Happy Day Peder Christianson Paaverud




Peter Christianson Paaverud was believed to have been born in 1697, but an exact date of birth is not known. This is true for many of our “Christianson” ancestors and one of the reasons that they aren’t getting as much press as members of other families on our tree. But, since there weren’t any other birthdays left to celebrate this week, we’ll recognize Peder with a posting even though it isn’t his birthday.

Peder Christianson Paaverud (1697-    )

Peder Christianson Paaverud was born in 1697 on the Paaverud farm in Flå, Buskerud, Norway, as the child of Guri and Christian Paaverud.

Under the patronymic naming system, children assumed surnames using their father’s name with either “son” or “dtr” attached. So, when Christian Paaverud had a son and named him Peder, the child became known as Peder Christianson. Christianson was spelled a variety of ways, depending on who was writing it. Sometimes, for example, it was Christiansen rather than Christianson. Paaverud was the name of the farm upon which the family lived. As was customary, the farm name was attached as Peder’s last name.

Peder Christianson Paaverud, baptism record (excerpt).
Peder Christianson Paaverud, baptism record


When he was 26, Peder Christianson married Mari Gudbrandsdtr Gislerud, daughter of Gulbrand Torson Ve Gislerud and Goer Olsdtr Aavestrud, on 09 Oct 1723 in Flå, Buskerud, Norway.

Peder Christianson Paaverud and Mari Gudbrandsdtr Gislerud, marriage record.

Peder Christianson Paaverud and Mari Gudbrandsdtr Gislerud had at least one son:

  • Christian Pederson Gire was born in 1730 in Nes, Buskerud, Norway (Gire). He married Anne Ostensdtr Kvie in 1764 in Norway. He died in 1816 in Norway.

Peder Christianson Paaverud died in Buskerud, Norway. His death record has not yet been found.

We really don’t know much about Peder’s life. He probably had several siblings. He and Mari likely had many children. In his lifetime, Norway was under Danish rule and the official written language was Danish. Peder and family would have been Lutheran, under a state church. Confirmation was introduced in 1736 and a state school system was introduced in 1739 since people needed to read for their Christian educations. Peder would have been a farmer, quite likely farming on someone else’s land.

Where is he in the tree?

He is in both the Aldahl and Christianson trees.

Relationship chart, Bennett Nils Christianson to Peder Christianson Paaverud.
Relationship chart, Margaret Olga Aldahl to Peder Christianson Paaverud.
Pedigree chart, Peder Christianson Paaverud.


Arkivverket Digitalarkivet (Norway), SAKO, Nes kirkebøker, F/Fa/L0001: Parish register (official) no. 1, 1693-1706, p. 42
Quick link: https://media.digitalarkivet.no/en/kb20070314640359; digital images, Arkivverket Digitalarkivet.

Arkivverket Digitalarkivet (Norway), Peder Christianson Paaverud and Mari Gudbrandsdtr Gislerud, 9 Oct 1723, http://urn.digitalarkivet.no/URN:NBN:no-a1450-kb20070314640493.jpg; digital images, Arkivverket Digitalarkivet.

“Church of Norway – a brief history,” Church of Norway, 16 Feb 2015, Web, 30 Oct 2017, https://kirken.no/nb-NO/church-of-norway/about/brief-history/.

“History of Norway,” Wikipedia, Web, 30 Oct 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Norway#Denmark.E2.80.93Norway.

Timeline of Norway, Web, 30 Oct 2017, http://www.datesandevents.org/places-timelines/47-timeline-of-norway.htm.

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