The time has come for me to put together a 'booklet' about the Hoganson family. I've tried to collect information on the descendants of Sæming and Lina, as well as a little on their ancestors in Norway. I keep looking for more information so I would be happy to receive any additional information such as obituaries, pictures, or birth, death and marriage dates and places, etc.

Included in this booklet are: pedigree charts, a family group sheet, and descendants charts printouts from my computer software program; photo copies of: maps, Lina and Sæming's baptismal records from a microfilm of the Norwegian church record, their passport record, some pages from the bygdeboka (history of Norwegian farms) and photographs.

You will notice on one of the bygdebok sheets (p. 89, II) Sæming's birth is listed. On another sheet (697) is Lina and her siblings. One of her brothers is Martin, and he and his family are found on another page (187). When we lived in Oslo, Norway January-May 1986, we met Sverre, his wife Kjellfrid, and his sister Kristine. They are the youngest children of Martin, lived in Øvre Rendal in a guest house which they no longer ran; the weekend we visited them, we had room #5, and Jené had #1.

On another sheet (188) is mentioned and pictured Lidvin and wife. Their daughter Aase and her husband were up there that weekend, too. We also visited them in their home in Oslo - he worked for Customs and his English was very good. It was such fun to meet these distant relatives. Kjellfrid was also interested in genealogy, and showed us the farmsteads that the various people lived on.

We also stopped at Lomnessjøen on our way and met Kaare Vardenær, a grandson of Oline, Lina's oldest sister. And we had met and visited Ottar Wardenær who lived in Oslo.

Sverre, Kjellfrid, Kristine and Ottar have all since died. I don't know about Kaare or his wife.

I keep in touch with Hilleborg Ødegaard, who is descended from Martin Hornseth's daughter, Marie. She and her sister took me out for lunch one day when we were in Oslo.

On the page which has the translation of the baptismal records, I have misplaced the Norwegian photocopy of item #3, the record of Sæming and Lina's leaving the church. Since I have the reel number from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I will be able to get it.

As of yet I have not written a prose account per se - you will have to read through the pages, and get what you can.

I would appreciate any additions, any corrections, any help from any of you.

Submitted by:
Verla Williams
4333 Pine Ridge Trail NE
Iowa City, IA 52240

Map of Norway with Counties and Towns

Norway map. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Rendal, Hedmark, Norway

The Hoganson (Haagensen) family is from the kommune of Rendal, in the county of Hedmark in Norway.
Hedmark, Norway. Image courtesy of

Rendal kommune in Hedmark. Image courtesy of

Øvre Rendal, Østerdalen

Øvre Rendal, Østerdalen. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Øvre Rendal, Østerdalen. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Øvre Rendal church. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Three Generations

Verla (Blakey) Williams, Jené (Williams) Daub, and BrandiAnne Daub modeling a bunad from Nord-Osterdal, Hedmark, NOR. The hat is specifically from Rendal, the area from which the Hoganson family comes. Image courtesy of BrandiAnne Daub.

Hårset Near Øvre Rendal

Hårset, near Øvre Rendal. Image courtesy of Google Maps.


i øvre Bygdes vestre Grænd ("Vestagræinna"). Deltes 1664 i søndre og nordre Haarset.

Haarset nævnes første Gang i Stiftsbogen for 1574 som skyldig 1 Hud til Ytre Rendalens Annex kirke og i 1578 som Erkebispegods (1 Hud). Gaarden brukes i 1613 av en Nils Olsen Haarset; Gaarden er da 1 Hud Krongods (det tidligere Kirkegods); dens gamle Odel (1 Hud) er allerede i 1550-Aarene gaaet over til Berge ("søndre"), hvor denne Hud av Haarset i 1570 sies at eies som Odel av den avdøde Arne Tollevsen, hvis søn Tollev Arnesen kom til Messelt, hvorfra han i 1593 pantsætter 1 Hud  i Hornset og 1 Hud i Berge (kaldes 2 Huder i "søndre Berge") til en Jon Olsen i Oslo for sin Far Arnes gamle Gjæld til denne for 5 1/2 Alen engelsk Klæde til en Kjole.

Nils Olsen Haarset, hvis Søster Liv Olsdatter var blit gift først til Hanestad med Erik Hanestads Bror Ola Eriksen Hanestad og senere til Berge med Lars Svendsen Berge, Lensmand Svend Berges Bror, sees at ha en Søn Ola Nilsen, som maa være født ømkring 1590, da han i 1613 tilbygdes 3 Skind i Otlaasen, tilhørende Arvinger fra Hangard.

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In the upper village western Grænd ("Vestagræinna"). Was divided in 1664 into southern and northern Haarset.

Haarset is mentioned for the first time in the Diocese book for 1574 as owed 1 Skin for Outer Rendalen's Annex church and in 1578 as Archbishop goods (1 skin). Farms used in 1613 by one Nils Olsen Haarset; Farm is then 1 Skin Crown goods (the former church property); its ancient Odel (1 Skin) is already in 1550-the years gone over to Berge ("southern"), where this Skin of Haarset in 1570 said that is owned by Odel by the late Arne Tollevsen whose son Tollev Arnesen came to Messelt from which he in 1593 mortgaged 1 Skin in Hornset and 1 Skin Berge (called 2 Hides in the "southern Berge") to Jon Olsen in Oslo for his Father Arne's old debt to this for 5 1/2 cubits English cloth into a dress.

Nils Olsen Haarset whose sister Liv Olsdatter had got married first to Hanestad with Erik Hanestad's brother, Ola Eriksen Hanestad and later to Berge with Lars Svendsen Berge, bailiff Svein Berge's brother, is seen to have a son, Ola Nilsen, who must be born about 1590, when he in 1613 tilbygdes 3 Skins in Otlaasen, belonging to the heirs of Hangard.

Bygdebok Pages

This bygdebok page shows Seming HAAGENSEN (b. 1856) as the son of Haagen Jensen (1832-1890). Haagen is listed as the son of Jens HAAGENSEN Ustu Berkset (b. 1798), who in 1835, married Maren Semingsdtr Rugsveen (b. 1807).

Jacob B. Bull, Øvre Rendalen: Gårdenes og Slektenes Historie (Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1940), p. 89. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

The following pages are from the Ytre Rendal bygdebok. It lists the family of Seming's wife, Lina Larsdtr Hornset. Her father was Lars Andersen Nordre Lomnesberget (b. 1816) and mother Maren Jensdatter (b. 1825). Maren was the daughter of Jens Hågensen Bergset and Aase Toresdtr from Nakhua, and was adopted by Ole Ingvaldsen Røe and his wife Gjertrud Oudensdtr.

Odd Nytrøen, Ytre Rendal: Gard og Ætt (Elverum, 1970) pp. 696-697. Image courtesy of Nasjonalbiblioteket.

This page lists the family of Lina's younger brother, Martin Hornseth (b. 1863). When Verla and Vince Williams visited Norway in 1986 they visited Martin's youngest children, Kristine, and Sverre and his wife, Kjellfrid.

Jacob B. Bull, Øvre Rendalen: Gårdenes og Slektenes Historie (Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1940), p. 187. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

The final page contains the listing and pictures of Martin Hornset's oldest son, Lidvin, who took over the farm as well as his wife, Klara. Verla and Vince Williams also had the opportunity to meet their daughter, Aase and her husband, on that same trip.

Jacob B. Bull, Øvre Rendalen: Gårdenes og Slektenes Historie (Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1940), p. 188. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Pedigree Charts for Seming HOGANSON (1856-1936) and Lina LARSDTR (1857-1931)

Pedigree chart for Seming HOGANSON Haarseth (1856-1936). Courtesy of Williams Family Pages.

Pedigree chart for Lina LARSDTR Hornseth (1857-1931). Courtesy of Williams Family Pages.

Erik Iversen Vangen (b. 1640)

The Øvre Rendal farm history (Bull 1940) for Søndre Haarset documents Seming HOGANSON's paternal ancestors back six generations to an Erik Iversen Vangen born in 1640. Erik married Else HAAGENSDTR Haarset in 1669 and became the owner of the farm on the death of her father, Haagen Olsen Berge.

Their son, Haagen Eriksen Haarset, is the ancestor of my great grandmother Mina HOGANSON through three lines of descent as can be seen from the chart below.

Descendants chart for Haagen Eriksen Haarset (1670-1740). Image courtesy of Mark D. Williams.


This HOGANSON Blog is based on genealogical research compiled by Verla A. Blakey WILLIAMS and edited with notes by Mark D. WILLIAMS.

Hoganson Family

Hoganson Family
Belmont, Jackson, MN (c. 1905)

Three Generations

Three Generations
Bunad from Nord-Osterdal, Hedmark.