag, Numedal, Norway
    Mother: Martha Evensdatter SIMONSTAD (ENGENĂS) b: 2 OCT 1825 in ┼mli, Aust-Agder, Norway

    Marriage 1 Sigri BRAATEN b: 14 SEP 1873
    • Married:
    1. Has No Children Gilbert Melvin ANFINSEN b: 18 NOV 1897 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    2. Has No Children Gilbert ANFINSON b: NOV 1898 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    3. Has No Children Elmer ANFINSON b: 25 AUG 1895 in Minnesota
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