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Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen

Benta Petersen was born in Sweden and then moved to Denmark, where she married Kristen Olsen. The Olsens immigrated to the US with their children.
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Bengta was from Sweden originally

Bengta Petersen

  • Born in Sweden in 1850
  • At some point she moved to Denmark and married Kristen Olsen
  • Died in 1912
  • Her name was probably Peterson, the Swedish spelling, before she moved to Denmark
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the Olsen family came from Denmark

Kristen Olsen

  • Born on January 3, 1854 in Denmark
  • Kristen died in 1919 after a fall down the stairs at his son Peter's house
  • Alternate forms of his name are Cristen, Christ, and Chris

Kristen & Bengta

  • Immigrated to the US in 1882
  • Initially settled in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Moved to Ruthton, Minnesota in 1891
  • Buried in Ruthton Cemetery in Ruthton, MN

Parents Edit

According to the census, Kristen's parents were both born in Denmark and Bengta's parents were both born in Sweden. No further information found on parents.

Children Edit

As of the 1910 census, Bengta was the mother of 11 children, 9 living.

Magdalena Christina "Maggie" Olsen [Johnson] Edit

Main page: Oscar Johnson & Maggie Olsen

Maggie Olsen

Maggie with unlabeled boy, probably Peter

  • Born on February 16, 1874 in Denmark
  • Immigrated to the US with her parents in 1882 and settled in Wisconsin
  • Moved to Minnesota in 1891
  • Married June 29, 1898
  • Died on November 6, 1940 in Ruthton, MN
  • Buried in Ruthton Cemetery in Ruthton, MN

Peter Martin Olsen Edit

Main page: Peter Olson

  • Born on May 4, 1878 in Denmark
  • Immigrated to US with his parents in 1882 and settled in WI
  • Moved to Ruthton, MN in 1891
  • Married Cora M. Mensing on March 18, 1913 in St. Croix Falls, WI
  • Died on January 2, 1932 in Burnett County, WI
  • Buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Siren, WI
  • Seems to have changed the spelling of his name to Olson
  • Son: Ralph Cameron Olson

Ole Olsen Edit

  • Born c. 1880 in Denmark
  • Died of diphtheria between April 2-17, 1882 during the voyage to America, age 2

Elizabeth Olsen Edit

  • Born c. 1881 in Denmark
  • Was 11 months old when her family immigrated to the USA
  • It is possible that she died during the voyage; it is unclear whether the note on the record applies to her brother Ole or to both Ole and Elizabeth. Either way, she seems to have died young because she is not present at the 1895 Minnesota State Census when she would have been 14 years old.

Christina Olsen Edit

  • Living in Denmark at the time of her father's death

Oline (Olena) Christina Olsen Edit

  • Born September 26, 1883 in Wisconsin
  • Baptized March 15, 1884 at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine, WI

Marie Elizabeth Olsen Edit

  • Born February 27, 1885 in Wisconsin.
  • Moved to Ruthton, MN with her parents in 1891.
  • Died October 1, 1945 in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Buried in Ruthton Cemetery in Ruthton, MN
  • Information from Janice Trageser North:

"Marie came to Hope Township, Lincoln County, Minnesota in 1891 from Wisconsin. Marie remained single. She was a traveler, as postcards have been found, written by Marie, from Chicago, Minneapolis, and California."

Niels/Nels T. Olsen Edit

  • Born April 3, 1887 in Racine County, WI
  • Baptized June 5, 1887 at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine, WI
  • Moved to Ruthton, MN with his parents in 1891
  • Married November 3, 1934
  • Died January 18 1940 or 1941 in Pipestone, MN
    • 1940 - obituary
    • 1941 - gravestone
  • Buried in Ruthton Cemetery in Ruthton, MN
  • Physical description on draft card: tall, medium build, light blue eyes, dark brown hair
  • Links:
  • Spouse: Angie Jensen
    • Only source so far is the Nels Olsen obituary transcribed in the Johnson Family History Book
    • Probably her:
  • Another Niels Olsen:
    • Nels Thorvald Olsen
    • Born on December 21, 1887, just a few months after our Niels
    • Also born in Racine, WI
    • WWI Draft Card

Elizabeth Marie "Lizzie" Olsen [Sandberg] Edit

Grave - Alfred & Elizabeth Sandberg

grave of Elizabeth Olsen [Sandberg]; photo provided by Paul Everett

Dena Olsen Edit

  • Name might be Lena or Tina/Tena
  • Born in October, 1891
  • She was no longer in the household at the 1920 Census, so perhaps she was married by then
  • Maybe her:

Christ P. "Chris" Olsen Edit

Timeline Edit

1850 April Bengta Petersen is born Sweden
1854 January 3 Christian Olsen is born Denmark
c. 1876 Christian Olsen and Bengta Peterson are married
1874 February 16 daughter Maggie is born Denmark
1878 May 4 son Peter is born Denmark
c. 1880 son Ole is born
c. 1881 daughter Elizabeth is born
1882 April 2 the Olsens leave Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
April Ole dies of diphtheria on the voyage, age 2
April 17 the Olsens arrive in New York New York City, NY
the Olsens arrive in Wisconsin Racine, WI
1883 September 26 daughter Oline is born Wisconsin
1884 March 15 daughter Oline is baptized at Emmaus Lutheran Church Racine, WI
1885 February 27 daughter Marie Elizabeth is born Wisconsin
1886
1887 April 3 son Niels is born Wisconsin
June 5 son Niels is baptized at Emmaus Lutheran Church Racine, WI
August 21 daughter Maggie is confirmed at Emmaus Lutheran Church Racine, WI
1888
1889 April 18 daughter Elizabeth Marie is born Racine County, WI
1890 or 1891 The Olsens move to Ruthton, MN Ruthton, MN
1891 October daughter Dena is born Minnesota
1895 July 20 Minnesota State Census
  • Christian and Bengta have 6 children at home
  • daughters Maggie and Christina are absent
  • youngest son Christ will be born in a few months
  • the family has lived in Minnesota for 5 years and this area for 3 years
Shelburne, Lyon, MN
1895 October 31 son Christ is born Pipestone County, MN
1898 June 29 daughter Maggie marries Oscar Johnson Pipestone County, MN
1900 June 27 or 28 US Census
  • Christian and Bengta have 4 children at home
  • they have had 11 children total and 9 are living
Hope, Lincoln, MN
1905 June 21 Minnesota State Census
  • Christian and Bengta have 5 children at home
  • they have lived in Minnesota 15 years and 3 months
Minnesota
1910 US Census
  • Bengta is the mother of 11 children, 9 of which are living
Hope, MN
1912 Bengta dies
1917 June 5 son Nels registers for World War I draft
  • lives in Lincoln County, MN
  • works for his brother Peter as a manual laborer in Ruthton, MN
  • single
Minnesota
son Christ registers for World War I draft
  • lives in Minneapolis, MN
  • is not employed
  • single
Minneapolis, MN
1919 Christian dies

Documents & Articles Edit

Find-a-Grave Edit

FamilySearch.org profile Edit

Other Edit

Immigration Edit

Hamburg Departure Edit

Olsen family - Hamburg departure

Hamburg departure

Departure Date April 2, 1882
Port of Departure Hamburg
Port of Arrival New York
Ship Name Silesia
Captain Albers
Shipping Clerk Aug. Bolten Wm. Miller's Nachfolger
Shipping Line Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Ship Type Postdampfschiff
Ship Flag Deutschland
Accommodation Zwischendeck
Zuname Vorname Geschlecht Alter Bisheriger Wohnort
Olsen Christian M 28 Tanderup, Dänemark
Bengte W 32
Magdalena W 5
Peter M 4
Ole M 2
Elizabeth W 11m

New York Arrival Edit

Olsen family - New York arrival page 1

New York arrival - page 1

Olsen family - New York arrival page 2

New York arrival - page 2

  • Ancestry.com
  • The family is listed on two separate pages of the record.
  • Ole's name and information are crossed out as he died on the voyage. It is possible that the note is meant to apply to Elizabeth as well, but unclear. Her name is not crossed out.
  • Most of the other passengers on the two pages are from Prussia.
Arrival Date April 17, 1882
Port of Departure Hamburg, Germany
Port of Arrival New York, New York
Ship Name Silesia
Name Age Sex Occupation Country Notes
Christ Olsen 28 m farmer Denmark
Bengte " 32 f wife
Magdal " 5 f children
Peter " 4 m 2 + 2 = 4
Ole Olsen 2 m child Denmark Died on board [?] with diphtheria
Elizabeth " 11 months f baby 0 + 1 = 1

Census Edit

1890 US Federal Census - not found Edit

  • Probably destroyed in the 1921 fire with most of the 1890 Census.

1895 Minnesota State Census Edit

MN 1895 Kristen Olsen

1895 Minnesota State Census

  • FamilySearch.org
  • Ancestry.com
  • Daughter Maggie (age 21) is absent although she did not marry until 1898
  • Daughter Christina (age ?) is absent
Name Sex Age Birthplace Occupation
Christ Olson M 41y Denmark Farmer
Bengta Olson F 45y Sweden
Peter Olson M 17y Denmark
Olena Olson F 11y Wis
Mary Olson F 10y Wis
Nels Olson M 8y Wis
Elizabeth Olson F 6y Wis
Tena Olson F 4y Minn

1900 US Federal Census Edit

USFC 1900 Kristen Olsen

1900 US Federal Census

Main page: USFC 1900 Kristen Olsen

  • Location: Hope Township Tyler village, Lincoln, Minnesota
  • Christian's parents were both born in Denmark and Bengta's parents were both born in Sweden
  • Christian and Bengta have been married 34 years
  • Christian and Bengta immigrated in 1882
  • Bengta is the mother of 11 children, 9 of which are living
  • Christian is a farm and Niels is a farm laborer; Elizabeth and Dena are in school
  • FamilySearch.org
Name Role Sex Birthdate Age Birthplace
Chris Olsen Head M Jan 1854 46 Denmark
Bingta Olsen Wife F Apr 1850 50 Sweden
Niels Olsen Son M Apr 1887 13 Wisconsin
Elizabeth Olsen Daughter F Feb 1890 10 Minnesota
Dena Olsen Daughter F Oct 1891 9 Minnesota
Christ Olsen Son M Oct 1895 5 Minnesota

1905 Minnesota State Census Edit

Main page: MN 1905 Christian Olsen
MN 1905 Christian Olsen

1905 Minnesota State Census

County Lincoln
Townshop Hope
Town Hope
Date Thursday, June 21, 1905
Enumerator Karl A. Hause [?]
Name Sex Age Birthplace Resident of State Resident of Enumeration District Occupation
Olsen Christ M 51 Denmark 15 years 3 months 13 years 3 months Farmer
Olsen Bengi F 54 Sweden 15 years 3 months 13 years 3 months
Olsen Oline F 21 Wisconsin 15 years 3 months 13 years 3 months [?]
Olsen Niels M 18 Wisconsin 15 years 3 months 13 years 3 months Farm Labor
Olsen Elizabeth F 16 Wisconsin 15 years 3 months 13 years 3 months [?]
Olsen Tine F 13 Minnesota 13 years 2 months 13 years 2 months
Olsen Christen M 9 Minnesota 9 years 8 months 9 years 8 months

1910 US Federal Census Edit

Main page: USFC 1910 Kristen Olsen

USFC 1910 Kristen Olsen
  • Location: Hope, Lincoln, Minnesota, United States
  • Kristen's parents were both born in Denmark and Bengta's parents were both born in Sweden
  • Kristen and Bengta have been married 34 years
  • Kristen and Bengta immigrated in 1882
  • Bengta is the mother of 11 children, 9 of which are living
  • FamilySearch.org
Name Role Sex Age Birthplace
Christ Olsen Head M 56 Denmark
Bengta Olsen Wife F 60 Sweden
Elizabeth Olsen Daughter F 21 Wisconsin
Christ Olsen Son M 14 Minnesota

1920 US Federal Census - Peter Olson Edit

Name Role Sex Age Birthplace Occupation Industry
Olson Peter Head M 41 Denmark Farmer General
Cora M. Wife F 29 Minnesota None
Ralph C. Son M 5 Minnesota
Christian P. Brother M 24 Denmark Laborer Farm

1920 US Federal Census - Elizabeth Sandberg Edit

Name Role Sex Age Birthplace Father's

Birthplace

Mother's

Birthplace

Alfred S Sandberg Head M 37 Iowa Sweden Sweden
Elizabeth M Sandberg Wife F 30 Wisconsin Denmark Sweden
Willard J Sandberg Son M 6 Minnesota Iowa Wisconsin
Donald A Sandberg Son M 3 10/12 Minnesota Iowa Wisconsin

1940 US Federal Census - Elizabeth Sandberg Edit

Name Role Sex Age Birthplace Years of

Education

Occupation Industry
Alfred Sandberg Head M 57 Iowa 7 Foreman [?] Roadcrew Country Roads
Elizabeth Sandberg Wife F 50 Wisconsin 8
Willard Sandberg Son M 26 Minnesota 8 Dump-boss Roadcrew Country Roads
Doris Sandberg Daughter F 18 Minnesota 9 Maid Private Family
Dale Sandberg Son M 13 Minnesota 6

Church Edit

Baptism - Olina Olsen Edit

Oline Olsen baptism

book containing a record of Oline's baptism

  • Ancestry.com
  • The records are in Danish
  • Oline is entry #12 on the page
Name Olena Christine Olsen
Event Type Baptism
Birth Date September 26, 1883
Baptism Date March 15, 1884
Father Christian Olsen
Mother [?]
Church Name Emmaus Lutheran Church
Church Location Racine, Wisconsin

Baptism - Niels Olsen Edit

Niels Olsen baptism

book containing a record of Niel's baptism

Name Niels Olsen
Event Type Baptism
Birth Date April 3, 1887
Baptism Date June 5, 1887
Father Christen Olsen
Mother Bengta Olsen
Church Name Emmaus Lutheran Church
Church Location Racine, Wisconsin

Confirmation - Magdalena Olsen Edit

Maggie Olsen confirmation

book containing a record of Maggie's confirmation

Name Magdalene Kirstine Olsen
Event Type Confirmation
Birth Date February 16, 1874
Confirmation Date August 21, 1887
Father Christen Olsen
Mother Bengta Olsen
Church Name Emmaus Lutheran Church
Church Location Racine, Wisconsin

Military Edit

World War I Draft Registration Card - Nels Olsen Edit

WWI Draft Card - Nels Olsen

Nels Olsen WWI Draft

Name Niels Olsen
Home Address Ruthton R.I. [?] Ruthton, MN
Date of Birth April 3, 1887
Citizenship Natural Born
Place of Birth Racine, WI
Occupation Manual Labor
Employer Peter Olsen
Place of Employment Ruthton
Dependents None
Marital Status Single
Signature Nels Olsen
Height Tall
Build Medium
Eyes Light Blue
Hair Dark Brown
Bald [blank]
Disabled No
Registrar Ch Hauser [?]
Date June 5, 1917

World War I Draft Registration Card - Christ Peter Olsen Edit

WWI Draft - Christ Peter Olsen

Christ Peter Olsen WWI Draft

Name Christ Peter Olsen
Age 21
Home Address 112 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN
Date of Birth October 31, 1893
Citizenship Natural Born
Place of Birth Hope Town, Lincoln County, Minnesota
Occupation Farm Laborer
Employer Not Employed
Place of Employment [blank]
Dependents None
Marital Status Single
Race Caucasian
Military Service None
Exemption None
Signature Christ Peter Olsen
Height Tall
Build Medium
Eyes Blue
Hair Light Brown
Bald No
Disabled No
Registrar A.U. Hansum [?]
Date June 5-4 [?], 1917

Obituary - Christian Olsen Edit

TWO DEATHS PAST EIGHT DAYS

Christ Olsen, who had a fall on the stairs at the home of his son Pete last week, died after remaining unconscious for several hours, sustaining a concussion of the brain in the fall.

At the time of the fall, he made no particular complaint and stated that he would be all right and thought there would be no cause for calling in the doctor and it was some hours after and not until he became unconscious that this was done. Before lapsing into unconsciousness Mr. Olsen stated that when he started down the stairs he felt dizzy and sat down when things turned dark and he remembered no more. From this it is presumed that he suffered a slight stroke of apoplexy and while in this condition, rolled to the bottom. The injury to the head causing a blood clot.

Mr. Olsen has been a resident of this section for many years and was a neighbor well thought of and beloved by all, and his unexpected death was a shock to the entire community.

Christian Olsen was born in Denmark in 1854 and when 28 years of age, with his wife and four children came to this country settling in Racine, Wisc., moving to this neighborhood in 1891 where he has since resided.

The funeral services were held at the Danish Lutheran church Tuesday after- noon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Pedersen conducts the last sad rites. The church was filled to overflowing by old neighbors and friends who followed the remains to the cemetery where the last respects were paid.

The deceased, for years, had been a member of the local Woodmen, and a part of the membership attended in a body out of respect for their departed brother and gave the Woodman honors at the grave.

Nine children are left to mourn the loss of a beloved father, they being Lena who resides at Doran, Marie, of Minneapolis, Tina, of Russell, Christina, who is a resident of Denmark, and Maggie, Lizzie, Peter, Nels and Chris, of Ruthton, who were in attendance with the exception of Chris who is in the Navy and could not be reached. To them is extended the sympathy of the neighborhood.

Obituary - Nels Olsen Edit

LAST RITES TODAY FOR NELS T. OLSEN

Nels T. Olsen, for nearly a lifetime resident of this community, passed away at his home in Ruthton, Saturday evening, January 18, 1940, about 9:30 p.m., following a sudden heart attack. Mr. Olsen had been in poor health for some time, but felt reasonably well only shortly before he was stricken.

The death of Nels Olsen removes one of the most highly esteemed among Ruthton's circle of business men, and one who during more than 20 years in business here had won many friends. For more than 17 years he had been in partnership with Jack Nelson, under the firm name of Nelson and Olsen.

Funeral services were held today (Thursday), at the home at 1:30, and from the Danish Lutheran church, at 2:00 p.m., the Rev. H. Ibsen officiating. Pallbearers were Hans Hansen, Jack Nelson, George Sproull, Peter Nelson, jr., C.J. Pehrs and Phil Ives. Internment was in the Ruthton cemetery.

Nels T. Olsen was born in Racine, Wisconsin, April 3, 1887, the son of Chris and Bengta Olsen and at the time of his death was 53 years, nine months, and 15 days old. He came with his parents, at the age of three, to southwestern Minnesota, and grew to young manhood in the community north of Ruthton.

Mr. Olsen was married, November 3, 1934, to Angie Jensen, of Ruthton. He was a member of the Danish Lutheran church, and of Masonic Lodge No. 2442, of Ruthton.

Surviving the deceased are his wife, four sisters: Marie Olsen, of California; Mrs. John Christensen, of Doran, Minn.; Mrs. James Jensen, of Russell and Mrs. Alfred Sandberg of Pipestone.

The Tribune extends condolences to the bereaved wife and relatives.

Source: the transcript was included in my grandmother's family history book.

Research Edit

Denmark Edit

No Danish sources found so far. During the years that the family lived in Denmark, there was a census in 1850, 1855, 1860, 1870, and 1880.

It is possible that this is Christian's baptism record:

  • The name "Lauritz Christian Olsen".
  • The birthday is January 26, which is a few weeks after Christian's birthday, but it could be his baptism date.
  • The mother on this record is Magdalene, which would make sense because it would mean Kristen probably named his daughter after his mother.

Census Checklist Edit

1895 1900 1905 1910 1920 1930 1940
Christian X X X X N/A N/A N/A
Bengta X X X X N/A N/A N/A
Maggie / / / / /
Peter X / /
Olena X X
Marie X
Nels X X X
Elizabeth X X X X / /
Dena X X X
Christ N/A X X X /
X in Christian & Bengta household
/ in another household

Sources Edit

Item Information Sources
Christian & Bengta marriage c. 1876 1900 US Federal Census
1910 US Federal Census
Number of Olsen children 11 total, 2 died before 1900 1900 US Federal Census
11 total, 2 died before 1910 1910 US Federal Census
9 outlived Christian Christian Olsen obituary
8 outlived son Peter Peter Olsen obituary
Immigration year 1882 1900 US Federal Census
1910 US Federal Census
c. 1882 Christian Olsen obituary
Christian name Christian Olsen Christian Olsen obituary
Christ Olsen Christian Olsen obituary
1910 US Federal Census
Chris Olsen 1900 US Federal Census
Christian birthdate January, 1854 1900 US Federal Census
1854 Christian Olsen obituary
c. 1854 1910 US Federal Census
Bengta name Bengta Olsen 1910 US Federal Census
Bingta Olsen 1900 US Federal Census
Bengta birthdate April, 1850 1900 US Federal Census
c. 1850 1910 US Federal Census