About Those Borresons

What is the chance that other Borresons you meet or hear about are related to our family? My cautious answer is: most of them are likely not related to us. Here’s why I think that.

Our first Borreson generation was the family of Borre Andersen Lille Rustad, born in 1808 in Loten, Norway. He and his wife Maria had six children, whose stories I am summarizing from Clara Cook’s Homestead.

  • Andreas or Andrew immigrated, married and had three girls and a boy. The son never married. One daughter had a son out of wedlock. This Borreson never married or had children.
  • Elias was our cousins’ great-grandfather. More on him later.
  • Berthe immigrated, served as Emil’s godmother in 1872, but nothing more is known about her.
  • Anne was born in Norway, but we have no further information.
  • Berthe Marie immigrated and married Alexander Matson. No more Borreson name in that line.
  • Bernt immigrated, also served as Emil’s godparent in 1872, “went west” and nothing more is known.

In this family of six, the best chance of there being other Borresons by name would come via Bernt, the youngest. But this is to ask: “Where in the world is Waldo – or Bernt?” And that’s going to require real detective work.

So in the next generation, what is the likelihood of locating Borresons by name who are related? We’re left with the family of Elias and Kari who also had six children.

  • Syverine, who “suffered from organic brain disease,” died at Northern Colony in Chippewa Falls at the age of 48.
  • Emil is our grandfather: we are these Borresons.
  • Bernt died at the age of 10.
  • Selma married August Pedersen and moved to Oregon. No more Borresons by name here, but I have reached a member of this family by mail. That was fun!
  • Emma married Carl Olson, moved to the Dakotas, but died at 29 when she slipped into an open well from which she was drawing water.
  • Charlie had eight children with his wife Mae. They lived near Blair. Two children died. The three daughters married, and son Neil had one married daughter – so no more Borreson names there. That leaves two sons. Clifford had a son Donald who married a Holmen, WI woman and they had three girls and two boys. Clifford also had two other sons adopted by other families, so the Borreson name may not have continued with them. In a second marriage, Clifford had sons Delaine and David (who apparently lived in Blair in 1980). Ernest, another son of Charlie’s, had two daughters and a son Tom who resides in the La Crosse area and has one married daughter.

So, except from Bernt who “went west” and Charlie’s son Clifford’s family with a few possibilities, there aren’t likely to be many folks around by the name of “Borreson” who are related to us.  (Tom Borreson of La Crosse is the only one I know personally.) If you know relatives named Borreson from the above families or others whom I’ve overlooked, I’d welcome the information or correction.

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2 Responses to About Those Borresons

  1. Glenn Borreson says:

    Here’s a note I remembered about older Borresons. When I was researching our grandfather Emil Borreson (born 1872, Onalaska) in La Crosse sources, I did discover another Emil Borreson in La Crosse about the same time. I think he was a banker whose middle initial was “N.”

  2. judy borreson caruso says:

    Awesome analysis, Glenn. Thanks for putting this altogether.

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