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  • ID: I2017
  • _UID: D0E0152E75A74F5E8990F377067174E10B1A
  • Name: Ludvig Marinus BIØRN
  • Prefix: Rev.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 SEP 1834 in Moss, Østfold (or Vestby; Akershus), Norway
  • Death: 14 JUN 1908 in Minneola, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States 1
  • Baptism: 25 DEC 1834 Vestby, Akershus, Norway 2 3
  • Burial: Lands Lutheran Cemetery, Minneola, MN
  • Emigration: 1862 From Oslo
  • Education: 1861 Theological degree from University in Oslo
  • Event: Offices BET 1890 AND 1894 Vice President of United Norwegian Lutheran Church
  • Occupation: Pastor
  • Education: University of Christiania (Norway) , Theology, 1860
  • Note:
    From "Norwegian Emigrants with University Training
    1830-1880 " by Oystein Ore (Volume 19: Page 160)>
    B.JØRN, LUDVIG MARINUS (1834-1908), theology, 1860. He emigrated to theUnited States in 1861 and served parishes in Wis consin and Minnesota. Hewas secretary of the Synod, 1879-87, but broke with it during thecontroversy over predestinatio n. During 1890-94 he was vice-president ofthe United Norwegian Lutheran Church.


    In 1880 Minnesota Census, family living in Minnneola, Goodhue Co., MN
    He immigrated to Manitowoc County, WI in 1861. His sister was ThoraBiorn - she and her husband came to Wisconsin in 18 72.
    Ludvig moved to Zumbrota, MN in 1879. He served as pastor at Zumbrotauntil his death in 1908.
    From Dagny Mellby's notes: 1835-1906 Reverand Ludwig Biorn, theyoungest son of Nels, was born in Voss, Norway. In hi s early years, hewas tutored at thome later attending latin schools at Trondhiem, followedby study at the University o f Christiania. At the age of 26, he wascalled to a pastorate in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was accompanied by hisolde r sister, Valborg. In 1865, at the age of 30, he met and marriedBorley Fleischer. ... Ludwig was a stauesque man wel l over 6 feet,extremely handsome and strong, well adapted to the rigors of pioneerlife. Besides his ministerial dutie s, he was a writer and a poet andactive in many Lutheran organizations.
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    From the "History of Lands-Minneola Churches - Pastor Ludvig Biorn andFamily 1897 - 1908" :
    'Rev. Biorn was ordained in Norway after a thorough education at theUniversity of Norway from 1855 to 1861 when he grad uated as a theologicalcandidate. His father was a minister in the State Church of Norway. Hisancestors had held hig h military and education positions in Slesvig(Denmark). Rev Biorn was well versed in many languages, especiallyNorwegi an, German, French and Latin. He tutored his own children inLatin. During a period when the German Lutheran congregat ion in Zumbrotawas without a pastor, he preached there using the German language. Hewas an able writer, especially i n poetry. Many of his poems were set tomusic. There are several of his hymns in the Norwegian "Landstandsalmebog. " He attained great heights in his career and served as aleader in the Anti Missouri Brotherhood, holding high offic e in thisorganization. When Pastor Biorn came to the United States in 1862, heserved at Manitowoc, Wis. for seventee n years. He came to theLands-Minneola Parish in 1879 and served here till his death in 1908.The Biorn family lived i n the parsonage a period of twenty-nine years.His first wife Borelli, an invalid during her two years here passed awayi n 1881. The five children of this union were Herman, Nils, Ragnar, Annaand Thina (Mrs. C.A. Mellby). In 1884, Mathild a J. Bestul came as abride to the parsonage.
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    From 'History of Goodhue County'pp 405-406, sketch of Ludvig MarinusBiorn:

    Ludvig Marinus Biorn, now deceased, was born in Moss, Norway, September7, 1835. His father was minister in the state c hurch of Norway, and someof his ancestors held high military and ecclesiastical postions inSlesvig. Biorn became a stu dent at the University of Norway in 1855,graduating as a theological candidate in 1861. The following year heemigrate d to America, being called as pastor by the congregation of theNorwegian Synod in Manitowac county, Wisconsin. Here Re v. Biorn met allthe hardships incident to pioner life. The war, too, added to thedifficulty. Company F, of the Fiftee nth Wisconsin Regiment, was mostlytaken from his congregation. In 1879 he removed to Goodhue County, tothe congrgation s of Land and Minneola. The year before the crops of theNorthwest were a failure, and Goodhue, with the rest of the co unties ofthis section, were suffering from that failure. With his parishioners,he set to wrok with a will, enlarging h is congregations, establshingschools, forming missions and other societies in connection witht thechurch. He taught th e young and the old, visited the sick, assisted thepoor, and buried the dead. Reverend Biorn was one of the leaders o f theAnti-Missourians in the great predestination controversy,and when, afterthe division of the synod, the United Chur ch was organized out of threeNorwegian Lutheran denominations, Reverand Biorn became thevice-president of the new body . The North, in 1893, said: "ReverandBiorn has a frank, honest, prepossessing face. He is a thoroughbredgentleman , a popular preacher, an able writer, and last but not least,there is a vein of true poetry in his psychical makeup, wh ich has foundexpression in a number of poems, two or three of which are gems of theirkind." Reverend Biorn died June 1 4, 1908 and a grave in Land's churchcemetery marks the resting place of his body, but his life still lives,and will con tinue to live as long as those who knew him live. The resultof his labor will live much longer. He was first marrie d to BoletteFleisher who died in September 1881. In 1884 he married MathildaJohnson, of Wittenburg, Wis. Eleven childr en survive: Ragnar Biorn ofMinot No. Dak; Mrs. Anna Foxen, residing in Norway; Herman, a practicingattorney at St. Paul ; Nels a physician of Ada, Minn; Mrs. Mellby, wife ofProfessor Mellby, of Northfield; Sigured, Aimar, Valborg, Harold , Nina,and Inga, of Zumbrota.

    Excerpt from end of Ludvig's family history letter to his son (see Niels Andreas and Christian Ludwig for other excerpt s):
    "It was good to hear from you. I think often of you in this cold, sharpwinter, how often you must venture out both nig ht and day and I rememberyou always in my evening devotions. Greet your little beautiful wifefrom us all. Herman was h ere with his wife a few days at Christmas time.Thina was so disgusted with them because they were so loving. It was as though there was no one else present but Frieda and her man. She needsto realize that it will turn out all right afte r the first flush ofmarriage is over. Let us hear from you now and then. Yours, L.M. Biorn"
    Christening Record from FamilySearch? Vital Records Index:
    Ludvig Martinus
    Christening: 25 Dec 1834 Place: Vestby, Akershus, Norway

    Father: Niels BJORN
    Mother: Gregorine THORNE

    Source Information:
    Batch Number: C427943
    Source Dates: 1813 - 1862
    Film or Fiche Number: 123405
    Collection Details: Vestby; Den Norske Kirke
    looking at original baptism, cannot decipher the names of godparents very well:

    ??? Wold, ??? Wold,
    ??? Thorne,
    From Lomen-Brandt-Joys Family History:

    Rev. Ludvig Marius Biorn, long a prominent Norwegian-American Lutheran clergyman was born in Moss, near Christiania, No rway, Sept 7 1835, a son of Nils Anderson Biorn and wife Thina Thorne. He attended Trondhjem Latins chool and graduate d from the University of Christiania in 1860.Emigrated to America in 1861 , and served as pastor in Manitowoc, Wis.,186 1-1879 and at Zumbrota, Minn, 1879-1908; president of theAnti-Missourian brotherhood, 1887-1890, and vice president o f the UnitedLutheran Church of America 1890-1904. He was a man of much literary ability and was the author of severa l pamphlets dealing with contemporary church history. He also edited the supplement to the Landstad hymnbook.By an ear lier marriage to Borelly Fleischer who died in 1882, he had the following children: Ragnar Biorn, business man, Minot , ND; Anna, who married John Fochsen and died in Oslo, Norway; Thina, wife of Dr. C.A.Mellby of St. Olaf college; Herma n Biorn, lawyer, St. paul Minn. and Dr.Nels BIorn, Jackson, Minn.

    Ludvig and Mathilda Biorn had six children: Sigurd Thorne, Aimar Johannes, Valborg Charlotte, Harold, Inga, and ??
  • Change Date: 20 JUN 2015

    Father: Nils Andreas BIØRN b: 25 DEC 1807 in Bragernes, Drammen, Buskerud, Norway c: 25 MAR 1808 in Bragernes, Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
    Mother: Marthine 'Thina' Gregorine STOLTENBERG b: BEF 7 JUN 1810 in Soon (now Son), Vestby, Akershus, Norway

    Marriage 1 Frederikke Jensine Borelly FLEISCHER b: 2 MAR 1844 in Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
    • Married: 1863 in DeForest, Dane County, Wisconsin
    1. Has Children Thina Mathilde BIORN b: 5 JAN 1869 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
    2. Has Children Anna Dorothea Borelly BIORN b: 30 MAR 1866 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
    3. Has No Children Johan Andreas Ragnar BIORN b: 23 AUG 1864
    4. Has Children Carl Herman BIORN b: 4 MAY 1871 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    5. Has Children Nels Andreas BIORN b: 6 MAR 1873 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    6. Has No Children Ludvig Marinus BIORN b: 1879

    Marriage 2 Mathilde Bestul JOHNSON b: 29 MAR 1856 in Pine Lake, Waukesha, Wisconsin
    • Married: 27 AUG 1884 in Wittenberg, Wisconsin 4
    1. Has No Children Sigurd Thorne BIORN b: 26 JUL 1885 in Zumbrota, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States
    2. Has No Children Aimar Johannes BIORN b: 19 FEB 1887 in Minneola, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States
    3. Has No Children Valborg Charlotte BIORN b: 12 OCT 1888 in Zumbrota, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States
    4. Has Children Harold BIORN b: 15 OCT 1890 in Minneola, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States
    5. Has No Children Inga Bergitte BIORN b: 17 MAY 1893 in Minneola, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States
    6. Has No Children Nina Elisabeth BIORN b: 5 AUG 1896 in Zumbrota, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States

    1. Type: Database Online
      Title: Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index
      Date: 4 APR 2011
    2. Type: Database Online
      Title: FamilySearch? Vital Records Index - Norway
      Date: 4 APR 2011
      Page: Vestby, Den Norske Kirke, Film # 123405 Christening 1813 - 1862
    3. Type: Church Record
      Title: Vestby Parish register (official)
      Place: Vestby, Akershus, Norway
      Media: digitised images on
      Location: Regional State Archives of Oslo
      Date: 14 SEP 2011
      Page: bapt. Ludvig Martinus - Niels Bjorn & Marthine Gregorine Thorne (?)
    4. Type: Book
      Author: G. J. Lomen
      Publication: (1929. 361 pages)
      Title: Genealogies of the Lomen, Brandt, Joys Families
      Date: 11 APR 2011
      Page: date, but not place
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