When Josephine Mortensen was born on 16 February 1855, in Als, Skivehus, Denmark, her father, Anders Mortensen, was 50 and her mother, Karen Marie Nielsen, was 39. She died on 20 June 1862, in Florence, Douglas, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 7, and was buried in Florence, Douglas, Nebraska, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Niels, Lars, Morten, Einer, Jorgen, Bent, Britt, Carsten, Egil, Gunner, Hartvig.
Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Morten, a vernacular form of Martin 1.
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