Juditha Jensdatter

Female1730–12 January 1799

Brief Life History of Juditha

When Juditha Jensdatter was born in 1730, in Smestad, Rælingen, Akershus, Norway, her father, Jens Jacobsen, was 33 and her mother, Karen Olsdatter, was 45. She married Joen Christensen on 4 July 1753. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 12 January 1799, in Vestre Bærum, Bærum, Akershus, Norway, at the age of 69, and was buried in Vestre Bærum, Bærum, Akershus, Norway.

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Elias Gundersen
Juditha Jensdatter
Marriage: 19 October 1757
Karen Eliasdatter
Dorte Eliasdatter
Marthe Eliasdatter
Gunder Eliasen Staavi
Berte Eliasdatter
Laers Eliasen
Berte Eliasdatter

Sources (11)

  • Judita Jensdaatter, "Norway Marriages, 1660-1926"
  • Juditte Jensdaatter in entry for Christen Joensen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Judita Jensdaatter, "Norway Marriages, 1660-1926"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 October 1757Aker, Akershus, Norway
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (2)

    1736 · Confirmation & education

    Age 6

    Law of 1736 legally established Confirmation in the Lutheran Church which led to organized education for all children. These became important records which the Pastor kept.

    1739 · Universal schooling

    Age 9

    First school law to begin universal schooling in Norway. They taught the subjects of Christianity, reading, writing, arithmetic. Compulsory schooling from the age of seven and at least until ten to twelve years old.

    Name Meaning

    Biblical name, meaning ‘Jewess’ or ‘woman from Judea’, borne by a Jewish heroine whose story is recorded in the Book of Judith in the Apocrypha. Judith is portrayed as a beautiful widow who delivers her people from the invading Assyrians by gaining the confidence of their commander, Holofernes, and cutting off his head while he is asleep; without their commander, the Assyrians are duly routed. This has been a perennially popular Jewish name. In the English-speaking world it was taken up in the 16th century, having been in occasional use among Gentiles before this: for example, it was borne by a niece of William the Conqueror. It enjoyed great popularity between the 1940s and the 1960s. Today's notable bearers include the American novelist Judith Krantz ( b. 1928 ) and the Scottish composer Judith Weir ( b. 1954 ).

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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