1877 marriage of Peder Matthias Olsen (1849-1896) and Anne Marie Jensen (1854-1896) in Chicago, Illinois

1877 marriage

Peder Matthias Olsen (1849-1896) was an artisan who worked at Japanning. He died on August 11, 1896 of heat stroke during the 1896 Eastern North America heat wave, at age 47. (b. May 3, 1849; Farsund, Norway - d. August 11, 1896; Chicago, Illinois)



He was born on February 6, 1849 in Farsund, Norway


He was baptized on March 3, 1849 in Farsund parish in Farsund, Norway.



He emigrated between 1875 and 1882. It was assumed he emigrated after 1880 since he does not appear in the 1880 United States Census and his siblings state that they emigrated after 1880, but a marriage certificate has been found that may be his, from 1877.


He married Anne Marie Jensen (1854-1896) on July 8, 1877 in Chicago, Illinois. They had received their marriage license as "Peter M. Olsen" and "Anna Marie Hansen" on June 13, 1877. Anne's brother, Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930), was married to Peter's sister, Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938) on May 12, 1883. It is not known if they maried in Farsund, Norway or Chicago, Illinois.



Around 1895 he was assaulted and was bedridden for the next year until his death. The account of the assault has not been found yet in the Chicago Sun Times or the Chicago Tribune archives.


He died on August 11, 1896 of heat exhaustion during the 1896 Eastern North America heat wave. His occupation is difficult to read but appears to be "Marne Japannis", which must be Japanning of laquerware. His son would go on to become a china decorator.


He was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. By the 1900 United States Census his children were living with his sister-in-law.


Research on Peter Olsen (1844-1892)Edit

  • Else Egeland (1960- ) wrote on September 2, 2009: "I have checked emigrant-lists etc. here in Norway. Anne (Ane) M. Jensen, Farsund, was daughter of Jens Jakob Hansen and Ane Marie Gabrielsdatter, lived in Farsund 1865 (census, mother was widow in 1865). Born 19 June 1854 in Farsund, and according to the church protocol her name was Ane Marie Jensen. Ane's (Anne's) siblings are Hans Kristian, Hans Gabriel, Anton, Juliane, Johanne, Jens, Andreas and Johan. In the emigration lists I so far can find only one that can match; Ane Malene Olsen, married to Peder Olsen b. 1844, left Kristiansand, Norway for Chicago 28 February 1874. But if that is her, Malene and Marie is mixed, and her birth year in the protocols is 1841 ... I can not find a marriage record. I believe this couple may be Peder and his sister, and that Peder and Anne Jensen married in Chicago. The local history books from Herad near Farsund says that Peder Olsen Egeland born 1844 emigrated to Chicago in the 1870s. There is also a Peder Olsen going in 1883 (married, lives in America, the same?) and one in 1885 (unmarried), both born 1844. Do you have any information on their arrival to America?"
  • Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) writes on March 13, 2012: "It was on February 2, 2012 that I noticed that Lisa Harper had migrated the death notice for Ole Mattias Pedersen (1822-1914) of Klungeland to her database in and I wrote her and asked her if she was a descendant. I wrote: "Have we talked before? Are we both related to Ole Mathias Pedersen of Klungland?" She responded on February 8, 2012: "I'm not sure if we've before spoken or not! I stumbled across Ole Mathias Pedersen strictly through Ancestry connections -- unfortunately, I have no documentation of my own to add. When my mother investigated that line back in the 60's, she hit a dead end: the family church burned down in Norway. Lisa." I looked at her tree and noticed that we were related through the Jensens and thinking the connection to Ole was a mistake I asked her to break the link. She then sent a scan of a letter that showed the double connection between the Jensens and the Olsens and it showed that she was correct. Everyone in the letter was known to me. The information disproved the theory of Else Egeland (1960- ) that our Peder Olsen was the same as her Peder Olsen Egeland from Farsund. Peder Olsen Egeland also migrated to Chicago. Prior to my contact with Lisa Harper I had assumed that Peder had stayed in Farsund and died in Farsund. He was not mentioned in any of the family letters and was not mentioned by any of the current family in Illinois. That must be because he and his wife died so young. My grandmother, Maria Elisabeth Winblad (1895-1987) and her brother Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) knew of him because they visited his son, Osborne Theomun Olsen (1883-1971), in Chicago in 1929. By the time Osborne Theomun Olsen (1883-1971) died in 1971 no one remembered who his parents were to fill them in on his death certificate.
  • Sue Higginbotham Chadwick wrote on January 29, 2014 based on her notes from 1972: "According to the Olsen family bible, which was written entirely in Norwegian, Peder M. Olsen and Anne Marie Hansen were married on July 8, 1877. This bible was given to my Grandpa, Perry Maranius Olsen, at the time of his marriage in 1912. My Grandpa further explained to me that his father, Peder M. Olsen, studied to be a minister and was an artist."
  • Sue Higginbotham Chadwick wrote on January 31, 2014 based on her notes from 1972: "I awoke early this morning to type up my notes from August of 1972, [taken] just a month before my Grandpa’s very unexpected death. I flew to California for my cousin, Marilyn Graham Burnham’s, funeral. At that time I sat in my grandpa’s dining room and asked him about his life. I have kept those notes and in 1990 put together a book, “From the Mayflower to Me” about my ancestors from Edward Doty, who came on the Mayflower, to my grandchildren, 14 generations. It was a gift to my Mom in 1996 for her 80th birthday. She reviewed my writing and we made corrections. There was just a short section about the Olsen side as Grandpa came into the Sherman/Penfield family. Here is what I wrote: “When the San Francisco earthquake hit, Perry Olsen was working for Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He and his “double cousinLeif were assigned to Oakland for 2 years. They got room in a boarding house and the first Sunday he attended the Congregational Church. The next Sunday he attended the Baptist Church and the rest is history. Dorothy Penfield and Perry Olsen were married on June 17, 1912. Grandpa Olsen worked 9 years as a general secretary for the Y.M.C.A. before World War I. Then he began working for Sisalkraft, a paper company, and he had 7 western states to cover. The Perry Olsen family moved back to New York for a time and then the Sisalkraft Company sent them to Chicago to live. Grandpa said he moved back to California to please Grandma. My Mother was about 5 years old when they returned to Oakland. A month before his death, my Grandpa Olsen shared some information about his life with me. Grandpa’s father was an artist. (I remember originally writing the word “painter” as that was how he was listed in a census record I found and my Mom corrected me – no the was an artist). Back to the story ... Grandpa’s father had been beaten senseless and lived for perhaps a year as an invalid after that. Three months after Peter Olsen’s death, his wife, Maria, died of what some said was a broken heart. There were 4 children left to raise. Grandpa’s Uncle Theodore (his father’s brother) was the first mate on a steamer on Lake Michigan and he stayed each winter at Grandpa’s house. When Grandpa’s parents died, Uncle Theodore kept the children. Three months later the uncle was killed by a train. At this time the oldest child in Grandpa’s family was 16. They were fearful that their home would have to be sold and the family split up. However, the children were able to move in with their Aunt Katherine, a deaf mute, who Grandpa lived with until he was about 20 years old. He sold newspapers to help support the family.” Today I’m transcribing from the notes written Aug 1972 that haven’t been edited by my mom. I just made brief notes as grandpa talked. In my notes I wrote that when their parents died, Aunt Katherine came to live with them to keep the family together. I wrote it the other way around in the book and Mom didn’t correct that. Hum ... Grandpa’s father was known in Norway as Peter, son of Olie. His brothers were Peter [sic], Theodore, Otto. Grandpa’s sister was Lena (pronounced Leena). She married Grandpa’s mother’s brother and they had 9 children. Grandpa’s mother was Maria and she had two sisters Molly and Katherine, and just one brother, Hans (Henry) who had a mustache, he was jolly and liked to “slip them money”. Henry married Maggie, who was Irish. He left Maggie in England and the family didn’t know about her until Uncle Henry died. Then they learned about his daughter, Linda Wolley. My great grandparents had 6 children. All of grandpa’s uncles were singers. They sang in Norwegian. Whether these were maternal or paternal uncles, I don’t know, but they must have been living in or around Chicago when Grandpa was growing up. Uncle John Jensen had the best wife. She had no accent. They had 2 aunts who babysat at the house. They learned to understand, not talk English. Mother’s sister Molly was one who babysat at the house. The other was Uncle John’s wife. To further elaborate on Great Grandpa Olsen. What I was told by Mom was that he was walking home from work one night and was beaten senseless. From that time he was bedridden for nearly a year. His wife took care of him and he was unable to work. I see her death certificate lists cancer as the reason for her death, but the family story was that she died of “a broken heart” 3 months after his death. Grandma and Grandpa met in church. At the end of 2 years Leif went back and Grandpa too. Jenny and Harriet too. Harriet met Harold who worked for the railroad. Jenny met Paul in Chicago and married. (Sorry these notes were rather cryptic and I’m unable to elaborate further). I know Jenny and Harriet were Grandpa’s only sisters and he must have been talking about them."

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