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  [Farestveit is one of the farms in the county of Modalen, located just north of Vaksdal, but much more remote. It is hemmed in by tall mountains everywhere except a narrow strip that borders on the Mo Fjord. The following is a section from the Modalen Bygdebok. Until 1979 Modalen could be reached only by boat, or on foot by crossing the mountain dividing it from Vaksdal on the south. The over the mountain trek would take about 2-3 hours according to Jostein Otterstad who remembered doing it as a child. In 1979 the government completed a 2.3 km tunnel under the mountain and now it is accessible by automobile.]


Bruk 5

  1691: There are now 5 users in Farestveit, compared with 4 in 1667. It is probably the farm where Knut lived in 1667, now in two parts, BNR. 5 [bruk number 5] and BNR. 7. Hans lives at BNR. 7 and brother Knut Gulleiksen lives at BNR. 5. He uses dark 18. butter in 1694 and ford in 1701 and in the census of 1711. [dark and ford are apparently some measurements for butter production and this seems to be the measure of how profitable or productive a farm is.]
  1 Knut Gulleikson Farestveit  b. 1663, d. 1723, m. 1691 m. Marta Nilsdatter Farestveit, BNR. 3 b. 1648, d. 1732.

Dødf. b. 1694.

Mary b. 1695, m. 1714 m. Johannes Olavson Otterstad, see Otterstad BNR. 5.

Gulleik b. 1699, farmer, No. 3 here.

  1720: Lease from Erich Møinichen to Sjur Gulleikson of 12 dark. sm. 2 v. fists [untranslated, but probably some portion of the farm]. It is a renewal lease, so he must have been on the farm before this time. He is on the farm only a short time, for in 1723 there is a new registered user. It seems reasonable that Sjur was the brother of Knut, but we do not know it with certainty. We do not know who his wife was, but they have two children baptised in Farestveit. We find no burials, either for Sjur or his wife, so it appears they moved from the area.

  2 Sjur Gulleikson Farestveit, m. Unknown.


Gulleik b. 1711, d. 1716.

Knut b. 1713.

  1723: Tax records indicate Gulleik Knutson is on this farm, and is the only one.

  3 Gulleik Knutson Farestveit, b. 1699, d. 1743, m. 1722 Ragnhild Knutsdatter. E. Helland, br. 1, b. 1693.

Brita b. 1723.

Ragnhild b. 1726, d. 1743 fire.

Ragnhild b. 1728, married neighbor farmer here.

Anna b. 1732, m. 1755 m. Magne Cross, see Nygard br. 1.

Martha b. 1733, married Jakob Knutson N. Helland in 1753, see Nedre Helland br. 4.

Knut b. 1735, m. 1768 Ingeborg Johannesdatter Steinsland BNR. 2 b. 1743. They
were residents of Nygard br. 1.

Knut b. 1738, d. 1743 fire.

  1748: Nils Andersson Nedre Helland m. Ragnhild Gulleiksdatter Farestveit, No. 3 and they lived there until Nils died.

  4 Nils Andersson N. Helland, br. 5, b. 1721, d. 1751, m. 1748 m.
Ragnhild Gulleiksdtr. Farestveit, b. 1728, d. 1765, no children. 

  1752: His widow Ragnhild Gulleiksdatter marries again to Knut Knutson Straume br. 3.

  5Knut Knutson Straume, b. 1728, d, 1759, vs. 1752 m. widow Ragnhild Gulleiksdatter Farestveit, b. 1728, d. 1765.

Brita b. 1753.

Anna b. 1759, m. 1784 Johannes Pederson Mo br. 3.

1760: His widow Ragnhild married a third time to:

  6 Anders Halvorson Fiskeset, b. 1730, d. 1799, from Seim, m.
     1. 1760 we Ragnhild Gulleiksdatter Farestveit , b. 1728, d. 1765.
     2. 1766 m. Maria Monsdatter Romarheim, b. 1744, d. 1829.

Hallvard b. 1784, g. 1813 m. Brita Johannesdatter N. Helland br. 1. Moved to
Manger, Mjøs 1816.

Marta b. 1790, m. user No. 8 here.

  1800: Leasehold letter from parish priest. Property to Eilev Knutson Høvik for 10 mrk. sm. 1 våg never[våg is an old unit of weight equaling about 39.5 pounds. Never is untranslated.] 1 bundle flax "for use by Anders Halvorsen and his widow."

  7 Eilev Knutson Høvik, br. 1, b. 1766, d. 1842, m. in 1801 widow Maria Monsdatter Farestveit, b. 1744, d. 1829. No children. 

  1832: Royal conveyance to Eilev Knutson Farestveit, b. Høvik, at this farm, for 10 mrk. sm. [smør] 1-2/3 våg, for 180 spd .. Jordavg. 7 Skj. 2 fj. barley to Hosanger parish board. The same year Eilev Knutson conveyed to son-in-law of Maria Monsdatter, Nils Hansson Almelid dy for 150 spd. kår [payment to previous owner] and 135 spd. 5 years worth. [still working on translating this paragraph]

  8 Nils Hansson Farestveit, b. 1796, d. 1857, m. 1823 m. Marta Andersdtter Farestveit, b. 1790, d. 1857.


b. 1825, married next user here.

  1847: Transferred from Nils Hansson to Johannes Nilsson Elvik br. 2, on this farm, new skyld [untranslated] 1 ort 10 sk., 90 spd. and 200 spd. for 5 years.  [1 ort = 80 øre or 1/5 spd.] [sk.= skilling or penny]  

  9 Johannes Nilsson Farestveit, Elvik b. 1819, d. 1881, married:
      1. 1843 m. Inga Nilsdatter Farestveit, b. 1825, d. 1872,
      2. 1874 m. Brita Olavsdatter Farestveit, br. 3, b. 1827, d. 1898.


Andreas b. 1845, not included in the transfer from his father

Nils b. 1846, next owner here.

Marta b. 1849, m. 1870 Jakob Hansson Almelidneset, see Almelid br. 2

Maria b. 1851, married first to Øye in Bergsdalen and second in 1881 to Ole Erikson Mellesdal br. 2., see Mellesdal br. 2.

Inga b. 1853 d. 1854

Marta b. 1855, m. Knut Erikson Mellesdal, see Mellesdal br. 2.

Nils b. 1858
, transferred to Elvik br. 2 and was user there.

Olav b. 1860, d. 1861, not included in the transfer by his mother.

Anders b. 1864, emmigrated to America

Eilev b. 1867, emigrated to America

Inga Bertina b. 1869.

  1858: Johannes Nilsson arranges transfer of this farm to Hans Nilsson Almelid in exchange for his farm in Almelid br. 2-5.

  1860: Then buys it back. See Almelid br. 2-5!

  1862: Johannes Nilsson gives old age assistance to Brita Knutsdatter Langedal, 1884. She must be the widow of Nils Nilsson Farestveit on br. 8.

  1874: The transfer by probate from Inga Nilsdatter, owner of this farm to eldest son, Nils Johannesson, for the rate of 380 spd. and stipulations to his father and support of brothers Anders and Eilev to the age of 16 and to support the daughter Inga Bertina to the age of 16. In old age the widower shall have the right to use Eikebøteigen Bjødnabrekkteigen, otherwise referred to as "the cabin under the shoulder and spring," and that he shall be entitled to set up a house on "Nybodtomten." Referring to the ownership of a part of the land in the farm Elvik in Haus judicial district with obligation 2 dollars 22 sk., the land goes to the second son of Johannes Nilsson, Nils b. 1858, for 200 spd. and stiplations to the father. [this paragraph was very difficult to translate and very well may contain errors of interpretation.]

  10 Nils Johannesson Farestveit, b. 1846, d. 1920.
       1. 1868 m. Maria Ivarsdatter N. Helland, br. 4, b. 1842, d. 1905, 7 children,
       2. 1907 m. Knutsdatter Maria Farestveit , br. 6, b. 1866, d. 1953.


Anna b. 1869, m. 1891 m. Jakob Monsson Steinsland BNR. 3 b. 1866, fl. to Bergen.

b. 1871, next user here

Ivar b. 1874, d. 1964, resided Mineapolis, USA.

Olav b. 1876, d. 1900. He was seminarian.

Inga b. 1879.

Andreas b. 1882, d. 1905, unmarried.

Ingvald Dortheus b. 1885. He traveled to America, railway conductor.

Anna Karina b. 1908, m. 1931 m. Torvald Thomassen from, Manger, b. 1905, resided Espeland stasj.[station], 3 children.

Inga, g. 1931 m. Kalmar Elvik b. 1898, d. 1976, resident Alversund, 3 children.

1884: There was persistant debt and a portion of the farm was separated out to bruk 6, Vetlatræet, for a price of 1 ort 15 sk., and sold to Olaf Knutson Farestveit.

1896: Transfered from Nils Johannesson to Johannes Nilsson for 2,400 kr and stipulations to the father.

  11 Johannes Nilsson Farestveit, b. 1871, d. 1912, vs.
      1. 1892 m. Brita Olavsdatter Otterstad, b. 1868, daughter of Olaf Jakobson from Holmaplasset.
      2. 1911 m. Mary Olavsdatter Farestveit, br. 6, b. 1886.


Nils b. 1892. The next farmer here.

Mary b. 1894, d. 1940, m. Emily Veda, residents in the Salhus.

Olav b. 1896, d. 1959. Police in Bergen, married Karen Knutson.

Martha b. 1898 m. Einar Jakobsen, Sarpsborg, residents in the United States.

Anna b. 1900, d. 1947, m. Sigurd Stølen Sivertsen. Residing in Bergen.

Ingvald Johan b. 1902, d. 1974, vs. 1925 vs. 1925 m Borghild Torkshelder b. 1906.
Residents Stamnes br. 55.

Ivar b. 1905, m. Alvhild Fosse, Meland Holsnøy. Taxi Owner, settled in Bergen.

Gunnar b. 1907, d. 1-½ years old.

  1912: Transfer from the bankruptcy court in the estate of Johannes Nilsson and his wife Mary to his son Nils Johannesson, born 1892, for 3.300 kr. and stipulations of the grandfather Nils Johannesson, b. 1846.

  12 Nils Johannesson Farestveit , b. 1892, fl. Bergen, add in "planting system,"m. Maria Fjæreide, b. 1895, d. 1943, many children.

  1916: Transfer from Nils Johannesson to Jakob Knutson Farestveit for 4.000 kr. and takes over the farm from Nils Johannesson.

  13 Jacob Knutson Farestveit, br. 7, b. 1875, d. 1949, vs.
      1. 1899 m. Anna Olavsdatter E. Helland, br. 3, b. 1879, d. 1907,
      2. 1914 m. Inga Jakobsdatter Almelidnes, br. 6, b. 1876. d. 1937.


Kristina Agnes b. 1900, d. as a child.

Christopher b. 1902, emigrated to America, d. 1970.

Brita b. 1905, m. 1926 m. Håkon Jensen, resided Bergen, 5 children, d. 1965

Olav b. 1906 d. 1906.

Johannes b. 1915, next farmer here.

Malvin Johannes b. 19**, vs. Maria Jonsdtr 1943. Hugnastad, b. 19**, bust. Hugnastad.

  1942: Transfer from Jakob Knutson Farestveit to his son Johannes for 2.100 kr. and stipulations of the father.

  14 Johannes Jakobson Farestveit, b. 1915, d. 1976 g.
      1. 1938 m Olga Johannesdatter Langedal, b. 1917, d. 1963,
      2. 1968 m. Torbjørg Martinsdtr. Arholm , sick sister born in Fitjar. They settled in Bergen.


Jostein b. 19**, next farmer here.

Ingar b. 19**, m. 1969 m. Anne-Karin Nilsdtr. Myntevik, Fana, b. 19 **, 2 children. He is a warehouse foreman.

Jorunn Alise b. 19**, vs. 1966 m mechanic Alf Andreassen b. 19 **.

Ingrid b. 19**, vs. 1967 m. caretaker of the Seamen's Church in Philadelphia

Birger Jørgensen b. 1919 in Bergen. Came back to Norway and built his house on Gatland, Fotlandsvåg. 4 children, 2 boys, 2 girls.

Oddrun Johanna b. 19 **, vs. 1969 m fabr.arb. [untranslated] Svein Nilsen, b. 19** in Bergen. Resident Bergen. 3 children.

  1963: Transfer from Johannes Jacobson to the son Jostein for 7.182 kr.

  15 Jostein Johannesson Farestveit, b. 19 **, vs. 1965 m. Astrid Bjarnesdatter Anda, b. 19**, from Lindås.

Rune b. 19**.

Britt b. 19**.

Sveinung b. 19**.

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