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Theodore Johan Olsen
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1850
Vest-Agder fylke, Norway
Death: Oct. 26, 1896
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Theodore Johan Olsen (1850-1896) was a seaman in Farsund, Norway and later the first mate on a steamer on Lake Michigan. He died when he was hit by a train in Chicago, Illinois in 1896. (b. November 20, 1850; Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. October 26, 1896; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA)

He was born on November 20, 1850 in Farsund, Norway.

Death of his brother:
His brother, Peder Matthias Olsen (1849-1896) was assaulted in Chicago in 1895 he was incapacitated for a year and died on August 11, 1896 of heat stroke during the 1896 Eastern North America heat wave. His wife, Anne Marie Jensen (1854-1896) died of cancer 3 months after his death. Theodore then raised his brother's orphaned children.

He died when he was hit by a train in 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. There is a "Theodore Olsen" who died on October 26, 1896 and he was a sailor. He was listed as born in 1844 in Norway, age "52y 3m". The age is off by six years.

He was buried in Mt. Blue Cemetery.

Orphaned children:
His brother's children were now orphans again, and were raised by their widowed maternal aunt, Johanna Katrine Jensen (1857-1946).

Memories about Teodor Johan Olsen:
Marjorie Elizabeth Olsen (1917-1996) wrote circa 1971: "[He] didn't marry [and was a] was a man of the sea. [He] kept care of the children when his [brother] died."

Sue Higginbotham Chadwick wrote in August 1972: "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."

Peder Matthias Olsen (1849-1896) was the great grand uncle of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on January 31, 2014.

Family links: 
  Ole Mathias Pedersen (1822 - 1914)
  Thea Johanne Torstensdatter Pedersen (1825 - 1865)
  Peder Matthias Olsen (1849 - 1896)*
  Theodore Johan Olsen (1850 - 1896)
  Sophie Marie Olesdatter Nilsen (1853 - 1924)*
  Otto Olson (1858 - 1921)*
  Lena Olson Jensen (1860 - 1938)*
  Salmine Sophia Pedersen Winblad (1862 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1...
Record added: Jan 31, 2014
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