The book Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark states that Jorgen Pederson Boe and Ingeborg Torsdatter Vatner's sons Per Bø (born 24 September 1852) and Tor (Thor) Bø (born 22 October 1854), had died in Norway in 1862 after drinking slough water.
In 1865, Jørgen Pedersen's household in Bø, Telemark, Norway included son Thor Jørgensen, age 12.
The migration records from the Bø parish registers show that Jorgen Pedersen Boe and his family left Bø on 3 May 1866. Sons Peder and Thor were listed with the family.
Telemark county, Bø, Parish register (official) nr. 9 (1862-1879), Migration records 1866-1867, page 381. http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:NBN:no-a1450-kb20051011051207.jpg
The 1866 passenger list from the Vanadis shows that Peder Boe, age 13, and Thor Boe, age 11, sailed from Christiania (now Oslo) Norway to Quebec, Canada with Jorgen Boe and his family.
Passenger list, Vanadis, 1866. Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.Original data: Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to
T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library
and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and
Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In "The People from Telemark in Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Lac qui
Parle Counties"(originally published in Norwegian in Telesoga 20 (July 1914), pages 3-4; translated by Grace Foss and reprinted in Telemark to America Volume II: Settlements), Torkel Oftelie and Ole (Olav) Jacobson Haugland stated "Among those that came were Jørgen Pederson Bø and his sons Jørgen, Tor, Per, Gregar and Sveinong and daughter Ingebjør" (page 135) and "His sons, Tor and Per, got 'nerve sickness' and died a few years after they came here" (page 136).
Peter, age 16, and Tola, age 15, were enumerated in the household of "Zerger Peterson" in the 1870 United States census. The composition of this family is consistent with that of Jorgen Pedersen Boe's family.
1870 United States Census, Canisteo, Dodge, Minnesota, population schedule, page 10. Available from Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.
In the 1875 Minnesota state census, Seder Pederson, age 22, and Tom Pederson, age 20, are listed below Jorgen Pederson, age 58, and Engebor Pederson, age 46.
Minnesota State Census, 1875. Assessment District 2, Chippewa County, Minnesota, 1 May 1875. Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164.
Records from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America show that Thor J. Boe died on 3 October 1878 and was buried on 5 October 1878 – sixteen years after his supposed death!
Burial record, Thor J. Boe. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bellingham, Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota. 5 October 1878. Ancestry.com. U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. ELCA,
Birth, Marriage, Deaths. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America,
Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt; Shared Roots in Telemark.
Compiled by Melvin and Alpha M. (Boe) Brodshaug, 1984. Published by
Arlene (Boe) Christensen and Marjorie (Boe) Bergee. Printed by Anundsen
Publishing Co., Decorah, Iowa.
Telelaget of America. Telemark to America: Volume II: Settlements. 2nd ed. Telelaget of America, 1992, 2009.