Martinus (Martin) Jensen, born 18 February 1879 in Brønderslev, Hjørring, Denmark :: Genealogy
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Martinus (Martin) Jensen, born 18 February 1879 in Brønderslev, Hjørring, Denmark

Query by marosi60

I am seeking information on my Gt Grandfather's family and ancestry.

Born: Feb 18, 1879 in Brønderslev, Hjørring, Denmark

PARENTS: Willum Martinus Jensen & Ane Jensen (born Jensdatter).

F: Karen Marie Jensen b. abt 1874
M: Jens Andreas Jensen, b. 06 Jan 1876,
M: Martinus Jensen b. 18 Feb 1879, (my great grandfather)
F: Ansine Othea Jensen, b. abt 1884,
F: Johanne Jensen, b. 07 April 1886,
F: Ane Jensen (no d.o.b)
M: Per Grønborg Jensen, b. 20 Jul 1890,
F: Else Jensen, b. abt 1901
M: Carl Jensen (no d.o.b.)

Martinus Jensen arrived in New Zealand abt 1910. He met and married Te Taingunguru Moana Tipene known as Nguru Tipene / Nguru Stevens (english translation for Tipene is Stevens) in 1911 at the Auckland Marriage Registry. They had 13 children:

F: Tuiti Dawn
F: Ani Margrete
F: Moana Mary (my grandmother)
M: Wiremu Joseph (Bill)
F: Hinemoa Waipuku
M: John Sydney (Monty)
F: Te Raipine
F: Ngaronoa (Nora)
F: Mihitai Apani
M: David George
F: Heeni Ngarangi Kamaea
M: George Hori
F: Maraea Te Okeroa

Martin and Nguru would move from Auckland to Tuarua where Martin was involved in drainage and infrastructure for a short time. From there they eventually moved to Wharekahika (Hicks Bay) on the Eastern Coast of New Zealand where they settled and he farmed the land. I am told Martin was a clever man, very highly regarded and greatly respected in the community. He embraced the customs and traditions of Maori and spoke the Maori language fluently like it was his own native tongue. My mother speaks fondly of him and she loved and adored him. She spent her childhood holidays with Martin and Nguru and recalls how he had a special way of communicating with his farm animals. Each animal had a name and he when he called their names they would run to him and nudge him gently. The animals followed him about the farm and he would hand feed them.

We know Martin kept in contact with some of his siblings in Denmark and the USA. There are travel records indicating Jens Andreas & family and Johanne and husband Christian Marius Pedersen & family and several other relatives and friends all departed Denmark on the same ship bound for the USA and their information correlates with their arrival in New York. Johanne, Christian Marius and Jens Andreas and others continued on to Utah and Minnesota. The timeline seems to indicate to be about 1909-1911. He proceeded by ship to Argentina then on Sydney Australia and we understand Martin worked his passage between Australia and New Zealand as a whaler on a whaling vessel where he eventually settled.

Martin Jensen died at Wharekahika (Hicks Bay) on 11 Oct 1948.

At his tangi (funeral) he was mourned in the real traditional Maori style as according to Maori ceremonial and customary rites. People travelled from all over New Zealand to honour his memory and pay their respects.

I am searching for information on his family, parents Willum Matinus Jensen (b.1843) and Ane Jensen born Jensdatter (b.1843), his siblings, his grandparents Jens Sørensen (b.1795) and Anne Simonsdatter (b.1803). Most particularly Jens parents Søren Christensen (b. abt 1759) and Anne Jensdatter, their lineage, Søren's father Christen Sørensen (born 1729) and his wife Else Jensdatter and Christen's father and mother Søren Christensen (circa 1694) and wife Mette Clemendsdatter. They appear to have lived in the Furreby, Kirke, Hjørring, Børglum area in Northern Denmark.

Any information would be appreciated.

Max Simpson

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by junniff on 2012-06-15 23:21:52

Hi I also am researching Martinus Jensen
His son George or Hoori Hare Harris Jensen b1929 Hicks bay- d1996 Turangi is my grand daughters, Grandfather on her fathers side.on the Jensen side I have some details on Jensen Sorrenson Christensen simonsdatterand Jensdatter these date back to 1759
I am not sure where to start can you tell me roughly where you are at so I can tell if you need ascendants and or descendants.


by Hapatalanigan on 2012-07-05 18:09:55

Hi Marosi60, My name is Hapata. I have been trying to research the history of the Jensens for many years, so I can get to know the family in Denmark as I plan on travelling there in the near future to learn the history of my Great, Great grandfather and his family. I am the great grandson of his daughter Hinemoa. Her son Patrick is my grandfather who changed his surname to Lanigan. My mother is Patricia Te Rangi Pai Lanigan and she was brought up by my great grandmother. Sadly my mother has never spoken of the Jensen side, so its about time I learn.

by marosi60 on 2012-07-05 22:07:34

Kia ora Junniff - thanks for your email. Can you explain a bit further eg your Grand daughters Grandfather on her father's side?..... Who is your Grand daughter and who is her Grandfather... Can you give me names then I can put the pieces together. Many thanks - Max Simpson

by Bjensen on 2013-04-28 04:37:03

Kia ora Im also looking for information about my Jensen side of the family!! My GrandFather (George Harris Jensen) is Martin Jensen's son! that's all I know about my family.

by papagirl on 2015-07-25 19:39:58

Kia ora loads of info in Geni of the Jensen family and photos we realated thru the lines of Haua as my dads sister married a Haua and his mother was hinemoa Jensen she married twice... The Tipene related strongly to the Edmonds as wel which is my husbands side ..I have the whakapapa of his...and my side we the Coffey/Conroy from Taranaki...huge huge whanau

by papagirl on 2015-07-25 21:38:57

I meant to tell you Heritage,Geni just google his name will come up & check with family of his as alot false facts so becareful out their which i have found double check dates & info But alot trees have him as well tribal best of luck..thats what i love the people out their who help as we all want to know our roots..S

by marosi60 on 2015-09-09 11:20:43

Ae! Thank you papagirl. I haven't been on this site for a few months and have only just seen your message.

You mentioned your dads sister who had married twice and at one time to a Haua - Is your dad one of Hinemoa's brothers and which brother, is it Bill (William), Monty (John Sydney), or George (Hori) Jensen?

Hinemoa Waipuku Jensen was the daughter of Martinus Jensen and Te Taingunguru Tipene and she is my grandmother's sister and 1 of 13 children. Hinemoa married (1) Stone Haua and had 9 children. She married (2) John Wilkie and had 3 children.

Hinemoa's Tipene connection comes from her mother Te Taingunguru whose father was Hohepa Tangitipua Tipene who was born abt 1853, died 8 April 1920 and mother was Hera Harris born bat 1853, died 4 September 1946. Hohepa Tangitpua Tipene was the son of Te Whaarangi Tipene and Aramata Potatau (Aramata Tipene).

by Anakaaiwi on 2016-08-09 11:28:37

Kia ora I am researching my great grand father Martinus Jensen. His daughter Te Raipine Haua is my grand mother. Her name listed here as Taraipine. I visited Hicks bay 2015 Christmas time for the first time to visit my great grand fathers resting place. My whanau had a reunion at this time. We have a dedicated facebook page for my grand parents Wiki and Punky Haua Whanau.

by marosi60 on 2016-08-10 11:20:20

Kia ora, yes we are definitely related. I remember Nanny Punky. I was about 8 or 9 and I remember when Nanny Punky and Koro would visit my Nan and Koro at Waihau Bay. My Nanny Moana's loved her younger sister and were very close. I've also been to the Urupa at Wharekahika Hicks Bay where Koro Martinus & Nanny Nguru. I visited there for the first time in 2009. I also remember Nanny Nguru too. I 'll check out the whanau site - Ka Kite.

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