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Christian Thomsen Jensen and Helen Cathrine Hubschmann – Helena Jensen’s Grandparents

My Grandfather, Christian Thomsen Jensen, was born on August 18, 1832, in Norre Bork, Ringkobing, Denmark (see map in section 9). His father's name was Jens Christiansen who was a county commissioner. His mother's name was Kristine Nielsdatter. After completing his normal schooling, grandfather attended the Academy for two years where he learned how to become a school teacher. While attending the Academy, Grandfather was required to work part time for his board and room in order to finance his education. In spite of his financial squeeze, he graduated from the Academy with high honors in 1852.

Grandfather Jensen taught school in the city of Norre Nebel from 1852 to 1858 (see map in section 9, just south of Norre Bork). Then he moved to Vrads. In addition to his teaching career at Vrads, he became the chorister for the Danish People’s Church (Lutheran). In 1859, Grandfather moved to Underup, to teach school and became the head school master (see map in section 11). At Underup, he continued his musical activities with the church and was given the added duty of Tegn (parish clerk or deacon). He continued these three activities for 40 years.

Grandfather married Helene Cathrine Hubschmann, the daughter of Johan Hubschmann, on August 16, 1854. Their first child, named John Anton Jensen, was born on February 22, 1856 in Norre Bork, Ringkobing. The second child, Jens Valdemar Jensen, was born on July 2, 1859 in Vrads. Five additional children were born in Vrads. The family then moved to Underup; their last child was born in Underup in 1874. My grandfather's first wife died March 6, 1878; the mother of eight children. Grandfather Jensen married his second wife, Ane Vinther (daughter of Jens Petersen Vinther), in Underup on April 29, 1878. Grandfather's second wife delivered four children. Two of these children died very young. Grandfather retired with a monthly pension of 1719 Kroner and 33 Ore on September 1, 1899, and died November 20, 1915, in Underup, where he was buried.

Written by Helena Jensen Thomsen, November 20, 1980

Jens Valdemar Jensen wrote his father’s, Christian Thomsen Jensen, table (meal) prayer. In Danish, this prayer rhymes. A translation is as follows:

Before meal time:
In Jesus’ name, we sit at our table to eat and drink of your word,
To God’s honor and for our benefit,
Then we eat in Jesus’ name. Amen.

After meal time:
Father thank you for our daily bread,
Thank you for food for our souls,
Always give us your mercy,
And yonder let us meet at your solemn table,
When we move from this Earth saved by your grace. Amen.
Jens Valdemar Jensen wrote his father’s, Christian Thomsen Jensen, table (meal) prayer.

Christian Jensen and his second wife outside their front door.
Christian Jensen and his student at the Underup school in 1892.  It mentions that Christian was a capable and smart teacher.
Christian Jensen and his student at the Underup school in 1892. It mentions that Christian was a capable and smart teacher.
Christian Thomsen Jensen
Christian Thomsen Jensen
C. T. Jensen’s tombstone in Underup
C. T. Jensen’s tombstone in Underup
School House in Vrads where Christian Jensen was a school teacher and where Jens Jensen was born.
School House in Vrads where Christian Jensen was a school teacher and where Jens Jensen was born. Helena Jensen and Christian Peter Thomsen, in their trip to Denmark in 1952
Church in Underup in 1997
Church in Underup in 1997
School House in Underup where Christian Jensen was the school master.  This picture was taken in 1952 with Helena Jensen on right in front of school house. The school house is just in front of the parish church.
School House in Underup where Christian Jensen was the school master.  This picture was taken in 1952 with Helena Jensen on right in front of school house. The school house is just in front of the parish church.
Helene Cathrine Hubschmann
Helene Cathrine Hubschmann

Interior of the Underup Parish Church in 1997. This is where Christian led the choir and preached.
Helene Hubschmann’s Copper Tea Kettle
Helene Hubschmann’s Copper Tea Kettle
View looking east from the Underup Parish Church. The mounds in background are Viking graves.
View looking east from the Underup Parish Church. The mounds in background are Viking graves.