Jacobsen Family
Klipp fra diverse kilder / Clip from different sources
Den norske grenen/
The Norwegian branch

Tatt fra bok om Tvedestrand/
from a book about Tvedestrand.
Storekeeper Peder Johan Jacobsen.Kjøpmann Peder J. Jacobsen.

Peder Johan Jacobsen var født 1847 og døde 1925. Han begynte omkr. 1870 en kolonialforretning i Tvedestrand, men gikk senere over til manufakturbranchen.
Han har innehatt mange offentlige tillitshverv, var i flere år medlem av bystyret og av Tvedestrands Sparebanks direksjon, prestens medhjelper m. m. Han var særlig interessert på det religiøse område, var i ca. 50 år medlem av Tvedestrands indremisjon og stod i mange år som formann der. Jacobsen var en snil og stillferdig mann og sjelden rettenkende i hele sin optreden.

Storekeeper Peder J. Jacobsen.         (Yongest son of Jacob Jacobsen)

Peder Johan Jacobsen was born in 1847 and died in 1925. In 1870 he started a grocierstore in Tvedestrand, but later on he turned to dry-goods.
In the public he had a lot of positions of trust, for many years a member of the local town council, a trustee in the local bank, the ministers helper etc.
Especially he was engaged of religion, and was a member of the "Tvedestrand Indremisjon" (home mission) for app. 50 years, many of them as a chair man.
Mr. Jacobsen was a good-natured quiet man who had a unike behaviour of straight-thinking.

" History of the Norwegian people in America."

Minneapolis. MN.
Augsburg Publishing House  -  1925.

The Samuel Jacobson Family
(Relative. of Peter Jacobson, with home at Port Washington, Wis., and Kenyon, Minn.)

Peter Jacobson was the progenitor of a large tribe of ]Jacobson who now have a good place in the sun in many counties. From 1846 to 1906 there was in Ozaukee County, Wis., near Port Washington, a large settlement of Jacobsons, whose  worth and work can hardly be overstated. Nels Jacobson, the patriarch of the settlement, was the unofficial arbitrator in every dispute for many miles. Germans, Americans and other nationalities used to say: "Let's ask the Jacobsons." About the year 1906 most of these good people moved to Goodhue county, Minn., in order to get closer to the Norwegian people. Peter Jacobson, the Muskego patriarch, built the Muskego Church in 1843. His sons moved and rebuilt it on the grounds of the United Church Seminary, St. Paul, in 1904, now called the Luther Theological Seminary, Their cousin, Axel Jacobson, has been superintendent of the Indian School of the Norwegian church, and the American Government, at Wittenberg, since 1888. Axel's Daughter Carolyn is a graduate of the American Conservatory, Chicago, and the wife of Prof, L. A. Moe, Decorah.
Nogen prominente lægmenn / Some prominent laymen.
Axel Jacobson.  Jacobson Axel.

     F. 6te jan. 1865, av J. A. Jacobson og Margrethe(f.
Ellefson) , i     Huxley,     Iowa. Frekv. St. Olaf College 2 aar;Axel Jacobsen - Indian missionary graduert fra normal-avdelingen ved Luther College 1885. Skolelærer i Kandiyohi og Yellow Medicine Co., Minn., 2 aar; i Nord Dakota 1 aar; indsat til superin-tendent ved indianermissionen i Wittenberg, Wis., 1888 ; supt. for indianerskolen og agenturet 1895-05; i trælast-forretning 1905-13; superintendent for Bethania indianer-mission 1913-. Sekretær for Bethania menighet. Kirke-raadsmedlem for Øtlige distrikt av Synoden 1913 og 1916. Gift 1890 med Amalie P. Jacobson. 5 barn.
Jacob Anton Jacobson.Jacobson, Jacob Anton.

F. 14de okt. 1831, av Tollef Jacobson og Karen Andrea (f. Axelsdatter), i Laurvig, Norge. Utvandret 15de juli 1855. Bosat i Port Washington, Wis., 1855-61 ; Vermilion, S. D., 1861-69; Willmar, Minn., 1869-87; Minot, N. D., 1887-09; Wittenberg, Wis., 1909-11. Medlem av Vinje menighet, Willmar, Første lutherske menighet i Minot, Bethania menighet i Wittenberg til sin død. Var
sekretær, kasserer og trustee for de forskjellige menigheter.     Medlem av første legislatur av S.D. i 1862 ;hadde forskjellige countyembeder op til 1880 i Willmar . Gift 21de december 1861 med Anne Margrethe Ellefson. Død. Hadde 5 barn.
Niels Jacobsen.Jacobson, Niels.

F. 12te feb. 1821, av Jacob Kaasa og Anne, i Holden,
Norge. Utvandret 1844. Bosat i      Port Washington,
Wis., 1844-05. Døde 1905. Farmer. Menighetstrustee
1855-05; medlem av Den norske synodes kirkeraad 1875-
87; trustee i Den forenede kirke 1890-01. Town chair-
man; præsident for Agricultural Society; præsident for
Mutual Fire Insurance Co. ; Appraiser of Railroad right
Of way osv. Gift      1847 med      Netta Marie      Sørenson.
8 barn.
The following stand in the front rank among the singers:
Andrew J. Bøe, Vigleik E. Bøe, C. N. Engelstad, Erik Bye, Oscar A. Grønseth.   
Mus. D.,
Ralph Hammer, Christian Matthiesen, H.B. Thorgrimsen, Albert Arveschou, Theodor S. Reimestad. Mr. Norskou, Carsten Woll and Paul G. Schmidt.

Among the women singers of note are:
 Adelaide Hjertaas Roe, Mabel ]acobs, Gertrude Bøe-Overby, Dikka Bothne, Hannah Christensen-Dorrum, Carolyn Jacobson-Moe, Alice C. Jacobson-Arneson, Blanche
Wollan-Rovelstad, Jennie SkurdalsvoId, Sofie Hammer-Moeller , Madame Bergljot Aalrud Tillisch, and Olive Fremstad, an operatic star of the first magnitude.

"The Saga of Old Muskego."


Published by:
Old Muskego Memorial
There are differences of opinion as to what part this person and that person took in the building of the church. It is generally agreed that Rev. Clausen was along, in
felling the trees for logs, that Halvor N. Lohner, who was a house builder from Telemark, took a leading part, if not the leading part, in building the church in Muskego. It is known that he built the parsonage. Peder Jacobson is sometimes called the superintendent of construction. He was the one who by use of a lathe turned the pillars inside the church. Ole Spellum is said to have turned the balusters or small pillars of the altar ring. Ole Hogenson was in charge of the shingling of the roof. One day, when his work was about finished, a storm was brewing. His wife, Kari, resolutely put some shingles under her arm and bravely climbed the ladder.
When at the urging of Dietrichson, Clausen demanded that the Danish and Norwegian Church Ritual of 1685, with such changes as had been made in Norway, should be the "fundamental law" for minister and congregation, the demand was referred to a "commission" consisting of Johansen, Heg, Skofstad, and Kleve. They withdrew from the congregation, and in their place the following were elected: Peder Jacobson, Syvert Ingebretson, Ole Haagenson, and Ole Aslessen. Those who withdrew joined the congregation after they learned to know the next minister, Rev. H. A. Stub.
"The next day they were naturally to inspect the new parsonage, about which Heg had told them. It was located about two miles from the church; a small log house in a clearing in the woods. Close by was a slough. N o neighbors nearby. Only Indians, rattlesnakes and mosquitoes. Peder Jacobson was plastering when they came. This was the place where they were going to live! Then, said my mother, whose demands surely were not great, but who knew that during my father's frequent journeys she would remain there entirely alone, 'No, my dear friends, I don't dare to live here. Let me live together with other people and share a room with someone in the congregation.' They all found this reasonable enough.
Near the Indian Hill lived four families, the "Four Leaf Clover," as Rev. Stub called them. They were Peter Jacobson, Syvert Ingebretson, Ole Haagenson, and Ole Anderson and their wives. They and the Stubs were kindred souls. One of the women, Gunhild Ingebretson, especially, wielded a fine Christian influence. The young minister and his wife spent many a precious hour with these families. They found time to meditate on and to talk about the one thing needful.

It is still possible to a considerable extent to write the  history of some of the first settlers at Muskego. It depends on if some of their descendents take upon themselves to gather the material. This is being done with the Jacobson family by Martin Jacobson of Northfield, Minnesota, in cooperation with other members of the family. Peder Jacobson is honored by having his painting hanging in the Old Muskego church. He is usually called "klokker" Jacobson ; that is he led the singing at ch urch services. He served in one position or another in the congregation during a period of thirty-two years. He was born in 1801, married in 1830, came to Muskego in 1844. He was very much interested in the religious instruction of the children. His grandson, Elmer J. Jacobson, was a Sunday school teacher at Muskego for fifty years and superintendent for thirtyeight years. He died in 1935.

"A Chronicler of Immigrant Life"

Svein Nilsson's
Articles in Billedmagazin
1868 - 1870


Translated and introduced by
C. A. Clausen

As one of the most prominent men in the township we must mention Postmaster Peder Jacobsen. He was born In the parish of Holden and was for some time located in Larvik as a wheelwright Good reports from America induced him to emigrate. Concern for his children's future was a particularly potent factor in this connection. He set off with 400 speciedaler , half of which went for tickets. Soon after his arrival he was taken sick, and times were hard for him and his family. But amidst all the hardships he was comforted by the fact that generous countrymen reached him a helping hand. After a year and a half he regained his health, and his economic situation gradually improved. Now Jacobsen is a well-to-do man who is highly respected and has held many positions of trust. He has given much care to the upbringing of his children and all of them have received a good education. The youngest son, who has been trained for business, has attended schools in Milwaukee and Chicago. A daughter is married to Pastor Tobias Larsen and a son, who lives in the township, is married to a daughter of Mathias Himoe, the first emigrant from Overhalla in Namdalen.
An elderly, respected man, Postmaster Jacobsen in the township of Norway, has furnished this additional information about the oldest Norwegian settlement in Wisconsin: "The forests consisted of gigantic oak trees and the land was consequently difficult to clear. The area swarmed with game, such as deer and various types of birds, while the lakes and rivers were full of fish. The smoke from the Indian wigwams floated up over the trees of the ancient forest. Friendly relations existed between the red men and the immigrants; the latter never suffered any injustice at the hands of the natives. But the earliest settlers encountered great hardships. Supplies had to be transported great distances over trackless areas; and worst of all there was the ague, which, almost without exception, sent newcomers to the sickbed for months. Despite these tribulations the colony increased in size, and the axe in the skilled hands of the immigrants made clearings in the forests. Thrift and industry were the main characteristics of the first settlers Usually they bought only forty acres, but as they became more prosperous they found that this was too little many sold out to their neighbors or to newcomers and went farther west to newer settlements in Wisconsin or even Iowa. Consequently, we find throughout the Norwegian settlements many people who, after their arrival in America, spent a short time in Muskego. The settlement served as a temporary stopping place and a point of departure for many of the early immigrants. It was only later, after disease became a scourge, that people went directly from the old country to the newer areas of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. During the years 1849 and 1850 Muskego was ravaged by cholera, which wrought great havoc in the little community. The settlement fell into disrepute; many of the survivors moved to other regions, and thereafter it was seldom that newcomers dared visit ill-starred Muskego."
G.(George) T. Flom:
"Norwegian immigration"
Iowa City, IOWA 1909

(A history of Norwegian immigration to the United States: from the earliest beginning to the year 1848.)
Privately Printed.
The following is a partial list:
John Larson and Peter Jacobson and family from Stathelle, Bamle.
"Cronicle of Old Muskego"

Søren Bakke

The Dairy of
Søren Bakke
1839 - 1847.

Translated and edited by:
C. A. Clausen
Andr. Elviken.

Northfield 1951.
August 16. I got home in the early forenoon. During my absence two brothers, Peder and Johannes Jacobsen. with their families had come to take up their lodging with us for some time. Peder Jacobsen was a master wheelwright at Laurvig for several years after serving his apprenticeship in Drammen.
March 10. About a year ago Even Hansen Heg promised the congregation that he would sell them, at cost, that part of his land on which the church is located. In this connection the church board sent him a letter last December. On January 8 he replied that if they could provide the required sum, within two months of that date he would stand by his promise. The time expired last Saturday, and the board met to discuss the matter but came to no definite conclusion. Two members of the board, Syvert Ingebretsen and Peder Jacobsen, argued so strongly in favor of the purchase that they finally won the other members over.
March 13. Last evening Mr. Unonius and the Reverend Mr. James Levi Breck of the Episcopalian church came to our house to be present at the dedication of the church, which is to take place about ten o'clock this morning.*   With them came another American, Mr. Abel Sanford, with whom I struck up a friendship last winter. About half an hour later Mr. Fribert and a young Swede named Petersen also arrived.This forenoon at the proper time, I went up to the church, whereI found that quite a group had congregated. Many had already taken their seats, but then the pedantic chairman, Peder Jacobsen, appeared with orders from Pastor Dietrichson that, until further notice, all of them should vacate the place.. This order was immediately obeyed. Most of these people carne around to....

* Here Peder Jacobsen is referred to as chairman (formand). Presumably of the church board. From the entry for March 10, however, it would appear that Syvert Ingebretsen was the chairman and secretary of the Board.