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Looking For Martin JENSEN (Martinus JENSEN) born 15 January 1879 in Manna Kjaer, Thise, Hjrring, Brglum, Denmark.

Query by marosi60

I am seeking information on my Gt Grandfather's heritage. His name was Martin (Martinus) JENSEN born 15 Jan 1879 in Manne Kjaer, Thise Sgn, Hjrring, Brglum, Denmark.

PARENTS: Willum / Villum Marthinus Jensen & Ane Jensen born Jensdatter.


M: Jens Andreas Jensen, b. 06 Jan 1876,
M: Martinus Jensen b. 15 Jan 1879, (my great grandfather)
F: Ansine Othea JENSEN, b. abt 1884,
F: Johanne Jensen, b. 07 April 1886,
M: Per Gronborg Jensen, b. 20 Jul 1890,
F: Else Jensen, b. abt 1901
F: Karen Marie Jensen (no d.o.b.)
M: Carl Jensen (no d.o.b.)

Martin Jensen immigrated to New Zealand where he met and married Tai Ngunguru (Nguru) Moana Tipene in 1911. They had 13 children including my Grandmother Moana Mary Jensen. Martin and Nguru would move 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 many customs and traditions of Maori and spoke the Maori language fluently and as if it was his own native tongue. My mother speaks fondly of her grandfather. She loved and adored him and spent her holidays with them. She recalls how he had a special way of communicating with his farm animals. He would call their names and they would all come running to him, they would nudge him gently and follow him about the farm and he would feed them by hand.

It is known he kept in contact with his brother Per Gronberg and sisters Ansine, Else and Karen in Denmark and was also his sister Johanne and brother Jens Andreas who had migrated to the USA.Mother believes they may have left Denmark on the same ship for the USA. It looks like they arrived in New York and the others continued on to Utah but Martin then took passage by ship to Argentina then Australia eventually stopping in New Zealand. The timeline seems to indicate this period to be around 1910-1911.

Martin Jensen died at the family homestead in Wharekahika (Hicks Bay) New Zealand on 11 Oct 1948.

His tangi (funeral) was in the traditional Maori style where he lay in state for 3 days and nights as according to our Maori ceremonial and customary rites. People came from near and far to pay their respects and to honour his memory and grieve for him. He was mourned deeply.

I am searching for information on his siblings and grandparents Jens Srensen and Anne Simonsdatter. Most particularly Jens parents Sren Christensen (circa 1764) and Anne Jensdatter's line, Sren's father Christen Srensen (born circa 1729) and his wife Else. and Christen's father Sren Christensen (circa 1694) and wife Mette Clemensdatter.

Any information would be appreciated.

Max Simpson

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on 2012-02-09 09:09:23

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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 pages.wiki best of luck..thats what i love the people out their who help as we all want to know our roots..S

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