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From: "David Peterson" <>
Subject: Re: [DK] Hans Larsen 1873 Odense
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:36:13 -0700
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Thanks for the clarification. Without those crucial connecting details in
the census, it seemed like a stab in the dark. A key thing to note about
Hans and Gerta is that they were teen-aged tjenestefolk in <neighboring>
parishes. Of course, at this time it was not at all uncommon for young
adults to travel distances to the cities and meet there.

David Peterson

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jennifer Crockett" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2012 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: [DK] Hans Larsen 1873 Odense


I realise that there is likely more than one Hans Larsen born in Denmark on
1 April 1873.

To try to find his birthplace, I looked at census records for 1890. I
focused on Odense as that was the supposed birth place of his wife, Gera
Marie Petersen as known by descendants.

Odense, Skovby, Søndersø, Søndesø mark, , , 180, FT-1890

Name: Age: Marital status: Occupation in household: Occupation:
Birth place:
Niels Jensen Hansen 32 Ugift gårdejer Her
Karen Nielsen 72 Enke aftægtskone Her
Niels Jørgen Nielsen 18 Ugift tjenestekarl Her
Karoline Andersen 17 Ugift tjenestepige Her
Hans Jørgen Pedersen 6 Ugift plejebarn Skamby
Hans Larsen 16 Ugift tjenestedreng Her

Odense, Skam, Skamby, Skamby By, Skamby sogn, , gaard, 11, FT-1890

Name: Age: Marital status: Occupation in household: Occupation:
Birth place:
Hans Hansen 44 Gift husfader gaardejer N. Højrup,
Kristiane Steffensen 41 Gift husmoder Skamby,
Hansine Kristine Hansen 7 Ugift barn do [Skamby, Odense]
Hans Steffen Anton Hansen 3 Ugift barn do [Skamby,
Anna Katrine Hansen 1 Ugift barn do [Skamby, Odense]
Hans Peter Steffensen 17 Ugift tjenestetyende Søndersø,
Ane Marie Nielsen 18 Ugift do [tjenestetyende]
Grindløse, Odense
Gerta Marie Petersen 13 Ugift do [tjenestetyende]
Flødstrup, Svendborg

The Hans Larsen and the Gerta Marie Petersen were the right age as I knew
their full birth dates from Australian sources.
I then searched the online church books till I found the ones I have now. I
also knew Gerta's mother's name from Australian records which further
confirmed I had her right record.
I may not have the right Hans Larsen, but I believe it is likely.



-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On
Behalf Of David Peterson
Sent: Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: [DK] Hans Larsen 1873 Odense


Yes, but you can't assume that he is the only Hans Larsen born on that date
in all of Denmark.
How did you know that there was a person named Hans Larsen born in Søndersø
parish on that date?

David Peterson

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jennifer Crockett" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:30 PM
Subject: Re: [DK] Hans Larsen 1873 Odense


Sorry I was so brief. I know now that this Hans Larsen is the one I am
looking for as the birth date is exactly the same as I got from a descendant
in Australia. Here is the obituary in 1932:

Mr. Hans Larsen, who died in a private hospital in Wowan, had been an
esteemed resident of the Dawson Valley for nearly 16 years. Mr. Larsen was
born at Hersoe, Denmark, in 1873, and was left an orphan when only nine
years of age. He did farm work and was apprenticed to a pump fitter,
afterwards going into the building trade. In 1901 [should be 1900] he
migrated to Australia and worked in the Bundaberg district and on the
Darling Downs. Then he went in for dairy farming on the share system and
later started as a builder and contractor.

In 1916 he came to the Dawson Valley, farming first at Dululu and then at
Wura. While his family looked after the farm he undertook a number of
building contracts. Ill-health compelled him to give up this work about a
year ago. He is survived by his widow and a family of five sons and three
daughters, all grown up. The sons are Messrs. Louis (Wowan), Henry, Edward,
Sophus and William (Wura), Mesdames A. F. Rettke (Yangan) and E. W. Wenck
(Wondai), and Miss Daisy Larsen (Wura). The last sad rites were conducted by
the Rev. Mr. Ranwell, of the Church of England, while Bro. M. Curry read the
Masonic burial service.

Gerta Marie Petersen was his wife. I also had her birth date already, and
that she was from Odense. I focused on Odense in the census records for this

Gerta and Hans married somewhere in Denmark and had a child Emmy Johanna
Marie born 30 July 1898, also somewhere in Denmark before emigrating in



-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On
Behalf Of David Peterson
Sent: Sunday, 14 October 2012 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [DK] Hans Larsen 1873 Odense


In the situations where there is little information about the origin of an
emigrant, it very much helps both to provide ALL the information known about

that person and their family and to identify the source of that information.

That way other clues can possibly be used to suggest other places to look
and the credibilty of the "known" information can be evaluated so we know
how much it can be relied upon for matching with other possibilities.

You gave information from an obituary for Hans Larsen. Was the information
about his wife and child also from the obituary? And the emigration as
well?? (Is that the date they arrived in Australia?) I would expect that
this did not all come from the obituary. Also, death certificates and
obituaries are notorious for having inaccurate or garbled information
because the people alive at the time were probably not present or not adults

at the time of the earlier events they are describing, particularly if they
happened in a different country.

For this reason, "Hersoe" may be a garbled rendering of the actual place.
"oe" is sometimes used to represent the actual Danish letter "ø". And "sø"
is a very common suffix for place names, meaning "lake" or "sea". However,
there is no obvious place "Hersø" in Krabsens place-name database. There
are entries for places starting with "Hørsø" or "Horsø". If the family
moved away from this place when Hans was young, it is also possible that he
himself only has a vague or incorrect recollection of its name.

You appear to have focused on some parishes for the births of Hans and
Greta. Do you have other information that led you to those parishes?

For Søndersø parish: (I do not know if Arne transcribed this, since I am
not receiving his messages.)

Entries 5 and 6 are for twins (tvillinger):
1ste April
Hans Larsen, Rasmus Larsen
I Hjemmet, 4de April, I Kirke, 1ste Juli (christened at home, then at
Moderen Ane Marie Larsen paa Fattiggaarden, til Barnefaderen udl. Lem
Christian Sørensen, ibd. (mother resided in poor house as well as alleged
father Christian Sørensen)
Baaret af Snedker P. Th.[?] Johansens hustrue Maren Nicoline Christiansen,
fadd. Grdm[?] Christian Andersen, Anders Nielsen og Johan Nielsen, alle af
Søndersø Sogn [the woman that carried Hans and the witnesses]
Baaret af Opsynsmand Fr[?] Pedersens Hustrue Caroline [woman who carried
Rasmums, and the same three witnesses]

Of course, without other corroborating information, there is no way to
distinguish this Hans Larsen from any other that may have been born in
Denmark on that date.

It appears that Arne has given a translation of the entry for Greta in
Flødstrup parish.

David Peterson

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jennifer Crockett" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2012 7:03 AM
Subject: [DK] Hans Larsen 1873 Odense

I would appreciate a transcription and translation of

Søndersø, Skovby, Odense
opslag 6, numbers 5 and 6
Hans Larsen and? Larsen
1 April 1873



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