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John O. Wrolstad

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 5263

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Name at Enlist

John O. Wrolstad

Birth Name

John Olsen Jomfruland

Other Names

John Olsen Jomfruland; Wraalstad; Roalstad; Rolsta


8 Apr 1839 – 13 Dec 1907

Birth Place

Turdal, Drangedal Parish

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

New Hope, Portage County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Death Location

Northland, WI

Burial Location

New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Iola, WI


Aashild Jonsdatter Sneeaas

Mother Lived

30 Mar 1814-7 Aug 1886


Ole Olsen Vraalstad (later Jomfruland)

Father Lived

6 Mar 1810-27 Jun 1884


28 Aug 1843


Mathea Johannesdatter Norde

Spouse Lived

Jun 1849- 1909

Married On

23 Nov 1867

John O. Wrolstad joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

His residence is listed as New Hope, Portage County, WI. He was born “John Olsen Jomfruland” on April 8, 1839 in Turdal, Drangedal Parish, Norway. He is the son of Ole Olsen Vraalstad Jomfruland and Aashild Jonsdatter Sneeaas. He came to America with his parents and two brothers, Ole and Jørgen on “Aeolus”. The boat sailed from Havre, France and arrived in NY on August 28, 1843. They lived the first year in the Muskego, WI settlement. In 1844, they moved to Ixonia Township, Jefferson County, WI. In 1856, they moved to New Hope, WI where they were living when the war began.

At age 21, he enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861 at Scandinavia, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, December 20, 1861. He is listed as unmarried and as a Private (Menig). He was appointed Sergeant (Sersjant) on February 1, 1862. He was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL in October 1873. He mustered out with Company I on February 10, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he married on November 23, 1867 to Mathea Johannesdatter Norde (lived 1849-1909). Together they had twelve children, including: Osine Amalia (1868), James Olaves (1870), Alfred (1875), Martin (1876), John Lorin (1878), Johanne (1880), Henry (1882), Josephine (1884), Edmund (1885), Serene (1886), and Mabel (1887). In 1894, he was living in Scandinavia, WI where he ran a lumber business. He died in Northland, WI on December 13, 1907. He was buried at New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Iola, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.126; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.612 photo; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.121 photo, p.316, e.50; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.261-262; Marwin Wrolstad, Scandinavia, Wisconsin; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Wisconsin Cemetery Records;  Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume One 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 290, IDs 1634, 1635, 1637; 1900 Census, Roll: 1823, Page: 11A, Enumeration District: 0137, FHL microfilm: 1241823;