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Martinus Jensen, born abt 18 February, 1879 in Brønderslev, N...

Looking For Martinus "Martin" Jensen was born abt January 18 February 1879 in Brønderslev, Nordjylland, Denmark

Father: Willum/Villum Marthinus Jensen, (son of Jens Sorensen & Anne Simonsdatter)
Mother: Ane Jensen (born Jensdatter)

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

Martin Jensen immigrated to New Zealand abt 1910 where he met and married Te Tai Ngunguru Tipene on 24 April 1911 at the Registry Office, Auckland, New Zealand.
My grandmother, Moana Mary Jensen is their 3rd child.

My mother Harata Matekitawhiti Te Moana is the daughter of Moana Mary Jensen and Hune Te Moana and the 1st grandchild of Martinus and Nguru Jensen.

Mother adored grandfather Martinus and she spoke of the holidays she spent with him and Nanny Nguru as a child, and she remembers him for his kind and gentle manner. The area where they settled in Aotearoa (New Zealand) was Wharekahika (Hicks Bay, in the East Coast of New Zealand where Martinus became a farmer. Martinus Jensen was highly respected in his community.

My mother said he often spoke of his siblings with much affection. She recalls him speaking about his family, most residing around the Furreby area. We believe he kept in contact with Jens Andreas, Ansine, Johanne and Per Gronborg and remembers when her grandfather was in very high spirits and very happy after speaking with his sisters Johanne and Ansine by telephone.

What we know is there is information which suggests he first may have immigrated to America along with his brother (not confirmed), then may have jumped ship (a whaling vessel), travelling to Australia and from there to New Zealand.

Martin Jensen died at the family homestead in Wharekahika on 11 Oct 1948. He was mourned deeply.

Any information would be appreciated.

Max Simpson

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Martinus (Martin) Jensen, born 18 February 1879 in Manne Enge, Tise, Hjørring, Denmark

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

Born: Feb 18, 1879 in Manne Enge, Tise, Hjorring, Denmark

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

M: Jens Andreas Jensen, b. 06 Jan 1876,
F: Karen Marie Jensen (no d.o.b.)
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 Gronborg Jensen, b. 20 Jul 1890,
F: Else Jensen, b. abt 1901
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:

F: Tuiti Dawn
F: Ani Margrete
F: Moana Mary (my grandmother)
M: William Joseph (Bill)
F: Hinemoa Waipuku
M: John Sydney (Monty)
F: Taraipine
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 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.

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. Martin proceeded by ship to Argentina then on Sydney Australia and finally to New Zealand where he eventually settled.

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

At his tangi he was mourned in the real traditional Maori style as according to Maori ceremonial and customary rites. People travelled from afar to honour his memory and pay their respects. He was mourned deeply.

I am searching for information on his siblings and grandparents Jens Sorensen and Anne Simonsdatter. Most particularly Jens parents Soren Christensen (circa 1759) and Anne Jensdatter's, their lineage, Soren's father Christen Sorensen (born 1729) and his wife Else Jensdatter and Christen's father and mother Soren Christensen (circa 1694) and wife Mette Clemensdatter.

Any information would be appreciated.

Max Simpson

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