Help needed in Sunndal!

Sometimes it can be hard to break through brick walls.

Cheryl Tolofson and I communicated on a genealogy group on Facebook. Unfortunately the information about her family in Sunndal, Møre og Romsdal county, is very scarce. We agreed to put up the information in my blog to see if someone knows this family and are able to help Cheryl out.


Can anyone help me with this history. I am looking for history (in Norway) on any of the people listed here. Johannes Hansen Tøfte (confirmed 1791, Sunndal Parish, Møre og Romsdal, Norway-died 1844) married Nov 9, 1799 to Marit Joensdotter Fladvad (bapt Jan 26, 1772, Sunndal Parish, Møre og Romsdal, Norway-died 1835), the daughter of Joen & Kari. Her parents MAY BE Jon Kristoffersen Fladval and Kari Halvorsdatter. Johannes age when he confirmed was 19 ½, which makes his birth abt 1771. But no bapt. record for him was found in Sunndal Parish, so he may have been born in another parish.

The “Sunndalsboka volume 2” by Ivar Seljedal mentions the family page 280-281 under the cotter’s place Hoåsmelen. Johannes is listed as being born in ca 1768.

In the 1801 Norwegian census at the Fladvad farm, Sunndal Parish, Møre og Romsdal, Norway, Johannes Hanssen, is 32 (from this age it seems he was born abt 1771), 1st marriage, cotter on Flatvad farm, day labourer. His wife is Maret Joensdtr, age 29, 1st marriage, their son Ole Johansen is 2 (born 1799) & Maret’s daughter, Olau Ingebrigtsdtr is 9. In 1820, the family had moved & lived as cotters on the Hoaas farm in Sunndal Parish, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. Johannes Hansen was 52 and his wife Maret Joensdtr was 49.

Ole Johanssen Melen (bapt Sept 29, 1799, Sunndal Parish, Møre og Romsdal, Norway) & Helga Olsdotter (unknown birth & death). No marriage record was found for Ole & Helga.

They were not married at the time of the birth of their son:

Johan Olofsson Hoaas (born Jan 24/bapt Jan 28, 1821, Hoaas farm, Sunndal Parish, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. Confirmed May 15, 1836, Sunndal Parish. Johan moved to Överberg, Sweden, married in 1856 and emigrated to Minnesota, USA from Sweden. Since Johan was born in 1821 and moved to Sweden he misses all the census.

Perhaps someone with experience in searching Swedish Archives could help us out here.

One thought on “Help needed in Sunndal!

  • January 11, 2017 at 4:09 am

    So sorry I can’t help!


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