Sophie Reichwein

1689–10 July 1750 (Age 61)
Vingnes, Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway

The Life of Sophie

When Sophie Reichwein was born in 1689, in Vingnes, Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway, her father, Georg Reichwein, was 54 and her mother, Catharina Sverdrup, was 32. She married Jorgen Bjelke von Meding on 22 May 1719, in Stange, Hedmark, Norway. She died on 10 July 1750, at the age of 61, and was buried in Aurdal, Nord-Aurdal, Oppland, Norway.

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Family Time Line

Jorgen Bjelke von Meding
Sophie Reichwein
Marriage: 22 May 1719

Spouse and Children

22 May 1719
Stange, Hedmark, Norway

Parents and Siblings

    Georg Reichwein


    Catharina Sverdrup




    Lorentz ( Laurits) Reichwein


    Elisabet Sophie Reichwein


    Gertrud Catharina Reichwein


    Georga Catharine Reichwein



World Events (3)

1700 · Norwegian calendar change

Age 11

1n 1700 Norway changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. The day after 18 Feb in the Julian Calendar became 1 March in the Gregorian calendar.
1736 · Confirmation & education

Age 47

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 50

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

German: from the Germanic personal name Rīchwin, composed of rīc ‘power(ful)’ + win ‘friend’.

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

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