Johannes Aagaard

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About Johannes Aagaard

Johannes Aagaard was a well-known merchant of his day, and owned 20 fine sailing ships and several buildings in Sandefjord, and "Aagaards plass", now a market square in the middle of town, still named after Johannes Aagaard. Johannes Aagaard was at a time the most heavily taxed tax-payer in the town of Sandefjord, the town's mayor and a person interested in culture ( i.e. music evenings, reading Dickens). He was also known as the father of the dog tax. A fine portrait of his beautiful wife was painted by the famous painter Mathias Stoltenberg. (Et fint portett av hans vakre kone er malt av Mathias Stoltenberg.) He went broke, like the greater part of businessmen in his town, as a consequence of a great economic crash/crack/depression at the end of the century.

Shipowner Johannes Aagaard's father, merchant Lauritz Aagaard came from Denmark. He came from Jylland, where the farm/manor house Aagaard is situated.

Lauritz Aagaard went to Tønsberg, where he met a nice young girl whose name was Barbra Johanne Seeberg, her wedding gown is exhibited at the Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo.


He married Annine Nicoline Henriette Bruun on 5/12/1844 in Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway.

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Johannes Aagaard's Timeline

July 7, 1820
Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway
February 16, 1845
Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
Drammen, Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
March 18, 1848
Drammen, Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
June 22, 1849
Sandefjord, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway
July 6, 1851
Sandefjord, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway
September 16, 1852
Sandefjord, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway
December 28, 1853
Sandefjord, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway
July 4, 1855
Sandefjord, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway