Abara Lincola has been mentioned many times on this blog. Tradition in the Norwegian family says that she was born on board the ship S/S Norden during the voyage to America in 1866, and that she died short time after entering American soil. So far we have had no evidence of her existence. The Passenger list of S/S Norden tells us about a nameless passenger no 444, a child 1/3 year of age. The voyage lasted for a long time, but not one third of a year, or?
Now our suspicion was awakened. Was the information from the Passenger list wrong, or could the girl have been born before the family entered the ship? To modern people the idea of taking a newly born baby on a voyage across the Atlantic in a small sailing ship, is as crazy as the idea of taking that voyage, knowing that a birth will take place on the ship. Today nobody would even think of doing that.
But Margrete and Hans didn’t live today, and they were determined to take the journey.
Some months passed. We recieved the ‘Wisconsin material’, and in that we also met Abara Lincola. But now she had a birthday with her. It said January 23 1866. If that was correct, she would have been one third of a year when they started.
We had been so focused on the birth on board the ship that we hadn’t even examined the list of baptism in the church book of 1866. And guess what we found:
Abara Lincora (not Lincola) was born January 23 1866, just as we have heard from Wisconsin. She was baptized May 11 the same year, and thus she was about 3 months when the great travel started. According to this we will change all former information about Abara Lincora, except that she was named after the late president Abraham Lincoln.
A Norwegian saying advises us ‘not to cross the creek for water’. Perhaps we should ‘cross the creek for water’ more often and cross the Atlantic to get additonal knowlegde of conditions in Beiarn?