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* Family of Niels Sorensen, Grundy County, Illinois*

Updated February 2, 2006

I am researching the ancestors and descendents of Niels Sorensen born September 28, 1820, in the parish of Sonder Stenderup, Denmark. Niels married Mette Marie Nielsen Schmidt born September 5, 1827, on November 10, 1849, in the Church of Bjert. Niels & Mette Marie had nine children, Else Marie Cathrine Sorensen b. August 11, 1849; Niels Sorensen b. October 3, 1850, d. April 2, 1851; Mette Cathrine Sorensen b. February 11, 1852; Sone Christine Sorensen b. October 12, 1854, d. April 29, 1856; Soren Nielsen Sorensen b. March 29, 1857; Mette Christine Sorensen b. April 6, 1860; Jensina Jakobine Sorensen b.April 17, 1863; Johanna Olrikka Sorensen b. October 6, 1865; and Caroline Louisa Sorensen b. December 10, 1868.

Soren Nielsen Sorensen married Christina Kauslund on May 28, 1881, in the parish church in Sonder Bjert. Their first son Niels Laursen was born in Sonder Bjert.

Else Marie married Christian Wiborg on March 10, 1888, in Dwight, Livingston County, Illinois. Johanna married Jorgen P. Hansen on September 11, 1886, in Gardner, Grundy County, Illinois. Carolina Louisa married Rasmus Olsen on February 1, 1896, in Goodfarm, Grundy County, Illinois.

My great grandfather SOREN NIELSEN SORENSEN, his wife and son emigrated in 1881, his sister Mette Cathrine Sorensen emigrated prior to 1878 the year she married John Holm in Gardner, Illinois, October 30, 1878. Niels, his wife Mette Marie, and daughters, Else Marie, Johanna Olrikka, and Caroline Louisa emigrated sometime before 1886. They settled in the town of Blackstone, Illinois, and eventually all settled near Gardner, Grundy County, Illinois.

Soren and Christina had eleven more children in Blackstone, Livingston County, Illinois. Laurits (Lawrence) Andersen Sorensen; Marius (Mike) Nielsen Sorensen; Andreas (Andrew)Nielsen Sorensen; Hans Jacob Sorensen; Christian Nielsen Sorensen; Anna Marie Sorensen; William Sorensen; Fredrik Sorensen; Mette (Matie)Marie Sorensen; Marie (Julia) Julia Sorensen; and Olga Dusina Sorensen.

I would appreciate any information on the ancestors or descendents of the above described family members, including the two sisters that remained in Denmark.

On August 6, 2006, the 70th SORENSEN REUNION will be held and we are hoping for a tremendous turnout. We are preparing booklets on the descendents of Soren Nielsen Sorensen and will also prepare booklets on descendents of Niels and Mette Marie Sorensen as the information becomes available.


Diane M Sorensen

15016 Barnwall Street
La Mirada, California 90638
United States
Fax: 714-523-5934

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