Andrew & Mary Petersen Christensen's Ancestors

          Jens Cristensen
      Cristen Jensen (Otto)  

b. about 1794, m. 6 Oct 1816, d. 20 Aug 1829, Rold Parish, Aalborg Co.

     

b. 9 Feb 1817 (or 2 Feb 1815)

  Anne Johanne Andersdätter
     

Ravnkilde Parish, Aalborg Co.
m. 30 Oct 1848, Gravlev Parish (Aalborg
)

 

b. 12 March 1797, Skørping Parish, Aalborg Co., d. 22 June 1839, Rold Parish

  Andrew Christensen  

d. 16 Nov 1886, Shelby Co., IA

   
 

b. 27 June 1859, Veggerby

      Lars Jensen
 

Parish, Aalborg Co.

  Anne Kirstine Larsen    
 

m. 2 April 1884 (Denmark)

 

b. 26 Sept 1823, Gravlev

  Birthe Knudsdätter
 

d. 23 Jan 1944 (Iowa)
came to U.S. in 1878

 

Parish, Aalborg Co.
d. 7 June 1904, Shelby Co., IA

   
     

They came to U.S. in 1884

   
          Peter Christensen
      Magnus Pedersen  

b. 1796, d. 1879 (lost at sea)

     

b. 6 Sept 1825, Lyngby, Hjørring Co.

  Marie Else Hansdätter
  Mary Petersen  

m. 23 Nov 1849

   
 

b. 5 Oct 1864, Ingstrup,

 

d. 11 Aug 1909, Shelby Co., IA

  Christen "Sathoj" Jensen
 

Hjørring Co., d. 21 May

  Anne Marie Christendätter  

b. about 1795, m. 2 Nov 1823 Maarop Parish, Hjørring Co.

 

1946, Harlan, IA

 

b. 2 Sept 1824, Lønstrup, Hjørring Co.

  Marie Pedersdätter
 

came to U.S. in 1871

 

d. 19 Nov 1902, Shelby Co., IA
They came to U.S. in 1871

 

b. about 1793, d. 4 Sept 1824, Maarop Parish, Hjørring Co.

 

RESEARCH SO FAR SHOWS THESE AS MARY AND ANDREW CHRISTENSEN'S PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

 

THE DANISH ANCESTORS

This chapter includes information about both Andrew and Mary Petersen Christensen's families and as far back as we have researched to date.

Aunt Ethel's introduction to "Danish"

Naming

Until the later 1800's, children did not take their father's surname. A child was called by the father's given name plus sen (son) or dätter (daughter). Thus Christen Jensen's son, Andreas became Andreas Christensen. His daughter Johanna became Johanna Christendätter.

Then the custom changed and girls also used sen. Our mother would have been called Marie Magnussen. Grandpa's brother Valentinus Petersen passed on the name Valentinussen to all our present cousins in Løkken, Denmark. Iceland still uses the old custom of son and dätter. (Note from Joan - Once in this country most just kept the father's last name such as Marie Pedersen did.)

Pronunciation and Spelling

Father often called Mother "Maria". This was the Danish pronunciation of "Marie". They pronounce final vowels. The e is a notable example. Mother used the name "Mary", a translation. Uncle Lars' wife was "Amalie" but was called "Amalia". We see "Ane" spelled both ane and anne in our genealogy. In Danish that would be pronounced "A" as in father and the final "e" pronounced again, as an a like our "Anna". (note from Joan- In reading records "aa", å. and ä are used interchangeably for the last letter of the Danish alphabet, "å" is most current)·

That "son" on the Tombstones

The son on the tombstones i.e. "Mary Peterson" had to be a mistake or carelessness. It appears also on grandma's funeral card. I have a copy of Grandpa and Grandma's signatures. They both used sen. They used the Pedersen form, not the translation Petersen. I do not have documentation for their ever using the translation forms Very few Danes use son, but I have seen a few, as in the Marinus Christensen family. All Norwegian and Swedish and Icelandics use son. The Danes have no th. My relatives in Denmark told one of the family "Hilsen A-tel" ("Greet Ethel").

A-tel greets all of you!

BETROTHALS AND WEDDINGS

From Rowenna Joan Richards Blum

The woman who helped me in the Danish genealogical research area said that "engagement" or "betrothal" was the important commitment for a young couple, and that they often did not get "the piece of paper" for marriage until a child was on the way.

 

Mary's Parents' Family

MAGNUS PEDERSEN- father

ANE MARIE CHRISTENDÄTTER- mother

ELSE MAARIE MAGNUSSEN- daughter married Christen Johnson

PETRA ANNE MAGNUSSEN- daughter married Lewis Johnson

MARIE PET(D)ERSEN- daughter married Andrew Christensen

Andrew's Parents' Family

CHRISTEN JENSEN- father

ANE KIRSTINE LARSEN- mother

JOHANNAH MARIE CHRISTENSEN married Soren Scott

LARS CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN married Amalia ?

JENS PETER CHRISTENSEN

NELS CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN

CHRISTENA CHRISTENSEN married Chris Berger

ANDREW CHRISTENSEN married Mary Petersen


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