Name: Aslaug (Ellen) Torkelsdatter ANFINSON
Birth: 13 MAY 1855 in Rollag, Buskerud, Norway
Death: 3 JUN 1922 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
Burial: 4 JUN 1922 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Emigration: 1886 from Norway to America
Note: according to 1900 census
Change Date: 7 AUG 2007
Emigrated five years after the rest of her siblings. She had infantile paralysis (polio) and was crippled. She isn?t mentioned anywhere in the Norwegian census data, however, so this bit of family history is cloudy. Family members recall she actually crawled across the floor, not able to walk at all. She and her son are both buried in an unmarked corner of the St. Pauli Cemetery in Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, Minnesota.
1900 Census: Township 153, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota lists Ellen Hendrickson (45) and son Thorvald (21)
1910 Census: District 242, Smiley Township, Pennington, Minnesota lists Ellen T. Anfinson (54, mother, speaking Norwegian at home); emigrated in 1889; living with son Thorwald (31, head of household, farmer, speaking English at home)
1911 Smiley Township: Landowner in southwest corner of Section 32 (Ole T. Anfinson is in northeast corner of Section 32)
1920 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington, Minnesota lists a Helen Hendrickson (65), emigrating in 1885 from Norway. Living alone as head of household, very close to Anfin Torkelson family.
Ellen made a homestead claim in the name of Ellen T. Anfinson for land in Section 32 in Township 153 of Range 42 in Minnesota. On 22 December 1891 she declared herself and thead of a family with the intention to become a U.S. citizen. She stated she was born in 1857 and emigrated to the U.S. through New York in August 1885. She was naturlized on July 25, 1898.
The witnesses for her homestead claim were Mrs. O (?) Braaten who said she was 52 years old in 1898. She said Ellen had settled on the land in October 1888 and that she was a widow who had cultivated 10 acres. She also had a house, stable, granary, with 10 acres broken at a value of $250. Mrs. Braaten could not sign, but had to make her mark. Peter Thune was a second witness, age 32 years, and testifying to the same as Mrs. Braaten. Ellen testified on her own behalf that was was a widow at the time that she made the homestead application. The house had been built and she began to live there in October 1888. She could not sign her name, but had to make her mark. Her application was approved on January 19, 1899.
Father: Torkel ANFINSON b: 6 JAN 1832 in Lofthuseiet, Rollag, Buskerud, Norway c: 19 FEB 1832 in Lofthuseiet, Rollag, Buskerud, Norway
Mother: Sigrid F. (Sarah) OLESDOTTER b: 23 AUG 1830 in Nore, Buskerud, Norway c: 1 SEP 1830 in Nore, Buskerud, Norway
- Thorval (Thorwald) HENDRICKSON b: 15 SEP 1878 in Norway