Jens Nielsen

Brief Life History of Jens

When Jens Nielsen was born on 30 September 1829, in Vadum, Ålborghus, Denmark, his father, Niels Jensen Leed, was 58 and his mother, Mariane Andersdatter, was 33. He married Johanne Maria Larsen on 26 December 1851. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Vadum, Kær, Ålborg, Denmark in 1840 and Jetsmark, Hvetbo, Hjørring, Denmark for about 10 years. He died on 19 November 1901, at the age of 72, and was buried in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

Jens Nielsen
Johanne Maria Larsen
Marriage: 26 December 1851
Ane Cecilie Jensen
Mariane Jensen
Else Marie Jensen
Niels Jensen
Larsine Petrea Jensen
Christian Pedersen Jensen
Anders Christian Jensen

Sources (36)

  • Jens Nielsen in household of Niels Jensen Lund, "Denmark Census, 1840"
  • Jens Nielsen, "Denmark, Marriages, 1635-1916"
  • Jens Neilson, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (7)

1834 · The United Tribes of New Zealand Flag

A confederation of Maori tribes was convened in 1834 by James Busby, a British Resident who had been sent to New Zealand to set up a framework for trade between the Māori and Europeans. The Flag which they used was a mix between the St. George’s Cross and in the top left corner another smaller St. Georges Cross with four eight pointed stars representing the Holy Cross stars in the Southern Hemisphere. This design is still being used today as the official flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand.

1847 · Casino Theatre (Copenhagen)

The Casino Theatre was built as an entertainment center by Georg Carstensen but was converted into a theatre in 1848. After many years of never gaining popularity, it was closed in 1937 and demolished in 1960.


Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy. A two-chamber parliament is established.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Niels, Jorgen, Knud, Lars, Nels, Bent, Borge, Holger, Ove, Einer, Oluf.

Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Niels, a shortened form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas ). Compare Nielson , Neilsen , Nelsen , Nilsen , and Nilson .

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

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Jens Nielsen

According to parish records Jens and Johanne were married in Vadum, Aalborg 26 Dec 1851. A census taken in Aalborg, Kaer, Vadum, or Torpet Skotedistrikt in 1855 shows Jens, Johanne, and oldest daught …

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