Deep inside Sørfjorden (South fjord) in Rødøy Council you will find the Gjervalen valley. Record show that people had cleared a farm there in 1723 and that it was populated continuously until about 1920. In 1871 it was purchased by Lorents Østensen.
A 2 km walk up
along the river brings you to the Gjervalvatn lake with
steep mountain slopes on both sides. It was necessary to use a boat to
get to the farmland behind the lake. From there one can
Some parts of the mountain side to the very right have a slight reddish tone. Around 1900 mining for copper was done intensively with several miners at that location and with Ivar as a blacksmith.
View of the farmhouse after restoration/modification
View of an old buried food storage
Larsen was born about 1735 and married to Marthe Poulsdaughter. He died at the site in 1784.
He had a son Lars born in 1772 and a daughter Siri born in 1784.
Another by the name of Anders Larsen was living here in 1801 with
wife Ane and brother
Nils. Their children had left home. Christen Jacobsen (born 1801,
Melfjord) was living here around 1828-36 with his wife Anne Betelsdaughter
and children Daniel (born1828), Hans (b.1833) and Mariane (b.1836).
Marianne (b. 1852) and Peder got 5 children:
Petra (Margot and Osvald,
children of) Laura.
and many descendants in USA
Per A Sperstad, manager of the Rødøy Council, has made most of the photos of Gjervalen
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