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Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 21 Mar 2012 2:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
My gg-grandmother was Mette Kirstine Rasmussen, born 17 jan 1840, baptised 5 april 1840 in kirkeby & also married in kirkeby in 1862 to an anders jensen. In 1873 she migrated from hamburg to australia. Does anyone know of a person associated with the parish or the current village, who perferrably speaks/write in english, so I could get an understanding of the reasons why she migrated. I'd alsofor appreciate any recommended book people know of, or ones decribing how to understand the danish naming system

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 21 Mar 2012 2:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 Mar 2012 2:49PM GMT

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 10:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Laurel,

This is what I have found in the Kirkeby, Sunds, Svendborg church records.

Mette Kirstine Rasmussen was born on 17 Jan 1840, parents weaver Rasmus Jensen and his wife Anne Hansdatter, opslag 36 nr 1.

Her father, Rasmus Jensen, age 36, died on 29 Mar 1840, opslag 137 nr 2.

Mette Kirstine Rasmussen married Anders Jensen, age 42 and a day laborer, on 7 Mar 1862, opslag 104 nr 2.

Her mother, Anne Hansdatter, age 65, died 2 days later on 9 Mar 1862, opslag 104 nr 2.

Anne Hansdatter left Kirkeby with her husband on 18 Mar 1862, desintation Vejle, Jylland, opslag 146 nr 2.

Here is the Danish record of her emigration for Queensland, Australia.
Name: Rasmussen, Mette Kirstine Occupation: Pige
Age: 32 Destination: Queensland
Contract no.: 194800 Registration date: 4/12/1873
Last res. parish: Rudkøbing Last res. county: Svendborg
Last residence: Rudkjøbing Destination country: Australien
Destination city: ? Destination state: Queensland
Name of ship: Indirekte
IDcode: I7273Y0101

Not that she is listed as a pige which normally refers to a girl who has never been married. My guess is that her husband has already died and she does not have any children. She probably left Denmark because she was always poor and was seeking a better opportunity.

Cheers,
Paul
USA

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 11:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
One thing I forgot to mention. In the 1840, 1845, and 1850 the family is on welfare.

Cheers,
Paul

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 7 Jun 2016 12:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Do we know for sure, that Mette is from Kirkeby, and born 17 Jan 1840 ??

I can find her birth and her marriage, but is it the same Mette who emigrates in 1873 ?

In July 1861 the marriage was cancelled, look at church record "Landet, Svendborg opslag 107". The bride refused marriage at that time, but said yes in Mar 1862.

It would bed fine if we could find the connection to Rudkøbing before leaving to Australia. I have looked through the census 1870 for Rudkøbing without finding any information I could use.

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 7 Jun 2016 2:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Karnj,
that was the information that was given to me, but please feel free to let us know if that information is incorrect. I know that she was called Mette by her family, (but maybe this is a nickname?) and that during her later years she anglicized the name to Mary, but some of her earlier document list her name as Melhe. I have an electronic copy of the historic image of her marriage certificate to Anton in Brisbane Queensland, that if you email me at laurel.hellyer@gmail.com I will send to you - her place of birth does look like kirkeby, but you will know the local place names far better than I.
P.s...I was checking your tree out only yesterday - it's great! You've done a lot of work - congratulations!

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 7 Jun 2016 2:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you !

I have emailed you.
See what I can find out about Mette.

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 7 Jun 2016 3:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Certificates shows that its the rigt person from Kirkeby, Svendborg.

Why she left Denmark as "pige"-unmarried girl, thats a ?

Re: Mette Rasmussen b.Kirkeby 1840

Posted: 8 Jun 2016 5:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Maybe their could have been a social reason (?) why she would be listed as unmarried versus widowed. I'm not sure of the social structure at the time, but could she have needed to have permission from a male relative to leave? As she was in her 30's at the time of departure to Australia, it would have been very rare for her to have never been married, so I agree, being listed as "pige" seems very unusual.
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