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Niels Nielsen KROGEN
(Bef 1801-)
Anna Carlsdtr KINTZERDAL
Wiking Svendsen STEIG
Brita Pedersdatter ÆEN
Brithe Wikingsdatter STEIG
Nels Nilsson HILLESTAD


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1. Synneva Iversdatter HOLLEKVE

2. Leona

Nels Nilsson HILLESTAD

  • Born: 26 Apr 1847, Hafslo, Sogn Og Fjordane, Norway 1
  • Baptized: 9 May 1847, Hafslo, Sogn Og Fjordane, Norway
  • Marriage (1): Synneva Iversdatter HOLLEKVE on 19 Nov 1868 in Freeborn County, MN
  • Marriage (2): Leona
  • Died: 11 Oct 1913, Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN at age 66 2

   Cause of his death was heart failure.

   Other names for Nels were Nels HILL, Nels Nilsson HILL and Nels Nilsson HILLESTAD.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Biography. Nels was born on the farm Hillestad in Hafslo. When he was about 2 years old they moved to the farm Halseteig, part of the Hafslo prestegard. The rest of the family used the name Halseteig but for some reason Nels used the name Hillestad. In America the name Hillestad was abbreviated to Hill. Nils also had two sisters in the US. Anna Nelson m. in Hafslo to Ole W. Nelson. They lived on a farm in Freeborn County, MN. Brita Nelson m. Ole Hanson and lived in Albert Lea, MN. Nils came to America in 1865.

• Occupation: Stone mason & well digger.

• Immigration: from Norway (possible match), 1865, America. Passenger list 1865 - bark Sleipner
Captain: Hans I Waage
Departure: Bergen Apr. 29
Arrival: Quebec June 25
Source: NAC C-4520 list 25

8 Erik Olsen Hyllekve 35 m farmer
9 Martha Larsdatter Hyllekve* 35 f wife
10 Ole Eriksen* Hyllekve* 9 m son
11 Synneve Eriksdatter* Hyllekve* 18 f daughter
12 Lars Eriksen* Hyllekve* 7 m son
13 Dorthea Eriksdatter* Hyllekve* 5 f daughter

29 Nils Nilsen Præstegaard 20 m farmer


• Census: Albert Lea, 1870, Freeborn County, MN. line 11

135 Hill Nelse ? 23 Norway
--- Synneva 22 Norway
--- William 1 MN
Lerson Knut 27 MN

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• Census: Albert Lea, 1880, Freeborn County, MN.
Name RelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupationFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Nels HILL Self M Male W 33 NORWAY Well Digger NORW NORW
Susan HILL Wife M Female W 33 NORWAY Keeps House NORW NORW
William HILL Son S Male W 9 MN At Home NORW NORW
Louis HILL Son S Male W 7 MN At Home NORW NORW
Tolu HILL Son S Male W 6 MN At Home NORW NORW
Alfred HILL Son S Male W 4 MN At Home NORW NORW
George HILL Son S Male W 1 MN At Home NORW NORW
Mertie HILL Dau S Female W 5M MN At Home NORW NORW

Source Information:
Census Place Albert Lea, Freeborn, Minnesota
Family History Library Film 1254620
NA Film Number T9-0620
Page Number 99A

• Census: Albert Lea Ward 3, 1885, Freeborn County, MN. page 12, line 7

84 Hill Nels 37
" Susan 36
" William 14
" Louis 12
" Theodore 11
" Alfred 9
" George 6
" Myrtal 5
" Cora 3
Larson Knud 46

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• Census: Bancroft > District 46, 1900, Freeborn County, MN. John O Hellie 35
Anne Hellie 30
Mabel Hellie 9
Alfrid Hellie 8
Julia Hellie 5
Evelyn Hellie 2
Vernum Hellie 1
Edvine Silstad 26
Nils Hill 55 servant, married, May 1845, i1858, Norway Norway Norway, stone masonry

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• Cemetery: Lakewood Cemetery, 1913, Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN. unmarked

• Obituary: Albert Lea TIMES ENTERPRISE, 1913, Freeborn County, MN. FOUND DEAD

Nils Hill Dies at the Charlie Winjum
Farm in Riceland Saturday Night.

Coroner von Berg was called to the Charlie Winjum home in Riceland township Saturday evening about six o'clock to investigate the sudden death of Nils Hill.

Mr. Hill who has no permanent home called at the Winjum home to get some laundry and asked permission to use a room for the purpose of dressing himself. He was found a short time afterwards lying in the middle of the floor dead.

Coroner von Berg gave heart failure as cause of death.

The funeral was held Monday from the Knatvold furniture store by Rev. Nervig and interment was made in the Norwegian cemetery north of the city.

Nels married Synneva Iversdatter HOLLEKVE, daughter of Iver Tollefsen FIMREITE and Martha Larsdatter FIMEREIDE, on 19 Nov 1868 in Freeborn County, MN. (Synneva Iversdatter HOLLEKVE was born on 1 Nov 1847 in Sogndal, Sogn Og Fjordane, Norway 3, baptized on 7 Nov 1847 in Sogndal, Sogn Og Fjordane, Norway 3 and died on 12 Jan 1926 in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN 4.) The cause of her death was Hypostatic Pneumonia.

Nels next married Leona. (Leona died in 1907 in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN.)


1 Døypte i Hafslo 1717-1894 (Digitalarkivet), 8287.

2 Minnesota Death Certificates Index, certid# 1913-MN-004274.

3 Sogndal 1847-1859 (Arkivverket), 114, p13, 1847.

4 Minnesota Death Certificates Index, certid# 1926-MN-004444.

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