Hans Engebretsen Morkehaugen Huslokken Imsdalen (Imsdahl)
Born October 14, 1827 in Morkehagen Ringebu Oppland Norway, died in August 11, 1900 in Brooten Minnesota
Father: Engebret Arnesen Morkehagen (1795 - 1858)
Mother: Marit Hansdatter Skrukkerud (1800 - 1872)
Wife: Maret Olsdatter Elstadkleiven (July 22, 1829 - February 5, 1918)
Son: Engebret Hansen Skrukkerudskogem (1853 - )
Son: Ole Hansen Huslokken, born on 3-13-1856 in Ringebu Oppland Norway, died on 12-24-1932 in Brooten, MN
Daughter: Marit Hansdatter Huslokken (1862 - 1956)
Daughter: Mari Hansdatter Huslokken (1859 - 1947)
Son: Hans Hansen Huslokken (1865 - 1955)

Hans married Maret Olsdatter Elstadkleiven in 1853 in Ringebu Norway. They immigrated to Minnesota in 1887 to be with their children who had also immigrated to Minnesota. They and their children took the name Imsdalen (Imsdahl) after immigrating, as was the custom of other Norwegians who came from Imsdalen.

Hans was called Engebretsen because he was the son of Engebret. His third name represented the farm or place where he lived at the time. Morkenhagen is likely the name of the farm in Ringebu where he was born. Hans and Maret were called Huslokken after moving to Imsdalen, which was likely the name of the farm where they lived in Imsdalen at the time. Hans worked as a forester and gamekeeper in Imsdalen from 1867 to 1887. Only their daughter Mari and son Engebret stayed behind in Norway. Mari stayed in Imsdalen and Engebret went to the north of Norway. Some of Engebret's relatives still live to this day in Rognan Norway under the name Skansen.

Hans and Maret are both buried in a small country cemetery south of Brooten Minnesota. The headstone for Hans who died in 1900 says Imsdalen, and the headstone for Maret who died in 1918 says Imsdahl, which means the family changed the spelling of their name from Imsdalen to Imsdahl sometime between 1900 and 1918.

Children of Hans and Maret
The children of Hans and Maret who immigrated to America changed their name to Imsdahl after immigrating.

1) Engebret Hansen Skrukkerudskogem was born in 1853 and is listed in the 1875 census for Ringebu as living and working on the Imsdalen nordre (northern) farm with his parents and siblings.

2) Ole Hansen Huslokken (Ole Imsdahl) (an uncle of my grandfather) was born on 3-13-1856 in Huslokken, Oppland, Norway and died on 12-24-1932 in Brooten, MN. He married Oline Kristine Martinusdatter Sjoli (1856 - 1944) in 1884 in Stor-Elvdal Kirke, Norway. They immigrated to Minnesota on July 20th, 1888 and changed their name to Imsdahl. They had seven children (first cousins to my grandfather):

1. Herold Imsdahl (1884-1956) is buried at the Lutheran Cemetery in Brooten, MN. He worked at the Brooten State Bank. His wife was Josephine Severson (1892 - 1953). They had two children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Doris Imsdahl married Wesley Phillips. They had two children (third cousins to me):

John Phillips

Bonnie Phillips

2 - Merle Liebraten

2. Margaret Imsdahl was born in 1887 in Norway and died in 1959. She is buried at the Lutheran Cemetery in Brooten, MN. She married Thomas J. Olson (1883 - 1978). They had three children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Allen Olson was born around 1917. He married Gladys Bentrud.

2 - Myrtle Olson was born around 1919. She married Elwood Nelson, and one Ancestry.com listing says they had one child (third cousin to me).

3 - Esperance (Eppy) Mathilda Olson was born on 5-9-1918 and died on 3-5-1994 in Clearwater Florida. She married Vernon Dokken.

3. Olaf Ole Imsdahl (Martin Imsdahl) was born on 3-15-1886 in Gudbrandsdalen Oppland Norway, and died on 2-9-1960 in Brooten, MN. He married Elma Constance Baalson (1893 - 1949) on 11-30-1916. They had 5 children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Melvin Nathaniel Imsdahl was born on 4-20-1917 in Brooten, MN and died on 12-29-1992 in Minneapolis, MN. Melvin painted cars in an alley garage at Ceder and Lake Street in Minneapolis. He married Frances Thordson, and one Ancestry.com listing says they had three children (third cousins to me).

2 - Mildred Lorraine Imsdahl was born on 3-8-1919 in Brooten, MN and died on 5-18-2001 in Yakima Washington. She married Kenneth James Phillips (1916 - 1973) on 12-21-1938 in Northwood, IA. The 1940 U.S. census said they lived in Sunnydale Washington. One Ancestry.com listing says they had one child (third cousin to me).

3 - Orville Melbourne Imsdahl was born on 10-8-1920 in Brooten, MN and died on 7-22-2006 in Belgrade, MN. He married Phyllis Jeanette Johnson (1924 - 2009). One Ancestry.com listing says they had two children (third cousins to me).

4 - Marvin Lowell Imsdahl was born on 6-4-1930. He worked for the U.S. postal service in Minneapolis.

5 - Elwood Orlando Imsdahl was born on 6-6-1936 in Brooten, MN, and died on 10-15-1994 in Brooten.

4. Minnie Imsdahl was born around 1894 in Minnesota and died on 5-10-1979 in Warren, Ohio. She married a Hammell. They had a daughter (second cousin to my father):

Eileen Hammell was born on 8-20-1916 in Minnesota and died on 3-13-2005 in Ohio.

5. Alma Imsdahl was born on 11-18-1894 in Brooten, Minnesota and died on 3-8-1985. She married Raymond J. Sheehan (1902 - 1967).

6. Alvin Imsdahl was born in 1897 in Minnesota and died on 5-3-1962.

7. Olivia Imsdahl was born in 1898 or 1899 and moved to Fargo, ND. She married Norton Ness. They had a daughter (second cousin to my father):

Lola Mae Ness

3) Marit Hansdatter Huslokken (Marit Imsdahl) (1862 - 1956) was the mother of my grandfather, Menvil Peter Imsdahl.

4) Mari Hansdatter Huslokken (July 10, 1859 - February 2, 1947). Mari would have been around age 16 in 1875, the year the Ringebu census shows that Hans Engebretsen and his family were living in Imsdalen. Mari is not listed on that census and so likely would have been married and living at a different residence. She married Matias Johannesen Huset (June 9, 1855 - November 19, 1937). The Huset farm is located in the Imsdalen valley and is a short distance from the Imsdalen nordre (northern) farm that is listed in the 1875 Ringebu census. Thus, while some of her siblings and her parents immigrated to America, Mari stayed in Norway and lived on the Huset farm in the Imsdalen valley. Mari and Matias had 11 children (first cousins to my grandfather Menvil):

1. Hans Matiasen Huset, born 9-4-1880 and died 3-14-1969, is listed in the 1910 Ringebu census as living at the Huset farm in Imsdalen with his family. He married Gunda Simensdatter Mytting (1886 - 1975). They had 7 children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Gudveig Hansdatter Hust, born 8-3-1906 and died 12-27-1984. She married Einar Hansen Stuen (1900 - 1975). They had 1 child (third cousin to me):

Havard Stuen (1924 - 1993)

2 - Mathias Hansen Huset (born 1909)

3 - Erik Huset (1919 - 1943)

Plus four other children (names not known).

2. Johannes Matiasen Huset (1882 - 1937) married Bastine Simensdatter Borgedal (1882 - 1956). They had 6 children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Mathias Johannesen Borgedal (1906 - 1956)

2 - Marit Johannesdatter Borgedal (1912 - 1993)

3 - Ingeborg Johannesdatter Borgedal (1914 - 1984)

4 - Helga Johannesdatter Borgedal (1916 - 1984)

5 - Sverre Johannesen Borgedal (1918 - 1996)

Plus one other child (name not known)

3. Mathea Matiasdatter Huset, born 2-19-1883 and died 6-29-1930, married Gulbrand Frantsen Larslokken (1862 - 1929). They had two children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Frans Roar Lokken (1911 - 1978)

2 - Magnar Guldbrandsen Lokken (1917 - 1982)

4. Emil Matiasen Huset (1885 - )

5. Mina Matiasdatter Huset was born 7-11-1888 in Imsdalen and died on 10-20-1970. She married Hans Simensen Mytting (1878 - 1959). They had 7 children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Marit Hansdatter Mytting (1908 - 1958)

2 - Sigurd Hansen Mytting (1909 - )

3 - Gunhild Hansdatter Mytting (1910 - 1960)

4 - Magnus Hansen Mytting (1912 - 1987)

5 - Erik Hansen Mytting (1916 - 1997)

6 - Arne Hansen Mytting (1918 - 1995)

Plus one other child (name not known)

6. Gunda Matiasdatter Huset, born 3-7-1891 and died 2-17-1975, married Iver Kristiansen Mork (1890 - 1976). They had four children (second cousins to my father):

1 - Konrad Iversen Mork (1917 - 1974)

2 - Paula Margit Iversdatter Mork (1922 - 2007)

Plus two other children (names not known)

7. Anna Matiasdatter Huset (1893 - )

8. Harald Mathiasen Huset (Huse) (October 10, 1895 - December 29, 1969) married Marie Pedersdatter Haugen (May 3, 1897 - December 22, 1965). Harald was a first cousin to my grandfather Menvil Imsdahl.

1 - Kare Huse (January 26, 1933 - August 18, 2017) (Second cousin to my father Montelle). His son Harald Huse (my third cousin) owns the Huset farm that you can see at the end of my Imsdalen video. Harald said that he was up fixing the roof on one of the buildings when we stopped to take video of his farm. We did not know at the time we visited in 2016 that someone from the family still owns the farm.

9. Olav Matiasen Huset (1898 - )

10. Magnhild Matiasdatter Huset (1901 - )

11. Nora Matiasdatter Huset (1905 - )

5) Hans Hansen (Huslokken) Imsdahl was born 6-19-1865 in Huslokken Oppland Nowary and died on 4-16-1955. He immigrated to America on April 22, 1887 when he was 21 years old. He married Anna Martinusdatter Sjoli (1865 - 1940) in 1894 in Willmar, MN. They had two children (first cousins to my grandfather):

1. Helga Marie Imsdahl (1898 - 1933).

2. Mayme Martine Imsdahl was born on 3-12-1901 and died on 11-18-1986. She married Vernon Parker Benson (1899 - 1978). One Ancestry.com listing says they had three children (second cousins to my father).


The 1875 census for Ringebu has Hans Engebretsen and his family living on the Imsdalen North farm. His daughter Mari married and raised a family on the Huset farm in Imsdalen. Mari is not listed as living with her parents on the 1875 census because she was 16 or 17 at the time and probably already married and living on the Huset farm, which is a short distance from the Imsdalen North farm.


Hans Hansen Imsdalen left for New York on April 22, 1887.


One year later, the brother of Hans (Ole Hansen Imsdalen) along with his wife and children immigrated on July 20, 1888.