Torbjørn was born in 1749. He married Sigrid Ambjørnsdatter Grimstvelt of Nissedal in 1767, and together they had three children. Sadly, he lost her in 1792. He later married again, to Margit Tellefsdatter Moen, but they had no children. Torbjørn died in 1828, but many of his descendents emigrated to Goodhue county, Minnisota and his great-grandson, Andrew J. Volstead, would become a US congressman.