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Descendants of Woken-Aftret

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Generation 2

Paul Woken's ancestors

Kari Aftret's ancestors

History of Norway


Generation No. 1

1. Paul Anderson Woken was born June 14, 1857 in Selbu, Norway, and died December 1921 in Northwood ND. He married Kari Pedersdatter Aftret 1881 in Atwater MN, daughter of Peder Aftret and Karen Tuseth. She was born June 24, 1859 in Selbu, Norway, and died April 1944 in Northwood ND.

Paul and Kari are buried at West Union Cemetery in Northwood. Olga Williams, their daughter, says that Woken, in Norwegian, means something like culdesac or dead-end/turnaround in road, which sort of describes the little valley he lived in.

Jacobsen's Stamtavle says Paul Anderson Eidem Wokken.

In a message to the Norway Genealogy Club (Yahoo) on 11/28/99, "Mike Deb 2000" says:

The oldest census in Norway was collected 1660-1663 and does not include many areas of Norway. Most of the extensive church records, which would be of unimaginable help to Norwegian genealogists, were confiscated by the Danish authorities long ago (when Norway was unified with Denmark) and moved to Denmark. These records were lost in a fire while stored in Denmark. Therefore due to this negligence/unfortunate mishap, the info reflecting periods pre-1600 will be a fraction of what once was.

From the Bureau of Land Management:

WOKEN PAUL A 05 149 N 056 W 015 160 251101 PA 2303 09/17/1890

Paul was passenger #341 on the Neptunus, under Captain Hermann Ludvigsen, departing Trondheim May 5, 1866, and arriving Quebec June 9.

Naturalized: November 20, 1888, GF County, ND; vol F22, pg470

Per Anders Norman letter of 8/3/97, Kari's actual (farm) name was Karen Pedersdatter Krokstad.

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Woken Family about 1910.
Standing: Camie, Clara, John, Larry, Louis, Elfon, Albert, Alma, and Peter.
In front: Kari, Stacey, Olga, and Paul.

Children of Paul Woken and Kari Aftret are:

2 i. Alma Christine Woken, born December 19, 1882 in Atwater MN; died May 26, 1966 in Grand Forks ND.

3 ii. Clara Pauline Woken, born September 29, 1884 in Northwood, Dakota Territory; died March 03, 1969 in Camas WA. She married Peter L. Johnson; born Abt. 1890.

Was once superintendent of the Sunday School at he Arvilla Presbyterian Church.

4 iii. Albert Conrad Woken, born April 06, 1886 in Northwood, Dakota Territory; died June 16, 1984 in Parshall, Montrail County, ND. He married Christine Lunden; born Abt. 1890.

5 iv. Peder "Louis" Woken, born January 14, 1888 in Loretta Twsp, GFC, ND; died January 02, 1948 in Veterans Hospital, St. Cloud, Stearnes County, MN.  Buried in West Union Cem, Northwood ND.

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Private, "D" Company, 139th Infantry, 35th Division. From "GFC in the World War", p50; The Page Printerie, Inc, GF, ND; Lieut. Clarence L. Hassell, editor.

Louis went to Camp Dodge in 4/9/1918, to Camp Mills, Long Island, and on to France on 5/3/1918 and was at the Argonne Front in Sept. He served in Co D, 139 infantry, 35 division. He left France 4/16/1919 and came home 5/9/1919.  He was a Private; participated in Vesle, St. Mihiel, Verdun, and Meuse-Argonne offensives; discharged 5/7/1919.

Louis never recovered from "shell shock" suffered during WWI. After the war he never left the VA Hospital in St. Cloud MN.

6 v. John Sigurd Woken, born April 04, 1889 in Northwood ND; died November 21, 1970 in Stanley ND. He married Agnes Peterson; born Abt. 1890.

7 vi. Kern "Larry" Woken, born December 13, 1891 in Northwood ND; died January 1937 in Northwood ND.

8 vii. Elfon Perry Woken, born February 16, 1894 in Loretta Twsp, GFC, ND; died December 1979 in Northwood ND 58267. He married Florence Johnson; born Abt. 1890.

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Private, "B" Company, 352nd Infantry, 88th Division. From "GFC in the World War", p50; The Page Printerie, Inc, GF, ND; Lieut. Clarence L. Hassell, editor.

He went to Camp Dodge in June 1918, to Camp Mills, Long Island on 7/24/1918, and on to France. He was in Co B, 352nd Infantry, 88th division.  He was a Private, entered service 6/24/1918 at Camp Dodge, IA, overseas 8/15/1918, stationed at Alsace, discharged 6/14/1919.

May have also been known as "Alfon".

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Elfon and Florence.

9 viii. Camie Petora Woken, born January 05, 1896 in Northwood ND; died May 03, 1978 in Great Falls MT.

10 ix. Peter Woken, born May 05, 1898 in Northwood ND; died August 06, 1969 in Lancaster CA.

11 x. Olga Sikora Loretta Woken, born May 22, 1900 in Loretta, Grand Forks County, ND; died June 11, 2000 in Northwood Deaconess Health Center, Northwood, ND.

12 xi. Stacey Caroline Woken, born March 30, 1902 in Northwood, ND; died January 12, 1987 in Robbinsdale (Minneapolis), MN 55422.

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