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Berit Knudsdatter (Betsy E) THOMPSON

Female 1853 - 1938  (84 years)


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  • Name Berit Knudsdatter (Betsy E) THOMPSON 
    Born 21 Oct 1853  Vestre Slidre i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Baptism 6 Nov 1853  Vestre Slidre i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Closeness to Ove Ovesen 10 
    Minnesota Death Certificate 1938-MN-003493 
    Died 27 Sep 1938  Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Highview Cemetery, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Ole Forstrom (shown as Fostrom) family were farming in Eureka Township at the time (June 5th) of the 1880 census. The family consisted of Ole, 39, Betsey, 26, Thomas, 6, and Eda, 3. Also apparently living with them was Thomas Thompson, 21, shown as “cousin.”

      By the 1900 census, Betsy is a widow and still living in Eureka Township not far from Peter Thompson. She is 46 (born Oct 1853 in Norway) and came to the U.S. in 1855. Living with her is her sons Olai B., 16 (born Feb 1884) and Arthur J., 9 (born Nov 1890). Arthur is still in school but Olai is shown as a farm laborer. Betsy is shown as having borne 7 children, 5 still living. Also living with her, although also shown as “head,” is her son Thomas, 25 (born June 1874), and Thomas’s wife Tina, 24 (born May 1876). Thomas and Tina have been married for 5 years and have two children (Tina has had a third one who is now dead): Norris O., 3 (born Dec 1896), and Clarence T., 1 (born April 1899).

      She is listed in “The Valdris Book”, a history of the Valdris Samband published in 1920 (available on Google Books), as Mrs. Betsey Fostrom of Farmington. She was a member of the Samband between 1910 and 1916. In her entry she is erroneously listed as the daughter of Peter Thompson.

      In the 1920 census, she is shown to have come to this country in 1855 and was naturalized as a citizen in 1857.

      An obituary:

      In the death of Mrs B. E. Forstrom, Dakota county pioneer for 82 years and highly respected woman of Lakeville, the community loses a beloved character, known and admired by everyone. To her friends she was Grandma Forstrom. News of her demise came rather suddenly Tuesday morning, September 27, 1938 at the home ofher son Arthur, where she has made her home. She was able to be out-of doors on Saturday for a walk. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at the Arthur Forstrom residence and 2:00 o'clock at the Lutheran Free Church in Eureka. Burial will be beside her husband in the adjoining cemetery. Three ministers will have charge of the service, Rev J. R. Langsjoen, the pastor; Rev B. L. Sundal, former pastor; and Rev A. H. Gjevre, pastor of St. John's at Lakeville. Mrs. Sundal will sing several favorite requests of the deceased. Pallbearers will be Milford Halling, Rudolph Ruh, Sherman Torbinson, Oscar Shirley, Sylvester Steen and Carlton Leine. Betsy Thompson was born in Valders, Norway, October 14th, 1853. At the age of one and a half, she imigrated to the United States with her parents, arriving at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, from where they moved to Nerstrand, Minnesota, after a short period in Wisconsin. In the early spring of 1857, the family pre-empted a homestead near the Twin churches in Eureka township, where she lived until her marriage to Ole Forstrom, at which time they purchased the farm where Eureka Center is now located. There a family of seven children were born, two of whom died in infancy and a daughter, Ida (Mrs Ed Ruh) preceded her mother in 1905. Mr Forstrom, the husband, is also deceased. Those surviving to mourn the loss of a loving mother are Thomas of Montana, Edward, Robert and Arthur of Lakeville; also nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Mrs Forstrom will not only be missed by her family but a host of friends in Lakeville, Eureka and the surrounding territory will feel the loss of a kind friend and helpful neighbor. She had an unusual personality that won for herself friends wherever she went and this warm friendly spirit will live on through the years. 10-14-1853/09-27-1938 COMPILED BY JANE GILBERTSON NELSON

      Jane Gilbertson Nelson also compiled the puzzling obit for “little Ole Forstrom” as well as this one for which there is no confirmation in either the birth or the death records of the MHS or of the cemetery record for Highview in the Dalby database:

      HIGHVIEW CHRISTIANIA LUTH. CHURCH & CEMETERY, EUREKA TWSP. DAKOTA COUNTY, MN. COMPILED BY JANE GILBERTSON NELSON. Name: Gladys Caroline Forstrom Birth: July 19, 1926 Death: August 2, 1926 Father: Ole E. Forstrom Mother: Betsy Forstrom Little Gladys lived 15 days and is buried in the Christiania Lutheran Free Church cemetery, Eureka township. 07-19-1926/08-02-1926

      {Clearly this could not have been a child of 72 year-old Betsy.}
    Person ID I1769  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 1 May 2017 

    Father Knudt Tomason ELLESTAD,   b. 4 May 1822, Vestre Slidre i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1896, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Ingri Gulliksdatter EGGE,   b. 14 Aug 1819, Slidre i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1852  Vestre Slidre i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ole Endresen FORSTROM (FYSTRO),   b. 27 Dec 1840, Vestre Slidre i Valdres, Oppland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1897  (Age 56 years) 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Clarence FORSTROM,   b. Dec 1872, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1873, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Thomas Clarence FORSTROM (FOREST),   b. 18 Jun 1874, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1944, Havre, Hill County, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Ole FORSTROM,   b. Abt 1875, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1877, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     4. Izore Caroline (Ida) FORSTROM,   b. 27 Feb 1877, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1905, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     5. Edward Simon FORSTROM,   b. Jan 1879, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1880, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     6. Edward Simon FORSTROM,   b. 24 Jan 1882, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1939, Lakeville, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     7. Olai Benoni (Robert) FORSTROM,   b. 2 Feb 1883, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1959, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Julius Arthur (Art) FORSTROM,   b. 18 Nov 1890, Eureka Twp, Dakota County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1960, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Family ID F1274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart