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Jens Jorgen ANDERSEN

Jens Jorgen ANDERSEN

Male 1844 - 1922

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  • Born  16 Jun 1844  Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  11 Aug 1844 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  3 Dec 1922  Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I329  Thomas SJ Andersen_Marva Vance
    Last Modified  19 Jun 2016 

    Father  Anders T. SORENSEN (RYTTER),   b. 29 Feb 1808, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1866, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Gunder Marie MORTENSDATTER,   b. 3 May 1807, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1887, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Oct 1830  Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F83  Group Sheet

    Family  Petrea THOMSEN,   b. 5 Jan 1860, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1935, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Nov 1879  Ribe, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Their witnesses were Thomas Christian Johansen and his wife Karen Pedersdatter.
    Children 
     1. Gunda Marie Caroline ANDERSEN,   b. 4 Jul 1880, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1880, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Gunda Marie Karen ANDERSEN,   b. 9 Jun 1881, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1948, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Karen Kristina ANDERSEN,   b. 6 Oct 1883, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Anders Thomsen Peter ANDERSEN,   b. 13 Jan 1885, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1943, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Thomas Soren Johannes ANDERSEN,   b. 30 Oct 1887, Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1971, Chandler, Maricopa, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  2 Jul 2012 
    Family ID  F82  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Jens Jorgen was born in Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark 16 June 1844. His Godparents were Jens Mortensen's wife Maren, Ane Marie Johnson, farmer Anders Jepsen, Nicolai Larsen all of Vilslev. He attended school in Vilslev which included just the grade (?)
      Microfilm N. 7571 Vol 6 - Rt 2 Ribe, Denmark
      During the war of 1864 he use to take the horses out to the ocean so the Germans would not get them. After the war he helped his father and they were able to help educate two older brothers. These two boys attended the University of Copenhagen. The older one, Morton, became a Lutheran Minister, Peter became a medical doctor.
      After Jens father died, he took over the home place, along with quite a large debt against it. But with hard work he was able to pay off the mortgage, Besides farming he fed beef and ran a dairy. He finally accumulated enough so that he felt he could support a wife.
      He was 35 years old at the time. He married Petrea Thomsen. She was 19 years old. He was 16 1/2 years older than she, but their marriage was a happy one.
      He was the father of four children; Gunda, Karen Andres, and Thomas.
      He was rather short but heavy built. He had a jolly disposition yet was firm. He was always interested in politics. He kept liquor in the house to serve guests but never indulged himself. He really did not care for coffee although he did drink it to be sociable. However, he said if it weren't for the cream and sugar, he wouldn't even do that.
      He was conservative with money, yet none of the children lacked for necessities. He was very hospitable and guests always felt welcome and at home. He belonged to the State Lutheran Church although he favored the Free Lutheran Church. He was always regular in his attendance. He was confirmed at the age of 14. The year preceeding his confirmation two mornings out of every week was spent with the minister to prepare him for the big event of confirmation. This was customary for all children. The Church and the school worked together. He died at the age of 78, in his home in Vilslev.
      Cemetery in Vilslev, Ribe, Denmark. Microfilm N 7571 Vol 6-Rt 2-Ribe, Denmark,
      Family record of Thomas Andersen Family.
      Copied from : DANSKE GAARDE, Vol. 3, by JH. C. B. la Cour (Kobenhavn: Dansk Landohonomisk Forlag, Ca. 1920) , pp. 1119/20. This book about farms in Denmark, is in the Mesa Genealogical Library and was donated by Thomas S. J. Andersen. "Ryttergaard: (rider farm) was originally part of "Kjaergaard" (marsh farm), an old manor in Hunderup Parish. It was sold by Krongodset in the late 1700's The following quotation from the Encyclopedia Am. , 1980 edition, describes events taking place in the late 1700's:
      "After the Great Northern War (1699-1720), postwar economic difficulties occurred. To Deal with the shortage of farm labor, the "stavnsband" was established, binding peasant sons between the ages of 14 and 36 to the estates on which they were born. A few years later the age limits were changed to 4 and 40.
      "In the second half of the 18th centry, the Danish government began to follow a policy of enlightened reform. Landowners were deprived of the judicial power over the peasants (1787) and an edict in 1788 proclaimed the end of the "stavnsband" within 12 years. A bank was created to help peasants buy land. The foundation was laid for the agrarian system of the 19th century."
      Ryttergaard is in Vilslev Parish, Ribe County on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. In 1864, the southern part of Jutland was lost in a war with Prussia and Austria, Now the Schleswig Holstein state of W. Germany. The following was found in an exercise in H. A. Koefoed's book, Teach Yourself Danish, 1958: "Hans Christian Andersen wrote a poem about Jutland in which he related the history of the moors. When he visited Jutland the moors were still there, but he foresaw that they would soon become cultivated and made into corn-fields. After the Danish Heath Company was founded, large parts of the moors were planted with trees, or the soil was ploughed and manured and thus improved. There are now many farms and small-holding where formerly there was only heather. One might say that through cultivation of the moors, Denmark gained internally what it lost when after the war of 1864 it had to cede South Jutland (S²nderjylland) to Germany."
      The first individual owner of "Ryttergaard" (farm # 13) appears to have been the father-in-law of Anders Rytter, the next owner of the farm. After Anders Rytter died (about 1800) , his widow remarried.
      In about 1805 , Soren Pedersen married the widow of Anders Rytter. In 1838, ownership of the farm passed to his son, Anders Sorensen Rytter. who died on May 15, 1866. The youngest son of Anders Sorensen Rytter, Jens Jorgen Andersen managed the farm for his mother until January 1, 1862 when he himself took over the farm.( Thus, Dad was named, in part after his grandfather Anders SORENsen Rytter.)