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A Line of Madsens in Iowa and South Dakota
Posted by: Kate Lund (ID *****2617) Date: May 02, 2003 at 11:39:31
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Two Madsen brothers, married to two Hansen sisters, all born in Denmark, immigrated to America and settled together on a farm in Battle Creek Iowa. All of their children were born there for both families. One then moved on to South Dakota and on to California, leaving descendants in Nebraska and California. The older remained on the original farm in Battlecreek Iowa and left his descendants in Iowa, South Dakota and New York. The generations from there have spread all over the U.S. Here are the families of the two brothers and if you connect and want more, you can email me. Eventually, I will get it all posted here.

Ole and Soren Madsen were brothers. I will start with the older, Soren.

Their parents were Mads Sorensen b. 10 Mar 1824 Borsmose, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, Dk - 21 Dec 1890 Borsmose, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK and his wife Karen Olesdatter b. 2 Apr 1823 Grearup, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK - d. 18 Nov 1902 Borsmose, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK [from the research of Kristian Hennelund of Denmark in Parish records and family records there. He published in Denmark 'Genealogy of family Soren KR Madsen' now out of print, which covered the other Soren in the family who remained behind in Denmark] Photo available of Madse and Karen and most of their children that remained in Denmark. I will post their children seperately and just stick to the ones who came to America here.

Soren Kristensen Madsen, known as 'Soren', was b. 13 Feb 1853 at mtr 2A, Borsemose, Ribe Co, Denmark. He married on 21 Nov 1882 at Sjaelborg, Hostrup, Denmark to Karen Kirstine Hansdatter (his cousin). They lived at Ho Bay, where he worked as a fisherman and his wife assisted him. Their first four children were born in Denmark. The fishing industry slowed and during an economic depression, they decided to come to America. His younger brother, Ole, went first because he had no children. Ole found the farm at Battlecreek and then sent for Soren and his family. Soren and his family arrived in 1891. Soren died 8 Aug 1944 Sioux City, Woodbury Co, Iowa and is buried with his wife at Mount Hope Cemetery at Battle Creek, Ida County, Iowa. His wife was known in America as 'Christine' by her descendants and her own family, but her sisters called her 'Karen'. She took the maiden of 'Hansen' for the purpose of American records. She was born 28 Dec 1862 at Sjealborg, Hjerting, Ribe Co, DK and died on 2 Mar 1942 at Battle Creek. Photographs are available of Soren and Karen/Christine.

In this list of children, I will not include data on those children who were without issue. I have portraits or photos of all of these children. Scans are available free. If you want the data you may email me. Soren and Karen/Christine's children were:
1. Karen Hansigne 'Carrie' Madsen [no issue]
2. Karoline Mathilde 'Carrie' Madsen - m. Carl Ejner Augustson and had: Carl Russell, Margaret Christine, and Louise Marian
3. Hans Knudsen Madsen - m. Marie Nielsen and had: Karen Kristine, Mattie Eugenia, Irven Clifford, Wilmer and Warren (twins) , and Ilona
4. Mads Olesen Madsen [no issue]
5. Iver Madsen [no issue]
6. Sorenza Kristenza 'Stanza' Madsen - m. Jens Mynderupp and had: Irvan and Julia
7. Freda Elnora 'Nora' Madsen - m. Burton Elias Rowe and had: Iver Edwin, Nora Marian, Irene Catherine, Burton Elias, and Doris Christine
8. Espen Mathias Madsen - m. Agnes Kjonnegard Whitmer and had: Delores Evelyn and Marjory LaVaughn
9. Soren Christiansen 'Chris' Madsen Jr. [no issue]
10. Helga Marie Kristina Madsen - m. Weldon Curtis Draughn and had : Paline Delpha (an only child)
11. Carrie Hansina Violet 'Karen V.' Madsen [no issue]

*the children listed are all still living so no personal data is being posted. If you think you connect to any of these, contact me directly. We would love to make contact with the Augustson line. Photos of these children and their families are available.

The Younger brother, Ole, came to America first in 1887. Their exit papers are found at the Danish Immigrant ARchive at Aalborg in Denmark and can be accessed online. Their contract number is 625. They left for America on 24 Feb 1887. Ole had been a soldier for hire and had some other adventures with Indians here. He worked for the railroad, did a lot of trapping and hunting. Here is his family:

Ole Peder Madsen was b. 4 Jul 1860 Borsmose, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, Denmark. He married on 11 Jan 1886 Hostrup Kirke, Sjaelborg, Hjerting, Denmark [same parish as where his brother married above and both their marriage records are still extant at the parish level. We could not obtain copies, but the minister read the record over the phone to Kristian Hennelund who then passed the information on to us.) to Mette Sorine Hansdatter, the sister of his elder brother , Soren's , wife. After coming to America, they lived at Battle Creek until shortly after the turn of the century when they moved to Ethan, South Dakota where their children grew up. Afte their children were grown and married, most of them moved to California and one to Nebraska. In California Ole and Mette lived in a rented house and after her death, Ole bought 30 acres with three houses on it. He took one, and sold the other two to his two married daughters. In the late 1930s the government took their three truck farms under emminent domain, to build a road, leaving Ole a life estate in his house. One daughter moved her house to a lot in town. The other daughter had to buy a tiny house in town. Ole died 29 Aug 1949 at Selma, Fresno Co, CA and is buried with his wife at Belmont Memorial Park, Selma, Fresno County, CA. His wife, Mette, was born 21 Apr 1865 Sjaelborg, Herting, Ribe Co, DK and died 21 Jul 1930 Selma, Fresno Co, CA.

Their children are as follows (photos available.)
1. Clara Mitilda Madsen (died age 2, known only from statements of Ole Madsen and their daughter Clara. No records have ever been found for this child. The oral history of surviving family in DK of this generation is that the child was born before they married and died in DK before they came to the U.S. and that it was the death of this child that prompted Ole to take Mette out of DK so she could have a fresh start unashamed somewhere else.)
2. Karles Hansmarinus Madsen m. Emma Ottoson and had: Virgil Roland, an only child.
3. Clara Matilda Madsen [no issue]
4. Mary Surene Madsen - m. Thomas Jorgenson Lund and had: Roy Peter, Alice Merle, Leonard Ole, and Harold Loyd.
5. Hans Marinus Madsen - m. Olga Ottoson, sister to Emma above, and had: Earl Elmer , and only child
6. Oscar Herman Madsen - m. Magdelina Byer and had: Melvin and possibly two others, both girls.
7. Herman Otto Madsen, Minister - m. Mable Florence Johnson and had: Ruby Violet, Opal Pearl, and Kathleen Viola.

*Most of the children of these are living, so no personal details are provided. Contact me direct if you think you connect. Photos of these are available.

The parents of the wifes of Soren and Ole are:
Hans Knudsen Hansen [son of Knud and Kristiana Hansen] b. 21 Nov 1827 Sjaelborg, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK - d. 28 Jul 1902 Sjaelborg, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK and his wife Karen Sorensdatter [ daughter of Soren Kristensen and Mette Iversdatter -- we have a lot on this ancestry if you want it] b. 23 Mar 1826 Borsmose, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK - d. 10 Feb 1911 Sjaelborg, Hjerting, Ribe Co, DK. They were married on 20 Feb 1849 at Sjaelborg, Aal Sogn, Ribe Co, DK. They had eight children: Soren Knudsen who married Mette Madsdatter and remained in Denmark, Mette Kristiana who died age 12 'of a stroke', Knud Knudsen father of Christian, Karen Kirstine who married Soren Madsen above, Mette Sorine who married Ole Madsen above, Andrea who married a Madsen and stayed in Denmark, Marinus Marius who fathered a large family in denmark, and a 'Stena' who married a Madsen and remained in Denmark and may actually be one and the same person as Andrea above.

If my email fails for any reason, you can write me at K. Lund 19326 Symeron Road, Apple Valley,CA 92307

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