Melrose Cemetery

Melvin Township, Nelson County, North Dakota

Many, if not most, of the families who have burials in this cemetery can trace back their family origins to the Møre og Romsdal region of Norway. The following surnames came from communities on the island of Otterøya: Axelvold, Orseth, Opstad, Orvig (Orwick & Orvik), and Svinset (Swenseth). Others came from the adjacent mainland: Kjorsvik, Hjelseth and Rekdal. The Smaage and Heggdal families don't have burials here but lived in Melvin Township and have burials in other nearby cemeteries. The Heggdal name comes from the island of Otterøya, and the Smaage name comes from the nearby island of Aukra.

Many Norwegian immigrants took the name of the farm or community where they lived in Norway as their surname. Many others used the custom of adding 'son' to their father's first name and using that for the surname, so some of those names may also come from the same region.


Photos by Roger Elvick

Many of the graves are associated with a monument type headstone. The monument type
headstones are listed here first and footstones that are in the same cemetery lot and have
the same surname as the headstone, are then listed under that headstone.
Surname
First Name
Birth Date
Date of Death
Inscription
Lot #
Anderson
Anderson Christian 1887 1959
 
38S
Anderson Anna C. 1887 1962
 
38S
Anderson Leland G. 11/11/1914 5/9/1966
Pvt. US Army WW II
38S
Anderson
Anderson Leva 1862 1951
Mother
34
Anderson Mintie C. 1892 1964
 
34
Anderson Albert G. 9/9/1889 3/19/1947
Montana PFC INF 91 Div WWI
34
Anderson Elmer L. 1886 1939
 
34
Axelvold
Axelvold Ole P. 1828 1923
 
12
Axelvold Marit P. 1828 1917
 
12
Bales
Bales Harvey G. 1893 1969
 
25
Bales Hilda 1896 1982
 
25
Flem
Flem Eda 5/2/1891 5/7/1935
Daughter
24
Flem Sidney J. 8/15/1932 7/2/2004
1st Lt US Air Force Korea
23
Flem Carl O. 1858 1908
Father
23
Flem Eli E. 1858 1934
Mother
23
Hanson
Hanson Nels 3/21/1892 9/14/1987
 
13
Hanson Hans 1846 1934
 
13
Hanson Hanna 1851 1922
 
13
Hillebrand
Hillebrand Raymond 1913 1972
 
37
Hillebrand Mary Ann 1917 2002
 
37
Hillebrand Marcia Rae 1949 1950
 
37
       
Gramma
Hoover
Hoover John 1858 1920
Father
10
Hoover Olina 1858 1940
Mother
10
Hoover Lilli Mathea 11/27/1897 4/23/1904
footstone reads 1898-1904
10
Hoover George H. 1893 1919
  
10
Hoover Oscar H. 1890 1961
  
10
Hoover Annie 1891 1974
  
10
Hoover Minnie T. 1895 1974
 
10
Johnson
Johnson Bert M. 1894 1973
Father
38N
Johnson Mary 1896 1982
Mother
38N
Johnson Arnold Obert 6/25/1916 12/5/1986
US Army WW II
38N
Johnson
Johnson Mabel C. 1914 1994
Mother
32
Johnson Harry A. N. 1908 2002
Father
32
Johnson Darlene Cabral 1935 1985
Daughter
32
Johnson Dennis Myron 1947 1949
Son
32
      1948
Baby Boy
32
       
Poem
Johnson
Johnson Ole B. 1860 1934
 
17
Johnson Anna S. 1861 1942
 
17
Johnson Ada 1890 1972
 
17
Johnson Olga B. 1898 1933
 
17
Johnson Jennie 1893 1924
 
17
       
S H
Johnson
Johnson Mark S. 1888 1964
 
33
Johnson Martha 1900 1991
 
33
Johnson Frederick K. 1937 1944
 
33
Johnson Robert J. 1933 1964
 
33
Kjorsvik
Kjorsvik Gaylyn I. 4/19/1947 3/29/2008
SP4 US Army, Vietnam
27
Kjorsvik Gena L. 1908 1998
 
27
Kjorsvik Goodwin E. 1909 1983
 
27
Kjorsvik Iver G. 1869 1936
Father
27
Kjorsvik Lena 1879 1944
Mother
27
Nelson
Nelson Jennie O. 11/6/1909 10/2/1910
 
7
Nelson Inger M. 11/6/1909 10/7/1910
 
7
Nelson Carl D. 11/20/1878 5/17/1923
 
7
Nelson Inger Marie 1911 1996
Mother
7
Nelson Charles O. 1905 1972
Dad
7
Opstad
Opstad Ole A. 1863 1953
 
19
Opstad Karen M. 1872 1945
 
19
Opstad Trygve 4/25/1908 3/28/1947
PFC Infantry WW II
19
Opstad Clara 1911 1946
 
19
Orseth
Orseth Halvor 1864 1945
 
29
Orseth Olina 1870 1944
 
29
Orseth
Orseth Melvin 1919 1931
 
20
Orseth Ingvald M. 1890 1961
 
20
Orseth Olga 1890 1986
 
20
Orvik
Orvik Goodwin J. 1899 1966
Father
26
Orvik Robert D. 1931 1938
 
26
Orvik Vilda J. 1903 1973
Mother
26
Orvik
Orvik Adal M. 1903 1904
 
2
Orvik Amanda L. 1905 1908
 
2
Orvik Jennie 1895 1918
 
2
Orvik Knud E. 1859 1917
 
2
Orvik Marie 1864 1932
 
2
Orvik Maynard Kenneth   9/4/1924
No marker; 1 day old
2
Orvik Verna   4/30/1937
No marker
2
Orwick
Orwick Don D. 5/22/1936 3/6/2008
 
43
Orwick
Orwick Glenn 1926 2005
Father
40
Orwick
Orwick Fred 1894 1975
Father
39
Orwick Ansoph 1901 1989
Mother
39
Orwick
Orwick Iver 1869 1930
 
28
Orwick Oline 1870 1936
 
28
Orwick Edwin 1906 1923
 
28
Orwick
Orwick Idean 5/18/1934 6/7/2006
 
28
Orwick Lois K. 5/3/1936  
 
Orwick Clara 4/25/1899 6/23/1969
 
28
Orwick Albert I. 1/18/1893 11/13/1959
PFC BTRY C 345 Field ARTY WW I
28
Peterson
Peterson Peder 1875 1951
 
31
Peterson Christ 1879 1960
 
31
Peterson Mary 1882 1961
 
31
Peterson Paul T. 1916 1975
 
31
Peterson
Peterson Hans A. 1878 1956
 
15
Peterson Helen M. 1879 1956
 
15
Peterson Peter A. 1906 1961
 
15
Peterson Kermit 1910 1994
Son
15
Peterson Peter E. 1876 1958
Father
15
Peterson Anna L. 1881 1944
Loving wife
15
Peterson
Peterson Emil 11/6/1918 11/7/1918
 
14
Peterson
Peterson Ole 10/14/1853 11/2/1936
Born in Denmark
16
Peterson Inger Marie 12/6/1854 2/8/1926
 
16
Peterson Margrete Hansine 5/10/1894 9/7/1894
Buried in Melvin Twp. Cemetery
Peterson Bornene Margrete 2/4/1889 2/13/1889
Buried in Melvin Twp. Cemetery
Peterson Hans Christian 2/4/1889 2/13/1889
Buried in Melvin Twp. Cemetery
Peterson Eskel 8/24/1883 4/30/1890
Buried in Melvin Twp. Cemetery
Peterson Anton 8/7/1886 4/30/1890
Buried in Melvin Twp. Cemetery
Sande
       
2 small stones indecipherable
Sande Anna Marie 6/2/1880 1/3/1939
56 years old
9
Sande Knut O. 12/27/1874 7/10/1907
 
9
Sande Olaf 5/21/1906 4/11/1909
 
9
Skaggs
Skaggs Cleveland H. 1884 1969
Father
36
Skaggs Jenny L 1895 1969
Mother
36
Skaggs Edith 1913 1984
Daughter
36
Skaggs Lloyd 1915 1991
Son
36
Swenseth
Swenseth Invald 8/3/1900 1/6/1910
 
4
Swenseth Iver 6/3/1896 1/6/1918
 
4
Swenseth Sina 1861 1919
 
4
Swenseth John 1865 1944
 
4
Swenseth Jennie 1905 1992
 
4
Swenseth Bert E. 1898 1972
 
4
Swenseth Bergliot 1901 1979
 
4
The following burials were either not associated with a headstone, or have a
different surname from the headstone in that particular cemetery lot.
Adamson Baby 1959 1960
No marker
32
Anderson John L. 1862 1913
 
11
Barney George C. 1896 1942
Father
18
Barney Nettie V. 1901 1935
Mother
18
Barney     2/10/1924
Baby
17
Cornelius      
Baby
3
Flem Cameron I. 9/4/1921 12/28/1930
 
23
Flem Ole C. 11/18/1896 6/24/1927
 
23
Fransen Viktor Delano   1/1933
(Baby); No marker
29
Gargrave Ida M. Sande 9/24/1903 2/10/1980
 
9
Hagen Mitchell Arlen 1952 1982
 
39
Hagen Terrance 1951 1960
Son of Angeline
39
Hjelseth Myrtle L. 1908 1934
Sister
25
Iverson      
No marker; baby
1
Kerler John G. 1858 1942
 
21
Kjorsvik Curtis N. 9/25/1952 9/28/2002
L CPL US Marine Corps, Vietnam
35
Kjorsvik Selma M. 4/3/1920 11/9/2001
 
35
Kjorsvik Lorentz G. 8/3/1911 1/26/1988
PFC US Army WW II
35
Kjorsvik Lyle   1956
 
35
Larsen Jacob   11/??/1914
Father, died at age 77y
6
Larsen Sophie Oline   10/??/1912
Mother, died at age 70y
6
Lorentzen Tina 5/20/1875 10/25/1939
Han Hvile I Fred
27
McCrae A. Roy 1889 1979
 
23
McCrae Ella O. 8/8/1900 1/21/1955
Mother
23
Narum Casper 1894 1970
Father
8
Narum Lavina   1924
Daughter
8
Narum Orpha B. 1899 1924
Mother
8
Neely Angeline F. 1929 1960
Daughter
39
Nelson Rangvold    
No marker
29
Orvik Kajsa L 6/30/1935 12/10/2006
 
30
Orvik Maynard K. 1/14/1928  
 
Orvik     6/20/1961
Baby Orvik
30
Ostness Stillman O'Neil 1900 1913
 
12
Paupst James Harris 1913 2006
Father
21
Paupst Carrie 1909 1967
Mother
21
Paupst Mary E. 1956 2007
Daughter
21
Rekdal Bertha 1893 1965
 
19
Rekdal Elias 1884 1945
 
19
Rekdal Ole A. 1916 1969
 
19
Restad Peter O. 1852 1938
 
12
Restad Marie 1857 1921
 
12
Rode Hilma L. Orseth 1919 1989
 
29
Skaggs Charlotte Barney 1922 1969
 
18
Skaggs George E. 1919 1986
 
18
Suedel Robert A. 12/25/1934 11/25/1971
AIC US Air Force
18
Wise L. C. 1904 1958
 
13
Wise Cora E. 1901 1918
 
13
Cemetery Scenes
Melrose Cemetery Scene (Duck's nest--near the Nelson headstone)
Melrose Cemetery Scene (Cemetery gate)
Melrose Cemetery Scene
       
4 crosses
 
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