Having found the Jensen family in the 1880 Danish Census and noting a 10 year gap between children, I thought I might look for any other children Peder and Christine may have had. I knew there were 3 options.
- Christine had one or more miscarriages. These would most likely not be recorded in the church records as births or deaths…unless the baby was near full term and considered a stillborn. I still don’t think they could christen the child but perhaps there may be a burial record.
- There was one or more children born in that time and they may have lived for a while but died before the 1880 census. In this case I should expect to find a christening and a burial record.
- There were no other children, and therefore no records to be found. This may however be like #1, in that there are no records.
So, the Jensen’s did have another daughter, Sanne (Danish version of Suzanne, sometimes spelled Sanna). Interestingly, she had a probate certificate. I was able to find the catalog record at the Family History Library, so the next time I go I will be sure to look this up! According to her burial record she was 5 years old. This gives me a rough idea of when she was born, so back I went into church records – this time looking for a christening. I started right after the last child’s christening and moved forward, here’s what I found —
Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 7 November 2011), Sanna Jensen christening record, to be moved to 1873; Nylarsker Parish, p 81, 1873, no 4.
This really confused me, a page with some christening records with no baby names or christening dates. I couldn’t tell what the note said at the end of the entry, so I had to get some help.
Transcription / Translation:
d. 6d Februar 1873
6 February 1873
Fisker Peder Jensen i Arnager
og Hustru Claudine Christina
Funch, 32 Aar gl
Fisherman Peder Jensen of Arnager
and wife Claudine Christina
Funch, 32 years old
Overført i Kirkebogen for 1873
moved to church book for 1873
Apparently the priest made notes for the first few births of 1873 in the wrong book, so he then moved them over later. So, I went to the next set of records and found her —
- The priest went back and marked her record “død” or “dead.”
- I love that one of the witnesses, Johannes Peter Hansen, worked on a wind mill farm.