Saturday, May 11, 2013

Surname Saturday - Solsten

The Solsten surname traveled from Norway, through the US, coming to rest in Saskatchewan, Canada.

- Ole Solsten (b. 29 Sep 1848, Norway; d. 14 Feb 1911, Bagley, SK).

Ole Solsten, my mother's maternal great-grandfather, came to Canada between 1900 and 1908. This can be estimated by first looking aborder crossing documents for his brother, Benjamin.  Which stated Benjamin and his wife, Carrie, were joining his brother, Ole who was residing in Melfort, Sask.An interesting item of note on this form is the final destination for Benjamin and Carrie is listed as Foston (sic).  Fosston is a small town just south of Rose Valley, where my family resided for a few years back in the 1960's.  

Next we find Ole's family on the 1900 US Census.  According to the Census record, Ole had immigrated from Norway to the US in 1871. According to the same record and two of his children, Emma and John were born in Minnesota, USA.

- Emma Solsten, Ole's second youngest daughter (b. 6 Apr 1890, Dalton, Minn.; d. 25 Oct 1953, Carrot River, SK).

When my great-grandmother, Emma, got married in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 7 Oct 1908 it was hard to find the record on the Manitoba Vital Statistics database because the clerk spelled it Solstice.  Luckily, her husband, Edgar Spearman's name was spelled correctly!  

Ole Solsten passed away on 14 Feb 1911 in Bagley, Saskatchewan, Canada, according to the Saskatchewan Death Index on the Information Services Corporation, Vital Statistics website.  Unfortunately, this occurred before he could be recorded on the Canadian Census of 1911.

The Solsten surname continued:
- Carl Solsten passed away in Port Alberni, BC in 1953 according to the BC Death index on
- John Solsten passed away in Bagley, SK.

Benjamin and Carrie Solsten, Border Crossing Record., online database: Border Crossings from Canada to the US, 1895-1954, digital image 7, North Dakota, Manifests, 1908, December, 7.  Accessed: May 11, 2013.

Solsten family record.  1900 US Federal Census for White Earth Indian Reservation, Becker, Minnesota.  District 0340, sheet 24A (stamped 163 and marked 82), Dwelling 233, Family 257; T635, Roll 798,  Digital image #1, online database.  Accessed: May 10, 2013.

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