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Meet our Relatives - Oddstad Branch

Jon Jónsson Sveinbjörnsson Oddstad

Jon Jónsson Sveinbjörnsson , b. 21 Jun 1876 [4]. Died 18 Jun 1939.
Jon married in 1899 to Helga Þorbergsdóttir Fjeldsted

Brother to Andrés Fjeldsted Jónsson

Jón Jónsson Sveinbjörnsson Link to Surname pages
Son of Jon Sveinbjornson and Guðný Andrésdóttir Fjeldsted

Married Helga Þorbergsdóttir Fjeldsted

Jon Jonsson Sveinbjornson
Courtesy of the Austman Collection
From Vern Austman
"Old Jon [Father of the Jon to the left] legally took the name Oddstad in 1913, as well as his wife Gudny, and sons Andres
and Thorkjell/Charles. Those documents were registered, as well as a common property agreement for Jon and Gudny.
So they were known as:
Jon S. Oddstad;
Gudny A. F. Oddstad;
Andres F. S. Oddstad; and
Charles T. Oddstad.

The other 3 brothers did not adopt Oddstad, Jon, Gudjon and Sveinbjorn.

1. Þorkell Charlie Oddstad, b. 01 May 1877
2. Jón Jónsson Sveinbjörnsson, b. 21 Jun 1878
3. Guðjón Sveinbjörnson, b. 30 Jun 1882, Iceland
4. Andres Fjeldsted Oddstad Sr., b. 17 Aug 1886
5. Jonina Oddstad, b. Abt. 1890
6. Sveinbjörn Swaini Sveinbjörnson, b. 1882

1. Helgi Jónsson, b. 1902
2. Harold Jónsson, b. 1904
3. John Konrad Jónsson, b. 1906
4. Guðný Lovísa Jónsdóttir, b. 07 Mar 1909
5. Sigurjon Austman, b. 06 Feb 1903 in Hnausa, Manitoba, Canada

Helga Thorbergsdottir Fjeldsted Vern's grandmother, wife of Jon Jonsson Sveinbjornsson had been living with Andres Andresson Fjeldsted before 1887 and at age 10 joined her father Thorbergur for the emigration of the big joint family, Fjeldsted's and Sveinbjornsson's. Andres Andresson had multiple farms at the mouth of Hvitar, some of which are still in the family; I visited Ferjukot in 2010 which is west of the old bridge where the old ferry was previously operated by the family. Then they ran a gas and convenience store; which now is a salmon museum. It is now off the beaten track, with a new bridge from the town of Borgarness directly to the southeast. Hvitarvellir is at the east end of the old bridge and had been sold in 1898. That was a whole other story, well known in Iceland; the purchaser was known as "The Baron", he was a Frenchman but living in England, and started a salmon cannery with Andres Andres working with him. He committed redacted in London in 1902 apparently because of financial problems. He left the farm and a warehouse in Reykjavik on "Baron" street up the hill from town centre. I don't know who took possession; there is a book "The Baron" that I tried to find at an antiquarian bookstore but could not even find the bookstore."
Sveinbjörn Árnason Patriarchal Page
Jon Sveinbjornson-Oddstad Page
Clann Oddstad Page
Stone Stoneson Individual page
Clann Stoneson
The following Family Tree Chart was created
to give a visual inter-connection between the families.

Sveinbjörn Árnason and Guðlaug Kristjánsdóttir are above Jon
Please note that the Tree is incomplete

Family Tree showing Stoneson to Oddstad connections Click to Enlarge

1913-Jon Sveinbjornsson Oddstad with Gudni, Thorunna, second wife of Charlie and Charlie’s sons by Jonina Anderson, sister of Kristjan
Courtesy of the Austman Collection
V.A.C_005_JonSvbAddaChildren 1924
Jon J Sveinbjornson, with Aisha´s grandmother Pearl, Andy, Elma and Sylvia.
It was taken in 1924, when Vern´s Grandpa spent a winter working in Vancouver 1924

Courtesy of the Austman Collection

Vern Austman
Vern Austman
Son of Sigurjon San Austman
and Guðný Lovísa Jónsdóttir,
daughter of Jón Jónsson Sveinbjörnsson,
son of Jón Sveinbjörnsson Oddstad
Guðný Lovísa Jónsdóttir

Vern's Mother
Courtesy of the Austman Collection

Vern Austman's relation to Jon is as follows: (Jon Sveinbjornson Oddstad < Jon Jonsson Sveinbjornson < Lovisa Louise Sveinbjornson married Sigurjon Austmann), Jon Jonsson Sveinbjornson was brother of Andres Fjeldsted Oddstad Senior.

We are lucky to have not one genealogist in this branch, Vern Austman, but two, Neil Austman!

Hi Roy,
Íslendingabók has:
Andrés Fjeldsted Jónsson       17 Aug 1886 – 6 Dec 1955

according to Íslendingabók his direct ancestors are:
 Páll Grímsson    (1691 - 1755) and his wife: Guðrún Jónsdóttir (1700 - 1762)             
Grímur Pálsson     1734 - 1788
Þorlákur Grímsson     1773 - 1822
Þorbjörg Þorláksdóttir     1804 - 1845
Guðný Andrésdóttir Fjeldsted     1843 - 1935 and her husband Jón Sveinbjarnarson       30 Nov 1852 – 11 may 1938      (Living Helgason writes his name Jón Sveinbjörnsson Oddstead)
Andrés Fjeldsted Jónsson     1886 – 1955
continued here.

Lögberg ran an obituary on Dr. Andrés Fjeldsted Oddstad on its frontpage 25 Apr 1957 with a picture of Andrés.
Morgunblaðið ran an obituary on Dr. Andrés Fjeldsted Oddstad in its issue of Wednesday 5 Jun 1957page 14.
Halfdán Helgason Database:
Guðný Andrésdóttir Fjeldsted Oddstead b. 28 Jul 1843 at Narfeyri on Skógarströnd d. 21 Oct 1935 - in Blaine, Washington
husband: Jón Guðmundsson 4 Mar 1832 - 30 Sep 1869 age at death 37
Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir 1868-1910  &  Eiríkur Sumarliðason 1861-1933
husband:Jón Sveinbjörnsson Oddstead (parents: Sveinbjörn Árnason
1811-1860  &  Guðlaug Kristjánsdóttir 1813-1887 ) ,  Fædd(ur)    30. nóvember, 1852, Lést   11. maí, 1938 dánaraldur 85 ára ,
          Þorkell Jónsson 1877
          Jón Jónsson Sveinbjörnsson 1878  &  Helga Þorbergsdóttir
Fjeldsted 1877
                Helgi Jónsson 1902
                Harold Jónsson 1904
                John Konrad Jónsson 1906
                Guðný Lovísa Jónsdóttir 1909 died in 1999 (see email from Vern 5-26-2009)
          Guðjón Jónsson 1882-1967  &  Guðrún Katrín Jónsdóttir 1884-1935

          Andrés Fjeldsted Jónsson 1886

Andrés Fjeldsted Jónsson       17 Aug 1886 – 6 Dec 1955

Andrés emigrated to Canada at age 7 i.e. around 1893

Sandy refers to Andy in her email,  according to the Social Security Death Index: ANDRES ODDSTAD born 24 Jun 1918 – died Jan 1964

From: Roy Christopherson
To: Living Nathan Cc: Living Hognason; Living Jonsson
Sent: Mon, August 10, 2009 1:30:03 AM
Subject: Re: The Stonesons and Oddstad report

Redacted...My Great Grand Father Jon Sveinbjornsson Oddstad's son Andres moved to San Francisco in 1928, and his son Andy Oddstad was a builder, Pacifica area.  Andy died in 1964 on a freeway there, a drunk driver hit him going wrong way on a ramp.  Others in the family are and were in Sacramento.
My mother Lovisa, Louise, (nee Sveinbjornson, Jon, son of above Jon), redacted

Nonni steered me onto your file and I noticed a discrepancy, and make an addition.
1.  The Andres Oddstad you list as married to Stefania was actually her son and the girls are his sisters.  Andres, younger, or Andy, married Clara Ella Byler.  He took over the Stoneson firm when the brothers both died.  I attached a name list confirming this.
2. redacted
Living Austman

FROM A THREAD FROM 2003, redacted Austman. the internet is so great!

Posted by: Living austman Date: August 11, 2003 at 08:19:22

Fríðrik, I have a copy of King Olaf Saga parts 4 and 5 and it is signed by Andres "gift of Arna frá Oddstuðum". Is Andres son of Karitas?

Posted by: Living Helgason Date: August 11, 2003 at 14:15:29
In Reply to: Andres Fjeldsted Jonsson "Walnineri". by Living austman

redacted...the answer is no, as I presume that Andrés Fjeldsted Jónsson, is the one who was a medical doctor in California, b. 17 Aug 1886.

"Arna frá Oddstuðum" is most likely Árni Sveinbjarnarson (1842-1912), farmer at Oddsstöðum, brother to Andrés' father, Jón Sveinbjarnarson (1852-1938). Jón´s wife and Andrés' mother was Guðný Andrésdóttir Fjeldsted (1843-1935), daughter to Andrés Vigfússon Fjeldsted (1800-1862) and Þorbjörg Þorláksdóttir (1804-1846)

PS: what is "Walnineri"? The name of Andres' home in California? haha!

Re: Andres Fjeldsted Jonsson "Walnineri".
Posted by: Living austman     Date: August 11, 2003 at 16:08:50
In Reply to: Re: Andres Fjeldsted Jonsson "Walnineri". by Living Helgason

Dear redacted , that was an interesting response, but I do know the Chiropractor who called himself Andres Fjelsted Sveinbjornson Oddstad, he was my great uncle, born in w887 not 1886. The book I have predatpredates his birth and Arni is grandfather of the one you mention who was also my great uncle. Karitas ias sister of Gudny Andresdottir.
Living Austman

Posted by: Living austman   Date: August 11, 2003 at 16:33:18
In Reply to: Re: Andres Fjeldsted Jonsson "Walnineri". by living austman

Dear Halfdan, thinking more about the book, it may be the doodling of young Andres in his father's book, so I defer to your opinion. Living Austman.

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[2] Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005,, Nevada Marriage Index,
1956-2005 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2007),, Database online. Record for Sveinbjorn Ragnar Arnason.

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[4] Vern Austman


[6} Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935


On 7/15/2012
Martin's mother says there were 5 boys and she believes on daughter. Doesn't remember much about the daughter other than ...redacted

All the children were born in Iceland and three of them settled in Saskatchwan. Gudjon Jonsson Sveinbjornson known as "Guy" had four children. Thorburg (Tobba) born: 10/22/1910 died in Oregon on 5/12/1993. John: 2/11/1912-died Sacramento 3/1994. Thor: 9/1914-died Vancouver, BC in the 1990's. and finally Sigridur (Sigga) born 5/24/1918. Tobba had one son: Douglas Burns 1947-died in Hawaii in the '90s, John had no children. Thor had 4 Girls, ...redacted....

Two stayed in the Blaine/Cresent/White Rock area. Andres (Andy) and Charlie.

My mother also has a copy of a "Family Tree" made for Leona Henrietta Oddstad for her birthday. Redacted...

This "family tree" shows her father Andres Fjeldsted Oddstad as being born on 8/17/1887 in Kalastadarkoti, Iceland and her mother Stephanie Ingebjorg Maria (Stoneson) Oddstad as being born
in Winnipeg on 8/23/1889. Hope this helps. This tree takes the Oddstad side back to mid 1700's and the Stoneson side back to 1832


Jon and his wife, Jon and Gudny

Courtesy of the
John 'Martin' Johnson Collection
Sigga (Sveinbjornson) says this is a picture of her grandparents Jon and Gudny Oddstad pictured on the right side of this setting after they moved back to Saskatchewan.  On the left is her uncle Jon and his wife. 

1928 photo of Jon Sveinbjornson Oddstad, wife Gudny, son Jon Jonsson Sveinbjornson, the extra lady is not JJS's wife but is his first cousin Sollin Arnadottir Peterson, from JSO's brother Arni.