Peter Nielson

Brief Life History of Peter

When Peter Nielson was born on 23 March 1824, in Povlsker, Bornholm, Denmark, his father, Niels Jensen, was 33 and his mother, Gjertrud Kristine Pedersdatter, was 43. He married Marie Helene Frederika Posemann on 7 March 1851, in Trinitatis, København, København, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He immigrated to New York, United States in 1861 and lived in Bodilsker, Bornholm, Denmark in 1840. He died on 23 January 1886, in Colonia Juárez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, at the age of 61, and was buried in Colonia Juárez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Family Time Line

Peter Nielson
Huldah Franciska Kunigunde Lassen
Marriage: 8 March 1862
Peter Erastus Nielson
Mary Elizabeth Nielson
John Thomas Nielson
Albertha Franciska Nielson
Agnes (Lefinta) Nielson

Sources (31)

  • Peder Nielsen in household of Niels Jensen, "Denmark Census, 1840"
  • Peder Nielsen [Peter Nielson] in the Denmark Births and Christenings, 1631-1900s
  • Peder Nielsen, "Denmark Marriages, 1635-1916"

World Events (8)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


Santa Anna repels Spain's attempt to regain control of Mexico. Guerrero abolishes slavery as means of discouraging migration of United States southerners to Texas.


Conservative rebellion against Bustamante. Santa Anna's dictatorship.

Name Meaning

Scottish (Lanarkshire): patronymic from the personal name Neil , meaning ‘son of Neil’, or an Anglicized form of McNeill .

Americanized form of Danish, Norwegian, or North German Nielsen and, in some cases, of Swedish Nilsson .

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

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GRANDMA HULDA’S CAPE by Mary Elizabeth McNeil Herd Neeley (A Granddaughter of Huldah Lassen) November, 1978

I don't feel like it, but they say I am a hundred and twenty-two years old. I was made by the loving hands of Huldah Fransika Lassen when she completed her apprentice-ship in sewing in 1856 or soon a …

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