I am researching the Thompson family who were Ellestad when the left the Valdres region of Norway. They also lived in Clarissa, Todd Co., Minnesota.
My great grandfather is Erick Andrew Thompson, son of Andrew Thompson and I believe Randi Kvale. I also believe Andrew Thompson is the son of Thomas and Beret Ellestad.
The primary immigrant in the family was Peter Thompson who dropped the farm name. When the rest of the family immigrated to the US, they followed Peter and dropped the farm name also.
My great grandmother, Gunhild Mikkelsdatter Digene, married Erick Andrew Thompson in the US. Gunhild was from Hedalen i Valdres.
Please let me know if this matches your Ellestads.
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