Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930)

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Andrew Havig Jensen
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Sex: Male
Birth: April 28, 1861 (1861-04-28) (155 years ago)
Farsund, Norway
Death: May 30, 1930 (age 69)
86 years ago
Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Father: Jens Jacob Hansen (1823-1864)
Mother: Anna Marie Gabrielson (1819-1888)
Spouse/Partner: Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938)
Marriage: May 12, 1883 (age 22)
133 years ago
Chicago, Illinois
Children: Mary Marie Jensen (1883-1969)
Thea Jensen (1885-1910)
Leif Jensen (1886-1955)
Leonard Andrew Jensen (1887-1979)
Josetta Dorothy Jensen (1889-1940)
Margerite Jensen (1891-1986)
Sally Jensen (1893-1965)
Eleanor Margaret Jensen (1897-1987)
Alvin Jensen (1900-1986)
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Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930)

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Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930) and Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938) in 1929 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930) aka Andreas Jensen, was a migrant from Farsund, Norway to Chicago, Illinois in 1882. He was an amateur musician, he sang at his church and was the choral leader and he was also a composer. In Chicago he worked as a plumber and steam pipe fitter at L. Wolf Plumbing. He retired to Williams Bay, Wisconsin where he died in 1930. (b. April 28, 1861, Lister og Mandals amt, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. Friday, May 30, 1930, Williams Bay, Walworth County, Wisconsin, 53191, USA)



All of Andrew's siblings were musicians except one:

Farsund, NorwayEdit

The whole family appears in the 1865 Norway Census living in Farsund.


The whole family emigrated to the United States in 1881 after Jens Jacob Hansen, the father, died in Farsund. The year 1881 comes from Andrew in the 1900 United States Census.


Andrew married Lena Olson (1860-1938) aka Hannah Eline Olsdatter, in Chicago on May 12, 1883 under the name "Andreas Jensen" and she was listed as "Lena Olsen" on the marriage certificate. Their marriage certificate number was "71512".


Chicago, IllinoisEdit

Andrew and Lena were members of the Moreland Lutheran Church in Chicago. Andrew appears in the 1910 Chicago City Directory living at 4940 Austin Avenue and working as a steamfitter. Andrew appears in the 1920 US Census, still living at 4940 Austin Avenue.

Williams Bay, WisconsinEdit

Around 1925 Lena and Andrew moved to Williams Bay, Walworth County, Wisconsin.


Andrew died in Wisconsin on May 30, 1930.


He was buried on June 2, 1930 in Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

Funeral noticeEdit

His obituary funeral noticein the Chicago Tribune and reads as follows: "Andrew Jensen Funeral Rites to be Held Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Andrew Jensen, 4932 Austin Avenue, choral leader and composer who died suddenly Friday at Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He was 69 years old and had lived in Austin for 40 years. He is survived by his widow and eight sons and daughters."

Memories about Andrew JensenEdit

  • Muriel Elaine Jensen (1928- ) says: "Andrew had a clock that was given to him at a Royal wedding in Norway where he was a musician. The clock was a present to the Royal but he said they gave it to him because it wasn't considered good enough for the Royal. The clock is still in the family."
  • Edward Albert Rath (1944- ) says: "My aunt Alice Rath (1903-1998) told me that Andrew Jensen once sang for the King of Sweden."
  • David Esbert Johnson (1939- ) says: "I was told that he was given a stipend from the King of Norway for the rest of his life for music he had written. Leonard George Jensen had a manuscript of his music and I don't what became of it."
  • Maria Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) told a story of a family member from Norway playing music for the King of Norway or Sweden.

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Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930)'s ancestors in three generations
Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930) Father:
Jens Jacob Hansen (1823-1864)
Paternal Grandfather:
Hans Rejnert Johanneson (c1800-?)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Paternal Grandmother:
Asselene Jacobsen (c1800-?)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna Marie Gabrielson (1819-1888)
Maternal Grandfather:
Gabriel Gabrielson (c1795-?) of Lund
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Maternal Grandmother:
Anna Margretha (c1795-?) of Skaugaard
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Maternal Great-grandmother:

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