Part 13 – Found Dad!

Jeff, Sølvi and Karin have been chatting regularly on the phone and Facebook. Through them, we have learned more about their father who sailed all over the world for 30 years! Frantz Johan Sjøstrand was the youngest son of Olaf Martin Sjøstrand and Karen Fredrikke Franzdatter Sjøstrand . Personally, I imagine him as the “favorite son” since he was the baby of the family, just like my youngest brother, Paul, thinks he’s the “favorite”. Great Grandpa Ole changed the family name from Olsen to Sjøstrand and for a while they used both: Olsen Sjøstrand, but in the next generation Olsen disappeared. Sjø means sea and strand means beach. So undoubtedly the place for which they chose the name was situated at the seaside. Jeff’s grandfather was a Pentecostal pastor, so when Jeff felt the call to ministry he was following in his family footprints.

New photos just received from Jeff’s sister!

Always at home on the water, he loved to fish and is seen here out with his grandson, Stian Sjøstrand Hansen (Solvi’s son).

He enjoyed playing the accordion and telling jokes. His girls tell us that he frequently entertained at a nursing home later in life. They want to give Jeff one of his accordions! Yikes! Just what we need.

Jeff’s father grew up in Manger, Norway on Radøy Island, about one hour north of Bergen in this house near the North Sea. Jeff’s cousin, Audun, still owns and lives in the house during the summer. He has graciously invited us to come for an overnight visit while we are in Norway in July.

Ellen Sjøstrand writes, “My great grandfather Ole Olsen Toska built the farm house (above) on land that was separated from the vicarage. The name of the place was Sjøstranden, and from that the family took the name Sjøstrand as a family name. It became more common to take the names of the place one lived. My grandfather and his sister Klara were both born on Toska and moved with their parents to Sjøstrand. Both my grandfather’s parents died young and my grandfather took over the farm in 1912 and married the ‘next-door-girl’ in 1914.”

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