Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1860 U.S. Census for Sjur Torgersen Household in Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin

Yes, I know it's supposed to be Treasure Chest Thursday, but I can't help it - I want to share some of the records that I (and others) have found in my/their repository and online searches for my ancestral families.

This week the treasure is the 1860 United States Federal Census record for the Sever Torgason household in Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin:

The Torgason household record is:

The information extracted from this record is:

*  Sever Torgason - age 56, male, a day laborer, $50 in personal property, born in Norway
*  Bridget Torgason - age 42, female, born in Norway
*  Torger Torgason - age 10, male, born in Norway, attended school
*  Ole Torgason - age 8, male, born in Norway, attended school
*  Isabel Torgason - age 3, female, born in Norway
*  Ann Torgason - age 1, female, born in Wisconsin

The source citation for this record is:

1860 United States Federal Census, Dane County, Wisconsin, Population Schedule, Deerfield Township, Page 309 (penned), Dwelling #121, Family #120, Sever Torgason household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 1403.

This is the family of Sjur Torgersen (1804-1889) and his wife Brita (Olsdtr) Torgersen (1818-1895).  The family came to America in about 1857, and settled in Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin.  The census enumerator used Anglisized names for them - Sever for Sjur, Bridget for Brita.  The children were enumerated with the Torgason surname.  Sever Torgason was actually enumerated as Seva Forgason on Ancestry.com because of the penmanship of the enumerator.

 Sjur and Brita took the Leland surname in the 1870s, and are Linda's 2nd great-grandparents.  She is descended through the eldest son, Torger Sjursen Leland (1850-1933), who married Anna (Ellingsdtr) Natvig (1853-1911).


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