My nameis Dale Tolstead and my grandparents were Marvin Benjamin Tolstead and Grace Ethel Ericksen. My grandfather was born in (Arkdale)Adams Co. Wis. and my grandmother was born in Evanston, Cook Co., Ill.M. B. Tolstead's parents were Martin John Tolstead and Emma Hegna, both believed to have been born in Wisconsin.Both of their parents were from Norway and this is where I need to know more about them.I believe that my great grandfather Martin J. Tolstead changed his name from Johnsen to Tolstead. The name Tolstead is originated from a farm in Norway that he was from.The farm was called Tolstad. So my grandfather, M. B. Tolstead brothers and sisters had either changed their last names to either Tolstad or Tolsted and some kept the Tolstead name.
As for my grandmother's (Grace, her parents were Evan M. Ericksen and Josephine Louise Anderson. Don't know if they were born in the Ill. area or from Sweden.
If you have any information that may relate to them pls email me.