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Ole Heg

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Name at EnlistOle Heg
Birth NameOle Evensen Heg
Lived21 Jun 1831 - 18 Apr 1911
Birth PlaceLier, Drammen
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InWaterford, Racine County, WI
Rank at EnlistmentQuartermaster
Muster Date13 Jan 1862
Death LocationBurlington, Racine County, WI
Burial LocationNorway Cemetery, Norway, Racine County, WI
MotherSigrid Olsdatter Kallerud
FatherEven Hansen Heg
Immigration12 Aug 1840
SpouseEmilie Christensen
Spouse Lived1834- 1860
2nd SpouseNanna Christensen
2nd Spouse Lived1842- 1924
2nd Marriage Date27 Jan 1861

Ole Heg was born in Lier, Drammen on June 21, 1831, son of Even Hansen Heg and Sigrid Olsdatter Kallerud. He was the brother to Col. Hans C. Heg. He came to America with his parents, brother, Hans, and two sisters, Andrea and Sophie, on Emilie, which sailed from Gothenburg, Sweden and arrived in NY on August 12, 1840. They came to Muskego, Racine County, WI. He married Emilie Christensen who died in 1860. Heg then married her sister, Nanna, on January 27, 1861.

Heg joined the WI 15th Infantry. The army listed him as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 30. He was commissioned on October 28, 1861, and mustered on January 13, 1862 at Madison, WI, as a Regimental Quartermaster. He resigned on June 6, 1862.

After the war, he worked as a printer. Heg had two children: Sergria (1857) and Ernest (1865). He lived in McMinnville, Warren County, TN, then Kansas City where he worked as a retail grocer. He then became a merchant in Chicago. In 1902, he moved to Burlington, Racine County, WI. Ole Heg died on April 18, 1911, in Burlington. He and his wife, Nanna, are buried in Norway Cemetery, Norway, Racine County, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-2; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 2; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 331; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 252; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 290; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p. 613; Jerry Rosholt, Vesterheim, Decorah, IA, cemetery information; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, Volume One, 1825-1843, Gerhardt B. Naeseth, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, 1840, p. 97, ID 8; Wisconsin Cemetery Records; Norwegian-American Studies, publ. by NAHA, Northfield, MN, vol. 32, p. 196; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1568, Page: 23A, Image: 50, Family History Library Film: 553067; 1880 Census, Roll: 400, Family History Film: 1254400, Page: 263B, Enumeration District: 189, Image: 0210; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch # M00328-3, GS Film # 1275504;