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Danish Ancestors


I began researing my husband Max's maternal Jans family after my mother in-law Helga passed away. Helga was very proud of her Danish ancestry and was eager to know all about them. Just before Helga's death in 1990 she made contact with a distant cousin Anna Grau in Marslev Denmark and a few years later I too corresponded with Anna's son Per Grau Moller. Information on this site has been gained from our Danish cousins, Helga's and my own research, Debbie Van Corler, and that of another cousin John Jans in Queensland who without his hard work we would know very little of of Jans ancestry back from 1815 to 1690's. He obtained the early Danish /German parish records from the Church of Latter Day Saints and painstakingly searched through the reels to find births, baptisms, marriages and deaths. It is thanks to John that I too now have copies of these early records.  

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Earliest known Jans Ancestor

1st Generation

Johan Jans c.1690's

Born: Johan Jans was born c.1690/1700

Married: Johan wed Martha Sohn c.1722. They had at least one son Lorenz Jans.

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2nd Generation

Lorenz Jans c.1722

Born / Died: Lorenz Jans death entry in the Ketting Parish Register appears to say Lorenz was born c.1722 around Christmas in Erldenbottel/or maybe Koldenbytel Denmark, and died 17 Oct 1782 at St Peters Denmark. Married: Lorenz married Frauke Jurgens in 1747 Vollerweik Denmark.

Wife Born/ Died:  Frauke Jurgens: b.1724 - 1804 St Peters Denmark (parish reg.), the daughter of Broder Jurgens.     

Family of Johan & Frauke Jans              

I. Johan Jans b.1747 Vollerweik Denmark.

2. Martha Jans b.1752 St Peter .................

3. Johan Jans b.1754 ..................................

4. Peter Jans b.1756 ......(parish reg.)........

5. Jacob Jans b.1762......(note on parish register at the time of the death of his mother states Lorenz aged 38yrs had been at sea for 15years in the East Indies)                                       

6. Lorenz Jans b.1765..................................

7. unknown Jans b.1767...............................

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3rd generation

Peter Jans 1756

Born: Peter Jans was born 1756 St Peter 4th child of Lorenz and Frauke. 

Married: Peter married Neela Peters on 14th Nov. 1779 Vollerweik Denmark.

Wife Born: Neela Peters birth date and place are not know, her parents were Jacob Hans Peters  and Anna Broders

Death: Peter died 18th August 1830 at Vollerweik, Denmark.

Family of Peter & Neela Jans

1. Lorenz Jans b.15.8.1780 St Peters (parish reg.)

2. Jacob Hans Jans (1) b.1782....................... (parish reg. Ketting)

3. Johan Jans b.1786 Vollerweik.....................

4. Frauke Jans b.1788 .....................................

5. Jacob Hans Jans (2) b.1791......................

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4th Generation

Lorenz Jans 1780

Born: Lorenz Jans born 15 Aug 1790 (parish reg) St Peters Schleswig Holstein, eldest son of Peter & Neela Jans.

Marriage: Lorenze married Anna Karine Anderson

Wife Born: Ann Karina Anderson was born 1785 Skiend Porsgrund Norway.

Died:  Ann died 13th December 1860 at Ullerup Denmark.

Died: Lorenze died 6th June 1864 Ullerup Denmark.

Family of Lorenz & Anna Jans

1. Peter Jans b.1812 Schleswig Holstein Germany?

2. Ingeborg Caroline Jans b.c.1813 Tonning Holstein d.1821 Ketting Augustenborg.

3. Christian Constantine Ferdinand Jans b.1815 at Tonning Holstein Germany? d. 20 April 1901 Ketting. Link to more information on Christian Constantine Ferdinand Jans & Family

4. Jacob Hansen Jans b.1820 Ketting Augustenborg Denmark

5. Ingeborg Karine Jans b.1822 Ketting Augustenborg Denmark m. Peter Lorens Peterson 21 Jan 1854

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Link to 5th Generation

Christian Constantine Ferdinand Jans & Family

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