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Hernit Christopherson
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Hernit Kristófersson a.k.a. Hernit Christopherson "Hernit was born on July 1, 1850 in Myvatn, Iceland. Died 1928. He is the third son of Kristofer Andresson and Sigurveig Sigurdursdottir. On July 8, 1880 he married Thora Sigurdurdottir (Born Oct. 2, 1856), [12]

Hernit Kristofersson
Iceland, Baptisms
Name: Hernit Kristofersson
Gender: Male
Event Date: 06 Jul 1850 Event Place: REYKJAHLID,SUDUR-THINGEYJARSYSLA,ICELAND
Birth Date: 01 Jul 1850
Father's Name: Kristopor Andresson
Mother's Name: Sigurveig Sigurdsdr Source


Hernit as Passenger
Hernit on Passenger List
click to enlarge

In 1883, they immigrated to Canada with their young son Peter, leaving Iceland because of poor farming conditions, many hardships and no future. They stayed with Hernit's brother, Sigurdur and his family, at Grund in the RM of Argyle, for a year until Hernit was able to file for a homestead.


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IMG_SCAN_3956 Thora and Hernit Christopherson ,[12]

In 1884, he acquired NW 6-6-14, where he built a log house and log barn and moved his family to their own home that year.

In 1890 Hernit bought a second quarter of land, NE 1-6-15, [12]

Canada Census, 1901
Name: Hernit Christopherson
Event Type: Census Event Date: 31 Mar 1901
Event Place: A, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Ethnicity: Icelandic
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Lutheran
Hernit Christopherson Head M 50 Iceland
Herbert Th Christopherson Son M 8/12 MB
Bjorg Christopherson Wife F 34 Iceland
Pjetur Christopherson Son M 18 Iceland
Sigurjon Christopherson Son M 16 MB
Vilhelmina J Christopherson Daughter F 8 MB
Sigurdur Christopherson Son M 6 MB Source


The land Hernit owned was mostly hills, brush and stones, with only 100 acres of broken land. In 1905, he rented three quarters of 17-6-13, which had 450 acres of broken land. The homestead where they lived was isolated from the Icelandic settlement in Grund, so in 1907, Hernit moved his family to NW 17-6-13, which was more central to church, school and town, and he rented out his homestead. In 1911, Hernit bought NE 2-6-14 and W 1-6-14, from Hildur Thorsteinson, widow of Helgi Thorsteinson who had homesteaded this land in 1882. In the fall of 1911, the family was moved and permanently settled in the house located on NE 2-6-14. Hernit was a man with many interests and a keen desire to be involved in community and church activities. He was one of the trustees of Mirmir School and later a trustee of Hola School, a position he held for many years. He was a member of the Grund Church Board and he helped established the Icelandic Library at Grund and continued as an active member of this society.

Source: 'Come into our Heritage RM of Argyle 1882-1892'.,[12] Book available from the R.M. of Argyle, Manitoba Office in Baldur.



Image M.W.C._432b
Rare photo of brothers Sigurdur, Hernit, and Sigurjon 'John'

Click to enlarge
Courtesy of the Miriam Westereng Collection

In the early days Hernit helped many sick people with his knowledge of Homeopathic Medicine. He was one of the first trustees of Minir School District, served on Hola school board and trustee of the Grund Lutheran Church. Hernit and Bjorg celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary in 1924., [12]

Occupation
1883, Húsavík, Iceland [1]

Emigration
1883 Húsavík, Iceland, Ship: Craikforth to Quebec? Verify if this was Sigurdur and not Hernit [1] Probably Sigurdur-see new find below

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 about Hernit Kristofersson
Name: Hernit Kristofersson
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
Date of Arrival: 31 Jul 1883
Vessel: Buenos Ayrean
Search Ship Database: View the 'Buenos Ayrean' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database Port of Arrival: Quebec, Quebec Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland; Queenstown, Ireland Roll: C-4533
Image of above passenger list will go under Log-In photos

Hernit Kristófersson, changed to Christopherson, had 3 brothers and three sisters emigrated to Canada. Possibly 3 stayed in Iceland. Correction: Only one sister stayed; Kristveig.

Residence
1901, Argyle, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada [2]
1916, 6, Argyle, Souris, Manitoba, Canada [2]
1920, NW 6-6-14, Canada [3]

Bought property at NW 6-6-14 from Hildur and Helgi Thorstienson had farmed in 1882 (Glenboro citation)
Lived there until 1928. In his early days helped many sick people with his knowledge of Homeopathic Medicine (Glenboro citation).

HOMEOPATHIC DOCTOR & MID-WIFE
"There were no doctors in those early days. Hernit Kristofersson's wife, Sigurveig Olafsdottir [sic: Should say Peter Kristofersson's wife], was one of many of these ladies trained in Iceland. She carried a small needlepoint and leather satchet filled with necessary tools for delivering small babies into the world.
Source 'Come into Our Heritage' pp 118

While still living in Iceland, Hernit had acquired the knowledge of homeopathic medicine and its use. In the early days, he served many people in the area, where doctors were not readily accessible. Frequently he would be called out by distressed families to administer to the sick, especially the young, who were suffering from colds, grippe, or pneumonia. Many hours would be spent at the bedside of these people until the crisis was passed. After Thora died, Hernit married Bjorg Bjornson on October 29, 1899. Hernit died on August 18, 1928 and is buried at Grund Cemetery in Baldur, Manitoba. The Christopherson farm was well-known for its warm hospitality. The door is always "open", the coffee pot on, and everyone is warmly welcomed, to enjoy a time of reminiscing and fellowship."
Information from "Come into our Heritage RM of Argyle 1882-1892"


Article on Medicinal/Chemical/Druggist Bottles.

Hernit and Thora had eight children: Peter, Helga (died shortly after birth), Sigurjon, Hermann, Matthildur, Sigurdur, Jennie and Sigurdur Hermann. On June 14, 1897, Thora died at the age of 40, leaving five young children, three of her children having died at an early age.,[12]

Thora Sigurdurdottir
"only one of Thora´s children married (Jennie), and she did not have any children.  In other words, there are no descendants of Thora."

FEB 2015: "there were no siblings who stayed in Iceland (only the deceased!). There was one family member left behind , a nephew of Hernit and Sigurdur. His mother was a sister of Hernit and Sigurdur (I think her name was Sigurveig);she died before all the family emigrated. And the second "misinformation." Sigurveig Olafsdottir, the midwife, was not the wife of Hernit. I think she might have been the wife of Petur, Hernit's brother."
From Living Tytgat

"The place where you rented the horses [SE Lake Myvatn] is run by relatives and it is the next farm over from where my grandparents lived. Thora and my grandfather were first cousins but I don't know anything about her father except his name was Sigurdur Hinriksson and he was a brother of my great grandfather Jon Hinriksson an well known poet in Myvatnssveit. I was hoping that you might know something about her children and her sisters children. I think her sister married a Petursson (Peterson)"
By Arnfridur Sigurdardottir, Mother Kristín Þorláksdóttir. grandfather was Thorlakur, great grandfather was Jon Hinriksson. Þóra´s (Thora) uncle.


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Hernit Christopherson
Digital photo retouched by Roy - Webmaster
Courtesy of The Erla Wankling Collection

18xx Census
Hernit and Thora's children:
Peter
Helga (died shortly after birth)
Sigurjon,
Hermann
Matthildur
Sigurdur
Vilhelmina J Christopherson, b. 1892
Jennie
and Sigurdur Hermann. On June 14, 1897


Hernit and Þóra Sigurðardóttir Christopherson
1. Pétur Christopherson
Peter born 1881 [1881] died 1963.[12]
(Pete) was born on Dec. 5, 1881, in Iceland and came to Canada with his parents, at the age of two. He received his education at Hecla School, then joined his father farming and continued along with his brothers after Hernit died. Pete’s favorite pastime was whittling wood with a pocketknife and his finest work was scale models of early farm machinery. He was a member of the Icelandic Library Society and of the Grund Cemetery Board, he was caretaker of the cemetery for a number of years. Pete died on June 11, 1963, and is buried at Grund Cemetery.[12]

2. Helga (died shortly after birth)

3. Sigurjon Christopherson (John) a lawyer in Winnipeg, born 1884 died 1967.
Born on Sept. 15, 1884, in the Grund district. He received his early education at Mimir School and went on to teach, with a permit, at Hola, Thor and in Saskatchewan. During the winter months, from 1902-1909, John attended Wesley College in Winnipeg, then studied law from 1911-1914, being ad- mitted to the bar in 1914. In 1916, he joined the Fort Garry Horse [?] and served in Canada during WW II as a paymaster. After the war, he worked for a law firm until starting on his own, where he practised law in the Somerset Building in Winnipeg, until retirement in 1963. John was an avid reader, interested in many subjects and he taught himself to speak many languages. He died on April 29, 1967, and is buried at Grund Cemetery..[12]


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John Christopherson b. 1884

Courtesy of The Skardal Collection
John Christopherson
Here is WWI card sent from Nonni Johnson to Roy in 2008 on John Christopherson, son of Hernit. Roy darkened it as best as possible.
Enlarge


SCAN0039 - Hola School
Courtesy of The Erla Wankling Collection

4. Hermann was born on Oct. 6, 1886 in the Grund district. He died on Jan. 29, 1893, at the age of seven.[12]

5. Matthildur was born on April 29, 1889. She died at the age of 12, on Feb. 11,1901.[12]

6. Sigurdur Christopherson was born on April l, 1890, and died July 1, 1891, at the age of one.[12]

7. Vilhelmina J Christopherson, b. 1892, nothing more is known.

8.
Jennie Christopherson was born on June 22, 1892, in the Grund district. She received her education at Mimir School. She worked at home and at friends and neighbours, before her marriage to Baldur Peterson in 1935.Jennie and Baldur made their home in Gimli, Man., where Baldur was a fisherman on Lake Winnipeg, until becoming a plumber and working at the Air Force Base at Gimli. In 1969, they moved to Baldur, to Jennie’s family’s farm. Baldur died on Feb. 11, 1970, and Jennie on April 20, 1972. They are both buried at Grund Cemetery.
Married Baldur Peterson of Gimli.[12]

Jenny Christopherson Peterson
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Jenny CHRISTOPHERSON Peterson
Courtesy of The Dorothy Tytgat Collection
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Back Row: Herbert Christopherson (Dorothy's father), Ted Christopherson (Roy's father), Johann 'Joe' Christopherson,
Front Row: Baldur who married Jenny, Veiga (Erla's mother, and Dorothy's father Herb's brother, Pjetur 'Pete' Herb's half brother)
Place color photo from Anniversary
View Group Photo of Jennie and Baldur
on the Christopherson Clan page

9. Sigurdur Hermann Christopherson, (Siggi) was born on Nov. 4, 1894 in the Grund district. He received his education at Mimir, Frey and Hola schools. He farmed all his life with his brothers. His favorite pastime was reading and he belonged to the Icelandic Library Society. Siggi, though reserved, had a good sense of humor, he was known, on occasion, to have slipped a little brandy into the coffee of his older brother, an abstainer, and enjoy this enor- mously. He remained a bachelor, but was a doting uncle to his nieces. He died on Feb. ll, 1967, and is buried at Grund Cemetery.[12]


Marriage 2
Hernit married Bjorg Bjornsdottir in 1899, she was born 1866-1952.[12]

Bjorg Bjornsdottir
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Hernit's 2nd wife, Bjorg Bjornsdottir
Courtesy of The Dorothy Tytgat Collection

On Oct. 29, 1899, Hernit married Bjorg Bjornson, daughter of Bjorn Bjornson and Herborg Jonsdottir. She was born on Aug. 23, 1864, in Vopnarfirdi, Iceland. In 1893, Bjorg and her parents emigrated from Iceland to join two of her sisters in Winnipeg. The parents went on to Gimli and Bjorg remained in Winnipeg, where she worked as a tailoress, until she married Hernit. The land Hernit owned was mostly hills, bush and stones, with only 100 acres of broken land. In 1905, he rented three quarters of 17-6-13, which had 450 acres of broken land. This he worked for two years from his homestead. The homestead where they lived was isolated from the Icelandic settlement of Grund, so in 1907, Hernit moved his family to NW 17-6-13, which was more central to church, school and town, and he rented out his homestead. In 1911, Hernit bought NE 2-6-14 and W 1-6-14, from Hildur Thorsteinson, widow of Helgi Thorsteinson who had homesteaded this land in 1882. In the fall of 1911, the family was moved and permanently settled in the house located on NE 2-6-14

Hernit was a man with many interests and a keen desire to be involved in community and church activities. He was one of the first trustees of Mimir School and later a trustee of Hola School, a position he held for many years. He was a member of the Grund Church Board, and he helped establish the Icelandic Library at Grund and continued as an active member of this society.

While still living in Iceland, Hernit had acquired the knowledge of homeopathic medicine and its use. In the early days he served many people in the area, where doctors were not readily accessible. Frequently he would be called out by distressed families to administer to the sick, especially the young, who were suffering from colds, grippe or pneumonia. Many hours would be spent at the bedside of these people until the crisis was passed.

Bjorg was an active member of the Grund Ladies’ Aid. She also belonged to the Hvita Bandid (white band), which was an organization that worked toward getting the right of women to vote in Manitoba. She carded and spun her own yarn, from the wool of the sheep raised on their farm.

Hernit and Bjorg had three children:
Herbert,
Johann,
and Sigurveig.[12]


Hernit and Bjorg BJORNSDOTTIR Christopherson Children

1. Herbert Thorarinn 'Herb' Christopherson was born on Aug. 2, 1900, in the Grund district. He received his education at Frey and Hola schools. He married Emily lsberg.
See Herb Christopherson Family).
.[12]
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1. Herbert, 1900-1960, married Emily lsberg;

Courtesy of 'Come Into Our Heritage', [12]

2. Johann Bjorn (Joe) was born on Aug. 5, 1903 in the Grund district. He received his education at Hola School, then joined the family, farming. He was a member of the Hola School Board for 20 years, until the closing of the school, in 1953. He was also a favorite Santa Claus at Hola for many years. He was a member of Grund Church Board and Grund Cemetery Board and has been the custodian of the Grund Church since the Historical Society took it over in 1975. He was a long time member of the Baldur Curling Club. Joe’s interests have included politics, debating, history, reading and he is well-known for his art of story-telling, having a story (or many stories) for any occasion. Like his father, Joe has always been interested in people, helping them in many ways. Although he never married, he is like a second father to Herb’s daughters, who spent a great deal of their childhood on "the farm", and still return today as returning home. Joe retired from active farming in 1976, though he kept sheep, which were his pride and joy, until 1979. He still resides on the home farm.
Joe
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2. Johann born in 1903, living on the farm;[12]
Courtesy of The Dorothy Tytgat Collection


3. Sigurveig (Veiga) Matthildur CHRISTOPHERSON Helgason was born on Dec. 22, 1905, in the Grund district. She received her education at Hola School. She worked at the Bay in Winnipeg for a while, then at home. She married Chris Helgason in 1933.
(See Chris Helgason Family).
In 1940, Gudrun Isfeld, daughter of Kjarten and Borga Isfeld, came to the Christopherson farm to work for the family as a hired girl, and she has remained with the family to this day. Warmly known as "Gooney", her motherliness and caring nature are well-known in the hearts of many people, young and old, in the area. She has a unique talent for recalling events and people of the past and relating these stories in an enjoyable and in- teresting way. Her interests, other than people, include making quilts (using the wool from the sheep raised on the farm), baking tertas, knitting, crocheting, reading and serving coffee to the many visitors.

The Christopherson farm is well-known for its warm hospitality. The door is always "open", the coffee pot on, and everyone is warmly welcomed, to enjoy a time of reminiscing and fellowship.
AuntiVeiga_Erla's mother
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2. Sigurveig [Veiga] Christopherson born 1905, married to Christian Helgason of Glenboro.
Their children are
2.1 Living Wankling, and
2.2 Living Smith.
Visit their page here.

Age at death: 78 years old
Bóndi á Geirastöðum í Mývatnssveit. Ameríku.

thora's grave
https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=135821538

Hernit died on Aug. 18, 1928, and Bjorg on Oct. 30, 1952. They are both buried at Grund Cemetery.[12]

more from grund church
https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2507860

Thora's Relatives
Looks like a match. Yup, shows married to Hernit. Goes back to ancestors on both sides. Will send data on Sigurdur's brother, Jon that you mentioned.
source: http://www.icelandicrootsdatabase.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I17546&tree=icelandic

Name Sigurður Hinriksson 
BornSuggest a change for this event 26 Nov 1828  á Klömbrum Find all individuals with events at this location 
Gender Male 
DiedSuggest a change for this event 20 Nov 1887  Fagradal, Hólsfjöllum, Skinnastaðahreppur, N-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this location 
Notes 
  • Bóndi á Hólum í Laxárdal og Brekku í Aðaldal.
    Þing,skrá. K.V., Laxdælir.
Person ID I17546  Icelandic Roots
Last Modified 15 Nov 2013 

Father Hinrik Hinriksson,   b. 1796,   d. 26 Oct 1862, á Helgastöðum Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
Mother Þorgerður Jónsdóttir,   b. 05 Jul 1799,   d. 24 Dec 1863, Stöng, Mývatnssveit, Skútustaðasókn, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
Family ID F6170  Group Sheet

Family 1 Kristveig Gísladóttir,   b. 15 Oct 1827, Skörðum, Reykjahverfi, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jan 1889, Fagradal, Hólsfjöllum, Skinnastaðahreppur, N-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
Children 
  1. Vilhelmína Sigurðardóttir,   b. 13 Aug 1851, í Skörðum Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. 14 Sep 1860, Brekku, Aðaldal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location  (Age 9 years)
  2. Pétur Sigurðsson,   b. 09 Jul 1852, í Reykjhlíð Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. 10 Mar 1860, Heiðarbót, Reykjahverfi, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location  (Age 7 years)
  3. Jakobína Sigurðardóttir,   b. 09 Jan 1854, á Hólum, Laxárdal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. 12 Oct 1890, USA Find all individuals with events at this                            location  (Age 36 years), m. Gudni Jonsson
  4. Björn Sigurðsson,   b. 02 May 1855, á Hólum, Laxárdal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location
  5. Þóra Sigurðardóttir,   b. 02 Oct 1856, á Hólum, Laxárdal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. 14 Jun 1897, USA Find all individuals with events at this                            location  (Age 40 years)
  6. Sigurveig Sigurðardóttir,   b. 25 Jul 1858, í Sýrnesi, Aðaldal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location
  7. Vilhjálmur Pétur Sigurðsson,   b. 12 Oct 1860, Brekku, Aðaldal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. 11 Mar 1861, í Brekku. Find all individuals with events at this                            location  (Age 0 years)
  8. Sigríður Sigurðardóttir,   b. 23 Aug 1862, Brekku, Aðaldal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location
  9. Tryggvi Sigurðsson,   b. 22 Jul 1865, Brekku, Aðaldal, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location
  10. Haraldur Sigurðsson,   b. 06 May 1869, Skútustöðum, Mývatnssveit, Skútustaðasókn, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. 22 Jan 1941  (Age 71 years)
Family ID F5056  Group Sheet

Family 2 Guðrún Grímsdóttir,   b. 15 Oct 1848, á Bjarnastöðum í Öxarfirði Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1934  (Age 85 years) 
Notes 
  • Barnsmóðir
Children 
  1. Sigurjón Sigurðsson,   b. 28 Nov 1877, Kálfaströnd, Mývatnssveit, Skútustaðahreppur, S-Þingeyjarsýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location,   d. Abt 1887, drukknaði í Sunnudalsá, Vopnafirði, N-Múlasýsla Find all individuals with events at this                            location  (Age 9 years)

Married to Helga Jórunn Jónsdóttir. (what is this for?)



If you are family with information and photos, please contact Roy.
IN 2013, Mike and Roy visited with the family of Hernit. See the Main Photo page for Hernit's album.
In their album is a photo of the medical bag which matches the one in the Come Into Our Heritage book.



Dorothy's uncle Joe owned Hernit's farmstead and Kjartan 'Kay's Shanty was across the road over the hill.

Sources:
[1] PDF_WEB_0016_Christopherson-1 (from Kormakur Hognason)
[2] Ancestry.com
[3] The Emigration from Iceland to North America, The Weekly Newsletter - Nr 39