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Mons Knutson Stensland

  • Birth 22 Sep 1842 Hosanger, Osterøy kommune, Hordaland fylke, Norway
  • Death 22 Mar 1924 Utica, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
  • Burial Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
  • Plot Grave # 493
  • Memorial ID 22824526

Mons was born on the farm his father owned and operated in Hordaland, Norway, in 1842. He was baptized at the local Lutheran church October 9, that year. Mons remained on his parents' farm as a lathe operator as a young man, assisting with various farm aspects.

Mons K. Stensland immigrated to the US in 1875. Vernon Township, Dodge County, Minnesota May 1, 1875 Census shows Mons living with his brother Knut and wife Martha, and their children Anna (3); Simon (2) and Agnes(1). The 1865 Norway census shows Mons, 24, living with parents Knut Knutson and Marta Monsdatter, siblings, Ole, Anders, Johannes, Nils, Marta and Kari. Possible his older brother, Knut had already left the home. The family lived on the Stensland farm, Hosanger place. June 12, 1883, Mons renounced his loyalty to the King of Norway and Sweden and U.S. District Court Judge Kilder, accepted Mons as a naturalized citizen of the US. He was residing in Brookings County at that time.

Mons lived in Deuell County, SD in 1880 with his older brother Knut K. and wife, Martha Stensland. Their brother Ole K. also emigrated and married Betsy Stromma in Dodge Cty, MN in 1888.

Mons got a homestead in T 112, R 49, Brookings County, SD in 1880, and was farming his land. Mons' single sister, Martha K. Stensland helped him with the house until he married. Mons and Anna Lunde, b. 1853, who immigrated from Norway about 1880, married in 1882 in the US.

Mons and Anna had four children, Carl C. John, Maria A. and Arthur living with them in 1900. Ed and Karen, also children, may have been grown. The family was living close to Toronto, Deuel County, SD in 1900.

Mons became a resident at the State Hospital at Yankton, from just after 1900 until his death at age 82, in 1924, confirmed by SD Archivist Ken Stewart. Anna lived until 1932, with her sons Carl and John after Mons left the family home; and is buried at the Leganger Cemetery, Toronto, Deuel Cty, South Dakota. Their sons, Carl and John are also buried at the Leganger Cemetery. Arthur is buried in WI.

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  • Maintained by: Linda Dallas Sharp
  • Originally Created by: USA Grannie
  • Added: 11 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22824526
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mons Knutson Stensland (22 Sep 1842–22 Mar 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22824526, citing State Hospital Cemetery, Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Linda Dallas Sharp (contributor 48107179) .