Gabriel Aanansen Fedde

Gabriel Aanansen Fedde

Birth
Feda, Kvinesdal kommune, Vest-Agder fylke, Norway
Death 23 Feb 1917 (aged 74)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Lot 34376 Section 130
Memorial ID 64267420 · View Source
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Gabriel Aanonsen Fedde (10 January 1843 – 23 February 1917)

Death:
He died on February 23, 1917 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.

Biography:
Gabriel Aanensen Fedde was born in Fedde, Norway, on 10 January 1843. His father was a carpenter, house builder, and for awhile, a sawyer. Work was unsteady, however, and the family was poor. Gabriel had five siblings. He learned to read and write and memorized Luther’s catechism, or, the “Explanation.” He went to school, but sometimes had to skip to help his father at work. He was confirmed about age fourteen during which he was sick with typhoid. After his recovery, he went to higher common school on a scholarship of ten dollars quarterly. The second school year he was converted and saved. He graduated from higher common school in 1859. His passion was to teach, but, in need of money, he took a job at the post office. Later, in 1860, he was able to get a teaching job near Lillesand, Norway. He eventually saved enough to go to seminary at Holt Seminary and graduated valedictorian. He again taught at a school in Lillesand. Gabriel was married in 1866 to Birgitte Stiansen. She died from an outbreak of nerve fever after giving birth to their first child. The child also later died an infant. Gabriel resigned from his teaching post and took to the sea. In the spring of 1868 he signed on with his brother-in-law, who skippered the Syria. He eventually became First Mate and then Skipper. He got his skipper certificate on 10 June 1874 and was put in charge of Syria to sail to Skellefteå to load timber for Antwerp. On the way back the ship sank and the crew had to bail out. He then skippered the Eros. He was married again in the summer of 1875 to Anne Marie Elene Andreasdatter. He continued to sail. In 1881 he decided to head West to America. He received money from his captain and was able to sail to New York where he tried to do business with the Norwegian sail-ship captains. In 1881 he and another ex-captain went into business together. Gabriel’s wife and two young boys (ages two and four) joined him in New York that summer. The partnership ended and he continued with his own ship-chandlery business which became lucrative when his biggest competitor went out of business. They were able to buy a house and had a grocery store added on. His sons did well in school and all earned university diplomas. Around 1895 the sail-ship traffic was low and the grocery business had fallen off. He therefore gave up his business and began building barges with a carpenter from their congregation. He did this for twelve years, building about fifty barges as well as making repairs. With the Panic of 1907, he quit at age sixty-four and worked to become debt-free. He died on 23 February 1917 at age seventy-four. (Source: Guide to the Gabriel Aanensen Fedde Autobiography, 1912-1914)

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  • Maintained by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Originally Created by: Cynthia Krueger
  • Added: 16 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64267420
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gabriel Aanansen Fedde (10 Jan 1843–23 Feb 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64267420, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .