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 Peder Matthias Olsen

Peder Matthias Olsen

Birth
Farsund, Farsund kommune, Vest-Agder fylke, Norway
Death 11 Aug 1896 (aged 47)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot 128E 4W3S
Memorial ID 86482866 · View Source
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Peder Matthias Olsen (1849-1896) worked Japanning lacquer ware. He died on August 11, 1896 of heat stroke during the 1896 Eastern North America heat wave. (b. February 6, 1849; Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. August 11, 1896; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA)

Parents:
Ole Mattias Pedersen (1822-1914) of Klungeland and Thea Johanne Torstensdatter (1825-1864) of Farsund, Norway.

Birth:
He was born on February 6, 1849 in Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.

Baptism:
He was baptized on March 3, 1849 in Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.

Siblings:
Sofie Marie Pedersen (1852-1924) married Sigvard Nilsen (1852-1906). Their son, Sigvart Høgh-Nilsen (1880-?) was a concert pianist; Teodor Johan Olsen (1852-?) aka Theodore Johan Olsen; Josette Teresia Olsdatter (1855-?) who was born on November 9, 1855; Otto Olson (1858-1921) who migrated to Chicago, Illinois and married Hannah E. Hansen (1864-1936) aka Hannah Admundsen and he worked as a barber; Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938) was born under the name Hannah Lina Olsdatter, and emigrated to Chicago, Illinois and married Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930); Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914) aka Salmine Sopie Olsdatter, married John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) and emigrated to Manhattan in New York City and then moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and then moved to the Isle of Pines in Cuba and then died while visiting her family in Farsund, Norway; Adolph Martin Ludvig Olsen (1864-1864) who died in childbirth when his mother died.

Emigration:
He registered to emigrate on March 20, 1867 in Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway and he should appear in the 1880 United States Census living in Chicago. He may be the person who appears in the Norway emigrants index leaving from Oslo aboard the Albion on April 18, 1875. He listed his destination as Chicago and he should appear in the 1880 United States Census living in Chicago.

Marriage:
He married Anne Marie Jensen (1854-1896) on July 8, 1877 in Chicago, Illinois. They had received their marriage license as "Peter M. Olsen" and "Anna Marie Hansen" on June 13, 1877. Anne's brother, Andrew Havig Jensen (1861-1930), was married to Peter's sister, Lena Elaine Olson (1860-1938) on May 12, 1883.

Children:
Therese Johanne Olsen (1878-1878) who died on May 17, 1878; Harold Olsen (c1880) who died as a child; Jennie Marie Olsen (1881-1966) who was born in May of 1881 and married Paul Henry Henning I (1881-1973) and moved to Grosse Pointe, Michigan and died on April 3, 1966; Osborne Theomun Olsen (1883-1971) aka Asbjorn T. Olsen, aka Ossie Olsen, owner of Osborne Art Studios in Chicago who married Augusta Schmidt (1883-1974) aka Gussie Schmidt; Perry Maranius Olsen (1885-1972) who moved to Oakland, California; Harriet Theodora Olsen (1889-?) who was born in March of 1889.

Assaulted:
Sue Higginbotham Chadwick wrote in August 1972: "To further elaborate on Great Grandpa Olsen. What I was told by Mom was that he was walking home from work one night and was beaten senseless. From that time he was bedridden for nearly a year. His wife took care of him and he was unable to work.

Death:
He died on August 11, 1896 of heat exhaustion during the 1896 Eastern North America heat wave. His occupation is difficult to read but appears to be "Marne Japannis", which must be Japanning of lacquer ware. His son would go one to become a china decorator.

Annus horribilis:
1896 represents an annus horribilis with three family deaths. Peder died on August 11, 1896. His wife died on August 22, 1896, 11 days after his death. His unmarried brother who raised the orphaned children was hit by a train on October 26, 1896. This was 2 months and 15 days after the death of his brother, and the children were orphaned again until raised by the Jensens.

Burial:
He was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. By the 1900 United States Census his children were living with his sister-in-law.

Death of widow:
Anne Marie Jensen (1854-1896) died on cancer 3 months after his death. The oral family tradition was that she died of a broken heart.

Orphaned children:
The orphaned children were then raised by his brother, Theodore Johan Olsen (1850-1896), but he was hit by a train on October 26, 1896. This was 2 months and 15 days after the death of his brother. His children where now orphaned again. The children were then raised by their widowed maternal aunt, Johanna Katrine Jensen (1857-1946).

Memories about Peder Olsen:
Sue Higginbotham Chadwick wrote on January 29, 2014: "According to the Olsen family bible, which was written entirely in Norwegian, Peder M. Olsen and Anne Marie Hansen were married on July 8, 1877. This bible was given to my Grandpa, Perry Maranius Olsen, at the time of his marriage in 1912. My Grandpa further explained to me that his father, Peder M. Olsen, studied to be a minister and was an artist."

Sue Higginbotham Chadwick wrote in August 1972: "To further elaborate on Great Grandpa Olsen. What I was told by Mom was that he was walking home from work one night and was beaten senseless. From that time he was bedridden for nearly a year. His wife took care of him and he was unable to work. I see her death certificate lists cancer as the reason for her death, but the family story was that she died of 'a broken heart' 3 months after his death."

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

Research:
Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958) starting on March 9, 2012 for Findagrave. Updated with the date of marriage and date of birth from Sue Higginbotham Chadwick on January 29, 2014. Updated with the information on his assault from Sue Higginbotham Chadwick on January 31, 2014. Updated on February 16, 2014 with the status of his children. Updated on April 25, 2014 with his migration date and his baptism.

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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 9 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86482866
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peder Matthias Olsen (6 Feb 1849–11 Aug 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86482866, citing Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .