Brick Wall People – Part 18 – Hans Henrich Bordevick

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Name: Hans Henrich Bordevick
Birth: 1769, Bardowick, Germany
Death: 1813, Veilholmen, Norway
Marriage: 1796, Trondheim, Norway
Relation to me:Hans Henrich Bordevick was my mother's father's father's mother's father's father. Which makes him 7th generation before me. He is also 8th generation on the other side of this same family.
Alias(es): Hans Henrich Bordewich, Hans Henrich Bordevig
Parents: unknown
Spouse(s): Anna Magdalena Johnsdatter Tiller
Children: 3 – Ole Hansen, Johan Petter, Hans Oliver
Other Family: none known
Details: Hans is one of the few of my brick walls that has been almost researched to death. Not by me, but by the Bordewich/ Bordewick family in general. We know he was born in or near an old town that had been decimated during the hundred years war, and that is where our ancestral name of Bordevig/ Bordevick/ Bordewich/ Bordewick comes from. There is some speculation that he changed his name at some point before leaving Germany or after arriving in Norway, as we have found records with similar information, but the name itself does not match. As of yet, this has not been proven, however.

What we do know is that Hans Henrich arrived in Norway in the late 1700s and one of our first records of him is his papers for Norwegian citizenship so that he could become a ship's captain. We also have documentation on a few ships, and of his marriage to a lovely Norwegian girl by the name of Anna, with whom he had three boys. The eldest died in infancy, and Hans died himself when the youngest boy was only about six in a shipwreck of the coast of Norway. He and his crew made land, but froze to death before help could reach them. His eldest remaining son took care of the family as well as he could after his passing, though we have little record of that time until Johan's own marriage.

Anna lived for many years past her husband's early death, dying in 1846, some thirty years later.
1)      As I said above, the family has researched Hans Henrich heavily in an attempt to get past the block in the tree he represents. So I was given quite a bit of information on Johan over the years from my grandfather's notes, as well as the other Genealogists in my extended family, the primary version of which was various forms of the family tree.
2)      The second bit of proof I have on Hans Henrich is the notes from Johan Petter, who recorded quite a bit about his family over the years, though mostly about his children.
3)      The first time I was able to find information on my family online was a tree about the Hagerup family, which was related to Johan's daughter-in-law, who married my great-great-great grandfather.
4)      After that, I began to find records at Family Search. The most important of these is the marriage record for Hans Henrich and Anna Magdalena Tiller.
5)      The Baptismal record for Johan Petter also has Hans Henrich listed, though Johan is listed as Johan Petter Hans Henrichsen Bordevick.
6)      Then there is Johan's marriage record to his first wife, and the marriage record of Hans Oliver to Edwardine Tiller (an adopted daughter into his mother's brother's family, the story goes).
In this case, as you can see, I have quite a bit. The main thing we're looking for is proof of Hans Henrich's life in Germany, and where he was born. We'd love to know who his parents were. As I said, we have a guess on this, but no way to prove it at this time, so we are currently unable to get further in 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.


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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.