Library playing lost and found with a family genealogy

Fort Lupton branch searching for Paulson, Miller families to claim books

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Librarians in Fort Lupton are hoping to find the people missing a very specific kind of treasure that they may not realize exists.

Librarian Cindy Lyons at the Fort Lupton Public & School Library was rummaging through some archives in the back of the library a year ago when she came across a treasure of three large books documenting the genealogy of the Miller and Paulson families. The collection likely took years to put together, with photos and scraps from the 1800s through the 1980s.

“We think maybe someone was cleaning out a relative’s house in Fort Lupton and mixed the genealogy books with other books that they were donating,” said Lyons.

Each book contains numerous old photos and hundreds of pieces of information on the family history, tracing their lineages and generations of families that married and blended.

The library needs help identifying the families and finding their relatives to give them back this precious story of ancestors, but there are clues. Since the large books contained an expansive family genealogy, they know contributors include Mavis Aaaker Larson. daughter of Clara Paulson Aaker, the granddaughter of Kjerski and Martin Paulson.

To date, the contributors haven’t been found.

Norway to Minnesota

The linage begins with Martin Paulson, born August 25, 1845, in Drammen, Norway. He was the son of Paul Paulson and Mary Krogstad. He was educated in Norway and worked as a bookkeeper until 1866 when he turned 21-year and migrated to America leaving behind his parents and his brother Andrew. His nephew, Torlief Hauge Paulson, passed away at age 85 in 1968. He was a professor at Oslo University and was the last Norwegian relative of Martin Paulson listed in the books.

Martin’s wife Kjersti Paulson was born in Hadeland, Norway on December 14, 1860. She migrated to America from Norway with her parents Christen Paulson and Gillbjorg Samestua at age 9 in 1869. They settled in Filmore County near Lanesboro, Minnesota.

It was in Filmore County where Martin met Kjersti and the two married on May 22, 1876. After they married, the newlyweds traveled to the Dakota Territory in a covered wagon pulled by oxen. When arriving, they built their first house sod house, living in it for several years, until they completed a log cabin house.

Paulson filed a homestead claim in August 1883 in Moody County south of Flandreau, South Dakota where there were only three buildings at the time – an old mill, a land office, and a boarding house on the Main Street.

They had 11 children: Andrine Marie, Karl Gilbert, Gunda Pauline who died as a baby, Olga, Ida Elisa, George Alfred, Carolina Mathilda, Clara Constance, Henry Arthur, Ella Christine and Myrtie Emilie.

The Paulson’s donated land to build a church and cemetery which is now the Lone Rock Olso Parish near Jasper, Minnesota.

Library officials are not sure how the books ended up in Fort Lupton, but are hoping to find the family’s descendants. If you know these families, please contact Cindy Lyons at the Fort Lupton Public & School Library at 303-857-7180.

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