Looking For Martin JENSEN (Martinus JENSEN) born 18 Feb 1879 in Manna Kjær, Thise, Hjørring, Børglum, Denmark.
I am seeking information on my Gt Grandfather's heritage. His name was Martin (Martinus) JENSEN born 18 Feb 1879 in Manne Kjaer, Thise Sgn, Hjrring, Brglum, Denmark.
PARENTS: Willum / Villum Marthinus Jensen & Ane Jensen born Jensdatter.
CHILDREN OF WILLUM & ANE JENSEN:
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 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, honour his memory and grieve for him and he was mourned deeply.
I would like to find 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.