Jens Christopher Hansen Bay

1712–1782 (Age 70)
Hedmark, Norway

The Life of Jens Christopher Hansen

When Jens Christopher Hansen Bay was born in 1712, his father, Hans Jensen Slagter Bay, was 44 and his mother, Sofie Helmen Christensdatter, was 36. He married Ellica Svendsdatter Schroeder on 1 December 1741. They were the parents of at least 10 sons and 5 daughters. He died in 1782, at the age of 70.

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Jens Christopher Hansen Bay
Ellica Svendsdatter Schroeder
Marriage: 1 December 1741
Torstein Jensen Bay
Hans Andreas Jensen Bay
Peter Christian Jensen Bay
Andreas Jensen Bay
Johan Carl Jensen Bay
Anne Margrethe Jensdatter Bay
Erik Gabriel Jensen Bay
Adolph Carl Jensen Bay
Hedvig Jensdatter Bay
Sven Jensen Bay
Hans Christian Jensen Bay
Helene Sophie Jensdatter Bay
Helene Sophie Jensdatter Bay
Inger Maria Jensdatter Bay
Jens Christopher Hanssen Baij or Bay

Spouse and Children

1 December 1741


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World Events (2)

1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 24

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 27

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

1 English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).2 English: from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Bēaga (masculine) or Bēage (feminine).3 Scottish: reduced form of McBeth .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jens Christopher Fay in entry for Torsten, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Jens Christensen, "Norway, Marriages, 1660-1926"
  • J. C. Bay in entry for Anne Bay, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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