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Erick Nilson BARSNESS

Erick Nilson BARSNESS

Male 1841 - 1925  (83 years)

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  • Name Erick Nilson BARSNESS 
    Born 27 Nov 1841  Sogndal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1861  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc From 1861 
    See http://www.15thwisconsin.net/15benb01.htm for a summary of his life and career 
    • Erick N Barsness was the son of Nels N Barsness.
      Erick married Martha Jacobson about 1870. Martha died in 1879 and he then married Bertha Swenson in 1881.

      Obit was located in the "Glenwood Herald" on Thursday, April 30, 1925 on page #1 and #4 and reads as follows:
      "Aged Veteran of Civil War Mustered Out".
      "Erick N. Barsness, Old Pioneer and Civil War Veteran answers last roll call April 25th.
      The fading ranks of the Boys in Blue lost another comrade in the death of Erick N. Barsness which occured at his old homestead in Barsness township on Saturday morning, April 25th. He has gone to join the boys who are sleeping in the eternal camping grounds of the nation's honored dead. The long and useful life is ended.

      Erick N. Barsness was born in Sogn, Norway, on November 27th. 1841 and would have been 84 years of age had he lived until this fall. On the day the Civil War broke out he sailed for America in a sailing vessel of that day. The journey across the ocean took thirteen weeks. He came directly to Dane county, Wisconsin. At the time Col Hegg of the 15th Wisconsin was gathering volunteers for the regiment that became so famous in the Civil War. Erick Barsness volunteered at once to fight for his adopted country and started for the South as a private in Company B. 15th Wisconsin Regiment. He was later promoted to a corporal. The history of 15th Wisconsin and the twenty-five battles they won out of twenty-seven needs no words of praise as their fame will live as long as memory lives. At the battle of Stone River, Erick Barsness was shot by a musket ball which went thru his right breast. In this battle the Union soldiers had to retreat and Barsness was left between two fires in which he suffered additional wounds. He was left on the battle field as dead and was found three days later when the Confederate men came to bury the dead. He was taken prisoner and was later paroled. He soon found his way back to his company and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. At the end of his three year enlistment he was mustered out at Chattanooga, Tennesee in 1864 but re-enlisted again at once for futher service. In the company in which he enlisted only twelve of the original men that went in came back alive and ten of the twelve had been wounded. At the conclusion of the war he came to Washington and took park in the grand review before Abraham Lincoln and his staff and cabinet. He was mustered out of service on February 11, 1866.

      In company with his brother Nels Barsness, also a veteran of the Civil War and a younger brother Ole Barsness the three started out for westeren Minnesota to look for land. The nearest railroad station to Pope county at that time was St. Cloud and the three brothers started out afoot across the prairie from St. Cloud westward. In going westwards they came to Pope county which at that time had less than a dozen settlers. When they came to the east shore of what is now Lake Ben in Barsness township, they halted on a little knoll and camped for the night. They were so impressed with beauty of the country that surrounded them that they decided to make it their home. They also decided where they had slept the first night should be their last resting place. Today the three brothers are sleeping there, close by the homestead where they shared the joys and hardships of the pioneer days. The land across the lake looked so good to Erick Barsness that he decided to make it his home. With the help of his brothers and neighbors he built a log house which stood on the homestead until in 1920. In the organization and the development of the county the deceased took an active part with the many early pioneers. The early pioneer days until the railroad came to Benson and later to Glenwood meant long journeys for provisions. The pioneer days were not all hardships as the early record of the county show, as a settler who lived ten or twenty miles away was considered as neighbors. Their celebrations and gatherings were bright pictures in the memory of the early settlers.

      Shortly after the log house was built Erick Barsness and Martha Jacobson were united in marriage. Their union was blessed with six children: Anna, Josie, Nels, James, Albert and Martha. On July 22, 1879, death entered the home and the mother's chair became vacant. On Nov. 27, 1881 Erick N. Barsness and Bertha Swenson were married. Their union was blessed with the following children: Ida, Hilda, Ida, Omer, Minnie, Edward, Blanche, Sydney, William, Anna, James and Lila.

      In the fifty-nine years of time the old homestead became the well improved Lake View Farm of today. In his declining years one of the great joys of the deceased was to spend hours on Lake Ben fishing and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoor. In the sunset of his life the deceased found quite and restful days in contrast to the active days of his earlier life. Suring the last six months the powerful physical constitution of the deceased gradually weakened until the end came peacefully on the bright sunny morning of April 25th.

      In character, the late Erick N. Barsness, was of the Viking type. He knew no fear or compromise. What he believed was right he was willing to give his all for. He was kind and generous and was always ready to give a helping hand to a fellow man in time of need. He worked hard in building up the roads, schools and churches of his community. His life was one of service to his home, country and God.

      Besides his wife he leaves the following children to cherish and revere his memory: Nels Barsness of Buffalo Center, Iowa; Mrs. B.M. Johnson, Starbuck; Mrs. Henry Halverson and Mrs. T. Strand of Glenwood township; Edward E. Barsness, Glenwood; E. Sydney and Ida Barsness at Fair Acres Farm, Mrs. Clarence Hagen, Barsness township and Omer, Minnie, James and Lila at home.

      Impressive funeral services were held from the home at 2 o'clock on Tuesday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. Klevan of Starbuck, and Rev. Andrew Olson of Morris. The Starbuck Male Quartette rendered a beautiful and appropriate selection. Mrs. T. Klevan also sang a touching solo. A tribute from the mother and the children was read. The casket was covered with flowers a silent tribute of the love of those who knew him. The active pall bearers were veterans of the Wold War. The honarable pallbearers were: John Urness, Albert Barsness, Mr. Farnum, Andrew Quam, Ole and Martin Barsness. The Legion Post of Glenwood, aided by service men from Starbuck and the community conducted full military honors to the dead. The body was tenderly laid to rest in the Lake Ben cemetery directly across the lake from the old homestead. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. T. Klevan and Commander Kalton of the Glenwood Legion Post. Before the casket was lowered into the grave the American flag which draped the casket was presented to Mrs. E. N. Barsness in memory of her honored dead. The firing squad then executed the three volleys in honor of the soldier dead after which the last taps were blown."
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      1870 United States Federal Census
      about Erick N Barsness
      Name: Erick N Barsness
      Birth Year: abt 1842
      Age in 1870: 28
      Birthplace: Norway
      Home in 1870: Barsness, Pope, Minnesota
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Value of real estate: View image
      Post Office: Anderson
      Household Members: Name Age
      Erick N Barsness 28
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      1880 United States Federal Census
      about Erik Barsness
      Name: Erik Barsness
      Home in 1880: Barsness, Pope, Minnesota
      Age: 38
      Estimated birth year: abt 1842
      Birthplace: Noway
      Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
      Spouse's name: Martha Barsness
      Father's birthplace: Norway
      Mother's birthplace: Norway
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Occupation: Farmer
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members: Name Age
      Erik Barsness 38
      Martha Barsness 38
      Anna Barsness 10
      Neils Barsness 5
      James Barsness 3
      Albet Barsness 2
      Edling Orvold 40
      Ole Orvold 29
      Johann Orvold 14
      Charl Orvold 12
      John Testenson 21
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      1910 United States Federal Census
      about E N Barsness
      Name: E N Barsness
      Age in 1910: 68
      Estimated birth year: abt 1842
      Birthplace: Norway
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birth Place: Norway
      Mother's Birth Place: Norway
      Spouse's name: Bertha Barsness
      Home in 1910: Barsness, Pope, Minnesota
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Year of Immigration: 1861
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members: Name Age
      E N Barsness 68
      Bertha Barsness 51
      Albert Barsness 31
      Hilda Barsness 27
      Ida Barsness 25
      Omar Barsness 21
      Minna Barsness 20
      Edward Barsness 19
      Blanche Barsness 18
      Sidney Barsness 15
      Anna Barsness 14
      James Barsness 12
      Lula Barsness 5
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      1920 United States Federal Census
      about Erick N Barsness
      Name: Erick N Barsness
      Home in 1920: Barsness, Pope, Minnesota
      Age: 78
      Estimated birth year: abt 1842
      Birthplace: Norway
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      [Head]
      Spouse's name: Bertha Barsness
      Father's Birth Place: Norway
      Mother's Birth Place: Norway
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Sex: Male
      Home owned: Own
      Year of Immigration: 1870
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members: Name Age
      Erick N Barsness 78
      Bertha Barsness 60
      Ida M Barsness 34
      Omer M Barsness 31
      Minnie Barsness 29
      Edward Barsness 28
      Anna A Barsness 20
      James Barsness 17
      Leila Barsness 15
       
       
      Family links: 
       Parents:
        Niels Nielson Barsness (1798 - 1885)
       
       Spouses:
        Martha Jacobson Barsness (1842 - 1880)
        Bertha Swenson Barsness (1859 - 1945)
       
       Children:
        Anna C Barsness (1870 - 1887)*
        James E Barsness (1876 - 1882)*
        Albert Barsness (1877 - 1911)*
        Ida Marie Barsness (1885 - 1960)*
        Omer Martinius Barsness (1888 - 1972)*
        Minnie Annette Barsness (1890 - 1979)*
        Edward E Barsness (1891 - 1982)*
        James E Barsness (1902 - 1979)*
        Lila Barsness Torguson (1904 - 1940)*
       
      *Point here for explanation

       
      Burial:
      Lake Ben Cemetery
      Pope County
      Minnesota, USA
       
      Created by: david long
      Record added: May 17, 2007
      Find A Grave Memorial# 19420694
    Died 25 Apr 1925  Glenwood, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lake Ben Cemetery, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Barsness
    Barsness
    Person ID I5541  2. East End Ennevers
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2011 

    Father Nels Nelson Ronneie BARSNESS,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Agathe BOTTOLFASDATTER,   Born:  1802, Sogndalsfjaeren, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  1854  (Age 52 years) 
    Family ID F1778  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 1 Martha JACOBSON,   Born:  1841, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Abt 1880  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 8 May 1869  Dane County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1779  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 2 Bertha SVENSDATTER,   Born:  1 Dec 1859, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  1945  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1881  Barsness, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Edward Andreas BARSNESS,   Born:  25 Jul 1891, Barsness, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  11 Jan 1982, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Family ID F1551  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Nov 1841 - Sogndal, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1861 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 May 1869 - Dane County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Nov 1881 - Barsness, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1925 - Glenwood, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lake Ben Cemetery, Pope County, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Erick N Barsness (1841-1925)
    Erick N Barsness (1841-1925)
    Now in the Pope County Historical Society in Glenwood, MN, U. S. A.


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