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Ancestors of Stacey Dionne Davis

Generation No. 6

      34. John Simon Loiseau, born in France; died August 28, 1871. He was the son of 68. Jean Marie Loiseau. He married 35. Sophia Marie Longchamp.

      35. Sophia Marie Longchamp, born 1822 in France; died August 30, 1891.

Notes for John Simon Loiseau:
from family notes written and compiled by Isabel Hillestad in 1979 (Box 406, Volga So. Dak. 57071):


who immigrated to Perryville County Mo. in 1852 from France. Later moving to Kasson Minn. where they farmed until the death of Mr. Loiseau.

They decided to move on to So. Dak. that was in 1880 and were caught in that big blizzard."

More About John Simon Loiseau:
Emigration: 1852, to Perryville County, Missouri, USA, from France

Notes for Sophia Marie Longchamp:
Transcription of letter from Winnie Voorhees, Sophia's great-granddaughter

"…I don't really know too much about the family but my mother [Mabel Francis Wheeler] used to tell us stories her mother Julia (Loiseau) Wheeler used to tell her.
Her mother [Sophia Loiseau] had decided to come to America with her family after the death of her husband. My grandmother was only two years old and they had a baby boy about four months old. I can't remember his name but he died on the way over and was buried at sea. It took four months to get to New Orleans where they stayed for a while before going to St. Louis. From there they came to South Dakota to take up claims. At that time there were a lot of wolves around and we loved to hear about the time her Uncle (I believe it was John but I'm not sure) was coming home and a large pack of them was chasing him. He was riding on a horse and had a fur robe to sit on. He finally threw the robe off and managed to get away when the wolves stopped to examine it.

"She also used to tell about the Indians who would come and force themselves into the house, many times when no one was in. They found that feeding them or giving them some food would make them leave peacefully."


More About Sophia Marie Longchamp:
Emigration: 1852, to Perryville County, Missouri, USA, from France
Children of John Loiseau and Sophia Longchamp are:
  17 i.   Anna Eleanor Loiseau, born April 22, 1862; died June 04, 1920; married Charles F. Davis.
  ii.   Julie Martha Loiseau
  iii.   Arthur Francis Loiseau
  iv.   Louis Marie Loiseau
  v.   John Marius Loiseau
  vi.   August Alfred Loiseau
  vii.   Ernest Camille Loiseau

      38. Severt Peder Forbregd33, born 183133; died 191633. He was the son of 76. Peder Joensen Forbregd and 77. Sirrianna Jorgensdatter Mikvold. He married 39. Anne Margrita Helmer.

      39. Anne Margrita Helmer33, born 183433; died 191133.

Notes for Severt Peder Forbregd:
The following biographical notes have been compiled from records in family Bibles, from newspaper clippings, and from personal letters.

Severt Peder Forbregd was a sea captain who, with his fishing vessel, plied the seas among the Lofoten Islands off the cost of Norway. Anne Margrita Helmer came from the Norland, specifically Lofoten. Severt and Anne lived in Vardalen, Trondhheim, Norway, prior to 1883 at which time they emigrated to the United States of America. Their eldest daughter, Maria, remained in Norway, married, and moved to Sweden. Their eldest son Johan, and his bride came with the family to America and stayed in Chicago, Illinois, where their son, Sigurd, was born in 1884. Severt and Anne moved their family to Baltic, South Dakota, where they lived on the farm of Gunder Thompson for a time. Their only American born child, Jonetta Mathilda, was born there in 1884. Soon thereafter Severt filed on the homestead in Logan Township seven miles east of Dell Rapids, Soth Dakota.

Little is known of Maria Forbregd except that she married a "railroad man" and moved to Optergotland, Sweden. Her daughter, Anne Marie, born 1884, came to his country as a young woman and married Charlie Lee of Sherman, South Dakota.

Ellen Anne Forbregd, born in Norway, was baptized and confirmed at Stekstad church. She came to America with her parents in May of 1883 and married Mikal Wold in the fall of that year. Mikal Wold had immigrated to America from Maroker, Norway, in 1881.

Jacobina Forbregd came with her parents in 1883 and married a widower, Ole Oihus, who had come from Vallers, Norway. They were married in 1886 and had a family of seven children.

Julia Forbregd, born in Norway, came to the United States in 1883 also. She married Lewis Wold of Springwater Township, near Luverne, Minnesota in 1897.

Christian Opland, who married Christina Forbregd, was one of five brothers who immigrated to the United States from Bosberg, Norway.

Claus Braa, husband of Mathilda Forbregd, came to America as a child from Byneset, Trondheim, Norway in 1885. He grew to manhood in the Dell Rapids community living with the family of a maternal aunt, Siri Larsdatter, wife of Anders S. Braa.

Kema Hanson, second wife of Johan Forbregd, and Mary Hanson, wife of Gustav Forbragd, were sisters who came from Konsberg, Norway.

Anne Marta Sorkilmo, wife of Stephanis Forbragd, was born in Esterdohlen, Norway. A number of her children by a previous marriage acquired the Forbragd name when she married Stephanis in 1894.

The surname of Forbregd as spelled herein is of record with exceptions for the families of Stephanis and Gustav as noted. Other exceptions may be noted also, to wit: Sigurd N. Forbragd, etc. It may also be of interest to note that a town in Vardalen, Norway is named Forbregd. Also of note…another family, that of Otinus Forbragd including a son Carl, accompanied the Severt P. Forbregd family to Chicago, Illinois in 1883. The only known relatives of Anne Margrita Helmer are the families of a brother, Martin Helmer, of Willmar, Minnesota.


Copy of a letter from Agnes B. Evans, 1983


Our family were "prairie people" - our grandparents, Severt Peder and Anne Margreta Forbregd, were pioneer settlers in Dakota Territory in the early 1880's. Our grandfather emigrated from Verdalen, Norway, in 1881 - according to the emigration listing of that date, he was fifty years of age, a skilled carpenter, his destination - Chicago. He brought with him the tools of his trade and he subsequently found employment with Gunnar Thompson of Baltic, Dakota Territory. His eldest son Johan, who had emigrated to America a year earlier, lived in Chicago where he worked with an uncle, Otinius Forbregd, building and installing pipe organs. In 1883 he was able with earnings to bring our grandmother and six of their children, ranging in ages from twenty-four years to four and a half years, to America. The family lived for a time with Gunnar Thompson in Baltic. Their youngest and only American-born child, Jonetta Mathilda, was born in 1884. Subsequently, our grandfather, Severt P. Forbregd, filed a claim on 160 acres of land in Logan Township, Minnehaha County - said claim 'established and consummated' in 1890. The deed was signed by Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States of America. There the Forbregd homestead was built midst rolling grasslands that were broken only by the rivers that carved out the Palisades of the Split Rock and the Dells of the Sioux between the wind-swept hills that became landmarks for the venturesome in this new land. To our family the vista must have been not unlike the 'long valley' they had left behind in the 'Old Country.'

"The homestead dwelling seemed small indeed to have housed our grandparents' large family. The original structure was a story-and-a-half, built in two sections adjoining at right angles with a lean-to entrance and storage area the length of the west side of the building. At a later time a larger two-storied addition was built extending southward from the angle of the original structure. A large porch was also built on the west side of this addition. An earthen cellar was made beneath part of the original building with an outside entrance of stone steps. Grandfather also built a small workshop near the house which was sometimes used as a 'cook-shanty.' The farm buildings were made like those used in our grandparents' native land. The granary, for example, was raised from the ground with supports that allowed for air circulation beneath. Shelters for animals were low structures with sod or thatch roofs. The first wells were shallow from which water was drawn by hand; the first pumps were made of wood. Homesteaders were frequently required to plant trees on their claims, and the lowly cottonwoods were often the choice. These trees grew rapidly and stood straight and tall against the prairie winds.

"Our grandfather, Severt Peder Forbregd, was known in Norway as Severt Pedersen. Severt was born January 1, 1831, to Peder Joensen Forbregd and Serianna Jorgensdatter, the second of seven children. His father, known in Verdal as Per Johansen, had built a small farm called 'Dreiermoen' near his parents' home. The word 'dreier' refers to one who works with wood; Peder became known as one of the most skilled carpenters in the valley, and his sons learned and practiced the craft as well. Our grandfather first left the valley as a young man to seek employment elsewhere and became the ship's carpenter on a fishing vessel that plied the coastal waters of Norway and the Lofoten Islands. [So was he a captain or a carpenter? -SDD] It was thus that he met and married our grandmother, Anne Margreta Martinsdatter. They were married in the Hadsel Kirke in Stokmarknes, Vesteralen, Nordland, on July 22, 12854. The church is renowned for its unique architecture and its beautifully carved interior. All were christened in the Stiklestad church (Stiklarstadit, gamle norske) which is also a church of considerable renown. It is known that Severt's father, Peder Johansen, and his eldest son, Otinius Pedersen, constructed the steeple of the church which is maintained as a 'memorial to St. Olaf - Norway's eternal King' who fell in battle there.

"The Forbregd Homestead in Logan Township became the focal point in the lives of our grandparents' large family. Married children often made their first home on land adjoining the homestead. When their eldest son's wife died in Chicago in 1885, he brought their infant son home to his parents where his mother nurtured the child along with her own infant daughter. When the son remarried he farmed on the Sather property adjoining his parents' homestead to the north. Their daughter, Christina, and her husband Chris Opland, farmed in the area for a number of years before venturing afar to more extensive farming in North Dakota; their son, Alfred, recalls living on the Tom Hystad Tree Claim six miles east of Dell Rapids, within a couple of miles of the family homestead. Jacobina Forbregd married Christian (Ole) Oihus, a widower for whom she had worked who had emigrated from Vallers, Norway. Their daughter, Valborg, married Ellick Elverson and they lived on a farm southeast from the homestead where their son, Stanley, lives at the present time [1983]. Anton Forbregd who married Jonetta Gunderson filed a claim in Highland Township on the Pipestone Creek. His wife died when their youngest daughter, Julia, was about four years old. Their family grew up on their homestead; their only son, Gilbert, often worked for his grandfather. Gustav Forbregd, who was but ten years of age when he first came to Baltic, farmed for a time on Thompson property in that area. Jonetta Mathilda, the youngest of the Forbregd family, married Claus Gunerius Braa, who grew up in the neighborhood living with an aunt and uncle on the Anders S. Braa homestead. They lived in Palisades Township where Claus farmed in partnership with Lewis Wold whose interest was then in cattle raising. And when our grandmother died in 1911, Grandfather prevailed upon his youngest daughter to come home to live. He subsequently sold half of the remaining land to his son-in-law, Claus G. Braa, who farmed the homestead for a number of years. Grandfather Severt Peder Forbregd died in December 1916, at the age of 85, having lived out his years as a homesteader and pioneer in Minnehaha County of South Dakota. He left his mark as a skilled carpenter in the architectural details of their homestead dwelling and in the craftsmanship of his sons.

"Our ancestors lived in Verdalen, in Nord-Trondelag, which is in the central part of Norway. Verdalen is a broad valley that extends from Trondheimsfjord on the west to the Swedish border on the east. The land is rugged, dividing eastward in two narrow mountain valleys, Helgadalen and Indalen. Forbregd, which means 'A little hill down from the mountain' was a large farm, known from 1520, located west of Leksdalvannet in Verdalen. The larger farm was divided into many smaller farms called 'husmansplass,' the dwellings of the 'cottagers' who worked the land. These small farms were designated by names that served to identify the workers. Such names often indicated a physical feature such as a hill or a stream that marked the site. A name might also derive from a special kind of work that was done on a specific farm; 'Dreiermoen,' where our grandfather, Severt Pedersen, grew up, was so named.

"Traditions and provincial customs were strictly adhered to among our ancestors who lived and worked in the 'big valley.' Marriages and infant baptisms were matters of record for purposes of assessing taxes for the support of the church. With such records our family has traced our lineage back to 1724 on the paternal side and to 1602 on the maternal side.

"Traditionally the first son was given the christian name of his paternal grandfather and his father's name. Similarly, the second son received his maternal grandfather's name and that of his father. In a like manner, daughters were given their grandmothers' names as well as that of their father. Younger children were given the names of aunts and uncles. In larger families, two brothers and/or sisters were often given the same name, the purpose being to ensure the continuity in the family of a particular name. A third name customarily used was that of the farm or dwelling-place with which the family was associated. This name did not necessarily indicate a family relationship however, and was used primarily as a means of identification. Witnesses of baptisms were traditionally the owner of the property on which the parents lived, and other workers with whom they were associated. This practice has been an invaluable aid in the search for identification of our ancestors.

"There were variations of the names most commonly used among the people in Norway in earlier times. Such variations were due in part to differences in pronunciation and to colloquial usages. Occasionally a name on an official record was incorrectly spelled - or a personal preference in the spelling of a name became an acceptable form. Variations of the name Severt, for example, were Sivert, Siver or Syver, Siur, Sigurd, Sigvart, and Sjur. On the baptism record, our grandfather's name, Severt, is spelled thus: Siver, without the final letter. A commonly used spelling of the name was Sivert, a preference that is frequently used in our family. The name Sigurd was given to our grandfather's first grandson, so named in accordance with tradition.

" 'Cottagers' had certain rights that gave them lifetime possession of the farm on which they lived. That privilege was extended to the survivors of the original family so long as they chose to live there. A family thus associated with the larger farm over a long period of time became identified by the name of the farm. Thus our great-grandfather, Per Johansen, became more commonly known in Verdal as Peder Joensen Forbregd, and by common usage, his descendants acquired the surname Forbregd.

" We, the younger generations of the Forbregd family, are proud of our heritage, not only in our Norwegian ancestry, but also that of our pioneer forefathers who settled on the prairie of the Dakota Territory.

"Researched and written by Agnes Braa Evans, 1983."

Also reprinted in "Minnehaha County Historical and Biographical Sketches," Assembled by a committee of the Minnehaha County Historical Society and its Councils; Robert Kolbe, Coordinator; copyright, MCHS, 1988; ISBN: 0-88107-104-8; page 355; copy sent by Sioux Valley Genealogical Society Library.

Children of Severt Forbregd and Anne Helmer are:
  i.   Maria Sophia Forbregd33
  ii.   Johan Peder Martin33, born May 07, 185233; died November 05, 194033; married Marit Bolagen; died 188533.
  iii.   Anton Lauritz Forbregd33, born August 22, 185833
  19 iv.   Ellen Anna Forbregd, born July 10, 1862 in Verdalen, Nord-Trondelag, Norway; died November 18, 1931; married Mikal Wold 1883.
  v.   Jacobina Bergete Forbregd33, born March 21, 186533
  vi.   Stephanis S. Forbragd33, born 186833
  vii.   Gustav S. Forbragd33, born May 24, 187333
  viii.   Julia Pauline Forbragd33, born February 01, 187633
  ix.   Christina Forbragd33, born July 22, 187933
  x.   Mathilda Jonetta Forbregd33, born April 03, 188433

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