An unidentified member of or related to the Thorson family from Winnebago county, Wisconsin.
A Historical Perspective from the 1918 Influenza Epidemic The Wisconsin Historical Society is asking for people to join their Covid-19 Journal Project. The purpose of the project is to record the perspectives of Wisconsin citizens as they experience this pandemic. The Wisconsin Historical Society has a collection of Civil War journals that have been preserved … Continue reading Journaling a Pandemic
Birgit Knudsdatter (AKA Betsey Johnson) Betsey Johnson Betsy Johnson was born Birgit Knudsdatter on 25 March 1847 in the Old Muskego settlement in Racine County, Wisconsin. She was the third child born to her parents Knud Johnson Luraas and Gyri Nelsdatter Rue. Betsy lived in Muskego until about 1849 when her family moved up to … Continue reading Portraits
Rare old picture from Fjotland around 1850 If our information about this picture is correct, it is a rare opportunity for us to present such an old photograph. The little girl’s name is Asgerd, born 1851. She is sitting on her mother, Torborg Eielsdatter Engedal’s lap. Torborg Engedal born 1822 – died 1874. The father, … Continue reading Tuesday Newsday
Nels Olavus Thorson Nels Olavus Thorson ca. 1861 Nels Olavus Thorson was born at Eiesland Gaard, Eiken, Haeggebostad, Vest-Agder, Norway on 8 January 1842. He was the second child born to Thor Oddson Eiesland and his first wife, Asgerd Gassesdatter Veggeland. Asgerd died when Nels was just 5 years old, leaving him and his older … Continue reading Portraits
Lost at Gaming Table This is What Aged Defendant in Municipal Court Declares on Thursday When Arraigned on the Charge of Using Abusive Language - Says Son was Victim Appleton, Wis - Friday, April 15 Nels O. Thorson, an aged farmer, residing in the town of Greenville, was complained of by Wallace and Elmer Christianson, … Continue reading Tuesday News Day
Part 2: Muskego to Winnebago County The Muskego settlement in Racine County, Wisconsin was only the fifth Norwegian settlement in all of the United States. By most accounts, there were fewer than 1000 Norwegians in all of America in 1839 when Muskego was founded. Once the immigrants settled on the lands at the south end … Continue reading Pioneers of Old Muskego
Part 1: Norway to America Knute Johnson Luraas and Gyri Nilsdatter Rue ca 1870 The earliest immigrants on my side of the family tree came from Norway. My 4th great grandparents on my father's side came to Wisconsin in 1839 and formed a new Norwegian settlement called Muskego. Knute Johnson Luraas was born in Atra … Continue reading Pioneers of Old Muskego