BILTOFT - Denmark to Australia
We have much more information on the BILTOFT family, please contact me if we have a link and I can provide you with a family tree dating back to 1700s, more info (including sibling groups and descendants, not just direct line) and some pictures.
The tree starts with CHRISTEN MADSEN was born 1745 in Biltoft, Ribe Amt, Denmark, and died 1810 in Biltoft, Ribe Amt, Denmark. He married ELSE MARIE CHRISTENSDATTER February 23, 1776 in Naesbjerg, Ribe Amt, Denmark. She was born Abt. 1737 in Denmark.
Children of CHRISTEN MADSEN and ELSE CHRISTENSDATTER are:
MADS CHRISTENSEN, WITH THE BYNAME TYNDING, THOMES CHRISTENSEN, b. January 06, 1779, Naesbjerg, Ribe Amt, Denmark; NIELS CHRISTENSEN, b. September 10, 1780, Naesbjerg, Ribe Amt, Denmark.
Here is my line:
Christen Madsen & Else Christensdatter
Mads Christensen & Ane Jensdatter
Christen Madsen Biltoft & Bodil Kirstine Vedsted
Peder Vedsted Biltoft & Kirstin Marie Jensdatter
Christen Madsen Biltoft & Dorothea Christina Hansen
Matilda Maria Biltoft & Frederick Francis Morrisson
...and so on...
Peder & his family emigrated to Australia (SHIP Eugenie: Rockhampton), as did his sons Christen Madsen Biltoft and Jens (they came through NZ). They lived in a town known as Freestone Creek, near Warwick, QLD, Australia. A few of my ancestor Christen's relatives became photographers, in regional QLD (Rockhampton, Warwick, etc). The family was mainly concentrated in the Warwick/Toowoomba areas in those days.
Christen Madsen Biltoft was born on 22 April 1850 in Grindsted, Varde, Ribe Amt, Denmark.
Christen and his brother Jens moved to South Jutland to earn more money. When Christen was 22 years old, they decided to migrate (assumedly for the same reason) and departed on the Friedeburg, which left on the 18th May 1872. The brothers arrived in New Zealand on 31 August 1872. The boys’ mother, Kirstine had died in Denmark only two years previously.
According to family legend, they were very impressed with the country at first. They even wrote home and tried to convince their father Peder Vedsted Biltoft to join them. However, life in New Zealand soon became tiresome and the boys wrote again to their father. Peder never received their letter, as he and the family were already en route to Australia.
Eventually, Christen and Jens joined their family in Queensland, Australia. Christian Biltoft and Jens Pedersen Biltoft married the same day (9 March 1883) to sisters. Christen married Dorothea Christina Hansen, and Jens married Anne/Annie Hansen. They were two of four known daughters of Jens and Marie Bolethi (Peterson) Hansen.
Even though their father Peder always wanted to return to Denmark in his old age, this never eventuated, as he worried that the cold weather would be too much for him. After his father’s death in 1897, Christian inherited his father’s rather substantial property at Freestone Creek.
According to our records, Christen and Dorothea’s children were as follows:
1. Peter Vedsted Biltoft
2. Maria Mathilde Biltoft
3. Peter Vedsted Biltoft
4. James Martin Biltoft
5. Christopher Adolphus Biltoft
6. Elsie Christine Biltoft
7. Hilda Dorothy Biltoft
8. Henry Herbert Biltoft
Christen and Dorothea both died and were buried in Toowoomba, QLD.
Christen died on the 11 June 1923 and Dorothea died more than 20 years later on the16th March 1945.
Thanks to our cousin 'network', I was even able to meet our Danish cousins Bent, Lone, Trine and Mathilde for the first time on 6th March, 2005 - Brisbane, Australia. Bent is my 4th cousin twice removed.
We are connected through my 4th great grandfather Peder Biltoft and his 2nd great grandmother, Ane Rosine, who were brother & sister.
This biography was prepared by myself, but would never had been possible without having most of the information passed on to me by my ‘cousins’ (AUS) and (USA), also Biltoft descendants.