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Peder Kristensen and Ane Johanne Sorensen – Lars Thomsen’s Grandparents

Peder Kristensen was born in Mesing, just west of Adslev, on April 1, 1807. Ane Johanne Sorensen was born on July 30, 1811, in Jeksen, Denmark, at the farm called Melballe. She was the oldest of Soren Rasmussen’s nine children.

Maren Pedersdatter (Lars Thomsen’s mother) was Peder and Ane’s first child who was born on December 16, 1830. It was customary at this time in Denmark that when a couple wished to be engaged, it was officially recorded with the parish. Ane was officially engaged in 1832 to Peder Kristensen. The parish records report that Ane’s parents were opposed to the engagement, so their marriage was stalled. Finally, Ane and Peder were married on January 18, 1834, in the Adslev parish church. This was just four months before the birth of their second child and three years after the birth of their first child. Soren Pedersen was born on May 7, 1834. From 1830 to 1853, Ane gave birth to fourteen children.

After getting married in 1834, the young couple moved to Horn near Silkeborg. After three years, they returned to Jeksen in the summer of 1837. Perhaps by now, Peder’s relationship with Ane’s parents had healed. Peder became responsible for a small farm in Jeksen. He later purchased a larger farm in Jeksen. Their last child, Johannes Pedersen, was born on May 24, 1853, in Jeksen. Two months later, Ane died on July 19, 1853, at the age of forty-one in Jeksen. Death may have been caused from complications from child birth.

In November 1853, just four months after Ane’s death, Peder married Ane Kirstine Hansen. They had four children from 1854 to 1859. Peder sired eighteen children over twenty-nine years. In 1857, he and Ane Kirstine moved to Skanderborg where he was a butcher. In 1859, he purchased a small home that included a small acreage.

Peder was known for his happy personality, as a jolly worker, sharing frequent jokes, as a singer, as a dancer who liked lively music, as always positive, and as wise and intelligent. When a poor neighbor needed help, he remembered the first and second commandments, to love God and to love one another. He provided services with little pay, often taking only a square of cheese, allowing poor farmers to pay him when they could. Neighbors called on him to look after a sick horse or cow; his cure was normally a shot of turpentine into both ends. He was devoted to drinking snaps and frequently became intoxicated, providing remarkable tales that were entertaining. In his old age, he moved back to Jeksen where he died on January 25, 1878, at the age of seventy.

Source:
Adslev-Slaegten Book 1981 and 1926

Translated by Richard W. Thomsen

Melballegaard (a farm called Melballe) is located in Jeksen and was where Ane Johanne was born.
Melballegaard (a farm called Melballe) is located in Jeksen and was where Ane Johanne was born.
Adslev and Jeksen lie southwest of Aarhus, Denmark and are located at the bottom left section of this map.  Christian Peter Thomsen marked these locations with red “X’s”.  In Adslev, the family organization (Adslev-Slaegten Organization) maintains a park that contains a monument located at the former site of the home of Peder Jensen (1766 to 1850) and Margrethe Rasmusdatters (1768 to 1856).  The church and church yard in Adslev are where many of the family members were baptized, married, and buried.  Jeksen is a beautiful valley located south of Adslev.
Adslev and Jeksen lie southwest of Aarhus, Denmark and are located at the bottom left section of this map. Christian Peter Thomsen marked these locations with red “X’s”. In Adslev, the family organization (Adslev-Slaegten Organization) maintains a park that contains a monument located at the former site of the home of Peder Jensen (1766 to 1850) and Margrethe Rasmusdatters (1768 to 1856). The church and church yard in Adslev are where many of the family members were baptized, married, and buried. Jeksen is a beautiful valley located south of Adslev.