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Lars Thomsen and Bodil Marie Hansen – Walter Thomsen’s Grandparents

Lars Thomsen was born on February 12, 1851, in Jeksn, Adsleve, Skanderborg, Denmark. He was born on his father’s farm. His father was Thomas Larsen. Bodil Marie Hansen was born on June 18, 1854, in Vejle, Denmark. Her father, Hans Rasmussen, died when she was eighteen. Later on, her mother remarried.

Lars and Bodil were married in approximately 1878. They moved to Hadsund where Lars was a butcher and a wholesaler of cattle. Bodil and Lars had eight children within the space of twelve years. Four of their children lived to adulthood. Three, including Christian Peter Thomsen, immigrated to Nebraska. One daughter, Rasmine, remained in Denmark and eventually settled in Copenhagen. Lars died on November 30, 1892, in Hadsund[1] from alcoholism;[3] he was forty-one years old. Bodil struggled to support her family after her husband’s death. In 1899, the family moved to Aarhus to seek better opportunities.[1]

Bodil immigrated to the United States, sailed from Copenhagen on September 9, 1909, on M/X Oscar II, and landed at Ellis Island.[2] She lived with her son Thomas Marius in Omaha, Nebraska. She died on April 3, 1911, from liver cancer, having lived only one and one-half years in the United States. She was buried at the Springwell Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Source:
1. Adlsev-Slaegten Book 1981
2. Ellis Island Record
3. Verbal history, Marjorie White Thomsen


Written by Richard W. Thomsen

Christian Peter Thomsen is in front of his birth home in Hadsund, Denmark.
Christian Peter Thomsen is in front of his birth home in Hadsund, Denmark.
This picture was taken in 1953. This was the home of Lars and Bodil.
Bodil at the age of 44 in Omaha, Nebraska
Bodil at the age of 44 in Omaha, Nebraska
After immigrating to the United States in 1909
Bodil and Lars, taken in Aarhus, Denmark
Bodil and Lars, taken in Aarhus, Denmark
This map shows the location of Hadsund (upper middle section of map), where the family lived and where Christian Peter Thomsen was born.  Christian marked the location of their home with the red “X”.  This map came from an old book in his library.
This map shows the location of Hadsund (upper middle section of map), where the family lived and where Christian Peter Thomsen was born. Christian marked the location of their home with the red “X”. This map came from an old book in his library.