Lawrence Bie

Lawrence Joachim Bie (1909 - 1991)

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Lawrence Joachim Bie
Born in Collingswood,
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Died in Renton, Washingtonmap
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Lawrence was born in 1909. He was the son of Oscar Bie and Josephine Elise (Andreasdtr) Monsen. In the 1910 census [1] Lawrence (age 1) is living in Collingswood, New Jersey with his parents and siblings: Eleanor (age 5), Gertrude (age 8), Marguarite (age 5), and Oscar (age 1). There is also a "servant" named Amy Hunt.

Lawrence's mother passed away in 1915. His father remarried in 1917 to Inga Sofie Hillestad (2 Jan 1882 - 9 Feb 1958). In the 1920 census [2] Lawrence is age 10 living in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey with his father and stepmother Inga, his siblings: Elinor [sic] (age 23), Gertrude (age 20), Margaret (age 18), Oscar (age 14), and Norman (age 8), and Thea Hillestad (listed as cousin).

Within a few years after that, Lawrence's father had returned to Norway where he passed away in 1923. In the 1930 census [3] Lawrence is living in Portsmouth, Virginia with his brother Oscar, his 'stepmother' Inga, and his younger brothers Norman (age 19) and Thomas (age 8). Thomas had been born in Norway about a year before their fathers death. In the 1940 census [4] Lawrence (age 33) is still living in Portsmouth City, Virginia with his stepmother Inga and brothers Norman (age 29) and Thomas (age 18). Also in the household were married boarders, Lloyd and Monica Huffman.

When WWII broke out all of the brothers but Oscar went in the service, Lawrence and Norman in the Navy and Tommy in the Air Force. Because of his fluent Norwegian, Lawrence was taken into Naval Intelligence and was responsible for mapping the very long coast of Norway (fjords and all) and identifying German fortifications. He would go to the docks when a Norwegian ship came in and could speak easily with the young Norwegian boys from all over the country. In that way he gathered information from them. Based on his map, it was a ‘no go’ for invading Norway. He was stationed then in Norfolk. One account says he became a CIA agent who spent much time in the Pacific after WWII. But that's in question. Lawrence married Carol Melanie Wetteland in about 1952. She had been married twice before and had a son Eric by her first husband.

Larry passed away in 1991. [5] He and his wife Carol left their remains to medical science. Larry's brother Tommy had stone markers for Larry and Carol placed in Harleigh Cemetery, Collingswood, New Jersey. [6]

Research Notes

  • It is possible that Lawrence's mother Josephine Bie had a child who died in infancy in 1898 in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York. [7] The name on the Findagrave page reads, "Child of Josephine Bie."
  • Lawrence's stepmother Inga Sophie (Hillestad) Bie is the daughter of Jakob Tolefsen Hillestad and Martha Halvorsdtr Hauge.


Thank you to Kitty Munson for creating WikiTree profile Bie-9 through the import of kitty10by2gen.ged on Jun 28, 2013. Much of the information herein was provided by Karen Karlson and Alise Artelt, cousins of Carol's husband Lawrence Bie. The photograph was provided by Karen Karlson.


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  1. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 June 2017), Lawrence J Bie in household of Oscar Bie, Collingswood, Camden, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 87, sheet 4A, family 80, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 874; FHL microfilm 1,374,887.
  2. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 June 2017), Lawrence Bie in household of Oscar Bie, Englewood Ward 3, Bergen, New Jersey, United States; citing ED 25, sheet 2A, line 40, family 29, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1017; FHL microfilm 1,821,017.
  3. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 June 2017), Lawrence J Bie in household of Oscar S Bie, Portsmouth, Portsmouth (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 28, sheet 13A, line 27, family 312, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2474; FHL microfilm 2,342,208.
  4. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 June 2017), Lawrence Bie in household of Inga Bie, Washington Ward, Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Portsmouth City, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 116-38, sheet 10B, line 74, family 244, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4318.
  5. United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Lawrence J Bie, 01 Feb 1991; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  6. Find A Grave Memorial# 180180742 |
  7. Find A Grave Memorial# 102629920 |

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