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Brostrup Jacobsen Tax

Norwegian: Brostrup Tax
Birthplace: Trondheim, Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
Death: October 08, 1738
Løkken, Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Place of Burial: Svorkmo, Orkdal, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Mathias Tax and Christine Hohendorf
Husband of Marte Hansdatter and Ingeborg Alfsdatter Rambech
Father of Otte Tax; Lorentz Albrecht Tax; Gothelf Brostrupsen Tax; Kirstine Brostrupsdatter Tax; Ovidia Brostrupsdatter Tax and 3 others
Half brother of Christian Christiansen Richter, II; David Christianson Richter and Mette Cathrine Richter

Occupation: Skogsinspektør, direktør i kobberverk
Managed by: Private User
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About Brostrup Jacobsen Tax

Brostrup Tax, the only son of Jacob Mathias Tax and Christina Hoffendorf, was most likely born after 1 March 1666. In the Nord-Trøndelag County, Innherad Deanery, Priest Census 32 (RA / EA 4070 / J / Yes / Jab / L0032), 1664-1666, at the Norwegian National Archives, accessed at, the Priest Census of 1 March 1666 records the "Bergmester" as the user of the Vestrum farm and he has "0" sons. "Bergmester" (Mine Director) is the title held by Jacob Mathias Tax in 1666.

There are other assumptions made in the book BergmannsslektenTax ”Mining Family Tax” by Harald Horten, Stig A. Nyberg and Simon Trøan. Published 2009. ISBN 978-82-303-1412-8, that Brostrup was born in the late sixteensixties. Stig Nyberg wrote the following regarding Brostrup Tax's birth year.

1) His mother’s lament of the early loss of her husband in verse 3 in her "Klagevise".

2) His father mentioned a child nicknamed "Bathe" in a letter dated Vestrum September 18th 1668. (BergmannsslektenTax ’Mining Family Tax,” by Harald Horten, Stig A. Nyberg and Simon Trøan. Published 2009. ISBN 978-82-303-1412-8. page 35). Perhaps Brostrup?

3) Brostrup was obviously named after Brostrup Gedde, who hired his father, Jacob Mathias, in Saxony and brought him to Norway probably in May 1652. Gedde died 8 May 1668 in Oslo. (BergmannsslektenTax ”Mining Family Tax” by Harald Horten, Stig A. Nyberg and Simon Trøan. Published 2009. ISBN 978-82-303-1412-8. Page 54, note 7)

4) Brostrup and three others escaped from Swedish troups in December 1718 in deep snow and under very cold and harsh weather conditions. He had a very long and cold journey home. An older man would probably not have made it. (BergmannsslektenTax ”Mining Family Tax” by Harald Horten, Stig A. Nyberg and Simon Trøan. Published 2009. ISBN 978-82-303-1412-8. Page 54, note 7)

However, we cannot be sure if Jacob Mathias Tax was present at the Vestrum farm when people were counted by the priest in 1666. Somebody was certainly present; but, did they have the correct data about the Tax family? Probably yes, but we cannot be absolutely sure, since Jacob Mathias Tax and his wife might have been at Røros, for instance. The information above was obtained from Stig Nyberg.

Brostrup Tax was likely only 2 to 4 years old when his father died in 1670. Brostrup’s mother married Christian Boghart Richter 13 September 1671. Christina died after just a few years of marriage to Christian Boghart Richter, likely in 1675.

Brostrup followed his father and step father in the mining industry in Norway. Brostrup was also a successful manager of mines. He was the director of Kvikne Copper Works in 1716, but in 1726 he was involved in a prolonged conflict with the owners. According to Wikipedia the Kvikne Copper Works at Kvikne in Hedmark, Norway near Røros began operations in 1630, and were the largest copper works in Norway in the mid-1600s. The ore discovery was reported in 1629. The Gabe Gottes mine collapsed in 1677, and in 1682 copper works suffered severe economic losses as a ship's load of copper was taken by pirates. In 1789 the Kvikne Copper Works Mines were severely damaged by a flooding disaster. The Glomma and Gudbrandsdalenslågen Rivers overflowed and the water level of Lake Mjøsa rose to ten meters above its normal level! This virtually ended the operation of the mines. During the first 150 years of operation about 6,960 tons of refined copper were produced from the mines at Kvikne.

After 1726, Brostrup Tax later ran the small copper mine in Fådalen, Tynset. He had to sell it in 1737 and was in debt at his death. Brostrup Tax died 8 October 1738 and was likely buried 14 October 1738 at Løkken Kobberverks kirke at Svorkmo, Orkdal, Norway. In the book Bergmannsslekten Tax by Harald Horten, Stig A. Nyberb and Simon Trøan on page 78, it states, "Friday the 10th October 1738 an express notice was sent to the authorities in Trondheim that Brostrup Tax died at Løkken Copperworks on Wednesday night…. The 14th Brostrup Tax was buried at Svorkmo."

Brostrup Tax was only in Løkken a very short period before he died. Løkken Kobberverks kirke at Svorkmo, Orkdal, Norway was active from 1675 to 1816. John Arnt Holmen, Marketing Coordinator at the Orkla Industrial Museum at Løkken Works informed me that the Løkken Kobberverks kirke and cemetery was flooded in 1816 by the Svorka River and that today there is only a memorial stone where the old church and cemetery were located until 1816. In the media files for Brostrup Tax, I added a photo of the memorial stone and translation of the inscription on the stone in the "Comments'. Information above added by Beverly Graham

Norwegian to English translation by Google Translate: (Norsk tekst ligger lenger ned i artikkelen) Brostrup Tax (died 1738), son of Jacob Mathias,became the director of Kvikne copper works in 1716, but in 1726 he went after a prolonged conflict with the owners. He later ran the small copper mining in Fådalen in Tynset, but had to sell it in 1737. He was in debt at his death. Oldest son Albert Lorentz Tax moved to Kongsberg silver works, where he was eventually geschworner, that is operations manager for a major mining area, a so-called territory. His son Mathias Brostrup Tax was likewise geschworner in the silver work. The latter's daughter, Mary Catherine Tax, was married to Christian Adolph Diriks, as in a few days in 1814 was the first (interim) president of the Storting. One of their sons was Carl Frederick Diriks, lighhouse director, he was called Fyrdiriks. In their descendants are also art painters Edward Diriks and Ludvig Ravensberg. In Lorentz Alberts descendants are also coin engraver Mathias Brostrup Tax and his son Peder Teobald Tax, a Victorian animal painter living in London. Youngest son of Brostrup Tax, Tax Gothelf, stayed in North Østerdalen. His descendants are found in Tronhuus-genus from Vågå. Brostrup daughters and Elen Kirstine Tax received a lot of relatives in North Østerdalen, while her daughter Ovidia Tax moved to Kongsberg with her family. From her son Daniel Pedersen strains the family branch that is today called Taxt.

Brostrup Tax (død 1738), sønn av Jacob Mathias, ble direktør ved Kvikne kobberverk i 1716, men i 1726 gikk han av etter en langvarig konflikt med eierne. Han drev senere det lille kobberverket i Fådalen i Tynset, men måtte avhende det i 1737. Han satt i stor gjeld ved sin død. Eldstesønnen Lorentz Albert Tax flyttet til Kongsberg sølvverk, og der ble han til slutt geschworner, altså driftsleder for et større gruveområde, et såkalt revir. Hans sønn Brostrup Mathias Tax ble likeledes geschworner ved sølvverket. Sistnevntes datter, Maren Cathrine Tax, ble gift med Christian Adolph Diriks, som i et par dager i 1814 var Norges første (midlertidige) stortingspresident. En av deres sønner var Carl Fredrik Diriks, fyrdirektør og tegner, kalt Fyrdiriks. I deres etterslekt finnes også kunstmalerne Edvard Diriks og Ludvig Ravensberg. I Lorentz Alberts etterslekt finnes også myntgravøren Mathias Brostrup Tax og hans sønn Peder Teobald Tax, en victoriansk dyremaler bosatt i London. Yngste sønn til Brostrups Tax, Gothelf Tax, ble igjen i Nord-Østerdalen. Hans etterslekt finnes i Tronhuus-slekten fra Vågå. Brostrups døtre Kirstine og Elen Tax fikk stor etterslekt i Nord-Østerdalen, mens datteren Ovidia Tax flyttet til Kongsberg med sin familie. Fra hennes sønnesønn Daniel Pedersen stammer den slektsgrenen som idag heter Taxt.

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Brostrup Jacobsen Tax's Timeline

March 1, 1666
Trondheim, Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
November 2, 1704
Roros, Røros, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Røros, Røros, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Kvikne, Tynset, Hedmark, Norway
Kvikne, Hedmark, Norway
Kvikne, Tynset, Hedmark, Norway
October 8, 1738
Age 72
Løkken, Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway