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Ancestors of Dennis Raymond Thompson

Generation No. 5


      16. Torjus Torsteinsson, born June 12, 1814 in Norstebo, Gaarden, Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died March 7, 1886. He was the son of 32. Torstein Torjusson and 33. Aslaug Holjesdatter. He married 17. Kjersti Oldatter April 7, 1851 in Tinn,Telemark, Norway.

      17. Kjersti Oldatter, born November 1, 1831 in Luraas-Rue, Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died Deceased. She was the daughter of 34. Ola Torsteinsson and 35. Kari Persdatter.

More About Torjus Torsteinsson:
Occupation: Farmer

Notes for Kjersti Oldatter:
      Kjersti and Torjus moved from the Gaarden farm in 1864 when their oldest Ola was 13 years old. They left the son to work the farm. In 1865 they bought Kjersti fathers farm (Norstebo), which Kjersti had first inherited and then given up and again bought it to have it again. Kjersti was 51 years of age when her youngest child was born. Three of their children emigrated to America. Children Eleven.

More About Kjersti Oldatter:
Burial: Unknown, Austbygdi Kirke, Norway
Occupation: Farmer
     
Children of Torjus Torsteinsson and Kjersti Oldatter are:
  8 i.   Henry Thompson, born February 16, 1870 in Gaarden, Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died July 22, 1919 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin; married Gertrude Nelsen August 3, 1891 in Norwegian Lutheran Church, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin.
  ii.   Olaug T. Norstebo, born February 16, 1873; died Unknown.
  iii.   Halvor T. Norstebo, died Unknown.
  iv.   Guri T. Gaarden, died Unknown.
  v.   Torstein Torjuson, born September 7, 1851; died 1851.
  vi.   Kari Gaarden Norstebo, born January 13, 1853 in Norway; died January 9, 1903 in Mt Horeb, Wi; married (1) John Lee; born in Norway; died Bef. 1883 in Norway; married (2) Helleck Helleckson Aft. 1883 in Dane Co. WI; born March 2, 1833 in Frosli Farm Numdal, Norway; died 1911 in Dane Co., WI..
  More About Kari Gaarden Norstebo:
Burial: Unknown, Perry Lutheran Church Cemetery, Dane Co., WI.
Emigration: 1883

  vii.   Aslaug (Norstebo) Thompson, born June 13, 1861 in Gaarden, Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died March 1925; married John A. Swenson 1890; born 1842 in Sweden; died March 1926.
  More About Aslaug (Norstebo) Thompson:
Name/Norwegian: Aslaug Tojusen

  viii.   Ola T. Haepet Gaarden, born 1863 in Norway; died Unknown.
  ix.   Kjersti T. Norstebo, born 1864; died Unknown.
  x.   Kristen T. Thompson, born 1867 in Norway; died Unknown.
  xi.   Paul Gaarden, born 1882; died Unknown.


      18. Nils Halvorsen, born May 27, 1830 in Moen, Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died April 12, 1912 in Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin. He was the son of 36. Halvor Nilsen and 37. Gunnild Hansdatter. He married 19. Guro Høljesdatter September 13, 1862 in Tosand. Tinn, Telemark, Norway.

      19. Guro Høljesdatter, born September 2, 1844 in Tosand, Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died January 1, 1927 in Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of 38. Hølje Hanson and 39. Gunnild Knutsdatter.

Notes for Nils Halvorsen:
      There were multiple names listed. On the marriage record of Gertrude and Henry it was listed as father Nils T. Tosand (spelling?). The death notice of Gertrude listed her father as Nels Holverson. Marriage of Hilda he was listed as Nils Nelson father, on Hilda's he was listed as Nels Halvorsen. Grave site at Riverside Cemetery is located on North Drive about half way between Fountain Drive and East Drive, on left or north side of driveway, Section # 2. Name on Tombstone is Nels & Guro Nelsen, phone books from that 1906 and 1916 list the last name as Nelson.     
      Certificate of death for both him and his daughter Gertrude list his name as Nils Halverson and Nels Holverson. Moen farm was where they came from.           
      Nils and wife Guro were first cousins. Guro's father Hølje Hanson and Nil's mother Gunhild Hansdatter were brother and sister. Heather Thompson 3rd great-granddaughter of Guro and Nils married the 5th great grandson of Brynild Hanson a brother to Hølje Hanson and Gunhild Hansdatter.

More About Nils Halvorsen:
Burial: April 15, 1912, Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
Immigration: 1893
Nationality: Norwegian
Occupation: Laborer

  Notes for Guro Høljesdatter:
Death record listed Stoughton as residence for 34 years. Guro and her husband Nils were first cousins, Guro's father Hølje Hanson and Nil's mother Gunhild Hansdatter were brother and sister. Heather Thompson 3rd great-granddaughter of Guro and Nils married the 5th great grandson of Brynild Hanson a brother to Hølje Hanson and Gunhild Hansdatter.

More About Guro Høljesdatter:
Burial: January 5, 1927, Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
Cause of Death: Pneumonia/ Contributory: Uremia
Immigration: 1893
Nationality: Norwegian
Occupation: Housewife
     
Children of Nils Halvorsen and Guro Høljesdatter are:
  9 i.   Gertrude Nelsen, born November 26, 1867 in Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died September 25, 1945 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin; married Henry Thompson August 3, 1891 in Norwegian Lutheran Church, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin.
  ii.   Hans Nelsen, born November 11, 1874 in Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died Deceased in Wisconsin.
  More About Hans Nelsen:
Christening: May 6, 1875, Tinn, Telemark, Norway

  iii.   Halvor Nelsen, born January 23, 1877 in Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died 1966.
  More About Halvor Nelsen:
Burial: 1966, Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
Christening: May 20, 1877, Tinn, Telemark, Norway

  iv.   Henry Nelsen, born June 14, 1879; died 1968.
  More About Henry Nelsen:
Burial: 1968, Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
Christening: October 12, 1879, Tinn, Telemark, Norway

  v.   Hilda Nelson, born November 23, 1881 in Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died Unknown; married John L. O. Sundby October 3, 1901 in Stoughton Wi; died Unknown.
  Notes for Hilda Nelson:
Marriage Record Vol. 10, page 299. Father listed as Nils Nelson & mother Jorun Halvorson.

  More About Hilda Nelson:
Christening: February 12, 1882, Tinn, Telemark, Norway
Name/Norwegian: Gunild Nielsdatter

  vi.   Alice Nelson, born 1888 in Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died Unknown; married Andrew Otteson March 28, 1908 in Town of Rutland, Dane County, Wisconsin; died Unknown.
  Notes for Alice Nelson:
Marriage record Vol 13, Page 83. Witness included Halvor Nelson. Lived near Stoughton, Wi. Listed father Nels Halvorsen & mother Gena Helgesen.

  vii.   Ella Nelson, born May 3, 1864; died 1953.
  More About Ella Nelson:
Burial: 1953, Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
Christening: July 31, 1864, Tinn, Telemark, Norway
Name/Norwegian: Aslaug Nielsen

  viii.   Gunhild Nelson, born July 10, 1862 in Tinn, Telemark, Norway; died Unknown; married Albert "Samuel" Ranvich December 28, 1898 in Stoughton Wi; died Unknown.
  Notes for Gunhild Nelson:
Marriage record Vol. 10, page 78. Listed Nils Halvorson as father & Guro Holjeson mother.

  ix.   Susan Nelsen, born 1870; died 1917.
  More About Susan Nelsen:
Burial: 1917, Riverside Cemetery, Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin



      20. Johann Jost (Justus) Heuser, born February 23, 1838 in Roedenau, Hessia, Germany; died April 16, 1928 in Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin. He was the son of 40. Peter Heuser and 41. Sophia Schneider. He married 21. Augusta Wilhamine Caroline Fenster 1862.

      21. Augusta Wilhamine Caroline Fenster, born June 22, 1841 in Ringleben, Kyffausen-Artern, Germany; died March 30, 1872 in Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of 42. Johann Elias Friedrich Fensterer and 43. Marie Wilhelmine Opperman.

Notes for Johann Jost (Justus) Heuser:
      Justus HEUSER, was born in Germany, 23 February, 1838. He married Augusta FENSTER, when he was 24 years old, and they had three children: Annie, wife of Henry MAURER, of Mt. Horeb; Frank, a farmer in Blue Mounds township; and Catherine, at home. Tragedy struck in 1872 when Justus lost Augusta during childbirth, after the had enjoyed ten years of faithful companionship. Neither Augusta nor the infant she was delivering survived this fateful event. His second wife was, Mary STEYER, and they had eight children: Augusta, Emma, Ida, Peter, Pauline, Freddie, Willie and Adolph.     
      Justus purchased 160 acres of land from his father on November 14, 1864 for the sum of six hundred dollars. The 1870 Agricultural census, listed the value of the land at twenty-five hundred dollars. Livestock of Justus Heuser was listed as the following: 5 horses, 4 milk cows, 10 other cows and 6 hogs with a value of five hundred and thirty dollars. At the time he also owned 630 bushels of wheat, 150 bushels of corn and 260 bushels of oats. As a farmer he was very successful and by 1893 owned 3 farms totalling 405 acres. These farms included the homestead in German Valley and the Fred Heuser farm.
      Justus Heuser gave a Warranty Deed for a small parcel of land to the German Lutheran Church to be used for a church and a Cemetery, on November 25, 1867. He participated to a large extent in the early development and growth of the Lutheran Church in German Valley. The German Valley Cemetery is where this property is located. In February 1886, he transferred title to an additional piece of property to the trustees of the German Lutheran Church to be used for the site of a parsonage for the pastor. During the following years, more land was sold by Justus Heuser for a school house and for a cheese factory. Farmers organized the the German Valley Cheese Company in 1888 and built a cheese factory on German Valley road. Farmers hauled milk to the factory and there they met there neighbors and exchanged news each day. The school was built on land sold by Justus Heuser to School District No. 9, Blue Mounds, in a Warranty Deed dated June 21, 1899, it was known as the German Valley School.
      A one hundred and twenty acre tract of land in German Valley which was later to become the Frank Heuser farm was purchased by Justus Heuser from Hans Hanson on April 4, 1884 for a sum of $3600. Justus would purchase a farm, turn it over to one of his sons, and then the son in turn would repay him for the farm in due time. Justus assisted each of his sons to become established in farming as they grew up and married.
      Justus Heuser always talked in High German. This was the dialect of the highlands in the southern part of Germany. Low German and High German are strictly geographical in origin and have no relationship with social class. there were none who would contradict Justus Heuser or argue with him because everyone had so much respect for him, remembered Katherine Heuser. Besides, he "would not have stood for it" if any one would have disputed him, she said.
      In 1907 Justus moved out of German Valley to a farm to a farm just north of highway 151, leaving Peter Heuser to manage and eventually purchase the original homestead. When Justus retired from farming in 1911 and moved to Mt. Horeb, he left his son, William, to operate the farm north of Highway 151. He built a house a 316 West Main Street and lived there the rest of his life. He supervised the construction of the house carefully and if a board wasn't "just right" he would throw it aside. How the carpenters hated to see him coming! The house was built entirely of oak.
      Justus continued to be interested in the world around him and he could be found sitting on the porch reading his newspaper. Dr. Evans had a hospital at the west end of Mt Horeb. He frequently walked from his office in town to the hospital, past the home of Justus. He was a good friend of Justus and frequently stopped to converse with him on the front porch. Justus would spend hours reading the family bible. He was fond of smoking his favorite pipe , while sitting in the kitchen, Christine Disrud recalled. Mary Heuser was not a talkative woman but she was a hard worker and a wonderful cook.
      Justus and Mary Heuser celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Thursday, June 7, 1923 in the German Lutheran Church of Mt. Horeb. About 200 attended the memorable occasion. Another milestone occurred on February 23, 1928, when all of the children, grandchildren and a number of friends gathered at his home to celebrate the ninetieth birthday. The weather was favorable and the spirit of the numerous guest was at the highest. There were so many gathered that they filled the house to overflowing. Justus was privileged to find himself in good health. He was so deeply moved when those assembled sang "Happy Birthday" that he cried aloud, Annie Heuser recalled.
      The deterioration and uncertainties of advanced age, which Justus had escaped for so many years, finally arrived. After a short illness with pneumonia, Justus Heuser passed away peacefully, at his home, at 2 o'clock Monday morning, April, 16, 1928. Justus was 90 years, 1 month, 23 days. The following verse was printed in his obituary, expressing the feelings of his children: "Dearest father thou has left us. And thy loss we deeply feel. But 'tis God who has bereft us. He can all our sorrows heal. But in Heaven we hope to meet Thee. When our days on earth are fled. Then once more in joy to greet Thee. Where no parting tears are shed".

More About Johann Jost (Justus) Heuser:
Burial: April 19, 1928, Mount Horeb Union Cemetery, Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin
Cause of Death: Broncho Pneumonia/ Contibutory Senility
Church: German Valley Lutheran Church
Elected: April 1, 1879, Board of Supervisors of the town of Blue Mounds.
Nationality: German
Naturalization: September 1906
Occupation: Farmer

  Notes for Augusta Wilhamine Caroline Fenster:
            [v12t1217]Auguste Wilhemine Caroline Fensterer
1841 - 1872
      IV. Auguste Wilhemine Caroline Fensterer was the second child of 'Fred' and 'Caroline'. She was born June 22, 1841 at Ringleben, Germany. She died in 1872. She was married in 1862 to Justus "Gus" Heuser for 11 years. He was born in Germany and died in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin in 1946. He became a naturalized citizen in September 1906. They had 3 children; Frank, Anna and Katharine. Augusta died while giving birth to her fourth child. The infant also did not survive this fateful event.

More About Augusta Wilhamine Caroline Fenster:
Burial: April 1872, German Valley Cemetery, Town of Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin
Church: German Valley Lutheran Church
Nationality: German
     
Children of Johann Heuser and Augusta Fenster are:
  10 i.   Frank Daniel Heuser, born March 29, 1867 in Germany Valley, Town of Blue Mounds, Mount Horeb, Dane County, Wisconsin; died August 30, 1946 in Madison General Hospital, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin; married (1) Dorothea Gerke January 6, 1892; married (2) Dorothea Gerke Heuser January 6, 1892.
  ii.   Katherine Heuser, born April 30, 1869; died December 13, 1957; married Andrew Disrud March 2, 1893; born WFT Est. 1846-1873; died WFT Est. 1898-1959.
  iii.   Anna Wilhelmina Heuser, born February 24, 1864; died September 25, 1932 in Verona, Wisconsin; married (1) Henry Peter Maurer; died Deceased; married (2) Henry Mauer January 9, 1887; born WFT Est. 1841-1867; died WFT Est. 1892-1954.


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