Category Archives: Maria Thorsen

Four Generation Photos

Four generation photos are usually rare family treasures, so it’s nice to have a couple of them to share on this blog. These photos cover five generations from the oldest, Maria Thorson Estenson (born in 1850 in Norway), to the youngest, three of our “Borreson cousins” … Continue reading

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An 1890s Snapshot

In the early 1890s, Bertinus and Maria (Thorson) Estenson had been in America fifteen-plus years. Bertinus had emigrated in 1875, Maria the following year, and they had married in the fall of 1879. In 1892, here’s their family portrait with three of their … Continue reading

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Estenson Sisters Reunion

Can anyone tell me if the Estenson Sisters Reunion still continues on? I thought I’d heard that it does, but it’s been years since I was at one of them – and years since I really thought about it. This … Continue reading

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Roots in Biri Norway

Something has happened I can hardly believe! Not only was this blog was found by a fellow in Norway who was curious about our family from Biri, but he has provided me with fine documentation connecting our family to the Biri … Continue reading

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Two Norway Birthplaces

After spending a little time around a map of Norway, I decided to share with you the proximity of the birthplaces of two of the Borreson Cousins great-grandparents. Elias Borresen was born in Loten, Norway in 1839. On the maternal … Continue reading

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Maria the Midwife

Seventy-seven years ago on February 15, 1934, Maria Thorsen Estenson’s obituary appeared in The Whitehall Times. She had died at the age of 81 years after a cold turned into pneumonia. What fascinated me about her, this mother to our grandmother … Continue reading

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Pioneer Photo – 125 Years Ago

In our family history Homestead, Clara Borreson Cook labels one old photograph “Pioneer Photo 1886-1887.” I love this “oldie” so I had to get it into this blog early on. Somehow I’m fortunate enough to have an actual black-and-white reprint, so … Continue reading

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