John was the son of Johannes Torbjørnson Dale and Agata Jonsdatter Dalseid and was born Aug 1795 in Bruvik, Vaksdal. His first marriage was to Anna Sjursdatter Vaksdal (1803 – 1839) and they had at least two children: Agate and John. He and his family immigrated in 1837.
1850 finds them living in Norway Twp., in Racine County, Wisconsin. John is a farmer and they have real estate valued at $1000. John’s 17 years old son John (from his first marriage) is living with them. Their name is recorded as Darley.
Anna died in 1871 and is buried at Norway Lutheran Church cemetery at the church on Indian Hill. John died December 1882 and is buried beside his wife. (One source states that Anna is buried at Muskego Lutheran Cemetery.)
Anna and John did not have any children together.