Anne Gjertine Salvesdatter b. 1852 in Flekkefjord, and her sister Johanne Martine Salvesdatter b. 1840 in Hidra. Their parents were Salve Pedersen b 1804 in Holt, and Johanne Marie b 1810 in Nes. Anne married Aanon Tallagson b 1850 in Tromoy. They had 5 children, two girls born in Norway; Kirsten Teresie b 1876 in Holt. She changed her name to Theresa upon arriving in America. Johanne Marie b 1880 in Tvedestrand and baptised in Barbu. She changed her name to Mary. You can imagine how difficult it was to find their records in the digitalarkivet. The next three children were born in Poulsbo, WA. Sophia, Elizabeth and Thorwald. Thorwald was the first white child born in North Kitsap County, and is noted in the history book. Aanon and Anne homesteaded 160 acres and worked the land very, very hard logging. Aanon was also a fisherman and is said to have died at sea. I may have one or two photos of him. After his death Anna filed for the homestead deed. She remarried, as the history book notes, because a woman alone with 5 children, in the wilderness, needed help. She married August Martinussen Storhoff b 1857 in Romedal on the Storhov farm. More on him later. They had one son together, Edward Martin Storhoff b 1892 in Poulsbo. Eddie married Edna Sather, Haagen Sathers daughter (see Sæterhaugen). Aanon came to America on a Norwegian lumber ship into Port Madison, WA., a big lumber port back in the 1880's. He loved the land so much that he decided to jump ship. He sent for his wife and two daughters in Norway. The three came to America in December, travelled by train to Tacoma, WA. There, Aanon picked them up in a skein skiff and brought them to Poulsbo on Christmas day. This story has been passed down for 4 generations and is amazing because of the cold winters here. Travel time from Tacoma to Poulsbo is 1 hour by car today. Travel by boat in the 1880's must have been hours and hours, in the cold, rough waters of the Puget Sound. From the docks of Poulsbo, the family had to go uphill for about a mile, or so, to a rustic cabin. Home Sweet Home!
Joanne Martine Salvesdatter married Anders Olsen Hagen b 1841 in Vegarshei. They had 6 children, all but one born in Norway. Ole Severine (Sam) b 1872. Karen Amalie b 1870, Johanne Marie (Mary) b 1875, Anna Josephine and then, Albert, who was born in New Jersey after they arrived in America. Anders went by Andrew Hagen in America. By the way, these two famlies are listed among the original homesteaders in Poulsbo, aka Dog Fish Bay. Anders and Johanne went on to Ohio for 4 years before moving to Poulsbo upon her sister Anna's, encouragement. They went by train through Canada with a basket full of waffles from friends, for them to eat on that days long journey. Once in Poulsbo, Johanna and Anders lived with Aanon and Anna. Imagine them living in that small cabin. My cousin said that part of the original home is there, They added on later. The original barn is still standing, Please see picture gallery. Anders and Johanne later homesteaded 80 acres next to Aanon and Anna. Several decendants still live on and own part of the original homestead. Sadly, for my eyes, developers are moving in.
The local newspaper wrote an article about Mary Hagen and her first hand account of moving here. Her brother Sam worked as a skidsteer at a very young age of 15. See gallery for article. It is a historical and fascinating account. He later became a house builder and several of the houses he built are still standing on Noll Road. See gallery. Sam never married. Mary married John Fatland. They had several children, and even adopted one from the childrens home.
Looking at the old maps from 1900 and earlier, the two sisters homesteaded side by side then, sectioned off portions of their land to their children. You can see this on the maps. I was told that these families had wonderful picnics together, and I can show you photographs showing just how close they were. It certainley makes you want to be there among them, hugging them and begging for stories. They were a beautiful bunch and I am blessed to have found their history. I strongly encourage you to delve into the world of geneaology, and not just on the internet, but by letting everyone you are related to know you desire any information they have. This is how we find pictures, and get names to faces.