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Hans Jacob Madson (Christiansen)

Birthplace: Harhoishuus, Rostrup, Aalborg, Nordjylland, Danmark
Death: Died in Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Aortic Regurgitation and Gastritis
Place of Burial: Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Madsen and Dorothea Kirstine Madsen
Husband of Annie Elizabeth Broom Madson
Father of John Franklin Madson; Oscar Broom Madson, Sr.; Jacob Delbert Madson; Walter Haywood Madson; Parley F. Madson and 5 others
Brother of Christen Madsen; Anna Madsen Salisbury; Christian Jacobson Madsen; Niels Madsen; Eliza Madsen Welker and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
Last Updated:

About Hans Jacob Madson

Hans was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 17 January 1856 by F. C. Klingbek, while his family was still living in Denmark. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Marriott, Weber County, Utah. Hans was listed on the Westmorland Ship Roster of 1857 along with his parents and some of his siblings, as follows: Jacob Christiansen, 50, Dorothea, 39, Hans, 18, Annie, 16, Niels, 12, Eliza, 7, Anton Peter, 4, Inger Marie, an infant, and Franklin, also an infant. Hans' father Jacob went by the patronymic naming system of Denmark while they lived there, and was called Jacob Christiansen since his father's name was Christian. But after they came to America they went by the name Madsen. Since Jacob's father was named Christian Madsen, they became the Madsen's in America. However, it seems that Hans spelled his last name as Madson, although his brother, my second great grandfather, Christian Madsen, spelled his name with an "e" instead of an "o" for some odd reason.

At the April conference of 1880, Hans, a resident of Ogden, Weber County, Utah, was called to serve in the Scandinavian Mission (see Conference Report, April 1880, 66). He arrived in Copenhagen on 4 May 1880. After completing this mission, he departed from Copenhagen on 14 October 1881, aboard the steamer Milo (see Jenson, History of the Scandinavian Mission, 309). Hans was one of the early settlers of Weber County. He was an associate of W. G. Childs in the lumber business. He was also involved in the creamery business with his sons. He served as superintendent of the Sunday Schools at Marriott and as first counselor in the Marriott Ward.

Hans died at his home on West Twelfth Street in Ogden of severe stomach trouble on 23 January 1909. He had been afflicted for some time with the condition (see “Hans Madson Dies at Home on Twelfth Street,” Ogden Standard, 23 January 1909). The funeral was held at the Ogden Tabernacle. Elder David O. McKay was one of the speakers. Hans was eulogized as “a man of splendid worth and one who had been a benefactor of no mean importance in the up building of the community in which he lived for so many years.”

He was further characterized as “a man of splendid accomplishments in every respect; kind, affectionate and manly in all the things that he undertook to do in life” (“Pioneer Is Laid to Rest,” Ogden Standard, 27 January 1909). His wife and five living children mourned his passing. This information was taken from the following website:


In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Marriott, Weber County, Utah, Hans and his family were listed as follows: Hans Madson, 40, Annie E., 34, Osker (Oscar Broom Madson), 10, Delbert, 7, Dortha, 1, and also living in their home was a 14-year old servant by the name of Isabel Grene. Hans was working as a farmer. He and his parents were born in Denmark, Annie and her parents were born in England, and all their children were born in Utah. By the 1900 census, the family was still living in Weber County, Utah, and were listed as follows: Hans, 60, Annie E., 54, Oscar B., 30, Dorthe R., 21, Wilford F., 17, and Roy, 14. Hans and Annie had been married for 35 years, 10 children had been born to them, but only 5 were still living.

The month and year that each of them were born were listed in the 1900 census as follows: Hans, January of 1840; Annie E., January of 1846; Oscar, March of 1870; Dorthea, April of 1879; Wilford, August of 1882; and Roy, January of 1885. The census record showed that Hans had come to America in 1857 and was naturalized. Both Hans and Oscar were working as dairy men and they owned their own farm free from a mortgage.

The following information was taken from a note that was written by my great grandmother, Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins McKinney. Hans was her uncle, and his son, Oscar, was her cousin, and was born the year after Dortha in Bloomington, Idaho, in 1869. I don't know if these cousins saw each other very often because her father, Christian Madsen and mother, Roxanna Louisa Welker Madsen, lived in Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, and her uncle Hans and cousin, Oscar, lived in Ogden, Utah.

Those two towns are about one hundred miles apart, so I don't know when Dortha and Oscar met or how often they saw each other in those days. Dortha moved to Arizona with her parents and siblings in 1883 when she was 14, and I doubt she saw Oscar or her other cousins after she moved to Arizona, although she did have a baby picture of Oscar in her possessions. Maybe she saw Oscar later when she came to Ogden, Utah, for a visit in about 1890 after the death of her first husband, John Henry Rollins, Jr., who died in 1889.

Dortha was married in 1885 to John Henry Rollins, Jr., and they had two children, Dorthea Evelyn in 1886 and John Delbert Rollins in 1888. Then in 1889 John Henry Rollins, Jr., was killed when he fell from a wagon and the wheels of the wagon crushed his head, and he died on Christmas day. Not long after his death, Dortha must have gone to Ogden, Utah, to visit with family members there, because a photo of her and her two young children taken in about 1890 was from an Ogden photo studio. The photo of Dortha and her two young children is posted on her Geni profile page.

Hans Madson, son of Jacob and Dorothea Christine Jensen Madsen of Denmark, was born January 4, 1840, in Randers, Denmark. He married Annie Broom, daughter of John and Elizabeth Haywood Broome. Their ten children were: John Franklin, Oscar Broom, Jacob Delbert, Walter, Parley, Dorothy (or Dorthe or Dortha), Wilford Francis, Hans LeRoy, Carl, and Lewis. John Franklin, Walter, Parley, Carl and Lewis all died at young ages.

Hans and Annie's son, Oscar, married Adella Banscher, February 17, 1904, the daughter of Joseph and Eliza Banscher. Adella was born March 28, 1870, in Ogden, Utah. Their children were Katheryn, Dorothy, and Josephine, and Oscar Jr. Oscar was a Weber County Commissioner and prominent in Republican politics, and was also a wholesale milk dealer and farmer. Sadly, Oscar and Adella's daughter, Dorothy, died in 1913 when she was only 6 years old, and their two other daughters, Katheryn and Josephine, both died in 1918 from the Spanish Influenza Epidemic, and their mother who nursed them also died shortly after. Oscar Jr., was their only surviving child, and he too died at a fairly young age of only 44 years old.

An advertisement in The Ogden Standard-Examiner Newspaper dated Sunday, June 29, 1975, reads as shown below, but I don't know if this furniture store was in any way connected to Hans Madson's family due to the different spelling of the surname:

1870 - MADSEN - 1975

Serving the Greater Ogden Area

An enviable success story in the furniture business is the one of the Madsen Family. five generations ago their great, great grandfather, Hans Madsen, left Denmark with his family and settled in Utah. Soon after their arrival he started one of the first furniture stores in the territory. The Madsen Furniture Company was successfully operating before Utah became a State. Yes, even before the great Salt Lake Temple was dedicated, they were doing business on First South Street by the old Salt Lake Theatre. You are invited to come and visit one of the oldest firms with the newest look. The store is filled with the most beautiful furniture and accessories imaginable.

Instructions to Employees - Our Business Code

Store opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m., except on Saturday, then store opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m. This is in effect the year round. This store will remain closed each Sabbath.

Duties of Employees

Sweet floors, dust furniture, office shelves, and showcases. Remember, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness." Trim wicks, clean chimneys and fill lamps. Make your individual pens carefully (but you may whittle the quills to suit your individual taste.) Open the windows for fresh air. Each clerk should bring in one bucket of water and one bucket of coal. These things are necessary to prepare for the day's business. Any employee who smokes Spanish cigars, uses liquor in any form, gets shaved at the barber shop, or frequents pool halls or public dance halls will give his employer every reason to suspicion his integrity, worthy intentions and his all around honesty.

Each employee is expected to pay his tithing, that is 10% of his annual income to the Church. No matter what ones income might be, you should not contribute less than $25 per year to the Church. Each employee will attend Sacrament Meeting and adequate time will be given to each employee to attend your Sunday School. Men employees will be given one evening off each week for courting purposes. Two evenings each week if they go regularly to Church and attend to Church duties. After any employee has spent his 13 hours of labor in the store, he should then spend his leisure time in the reading of good books, and the contemplating of the Glories and building up of the Kingdom of God.

Issued approximately 1870 by P.W. Madsen of the Madsen Furniture Company of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Madsen Furniture Company will continue to work with all diligence to obtain the finest dollar values on the market. Four-store volume and years of respect opens many doors to the finest carpet available today. We want business because we feel there is no finer, respectable business establishment in the State of Utah.

Doing our best to make Ogden a better place to live.

2314 Washington Blvd., Ogden, telephone 621-1934

4650 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, telephone 278-4404

Robert A. Madsen was pictured in the advertisement and there was also an American Revolution Bicentennial 1775-1976 sticker on the ad along with a photograph of a beautiful armoir chest of drawers.

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Hans Jacob Madson's Timeline

January 30, 1840
Rostrup, Aalborg, Nordjylland, Danmark
Age 26
March 28, 1870
Age 30
Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
October 8, 1872
Age 32
Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
February 26, 1875
Age 35
Marriott, Weber, Utah, USA
Age 36
Utah, USA
April 21, 1879
Age 39
Marriott, Weber, Utah, USA
August 7, 1882
Age 42
Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
January 13, 1885
Age 44
Marriott, Weber, Utah, USA