Andrea Sigurlaug Ingaldson Madden

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Madden, Andrea Sigurlaug Ingaldson

The following is a list of the ancestors and descendants of Andrea Sigurlaug Ingaldson Madden.

Kristján Vilhelm Kjærnested was born in 1826 at Krossanes in Eyjafjörður, son of Jón and Elín of Skriða in Eyjafjarðarsýsla. He came to Canada in 1876 and homesteaded at Kjarna in the Husavick district. Kristján built a log house at Kjarna and housed up to 18 people during the smallpox illness. All his family had been vaccinated against this disease before leaving Iceland. He was a founder of the Icelandic Lutheran Synod, and a member of the first council of the R.M of Gimli. His first wife Þórbjörg of Hólar, had six children. His second wife Sigurlaug Sæmundsdóttir had two children: Halldór and Þórbjörg Kristíana (my grandmother). His third wife, Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, had no children. Kristján Vilhelm Kjærnested died in 1908 while living with his son Paul at the Narrows MB. He was buried at Kjarna in Husavick.

Þórbjörg (Thorbjörg) Kristíana Kjærnested Paulson was born in 1865 at Neðri-Vindheimar on Þelmörk. She came to Canada with her parents in 1876. She attended St. Mary’s Academy, Winnipeg for one year. Þórbjörg married Kristján (Christian) Pétur Paulson in 1887. Þórbjörg was involved in a number of church and community activities; she was the first organist of the Icelandic Lutheran Church in Winnipeg, a founder of a Gimli choral group in 1893, and organizer and first president of women’s group “Framsókn”. She was always a gracious hostess and presided at the banquet for Lord Tweedsmuir in her home. Before returning to live in Gimli in 1932, she had lived at the hatchery in Gull Harbour on Mikley (Hecla) Island where her husband was supervisor. The men working at the hatchery depended on he for their meals. Her hobby then was needlework and raising canaries. She died in Gimli in 1948.

Kristján (Christian) Pétur Paulson was born 1862 in Miðvík in Laufássókn by Eyjafjörður. He came to Canada in 1876. He was involved in the fishing industry for many years, first through ice fishing and later as supervisor of the government fish hatcheries in Selkirk and Gull Harbour in Mikley. After moving back to Gimli he was elected mayor 1933-1937. He and his wife Þórbjörg had two children: Violet Christjana and Gordon Alexa. After his wife’s death he moved to Winnipeg to live with his son and wife Magnea. He died in 1953.

Violet Christjana Paulson Ingaldson (b. 1887 in Winnipeg-d. 1980) Violet graduated from Normal School and taught at Seven Oaks School and Framnes where she met Ingimar Ingaldson. They married in 1913. They had six children: Christian Vilhelm and Tryggvi Norman (twins), Valdine, Gordon Paulson, Thorburn and Andrea. Violet and Ingimar went to Iceland in 1930 to attend the Icelandic Millennial celebration of the founding of parliament. She was a charter member of Penhandlers writers group and was the author of many short stories as well as a novel titled Cold Adventure. She taught for several years in an Indian Residential School.


Ingimar Ingaldson was born at Hallson North Dakota, USA in 1888. His parents, Tryggvi and Holmfriður Andresdóttir, had come from Iceland in 1886 and settled in North Dakota. Poor soil and poor crops led them to move to Ardal, MB in 1902. He studied for a diploma in Agriculture from Manitoba Agricultural College. He was Secretary Treasurer of the Bifrost Municipality 1915-1926. He was active in drama and took part in many plays in Arborg and Framnes. He was manager of Arborg Farmers Coop store and manager of North Star Coop creamery there. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislative assembly and served five years. In 1930 he went to Iceland as a representative of the Manitoba Government and gave a speech at Þingvellir at the Millenial celebration. In 1928 Ingi took a position as manager of Canadian Livestock Coop Ltd and moved his family from Arborg to Winnipeg. He died in a drowning accident in 1934.

Jonas Tryggvi Ingjaldson (1862-1938) born at Saltvík near Husavík. Parents were Ingjaldur Jónasson and Margrét Jónsdóttir. When he was eight years old his father died and he was brought up at Laxmyri by Sigurjón Jóhanneson and wife Snjolaug Þórvaldsdóttir. In 1885 he married Hólmfriður Andrésdóttir. In 1886 they emigrated to North Dakota USA. They settled first in Akron then Hallson. After droughts and poor crops they moved to Ardal, Manitoba. They had ten children, two died in infancy, Sesselja, Ingimar, Snjolaug, Andrea, Sigriður, Guðrún, Rannveig, Kristjána. After moving to Ardal in 1902 his first major job in the public interest was to supervise the clearing of bush for roads and the digging of ditches. Tryggvi donated land form his holding lot 14 for a cemetery and a hall. He was the first chairman of the board of school district in Framnes. He organized the moving of frame buildings large and small often under difficult circumstances. He was the only mover well into the 1930s.

(This section taken from the Gimli Saga pp.49-50)

Petur Paulson was appointed postmaster at Gimli May 1, 1886, and held this position till May 1, 1891 when he moved to Argyle, Manitoba.

He was born August 29, 1884, the son of Pall Guttormson odf Arnastadir, Lodmundarfjordur, Iceland. In 1876 he emigrated to Sandvik (Sandy Bar). The oldest of their four children, Kristjan (Mr. C.P. Paulson) later became mayor of Gimli, and Mr. Paulson’s daughter, Mrs. Violet Ingaldson, is the author of Cold Adventure, a novel describing fishing on Lake Winnipeg.

Petur Paulson’s wife died in 1878. In 1882 he married his second wife Gudlaug Magnusdottir. In the same year he moved to Gimli and purchased the residence of Fridjon Fridrikisson, which was burned to ashes in 1888.