Elefson and Hayer Families
Four of my great, great grandparents immigrated to the Muskego settlement arriving in September 1842. They were:
Of the five Elefson children, three married, and all three married children from the Hayer family.
Andrew Hayer was one of the signers of the Muskego Manifesto. He left Muskego relatively early and settled briefly in the town of Koshkonong, Jefferson Co., Wisconsin, but soon moved to the Fox River Norwegian settlement in LaSalle County, Illinois. He prospered there. He had five children.
The Elefson and Hayer families were related in several ways to several of the early immigrants to Muskego. For example, Ole Øysteinsson Sjøtveit arrived in 1841 and was a nephew of Anne Hayer, the mother in that family. This Ole later settled near Mt. Horeb in Dane Co., Wisc. Ole Kittleson Luraas and wife also arrived in 1841. He was a first cousin to Oliver Elefson and his wife, Anne Christiansdtr. Mårheimsrud in Tinn, was a niece to Lars Hayer. There were other more remotely related relatives.
There is a book, now out of print, that traces the descendants of the Hayer and Elefson families down to about 1950. It is by Annie Hyer Kemp and is titled "What We Know About the Hayer (Hyer) Family."
A few years ago, I published a small book -- "Elefson Family History" -- that traces the ancestors of these two families in Norway. It is available from me at:
N6616 County Road O
River Falls, WI 54022
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