Addressed to Elisebeth (Gravdahl) Veland, I assumed this small card was from a family member left behind when Elisebeth and her family emigrated from Norway to America in 1893. Saved for many years, it was evidence that Elisebeth (Gravdahl) Veland stayed connected to her family across the pond. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that Ranveig was the daughter of Elisebeth's cousin, Marta Grabrielsdatter Fatland. But I was still mystified by the language - Google Translate was of little help in deciphering this Norwegian letter!
I hope you have received the letter I sent you from Brooklyn.
I'm now sending the cushion from Marit and Annie Gr.d.
The jam spoon with a motif from Haugesund to you from aunt Lina.
The cake spade from me to you Elisebeth, and the other jam spoon to your homestaying daughter from me.
This I wrote about in the letter, by the way.
You can believe I would love to see you, but that I don't dare think about. It is great as it is.
Best regards Ranveig
So how do all these people fit together?????
Ole Olsen Landa and Johanne Haldorsdatter Gravdal had nine known children. Their eldest sons, Ola, Gabriel and Haldor, are shown above. Haldor came to America in 1892, and his wife followed with the children the following year, including Johanne (who went by her middle name, Elisebeth). Elisebeth clearly stayed in touch with Ranveig, the granddaughter of Gabriel. And Ranveig sent the gifts from their other cousin, Marit (daughter of Ola) and Marit's daughter, Annie.
Johanne Haldorsdatter Gravdal, my 4th great grandmother, and mother of Ole, Gabriel and Haldor mentioned in the diagram above.
I like to think that Ole and Johanne would be pleased to know that descendants of their sons have connected and that family history has a place in our hearts.