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Ring Family Tree

Updated July 10, 2004

Mary Denise Ring

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The Iver Johannessen(1835-1906) and Hendrika Aronsdatter(1839-1906) Ring Family Tree. They lived on the Ring Farm in the Sakshaug Parish, Inderoy, Nord Trondelag, Norway.

Iver and Hendrika were the parents of the 10 Ring children, who all eventually ended up in America. Most in Goodhue County, Minnesota.

*I obtained a majority of my information from the book called "Ring" wrote by Richard Arland Thorud.

*The copies of family obituaries were obtained by Julie Seeley of Red Wing, Minnesota.

*Information on the Bergum Family was obtained from my aunt, Rita.

*I received corrections and updated information on the Andrew Ring family from Georgiana.
( :)Thanks Georgiana..for all of the information and corrections)
*I received updated information on the Balfanz/Krueger family from Susan Miles. (Thanks Susan:))

*The current Ring Farm in Norway picture, and Inderoy map were sent to me by Oddgeir Fossli. (Thanks Oddgeir)

*I obtained information on my mother's family CHADWICK/DANIEL/JONES from Vickie Beard Thompson. Thanks:)


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Family Photos

  • Ruth Ring with two of her children-1981 (34 KB)
    My Grandma Ruth with two of her children, Richard (my father), and her youngest daughter, Rita.
  • Grandma Ruth Ring and family-1986 (12 KB)
    Grandma with her son Richard, and two of her daughters, Rita and Roxy. Richard is holding his son, from a second marriage, Lance Matthew Ring (1982). This was taken on a trip my sister and I made with my dad and Lance to Minnesota in August 1986. This is in Roxy's house.
  • Lisbet Rasmusdatter Ring (1800-1875) (11 KB)
    Lisbet Rasmusdatter Ring, mother of Hendrika Aronsdatter Ring. Iver and Hendrika purchased their Ring farm in Norway for Lisbet's husband Peter Pederson. Hendrika's father was Aron Davidsen Vordal. Lisbet and Aron never married.
  • Grandma Ruth Ring and grandaughters-July 1994 (26 KB)
    This was taken the last time my sister, Ruth and I visited our Grandma in Kenyon, MN. We made this trip from Montana in July 1994 to see her. She passed away about a week later. The quilt in this picture was her 80th birthday present, made by my Aunt Rita. It has squares in it with designs her family members put on them, especially for her.
  • John and Marthina Ring-Wedding Day (6 KB)
    Wedding picture of John Iversen and Marthina Nelson Ring. They were married in Red Wing, MN on March 8, 1887. John immigrated to America in 1883. He settled in Northern Minnesota, first working as a hired hand for Gulbrand Nelson (1823-1901). He was married to Gulbrand's daughter Marthina. John and Gulbrand together, bought and ran several farms. John continued to run the original Nelson farm after Gulbrand's death, although he and Marthina had their own farm, called the John Ring Farm. John and Marthina had 9 children. One being my grandfather, John Matthew Ring. Both are buried in the Eidsvold Church Cemetery, also called the Ring Cemetery which is located on a portion of land that Gulbrand donated to the congregation.
    Obituary of Marthina Nelson Ring, Gulbrand Nelson's daughter, and John Ring's wife.Passed away on April 05, 1949.
  • Ruth Ann and Mary Denise Ring-1971 (48 KB)
    This is me and my older sister, Ruth taken about 1971. These are matching dresses Grandma Ruth made for us.
  • John Ring Farm in Leon Twp., MN -- 1912 (114 KB)
    John Ring Farm in Leon Twp., MN. Photo was taken on their 25th wedding anniversary in 1912. John and Marthina raised their 9 children on this beautiful farm in Minnesota. The children include- Hilda Ring (1888-1907), Anna Ring (1890-1981), Joseph Ring (1893-1955), Fletcher Ring (1895-1963), Geneva Ring (1898-1974), George Ring (1900-1964), Frances Ring (1902-1998), John Ring (1906-1955), and Hannah Ring (1908). Hannah is the last surviving child of John and Marthina.
    Obituary of John Iverson Ring. Husband of Marthina Nelson Ring. Passed away on October 16, 1917
  • My father Richard, and his grandkids-1999 (32 KB)
    This is my dad with my sister, and my children in 1999. They don't get much of a chance to see him, so anytime we can get together with him, is special. The children are, Kylend, Kenya, and Kayden. They belong to my sister. My children are Kashala, Shakala and Koalten. Her's are the one's with the red hair. Her youngest daughter was a small baby at the time, and wasen't in the picture.
    Obituary of Marie Wennevold Bergum, wife of Albin Bergum. She passed away in 1931.
    The obituary of my great-grandfather, Albin Louis Bergum. He passed away in August 1965. This was located and sent to me by a wonderful person in Minnesota (J.Seeley).
  • John Matthew & Ruth Ring's children--1955 (48 KB)
    John Matthew and Ruth Ardene Bergum Ring's children taken in 1955. They include Bonnie Joy(1940), Roxanne Marie(1942), Richard Lance(1944)(this is my father), Rita Jane(1951), and Wendell Matthew(1953). John married my grandmother, Ruth, on Oct 1, 1938 in Minnesota. The family lived in Kenyon, MN. Unfortunately they were only together for 17 years, as John died in 1955 leaving his wife and young children.
    Obituary of my grandfather John Matthew Ring. Son of John I. and Marthina Ring. Husband of Ruth Bergum Ring. Passed away on May 21, 1955.
  • Marie Wennevold (1881-1931) (17 KB)
    Marie Wennevold is Ruth Ardene Bergum Ring's mother. Albin Louis Bergum and Marie Wennevold Bergum are Ruth's parents. Marie was born August 26, 1881, and passed away in 1931. She is buried in the Dale Lutheran Church Cemetery along with her husband Albin. Albin was born June 06, 1882, and passed away in August 1965 in Kenyon, MN.
    Obituary of my Grandmother, Ruth Ardene Bergum Ring. Daughter of Albin and Marie Bergum. Wife of John M. Ring. She passed away July 31, 1994.
  • The two son's of John and Ruth Ring (21 KB)
    Richard Lance Ring, my father, and his younger brother Wendell Matthew Ring. This photo was taken when Wendell came to visit our family in Montana in 1977. Wendell is married, has 3 children, and lives in Minnesota.
  • Ring Cemetery Marker (140 KB)
    Ring Cemetery Marker at Eidsvold Norwegian Methodist Church.
  • My 1/2 brother, Lance Matthew Ring (26 KB)
    Lance Matthew Ring on his 8th grade graduation day in 1997.
  • Richard Ring and his 2 daughters-1970 (9 KB)
    My dad, me as a baby, and my sister, swimming at a hotsprings in Montana. This was about 1970.
  • Eidsvold Norwegian Methodist Church (105 KB)
    Gulbrand Nelson's Eidsvold Norwegian Methodist Church, built for only $1250 worth of lumber, on a plot of land belonging to Gulbrand. John Ring gave the money for the labor and paint, and Mary, his sister donated the altar furnishings and carpet. The dedication of the church was held on July 30, 1893. The church had an active life of just over 50 years.
  • Andrew Ring (202 KB)
    Andrew Ring in Duluth Minnesota
  • My Aunt Rita, Grandma Ring, and me (41 KB)
    My Aunt Rita, Grandma Ring, and me. July 1994
  • John Matthew and Ruth Ardene Bergum Ring (41 KB)
    My grandparents..John and Ruth Ring.
    Obituary of Gulbrand Nelson. He passed away on September 17, 1901
  • Ring Farm in Norway. (148 KB)
    This is the Ring Farm in Norway. Not the original house though. The picture was taken Dec 24, 2002.

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