Borresons in South Beaver Creek

My “Borreson Mysteries” post looked at the children of Borre and Maria Anderson, the siblings of our great-grandfather Elias Borresen. As I said, the fate of three of them is unknown: Anne, Berthe, and Bernt. So what about the other two? Let’s look at one of them whose story, by the way, connects with this grave marker in South Beaver Creek (rural Ettrick, Trempealeau County, WI). More on that at the end of this post.

Andreas was born in Loten in 1836, older brother to Elias by three years. Clara has a page about him and his family in Homestead (25), and the brief version is that he and his family homesteaded in South Beaver Creek, Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. That’s just south, over the bluffs, from where our family lived (Garven’s) – and I never knew about any Borreson relatives having lived there.

Clara knew that Andreas married Maria Hanson in Norway, and after Andreas immigrated to the USA in 1870, it appears that Maria brought the two children, Ole and Josephine, in 1871. Two more children, Anne and Amelia, were born in Wisconsin. Clara probably didn’t know what the 1900 census revealed: that Maria had given birth to nine children and only four of them were living.

Of these four children, only Amelia would leave descendants, according to Clara, and until recently, I thought that line had come to end. Ole farmed with his father all his life and never married. Josephine married Ole Andersen and the two had no children. About Anna Clara had no information, but recenbtly I found her obituary in the La Crosse Tribune files. She had died in January 1951 after having made her home for many years with her sister, Josie Anderson.

So, back to Amelia…. Clara wrote that Amelia had, out of wedlock, a son Adolph Borreson who went to Galesville High School, moved “further north in his later years,” and was buried in the South Beaver Creek cemetery at his death in 1975. The 1900 U. S. census, however, makes me doubt Amelia’s single status: she and her one-year-old son Adolph were residing with her parents, but she claimed to have been married for two years and was using the surname Mitchel (or Michel in the 1905 Wisconsin census). By 1920. Adolph was using the Borresen name. Interesting. I also learned in the 1920 U. S. census that Adolph, a 20-year-old renter, was married to Hubertine, also age 20. Maybe they were on his grandfather’s farm, but by 1930, they were no longer there. This calls for more research.

Amelia married Ole Bryant, Clara wrote, but I have learned Ole’s given name was James T. Bryant. The marriage took place in Winona, Minnesota, in 1914, and and the couple had twins, Lawrence and Mildred, in 1915. In 1980 , the publication year of Homestead, Lawrence was residing in Rockford, Illinois, and Mildred, who had married Leonard Kamperud, was residing at the Trempealeau County Health Care Center. That’s where my information ended, until…

A couple weeks ago, I obtained a copy of Mildred Bryant Kamperud’s obituary. She had died at the age of 95 on February 14, 2011, still a resident of the Trempealeau County Healthcare Center. I have learned that she had two sons, Wayne of Westby, and Myron of Fort Atkinson. Wayne has two children by a first marriage (no info about them) and a son John by a second marriage. John is married and has three children – Jennifer, Kristy, and Nick – with some of the family residing in Holmen at the time of Mildred’s death. So, this line of the Borreson family does continue.

A recent September day I took a deliberate walk around the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery. There I found the grave marker (above) for Amelia and her son Lawrence. Other family members supposedly are buried in this cemetery too, but this was the only marker I could locate – just over the hill from where I grew up. I had never known it.

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