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Jacob Hansen (1823)

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Jacob Hansen
Born in Lesja, Oppland, Norwaymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 16 Jun 1844 (to about 1865) in Melhus, Sør-Trøndelag, Norwaymap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 18 Mar 2020 | Created 17 Sep 2019 | Last significant change: 18 Mar 2020
00:21: David Grawrock edited the Biography for Jacob Hansen (1823-). [Thank David for this]
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Name: Jacob Hansen Gravrok.

Born: 28 Sep 1823. Lesja, Oppland, Norway.

Christened: 2 Nov 1823, Lesja Church, Oppland, Norway.


Saga sources to make this easier to place on both individuals. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

The saga of Jacob and Marie has some interesting twists and turns and is currently an open ended question. Jacob and Marie were born in Lesja [1][3]. They left Lesja around 1840 and went to work on a farm in Melhus.

On 11 Dec 1841 Marie has John (Jacobsen) Gravrok who is listed as illegitimate.[6] While not unusual, it's what happens next that is. Jacob and Marie do not get married, in fact they marry others. Jacob marries Brynhild Jonasdatter[2] and Marie marries Trond Christofersen[4]. They both have children from their marriages; Jacob has one Hendrik Jacobsen and Marie has two Christofer Trondsen and Kari Trondsdatter.

At this point it's important to note that Brynhild is 16 years older than Jacob. She is also a small pox survivor. [7]Marie's husband dies prior to 1865. In 1865, at the time of the census, Brynhild is now 60 years old with a 16 year old son living at home. She certainly needs help around the house and farm. Marie also has her youngest child still living with her and she needs a place to live without a husband. So yes, Marie moves in to live with Jacob, the father of her illegitimate child, who's still married to Brynhild. [5].

According to the Melhus Bygdebok, read in the 1980's [7], Brynhild's brothers were not happy with this arrangement and had the marriage of Jacob and Brynhild annulled. They did this to return the property from Jacob's control to Brynhild's brothers.

Jacob and Marie leave Melhus and are currently unaccounted for.

Research Notes

Transcription: Jacob and Brynhild marriage 4, 16 Jun 1849 Melhus, Ungkar Jacob Hansen [] Pige Brynhild Jonasdatter, [] Dovre [] [] [] [], 21 3/4 38, Hans Jacobsen, Jonas Erichsen, Anders Hansen [] [] [] [] [],


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jacob Hansen christening record, 2 Nov 1823, Lesja Parish 1820-1829, page 124, number 100. Quick link to page is [1].
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jacob Hansen and Brynhild Jonasdatter, 6 Jun 1845, Melhus Parish register 1842-1852. Page 260 #4. permanent link : [2]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marie Johnsdatter christening 7 Dec 1823, Lesja Parish register 1820-1829, page 127, #2. Online at [[3]]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Trond Christophersen and Marie Johnsdatter marriage 6 Aug 1847. Melhus parish register 1842-1852. Page 278, #15. permanent link: [4]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jacob and Marie in the 1865 Norway census of 0041 Klæp, Melhus, Sor Trondelag, Norway. Census district 004 4de, permanent id to Jacob pf01038325001943. Online at [5]
  6. 6.0 6.1 John Jacobsen birth 11 Dec 1841, Melhus Parish. David Grawrock viewed this record on microfilm but those pages are not available online
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 David Grawrock research results from years ago where exact locations were not recorded.
  • Source: S78 Norway, Select Baptisms, 1634-1927 Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;

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