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Peder Jensen and Margrethe Rasmusdatter – Lars Thomsen’s Great-grandparents

Peder Jensen was born on November 30, 1766, in Adslev where he was baptized. The parish priest recorded him as a healthy baby. Peder was the only child born to Jens Pedersen and Karen Thogersdatter. He received a good education and had excellent handwriting. The Mjessing Parish record (also spelled as Mesing) reported Peter being engaged to Margrethe on January 19, 1787. They were married on March 30, 1787, at the Adslev parish church. Peter took over the family farm when he was twenty-two years old; the farm was the largest farm in Adslev. He was of average height, strict, precise and a confident hunter. He was known for being smart and was esteemed in the community.

Margrethe Rasmusdatter was born on Dec 16, 1768, in Mesing. She was described as a most religious of women and as a good wife. She had many beautiful characteristics including endurance, caring for the poor, and understanding other’s needs. Her table prayer was “Around this table, we are dedicated to Thy truth; let us live by this truth.” Upon her death on May 5, 1856, an article in the Aarhus newspaper said that she left a remarkable and fruitful family. Perhaps what led to the organization of a family society, which now has over 8,000 descendants, is her great love for her children. The Adslev-Slaegten book shows her numerous descendants.

The family home located in Adslev burned down in 1908. On this home site, a park was added that includes a monument to this family. In Denmark, the home and barn were normally attached; the thought was that cattle helped keep the home warm. The drawing of Peder Jensen’s and Margrethe Rasmusdatter’s home and barn is attached; in their case, the home and barn are separated. The home construction was of wood beams filled in with rock and plaster (a beam-work house). The roof was thatched with many layers of straw.

Source:
Alslev-Slaegten Book, 1981

Translated by Richard W. Thomsen

Peder’s Home in Adslev
Peder’s Home in Adslev
Peter Jensen’s signature in 1783 at the age of 16
Peter Jensen’s signature in 1783 at the age of 16
Mesing in relation to Adslev, see section 4 for a larger map, Margrethe was born in Mesing.
Mesing in relation to Adslev, see section 4 for a larger map, Margrethe was born in Mesing.
Peder Jensen’s Barn in Adslev
Peder Jensen’s Barn in Adslev
Adslev Parish Church in 1910 before the tower was added.
Adslev Parish Church in 1910 before the tower was added.
Layout of Barns and Home
Layout of Barns and Home
Top: barn, wagon port, turnip-beet storage
Left side, top to bottom: pig house, hen house, sheep house, branding and blacksmith, milking room
Bottom, left to right: two small bedrooms, sitting room, sleeping room, parlor, servants’ room, kitchen, girl’s bedroom, workers bedrooms and living area.
Right side, top to bottom: cow stalls, storage rooms, horse stalls
Stone monument for Peder Jensen (1766 to 1850) and Margrethe Rasmusdatters (1768 to 1856) in the park in Adslev
Stone monument for Peder Jensen (1766 to 1850) and Margrethe Rasmusdatters (1768 to 1856) in the park in Adslev
Silver cup owned by Peder Jensen and inscribed with his name in 1797
Silver cup owned by Peder Jensen and inscribed with his name in 1797
Accounting Book in Peder’s handwriting
Accounting Book in Peder’s handwriting
Park in Adslev and Monument to Peder and Margrethe
Park in Adslev and Monument to Peder and Margrethe
Baptisimal Font at the Adslev Church
Baptisimal Font at the Adslev Church
Danielle Thomsen in 1997
Interior of the Adslev Church
Interior of the Adslev Church
Marilyn in the Sacramental Wine
Marilyn in the Sacramental Wine
Adslev Church in 1997 with tower that was added after 1910
Adslev Church in 1997 with tower that was added after 1910