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Jone Fossĺ (M)
b. 18 February 1879, d. 29 October 1953

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Descendant Chart for Jon Olson Třtland

Jone Fossa
     Reference: 127. Jone Fossĺ was born on 18 February 1879 at Stavenger, son of Haldor Fossaaen and Johanna Johnsdotter.1

Jone arrived as an immigrant aboard the but returned to Norway on vacation. In 1898 at Ocean, Iowa.2,3

Jone arrived as an immigrant aboard the Cunard Line SS Lucania from Liverpool, England on 2 April 1899 at Ellis Island, New York, New York. He was a single 20 year old Norwegian farmer able to read and write. His last residence was Stavenger, Norway. He was on his way with a ticket to "Ossien, Ia" to join his brother. Passage was paid by his brother. He had $5.00 in his possession.4 As of 14 June 1907, Jone Fossĺ was also known as John O Fossaaen.5 He was granted a US Land Patent for 150.04 acres described as:
Aliquot Parts | Sec./Block | Township | Range | Fract. Section | Meridian | State | Counties | Survey Nr.
E1/2SW 18/ 155-N 97-W No 5th PM ND Williams
3 (lot 3 or NWSW quarter) 18/ 155-N 97-W No 5th PM ND Williams
4 (lot 4 or SWSW quarter) 18/ 155-N 97-W No 5th PM ND Williams
on 14 June 1907 at 155-N, North Dakota. He filed a Petition for Naturalization on 4 February 1908 at District Court of North Dakota, North Dakota. Farmers Edd Fossaa and George Sorkness of Sorkness, North Dakota signed an affidavit as to John's living in the US for the previous five years. Having taken the Oath of Allegiance, he was admitted to US citizenship on 18 June 1908 with Certificate 104452. His Petition said he arrived in New York on the SS Campania.1 He travelled on 20 September 1921 to an unknown place .

Jone married Olava Berthine Stensland, daughter of H. L. Stensland, on 30 December 1925 at Adams, North Dakota. Mrs. H. L. Stensland announces the marriage of her daughter Olava Berthine to Mr. John Fossaa Wednesday, December thirtieth nineteen hundred twenty-five Adams, N. Dak. (At home, about April 1st, White Earth, N. Dak.).3 He died on 29 October 1953 at Grand Forks, North Dakota, at age 74. He was buried Grand Forks, North Dakota.2 A biography of John and Olive appeared in the 'Burke County and White Earth Valley Historical Society' book in 1971.2 A biography of John and Olive appeared in the 'Tales of Mighty Mountrail' in 1979.6

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  1. [S525] State Historical Society of North Dakota Naturalization Petition, Certificate No. 104452 (4 February 1908), 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismark, North Dakota.
  2. [S436] Unknown, Burke Cty & White Earth Valley Hist Soc, Page 1227.
  3. [S70] Ove Fossa, GEDCOM, Provided to Dennis Dilworth family upon visit to Norway in July, 2000. Some comments are in Norwegian language..
  4. [S520] John Fossaan, SS Lucania Internet ship manifest, 2 April 1899, Line 9.
  5. [S160] BLM Land Patent Records, online http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/, Patentee: John O Fossaaen; Document No. 142; Accession/Serial No. NDMTAA 072431.
  6. [S428] Et al Leslie Dibble, Tales of Mighty Mountrail, Volume I, Page 368.

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Jim Radja
Vienna, Virginia, US of A

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