Oframe: Thank you for your response to my message. I now understand your relationship to me. I very well remember Martha Halverson Frette. She was my mother's first cousin and grew up in the Slater, Iowa community as did my mother. I recall visiting the Grand Central Coffee Company in Des Moines that Martha's husband, Raymond Frette, ran. I remember, too, that Martha and Raymond had only one son, Ralph Frette. But, Ralph took off when he grew up and the relatives here in Iowa never had much connection with him.
I was never very deep into the Nervig clan in my genealogical data gathering since they were alway "in-laws" with two of my mother's aunts marrying Nervigs and one uncle, Engebrit, married a Nervig. However, further back in the genealogical listings, my great-great-grandmother was a Nervig, actually she was born and raised on the farm Nervik in the Fjeldberg church parish and the Etne governmental district. She married Engebrit of the farm Kjellesvig, also a part of Fjeldberg and Etne. He is the grandfather after whom Engebrit Halverson was named and who was the husband of Helga Nervig, also known as Helen. I would guess that your hunch is correct that Helen's father was Owen Nervig.
I don't know how much it is of interest to you but Engebrit Kjellesvig was a direct descendent of a man who was knighted by the king of Denmark under the name Lilianskjold. That peerage ran out, though, when the last heir to the title died without marrying and without descent. It was a sister of that last heir who married into the Kjellesvig family. I think that it was a great-grandson of that Lillianskjold sister who married the girl from Nervik and provided the Nervig connection that I have 'way back there through my Halverson background.
Paul J. Hermann
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