The Dakota Icelanders Project

Pioneer Icelandic Settlers
of Cavalier County

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Cavalier County

Cavalier County is in northeast North Dakota, the second county west of the eastern border and bordered by Canada to the north.

Cavalier County

Cavalier County

Eastern Cavalier County

Eastern Cavalier County

The above maps are from the 1920 US Census.

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The Icelanders

The placenames, other than the townships, usually associated with the Icelanders in Cavalier County are Fjalla Church and Congregation, the Pembina Hills, and the town of Milton.

The following are the townships with significant numbers of pioneer Icelandic settlers. There were also small numbers in other locations.

Alma Township
Township 160 North; Range 58 West.
Byron Township
Townships 164 & 165 North; Range 63 West.
East Alma Township
Township 160 North; Range 57 West.
Montrose Township
Township 159 North; Range 57 West.
South Olga Township
Township 161 North; Range 57 West.

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The scrolling list below contains a list of families known or believed to have lived in Cavalier County during the settlement period.

Pioneer Icelandic Settlers in Cavalier County

  1. Anna Björnsdóttir (1851-1928), see Jakob Júlíus Jónsson (1848-1934)
  2. Anna Davíðsdóttir (1869-1961), see David Swanlaw (1871-1916)
  3. Anna Ingibjörg Jasonardóttir (1860), see Jónas Helgi Kristjánsson (1859)
  4. Anna Margrét Jónsdóttir Austmann (1871-1964), see Snæbjörn Steingrímsson Grimson (1866-1935)
  5. Anton Magnús Friðriksson Möller (1847-1924) and Guðny Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir (1848-1919)
  6. Árni Jónsson (1850-1928) and Steinunn Jónsdóttir (1851-1902)
  7. Aron Jónsson (1860-1907), see in Gardar
  8. Ásta Margrét Helgadóttir (1861-1954), see Guðmundur Jónsson (~1867-1903)
  9. Auður Grímsdóttir (1844-1903), see Thórður Gunnarsson (1851-1886)
  10. Baldvin Jónsson (1871) and Ingibjörg Pálsdóttir (1864)
  11. Benedikt Sigurðsson (1854), see in Akra Township
  12. Benóní Stefánsson (1866-1933) and Margrét Unknown (~1864-1898)
  13. Bjarni Jónasson (1837-1923) and Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir (1835-1924)
  14. Björg Magnúsdóttir (1863-1940), see Haraldur Pétursson (1845-1935)
  15. Björn Bjarnason Jónasson (1870-1915) and Guðfinna Rósa Asmundson (1883-1947)
  16. Björn Erlendsson Hólm (1839), see in Pembina Township
  17. Björn Jónsson (unidentified)
  18. Björn Pétursson (1826-1893), see in Thingvalla Township
  19. David Swanlaw (1871-1916) and Anna Davíðsdóttir (1869-1961)
  20. Einar Einarsson (1854-1938) and Thórunn Thorbergsdóttir (1857-1938)
  21. Einar Guðnason (1841) and Sólveig Pétursdóttir (1839-1912)
  22. Elías Emil Eggertsson Vatnsdal (1869-1956) and Guðrún Jónsdóttir Myres (1871-1929)
  23. Elín Jónína Jónsdóttir Myres (1874-1929), see Guðmundur Jón Thórðarson (1857-1912)
  24. Eyjólfur Benediktsson (1833-1895), see in Thingvalla Township
  25. Finnur Eiríksson (1824-1889), widower of Sigurlaug Sigurðardóttir (~1811)
  26. Friðrik Bjarnason (1851-1930), see in Akra Township
  27. Friðrik Friðriksson Reinholt (1865-1944) and Steinunn Guðrún Steingrímsdóttir (1871-1946)
  28. Friðrik Guðlaugsson Vatnsdal (1862)
  29. Friðrik Jafetsson Reinholt (1823-1897) and Solveig Rebekka Benediktsdóttir (1832-1917)
  30. Friðrik Karl Friðriksson Möller (1821-1906) and Anna Steinsdóttir (1813-1899)
  31. Gísli Benjamínsson Benson (1829-1916) and Guðbjörg Daníelsdóttir (1831-~1918)
  32. Gísli Gíslason (1831-1901) and Ragnheiður Gísladóttir (1841-1917)
  33. Gunnar Kristjánsson (~1857-1922), a single man
  34. Gunnlaugur Jónsson (1850-1927) and Sigríður Runólfsdóttir (1838-1922)
  35. Guðbjörg Björnsdóttir (~1833-1910), widow of Páll Pálsson (~1829)
  36. Guðbjörg Daníelsdóttir (1831-~1918), see Gísli Benjamínsson Benson (1829-1916)
  37. Guðbjörg Jasonardóttir (1862-1943), see Indriði Friðriksson Reinholt (1862)
  38. Guðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir (~1846-1937)
  39. Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir (1835-1924), see Bjarni Jónasson (1837-1923)
  40. Guðbjörg Pétursdóttir (1835-1908), widow of Hannes Björnsson (1837)
  41. Guðfinna Rósa Asmundson (1883-1947), see Björn Bjarnason Jónasson (1870-1915)
  42. Guðmundur Einarsson (unidentified)
  43. Guðmundur Jóhann Davíðsson (1856-1937) and Ragnhildur Hannesdóttir (1874-1956)
  44. Guðmundur Jón Thórðarson (1857-1912) and Elín Jónína Jónsdóttir Myres (1874-1929)
  45. Guðmundur Jónsson (~1867-1903) and Ásta Margrét Helgadóttir (1861-1954)
  46. Guðny Eiríksdóttir (1844-1923), see Jón Jónsson (1852-1945)
  47. Guðny Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir (1848-1919), see Anton Magnús Friðriksson Möller (1847-1924)
  48. Guðrún Einarsdóttir (1848-1930), see Ólafur Einarsson (1850-1920)
  49. Guðrún Jónsdóttir (1835-1906), see Steingrímur Grímsson (1831-1908)
  50. Guðrún Jónsdóttir (1860-1920), see Jóhann Jónsson (1854-1886)
  51. Guðrún Jónsdóttir Myres (1871-1929), see Elías Emil Eggertsson Vatnsdal (1869-1956)
  52. Guðrún Jörundsdóttir (1874-1930), see Jóhannes Jasonarson Thordarson (1863-1936)
  53. Guðrún Konstantía Sæmundsdóttir (1871-1947), see Jónatan Hallgrímsson Gislason (1860-1917)
  54. Guðrún Margrét Björnsdóttir (1846-1923), see Pétur Jónsson (1851-1918)
  55. Guðrún Ólafía Ólafsdóttir (1849-1932), see Thórður Finnsson (1850-1901)
  56. Guðrún Ólafsdóttir (1841-1916), see Jón Thórðarson (1836-1929)
  57. Guðrún Reykjalin (1882-1920), see Magnús Davíðsson (1862-1949)
  58. Guðrún Sesselja Magnúsdóttir (1858-1929), see Jón Magnússon (1861-1936)
  59. Guðrún Unknown (1840)
  60. Halldór Guðmundsson (unidentified)
  61. Halldór Sigurðsson Asgrimson (1873-1955) and Thórunn Jónsdóttir Austmann (1875-1956)
  62. Halldór Thorgilsson (1831-1919), see in Thingvalla Township
  63. Hallgrímur Hallgrímsson (unidentified)
  64. Hallgrímur Pétursson (1843) and Sigurlaug Margrét Sveinsdóttir (1853-1927)
  65. Haraldur Pétursson (1845-1935), Steinunn Bjarnadóttir (~1834) and Björg Magnúsdóttir (1863-1940)
  66. Helga Kristjánsdóttir (1856-1948), see Sumarliði Sumarliðason (1833-1926)
  67. Helga Vilhjálmsdóttir (1825-1913), see Ólafur Guttormsson (1813-1890)
  68. Helgi Pétursson (1850-1903) and Ragnhildur Gísladóttir (1862-1928)
  69. Helgi Sigurður Helgason (1872-1958) and Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir (1871)
  70. Hermann Bjarnason (1867-1957) and Júlíana Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1871-1953)
  71. Hermannía Jónsdóttir (1842-1914), see Jón Einarsson Snædal (1841-1904)
  72. Indriði Friðriksson Reinholt (1862) and Guðbjörg Jasonardóttir (1862-1943)
  73. Ingibjörg Hjálmrún Thórðardóttir (1860), see in Gardar Township
  74. Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir (1871), see Helgi Sigurður Helgason (1872-1958)
  75. Ingibjörg Pálsdóttir (1864), see Baldvin Jónsson (1871)
  76. Ingibjörg Unknown (1876), see Samuel Koffski (1876)
  77. Ingimundur Dahlman (1850-1889) (unidentified)
  78. Ingunn Jasonsdóttir (1864-1895), see Sigurbjörn Gíslason Benson (1868-1909)
  79. Ingveldur Benediktsdóttir (1816-1899), widow of Einar Vilhjálmsson (1823)
  80. Jakob Júlíus Jónsson (1848-1934) and Anna Björnsdóttir (1851-1928)
  81. Jóhann Jónsson (1854-1886) and Guðrún Jónsdóttir (1860-1920)
  82. Jóhannes Jasonarson Thordarson (1863-1936) and Guðrún Jörundsdóttir (1874-1930)
  83. John Tenney (1850-1918) and Sumarrós Pálsdóttir (1867-1946)
  84. Jón Einarsson Snædal (1841-1904) and Hermannía Jónsdóttir (1842-1914)
  85. Jón Guðmundsson (1845) and Thorbjörg Sveinsdóttir (1850-1930)
  86. Jón Jónsson (1806) and Margrét Jónsdóttir (1813)
  87. Jón Jónsson (1852-1945) and Guðny Eiríksdóttir (1844-1923)
  88. Jón Jónsson Hrútfjörd (1835-1920) and Karólína Magnúsdóttir (1841-1923)
  89. Jón Kristján Halldórsson (1849) and Rósa Unknown (1851)
  90. Jón Magnússon (1861-1936) and Guðrún Sesselja Magnúsdóttir (1858-1929)
  91. Jón Matthíasson (1871-1957), see in Gardar Township
  92. Jón Pétursson (unidentified)
  93. Jón Thórðarson (1836-1929) and Guðrún Ólafsdóttir (1841-1916)
  94. Jónas Helgi Kristjánsson (1859) and Anna Ingibjörg Jasonardóttir (1860)
  95. Jónatan Hallgrímsson Gislason (1860-1917) and Guðrún Konstantía Sæmundsdóttir (1871-1947)
  96. Jónína Jónasdóttir (1874-1960), see Sigurbjörn Gíslason Benson (1868-1909)
  97. Jónína Thuríður Jónsdóttir (1856), see Sigurjón Jónsson Snædal (1850-1935)
  98. Júlíana Jóhanna Böðvarsdóttir (1872) , see Skafti Sæmundur Halldórsson (1871-1937)
  99. Júlíana Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1871-1953), see Hermann Bjarnason (1867-1957)
  100. Karólína Magnúsdóttir (1841-1923), see Jón Jónsson Hrútfjörd (1835-1920)
  101. Kjartan Sveinsson (1860-1939) and Sigríður Hjalmarson (1878-1920)
  102. Kristín María Jónína Jónsdóttir (1840), widow of Ólafur Ólafsson (1841-1897)
  103. Kristín Steingrímsdóttir (1869-1958), see Stefán Guðmundsson Goodman (1849-1899)
  104. Kristín Unknown (1840)
  105. Kristinn Hermannsson (1851-1911) and Margrét Jónsdóttir (1837)
  106. Kristján Jónsson (~1816-1907), widower of Hallfríður Gunnarsdóttir (1817-1862)
  107. Kristjana Benediktsdóttir (1870-1949), see Petur Jóhannesson Magnusson (1868-1914)
  108. Lars Haugen (1855-1915) and Sigrún Björnsdóttir (1860-1938)
  109. Magnús Davíðsson (1862-1949), Sigurbjörg Bjarnadóttir (1874-1906) and Guðrún Reykjalin (1882-1920)
  110. Magnús Thorbergur Thórðarson Paulson (1866-1958)
  111. Margrét Jónsdóttir (1813), see Jón Jónsson (1806)
  112. Margrét Jónsdóttir (1837), see Kristinn Hermannsson (1851-1911)
  113. Margrét Unknown (~1864-1898), see Benóní Stefánsson (1866-1933)
  114. Martin Asgrimson (1864) and Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1866)
  115. Matthildur María Oddsdóttir (1850-1929), see Sveinbjörn Björnsson (1843-1945)
  116. Ólafur Einarsson (1850-1920) and Guðrún Einarsdóttir (1848-1930)
  117. Ólafur Guttormsson (1813-1890) and Helga Vilhjálmsdóttir (1825-1913)
  118. Ólöf Guðmundsdóttir (1809-1898), widow of Jón Sigurðsson (~1808)
  119. Petur Jóhannesson Magnusson (1868-1914) and Kristjana Benediktsdóttir (1870-1949)
  120. Pétur Jóhannsson (unidentified)
  121. Pétur Jónsson (1851-1918) and Guðrún Margrét Björnsdóttir (1846-1923)
  122. Ragnheiður Gísladóttir (1841-1917), see Gísli Gíslason (1831-1901)
  123. Ragnheiður Magnúsdóttir (1850-1909), a single lady
  124. Ragnhildur Gísladóttir (1862-1928), see Helgi Pétursson (1850-1903)
  125. Ragnhildur Hannesdóttir (1874-1956), see Guðmundur Jóhann Davíðsson (1856-1937)
  126. Rannveig Runólfsdóttir (1840-1922), widow of Guðmundur Guðmundsson (1833)
  127. Rósa Unknown (1851), see Jón Kristján Halldórsson (1849)
  128. Sæmundur Björnsson (1851-1916), see in Thingvalla Township
  129. Samuel Koffski (1876) and Ingibjörg Unknown (1876)
  130. Sigfinnur Finnsson (1851-1918) and Sigurlaug Jóhannesdóttir (1852-1934)
  131. Sigríður Björnsdóttir (1867), see Sigurjón Jónsson Snædal (1850-1935)
  132. Sigríður Hjalmarson (1878-1920), see Kjartan Sveinsson (1860-1939)
  133. Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1847-1897), see Thorleifur Gunnarsson (1847-1918)
  134. Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1866), see Martin Asgrimson (1864)
  135. Sigríður Runólfsdóttir (1838-1922), see Gunnlaugur Jónsson (1850-1927)
  136. Sigrún Björnsdóttir (1860-1938), see Lars Haugen (1855-1915)
  137. Sigurbjörg Bjarnadóttir (1874-1906), see Magnús Davíðsson (1862-1949)
  138. Sigurbjörn Gíslason Benson (1868-1909), Ingunn Jasonsdóttir (1864-1895) and Jónína Jónasdóttir (1874-1960)
  139. Sigurjón Jónsson Snædal (1850-1935), Jónína Thuríður Jónsdóttir (1856) and Sigríður Björnsdóttir (1867)
  140. Sigurlaug Jóhannesdóttir (1852-1934), see Sigfinnur Finnsson (1851-1918)
  141. Sigurlaug Margrét Sveinsdóttir (1853-1927), see Hallgrímur Pétursson (1843)
  142. Sigurður Finnsson (1846-1929) and Soffía Sigurðardóttir (1851)
  143. Sigurður Vigfússon Melsted (1876-1950) and Thórunn Ólafsdóttir (1872-1947)
  144. Skafti Sæmundur Halldórsson (1871-1937) and Júlíana Jóhanna Böðvarsdóttir (1872)
  145. Snæbjörn Steingrímsson Grimson (1866-1935) and Anna Margrét Jónsdóttir Austmann (1871-1964)
  146. Soffía Sigurðardóttir (1851), see Sigurður Finnsson (1846-1929)
  147. Solveig Jóhannesdóttir (1840-1923), see Sveinbjörn Björnsson (1843-1945)
  148. Solveig Júlíana Jóhannesdóttir (1870-1941), see Thorsteinn Guðmundsson Goodman (1865-1960)
  149. Sólveig Pétursdóttir (1839-1912), see Einar Guðnason (1841)
  150. Solveig Rebekka Benediktsdóttir (1832-1917), see Friðrik Jafetsson Reinholt (1823-1897)
  151. Stefán Guðmundsson Goodman (1849-1899) and Kristín Steingrímsdóttir (1869-1958)
  152. Steingrímur Grímsson (1831-1908) and Guðrún Jónsdóttir (1835-1906)
  153. Steinólfur Steinólfsson Grimson (1873-1925), see in Gardar Township
  154. Steinunn Bjarnadóttir (~1834), see Haraldur Pétursson (1845-1935)
  155. Steinunn Guðrún Steingrímsdóttir (1871-1946), see Friðrik Friðriksson Reinholt (1865-1944)
  156. Steinunn Jónsdóttir (1851-1902), see Árni Jónsson (1850-1928)
  157. Sumarliði Sumarliðason (1833-1926) and Helga Kristjánsdóttir (1856-1948)
  158. Sumarrós Pálsdóttir (1867-1946), see John Tenney (1850-1918)
  159. Svanborg Pétursdóttir (1864-1939), see Thorlákur Jónasson (1864)
  160. Sveinbjörn Björnsson (1843-1945), Solveig Jóhannesdóttir (1840-1923) and Matthildur María Oddsdóttir (1850-1929)
  161. Thorbjörg Sveinsdóttir (1850-1930), see Jón Guðmundsson (1845)
  162. Thorlákur Jónasson (1864) and Svanborg Pétursdóttir (1864-1939)
  163. Thorleifur Gunnarsson (1847-1918) and Sigríður Jónsdóttir (1847-1897)
  164. Thorsteinn Guðmundsson Goodman (1865-1960) and Solveig Júlíana Jóhannesdóttir (1870-1941)
  165. Thorsteinn Thorláksson (1858-1932), see in Thingvalla Township
  166. Thórunn Jónsdóttir (1844-1931), a single lady
  167. Thórunn Jónsdóttir Austmann (1875-1956), see Halldór Sigurðsson Asgrimson (1873-1955)
  168. Thórunn Ólafsdóttir (1872-1947), see Sigurður Vigfússon Melsted (1876-1950)
  169. Thórunn Thorbergsdóttir (1857-1938), see Einar Einarsson (1854-1938)
  170. Thórður Finnsson (1850-1901) and Guðrún Ólafía Ólafsdóttir (1849-1932)
  171. Thórður Gunnarsson (1851-1886) and Auður Grímsdóttir (1844-1903)
  172. Unknown Guðmundsson (1827)
  173. Vigfús Snæbjörnsson Hanson (1866-1940), see in Gardar Township
  174. Vigfús Thorsteinsson (1864-1924)
  175. Vilborg Jónsdóttir (1830-1895), see in Akra Township

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As is obvious from the list above, not all pioneer Icelandic settlers have been identified. For many other families there is minimal information. I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has any information they wish to share on these or any Icelandic immigrant families or who wishes to participate in project.

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