Andrew Havig Jensen (1861 - 1930)

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Birthplace: Lister og Mandals, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway
Death: Died in Williams Bay, Walworth, Wisconsin, USA
Managed by: Richard Arthur Norton
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About Andrew Havig Jensen

Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930) aka Andreas Jensen; Musician, Singer, Choral Leader and Composer; Emigrant to USA in 1882; Plumber and Steam Fitter at L. Wolf Plumbing (b. April 28, 1861, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. Friday, May 30, 1930, Williams Bay, Walworth County, Wisconsin, 53191, USA)

Parents: Andrew was the son of Jens Jacob Hansen (c1820-1864) and Anna Marie Gabrielsdatter (1819-1888).

Birth: He was born on April 28, 1861 in Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.

Siblings: His siblings include: Hans Kristian Jensen (1844-?) who may have been born from a previous marriage; Hans Gabriel Jensen (1846-?) who was born on May 12, 1846 and was baptised on May 21, 1846; Anton Severin Jensen (1848-1906) who was born on December 19, 1848; Juliane Amalie Jensen (1852-?) who was born on November 20, 1852; Anne Marie Jensen (1854-c1895) who married Peter Olsen (1844-1892) and emigrated to Chicago; Johanna Katrine Jensen (1857-1912) aka Catharine Jensen, who was born November 14, 1856 and emigrated to Chicago and married Steffen Barca (c1855-c1895); Jens Julius Jensen (1859-c1903) who married Anna Olsen (1860-?) and emigrated to Chicago; Johan K. Jensen (1863-?); Henry Jensen (c1866-?); Kristina Jensen (c1866-?); and Tillie Jensen (c1866-?) who may have married John X and had as her children, Pearl, Norman, Stella, and Alice. Other children may exist but have to be confirmed with a death certificate.

Farsund, Norway:

The family appears in the 1865 Norway Census for Farsund.

Emigration:

The family emigrated to the United States around 1882 after Jens Jacob Hansen, the father, died in Farsund. All of Andrew's siblings were musicians except one.

Marriage:

Andrew married Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938) aka Hannah Eline Olsdatter, in Chicago on May 12, 1883 under the name "Andreas Jensen" and she was listed as "Lena Olsen" on the marriage certificate. Their marriage certificate number was "71512".

Children:

Together they had the following children: Mary Marie Jensen (1883-1969) aka Marie Jensen, who was married to Albert Rath (1881-1950) and later married Nels Hemwall (1875-1965); Thea Jensen (1885-1910) who married Max Caro (1882-c1920); Leif Jensen (1886-1955) who married Agnes Hansen (1890-1965); Leonard A. Jensen (1887-1979) who married Gertrude Louise Brock (1892-1944); Josetta Dorothy Jensen (1889-1940) aka Dolly Jensen, who married William James Gogerty (1893-1939); Margerite Jensen (1892-1986) aka Daisy Jensen, who married Francis Joseph Woods (1891-1972) aka Frank Woods; Goldie Jensen (1891-1965) who married William Holm (1891-1983); Eleanore Margaret Jensen (1897-1987) who married Mahlon Edward Shanahan (1900-1993); and the youngest was Alvin Jensen (1899-1986) who married Helen Mae Baldwin (1907-1998).

Chicago, Illinois:

Andrew and Lena were members of the Moreland Lutheran Church in Chicago. Andrew appears in the 1910 Chicago City Directory living at 4940 Austin Avenue and working as a steamfitter. Andrew appears in the 1920 US Census, still living at 4940 Austin Avenue.

Williams Bay, Wisconsin:

Around 1925 Lena and Andrew moved to Williams Bay, Walworth County, Wisconsin on Lake Geneva.

Death:

Andrew died in Wisconsin on May 30, 1930.

Burial:

He was buried on June 02, 1930 in Mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago.

Obituary: His obituary appeared in the Chicago Tribune and reads as follows: "Andrew Jensen Funeral Rites to be Held Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Andrew Jensen, 4932 Austin Avenue, choral leader and composer who died suddenly Friday at Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He was 69 years old and had lived in Austin for 40 years. He is survived by his widow and eight sons and daughters."

Memories about Andrew Jensen: Muriel Elaine Jensen (1928- ) says: "Andrew had a clock that was given to him at a Royal wedding in Norway where he was a musician. The clock was a present to the Royal but he said they gave it to him because it wasn't considered good enough for the Royal. The clock is still in the family." Edward Albert Rath (1944- ) says: "My aunt Alice Rath (1903-1998) told me that Andrew Jensen once sang for the King of Sweden." David Esbert Johnson (1939- ) says: "I was told that he was given a stipend from the King of Norway for the rest of his life for music he had written. Leonard George Jensen had a manuscript of his music and I don't what became of it." Marie Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) told a story of a family member from Norway playing music for the King of Norway or Sweden.

Relationship: Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930) was the husband of the great-grandaunt of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). He was the grandfather of Muriel Elaine Jensen (1928- ). He was the grandfather of Sandra Elaine Shanahan (1935- ). He was the grandfather of Daisy Lorraine Holm (1926- ).

Source: Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave and loaded here at Geni.com on October 7, 2009.

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Andrew Havig Jensen's Timeline

1861
April 28, 1861
Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway
1883
May 12, 1883
Age 22
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
September 4, 1883
Age 22
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
1885
March 10, 1885
Age 23
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
1886
October 4, 1886
Age 25
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
1890
October 22, 1890
Age 29
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
1891
August 27, 1891
Age 30
Chicago, IL, USA
September 25, 1891
Age 30
Chicago, IL, USA
1897
July 22, 1897
Age 36
Chicago, IL, USA