When Marthe was three years old, her mother died. When she was twelve years old, her father died, and her family splintered into different households. In 1865, after her father's death, she lived with her first cousin Svend Knudsen Torvestad and his wife and son in Haugesund. Her sister Marte Marie lived nearby in Haugesund. Her sister Inger Oline and her brother Svend Jacob lived in separate households in Torvastad. Her brother Andreas lived with his wife in Rennesøy. Her brother Elias may have already immigrated to the United States.
In 1873, Marthe and her brother Svend Jacob immigrated to the United States. They sailed from Bergen, Norway on the Haakon Adelstein and arrived in New York on 20 May 1873. They settled in Chicago. Marthe lived with her sister Marie and Marie's husband Peter Johnson, and she worked in a custom vest shop.
On 31 March 1877, Marthe married Andrew T. Anderson (born Andreas Troedsson), a Swedish immigrant. Their first child, Anna Matilda, was born on 13 April 1878. Their second child, Emma Christina, was born 2 June 1880 according to Bible records, but is listed in the 1880 United States census as born in May 1880, and her age is given as 10 days. The family lived at 288 Division Street, Chicago in 1880. Andrew's niece Christine Nelson was also living with the family at that time.
Marthe and Andrew's daughter Emma Christina died on 9 June 1881. Their next child, my great-grandfather Edward Theodore, was born on 10 August 1882 at the family's home on 97 Townsend Street, Chicago. After my great-grandfather's birth, Marthe and Andrew had four more children: Albert Bernard (born 28 March 1885), Esther Elizabeth (born 1 September 1889), Reuben Alexander (born 19 December 1892), and Ruth Elvira (born 18 June 1896).
In 1900, the family lived on 5915 South Morgan Street, Chicago. In 1910, they lived at 5922 Sangamon Street, Chicago.
Marthe's husband Andrew died on 24 January 1916. In 1920, Marthe lived at 911 W. 72nd, Chicago with her daughters Anna and Ruth. In 1930, she lived at 1511 Balmoral Avenue, Chicago with her daughter Anna.
Marthe died on 7 December 1930 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Her funeral was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery on 10 December 1930.
Rogaland county, Avaldsnes in Avaldsnes, Parish register copy nr. B 2 (1848-1856), Birth and baptism records 1853, page 90. http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:NBN:no-a1450-kb20070306640026.jpg
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C. Available from Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Cook County, Illinois. Marriage license and return, Andrew Anderson and Marte E. Eriksen, 1877.
Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics. Death certificate, Martha Elizabeth Anderson, 7 December 1930, no. 32731.