Bertha Marie 'Mary' Madsen

16 February 1822–3 January 1897 (Age 74)
Pedersborg, Alsted, Sorø, Denmark

The Life Summary of Bertha Marie 'Mary'

When Bertha Marie 'Mary' Madsen was born on 16 February 1822, in Pedersborg, Alsted, Sorø, Denmark, her father, Mads Pedersen, was 46 and her mother, Maren Hansdr, was 41. She married Hans Hansen on 7 May 1843, in Munke Bjergby, Alsted, Sorø, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Hardin Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1880. She died on 3 January 1897, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Hans Hansen
Bertha Marie 'Mary' Madsen
Marriage: 7 May 1843
Frederick Hansen
Dr. John Harvey Hansen
Mary Hansen
Oliver Hansen
Sarah Erastusina Hansen
Heittene Hansen
Kennedy Hector Hansen
Caroline Tena Hansen
Julia E Hansen

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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act
Age 3
The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1829 · Oldest Leather Goods in Denmark
Age 7
Kuffert Sorensen was established in 1829 by Carl Peter Sorensen as a leather goods company. Today the business has five locations and each are run by a member of the Sorensen family.
Age 24
U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from a pet form of Mathias ( see Matthew ).

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

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Story Highlight

For the love of God and family

Mary had a difficult and adventuresome life. Her story is a witness to the integrity and willingness to sacrifice all known comfort for the love of God and family. In 1851, Copenhagen, Denmark, Mar …

Sources (38)

  • Mary Hanson in household of Hans Hanson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Hansen in household of Hans Hansen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Hanson in household of H Hanson, "United States Census, 1880"

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