A Pensgard Genealogy
Genealogy given in outline form:
Eide for providing most of this information!
- Baard Tronsvoll
(dates unknown) married Gunnhild Jensdtr.
(dates unknown) having at least one son named Baar Baardsson. The
name Tronsvoll comes from "trons," which means "high up," and
"voll," which is a small, open piece of land. Thus, a "tronsvoll" is
a small, unwooded piece of land at a high altitude.
- Baar Baardsson (1755 -
1805) married Sidsel
Johnsdtr. (1754 - ?) having 4 children: One son was John Baarsen. This family lived in Vestboe, Sandeid, Vikedal, Prestesogn
- John Baarsen (1788 - 1845)
married Karen (Kari) Jensdtr. (1785-1862)
having 6 children: One son was Jens Jonsen Pensgard. During the
"great census" of 1801, this family was found in one of five
cotter's farms that they had pioneered at the southern part of
the farm at Sorvagen. Before 1815 the family had come from
Vestboe, Sandeid, Vikedal, Prestesogn. Karen was the daughter of
Jens Siovaldsen (1751 - ?) and Ingebor Osmundsdtr. (1752 - ?)
- Jens Johnsen Pensgard
(Pinskar?) (1816 -
1880) married Ingeborg Kristine
Endresdotter (1815 - ?) having 7 children: One son
was Jens Kristian Jensen Pensgard.
Jens Jonsen Pensgard was the first to be named
"Pensgard" being given a permanent family name. He was named
after the cotter's farm that his father pioneered. There is
some doubt about the name. Some think it was "Pinskar,"
which describes a narrow gap between two rocky hills (skar)
close to where the houses were built causing the southeast
wind to be forced between them (pine) resulting in "Pinskar".
However, Daniel Kallevik (Gardshistorie for Stegabergkrinsen)
thinks that it is very reasonable to conclude that Jon and
Karen gave the place the name "Pensgard" simply because it
was actually nice there. Pensgard literally means "pretty
yard/farm." Descendents in Haugesund write the name
"Pensgard" (with an a-ring) or "Pensgaard."
- Jens Kristian Jensen Pensgard
(1854 - 1934) married Ellen
Christine Johnson (1856 - 1938) (picture
available below) having 7 children: One son was
- Christian / Kristian Pensgard
(1884? - 1958) married
Hakonsen (unknown dates) having 4 children. This
Christian moved to America when he was 15, about
1899. In a Norwegian neighborhood of Chicago,
Illinois, Christian met and married Severine (Rena)
who was from Haugesund, Norway.
- Roy Pensgard
(1918 - 1999) married
Brown having a total of 5 children.
- John Pensgard
- having 3 children.
- Kathryn Mary (Pensgard) Trevino
- Veronica Lynn (Pensgard) Efronsinus
- Paula Beth (Pensgard) Bruce
- Roy Clarence
- John Allen Pensgard
- Peggy Anne Pensgard
(1964 -) married Ronnie Brown
- Betty Pensgard
- Lawrence A. (Larry)
Pensgard (1945 -) having 3 children.
- Keith Allen
Pensgard - having 2 children
- Donna Marie Pensgard
- Scot A.
Pensgard (1968 -) having 2
children: One son is Taylor A. P.
- Taylor A. P. Pensgard (1992 -)
- Thelma Pensgard
married George Moldenhauer
having 2 children.
- Charles R. Pensgard
having 4 children.
- Evelyn A. Pensgard
married _____ having 1 child.
- Heidi Marie Geerdts: children:
Justis Payge and Diesel Rex
- Brad Duke Pensgard
married Trina Wheeler
having 3 children. One son is Brad Jr.
- Rex Pensgard
- Ann Pensgard
married Charles Willert
having 2 children.
- Clarence W. Pensgard
(1919 - 1995) married
Brennecke (1918-1975) having 1 child,
- Richard Stanley
Pensgard (1948 -) married
Linda Lee Dean
(1946 -) having 2 children: One son was
David Richard Pensgard.
Pensgard (1973 -) married
Sara Elizabeth Rupp
- Thus, I am David Richard
Pensgard son of Richard Stanley
Pensgard, son of Clarence W.
Pensgard, son of Christian Pensgard,
son of Jens Kristian Jensen
Pensgard, son of Jens Johnsen
Pensgard, son of John Baarsen, son
of Baar Baardsson, son of Baard
Tronsvoll (born in the early
For information about Pensgards in Norway view
photocopies of an official genealogy:
This genealogy begins with Jens Jonsen Pensgard, the first person
Old Family Photos:
Jens Christian and his wife Ellen Kristine with some of
their children. Click on picture to see a larger version.
Christian Pensgard visiting Norway from the U.S. Click on
picture to see a larger version.
Also pictured, in the middle Else Kristine Pensgard, and at
right, her mother Martha Cecilie Pensgard. This picture was
taken in Ullensvang in Hardanger, 5 hours from Haugesund by car.
This first map is moveable. You can zoom in and
out and move the map around to get a sense for the location.
View Larger Map
This second map indicates where the Pensgard farm is located. To
find this location on another map, first look for Haugesund, then
move one fjord to the East. This is the Forresfjorden.
This last map is from a book indicating the plot within which
Pensgard is located. The larger plot is marked in orange. Click the
image to see a larger version.
One Photo of the Location:
This photo is not exactly at the pensgard site,
but it is very nearby. Click the picture to see a larger version.
Here is the original information in Norwegian.
Thanks to Torgrim
Pensgard Eide who translated this for English speakers:
1. Baar Baarsen born about 1755 married with Sidsel Johnsdtr. born
about 1754. They lived at the farm called Westbøe in Sandeyd in
Wigedahl (today Vestbø in Sandeid in Vikedal parish).
1. Jon Baarsen, born 1788
2. Gunnil Baarsdtr. born about 1791
3. Guri Baarsdtr. born about 1794
4. Birthe Baarsdtr. born about 1799
John Baarsen lived in 1801 under the great census at the farm called
Skibevaag in Imsland sokn in Wigedahl Prestegjeld. He lived at
farmer Lars Tierandsen where he was servant boy.
2. Houseman Jens Siovaldsen born about 1751 married with Ingebor
Osmundsdtr. born about 1752. They lived at Haagenvik. Children: 1.
Karen Jensdtr. born about 1785.
The first that settled at one of the five cotter´s farm that was
pioneered at the south oriented part of the farm at Sørvågen was
probably Jon Baarsen og Karen Jensdotter. They came probably before
1815 from Vikedal Prestesogn. The cotter´s farm they pioneered was
called "Pensgard". There is some doubt about the name as some thinks
it was "Pinskar" and that the name is due to a narrow gap between
two hills close to where the houses wer raised, and that the south
east wind had to force between (pine), and thereby called "Pinskar".
Daniel Kallevik (Gardshistorie for Stegabergkrinsen) thinks that it
very reasonable that Jon and Kari gave the place the name "Pensgard"
because it was actual nice here. The relatives of them in Haugesund
writes the name "Pensgård" and some "Pensgaard".
Farmer Jon Baarsen, born in 1788, died in 1845, son of Baar Baarsen
and Sidsel at Westbøe in Sandeid. Married with Karen Jensdoter, born
at Håganvik around 1785, died 1862. They had 6 children:
1) Bård Jonsen born in 1810 in Vikedal settled at
Høie near Pensgard, farmer, died in 1882, 1828 married with Ingeborg
Elisabet Olsdoter, borned in 1808 died in 1891. They got 8 children.
2) Jens Jonsen Pensgård borned in 1816 at Stava (Pensgard is
situatet at Stava at Høie), carpenter and shipbuilder. He was
married in Schaare 2. September 1837 with Ingeborg Kristine
Endresdotter borned after 1815 at Grønhoug in Schaare. (Schaare now
called Skåre, is now part of Haugesund). He is mentioned in the
census paper as craftsman and in 1842 settled at Grønhoug and
mentioned as tenant farmer, 1848 settled at Hasseløy, mentioned with
shore rights. They got 7 children, 5 borned at Grønhaug and the 2
last at Hasseløy where he worked as shipbuilder at "Trimmeskjæret"
or "Pinsgardsflunå" as the skerry also was called. It was in the
middle of the strait between Hasseløy (an island) and the dry land.
In 1868 declared the farmers Ole Danielsen and Lars Amundsen at
Hasseløy that shipbuilder Jens Jonsen Pinsgård after 20 years use
had the rights to acquire the proprietary rights for the skerry.
Laiter it was taken over by Tønnes Eide. Jens Jonsen drowned
together with the sherif called Aas on Jens Johnsen boat on the way
from Utsira island, where Jens had 2 daugthers.
3) Osmund Jonsen borned in 1819 at Stava, died in 1887, married with
Berta Karine Ingebregtsdoter borned about 1818, died in 1897. He was
from about 1848 with shore rights at "nakken" at Stava. They got 7
4) Sissel, borned in 1822, died the same year.
5) Jens Jonsen, the younger, borned in 1823 at Stava, died in 1894
in Stavanger, married with Martha Cesilie Olsdotter borned after
1824 and died in 1914 in Stavanger. He lived first at Pensgard place
with the parents, mentioned as inderste, but from 1856 cotter. 4
Norwegian Pensgards :