Matrilinial Monday – Else Katrine Hansen

Name: Else Katrine Larsen
Called by Grandkids: Likely farmor on my side of the tree, which is Danish for father's mother, because she was my great-grandfather's mother, though I don't know that my grandmother or her siblings ever met her.
Birth: 1865, Ringive, Denmark
Death: 1934, Vejle, Denmark
Spouse: Jens Christian Hansen
Marriage: 1855, Vejle, Denmark
Children: Hansine Kristine, Hans Jørgen, Holger Skov, Aage, Alfred, Ida Kirstine, Hans Knudsen, Adolf
Parents: Jørgen Larsen & Ivare Kirstine Christensen
Siblings: Kristine, Birte Marie, Mette Margrethe, Lars Kristian, Maren Kirstine, Søren, Dagmar Augusta, Ane Marie
About: Else was the eldest child of Jørgen and Kirsten Larsen's nine children. I know little about her life, though she lived all of it in and around Vejle as an adult, where she married her husband Jens and raised their eight children. Life was good, if poor. They often went without things, even such simple things as shoes for the children, according to her son. Her husband was a farmer, but also made a living as a mason, a skill which he taught at least one of his sons, my great-grandfather Holger, which helped him earn enough to come to the US as a young man. She lived long enough to see many of her children leave Denmark, one to England, and several more to the US, where they married and raised children of their own.

By the time Else died, her children had given her eleven grandchildren, and a twelfth was named for her shortly after her death. Her descendants live many places around the world today—Denmark, England, USA, and even Australia.

Else (l) with her daughter-in-law, granddaughter, son, and mother ca 1926


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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.