The farm was originally an inclose cleared by the settler in Lillerusten. The inclose was located north and above the houses of Lillerusten, on a shelf at the hillside, or a "res" in the local dialect. Hence the name Resløkken (Res=shelf, løkken=inclose).
It was one Peder Olsen who in 1747 bought the claim to this inclose for 30 "riksdaler" (old currency) of Peder Pedersen Lillerusten. Included in the trade was also a well south of the inclose, and a small mountain farm on Slåsætrene. Further a clause that Peder Olsen should pay half the yearly taxes imposed on Peder Lillerusten.The deed is signed at Rusten September 21st 1747, and witnessed by Ole Mortensen Bragelien and Johannes Eide.
This inclose could not be subsisted on, so Peder Olsen was allowed to clear more land in the commons. Allowance dated Tolstad Feb. 28th 1760 and signed Christer Pram (As the Crowns representative.)
Peder Olsen and his wife Anne Amundsdotter didn't have any children. As they aged, they signed an agreement with Ole Johannessen Kjeldeberget and his wife Kari Amundsdotter that these should move to Resløkken to take care of them. But after Ole and Kari had moved in, the relationship between them and the elders turned sour, and they returned home.
Peder and Anne Resløkken then turned to her brother, Svend Amundsen, who agreed to take care of them. He got a deed on the right to use Resløkken, in exchange to a contract on yearly allowance the old couple:
In 1776 Svend Resløkken raised a loan of 160 rd with Jacob Hansen Solhjem against mortgage in Resløkken and all movables and cattle, to buy the farm.
Then Svend Amundsen died, from his debts and responsibilities, from his wife and two daughters. The estate was settled at Resløkken April 13th 1779, heiresses were his wife Brit Hansdotter and daughters Anne (elder) 3 1/2 years and Anne (younger) 1 year old.
Resløkken was now put up for sale on auction. Procurator Hans Gotfred Hansen and Anders Lysgård, "lensmann" (local sheriff) in Ringsaker, were the buyers. They paid 170 rd and continuation of the responsibility for Anne and Peder. They should also redeem the debts to Jacob Hansen Solhjem with 160 rd and 10 rd interest. The trade also included the Lillerusten farm.
Three years later the new owners sold the farms Resløkken and Lillerusten to Hans Østensen Forbrigd for 300 rd and the caretaking of Peder Resløkken (his wife Anne has passed away), and also to an elderly couple in Lillerusten. Deed signed Ringsaker April 12th 1782.
Two years later Hans Østensen Forbrigd sold the farm Resløkken to one Peder Olsen for 160 riksdalar. Deed dated Sandbu, Feb. 5th 1784. To finance this, Peder Olsen raised a loan at 163 rd with Ole Larsen Selsjord, (from Loftsgård,) against mortgage in Resløkken, and 4 % interest.
Allready next year Peder Olsen sold Resløkken to Fredrik Amundsen Slåen for 207 rd. Deed dated Sandbu, Feb. 23rd 1785.
Now Resløkken was traded once more, this time from Fredrik Amundsen Slåen to one Peder Amundsen.
Peder Amundsen was married to one Marit Amundsdotter. This couple lives in Resløkken in 1801, according to the census this year. Four of their five children were born at that time.
When Peder Amundsen died, Amund Fredriksen Slåen is appointed guardian of Marit according to the settlement of the estate dated Feb. 11th 1808. This could indicate a family relationship between the families in Slåen and Resløkken.
Peder and Marit had these children:
1. Anne b.ca. 1788 - marriedt 1809 to Ole Pedersen b.ca. 1758. He used the cottage allotment Brekken under Sandbu, neighbours to Resløkken, so for Anne it was just to "jump over the fence". Five known children. Ole died in 1832, Anne lived until 1870.
2. Amund b. 1791 - undertook the farm.
3. Fredrik b.ca. 1795 - lived unmarried at Resløkken. Died in 1866, 72 years old.
4. Kari b. 1800 - dead 1808
5. Hans b. 1805 - dead 1815
Marit Amundsdotter passed Resløkken, matr.no. 192, to her son Amund Pedersen for 50 rd and a yearly allowance, deed dated Hammer, Feb 22nd 1813.
Amund Pedersen married 1819 to Kari Hansdotter b.ca. 1798, daughter of Hans Paulsen Viken and his wife Mari Paulsdotter, living at Viken in Sødorp in 1801. Amund and Kari had eight children:
1. Peder b. 1820 - succeeded to Resløkken.
3. Kari b. 1824 - unmarried. In 1875 Kari owned northern Resset farm, devided from Resløkken by her brother Peder.
4. Marit b. 1826 - was probably mentally retarded. Lived all her life in Resløkken, died in 1885.
7. Rønnaug b. 1835 - died 1837
8. Rønnaug b. 1838 - unmarried, but had a daughter with Paul Olsen Morken from Kvam; Anne Marie b. 1870. Mother and daughter lived in 1875 with Kari at northern Resset, and Anne Marie is registered as living at Resset at her confirmation in 1884. Probably the same as Anne Resset registered as emigrated to America in 1893. Rønnaug was living in Resløkken when she died of cancer in 1891.
Kari Hansdotter died in 1847, 48 year old. Amund Pedersen remarried in 1853 to a new Kari. She was born ca. 1797 on Mæhlumsvangen, and was daughter of Christen Olsen of Mæhlum and Marit Iversdotter of Uppigard Bu, farmers at Mæhlumsvangen in 1801.
Obviously there were no children in this marriage, but Amund and his new wife Kari got as many as 20 years together. Amund died in 1883 and Kari in 1884.
The eldest son Peder Amundsen had since many years succeeded to the farm. He is registered as user and owner in 1865. This year Resløkken had one horse, nine cattle, 18 sheep and a pig.
3. Hans b. 1854 - succeeded his parents in Resløkken.
4. Peder b. 1855 - shoemaker, emigrated to America on the same vessel as his brother Amund. Peder settled in Devils Lake, North Dakota, where he had a major shoemakers store. He was unmarried when he left Norway, but married somebody who probably was from his home area.
5. Kari b. 1857 - lived home and helped Hans on the farm. She died in 1934.
6. Iver b. 1859 - married 1899 to Karen Torsdotter b. 1873, daughter of Tor Olsen Åmodt and spouse Anne Andersdotter of lower Bilben in Heidal, farmers at northern Åmodt, Sjoa. After marriage Iver emigrated in 1899 to USA, destination Wisconsin. His wife Karen followed in 1902 with the daugther Thora, 2 years old.
7. Fredrik b. 1862 - unmarried. Lived home. Died 1902, only 40 years old.
8. Kristian b. 1863 - died 1874.
It was still Peder Amundsen and Mari Hansdotter who had Resløkken in 1900. He was then 80, she was 77 years old. Three children and a servent lived with them. Close relatives lived in two other houses on the farm. Altogether 18 persons lived on Resløkken this year.
Two years later both Peder and Mari are dead. They died the same year, he in May and she in December 1902.
Now the eldest son Hans succeeded. He was wheeler and blacksmith in addition to managing the farm. He never got married, but his sister Kari helped him in his daily work . After Kari passed away, his sisters daughter Mathea on the neighbour farm Brekken took care of him in his older days. Hans conveyed Resløkken to her in 1946, and died the next year.
With Mathea Brekken (1898-1982) the farming activities at Resløkken gradually declined as she grew older. In 1969 she signed the farm to her daughter and son-in-law, and from 1987 their eldest son has been the owner of Resløkken.
Translated by the webmaster