Holley in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Norwegian Immigrants Landed in Holley, 1825
1. Fifty-two "Sloopers," the first group of Norwegian immigrants to North America, departed from Stavanger on July 4, 1825. Fifty-three arrived in New York City on October 9, a baby having been born en route.
2. Their 54 feet long slop, the "Restauration," exceeded the maximum of sixteen passengers allowed under U.S. maritime law. The boat was therefore impounded, the captain arrested, and a $3,150 fine levied. However, President John Quincy Adams pardoned them.
3. The "Sloopers" traveled up the Hudson River and along the newly-completed Erie Canal, meeting Governor De Witt Clinton and the "Seneca Chief" en route to Holley, where they disembarked near this site in late October.
4. They continued on foot to Lake Ontario in what is now the Town of Kendall where Slooper Cleng Peerson had bought land for them.
5. Lars Larson Geilane remained in New York to sell the sloop. By the time he reached Albany, the canal was closed for the season. So, he ice skated the 290 miles to Holley, the longest such feat in history.
Larson was the spiritual leader of at least 28 sloopers affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
6. Later, Larson built this house on Rochester's Atkinson Street and became a successful canal boat builder.
Erected by Grieg/Odin Sons of Norway Lodge, Village of Holley, Rochester Friends Meeting (Quakers).
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #06 John Quincy Adams, and the Quakerism series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1825.
Location. 43° 13.673′ N, 78° 1.283′ W. Marker is in Holley, New York, in Orleans County. Marker can be reached from East Avenue, 0.2 miles south of Perry Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is just beyond the end of the parking area south of the East Avenue lift bridge over the Erie Barge Canal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holley NY 14470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Holley Loop (within shouting distance of this marker); 1823 Canal Bed (approx. ¼ mile away); Holley Railway Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of All Those Servicemen (approx. ¼ mile away); In Honor of All Veterans (approx. ¼ mile away); Safe House / Brainard Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); State Street (approx. half a mile away); Eastern Orleans Memorial Post 202 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holley.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers in Kendall, NY for the first Norwegian immigrants.
Also see . . . Lars Larsen Geilane - Wikipedia Norway. Google translation of Wikipedia entry: Lars Larsen Geils (born 1786, died in 1845 in Rochester, New York, USA) was a Norwegian Quaker and utvandrerpioner. He was captain of the "Restauration" when the Norwegian emigration started in 1825. Memorials about Lars Larsen Geiler found on Kongsgaten 52 Lars was from the smallholding Geil at Breiavatnet in Stavanger. He took place after his mother in 1807, but shortly after he was hired as ship's carpenter and went to sea. This was during the Napoleonic wars, and the ship was taken by the English and taken to England. Here came Lars in "Prisonen" where he became acquainted with the later kvekerhøvdingen Elias Tastad. Lars and Elijah came in contact with English Quakers, and later they were both with founding the first kvekersamfunnet in Stavanger. In 1824 he married the 16 year younger Martha Jørgensdatter from Fogn Finnoy. In connection with the emigration to the United States, she became known as Martha Georgiana. Geil was one of the driving forces behind the first Norwegian emigration to America, and he was captain of the sloop "Restauration" which went from Stavanger 4th July 1825, bound for New York. During the crossing born wife Martha their first child - daughter Margaret Allen. Lars was a carpenter and settled in Rochester, New York, where he found work as a channel boatbuilding. Here took Lars and Martha welcomed many Norwegians who came as immigrants to the United States at this time. Geiler died in 1845 in an accident while he was on his way to New York with a canal boat that he wanted to sell. It was told that he fell overboard and put to death, but the family did not believe in this and believed he had been killed. Alfred Hauge wrote in 1975 a prologue about Lars Larsen Geil, which was performed in Bjergsted at the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the first organized emigration to America, starting with: "Come forward, Lars Larsen Jeilane, step forward ..." . (Submitted on February 9, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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