Ellen Margrethe Jorgensen Riis

1804–
Olsker, Bornholm, Denmark

The Life of Ellen Margrethe Jorgensen

Ellen Margrethe Jorgensen Riis was born in 1804, in Olsker, Bornholm, Denmark as the daughter of Marie Magdalena Christensdatter Koefoed.

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Marie Magdalena Christensdatter Koefoed
1782–1865
Ellen Margrethe Jorgensen Riis
1804–

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1805 · Christianso Lighthouse

Age 1

The Christianso Lighthouse is one of Denmark's oldest lighthouses and the first to have a flashing light. It was built on the island of Christianso in the northern Baltic Sea.
1808 · Dannebrogordenens Haederstegn

Age 4

Dannebrogordenens Haederstegn, The Cross of Honour of the Order of the Dannebrog, is an award connected to the Danish Order of the Dannebrog. The cross was instituted by King Frederick VI of Denmark and Norway on June 28, 1808 and was named Dannebrogsmendenes Haederstegn until 1952. The award is given to any Dane who has provided a service to Denmark through a noble deed. The cross is considered an additional recognition if awarded to someone who is already a holder of the Order.
1814

Age 10

Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden.

Name Meaning

1 Scandinavian: nickname from ris ‘twigs’, ‘scrub’, or a habitational name from any of several places so named in Denmark.2 Norwegian: habitational name from any of five farmsteads named Ris, from Old Norse hrís ‘brushwood’.

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

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