In 1841 he was married to Anna Olsdatter Vindeg. She was born 31 Oct 1811 in Rollag, Norway. Her parents were Ole Ellevsen Vindeg and Bergit Halvorsdatter Kravik. She had arrived in America on 12 Aug 1840. Her brother Gunnel had settled on Koshkonong a short time after her husband.
Nils built a house the same year he was married in which they lived for a while. Their property was the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 2 in Christiana Township. He sold this land along with 40 acres in Section 1 (which was a short distance east of his first land) to Gulleik T. Saue in 1843 and moved to his property in Deerfield Township where he remained until his death in a driving accident in 1865. In 1870 his real estate was valued at $1400 and he had personal assests of $400. In 1870 Anna and 3 of her children are living with her and the value of the farm is $3300. She stayed on the farm for a while longer but then sold it and moved to North Dakota where she died in 1893. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, ND. There is also a record for her burial in East Koshonong in Dane, Wisconsin but I suspect it is a memorial like for her son Lewis. The children used Larson, Nelson, and Bolstad at various times for a surname.The family used Larson as their name.
They had six children:
- Knut (c1853 – 1917) – Knut was married and for a while lived in Chicago. He moved to Nebraska and then went prospecting for gold in Alaska where died.
- Lewis (2 Sep 1842 – 28 Jun 1864) – Lewis (Lars) lived in Cambridge, Wisconsin and volunteered with Company H, 15thInfantry Regiment during the Civil War. He enlisted for 3 years on 11 Oct 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin and mustered there on 16 Nov 1861 as a private. In the battle at Stone River he was wounded and sent to Nashville, Tennessee. At Chicamauga, Georgia he was wounded and taken prisoner, but managed to get back to his regiment by an exchange. He fell in a battle in the Kenesaw fields at Kenesaw Mountain, Bald Knob, Georgia on 28 Jun 1864. It was said that he was shot during guard duty. He is buried in the National Cemetery at Marietta, Georgia, section G, grave 1449. A memorial stone is at East Koshkonong Cemetery and bears his name with date of birth and death. He went at various times by Bolstad, Larson, and Nilson.The Wisconsin Historical Society has an online photo of him in his uniform. Search for Louis Nelson Bolstad.
- Isabel (19 Sep 1844 – )
- Betsey (c1847 – )
- Ole (9 Aug 1847 – 19 Dec 1916) – Ole lived his entire life at Koshkonong. He was a bachelor and lived with a relative, Ole G. Vindeg.
- Sarah (c1849 – )