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Andreas Wangen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Andreas Wangen

Birth Name
Other Names

Vangen; Ask; Andrew Thompson


13 May 1838 – 22 Nov 1911

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Lanesboro, Fillmore County, MN

Rank at Enlistment


Cause of Death

Illness (stomach troubles)

Death Location

Lanesboro, Fillmore County, MN

Burial Location

Elstad Lutheran Cemetery, Lanesboro, Fillmore County, MN


16 Apr 1859


Caroline Mathea (Martha) Olsdatter

Spouse Lived

1844- 1885

Married On

26 Feb 1866

Marriage Location

Norway, Fillmore County, MN

2nd Spouse

Petrine G. Olson

2nd Spouse Lived


2nd Marriage Date

18 Sep 1888

2nd Marriage Location

Amhurst, Fillmore, MN

Andreas Wangen was born at Ringerike, Norway on May 13, 1838. He emigrated from Norderhov, Hadeland, Norway on April 16, 1859. He settled at a farm 2 miles east of Highland, Fillmore County, MN. Shortly thereafter, Wangen joined the WI 15th Infantry as a Private (Menig).

After the war, he returned to Fillmore County. He lived by the name Andrew V. Thompson. He married Caroline Mathea (Martha) Olsdatter on February 26, 1866 in Norway, Fillmore County, MN. Together, they had 10 children, including: Thomas (1867), Ole (1869), Edward (1871), Emma (1873), Albert (1875), Enger (1876), Eliza (1878), Alice (1879), Martin (1885), and Carl. In 1870 and 1880, the family was living in Holt, Fillmore County, MN and he worked as a farmer. His wife, Martha, died in 1885. On September 18, 1888, he married Petrine G. Olson in Amhurst, Fillmore County. In 1900, they were living in Carrolton, Fillmore County. He died on November 22, 1911 in Lanesboro, Fillmore County. He is buried in Elstad Lutheran Cemetery in Lanesboro. Included on the same headstone are his two wives and his son, Martin, who died in infancy.

Sources: Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.339; Letter, Cliff Thompson, Edina, Minnesota; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, p.598; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_4, Page: 332, Image: 273347, Family History Library Film: 830424; 1880 Census, Roll: 619, Family History Film: 1254619, Page: 231D, Enumeration District: 070, Image: 0345; 1900 Census, Roll: 763, Page: 8B, Enumeration District: 0029, FHL microfilm: 1240763; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_697, Page: 7B, Enumeration District: 0021, FHL microfilm: 1374710;; Lanesboro Leader, 11/25/1911; Minnesota Marriages Index, 1849-1950, FHL: 1316804 and FHL: 1316805.