Tudor Connection

Henry VIII

A little morning jaunt through history:

​A young King Henry VIII

Your 10th great grandfather, John Alexander Harrington, married Ethelreda Dingley Malte, illigitimate daughter of King Henry VIII.

​Ethelreda Dingley Malte

Not all historians believe Ethelreda was the daughter of King Henry VIII, but other explanations for the honors, riches and lands bestowed on the daughter of a poor laundress, ring hollow.

Through her, in some respect, you are related to all the Tudor Kings. You are also directly descended from all the Plantagenet kings of England, including William the Conquorer, and through direct descent from King Alfred the Great, … Read more…

Twists and Turns of History

History has many strange twists and turns. Looking into my wife’s family tree – I came across the odd tale of Joan Dingley. I’d never heard of her before, and she may just be a young lady who got involved with a tailor – without benefit of marriage – or the tale might be a bit different.

It seems Joan was a laundress – a royal laundress – for King Henry VIII. Joan had a child out of wedlock. The King’s tailor, a man named Malte, claimed the child – which was followed by gifts of land and money from … Read more…

The Morris Family, Chapter V, The Hoyts

On 18 February, 1753, my 4th great grandmother, Keturah Hoyt, was born to Jonathan Hoyt Jr and Experience Childs Hoyt in a portion of Deerfield, Massachusetts known as “Cheapside.”

Cheapside is about 2.5 miles north of Deerfield proper on the north side of the Deerfield River (which takes a bend – traveling east and west as it nears the Connecticut River – rather than traveling north and south – as it does by Deerfield).

We know very little about Keturah’s life. Keturah’s father probably farmed at Cheapside, though he is also listed as a Tavern Keeper. As his brother, David … Read more…

OVER THE SEA: Chapter 1 through 10



Being the partially fictional account of Zechariah Field – 10th Great Grandfather of Jackson, Ella, Rosa, and Sofia Eastvold

Copyright © 2014 Carl Eastvold



The young English man standing at the ship’s rail, breathed in the pine scented air wafting out from the rapidly approaching shore. He’d never seen such wild looking country. The sand and gravel beaches were backed by deep forest; some areas pine, others, leafy deciduous trees, great oaks and chestnuts, both inviting in the sunlight, and forbidding when overcast. Occasional headlands and small islands showed a few rocky outcrops, but … Read more…



Growing up in the northwoods, there are many cabins stored in my memory. The “our cabin” on Vermilion, the Priesthouse, our shack at Dam Seven Flowage, my grandfather’s cabin in the same place – which preceded it (where my mother was born), the cabin at Big Noise – built of perfectly matched cedar logs, the “Cedar Chest” built palisade style, at Wilson Lake, and Cy Young’s cabin on Wilson, built by my great-great-grandfather.


Every log cabin builder settles on a style. Mine is pretty mundane. It used to be known as the saddle notch. Chinkless, with scribed notches, using … Read more…

Snow White – the Sleeping Beauty?


I watched a couple episodes of a show called “The Viking,” recently. The main character was named Ragnar Lodbrok. I thought the name sounded familiar, and a look at the Kluge/Ausvoll Redbook confirmed it. Yes, he’s an ancestor. 36th great-grandfather. That would be back a ways.

Sources vary quite a bit concerning Ragnar. If a quarter of what is written is true – there was a madness in the man. People speak of “the mists of time,” and it is an apt phrase when trying to get a look at Ragnar’s life. One source gives no less than six possibilities … Read more…

Further Adventures of Ridder Erling

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Medieval Norwegian records being what they are – I’m not even sure this is the same guy that rescued SKAARVANGSOLE. If it was – he was plenty busy before and after raiding Sandbu, burning Ivar Gjesling’s buildings and making his leap across the Ridderspranget. As the account below shows – he was certainly capable of it.

By 1152, Christianity was well established in Norway, but the urge to go “A Viking” was not quelled and Ridder Erling Ormsson took off with 15 ships on a Crusade together with a friend, Eindride Unge. Unge was lensman for King Inge Haraldsson (The … Read more…

Skaarvangsole – or A Norwegian Love Story


Norwegians! We’re just a bit odd!

In the 1160s, Erling Sigvat, a Ridder or knight of Kviden lived at Valdres on his estate at Melby. A member of a powerful family, he was the most powerful person in his district.

To the north lived Ivar Gjesling, an older man with the ear of the king. He was the most powerful person in Gudbransdalen, besides being the king’s Lansman (judge and ruler) of the district. As a member of the nobility, Ivar had his own army and navy. He and Ridder Erling were often at odds as both laid claim to … Read more…

Tracing Norwegians

John Johnson Eastvold

Somewhere, in one of the relative’s collections, there is a photo of my great-great grandmother Karen Austvoll – saying goodbye to her sons as they leave for America, circa 1885. A rather unusual photo for that era – no one is dressed up in their Sunday clothes – the shot seems almost candid. Karen, or “Mutti” as she was affectionately known, appears distraught with all the sadness evident on her face of a mother who will likely never see her sons again.

Karen “Mutti” Austvoll’s husband, John Jakob Hodnefjel

In the background are stone fences reminiscent of a scene from … Read more…

The Broom-Corn Kings


For my Grandchildren:

Everyone has a family, people they were descended from. Every family has a story. Your family has many stories. Your family has some very interesting people. Some of these interesting people were the Broom-Corn Kings.

Many years ago, in the land of France, there was a family who had a son named Jeff. Why they called him Broom-Corn – isn’t really clear. Some people say he planted broom-corn so he could hide in it when hunting. Some say he wore a sprig of broom-corn in his hat. Some people say he had a lot of kids and … Read more…