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Early divorces in Telemark
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My great great grandparents Halvor Høljesen Haave and Øli Torgrimsdatter Smedshus were married in Gransherad on Dec. 30, 1861. Their son Ole, my great grandfather, was born July 10, 1862. In March 1863 Halvor left for America alone. On the 1865 census Øli and Ole are on a Kaasa farm in Hjartdal, and Øli is listed as divorced. She and young son Ole did go to America in 1870, but I also found her former husband Halvor listed as divorced on American census records. Does anyone know how to locate divorce records from Telemark for the 1860's? I'm curious to know exactly when and why the divorce occurred at such an early date.

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