Elsebe Madsdatter Kofoed

24 May 1688–1736 (Age 47)
Svaneke, Bornholm, Denmark

The Life of Elsebe Madsdatter

When Elsebe Madsdatter Kofoed was born on 24 May 1688, in Svaneke, Bornholm, Denmark, her father, Mads Poulsen Kofoed, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth Davidsdatter Wolfsen, was 21. She married Carl Olufsen on 7 January 1707, in Svaneke, Bornholm, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died in 1736, in Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark, at the age of 48, and was buried in Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark.

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Carl Olufsen
Elsebe Madsdatter Kofoed
Marriage: 7 January 1707
Poul Kofoed Carlsen
Carl Carlsen
Oluf Carlsen
Poul Kofoed Carlsen
Karen Carlsdatter
Elesebeth Carlsdatter
Ingeborg Carlsdatter

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7 January 1707
Svaneke, Bornholm, Denmark


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World Events (4)

1701 · Oldest Naval Academy in the World

Age 13

The Royal Danish Naval Academy was established in 1701 to educate then commission all officers into the Royal Danish Navy. It is the oldest, still-existing, officers' academy in the world.
1713 · Royal Danish Military Academy

Age 25

The Royal Danish Military Academy educated and commissioned all officers for the Royal Danish Army. The Military Academy function was initiated in 1713 by request of King Frederick IV on inspiration from the Naval Academy.

Age 41

Greenland becomes Danish province.

Name Meaning

1 Altered spelling of Dutch Koefoed or Koevoet, literally ‘cow's foot’, hence a nickname for someone with a club foot or other deformity of the foot, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a cow's foot (presumably a butcher's shop). The term also denotes a crowbar (because it is cleft like a cow's hoof), and the name may also have arisen as a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of such tools.2 Danish: nickname with the same meaning as 1, from ko ‘cow’ + fod ‘foot’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Elsebe, "Denmark Baptisms, 1618-1923"
  • Elsebe Madtzdr Kofod, "Denmark Marriages, 1635-1916"
  • Elsebe Madtzdr Kofod, "Denmark, Marriages, 1635-1916"

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