Christopher and Hanna lived and raised their 13 children on the Grimsrud farm at Sande. Five of their children
made the move to immigrate to America. Their second child Martin, born the 24th of July 1862 immigrated to
America and resided first in Minnesota and later in Superior, Wisconsin where he married Randi Hoff and had four
children. Martin was helpful with the immigration of several of the family members to America including my
grandfather C.C. Christian Grimsrud, the tenth of the thirteen children.
Christopher died in August of 1907 and was buried at the family church in Sande.
(The following are the 13 children of Christopher and Hanna plus any other information that I may have.)
THE 13 CHILDREN OF CHRISTOPHER AND HANNA
1. AMALIE BURDIRTE GRIMSRUD; born 10 July, 1860 on the Grimsrud farm at Sande. Died 21 May, 1950 buried
Strømso Church, Drammen
This is the only photo that I have of Amalie Grimsrud (who is Randi’s grandmother) and it is of an oil painting that
hangs in the home of Randi Gaataug at Sande, Norway. In the photo is Randi and seated with her is her son Jorn
Gaataug who is a musical composer and very talented.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF AMALIE BURDIRTE GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE
2. The second of the 13 children of Christopher and Hanna;
MARTIN GRIMSRUD was born 2 December 1862 on the Grimsrud farm at Skoger, Norway and baptized at
the family church in Sande, Norway.
Martin was the first son of his parents, Christopher and Hanna and in line to be the one to inherit their farm. For
some undisclosed reason he chose instead to immigrate to America, where he first settled in Minnesota first in Dane
County and next Pope County. He then later moved on to Superior, Wisconsin where in 1881 he married Randi
Hove later changed to Hoff, born 24 July 1862. Randi had two children from a previous marriage, Alfred and Louis
who Martin adopted and they took the name of Grimsrud.
Martin and Randi had four children of their own; Hannah Josephine born 1889, Roy Clarence born 1893, Marvin
Oscar born 1896 and Fred Henry born 1900.
MARTIN GRIMSRUD IN AMERICAN. ON THE RIGHT WITH HIS FAMILY AND WIFE RANDI AFTER 1881.
BACK ROW ALFRED AND LOUIE, STEPSONS AND IN FRONT, THEIR CHILDREN MARVIN, HANNAH AND ROY
PHOTO TAKEN IN SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN
FOR MORE INFORMATION OF THE FAMILY OF MARTIN GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE
3. PETTERINE CHRISTIANE GRIMSRUD born 20 September 1864 at Konnerud Norway. She was the third
child of Christopher and Hanna
Married Gustive Amundsen and died 11 April 1922 The third of 13 children of Christopher and Hanna.
Pettrine had one child before her marrage to Gustav, (five children in all).
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF PETTERINE CHRISTIANE GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE
4. MAREN GRIMSRUD born 6 November 1866 The fourth of 13 children of Christopher and Hanna;
Married Karl Vicker in the church at Sande. Karl and Maren live din Oslo where Karl was a book keeper and Maren
ran a boarding house for students. They had no children. Karl died three weeks after Maren in 1948 and is buried
beside her in Vertre Gravelund, Oslo.
5. KAREN ANETTE GRIMSRUD, born 19 December 1868 The fifth of 13 children of Christopher and Hanna;
KAREN ANETTE GRIMSRUD SPELLED IN OLD FAMILY BIBLE “CHARN” born 19 December 1868, married Erling
Kristophersen Field. Karen was noted in Drammen for her fish pudding which she made and sold. Her husband
worked in the rail road office. They had two sons.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF KAREN ANETTE GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE
6. ANDERS C. GRIMSRUD (CALLED A.C.) Born 19 January 1871 on the Grimsrud farm. The sixth child of 13
children of Christopher and HannaDied 14 September 1924 and was buried at the Sande Church. Anders and his
wife Gunda Lie born 28 August 1874 and died 28 October 1975 lived on the east side of the Grimsrud farm.
Photo of A.C. and on the right his wife Gunda Lie at age 100
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF ANDERS C. (A.C.) GRIMSRUD CLICK HERE
7. JULIE GRIMSRUD born 10 January 1873, the 7th child of Christopher and Hanna and died 9 February
1952 in Oslo.
Married Thorvald Thoresen born 2 March 1864 in Drammen. He was a seaman mate and they had five children,
Thoralis 1896, Helena 1898, Rosa 1899, Kristoffer 1901 and Ingeborg 1911.
8. OTTO C. GRIMSRUD born 19 October 1874, the 8th child of Christopher and Hanna and died 20 March 1946,
married 29 April 1901 to Karoline Dorthia Christensen.
They had seven children; Hanna Marie 1902, Einer 1906, Dagny Othilie 1909, Ingeborg Kristine 1912, Kristian
1913, Gudrun Elise 1916 and Rolf Dagfin.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF OTTO C. GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE
9. HANS C. GRIMSRUD born 14 May 1877, the 9th child of Christopher and
Hanna, married Olava Hoff 1901, died 8 January 1952
(NOTE: MANY OF THE STORIES AND FACTS ABOUT THE LIFE OF HANS C.
GRIMSRUD CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE LIFE OF CHRISTIAN C. GRIMSRUD
NEXT, THE 10TH CHILD.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF HANS C. GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE
10. CHRISTIAN C. GRIMSRUD, born March 19, 1879 at Skoger, Norway was
the tenth child of Christopher and Hanna . He died 12 March, 1957 and buried
at Riverside Cemetery at Superior, Wisconsin. Christian C. married
Gunhild Johnson from Duluth, Minnesota and then opened a meat market
on North 5th St. in Superior, Wisconsin. They had 7 children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF CHRISTIAN C. GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE.
11. HANNA MARIE GRIMSRUD born 9 November, 1880 died 4 May 1955, the eleventh child of Christopher and
Hanna Marie married Hans Hanevold
7 December 1899 and they had six children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF HANNA MARIE GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE.
12. PETTER C. GRIMSRUD born 25 February, 1882, was the twelfth child of Christopher and Hanna.
He married Ellen Berglojt Nielsen born 4 September 1896.
Petter was in the wholesale meat business. He had 3 children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF PETTER C. GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE.
13. GUSTAVA GRIMSRUD born 25 September, 1885 was the thirteenth and last child of Christopher and Hanna.
She died 20 February 1958 at Superior, Wisconsin
Gustava married Edward E. Widness 23 June 1908 at Superior, Wisconsin.
Gustava Grimsrud Widness and her husband, Ed Widness. Photo taken in about 1950 in their home in
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FAMILY OF GUSTAVA GRIMSRUD, CLICK HERE.
POSTSCRIPT TO THE FAMILY HISTORY
There you have the start of a Grimsrud family tree that I have expanded to cover my ancestors and their
I have inserted an expanded portion that covers my grandfather Christ C.C. Grimsrud born 1879 and his immediate
I have also written my autobiography which can be accessed at our website on the Grimsrud Family History page.
E-mail any correspondence to us at email@example.com
Here I would invite any contributions of stories, anecdotes, photos, documents and anything else pertinent to this
The list of current contributors includes the following people mentioned and pictured below:
Dee Grimsrud; CONTACT
George Grimsrud, Janesville, Wisconsin; CONTACT
George Grimsrud, wife Karen, Jane Grimsrud and myself John M. (Bing) Grimsrud at the home of
George and Karen at Evanston, Illinois They are now retired and live in Janesville, Wisconsin
Trygve Trondsen, Drammen, Norway; CONTACT
Kari Hoven, Tuft (Skoger), Norway; CONTACT
Kari Hoven when we visited her at her home in 1983.
I have a special place in my heart for Kari who has been a faithful correspondent and has done a remarkable job of
inspiring me when she gave me the SKOGERBOKEN, 662 pages and SANDEBOKA, 867 pages. (The books are
each compendiums of the local history of the towns of Skoger and Sande where the Grimsruds settled and raised
their families. They are well illustrated and filled with facts, all written in Norwegian.)
We spend many hours together with Kari in 1983 when my wife Jane and I visited for six weeks in Norway. I took
many notes but now I wish I had recorded the volumes of information Kari gave me in our conversations over
countless cups of coffee and Norwegian open faced sandwiches.
Besides being a wonderful person Kari bears a close resemblance to my father, John A, Grimsrud so I have another
reason to feel close to her.
George Grimsrud CONTACT
George and Lil Grimsrud at their home in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The following is a letter from her daughter Janis Brose:
From: Janis Brose
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001
Hi Bing and Jane: My home computer has been acting up and I can't access my e-mail so thought I'd drop you a line
from my office. It's more dependable!
By now I imagine you have heard that my mother passed away on February
10th and was buried on Valentine's Day. She fell down in her kitchen two
days after Christmas and although she didn't break any bones, she was
pretty battered and bruised. She spent about 4 days in the hospital and then went to a rehab center for physical
therapy. One thing just led to another and there was blockage in the abdominal area that finally got the best of her
so she couldn't keep any food down. I agonized but finally decided to bring hospice in and they began giving her
morphine on February 8th. Two days later she took her last breath, with Kevin and his bride, Lyn, my brother and
his wife, Lila, and me, surrounding her with love and peace. She was beautiful and serene at the end and she was
so very tired and wanted to rest. I have sold her condo and disposed and/or distributed all of her things...very tough
thing to do. It has now been one year since Bill passed away, and then mother 10 months later. Not a good year. I
hope things are well with the two of you, and that you'll keep in touch when you have the opportunity. Bless you and
stay well! Love, Jan
So, dear reader and or family member please pass along whatever you might have that could be of
interest to the expansion of this family treasure.
The pleasure is mine; I want to pass along to our future family members this part of world history that is
John M. (Bing) Grimsrud) CONTACT
TO GO BACK TO THE GRIMSRUD FAMILY ANCESTORS PAGE, CLICK HERE.
| GRIMSRUD FAMILY HISTORY
CHRISTOPHER PEDERSON GRIMSRUD AND HIS WIFE HANNA RAISED 13 CHILDREN
ON THEIR FARM IN NORWAY
Amalie was married to; Ole Halverson; born 3 January, 1839 Died; 10
May 1901 buried; Strømso Church, Drammen
Ole was a master painter. His office was at 5 Kirkegaten in Drammen, this
is where the tourist office is today.
Ole taught his painting trade to his brother-in-law Hans Grimsrud (the 9th
child of Christopher and Hanna). (You will later read more about the life
story of Hans Grimsrud.)
Amalie and Ole had three children;
family’s origins. I have a steady supply of new
family’s origins. I have a steady supply of new
filled letters and priceless old photos that his
detective work has unearthed. These include
digital photos of the old family Bible that we all
share in our heritage. So, a special thanks to
our Norwegian connection Trygve Trondsen!
our Norwegian connection Trygve Trondsen!
person I was so very proud to call my relative. Her sense of humor would
always light up our lives and all of those around her and I will never
forget our last conversation when she broke into resounding laughter
after I told her that I thought that the Grimsruds had a genetic
predisposition to apathy.
So, thank you so very much Grace!
Grace passed away 10 February 2001 and I truly do miss her.