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Kristen Kren Olsen
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1841
Hjorring
Hjørring Kommune
Nordjylland, Denmark
Death: 1931
Ruskin
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA

Kristen "Kren" Olsen was the second child of Ole Christensen and Else Marie Pedersdatter. He had one older sister, Maren Amine, and eight younger sisters and 3 younger brothers. All of Ole and Else Maries children were born in Asdal Parish, Hjorring, Denmark. The Asdal Kirk (Church) records (Denmark) list Kristen Olesen, born on 19 November 1841.

Denmark census records reveal that Kren (age 23) and Maren (age 22) were married on December 10, 1864. Danish Census records verify the names and dates of all their children.

Kren and Maren lived in Lonstrup, on the western coast of Jutland, Denmark. Eleven of their twelve children were born in Lonstrup. Arthur was born near Ruskin, but apparently died at birth. Three other children must have died at birth in Denmark. Their oldest son, Soren, died at age 11 while he was tending horses. Seven other children lived well into adulthood, in America.

The Asdal, Hjorring Parish Records state that Kristen Olsen emigrated in 1866, yet we have proof of he and his family immigrating to America in 1886. It is only speculation, but possibly Kristen came to America in 1866 to scope out the situation; returned to Denmark and remained until 1886. The economic difficulties in Denmark led Kren's sisters and brothers to immigrate to America. When their oldest son, Ole, was 16-17, he boarded a ship to America in 1885 and made it to Kren's sister's home in Nebraska City, Nebraska. It is likely by their encouragement that Kren gathered up the rest of the family, said goodbye to Denmark and sailed to America in June of 1886.

Kren and family lived between the towns of Hardy and Ruskin, Nuckolls County, Nebraska, for the rest of their lives. Their children and grandchildren lived near enough for visits and Kren's sisters and brothers were raising their families nearby.

On December 10, 1924, they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a "large crowd of relatives and friends..." Kren was age 83 and Maren, age 82. In last part of February 1925, Maren died (likely of a stroke). The notice was in the March 5th edition of The Ruskin News. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ole Kristensen (1814 - 1894)
  Else Marie Pedersdatter Kristensen (1821 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Maren Kristine Sorensen Olsen (1842 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  Soren Olsen (1865 - 1877)*
  Ole Christian Olsen (1869 - 1929)*
  Else Marie Benson (1871 - 1932)*
  Martin Olsen (1873 - 1947)*
  Oline Christine Olsen Wagensen (1876 - 1958)*
  Peter Olsen (1877 - 1957)*
  Cenius "Chris" Olsen (1879 - 1964)*
  Thorvald Olsen (1882 - 1968)*
  Arthur Olsen (1884 - 1885)*
 
 Siblings:
  Maren Amine Olesdatter Thomsen (1840 - 1865)*
  Kristen Kren Olsen (1841 - 1931)
  Johanne Olesdatter Nielsen (1845 - 1928)*
  Christian Olesen (1845 - 1923)*
  Maren Olesdatter Knudsen (1847 - 1919)*
  Anna Olesdatter Johnson (1849 - ____)*
  Christiana Olsen Petersen (1851 - 1940)*
  Oline Elsine Olesatter Nielsen (1854 - 1943)*
  Else Marie Olesdatter Fredriksen (1856 - 1918)*
  Martinus Olesen Klitten (1858 - 1924)*
  Elvine Christine Olsen Jeppesen (1861 - 1931)*
  Dusine Olsen Iversen (1863 - 1946)*
  Peter Klitten Oleson (1865 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Spring Creek Cemetery
Ruskin
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Lot 48, Space 3
 
Created by: Jean Jorgensen
Record added: Oct 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43424960
Kristen Kren Olsen
Added by: Jean Jorgensen
 
Kristen Kren Olsen
Added by: Jean Jorgensen
 
Kristen Kren Olsen
Added by: Jean Jorgensen
 
 
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Great-Grandfather - Milton Jorgensen
- Jean Jorgensen
 Added: Jan. 4, 2016
From Danmark
- dinna klitten
 Added: Oct. 26, 2013

- Evette Dingle-Smith
 Added: Sep. 18, 2013
 
 
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