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Ingibjörg 'Einarsdóttir' Stoneson

Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir was born 02 Aug 1862. Died 26 Sep 1951, Blaine, Whatcom, Washington
Shared Facts: Ingibjörg married Stone Stoneson in 1887 in Winnipeg, Canada

See Stoneson Clan page here.

Stafholt Church should be in the cluster of buildings from a photo reference sent over by Vern Austman. You will see a bend in the river and the church should be up topon the right in a photo by

Posted photos in high resolution of possibly Emma visiting Iceland at the possible Stafholt Church about 1961. They are still not the best photos. Enhanced the photos for color and light/dark.
The 60s-ish color is changed.

Almanac 1925
Translated roughly by Vern Austman in Feb 2011.

The Almanac 1925.
Thorstein’s wife was Ingibjorg Einarsdottir Skeggjasonar from Uppsolum in Nordurardal. Her mother was Leopoldina Nielsdottir, a half sister of Lovisa, mother of sera Steingrims Thorlaksson and siblings. Ingibjorg grew up with her relation sera Stefan Thorvardsson in Stafholt. There she married her man, Thorstein Stoneson [Þorsteinn Þórsteinsson], and the same year, 1887, left for Canada (America).
They were 3 years in Winnipeg and then went to Victoria where they lived until 1897 when they went to the “spit of land”, tangann, (Point Roberts). Thorstein obtained 40 acres of land and built a house, but then did not occupy it on account of the sickness of his wife.
[This is doubtful translation, or they did not occupy very long; since I have a photo of Ingibjorg, looking frail, and Guðrún/Rooney in front of a house after 1897, likely at Point Roberts.]

He then sold the 40 acres and moved the house to one acre that he kept from the 40. Then he got 20 acres of lowland that was free of trees in the western part of the settlement, bought some cows and set up a milk business for the fisher neighbors. He also setup a lumber operation for income for the care of his frail wife. This enterprise he carried on for 7 years. Then he sold the milk and other enterprise and left for good to reside in Blaine. (Part of this time may have been in Crescent Beach).

Their children were Stefania Ingibjorg Maria, who in 1914 married Andres Fjeldsted Oddstad (and are living in Vancouver in 1925); Ellis Leo who married Kristbjorg Sigurdardottir Thordarsonar; Henry not married in 1925; and Guðrún Sigridur who in 1914 married Kjartan Kristofersson [Christopherson] and are living in Argyle Manitoba (in 1925).
See image file of Icelandic.

From Roy's database
Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir Great Grandparents
Níels Jónsson Níelsen b. 14 Apr 1795, Norway [5]. d. 27 Aug 1844 [4] m. Oddný Sigfúsdóttir, b. 06 Sep 1791, d. 21 Aug 1835 Húsfreyja á Siglunesi og Vatnsenda í Ólafsfirði. Svarfdælingar I[4]

"Here is the lineage
3. grein
3 Henrietta Lovísa Níelsen Thorlakson, f. 27. ágúst 1820 í Siglufjarðarkaupstað, d. 26. júlí 1901 í Seklirk í Manitoba. húsfreyja á Húsavík, Tjörn í Ljósavatnsskarði 1851-73, Krossi, Milwaukee, Shawano og í Mountain í N-Dakoda [V-Ísl.æ.III, Íæ IV]
4 Níels Jónsson Níelsen, f. 14. apríl 1795, d. 27. ágúst 1844. faktor á Siglufirði 1817-28, Eskifirði og á Húsavík [Hvannd.III, S.æ.1890-1910 I] - Guðrún Jónsdóttir (sjá 6. grein)
5 Jón Nielsson, f. (1760). ættaður frá Christiansand í Noregi, f.m.Solveigar [V-Ísl.æ.III] - Solveig Jónsdóttir (sjá 7. grein)"

Leopoldína Níelsdóttir, daughter of Níels Jónsson Níelsen
Leopoldína b. 28 Nov 1822, d. 21 Jul 1894 [4] m. Einar Skeggjason, b. 22 Aug 1820, Drowned10 Nov 1862, Bóndi (farmer) í Uppkoti Norðurárdal 1850-62. [4]

"I find out at Einar Skeggjason drowned 10. november 1862. And Gudrun the youngest of the children was born same day 10. november 1862. Ingibjörg has only been 1 years old when her father drowned and Jóhannes 10 years old."

Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir daughter of Einar Skeggjason.

Leopoldína Níelsdóttir HALF-SISTER
Níels Jónsson Níelsen (see 4 above) 2nd wife was Guðrún Jónsdóttir, b. 1798 at Illugastaðir, Suður-Þingeyjar, Iceland. d. 01 Aug 1896 í Brennisteishúsi á Húsavík. d. 26 Jul 1901, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. [6]

Henríetta Lovísa Níelsdóttir daughter of Guðrún Jónsdóttir and half-sister of Leopoldína Níelsdóttir.
In Roy's notes, according to Magnús Haraldsson, Henrietta went to North Dakota. [5]
Now, here is an interesting find being researched. Roy's siblings were baptized by a Rev. Thorlaksson. He also gave service during most of the funerals of the Christophersons. His photo is on the Dale RnD page and the connection research.

Roy welcomes any data on the Stonesons.

From Bruce Costello, 4/25/2010
'When I was about 10 or 11 Grandma Rooney (Guðrún Christopherson, nee Stoneson) sat me down and told me that Grandpa K's grandfather (was it John or William Taylor - I get confused sometimes) had been born in Arundel Castle, that there was some sort of romance that his mom and dad had fled England to Barbados because Catholics and Protestants were then forbidden to marry. They returned years later with our G-G Grandfather Taylor.

She also said the mother was either a niece or daughter of the Duke of Norfolk and thus part of the Fitzalan-Howard family. The Howards go back to the first Duke who fell at Bosworth Field alongside Richard III in 1485 and the story is recounted in Shakespeare's play. The Fitzalan are also the Stuart monarchs of Scotland and later Scotland and England and Wales.

I believe that first Uncle Lorne and later Uncle Sig researched these claims but were never able to solidly establish the link. Stefani disagrees with me and said her dad did indeed establish the
link and visited Arundel castle in WW-II, though was unable to meet our alleged 'kinsman' the Duke due to his being busy in Churchills war cabinet.

I am curious and wonder if you have definitively settled this matter. How could it have become family lore I wonder - was it the wistful dream of a hard-scrabble plains frontier family,
reality, or some other explanation stranger than the others.

* When I was last in Canada in 1994 cousin Carrie (sister to Edie and Al and Cassie) told me'...'As Sigurdur Christopherson was a sort of 'leader' of Icelanders, he evidently disapproved and was even more miffed when Grandpa K married Grandma Rooney (Guðrún). Seems relations between Grandpa and his dad were never very good after.

I've no idea for sure if this story is true or not. It is colorful, and Carrie seemed to think it true and I never knew her to knowingly lie. I just think of it as the stuff of legend now - amusing, entertaining, nothing to get upset about.

She also said Thorsteinn Thorstensson changed his name to Stony Stoneson because there were about 7 other gentlemen with the identical name in the district and he had trouble getting his mail!

* I would only add that my mother, eldest of the Christopherson 9, did actually know GG Carrie Christopherson and told me her grandmother considered herself a Scotswomen. T'was from
GG Carrie that my mother got inspiration for my name, Bruce, after the ancient Scottish King who watched spiders and was inspired.'

Another email:
* I was being taught to speak Icelandic at ages 3 and 4, but one day my lessons stopped. This happened because Grandma and Grandpa Christopherson used to speak it when they didn't want their kids to know what they were saying; only my mom and Uncle Lorne became fluent. And for awhile, me...

Newsletter on the lcelanders In Northern California

The Christopherson tribe has been increased by two husky boys . Congratulations ! Ted and Pauline surprised them all with the first grandson, Robert Glenn on Apri l 26th , and not to be out - done Sig and Enid followed suit with another boy , Keith Sigurd on May lOth . Now you know why Kjartan Sr . is so chesty . On June 6th , Mrs. A. F. Odd-stad (Emma) and Mrs . K, L . Christopherson (Runa ) together with Mrs. Ellis Stoneson (Ber-tha) entrained for Blaine, Wash , to visit their respective mothers . It ^ may be recalled that some-what over a year ago Emma and Runa were in an automobile ac-cident on their way north a few miles from the hospital where their mother, Mrs. Stoneson lay, having suffered a stroke . Emma had both her legs broken and now was her first chance to com-plete the delayed visit . Mrs. Stoneson is bed ridden at her home in Blaine , but reported to be holding her own.

There is a photo of Gudrun and another woman standing behind a bed of an older woman dated June 21, 1947, 3 weeks before the above visit. It probably is Gudrun visiting her mother after the stroke. The other does not look like Emma, nor Bertha to me.
Because I consider the photo somewhat private, it will not be posted. If family want copy, email, Roy.

[4] Halfdan Helgason
[5] Magnús haraldsson Magnus Haraldsson
[6], Public Member Trees (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2006),, Database online. Record for Níels Jónsson Níelsen.

Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir
Daughter of
Einar Skeggjason, b. 22 Aug 1820, d. 10 Nov 1862, drowned
and Leopoldína Níelsdóttir, b.28 Nov 1822, d. 21 Jul 1894

Ingjborg Stoneson
Ingibjörg 'Einarsdóttir' Stoneson

Jóhannes Einarsson, b. 24 Jun 1852. d. 22 Dec 1914
Sigríður Einarsdóttir, b. 31 Aug 1858
Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir (self)
Guðrún Einarsdóttir, b. 10 Nov 1862, d. 16 Jun 1891
Guðrún the youngest of the children was born same day
10. november 1862. Ingibjörg has only been 1 years old when
her father drowned and Jóhannes 10 years old.
Courtesy of

1. Ingibjorg Leopoldina Thorsteinsson
2. Stephania Ingibjorg Maria Emma Stoneson Oddstad b. 1889
3. Joe Stoneson b. 17 Mar 1892
4. Ellis Stoneson, b. 1893, d. 1952
5. Henry Stoneson b. 17 May 1895
6. Guðrún 'Runa'/'Roonie' STONESON Christopherson b. Feb 1897
7. Baldwin Stoneson b. Jan 18988

Great Grandmother of Roy, Karl, Elena, Sandy, and many cousins.

For more photos see Stoneson Clan page

Andy Oddstad Page
Andy Oddstad Photos
Leona Oddstad Page
Oddstad Clan Page

Stoneson Report by Caroline Cartwright
1960 Icelandic Canadian Article

Stoneson Family

Stoneson House
Blain Washington
Stoneson House

Close Up
Close up of above photo
The girl should be Guðrún Christopherson, doubful,
Yet her own son, Hank says it is her. Possibly Joe, Ellis and Henry
near her.

TO DO: Insert Blaine House photo

Ingiborg (Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir)
and Stone Stoneson (Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson)
Possibly Joe Stoneson (Child)

Cross-verification with

Nelson Gerrard

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