Eddie Mathias Jacobson/Sarah Delilah Anderson Genealogy
Maren Hansen and Life in Denmark Before Coming to America
According to the history we have of Ole Hansen Jacobson and his mother Maren Hansen and his sister Kirsten, they were baptized into the Church in 1866 and 1867. Ole's father, Hans Jakobsen died on July 15, 1866. In the history, it mentions that "Ole's mother was quite well to do financially". In the past few weeks, I have been contacted by Benny J. K. Hansen of Klovtofte, Denmark, concerning a history he wrote of the town of Klovtofte, from which our family emigrated in 1867. Mr. Hansen provided me with some interesting details about the lives of our ancestors in the years prior to their coming to America.
Going back in history a bit, Maren's father, Hans Jorgensen started out in Pederstrup in the parish of Maalov. His parents lived on a farm there. Hans married Inger Sorensdatter there and their first 6 children were born at this location. The family then moved to Svogerslev, in Rye, where he was listed as a copyholder at a farm. He started at the farm on the 15th of Sept. 1814, but left on April 10, 1819 because of poverty. Maren was born while they lived in that area (Rye). Soon afterwards, he went to Klovtofte and bought a house.
This map shows the general area where the family lived.
Pederstrup is about 9 km north of Klovtofte, Svogerslev is about 23 km west of Klovtofte
The width of this map is apporximately 40 km. Copenhagen (downlown) is about 15 km east of Klovtofte.
The 1840 census lists Hans Jorgensen as a wheelwright with their son Jorgen (32) and daughter Maren (21) at home. In a farm nearby lived Hans Jacobsen, 26 years old, working as a farm laborer. They were married later that year, but Hans bought the house from Maren's parents shortly before that.
Here are some details about the house. In a fire insurance document dated 24 Nov. 1838, the house is listed as 21 meters by 5 1/2 meters (about 68.25 ' x 18 '). It has 1 entrance, 2 rooms, with 1 stove, another room, and a kitchen with a chimney. There is mud floor in all rooms - plain doors and windows. The main part of the house is 14 meters and had a value of 480 Rixdollars. The stove had a value of 20 Rixdollars. The rest of the "house", 7 meters, was without a ceiling which was used as a barn, housing 2 cows and a wood house. That part had a value of 120 Rixdollars. The total value was 620 Rixdollars. At the time, 1 Rixdollar equalled 6 Marks, each Mark equalled 16 Skillings. 1820 a worker earned about 24 Skilling a day. In 1826 it was about 32 Skilling a day; and this continued until 1843 where there was an increase of salary to 48 Skilling a day, and again in 1848 up to 64 Skilling a day.
The picture at the left is Maren Hansen Jacobsen.
The land that Hans and Maren Jacobsen lived on was divided into 3 plots (actual division in 1826). In 1819, the year Hans Jorgensen came to Klovtofte, the owner, a blacksmith, promised that he would sell the largest parcel to Hans. Hans bought the house on 3 May 1819, but the papers were signed on 22 Sept. 1825. When Hans Jorgensen bought the house, the length of it was 11 meters. The owner of the house and this parcel had to pay 2 Marks every year to the owner of the farm, Niels Nielsen (reason unknown). As mentioned above, Hans Jorgensen sold the house to Hans Jacobsen in 1840 shortly before Hans married Hans Jorgensen's daughter, Maren. The price Hans had to pay included: 100 Rixdollars, to another farmer in Klovtofte, apparently someone Hans Jorgensen owed money to from back when he bought the house. Also, it was written in the document that Hans Jacobsen had to pay for the burial costs of Hans and Inger Sorensen, which amounted to 50 Rixdollars for the both of them. Hans Jorgensen also had a condition that he and his wife could spend the rest of their lives in part of the house, where they lived at the time, and would have admittance to the kitchen as well. Their rooms were also to have a stove and Hans Jacobsen was to keep their rooms well taken care of. Also, they were to have free doctor and medicine if they were to become ill. According to the information provided, the value of to be paid was 150 Rixdollars over 5 years, making the total price for the house 300 Rixdollars. Besides this, Hans Jacobsen had to pay 20 Rixdollars to Hans Jorgensen every year as long as they were alive. This last bit is somewhat confusing. This is the best sense I could make of it. The main point I got out if it was that Hans was to take care of his mothers parents as a condition of them purchasing the house.
As it happened, Inger (Hans' mother in law) died in 1850 and Hans Jorgensen died on 12 April 1861. Hans died 5 years later, leaving all of this to his wife, Maren and her two living children, Kirsten and Ole.
Emigration Records for the Family
Maren Jacobsen 48 Widow Sealands Page 2
Kirsten Jacobsen 26 Children
Ole Jacobsen 14
[Copenhagen Conf. 1867, Emig.S.M.- film 025696]
Genealogical Work on the Jacobson Line
I have a binder of typewritten family group sheets (old style) that were put together containing information that the family has been researching and working on since about 1900. The binder includes about 220 sheets, mainly typed up by my father and mother in the early 1960's. Most of the sheets also show temple ordinance information, but not all. Many of the temple dates are in the 1950's, some in the 1920's and earlier. It looks like a lot of work was done by those of Ole Hansen Jacobson's generation. These sheets include some lines that follow children's descendants for several generations, so the majority of the information is not of direct ancestors. I finished entering in the whole book into PAF over the past month or so and then checked for missing ordinance work. I came up with about 15 male and 15 female endowments that still need to be done and about 25 or so sealings, mostly children to parents. There are baptisms, but all of those, but one are done. If those of you who are close by are interested, I can get some of these endowment names to you for temple work. Also, I have this line on a separate PAF file from my other genealogy so it is fairly easy to give GEDCOM copies of it to any of you who are interested. Just let me know. I should wait until these last ordinances are done, then I can send you copies.
Besides the Jacobson line, I have considerably more family group sheets for the Anderson line. My father and others did a tremendous amount of research work on the Anderson line and I have hundreds of pages of family group sheets. If anyone is interested in helping me enter these into PAF or GEDCOM, that would be nice. I still have to figure out the best way to divide it all up so we can put it all together from everyone's work. I am sure we will be able to find more temple work that needs to be done.
There are a couple of reasons why these old family group sheets did not have all the temple work done. Most of the work was done in the fifties and early sixties and some of the people listed were born after 1870, so their work was not allowed to be done (100 year rule). In checking with the IGI, a lot has been done, but not all. Also, there were some more restrictions on women who had married a second time. Now we seal women to all of their husbands. In the older times, sometimes the children were sealed to the first husband (not their father) or not sealed at all. Now we can have them sealed to both of their actual parents.
Portraits of Peter and Martha Anderson
I have large size (approx. 16" x 24") portraits of Anders Peter Anderson and Martha Ann Lovell Anderson in curved glass frames. I took them to a professional shop and had them create a digital copy using photographic means, not a flat scan because of the curved surface portraits. The scan files are about 100 megabytes each and you can take those and print from them if you wish. These copies you see here to not do them justice, but still give you an idea of what they look like.
The family history web site is: http://emjacobson.buchananspot.com