Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jens Poulsen, Sidse Larsdatter, and their children

Jens Poulsen and Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Caroline (Jensen) Gotsche was my great-great-grandmother, and her son Elmer Gotsche was my great-grandfather.

Jens Poulsen
born May 7, 1825 in Nordrup, Denmark
died September 1, 1903 in Racine, Wisconsin

Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen
born October 28, 1828 in Sorterup, Denmark
died June 5, 1894 in Racine, Wisconsin

Jens Poulsen was born to Poul Nielsen and Mariane Henriette (Lund) Nielsen in the small town of Nordrup on the island of Zealand in Denmark. Sidse Larsdatter was born in the nearby town of Sorterup to Lars Hansen and Sidse (Hansdatter) Hansen. Their last names followed the traditional Danish naming system: the first name of the father plus -sen (son) or -datter (daughter). Jens and Sidse were married on Apr. 15, 1856 in Sorterup and continued to live there until they decided to leave their home in Denmark and move to the United States. Besides the five children born to the couple, they adopted one child, Ane Sophie Nielsen, and served as foster parents for a girl named Trine Marie Christensen. Jens, Sidse, their children, and two of their future children-in-law arrived in New York City on May 16, 1882. They traveled to Racine, Wisconsin, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Jens and Sidse are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

Their six children:
  1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson (1857-1952)
  2. Nels Jensen (1858-1924)
  3. Maren Sofie “Sophie” (Poulsen) Jensen (1865-1936)
  4. Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche (1867-1926)
  5. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompson (1870-????)
  6. Ane Sophie “Sophie” (Nielsen) Matson (1879-1952)

Mariane Jensen Nelson Racine Wisconsin
Mariane (Jensen) Nelson in 1943.
1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson
born January 10, 1857 in Herslev, Denmark
died November 17, 1952 in Racine, Wisconsin

Mariane grew up in Denmark, where she met her husband, Jens Christian “James” Nelson. In Denmark, she worked as a weaver, while Jens was a servant. Jens traveled with Mariane and her family when they moved to Racine in 1882, and they married there on Sept. 8, 1883. Mariane and Jens had six children: William, Louis, Carl, Edward, Leland, and Cecelia. Jens died in Racine on Jan. 11, 1894, and Mariane continued to live in Racine until her death in 1952. Mariane and Jens are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine with Mariane's parents.

2. Nels Jensen
born April 11, 1858 in Herslev, Denmark
died January 2, 1924 in Racine, Wisconsin

Nels grew up in Denmark, where he worked as a house carpenter. He met his wife, Rasmine Frederikke “Rikke” Andersen, in Denmark and she traveled with Nels' family when they moved to Racine. Nels and Rikke married on Sept. 29, 1883 in Racine. They had five children: George, Alma, Arthur, Sadie, and Helen. Nels worked as a boat builder in Racine and Lake Geneva, and also lived for a time in Muskegon, Michigan. Rikke worked as a domestic for Judge John Winslow in Racine. Nels died in 1924, and Rikke died on Sept. 1, 1956 in Walnut Creek, California. Both are buried at Graceland Cemetery in Racine, along with two of their children.

3. Maren Sofie “Sophie” (Poulsen) Jensen
born October 13, 1865 in Sorterup, Denmark
died December 20, 1936 in Clarks Grove, Minnesota

Sophie - the name she chose to use in the United States - was born in Denmark and moved to the United States with the rest of her family. Sophie moved to Clarks Grove, Minnesota, where she married Anton Thomas Jensen on March 1, 1889. Before her marriage, she used Poulsen as her last name, unlike her siblings, who used Jensen. Sophie and Anton farmed in the town of Bath, Minnesota, and had six children: Louis, Jennie, Henrietta, Mary, Effie, and Emyline. Sophie died in 1936, and Anton died on March 19, 1941 in Clarks Grove. They are buried at the Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery.

4. Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche
born January 5, 1867 in Sorterup, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Wisconsin

Caroline grew up in Denmark, where she worked as a servant. She arrived in Racine with her parents and siblings in 1882. She married Christian Gotsche, who was also a Danish immigrant, on Apr. 12, 1890 in Racine. Christian worked as a blacksmith and they had six children: Elmer, Martha, Irving, Florence, Paul, and an unnamed infant. They lived on 12th Street until 1917 or 1918, when they moved to Quincy Avenue. At the time of Christian's naturalization in 1914, he was described as five feet and four inches tall, weighing 143 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes. Christian died on May 19, 1925 in Racine and Caroline died the next year. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

5. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompsen
born April 8, 1870 in Sorterup, Denmark
died ???? in Racine, Wisconsin

Laura came to Racine with the rest of her family. She married Jacob Thompsen and they lived on a farm on Four Mile Road. Unfortunately, I haven't found any other information about her.

6. Ane Sophie “Sophie” (Nielsen) Matson
born January 24, 1879 in Nordrup, Denmark
died May 18, 1952 in Racine, Wisconsin

Ane Sophie Nielsen was born to Kristian Nielsen and Ane Kirstine Kristensen. Her birth parents were unmarried, and Sophie was adopted by Jens and Sidse Poulsen. Sophie came to Racine in 1882, and she married Mat Boeslund Matson there on Nov. 20, 1897. Mat worked as a light inspector, though he was nearly blind. He was known as “the blind lamplighter” and both a poem and a city park were named after him. The Matson family ran a grocery store on Racine's north side at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street. Sophie and Mat had twelve children: Edna, Laura, Rudolph, Jeanette, Alvin, Mabel, Bernice, Alvin, Edward, Mat Jr., Raymond, and LaVerne. Mat died in Racine on March 12, 1951 and Sophie died the next year. Both are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine with many of their children.

Ane Sophie Nielsen Jensen Mat Borlund Matson Mound Cemetery Racine Wisconsin
Matson family graves at Mound Cemetery.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Michael Blake, Johanna Jordan, and their children

Michael Blake and Hannah (Jordan) Blake were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son John Blake was my great-great-grandfather, and his daughter Elizabeth (Blake) Gotsche was my great-grandmother.

Michael Blake
born 1799 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 1, 1877 in Ossian, Iowa

Johanna “Hannah” (Jordan) Blake
born 1814 in County Clare, Ireland
died ????

Michael Blake and Johanna Jordan were both born in County Clare, Ireland, where they were married and their first six children were born. They lived on the Loop Head peninsula. Between 1856 and 1859, the Blake family moved from Ireland to Clinton, Ontario, Canada, where their youngest child was born. Michael and Johanna moved to Ossian, Iowa, sometime between 1861 and 1870. Michael died there in 1877 and Johanna died before 1880. Both are buried at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Ossian.

Their seven children:
  1. Ellen (Blake) McNamara (1836-1910)
  2. Timothy Henry Blake (1840-1924)
  3. Catherine E. (Blake) Moran (1845-1917)
  4. John Edward Blake (1847-1909)
  5. Michael Blake (1853-1935)
  6. Mary Theresa (Blake) Ormsby (1856-1939)
  7. James Blake (1859-1908)

1. Ellen (Blake) McNamara
born June 17, 1836 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 21, 1910 in Hennepin County, Minnesota

Ellen was born in Ireland and moved to Canada when she was in her 20's. She moved to the United States in about 1869 and married Michael McNamara, also an Irish immigrant, in 1869 or 1870. Ellen and Michael lived in Claremont and Rockwell, Iowa. Michael was a laborer at a quarry. They did not have children, but they helped to raise several of Ellen's nieces and nephews. Ellen died in 1910 and Michael died on March 20, 1914. Both are buried at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Ossian, next to Ellen's parents.

2. Timothy Henry Blake
born August 15, 1840 in County Clare, Ireland
died April 26, 1924 in Sherman, Michigan

Timothy moved along with his family from Ireland to Canada. He lived in Tuckersmith, Ontario for a time before moving to Muskegon, Michigan in about 1862. He later moved to neighboring Newaygo County, where he worked as a sawyer and farmer. Timothy married Catherine McClery on Apr. 5, 1869, in Teeswater, Ontario, Canada. They had three children: Johanna, Mary, and Michael, before Catherine's death on Jan. 18, 1875 in Muskegon. Timothy then married Johanna Elizabeth O'Connor on Apr. 4, 1882 in Clermont, Iowa. Timothy and Johanna also had three children: Margaret, an unnamed infant daughter, and Timothy. Timothy died in 1924 and Johanna died on June 24, 1938 in Muskegon. They are both buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont, Michigan.

3. Catherine E. (Blake) Moran
born December 1845 in County Clare, Ireland
died March 26, 1917 in Dougherty, Iowa

Catherine was born in Ireland and moved to Clinton, Ontario, where she married Thomas Moran on Feb. 1, 1864 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich, Ontario. They moved to Bloomfield, Winneshiek County, Iowa between 1865 and 1868, and then to Geneseo, Iowa. Thomas was a farmer. Catherine and Thomas had nine children: James, Mary, Catherine, Anna, Henry, Lillian, Thomas, Irene, and William. Thomas died on Feb. 12, 1913 at their home in Dougherty, Iowa, and Catherine died in 1917 at her daughter's home. Catherine and Thomas are buried at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Dougherty.

4. John Edward Blake
October 29, 1847 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 18, 1909 in Ashland, Wisconsin

John was born on the Loop Head peninsula and moved to Clinton, Ontario with his family. He married Mary Ann Lavin on Oct. 22, 1867 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich, Ontario. Shortly after their marriage, John and Mary moved to Muskegon, Michigan. John worked in a lumber mill, and continued to do so for the rest of his life. John and Mary had nine children in Muskegon between 1868 and 1885: Hannah, John, Catherine, Thomas, Michael, Ellen, Mary, Martha, and Elizabeth. In 1890, John and Mary moved to Ashland, Wisconsin with six of their children. Mary died on Aug. 18, 1894 in Ashland, and John died in 1909 at the home of his daughter Mayme. Both attended St. Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland, and are buried in the church cemetery.

5. Michael Blake
born September 28, 1853 in County Clare, Ireland
died April 7, 1935 in Mason City, Iowa

Michael moved with his family from Ireland to Canada, and then to Iowa, where he worked as a carpenter. On Jan. 14, 1886, Michael married Johanna Mary Kelly in Rockwell, Iowa. They lived in Rockwell and Mason City in Iowa and had four children: Edward, Clement, Jerome, and Francis. Johanna died on Aug. 30, 1924 at their home in Mason City, and Michael died there in 1935. They are both buried at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

6. Mary Theresa (Blake) Ormsby
born August 15, 1856 in County Clare, Ireland
died December 1, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois

Mary moved from Ireland to Canada when she was very young. She moved to Ossian, Iowa with her parents before 1870, and worked there as a domestic servant. She married John Francis Ormsby on Dec. 31, 1878 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. They moved to a farm in Dougherty, Iowa and had seven children: Loretto, Mary, Martha, Robert, George, John, and George. Mary and John moved to Chicago, where John died on Feb. 18, 1921. Mary followed in 1939, and they are both buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

7. James Blake
born March 15, 1859 in Canada
died November 28, 1908 in Washburn, Wisconsin

James was the only one of his siblings to be born after the Blake family left Ireland. He grew up in Canada and Iowa before moving to Muskegon, Michigan, where he married Sarah A. Quigley on Nov. 26, 1883. James and Sarah had one son, Thomas, before moving to Washburn, Wisconsin. James died in 1908. In about 1920, Sarah remarried to Michael “Mike” Aspel. Sarah died on Feb. 11, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christian Gotsche, Caroline Jensen, and their children

Christian Gotsche and Caroline (Jensen) Gotsche were my great-great-grandparents. Their son Elmer Gotsche was my great-grandfather.

Christian Gotsche Caroline Jensen Racine Wisconsin
Caroline and Christian Gotsche.
Christian Ferdinand Gotsche
born August 4, 1865 in Tersløse, Denmark
died May 19, 1925 in Racine, Wisconsin

Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche
born January 5, 1867 in Sorterup, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Wisconsin

Christian Gotsche was the son of Ferdinand Gøtsche and Ellen Larsen. His parents were not married, and his mother later married a man named Kristen Kristoffersen. Christian arrived in the United States on June 3, 1885. His future wife Caroline Jensen, daughter of Jens Poulsen and Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen, had arrived with her parents and siblings on May 16, 1882. Both of them settled in Racine, and they married on Apr. 12, 1890 in Racine. Christian worked as a blacksmith and they had seven children. They lived on 12th Street until 1917 or 1918, when they moved to Quincy Avenue. At the time of Christian's naturalization in 1914, he was described as five feet and four inches tall, weighing 143 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

Their seven children:
  1. Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche (1891-1941)
  2. Harvey Gotsche (1894-1895)
  3. Martha Margaret (Gotsche) Smith (1896-1969)
  4. Irving James Gotsche (1900-1936)
  5. Florence Gotsche (1902-1903)
  6. unnamed infant Gotsche (????-1908)
  7. Paul Gotsche (????-1910)
Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche Racine Wisconsin
Elmer Gotsche in uniform.
1. Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche
born November 10, 1891 in Racine, Wisconsin
died Sept. 25, 1941 in Racine, Wisconsin

Elmer grew up in the family home on 12th Street. He worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union for several years before going to dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined the U.S. Army dental corps on Aug. 25, 1917 and was stationed at Camp Funston in Kansas until his discharge on Jan. 6, 1919, after the end of World War I. During this time, he was described as tall, with a slender build, blue eyes, and light hair. While at Marquette, Elmer met nurse Elizabeth B. Blake and they were married on May 11, 1921 in Ashland, Wisconsin, after originally scheduling their wedding for the previous day in Madison, Wisconsin. Elmer and Elizabeth returned to Racine, where Elmer was a practicing dentist for many years, and had one daughter. After Elmer's death due to a heart attack, Elizabeth returned to work as a registered nurse. She died in Racine on February 13, 1953. Elmer is buried next to his parents, brothers Irving and Paul, and his unnamed infant sibling at Mound Cemetery in Racine. Elizabeth is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia, next to her infant granddaughter and son-in-law's parents.


2. Harvey Gotsche
born February 1894
died 19 Mar 1895 in Racine, Wisconsin

Harvey was thirteen months old when he died at the Gotsche family home on 12th Street in Racine.

3. Martha Margaret (Gotsche) Smith
born April 29, 1896 in Racine, Wisconsin
died July 8, 1969 in Racine, Wisconsin

Martha grew up in Racine and worked as a stenographer before her marriage to Raymond James “Ray” Smith in about 1921. Ray worked as a sales clerk for Massey-Harris Company in Racine. Martha and Ray had one daughter. Ray was described in 1942 as five feet and eight and a half inches tall, weighing 138 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. Martha died in 1969, and Ray died on Aug. 27, 1977 in Racine. Both are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine, though in a different section than Martha's parents and siblings.

Raymond James Smith Martha Margaret Gotsche Racine Wisconsin
Raymond and Martha's graves.

4. Irving James Gotsche
born March 25, 1900 in Racine, Wisconsin
died July 14, 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin

Irving worked as pattern maker for Wisconsin Pattern Works in Racine. He married Ethel Elsie Davis in Dubuque, Iowa on July 2, 1927 and they had two children. In 1918, Irving was described as tall, with a medium build, blue eyes, and light hair. Irving died in 1936 and is buried next to his parents and siblings at Mound Cemetery in Racine. Ethel worked as a teacher at Janes Elementary School in Racine. She died at Lakeshore Manor in Racine on July 16, 2003, at the age of 102. She never remarried, outliving her husband by exactly 67 years and two days. Ethel is buried in a mausoleum at West Lawn Memorial in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

5. Florence Gotsche
born Sept. 23, 1902 in Racine, Wisconsin
died January 9, 1903 in Racine, Wisconsin

Florence was born and died at the family home on 12th Street in Racine. Her cause of death was listed as spina bifida. She is buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine, though the cemetery does not have an exact location recorded.

6. unnamed infant Gotsche
born ????
died April 1908

This unnamed child was buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine on Apr. 30, 1908, in the same grave where siblings Paul and Elmer were later buried.

7. Paul Gotsche
born ????
died 1910

Paul was buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine on June 3, 1910, in the same grave as Elmer and his unnamed infant sibling.

Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche Irving James Christian Caroline Mary Jensen Mound Cemetery Racine Wisconsin Paul
The Gotsche family graves at Mound Cemetery.