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Karen Andersdatter Granerud (Kjonerud)

Also Known As: "Karin", "Kari", "Carrie", "Carie", "Carre", "Hougs", "Kjonnerud"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Stange, Hedmark, Norway
Death: January 3, 1902 (78)
Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA
Place of Burial: Elk Creek, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anders Amundsen Kjonerud and Marthe Halvorsdatter Kjonerud
Wife of Ole Olsen Granerud
Mother of Anders "Andrew" Olsen Granrud; Eli Olsdatter Granrud; Anne Marie Olsdatter Pederson and Ole Olsen Granrud
Sister of Anders Andersen Kåterud; Anne Andersdatter Faldet; Hans Andersen Kjonerud and Christian Andersen Kjonerud

Managed by: Dale Nelson
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About Karen Andersdatter Granerud


Karen is the aunt of Mathea Olsdatter Faldet;

Ole & Karen with children left Oslo 28 apr.1866 for Quebec (7jun.1866) on the bark “Anna Delius”; They first went to Fillmore Co., Mn., Than in 1870 to Trempealeau Co., Wis.

Pioneer story of Anne Granrud Lila (Sigvart) Pederson -

"What I remember as Grandma Pederson often told me about their immigration to America.

A Pioneer of Trempealeau County in 1868, Ole was a native of Norway, where he married Karen Anderson, in 1866 he came with his wife and family to the United States locating first in Fillmore County, Minnesota, they stopped at Lanesboro with relatives for a short rest. They soon came to Trempealeau County taking a homestead of 120 acres in Hale Township. They were one of the first settlers in the South Branch district , he and his family started life here in true pioneer style, living the first summer in a small dug-out, in the fall Granrud built a larger dug-out with lumber, sod and hay roof which they lived in until 1874, he then had saved enough money to build a better house. They had a family of four children, the oldest son Andrew - married in Norway come to America many years later with his family, they had three sons and one daughter. She was exposed to measles on the boat and died shortly after they arrived here. Anne, as Grandma and Ole become a Banker in Tacoma Washington. Grandma was l0 and Ole the age of 8 and they had a daughter Elli was almost l5 there are the ages they were when they come to this county. Elli got a job with a well to do family in La Crosse when they come thru with their belongings, she never come to live here. She also was of confirmation age. By leaving her in La Crosse with a Norwegian family she would get instructions in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. She contacted typhoid fever at the age of sixteen where she stayed. They sent for her parents as she was not expected to live. There was no way to travel so Karen Granrud her mother started out on foot in the hottest time of the summer, walked all the way to La Crosse, she arrived just in time to see her pass away. These people thought so much of Elli said she was very pretty and bright.

They crossed the ocean in a sail boat which lasted many weeks. They were prepared with food put up in huge chests or trunks such as salted fish, flat bread etc. They landed in Quebec Canada, they were then put in a cattle train which one car was for the immigrants to travel with planks or boards were layed loose to sit on. The children slept on the floor at night or= too tired. This train was very slow and rough When they were loaded off the train they went on water in boat into Minnesota but Grandma could not remember what it was called. She said they hadn't been undressed from the time they arrived in Canada until they arrived in Minnesota, she told me how sick they were on this trip. From Lanesboro, Minnesota they started on their journey. Granrud purchased two oxen and wagon, one cow and two sheep , the animals walked behind the wagon while they changed off and walked with the animals. Grandma told me one night a severe storm come up with lightening hail and wind, but they lived thru the night, they slept under the wagon at night. They journeyed on to look forward to homestead a place to settle. The land had to be broke which was done with the help of oxen. Grandma said, she had to walk with a long stick and poke the oxen to make them move faster, she said she walked bare footed in the brush and that the skin on her feet was tough as hide.

Grandma many times told me her mother walked to Thompson Valley about two miles from Osseo every morning to help in the harvest field to tie (station) or bundles, she also walked home at night, she was wet from feet to waist every day as there was no road; the dew on the deep grass early in the morning Grandma said reached way to her waist, in later years her health failed from this experience. They paid very little for labor at that time. Grandma and Ole would stay alone every day in the wilderness with the animals.

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Karen Andersdatter Granerud's Timeline

March 23, 1823
Stange, Hedmark, Norway
May 15, 1823
Stange, Hedmark, Norway
December 3, 1845
Age 22
Stange, Hedmark, Norway
March 26, 1854
Age 31
January 7, 1857
Age 33
Stange, Hedmark, Norway
May 10, 1860
Age 37
Stange, Hedmark, Norway
January 3, 1902
Age 78
Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA
Age 78
Elk Creek, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA