The Monsen family from Kristiansand
The progenators of the American/Norwegian Munson family were "Bestafa" - Lauritz Christian Andresen (Mönsen) 1840-1922 and "Bestamor" - Josephine Halling 1844-1914. "Bestafa," known as Louis C. Munson in this country, a ship's carpenter, emigrated to the USA in 1883 and was able to bring his wife, "Bestamor," and their nine children (one adopted, probably family) over in 1884. They took the surname Monsen (later anglicized to Munson) and lived in the Norwegian enclave in Brooklyn, NY.
Read this description of Munson family emigration and early life in Brooklyn from letters by Lawrence Josiah Munson (1878-1950) to Lawrence Shipley Munson (1920-).
Munsons in 1914 (Josephine is missing)
top row: Andrew, Christian, John, Alfred, Lawrence seated: Inge, Lauritz, Gertrude, Josie
- About the ship Thingvalla that brought the Monsens to America:
http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=thing (pictures at bottom of page)