Det har vore ein dag med mykje regn og skodde, men under dagens tur til Rapjane letna det litt før regnet kom tilbake.
The name was written Fennisteigen in 1695. It is now pronouncedFìnnésteijén2; han búr í, è ór Fìnnésteijè, ska í Fìnnésteìjén (or aot Finnesteìjè). The name is compounded from the farm name Finne (no. 43) and teig m. (pasture).
Finnesteigen, in the matrikel for 1723, was recorded with 12 mark in assessment and one farmer. The farmers at Finne were the owners. The farm was hard to farm, had medium soil and no forest or fishing. The assessment was the same in 1838 and was then converted to l dalar. There was adequate firewood forest and a little pine forest. The comparison number was 150. The matrikel for 1865 lists 2 acres fields, 5/8 acre hay, 11⁄2 acres good, 1 acre medium natural meadow and 31⁄2 acres junk land. None is suitable for clearing. There was poor pasture, there was forest for home use and wood could be sold for 5 spd. a year. The farm was easy to farm, subject to landslides and tilled better than usual. In 1918, there were 23/8 acres fields, 23⁄4 acres hay and 21/8 acres natural meadow.
3 people lived there in 1801, 9 in 1865 and 14 in 1920.
Finnesteigen had always been an isolated farm. Einar was the tenant farmer in 1691 and Klas Miltzow owned the farm that had 12 mark in assessment. Kirsten Miltzow was the owner in 1695, and Sjur Olavson was the farmer then and in 1701. Laurits Basteson leased the farm in 1707. He was g. 1. m. Eli Tormodsdr., 2. 1718 m. Marta Godvinsdr. Tvinno and got with Eli the daughter Anngjerd f. 1712. Ivar Torgeirson Ullestad bought the farm from Joakim Friele in Bergen in 1734 for 40 rd. Ivar sold it again in 1735 to Olav Amundson. He was probably son to Åmund Olavson Finne, who in 1687 together with other soldiers from Voss was quartered at Hadeland. Ivar was g. m. Marta Olavsdr. Olav bought the redemption rights to Finnesteigen in 1759 for 63 rd. that G. Marselis had owned. Olav died in 1767, 65 years gl. and Marta in 1788, 90 years gl. They had four children: Olav g. 1754 m. Ragnhild Olavsdr. Himle, Hallkatla, g. 1760 m. Lars Knutson Haugo, Brita, g. 1766 m. Lars Mattisson Lekve and Anna g. 1783 after royal dispensation with Lars Andersson Svelgane. At the estate settlement in 1768, the farm was valued at 150 rd.
Lars Mattisson got the farm in 1768. It was said that he and Marta were engaged for 10 years, and he had mostly been in a garrison in Denmark. Lars died in 1816, 83 years gl. and Brita in 1826, 921⁄2 years gl. They had four children: Kolbein f. 1767, Marta f. 1770, g. 1803 m. Rognald Arnbjørnson Haugo, Olav f. 1773 and Ivar f. 1775, g. 1799 m. Brita Olavsdr. Jeraldstveiti, cotter at Glymme. Olav took a shoemaker apprenticeship in Bergen, went around in foreign countries in 1797, was in Holstein in 1826 and later in Bremen. Kolbein got the farm in 1794 and married in 1798 with the widow Brita Helgesdr. Setre. He lived later at Setre, Arhelleren and Dolve, and died in 1816, 83 years gl. The sister Marta and her husband got the farm in 1802 for 498 rd. Rognald cleared a lot on the farm and made both from wood or iron that which he needed. They had six children: Lars f. 1804, Anna f. 1805, g. 1830 m. Mons Larsson Setre, farmer at Haga, Vossastr., Arnbjørn f. 1807, g. 1835 m. Ragnhild Åmundsdr. Himle, farmer at Hjellen, Vossastr., Olav f. 1809, Haugo, Olav f. 1773 and Ivar f. 1775, g. 1799 m. Brita Olavsdr. Jeraldstveiti, cotter at Glymme. Olav took a shoemaker apprenticeship in Bergen, went around in foreign countries in 1797, was in Holstein in 1826 and later in Bremen. Kolbein got the farm in 1794 and married in 1798 with the widow Brita Helgesdr. Setre. He lived later at Setre, Arhelleren and Dolve, and died in 1816, 83 years gl. The sister Marta and her husband got the farm in 1802 for 498 rd. Rognald cleared a lot on the farm and made both from wood or iron that which he needed. They had six children: Lars f. 1804, Anna f. 1805, g. 1830 m. Mons Larsson Setre, farmer at Haga, Vossastr., Arnbjørn f. 1807, g. 1835 m. Ragnhild Åmundsdr. Himle, farmer at Hjellen, Vossastr., Olav f. 1809, Lars Rognaldson got the farm in 1831 for 270 spd. and was g. m. Marta Nilsdr. Nesthus f. 1808. He was a builder, made shoes and forged whatever was needed. Marta died in 1878, 70 years gl. and Lars in 1879, 75 years gl. They had eight children: Marta f. 1832, g. 1874 m. Gudleik Knutson Jernes, Olav f. 1834, Anna f. 1835, died in 1875, Nils f. 1838, Brita f. 1841, died in 1857, Marta f. 1845, died in 1857, Rognald f. 1848 (America), and Guri f. 1851, g. m. ekm. Åmund Knutson Glymme (America). Olav got married in 1864 m. Brita Knutsdr. Brekku, Gullfj., was a builder, had the farm four years and went in 1868 to America. One of the children, Lars Teigen, for a long time was state senator for Minnesota and a member of the Board of Regents for the state university. In the spring of 1868, about 30 people from the Teiga farms and Lutatræe, it is said went to America.
Nils Larsson got married in 1868 with Anna Josefsdr. Bjørgo f. 1844 and got the deed for the farm from his father for 500 spd. that same year. He worked at times with construction. Nils died in 1897 and Anna 1935. They had seven children who were grown: Lars in 1868, Olav f. 1872 (America), Nils f. 1874, g. m. Anna Olavsdr. Midtun, farmer at Midtun, Steffa f. 1877 blacksmith, Marta, in 1879, g. m. teacher Lars Brakestad, lived at Bjørku, Brita f. 1887 and Anna f. 1890. Lars got the farm for 2,000 crowns in 1899.
Finnesteigen was previously mtrno. 233, Ino. 458 with an old assessment of 12 mark, revised to l dalar 13 skill., revised to l dalar 2 ort 15 skill. The new assessment was 2.22 mark.
They didn’t have a sæter in 1723. Lars Rognaldson got in 1858 a deed for a sæter at Rapjane from Knut Gjelle for 75 spd. Before, Finnesteigen had a sæter farther down called Nerestødl’n and use it as a spring sæter now. There were frequent bears in the old times. One night, when Brita, Lars Mattisson’s wife, was going to close up, a bear came leaping after a cow. Brita thought it was a bull, hit him with her apron and shouted, “Go away, you nasty troll”. The bear quietly went his way and then Brita realized that it was a bear. Lars Rognaldson had a horse that was so brave that when he smelled the scent of a bear, he chased it away.