|Vol. 5, No. 3 - Sept. 2007
Joseph F. Buchanan
In July, I checked on some points concerning the line in general and then spent awhile researching Danish census information. My sons helped me do some of this research. I happened across a web site that had a lot of information digitized from these old records. I did not find anything interesting in the census records, but found some probate records that contained the name I am looking for: Svend Jensen. I found the record showing his family including a brother, two sisters and his parents listed. I used that information to try to get more information, but came up with nothing. The parish records are missing from that time frame (1705 - 1747), so this is important information.
Our stake participated in a youth conference activity this year where we went to Martin's Cove and pulled handcarts. I was on the support staff and my two sons, Mark and Adam were participating. In preparation for the Trek, our leaders asked us to research some family names and on a specified day, members of the stake did baptisms for the dead. We were encouraged to do this work for our own ancestors. Through the information I found in the probate records mentioned above, We each (the three of us) had one family name. Adam had Jens Svendsen, his 7th great grandfather and Mark and I had Svend and Arendt Jensen, respectively, two sons of Jens Svendsen, Svend Jensen being their 6th great grandfather.
These rewarding experiences continued. On the 29th of August, at the Library, I asked about some parish locations, based on towns where some of the Svendsen family lived, found in the probate records previously mentioned. I had a couple of options to follow, but chose to look into Gyrstinge first. I said a prayer as I started looking through the microfilm records. After getting used to the handwriting a while (see some samples below), I started finding Svend Jensen's name on records and started putting together the family. I consulted with the research experts and had some words explained to me. I printed a number of pages of the microfilm. I also looked for a sister's husband's name, Lorents Thuesen and found the record of his father's death. That record, in particular, was interesting because the experts were stymied somewhat on what the record said and asked that I print a copy for them and come back the next day for clarification. As it happened, I did some quick searching in my last minutes before closing and found the marriage record of Jens Svendsen and Karen Ollesdatter without having much difficulty. As I was printing that off, the brother who was trying to read the death record, interpreted it and told me the word he could not read before was "old father", meaning that Lorents Thuesen's father was old (82 years old) and was the town smith of Ørslevvester. It just gave his first name, though: Thues. I felt that the Lord blessed me in being able to find these people and find them so directly. I planned on coming the next evening.
On the next evening I went to the library and got the same film, but did not find much. I prayed for assistance again. I should be able to find more on the siblings families on this film, but I felt I should follow information on Karen Ollesdatter's family in the town of Egerup. I found the parish to be Bringstrup and got that film and put it on the reader next to me. I ended up spending all my time on that one because I found so much information, not only for Karen and her family, but also of Svend Jensen and his birth records. Again, I used the experts there and made good progress. As the time was coming to a close, I decided to jump ahead to the death records and found exactly what I was looking for fairly quickly again: the death records of Oluf Jensen, Karen's father. I then found the record of his wife Kirsten's death. After her death, Oluf married the woman who would become Karen's mother. Again, I was directed to find things. It was a great experience.
I haven't gotten back to the library since then for more research, but I expect to continue on this and hope to find records of the brothers and sisters and their families as well. Some of these have had their temple work done, but many have not.
Here is a summary of the line. In this chart Ole Svendsen is the maternal grandfather of Ane Nielsen, mother of Caroline Sophia Sorensen.
Ole Svendsen c. 26 Apr 1767 Pedersborg, Soro, Denmark d. 3 Feb 1823 Terslose, Holbaek,Denmark |---------------------------*----------------------| Svend Jensen Karen Hansdatter c. 8 Feb 1728 Gyrstinge, b. Abt 1735 of, Pedersborg, Alsted, Soro, Denmark Soro, Denmark d. 23 Aug 1775 Pedersborg,Soro,Denmark |------------------*-----------------| Jens Svendsen Karen Ollesdaatter b. Abt 1693 of Orslevvester, c. 20 Mar 1698 Egerup, Soro, Denmark Soro, Denmark m. 14 Nov 1723 Gyrstinge, d. Abt 23 Dec 1753 Pedersborg, Alsted,Soro, Denmark Soro, Denmark |--------*--------| |--------*-------| Svend Jensen Ingeborg Jensdatter Oluf Jensen Sidsel Knudsdatter b. Abt 1670 b. 1642 b. 1668 of Egerup of Egerup Alsted, Soro m. 30 Dec 1685 m. 5 Oct 1690 d. Aft. 1708 Egerup, Soro, of Egerup Denmark d. 6 Aug 1708 d. abt 9 May 1711 Egerup, Soro,Dnmk Children of Jens Svendsen and Karen Ollesdatter: 1. Karen Jensdatter c. 9 Nov 1724 Gyrstinge, Alsted, Soro, Denmark 2. Svend Jensen c. 8 Feb 1728 Gyrstinge, Alsted, Soro, Denmark [see above] 3. Maren Jensdatter c. 10 Jun 1731 Gyrstinge, Alsted, Soro, Denmark 4. Arendt Jensen c. 29 Mar 1736 Gyrstinge, Alsted, Soro, Denmark Children of of Oluf Jensen and Sidsel Knudsdatter 1. Dorthe Olsdatter c. 7 Jun 1691 Egerup, Soro, Denmark 2. Kirsten Ollesdaatter c. 18 Jun 1693 Egerup, Soro, Denmark married Lorents Thuesen: - Son of Thues [more of their family found] 3. Knud Olsen c. 22 Sep 1695 Egerup, Soro, Denmark 4. Karen Ollesdaatter c. 20 Mar 1698 Egerup, Soro, Denmark [see above] 5. Maren Ollesdaatter c. 10 Jun 1703 Egerup, Soro, Denmark 6. Peder Olsen c. 30 May 1706 Egerup, Soro, Denmark
Among other stones at the cemetery, I found the stone for Mariah Davies, wife of John Johnson Davies. She was only 36 when she died in 1869. Her stone is located at 37°32'20" N 113°11'48"W.