Torger Sjurson Kannikeberg Rykken and Agata Kittelsdatter Rykken were quiet by nature and sedentary. In their life they had no presumptions or expectations for what the future may bring but enjoyed the simple pleasures and lived with the omissions and tribulations without laying blame. They were poor farmers in the Hardangerdalen region of
The last several years the family’s economic circumstance, because of several failures, had deteriorated so that the most meager subsistence was an expenditure of energy and resources that drained Torger and Agata nearly to submission; nearly to the point of yielding to the unrelenting pressure and abandoning the land that they loved
The next several months brought no relief. Now the discussion at the dinner table centered on the success of other family members in
Finally the decision was made to migrate to
Torger and Agata’s family now totaled nine. In addition to Torger and Agata, there was Martha, who was born the 10th of December 1854. Kittil, who was born the 19th of December, 1856. Sjur, who was born the 18th of September 1858. Brita, who was born the 11th of June, 1859. Lars, who was born the 16th of December, 1861. Agathe, who was born the 11th of June, 1864. Kristi, who was born the 20th of December, 1866.
On the 15th of April, 1868 the Torger and Agata Kanikeberg Rykken family left their beloved home on the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, and traveled with a group of emigrants for a day and a half by boat past the majestic fjords of the country they were leaving to the
With the youngest daughter Kristi in her arms and the other children following as they grasped her skirt Agata followed her husband to their accommodations for the night ready to board their ship in the morning.
As the sun rose on the 16th of April, Torger and Agata, children in tow, were boarding their ship bound for