Are you still looking? I don't see Tosten Helgeson Nesja and family either, in the census in Valders, Manitowoc, Wisconsin or elsewhere. I'll add some family names; maybe that will help.
Are you sure Tosten/Torsten used the name Nesja in the USA? That "uh" sound at the end would be written with an e in Scandinavia.
Depart Bergen, Norway 24 April 1867
Arrive Quebec, Canada 09 June 1867
Ship Name: Nordcap
* Helge Knudsen Nęsje, age 52, farmer, Residence Valders
* Sigird Olsdatter Nęsje, age 52, wife
* Ingrid Helgesdatter Nęsje, 21, daughter
* Ole Helgesen Nęsje, 19, son
* Torsten Helgesen Nęsje 14, son
* Ole Helgesen Nęsje 12, son (yes, two sons, same name)
* Kari Helgesdatter Nęsje 9, daughter
Source: Passenger Lists and Emigrant Ships, Norway Heritage website
See Ancestry.com immigration record for Helge Knudsen Nasje and also arrival documentation here:
Sometimes in the first years after arrival in USA a Norwegian immigrant father is enumerated with his patronymic name (or alternately his place name). So that would be Helge Knudsen or Helge Nasje/Nasja/Nesja/Nesje (or similar). Then the children are assumed to have his same surname, so Tosten/Torsten could possibly show up as a Knudsen/Knudson/Knutsen/Knutson in the 1870 census. His name could be spelled with a Th, or appear in an Americanized version (such as Thomas).
So there are a few ideas for parsing databases that might help volunteers to help you.
All best - a volunteer
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