Advent Calendar: Henrick Bergthon Bordewick

Henrick Bergthon Bordewick
(surname alternately Hans Henricksen, Bordevik, Bordevich, Bordewich due to changing naming traditions at the time in Norway, and to Anglicization of the surname)

Born 1862, Died 1930, Aged 67
Lived in: Vagan, Nordland, Norway; Lofoten Islands, Norway, Antwerp, Belgium; Vancouver, BC, Canada
Married: Leonharde Marie Bordewich
Bjarne Bordewick
Harald Bordewick
Hans Henrik Bordewick

Henrick Bergthon Bordewick was the first-born son of Hans Henrik Bordevick and his wife Karen "Kaja" Dorthea Angell, born in 1862 In Northern Norway. His family had been fishermen and sailors since his great-grandfather came to Norway from Germany, where the family name originated. Henrick married Leonharde in 1887 in Trondheim, Norway, and together the two made a home in the Lofoten Islands North of the Arctic Circle. Towards the end of the 1800s, fishing in the Lofoten Islands became difficult, so Henrick and his brother Eivind decided to leave their home and try to find a better place to make money in fishing. For a time, Henrick and his family settled in Antwerp, but their name and their business with the English made it difficult to live in Belgium, who had sympathies with the Dutch in South Africa, and thought the family English. They moved again, this time to Canada, and there they made their home with their three boys, remaining there until the day they died.


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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.