Saturday, December 16, 2017

The man that started it all - Karsten Strom Tonseth (1889-1941)

Hello 

My diversion into genealogy started with my dads grandfather, my great grandfather Karsten, who died before my father was born. (Just like my grandfather died before I was born, but that is another story.) The family didn't have a lot of knowledge about his life before America, only that he came from Trondheim, Norway and had 2 siblings. There were also rumors about he left Norway to avoid the draft and so on. We had 1 clue which was a letter from his mother, written in Norwegian when his third son Richard was born.  My mother had been focusing on her family for years and really didn't get far with my dad's family. Norway in general is difficult because even though they have great records, they are in Norwegian and frequently not digital. (This is rapidly changing and I am happy to see it!) So, here is the story that Ancestry.com has created about my great-grandfather.. it is not complete but when you look at the documents and the details you can see that he travelled here at a young age following his cousin Svend. His cousin, is our cousin Kaare's uncle, so the whole thing came back in a circle. My dad and Kaare are good friends and cousins, just like Svend and Karsten. Karsten's Story



 


Life Story Narrative



When Karsten Strøm Tønseth was born on March 6, 1889, in Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway, his father, Ole, was 36 and his mother, Amalie, was 27. He married Edna Sandven on December 25, 1913. They had three children during their marriage. He died on July 26, 1941, in Westminster, California, at the age of 52.

Family Relationships

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Life Story Events

  • 6 MAR

    1889


    Birth


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth was born on March 6, 1889, in Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway, to Amalie Carstine Marie Rohde, age 27, and Ole Kristian Strøm Tønseth, age 36.


  • 22 APR

    1889

    AGE 0

    Baptism


    The Church of our lady


  • 1 JAN

    1910

    AGE 20
    REVIEW 

    The Americanization Movement


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth moved from Norway to the United States at a time when immigrants were expected to quickly assimilate into American society.
    • prescale The Americanization Movement
  • 11 JUL

    1911

    AGE 22

    Ellis Island passenger arrival Records (1892-1924)


    Arrival of Karsten Tonseth from Trondhjem, Norway at the age 22. year of birth 1889
    • not Ellis Island passenger arrival Records (1892-1924)
  • 1911

    AGE 22

    Emigration


    City record says that he was an unmarried masseur and left for New York 6/12/1911. Ship was the Oscar 2 - he went with Svein on the same boat.


  • 1911

    AGE 22

    Arrival


    According to the city record he left in 1911 http://digitalarkivet.arkivverket.no/en-gb/gen/vis/8/pe00000000195365


  • 25 DEC

    1913

    AGE 24

    Marriage


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth married Edna Sandven on December 25, 1913, when he was 24 years old.


  • 1913

    AGE 24

    Death of Father


    His father Ole Kristian Strøm passed away in 1913 in Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway, at the age of 60.


  • 18 MAY

    1917

    AGE 28
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    Registering for the Draft in World War I


    After the Selective Service Act was signed in May 1917, Karsten Strøm Tønseth registered for the draft.
    • prescale Registering for the Draft in World War I
  • 20 FEB

    1918

    AGE 28

    Birth of Son


    His son Karsten Waldemar was born on February 20, 1918, in Canton, South Dakota.


  • 6 JUN

    1919

    AGE 30

    WW I Draft Registration


  • 1920

    AGE 31

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Canton, South Dakota, in 1920.
    Age: 31; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head


  • 10 MAR

    1924

    AGE 35

    Birth of Son


    His son Robert LeRoy was born on March 10, 1924, in Canton, South Dakota.


  • 10 SEP

    1926

    AGE 37

    Birth of Son


    His son Richard Leon was born on September 10, 1926, in Canton, South Dakota.


  • 1928

    AGE 39

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1928.


  • 1930

    AGE 41

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Canton, South Dakota, in 1930.
    Age: 40; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head


  • 1935

    AGE 46

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Long Beach, California, in 1935.


  • 1937

    AGE 48

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Long Beach, California, in 1937.


  • 1939

    AGE 50

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Long Beach, California, in 1939.


  • 1 APR

    1940

    AGE 51

    Residence


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth lived in Long Beach, California, on April 1, 1940.
    Age: 50; Marital Status: Divorced; Relation to Head of House: Lodger


  • 26 JUL

    1941

    AGE 52

    Death


    Karsten Strøm Tønseth died on July 26, 1941, in Westminster, California, when he was 52 years old.
    Buried in Westminister Memorial Park