Anna Tobine Spafford

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Anna Tobine Spafford (Larsen)

Birthplace: Stavanger, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway
Death: April 17, 1923 (81)
Place of Burial: Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lars Larsen and Guro Tonette Andreasdatter Søyland
Wife of Horatio Gates Spafford, II
Mother of Anna "Annie" Spafford; Margaret Lee Spafford; Elisabeth "Bessie" Spafford; Tanetta Spafford; Horatio Goertner Spafford, III and 2 others

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About Anna Tobine Spafford

In 1871, Horatio Spafford, a prosperous lawyer and devout Presbyterian church elder and his wife, Anna, were living comfortably with their four young daughters in Chicago. In that year the great fire broke out and devastated the entire city. Two years later the family decided to vacation with friends in Europe. At the last moment Horatio was detained by business, and Anna and the girls went on ahead, sailing on the ocean liner S.S. Ville de Havre. On November 21, 1873, the liner was rammed amid ship by a British vessel and sank within minutes. Anna was picked up unconscious on a floating spar, but the four children had drowned.

Anna Larssen, later Americanized to Lawson, was born in Stavanger, Norway, in 1842. Horatio was immediately attracted by Anna's beauty and intelligence when she attended his Sunday school class in Chicago. When Horatio realized that Anna, fourteen years younger than he, was only fifteen, he arranged for three years tuition at a boarding school near Chicago before the idea of marriage could be discussed. The couple married in 1861.

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Anna Tobine Spafford's Timeline

March 16, 1842
Stavanger, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway
March 24, 1878
January 18, 1881