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Claus Jorgensen Alsen Denmark Born 1851 to Hawaii
Posted by: Nate Bryant (ID *****0598) Date: July 14, 2011 at 10:21:06
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My Great Grandfather was Charles Claus Jorgensen (or Klaus) born 1851 Alsen Denmark. He jumped ship on Kauai Hawaii in 1871 and died there in 1910. I do know that he changed his name to Charles Claus Christian.....

WHere in this world would I begin to find my Denmark relatives ?

I have found my G Grandfather, Charles Christian on a ships manifest from Honolulu to San Francisco about 1900 for a visit to that city. On the manifest he lists his nationality as German.

I do have a little more info on Charles Claus Jorgensen Christian from a copy of an old family letter written to his Denmark relatives in 1911 shortly after his death in 1910 that mentions the last name change from Jorgensen to Christian and speaks of his life and accomplishments on Kauai after his arrival there in 1871.

Peter Christian was my Grandfather, and one of Claus Christians sons
From Here:

Peter Christian, assistant to head overseer Wilfred Baldwin, was a field supervisor, who initially lived at Waterfalls Camp. He and his family later moved to an area closer to Wailua Falls. Time has claimed the bridge above the falls, but the camp was located beyond the south end of the bridge. The Jose Bernal Family, the Bueno Family, the Oyama Family, and Jose Estrada lived at the camp also.

Webmaster's note: On January 9, 2007, I had the pleasure of meeting Milton Ching of Kapaa, Kauai. When the topic of our conversation turned to Hanama`ulu, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Milton's wife, Melanie Christian, is the granddaughter of Peter Claus Christian and the great granddaughter of Charles Claus Christian.

I, therefore, asked Milton Ching to share with me any biographical information he may have on Peter Christian, after whom one of Hanama`ulu's camps was named.

I subsequently lifted from Milton Ching's e-mail details that I am sharing here with our Website readers.

Peter Claus Christian was born on April 3, 1900, in Hanamaulu, the son of Charles Claus Christian and Emma Spencer. He was [a] luna for Lihue Plantation until his death on February 16, 1957.

A daughter of Peter Christian, who was born at Peter Christian Crossing in 1929, lives in Kapaa, a short distance from the Ching Family residence.

Charles Claus Christian, who came to Kauai in the early 1870s, was born on the island of Alsen, Soderburg, Germany, on April 21, 1851. He was an Assistant Manager for Lihue Plantation until his death on December 16, 1910. The account has it that his wife Emma was so heart-broken [by] his death, she joined him in death an hour later.

The Webmaster has an addendum to Milton Ching's information. Ethel Damon believed that Charles Christian Sr. was a Danish sailor who came to the islands like many sailors did, and he became a sugar boiler at Hanamaulu in 1878. ("Koamalu" : p. 745). When Albert Wilcox retired, Christian became head luna; otherwise, known as assistant manager at Hanama`ulu Mill. His son, Charles Christian Jr., in turn held practically the same positon with Lihue Plantation. (Posted: January 15, 2007)

Any insight or help with me to find my Jorgensen relatives in Alsen is very much appreciated,

Nathan Bryant
Port Townsend Washington USA

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