This Full Circle began when Karla left a comment on the blog that Rena was a relative.
Rena Ensby Photo Number 1573
I am very interested to find out about the photo 1573. My great-great grandmother was Berti Simonsdatter Ensby born 1850. Her sister was Ronnog Simsonsdatter Ensby born 1854- the Rena Ensby in the picture I believe. Where did it come from? Do you have others? How can I get a copy? I have attached a photo of Berti to this email. It is a picture of Berti with her husband Teodore Mathisen and two children, Frank and Pete.
Thank you so much! Karla
Here is the photo she emailed me.
Berti (Ensby) with her husband Teodore Mathisen and two children, Frank and Pete.
I answered her questions, the photo came from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota. I am unsure about others. Although Photo Number 1572 is wearing the same dress as Rena in Photo Number 1573. They must have been friends or the dress was store bought and it is a coincidence that they wore the same dress.
Thank you so much! I am so excited! And that other photo 1572 certainly looks like the exact same person- but I don't know about the info printed there. I will certainly get looking into that! Again thank you so much!!
I sent off Rena’s photo to Karla.
She wrote back:
Yes! The photo arrived and it is beautiful! I apologize that it has taken me so long to respond. The truth is I have spent many hours of research trying to find out more about her!! My searching is far from over, but this is what I do know:
Ronnog Simensdatter Ensby was born in Oslo, Oppland, Norway on 17 February 1854 to Simen Iversen and Ingebor Larsdatter. Her siblings:
Ane: born 1841
Agnete: born 1844
Iver: born 1846
Lisabet: born 1848
Berti: born 1850
Sicil: born 1856
Anna: born 1859
Pauline: born 1862
Ronnog (or Rena) emigrated 15 May 1885. She was living in Spokane Washington at 1207 Riverside as a "domestic" in 1890. I have not been able to find any marriage record or death record or anything else about her really... But I will continue searching and would love input from anyone who might know something else!
I would love to get the picture of Ana Ensby too! I don't know too much about her either: Ana was born 15 March 1859 in Oslo, Oppland, Norway as well. She is found on the Ensby farm in the 1865 and 1875 census. Then I found a naturalization intention record for her 1888-1907 in Swift County, Minnesota. She also is listed in the Spokane Washington directories from 1892-1907 as a domestic. I cannot find any marriage or death record on Ana.
Berti is my great great grandmother- I have quite a bit of information on her if anyone is interested. Thank you so much, Karla
P.S. I have sent a check to thank you and cover postage for sending the picture of Rena Ensby (and the one for Ana if that is possible!) Thank you again so much!
I mailed off Anna Ensby’s photo also.
Anna Ensby Photo Number 1575
March 21 Thanks! I got the picture of Ana today! I am beyond thrilled!! Thank you for this great service you do! Karla
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