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Hans L. Nissen (1838-1913) & Marie Kristine Rasmudatter (1838-1905)
Life in Denmark
Hans Lorezen Nissen was born in Kasso Jaskjer Soyn, Denmark, on 12 Jan 1838. His wife, Marie Kristine Rasmusdatter, was also born in Kasso Jaskjer Soyn, Denmark, just a little over a month later — on 26 Feb 1838.
Hans and Marie were married in Kasso, Denmark, on 10 May 1861, when they were both 23 years old. They had ten children, all of them born in Denmark before they immigrated to the United States. They are believed to be:
- Rasmus (Robert) (1862-1910) Mathlida (Tillie) Christensen (1863-1956); one child;
- Hans Christian ("Christ") Lorenzen (1864-1926) m. Maren Kristine ("Stine") Larsen (1866-1961); three children;
- Mette Marie Lorenzen (1865-1920) m. Peter Emil Johansen Johnsen (1860-1924); seven children;
- Anne Marie (1867-1929) m. John Andrew Johansen (1857-1924); six children;
- Maren (Maggie) (1869-1919) m. Andrew J. Juhl (1858-1929);
- Anna (Annie) (1870-1946) m. (1) Hans Sorensen (1871-1930) (2) Eugene Kleckner; two children;
- Marie Christine (Mary) (1873-1914) m. (1) Jeppe Lindberg (1863-?) (2) Peter Jensen Sandberg (1867-1930); one child by the first marriage, five by the second;
- Katherine Marie (Katie) (1875-1953) m. Hans Thomsen Hansen (1870-1945); two children 2;
- Hans Lorezen (1877-?); perhaps died very young;
- Helena (Helene, Lena) (1879-1954) m. Charles J. Jensen (1867-1960); three children.
Immigration to the United States in 1882
Hans, Marie, and six of their children immigrated to the United States in 1882, according to the 1900 U.S. Census. They settled in Chicago, Illinois and lived there for the remainder of their lives. Both were 44 years old when they immigrated; based on the photograph below, it is presumed that the seventh child eventually joined them in America.
Owning a Store
Either after retirement, or while he also worked as a carpenter, Hans also owned a general store which Kristine operated. It is also possible that it was Kristine's store entirely.
There are two photographs. In the first one (below), Kristine is inside the store, working behind the counter and serving a customer. Above the photograph, her daughter, Katherine Marie, has written, "Mother Kristine Marie Nissen in her store."
In the other photograph (below), Kristine is outside the store. H.L Nissen's name is clearly visible on the store front awning. Kristine Marie is standing beside the door with a dog. Beside her is a younger woman, identity unknown, perhaps someone who worked in the store or one of her daughters. Since Marie Kristine died in 1905, these photographs have to date from around 1900. To the left is a door which advertises “Rooms.” Perhaps they also rented rooms or lived there themselves.
Marie died on 28 May 1905; she was 67 and was buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Chicago.
Hans was a widower for seven years, and died at the age of 75 on 13 Nov 1913. He was buried beside Marie in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. (Mt. Olive Cemetery, originally intended to be a Scandinavian cemetery, is still being used today. You can find them online.)
[This page researched and written by Susan Overturf Ingraham, a descendant of Hans and Marie. Page Updated on January 6, 2016.]