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Friday, March 25, 2011

Even

I don't have a lot of information on Even but I will post what I have.
Before I started doing any research I had seen his headstone in the Preston, Idaho City Cemetery.  There was just the date range of his life--1858-1936. It is a single headstone and I had no idea where he died.
While I was looking in Norway for information on the family, I found his birth and christening record. He was born 14 Feb 1858 in Heljoen, Nes, Hedmark, Norway and was christened 21 March 1858 in Nes, Hedmark, Norway.
From The National Archives of Norway website
I found the digitized images on The National Archives of Norway website.
The source is listed as: Hedmark county, Nes, Parish register copy nr. 5 (1852-1889), Birth and baptism records men 1858, page 58-59.
The permanent page link will show the entire image.

During the 1700s smallpox vaccines were encouraged in Norway. The parish priest kept records of those who received these shots. Even's name was found on the 10 Sept 1858 records.
From The National Archives of Norway website
I found the digitized images on The National Archives of Norway website.
The source is listed as: Hedmark county, Nes, Parish register (official) nr. 4 (1852-1886), Vaccination records 1858, page 362.
The permanent page link will show the entire image.

Many of Even family member's joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have not been able to find his name on any the LDS Church records except on the passenger lists for members emigrating to the United States. I found the information on a microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL). It was film #0040994--Passageer-liste for udvandrerskibene fra KĂžbenhavn til Hull, 1872-1894.  The catalog gives this description of the film:
               "Passenger lists of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormoner) from the Scandinavian Mission who emigrated between the years 1872  to 1894. These lists may include the contract number, persons full name, age, last occupation, last place of residence, marital status, destination, and other miscellaneous information. The lists include the sailing date and the name of the ship. Most of these ships sailed from Copenhagen, Denmark to Hull, England where the passengers made their way to other ports and ships to continue their journey."
I found him listed on page 359. His name was Even C. Pettersborg, age 22 years, leaving on the ship Wyoming and the date was 29 Aug 1881. I was not able to see the original record, but I bet the C. for a middle initial really was an O.
I was able to find the immigration passenger list coming into New York City on ancestry.com.  Here is the information I got from that database:
Name:  Owen Olsen Peterberg (it is indexed as Owen but it is Even when you know the name)
Arrival Date: 13 Sep 1881
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Age: 22
Gender:     Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination: United States of America
Place of Origin: Norway
Ethnicity/Race-
/Nationality: Norwegian
Ship Name: Wyoming
Search Ship Database: Search the Wyoming in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Port of Arrival: New York
Line: 27
Microfilm Serial:     M237
Microfilm Roll:     M237_441
List Number:     1283
Port Arrival State: New York
Port Arrival Country: United States

I was sad when I saw that he arrived in the United States after his mother had died. I wonder if he knew she had died 2 years before. His father died in 1885.

I am not even sure if he ever went to Idaho, since he arrived after the 1880 census and the 1890 census was burned. I only find him in the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses. Each time he is living in the state of Washington.

1900 census shows he is living in Marengo Precinct, Columbia, Washington. The information listed for him in the extracted portion of database:
Name: Eben Petersberg   
Residence: Marengo Precinct, Columbia, Washington
Birth Date: Feb 1860
Birthplace: Norway   
Father Birthplace: Norway         
Mother Birthplace: Norway
Race or Color:  White
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single   
Immigration Year:     1882
He is listed on page 6A, dwelling #105, family #105 and Even is on line #35. There are 6 men in the dwelling and five are listed as boarders and all are single. They range in age from 20-42 years. They are from New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway and Kansas. The "Head" is the one from New Zealand and he is a sheepman, the other 3 immigrants are listed as sheep herders and Even and the man from Kansas are farm laborers.

1910 census shows he is living in Spokane, Spokane, Washington. The information listed for him in the extracted portion of database:
Name:  Evan O Peterberg
Age in 1910: 52
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Norway
Relation to Head of House:     Lodger
Father's Birth Place: Norway
Mother's Birth Place: Norway
Home in 1910: Spokane Ward 2, Spokane, Washington
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1882
Occupation: Carman on street car
Naturalized
He is listed on page 7B, line #77. The page is very messy and it is hard to read and hard to know what the numbers are.  He does live at 210 Sprague Ave. There are lots of lodgers listed all over the page but he is the only one listed for that address.  I looked it up on MapQuest to see what the name of the street really was because it was hard to read. It asked if it was East or West.  By looking at the other streets listed around his residence I have decided it was W. Sprague Ave.

1920 census shows he is living Espanola, Spokane, Washington. The information listed for him in the extracted portion of database:
Name:  Evan O Petterburg
Home in 1920: Espanola, Spokane, Washington
Age: 61 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Norway
Relation to Head of House: Inmate
Father's Birth Place: Norway
Mother's Birth Place: Norway
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Year of Immigration: 1882
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
He is listed on page 5B, line #53 and as an inmate of the Eastern State Hospital. His occupation is listed as a teamster on the farm. I wonder what condition caused him to be admitted to the hospital?

1930 census shows him living in the same Eastern State Hospital. The information listed for him in the extracted portion of database:
Name:  Evan Petersburg
Home in 1930: Espanola, Spokane, Washington
Age: 71
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Norway
Relation to Head of House:     Inmate
Race: White
He is listed on page 6B, line #94. His occupation is listed as a laborer in the kitchen.

I found sexton records for Preston, Idaho City Cemetery on microfilm at the FHL.  The film is #7551 and the date range is 1892-1953. The information from those records:
Evan Petterborg, age 77 years, died 11 Jun 1936, buried 14 Jun 1936, died of old age. Emil Petterborg, Sr. owns plot.  Death place was not listed.

I also found his death information from Washington State Death Certificates 1907-1960 at the familysearch.org website. There were no images attached.  His death date is listed as 9 Jun 1936.  The extracted information:
Name: Evan Petersburg
Death date: 09 Jun 1936
Death place: Medical Lake, Spokane, Washington
Gender: Male
Age at death: 78 years
Estimated birth year: 1858
Father name: Ole Petersburg
Mother name: Mary Erickson
Film number: 2023357
Digital GS number: 4222375
Image number: 849
Collection: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960

I was really excited when I found his information in the death records so that I knew where he had died. I was glad to learn that he had been buried in Preston where he had family. Only one sibling was still alive, my great grandfather, Emil.  Emil is the brother just older than Even. Here is a picture of his headstone.
Image taken from the Find A Grave website
I look forward to the day when I can meet Even and the rest of those family members who have gone before me.

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