Elisabeth Kofoed

1771–1801 (Age 29)
Nylars, Bornholm, Denmark

The Life of Elisabeth

When Elisabeth Kofoed was born on 4 August 1771, in Nylars, Bornholm, Denmark, her father, Jens Hansen, was 49 and her mother, Mette Pedersdatter Koefoed, was 30. She married Anders Sorensen on 26 November 1791, in Nylarsker, Bornholm, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 28 June 1801, in her hometown, at the age of 29, and was buried in Nylars, Bornholm, Denmark.

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Elisabeth Kofoed
Anders Sorensen
Marriage: 26 November 1791
Jens Andersen
Gjertrud Kirstine Andersdatter
Giertrud Kirstine Andersdatter
Jens Andersen
Søren Thorsen Andersen
Søren Andersen Thorsen
Thorkild Andersen

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26 November 1791
Nylarsker, Bornholm, Denmark


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World Events (4)

1776 · Kongens Klub

Age 5

The club was founded in 1776 by former members of Drejer's Club. It was initially known as Fich's Club. The latter name was a reference to Gottlieb Schreck who had purchased the House in 1775. He had adapted the interior to be used by the club. The club initially had 25 members but in 1778 the number of members had grown to 80. On 16 November 1782, the club was granted permission to use the name Kongens Klub (Royal Club). The club soon became a meeting place for members of the higher middle class.
1789 · Old Artillery Barracks, Christianshavn

Age 18

The Old Artillery Barracks was the first of three barracks to be established in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. They were converted into barracks for the Artillery in 1789 and were used until 1923. Today, they have been converted into apartments and are listed for everyone.
1792 · Det Classenske Fideicommis

Age 21

Det Classenske Fideicommis is a Danish charitable foundation formed by the industrialist Major General Johan Frederik Classen after he left behind his wealth and possessions in his will to help alleviate poverty and misery to those in the country. Today, it grants around 2 million kroner annually to those in need.

Name Meaning

1 Altered spelling of Dutch Koefoed or Koevoet, literally ‘cow's foot’, hence a nickname for someone with a club foot or other deformity of the foot, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a cow's foot (presumably a butcher's shop). The term also denotes a crowbar (because it is cleft like a cow's hoof), and the name may also have arisen as a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of such tools.2 Danish: nickname with the same meaning as 1, from ko ‘cow’ + fod ‘foot’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Jens Hansen & Mette Pedersdatter- Census 1787 - Bornholm, Vester, Nylarsker
  • Lisbeth Jensdr, "Denmark, Marriages, 1635-1916"
  • Lisbet Jensen, "Denmark, Baptisms, 1618-1923"

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