Matrilinial Monday – Ivare Kirstine Larsen

Photo of Kirstine & Jørgen found in a Vejle museum
Name: Ivare Kirstine Christensen
Called by Grandkids: I have a feeling my great-grandfather may have called her Bestemor. Apparently she was very fond of him. Otherwise, he and his siblings would have called her Mormor, as she was their mother's mother.
Birth: 1845 Vindbjerg, Denmark
Death: 1932 Vejle, Denmark
Spouse: Jørgen Larsen
Marriage: 1863 Vejle, Denmark
Children: Else Katrine, Kirstine, Birte Marie, Mette Margrethe, Lars Kristian, Maren Kirstine, Søren, Dagmar Augusta, Ane Marie
Parents: Kresten Christensen and Else Katrine Ivarsdatter
Siblings: I only know of one, though I know she had more: Katrine
About: Kirstine was born into a farming community, and I assume her father was a farmer, though at this moment, I know almost nothing about him, so that may not be true. At 18, she married farmer Jørgen Larsen, and the two proceeded to have nine children together, the oldest of whom was my great-great grandmother.
The one actual tale I have of her is when my great-grandfather was ill as a young boy. She lived in a house in town by that point, but they lived out in the countryside, and couldn't even afford to take him to town by cart, so his mother carried him all the way to town, and after he was discharged, he was sent to live with his grandparents until he was well enough to return home. According to his aunt Dagmar, this ended up being more than a year because Kirstine was so fond of him, and continued to insist that he stay.
She lived until the age of 86, and at the time of her death, her children had given her at least 18 grandchildren (I have limited info on several of her children's lives, so it is possible they had children that I do not know of), and at least 15 great-grandchildren.

Kirstine (right) with her daughter (left, grandson's wife, grandson, and their eldest daughter, ca 1926

Brick Wall People – Part 19 – Henrick Hansen

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Name: Henrich Hansen
Birth: 1793
Death: unknown
Marriage: 1819, Trondheim, Norway
Location(s): Trondheim, Norway
Relation to me: Henrich Hansen was my mother's father's father's mother's mother's father. Which makes her 7th generation before me.
Alias(es): none known
Parents: unknown
Spouse(s): Susanne Pedersdatter
Children: 1 known – Pauline Henrikke Roness
Other Family: none known
Details: Henrich Hanson is one where the names start to get blurred in my family tree. Given his daughter's name, I assume the Roness was a location appellation, and that he likely had it too at one point, just not on the records I have found. But because I have not found it in the records I have that show him, I am still a bit unsure if he is the father I am trying to find in this instance, as he is not listed in the family record that was compiled by one of the Bordewich family in Minnesota. He is listed on his daughter's marriage record, but the name is such a common name, it's hard to be certain I have the correct one.

I know nothing of his life, though I assume he was born in Norway, and will until I am proven otherwise wrong. Beyond that, I have almost nothing. I don't know what he did for a living, or where he lived, though it is likely he was located in Trodheim for a time, as that is where his daughter was born. I'd love to know more about him and his family, both with his wife, and what siblings he may have had.
1)      My first proof for Henrick is his daughter's marriage record. Without that, I would have had no clue even who to start looking for. It gives only his name, however, which got me little further.
2)      The second proof I have for him was Pauline's birth record. This gives only a bit more information, but it also lists his wife, which made it possible to find the third bit of proof.
3)      With his wife's name, I was also able to find a marriage record for the couple, though that gave me only a little more information, and got me no further back in Henrich's line.
As with most of my other brick walls, I have little BMD info, so I would love to get that better recorded. As I said above, I'd also love to know more about his life with his wife, and how many children they had, and who his parents were, and if he had any siblings. I'd also like to understand the Roness name better, as I'm sure there's something there that I am missing.

As always, if my family or anyone out there has any more information on this family, I'd love to talk to you about them. I'd love to learn more on any of them, if at all possible.

Matrilinial Monday – Christine Knudsen

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Name: Christine Jensdatter
Called by Grandkids: I assume my great-grandfather would have called her farmor, as she was his father's mother.
Birth: 1834, Thyregod, Vejle, Denmark
Death: 1918, Thyregod, Vejle, Denmark
Spouse: Hans Knudsen
Marriage: 1854, Thyregod, Vejle, Denmark
Children: Jens Christian, Ane Marie, Karen, Mette Marie, Knudmine, Jens Skov, Knud Peter Ingvard, Hans Christian
Parents: Jens Christian Pedersen & Mette Matisdatter
Siblings: Ane Cathrine, Christine, Mathias, Petrea Ane, Peder, Poul Christian, Christen, Karl
About: This is the level of my genealogy where I start to run out of substantive information. I know more about the other branch of my great-grandfather's family than I do about this one, and have three photos of his grandmother on that side, but none of this grandmother. Obviously, she lived in Vejle her whole life, and was surrounded by family until her death. Her husband was a farmer, so I imagine their lives were busy, and that they struggled quite a bit. Especially with eight kids to raise and feed.
She lived a good long life, though; she was 83 when she died. At her death, all 8 of her children that I know of were still very much alive, and all had started families by then. She had just welcomed her 44th grandchild into the world. She also had at least one great-grandchild before her death, and at least three more were born in the following year.

Brick Wall People – Part 18 – Henrich Christian Schrøder

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Name: Henrich Christian Schrøder
Birth: 1790, Slots-Bjergby, Denmark
Death: unknown
Marriage: 1817, Slots-Bjergby, Denmark
Location(s): Slots-Bjergby, Denmark
Relation to me:Henrich Christian Schrøder was my father's mother's mother's mother's mother's father. Which makes him 7th generation before me.
Alias(es): None known at this time.
Parents: unknown
Spouse(s): Anne Sorensdatter
Children: 3 known – Birthe Marie, Niels, Caroline
Other Family: none known
Details: Henrich is a very recent discovery that I have yet to prove, but the information matches my Birthe Marie's, so I believe that he is the right father for her, or at least am inclined to until I am proven wrong. As it is, I know nothing about this man, given that he is such a recent discovery. I look forward to learning more about him and his family.
1)      The only proof I have of Henrich is a PAF file I found at Family Search, so the information is sketchy at best at the moment, until I can find more, but the Birthe Marie in the file definitely matched mine, so it matches in that way, at the very least
Anything on this man. All I have came from the PAF file, so I have no absolute proof one way or the other that its information is valid at all as of yet. I am pleased to see that the family seems to have been located in Slots-Bjergby for at least three generations, given his granddaughter was also born there.

As always, if my family or anyone out there has any more information on this family, I'd love to talk to you about them. I'd love to learn more on any of them, if at all possible.

Matrilinial Monday – Selina Howells

The Howells ca 1885, shortly before the move to Canada
Name: Selina Roberts
Called by Grandkids: Grandmother Howells, I think
Birth: 1846, Duffryn, Wales
Death: 1933, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Spouse: Gabriel Howells
Marriage: 1874
Children: Ellen Catherine, Howell Gabriel, Selina Jane, Gwen Mary, Hugh Cadvan, Eliza Anne, Catherine, Edward Gabriel
Parents: Hugh Roberts and Ellen Griffiths (or possibly Pugh)
Siblings: none I'm aware of
About: I know little of Selina's early life. Only that she was born and raised in North Wales, where she met and married her husband Gabriel. Gabriel was from a long line of weavers and stone masons in the area, and so he made a living there for a time while they started a family together. Unfortunately, in 1877, a whooping cough epidemic swept through the area and the couple lost their eldest two children. They had three more after, but eventually the couple decided to leave, hoping to find a more hospitable location for their family.

They moved to Southern Wales, where Gabriel took a job in the mines doing Masonry. It was hard, dangerous work, and soon enough, the couple decided to move again. By this time, they had six children. They moved across the ocean and settled on Gabriel's brother's farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Unfortunately, between the two families, there simply wasn't enough space, and Gabriel really wasn't a farmer at heart, so the family moved again, settling in Winnipeg. The children all grew up there, and began their adult lives there.

Hugh served during World War I, and he was the first to move away from the area, settling in BC. The rest of the family soon followed, most settling in and around Vancouver, BC. Selina and her husband eventually followed, wanting to stay close to their children.

The couple lived long enough to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, surrounded by nearly all their children and grandchildren, even one branch that had travelled from California to be at the event. At the time of her death, Selina had 6 children, all of whom were married, and at least eighteen grandchildren.

Gabriel & Selina's 50th anniversary, with most of the family in attendance.

Brick Wall People – Part 17 – Else Katrine Ivarsdatter

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Name: Else Katrine Ivarsdatter
Birth: unknown
Death: unknown
Marriage: unknown
Location(s): Vejle, Denmark
Relation to me: Else my father's mother's father's mother's mother's mother. Which makes her 7th generation before me.
Alias(es): None known at this time.
Parents: unknown, though her father's name is likely Ivar, or some variant.
Spouse(s): Kresten Christensen
Children: 2 known – Ivare Kristine and Katrine
Other Family: none known
Details: Else has been on my family tree with her husband from the beginning. She was added to the tree by my grandmother's cousin, who was her father's aunt's daughter on this side of the family. Unfortunately, the only other time I have seen her anywhere was on a family tree at Family Search that had some misleading information, so I have been unable to get further back.
I have no idea where to start looking, given the sparse amount of information on this side. Likely the family were farmers, and therefore there are likely few records on them. But I intend keep looking, though for now, this branch is on the back burner.
1)      The only proof I have of Else is the information given to us by our distant cousin, who would have been her great granddaughter. Aside from that, I have no other information on her.
I have no BMD information on Else, but I do know she was from Denmark because that is where this part of my family is from. I do have a record of her death in Vejle, so I know she lived there for at least a short time, if not before. I have not been able to find proper census information on this branch, though I do continue to look in hopes of finding some, but they are right on the edge of the time where even that is available. The best I can do is hope to find church book information for this family.

As always, if my family or anyone out there has any more information on this family, I'd love to talk to you about them. I'd love to learn more on any of them, if at all possible.

Matrilinial Monday – Hannah Jones

Name: Hannah Griffiths
Called by Grandkids: Gu (pronounced Gee, Southern Welsh for grandma)
Birth: 1849, Newcastle Emlyn, Wales
Death: 1933, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Spouse: Benjamin Jones
Marriage: before 1882
Children: Daniel Thomas, David, Joseph, Jack, William, May, Sophia
Parents: unknown
Siblings: unknown
About: Hannah was born near the west coast of Wales. I know nothing of her early life, only her birth date and location. I do know that she and her husband settled in the town of Merthyr Tydfil after marriage, and raised all their children there. They ran the town post office, though I am not sure when they began to run it, and she continued to run it even after her husband's death in the early 1900s.

Most of their children stayed close to home. I don't have specifics on most of the boys, but my great-grandfather, whom I believe was their eldest child, travelled to Canada with a group of friends, and ended up staying there and marrying a nice Welsh girl he met in Vancouver BC. The family came back to Wales to visit once or twice before Gu's death, and my grandmother remembered her fondly.

David, fondly called Davey, was recovering from a bout of flu when his mother's hat was swept away by a gust of wind and landed in a pond. He insisted upon retrieving it for her, and ended up with pneumonia and died. She always blamed herself for his death. Of the other three sons, I have no further information beyond names. May and Sophia married and settled happily with their husbands, staying near their mother. Sophia and her husband had at least three children I am aware of. Though I suspect that there were other children in the extended family, I have no record of them at this time.

I actually know relatively little about Hannah's life and how she lived, so any information from family would be greatly welcome.

Hannah with Eliza, Basil, May, Sofia and Ivor ca 1924.

About this blog

This blog is maintained by two sisters who have had a life long interest in geneology.
Mika writes here mostly about our family (Hansen, Hillinger, Bordewick, Park, etc), and her search for more information.
Shannon mostly uses this space as a place to make the many stories written about and by her husband's family (Holly, Walker, Walpole, etc) available to the rest of the family, present and future.

Our blog is named Oh Spusch! mostly because Shannon is bad at naming things. The first post I put up includes a story about the time Walker's great grandfather took his whole family out to see a play and the littlest kept saying "Oh! Spusch!" No one ever figured out what she meant by that.