A History of the Bestul/Borgen Families

The Bestul/Borgen and Jones Families are linked through the marriage of Paula Dahl to Doug Jones in 1977.

Paula's family names on her mother's side are Bestul (Luther) and Borgen (Magda). The Borgen family came to the United States from Norway before 1898 settling in Minnesota and then moving to Washington State in 1907.  The Bestul family arrives in the United States from Norway prior to 1860 settling in Wisconsin with Rev. Jonas Bestul eventually moving to Washington State. Paula's mother, Laura was born in Poulsbo, Washington. Laura had in her possession two large 19th century photo albums that have Bestul and Hoyard family pictures along with many that are not identified. These complete collections are posted on Flickr:

Album One

Album Two


Brief History:

Left to Right: Laura Bestul, Magda (Borgen) Bestul, Pete Sommerseth, Rev. Jonas Bestul, Agnes (Bestul) Sommerseth holding Jerry Sommerseth, Celia (Munson) Bestul holding Shirley Bestul, Sophia (Lorenzdatter) Borgen