This is what I know. Nels Thorson (my great-grandfather) born 11/17/1855 in Stavenger Norway and died July 30, 1936 in Colorado was married (name unknown) and had the following children.
girl (name unknown)
It is believed that his wife died during or shortly after the birth of their 4th child. It is also believed that a neighbor "adopted" her. To my dad's knowledge no one in the family ever saw her again.
Nels then married Olivia Lande. To this union were born:
Simon Peter (my grandfather)
The only other things I know for sure are that Thalmer lived and owned land in Washington County, Colorado around 1913. He died 11/16/1921 and is buried in Bird City, KS. Josie was married to a Chris Anderson and they lived in Colorado for a while then moved to possibly northern Iowa or to Minnesota. I can give you more information on Nels and Olivia's children if you are interested.
Do you know if Ragnilda (sister to Soren and Nels) changed her name to Rachel? Also, do you know if one of the boys (other than Nels) was a minister (possibly Lutheran)?
My dad says he remembers the name Molan probably because your father stayed with Nels. Do you know what time period your dad was with Nels in Colorado?
Trust this is useful to you.
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