Deer running Through the Woods
The family story is that my Grandfather deserted the Swedish army at the time when Sweden was aligned with Finland and Finland went to war with Russia. As in our Viet Nam era many fled to Norway, so many that they were called a hjort which is Norwegian for deer, like deer running through the woods.
My Grandfather, Martin Mortenson, left Norway for America and it is unclear if he took if the took the name Hjort to hide from the Swedish army or from the wife and two young boys he left behind.
My father was the youngest of six more children born to this union in America. My Father was sure his Mother went through Ellis Island, with two young boys, in 1903 but I have tried Tobina Mortenson, Tobina Hjort, her maiden name Hillesum etc and been unable to locate her passage. White, Northern Europeans also have difficulty negotiating name changes.