Dorothea Christine Madsen

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Dorothea Christine Madsen (Hansdatter)

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Skibstead, Aalborg, North Denmark Region, Denmark
Death: March 5, 1891 (74)
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Place of Burial: Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hans Jensen and Anne Jensen
Wife of Jacob Madsen
Mother of Christen Madsen; Hans Jacob Madson; Anna Madsen Salisbury; Christian Jacobson Madsen; Niels Madsen and 5 others
Sister of Inger Hansdatter; Karen Marie Hansdatter and Jens Christian Hansen

Occupation: Married Jacob Christensen Madsen April 16, 1838, in Skibstead, Aalborg, Denmark
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Dorothea Christine Madsen

Her headstone reads, "We've said goodbye to Mother Dear. She's gone to dwell above. She left a noble record here, but took with her our love." Thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou for sending this to me. She volunteers for Find A and has her own blog entitled, "Ancestors Live Here." Dorthea was our third great grandmother. The following excerpt from a diary kept by my great grandmother, Dortha Roxanna Madsen Rollins McKinney, talks about her grandmother, Dortohea Kirstine Madsen: ".....My grandmother on father's side was an expert seamstress and tailor. She made men's suits out of cloth she wove on her own loom which was as fine as any sold from stores. Another thing my grandmother did was make beer to serve to the farm hands in summer time. I have watched her take the sprouted grain, brown it in the oven, add water and yeast and put in the wooden kegs."

According to a record on Family for her daughter, Eliza Madsen Welker (1849-1910), when Eliza was christened in Denmark, Dorothea's name was listed as Dorthe Kirstine Hansdotter. Eliza's name was listed as Lise Jacobsen, and her father (and Dorthe Kirstine's husband) was listed as Jacob Christensen. He did not adopt the Madsen name until after he came to America from Denmark in 1857. His father's name was Christin Madsen. They followed the patronymic naming system of Denmark when they lived there but not after coming to America.

In the 1880 Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, Census, Dorathy Madsen, 63, was living with her son Jacob, 20, a farmer, and she was keeping house. She was born in Denmark as were both of her parents. Jacob, her last child, was the only one born in America.


For some reason Dorothea is listed with the middle name of Maria in the 1845 and 1850 census records.

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Dorothea Christine Madsen's Timeline

January 11, 1817
Aalborg, North Denmark Region, Denmark
January 12, 1817
Aalborg, North Denmark Region, Denmark
July 19, 1838
Age 21
Aalborg, Denmark
January 30, 1840
Age 23
Rostrup, Aalborg, Nordjylland, Danmark
May 22, 1842
Age 25
Rostrup Parish, Ålborg, Denmark
November 14, 1844
Age 27
Rostrup, Aalborg, Jutland, Denmark
December 4, 1846
Age 29
Rostrup, Denmark
April 22, 1849
Age 32
Rostrup, Aalborg, Nordjylland, Denmark
June 16, 1852
Age 35
Aalborg, Nordjylland, Denmark