1920-1930 circa

Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948) was a telegrapher and later a depot agent for the Great Northern Railroad from 1912 to 1948. (b. August 17, 1881; Fleckefjord, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. June 19, 1948; Norman County, Minnesota, USA)



Jacob and his family emigrated to the United States in June of 1898.



Ole married Doris Elizabeth Wilkens (1901-1980) on January 5, 1918 in Pleasant View, Norman County, Minnesota. Her parents were from Germany. She was born in Minnesota. Doris' sister, Martha Wilkens, was married to Ole's brother Emil.



He was a telegrapher and later a depot agent for the Great Northern Railroad from 1912 to 1948.

Lockhart, Norman County, Minnesota[]

In 1930 the family was living in Lockhart Township, Norman County, Minnesota with their children: Edna Mae Williamson; and Gladys Marilyn Williamson. They were paying $15 a month in rent. Ole was working as a "station agent" for the railroad. He listed that he had emigrated in 1898.


He died on June 19, 1948 in Norman County, Minnesota. His death certificate number was "010396".


He was buried in Immanuel Cemetery, Norman County, Minnesota.

Memories about Ole Williamson[]

  • Judith Kaye Grothe (1947) wrote: "He was the son of Jacob and Anna Williamson. Born August 17, 1881 at Fleckefjord, Vest Agder, Norway. He immigrated to US in 7/1898 and settled in Minnesota. In the early 1900's he attended the University of Minnesota and became a buttermaker. He was later employed by the Great Northern Railroad from 1912 to 1948, first as a telegrapher and later as a depot agent. He married Doris Wilkens in 1918. Ole died on June 19, 1948. He was interred at Immanuel Cemetery, Hendrum, Norman County, Minnesota."
  • Judith Kaye Grothe (1947) wrote in 2008: "My grandfather, Ole Williamson, aka Ole Jacobsen, first traveled to Liverpool, England and then sailed on the 'SS Laurentian' on 7/7/1898 and arrived at Point Lewis (near Quebec) on 7/15/1898. He was listed as 'Ole Jacobsen, 15 yrs old' and was going to his maternal uncle Christian Haugeland in Beaton?, MN (Kittson Co.) I got this info from a US Manifest of Alien Immigrants at a local library. The copies were very small print and hard to read. You can also see them at if you have a membership. Point Lewis must have been on the border near Quebec. In the same type of records I found 'Jacob Wilhelmsen, age 46' along with Anna, age 44, Wilhelmine, age 20, Helen, age 12, Christian, age 10, Jacob, age 7, Andreas (Emil), age 4, and Jenny, age 8 months". They left Liverpool on 6/18/1899 and arrived in Quebec 6/26/1899 on the "SS Sardinia". The records said the family had more than $600 with them and was going to Donaldson, MN to 'brother-in-law Christian Haugeland'"

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Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948) was the grandfather of Judith Kaye Grothe (1947) and the second cousin twice removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958).




Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948)'s ancestors in three generations
Ole Martin Williamson (1881-1948) Father:
Jakob Elias Willumsen (1853-1928)
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Willum Andreas Larsen (1816-1896)
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Olene Andrea Pedersdatter (1819-1912)
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Peder Andreas Hansen of Log (1790-1849)
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Maren Sophia Olsdatter of Gullestad (1791-1868)
Anna Elisabeth Olesdatter (1855-1909)
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