Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen (1872-1949) Schultz Andreassen. She emigrated to the United States around 1909 or 1910. (b. circa December 21, 1872; Herad parish, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. circa August 12, 1949; New Jersey, USA)
Name: She was born as "Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen", but later used the name "Sophia Pedersen".
Parents: She was the daughter of Peder Andreas Pedersen (1831-?); and Serine Larsdatter (1840-1905). Peder was the son of Peder Andreas Hansen (1790-1849) of Log; and Maren Sophia Olsdatter (1791-1868) of Gullestad. Serine was the daughter of Lars Aadnessen of Drange.
Birth: Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen was born on December 21, 1872 in Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.
Baptism: She was baptized on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1872 as "Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen".
Siblings: Peder Elias Pedersen (1863-before1868); Lars Pedersen (1865) who was baptised on October 01, 1865; Lars Emanuel Pedersen (1869-?) who was baptised on July 18, 1869; Peder Severin Pedersen (1876-?) who was baptised on March 05, 1876; Anton Martin Teodore Pedersen (1879-?) who was baptised on November 23, 1879; and Inga Pedersen (1883-1928) who emigrated to New York in the United States and married Emil August Schneider (1884-1955). All the children were baptised in Farsund.
First marriage: In 1894 she married Hans Andreas Carlsen Schultz (1867-1896) from Korshavn, Norway. Hans was the son of Carl Fredrich Schultz (1814-1872); and Helene Anegine Hans-Gabrielsdatter Sellegrod (1829-1890) of Lista. Her second marriage certificate says that she was divorced, but she more likely was widowed.
Children: They had a daughter: Klara Helene Shultz (1895-1973) aka Clara Schultz, who emigrated to the US in 1908 and married Edward A. Thompson (1895-1935) aka Trigsa Thompson, in the United States. Edward was from Virginia. After his death she married John Muhlbruch (1905-1979).
Farsund, Norway: Sophia and Klara appear in the 1900 Norway Census living in Farsund at Nykastelgaden 72a. Sophia was already a widow and working as a "restauratrice".
Second marriage: On November 30, 1902 she married Martin Andreassen Dammen (1865-after1930 in Mandal, Norway. He was a sailor and farmer. His father was Andreas Mathiesen. Martin had been married previously and either widowed or divorced.
Children: They had two children in Norway: Peder Severin Andreassen (1903-c1935) aka Peder Schultz, who was born on February 15, 1903; and Sigrid Marie Andreassen (1905-1940) aka Sigrid Schultz, who married Ralph Christian Andreas Tandberg (1901-1995). Martin had been married before, and had two children with his first wife: Anna Andreassen who married a Bennett; and Martha Andreassen who married a Johanson and moved to Virginia.
Jersey City: Sofie appears in the 1910 US census living with Emil Schneider and her sister Inga and living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Everyone in the household was working at the delicatessen.
Trips to Norway: She was traveling from Kristiansand, Norway on September 27, 1912, aboard the "Thingvalla" with her daughter Klara. They were listed as "Mathilde Sofie Schultz" and "Klara Schultz". She was traveling from Kristiansand, Norway on September 05, 1913, aboard the "Thingvalla". She was working as a "tjenestepige", or maid. She was traveling alone and was listed as "Mathilde Sofie Schultz". She was traveling from Kristiansand, Norway on March 12, 1915, aboard the "Thingvalla". On this trip she was listed as "Mathilde Sofie Schultz" and she was traveling with: "Peder Severin Schultz" and "Sigrid Marie Schultz".
Jersey City, New Jersey: Sophia and Clara appear in the 1920 US census living in Jersey City, New Jersey in the home of Emil August Schneider (1886-1955) and Inga Pedersen (1885-1927). The home was at 2728 Hudson Boulevard. Klara, now "Clara" was listed as a neice of Inga who had emigrated in 1910 from Norway. Also in the household was "Lena Aadnessen" (1882-?), a cousin of Inga, who emigrated from Norway in 1916. Lena was probably Martin's daughter from his first marriage.
Galloway, New Jersey: Sophia and Martin were living on Frankford Avenue in Galloway, Atlantic County, New Jersey in the 1930 US Census. Both say they were first married at age 21. They were listed as "Sophia Anderson" and "Martin Anderson". Martin was listed as a farmer and said he emigrated in 1906. Sophia said she emigrated in 1910. They owned their farm and it was valued at $3,000.
Death: She died around August 15, 1949.
Burial: Clara was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey on August 15, 1949. Her funeral notice did not appear in the Jersey Journal.
Memories of Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen (1872-1949): Adelma Tandberg said on May 12, 2006: Martin was married before he married Matilde Sofie. He had two children with his first wife: Anna Andreassen and Martha Andreassen. Martha Andreassen moved to Virginia. Martin and Mathilde Sophie had a farm down in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. He probably died there. Anna Andreassen married a Bennett and worked as a housekeeper in White Plains, New York. Anna had a daughter named Clara Bennett who married a Hugel. Clara is already dead. June Tandberg Baker said on May 12, 2006: She was always tatting lace.
Relationships: Sophie Pedersen (1872-1949) was the first cousin, three times removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). She was the aunt of Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940), the aviator. She was the grandmother of Adelma Tandberg Steurer (1928- ); and June Tandberg Baker (1932- ). She was the first cousin of Otto Olson (1858-1921) and Lena Elaine Olsen (1860-1938) who emigrated to Chicago, Illinois; and first cousin of Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914) who married John Edward Winblad (1856-1914) and emigrated to the United States and lived in Manhattan and then Jersey City.
Research: Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on March 3, 2006. Updated on February 13, 2011 with information from the 1910 census. Updated on September 16, 2013 with information on her marriage to Martin Andreassen Dammen.