Søren Torvald Mark

Brief Life History of Søren Torvald

When Søren Torvald Mark was born on 23 November 1892, in Øster Hornum, Hornum, Ålborg, Denmark, his father, Jens Sørensen Mark, was 35 and his mother, Kirsten Marie Qvist, was 22. He had at least 3 daughters with Emma Nelson. He immigrated to United States in 1913 and lived in Harlan, Shelby, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Ute, Monona, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 15 December 1972, in San Mateo, California, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, San Mateo, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Søren Torvald Mark
1892–1972
Emma Nelson
1896–1985
Margaret Marie Mark
1917–1993
Gorden L Mark
1919–
Helen A Marks
1922–

Sources (19)

  • Soren L Marks, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Soren Thorwald Mark, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and Sorbian: from Latin Marcus, the personal name of Saint Mark the Evangelist, author of the second Gospel in the New Testament. This name was also borne by a number of early Christian saints. Marcus is an ancient Roman name, of uncertain (possibly non-Italic) etymology; it may have some connection with the name of the war god Mars; compare Martin . The personal name was not as popular in England in the Middle Ages as it was elsewhere in Europe, especially in Italy, where the evangelist became the patron of Venice and the Venetian Republic. He was allegedly buried at Aquileia. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates and similar-sounding names from other languages, e.g. Polish, Czech, and Slovak Marek , Ukrainian, Slovenian, Sorbian, Rusyn, and Croatian Marko , Greek Markos , and also their patronymics and other derivatives, e.g. Jewish and Slavic Markowicz and Markovich ; see also 6 below.

English and German; Dutch (Van der Mark): topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke, Middle High German marc, Middle Dutch marke, merke, all meaning ‘borderland’. The German term also denotes an area of fenced-off land (see Marker 5) and, like the English word, is embodied in various placenames which have given rise to habitational names. This surname (in any of the possible senses; see also 5 below) is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine; compare Marck ).

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Marck, Pas-de-Calais, France.

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

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