Sara 1827 – 1908. Married 1858. Three Children.
Oluf Theodor 1832 – 1886
Oscar 1834 – 1916
Thomas 1837 – 1900
Peter Andreas 1840 – 1893
Pernille Christense 1842 – 1906
August Herman 1844 – 1890
Harald 1847 – 1943
Gustav Fredrik 1849 – 1947
From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper – 29 Aug 1863
Peter Svanoe. Left door has his name on it visible in the closeup.
Picture drawn at the
time of his death and
appearing in the
which he helped
publish. Peter caught
to inspect the site of
the Norway exhibit for
the 1893 Chicago
World’s Fair. A stave
church was built for
that exhibit. It was
later moved to Little
Norway near Mt.
August Svanøe (Brother of Peter- from a passenger list
of the bark Emerald in 1865.
Pernille Christense Svanøe - “Milla”
Born Sept 08, 1842
Came to US around 1870
Graduated from Women’s Medical College of Chicago
Private Practice in Chicago and Minneapolis
appeared in the Budstikken
Newspaper in Minneapolis
July 6, 1875.
1894 - Aurora, Indiana
1895-1900? – Jamaica
1901-1906 – Jacksonville, Florida
A document allowing Milla’s brother Harald permission to act on her behalf
in the settlement of her father Torger’s estate. 23 Feb 1906
A Ship’s passenger list showing Milla returning from Europe to Florida 16 Dec 1904.
Do you suppose she was on Svanøy for the 100th reunion?
This is Milla’s cemetery record on
findagrave.com. I called the Evergreen
cemetery and learned that she is
buried in an unmarked grave. Her
cause of death is listed in their records
as “surgical shock.”
Chicago History Museum.
Used by permission.
In searching this website
for a picture of Peter, I
found this picture labeled
A close up of
Milla. On the
next slide you
can compare her
her parents and
Born Jan. 13, 1877 in Mission Hill, SD
Father Andrew (Sylliaasen) Simonson
1844-1930 in Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway
Mother Lina Christiansdatter Berg
1853-1922 in Fåberg, Oppland, Norway
Parents were first cousins
More than anyone else Martha has shaped the Atle
Svanoe family and descendants. It is time for the
family to honor her and her background from Norway.
The Syljuåsen farm is where Andrew Simensen Sylliaasen grew up. He emigrated in
Sylliaasen became Syljuåsen around
The Syljuåsen family name translates to
“the tree on the hill”. The first syllable,
“Sylju”, is the name of a fairly common
deciduous tree which looks something like
a medium sized birch or larch. The second
phrase, 'ås', means hill, and the 'en' ending
is the equivalent of the word 'the'. Thus,
the name literally translates “the tree hill”.
The farm was purchased in 1845 and has
been in the family ever since.
Visit the Syljuåsen family farm
Visit Syljuåsen AS, Construction Firm in
Visit Eidsvoll museum and celebrate the
200th Anniversary of Norway’s Constitution
Connect with distant relatives in Norway
and American relatives on the tour
A brochure will be coming very soon. Contact Rolf Svanoe
for more information. The basic tour will cost around
$4000 leaving from Minneapolis. Other departure
locations can be arranged through Brekke Tours and Travel
of Grand Forks, ND www.brekketours.com. Brekke Tours
will also customize tour extensions for anyone wanting to
explore additional parts of Norway. A land-only tour
without airfare will cost around $3000.
Rolf Svanoe 605-940-9702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Rolf is the great grandson of Andrew Simonson, the first
Sylliaasen brother to emigrate to Norway. Rolf is a Lutheran
pastor in Sioux Falls, SD and has been to Norway several
times. He and his wife Kimberly led a tour there in 2008.)