At the age of 25, Hans married spinster Johanna Christina Caroline Amptschryver aged 29, who was residing on Borgergade 39 in Copenhagen. The marriage took place at the St Paul’s Church on 21 December 1860. Witnesses to the marriage were Hans’ father, Hans Christian Hansen, and Constable A Petersen of Rosengade 3 in Copenhagen.
Several sources have indicated that Johanna came from the Schleswig-Holstein region.
Six months before her marriage to Hans Hansen, Johanna gave birth to a son at the Royal Maternity Hospital (Den Kongelige Fødselsstiftelse) in Copenhagen. This particular hospital was an institution where unmarried women could give birth to their child anonymously and optionally adopt away their child or have the child fostered without the adoption.
The father was not identified, however, it is possible that it was Hans Hansen.
The illegitimate child and the six children borne from the marriage have been traced as follows (names and spelling are transcribed and translated exactly as written in church and hospital records):
By the time Hans Hansen and his family were ready to depart for Hamburg, they were recorded on the departure register as:
Of the seven children previously identified, only three of them were registered to travel to Hamburg. It is possible that the other four children were already deceased.
In Denmark, it was not uncommon to name a child with the same name as a deceased older sibling. In some instances, there may be slight variations in the spelling of the name i.e. Anna to Anne or Christine to Christiana and in other instances, a different middle name as seen above i.e. Johannes Henrik to Johannes Viggo.
The departure register also recorded the last place of residence for each member of the family leaving the country, that is, as at 18 July 1872, their last place of residence was in Fakse parish. This may cause some confusion among descendants researching this genealogy as there is both Fakse parish and Fakse district. In Hans Hansen’s case, he was born in a village called Store Linde in Karise parish in the district of Fakse.
No sooner had they arrived in Hamburg than they embarked on a sailing ship, Palmerston. Here they are recorded on the passenger list as:
The ship sailed from Hamburg on 29 July 1872 and arrived in Port Chalmers on 6 December 1872. Port Chalmers is now a suburb and the main port of the city of Dunedin.
On arrival, the Palmerston was placed in quarantine in consequence of having had scarlet and typhoid fever onboard during the voyage.
The nationalities of the emigrants were Danish (70), Norwegian (50) and German (108), of which totalled 228 passengers. The nationalities made no distinction of German Poles, of which there were quite a few. However, there were 14 Germans proper among the number.
Various sources have described the the voyage as horrendous, and according to one report, there were four cases of typhoid fever, four of scarletina and 34 cases that were non infectious in nature. In all, there were 14 deaths.
View of Port Chalmers looking down towards the wharves in the 1870s (Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand)
Thirty-five year old Danish passenger, Christen Christensen, listed in his diary all the children who had died on this particular voyage:
While the mood of some passengers may have been somewhat sombre, clinging to distant memories of loved ones lost and delivered to their watery grave, most of the passengers must’ve felt a huge sense of relief when they first sighted land. As the Palmerston sailed into the Otago Harbour, Christen Christensen wrote, “Here is beautiful forest on both sides of the harbour where the birds are singing and cattle on grass amongst the trees.”
As previously mentioned in the Vikings of the Northwest series, the intent here is to enable descendants to discover their Danish heritage. Therefore I have not explored the German ancestry of this family nor will I trace the family lineage in both Tasmania and New Zealand.
However, in summary: After her marriage to Lewis Anderson, Annie gave birth to a handful of children before moving to Tasmania. According to Lewis Anderson’s obituary (1934), they took up farming at Sulphur Creek, staying there for 7 years. Later they moved to a farm in Stowport, where they remained for 20 years. When Lewis died in 1934, Annie continued to reside in the northwest in Burnie, Devonport and Penguin. She died in Melbourne on 22 December 1952 and was interred at the Wivenhoe Cemetery. She was predeceased by two sons and a daughter, and survived by six sons and seven daughters.
Siblings of hans hansen
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