Jon Rasmussen Bestul
Utreist med/Emigrated on: "SUPERB" to
Utreist til/Emigrated to:
Jon was born
In 1835 we find the family on Gromstulen farm, also in Luksefjell.
Gromstulen, Matr. No.: 38
John Torkildsen, married, tenant farmer, age 67 (father of Rasmus)
Gunhild Ramusdatter, marrid, age 64
Ole Johnsen, age 26
Gromstulen, Matr. No. 38
Rasmus Johnsen, married, age 36
Dorthe Nielsdatter, married, age 33
John Rasmussen, age 10
Ingeborg Rasmusdatter, age 9
Niels Rasmussen, age 7
Maren Rasmusdatter, age 5
Helvig Olsdatter, age 24
10 years later, in the 1845-census, we find them on Bestul.
Rasmus Johnsen, tenant farmer, married, age 46
Dorthe Nielsdatter, married, age 43
John, age 21
Ingeborg, age 19
Niels, age 17
Jacob, age 10
Gunhild, age 7
Ole, age 4
Anne, age 1
John Torkildsen, his father, married, age 77
Gunhild Rasmusdatter, his mother, married, age 74
Marie Olsdatter, maid, age 19
Jon died Sept 19, 1901 and is buried in Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery. So is his wife, Sigrid, who died
They had married before 1858 and had the following children:
Jørgen, born 1858
Marian (Maren), born 1859, married to Martin Nielsen.
Johan, married to Mary Anderson
Jørgine, born Jan 27, 1870, not married, died March 19, 1895
Rasmus, married to Mary Noble
Karen, married to Charles Thompson
Jonas, married to 1) Laura Hoyord, 2) Celia Monson
Otto, married to Amelia Trinrud
Gunhild Sylverine, born 1874, died as infant.
Sarah, married to Teman Peterson
Edwin, married to Laura Johnson
Ella, married to Alfred Hoyord.
Sigrid, Jon’s wife, was born
In the book “From the Indian Land” , Malcolm Rosholt writes about Jon.
”JOHN RASMUSSEN (1825‑1901). This name in the 1856 tax roll is actually John Rasmusson Bestul, eldest son of Rasmus Bestul, who probably immigrated from Norway in 1849 and came first to Waukesha county where he worked a couple of years before moving to Waupaca county. Stephen Nygaard said he came to
John Bestul, apparently not quite 26 years old when he arrived on the Indian Land, took no part in town politics. He was assessed on $277.30 in personal property in 1858, and the fact that he made a pre‑emption claim on more than a quarter‑section of land suggests that he had ample financial backing either of his own or from his family. He was still on his farm in 1889 by which time he had added more land, making it one of the largest farms in the township. But the children did not elect to carry on the farm very long and it passed out of the Bestul family. In 1953 Arthur Hasler owned most of the original claim.
married Sigrid Kaalrud (1835‑1918) in
Meanwhile, a footnote may be added to the background on Rasmus Bestul. From an old Norwegian Bible brought to this country with the family and now in possession of Mrs. Norman Egeland of Iola, great‑granddaughter of Rasmus Bestul, I have copied the following inscription, which appears in a fly‑leaf in the original handwriting (and spelling) of Rasmus Bestul:
"Denne bog tilhorer mig Rasmus Johnson Gromstul i
Linfjeld (?) i Gjerpen Sogn. Jeg Rasmus Johnson er fodtt til Werden paa
Gromstul den lste October 1799 Og min Drag (?) Kone Dorte Nielsdatter Gromstul
er fodtt til Werden den 14th April 1802. Wore
born ere som folger ‑(This book belongs to me. Rasmus Johnson Gromstul
of Linfjeld (?) in Gjerpen
parish. I, Rasmus Johnson, was born to this
world on the Gromstul or Linfjeld
Oldest son, John Rasmussen,
Oldest daughter Ingeborg was born
Son Niels was born in December 1828.
Daughter Maren was born April 4,1831.
Son Jacob was born
Son Ole was born
Annie was born
The spelling of the word
"Linfjeld" is not clear in the above text.
It may refer to Lukesfjeld, as the
From April Schaadt I have received a full family tree of the Bestul family in
Thank you so much, April!!.
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