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RASMUS ORSTED GOTTFREDSEN

HENRIETTA VICTORIA FRY

Rasmus Orsted GOTTFREDSEN (Gottfred GOTTFREDSEN1) was born 17 JAN 1828 in Ribe, Denmark, and died 18 AUG 1900 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was buried 20 AUG 1900 in Greenridge Cemetery, Kenosha, Wisconsin.  He married Henrietta Victoria FRY 1856 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin, daughter of Henry FRY and Mary Anne UNKNOWN. She was born 1838 in Canada, and died 9 JUN 1861 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was buried in Greenridge Cemetery, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He married Josephine Georgianna VAUX 1 JUL 1862 in Racine, Racine, Wisconsin. She was born 11 OCT 1841 in Aurora, New York, and died 6 JUN 1915 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was buried in Greenridge Cemetery, Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Biography

From Index to Portrait & Biographical Album of Racine and Kenosha CO.'S; Lake City Publishing CO., Chicago. 1892, pg. 644 and 645:
     Rasmus Orsted GOTTREDSEN, dealer in watches, clocks and musical instruments and music, is a native of Denmark. He was born in Ribe, January 17, 1828, and is a son of Gottfred and Maria GOTTFREDSEN. He attended the public schools of his native land until fourteen years of age, when he went to Haderslaben in Schleswig-Holstein, where he spent six years as an apprentice to the watchmaker's trade.  He then worked in Copenhagen at his trade for some six months, after which he was employed by a manufacturer of ship chronometers --- Frederick Work. The Revolution broke out and he went to Hamburg, Germany, where he worked in the office of a wholesale house. It was in 1850, that he left the old country and sailed for the United States as a passenger on board the bark; "North America." After twenty eight days the vessel dropped anchor in the harbor of New York.
     The first few months after his arrival in America, Mr. GOTTFREDSEN worked in Albany, New York for $9 per week and board.  On April 12, 1850, he arrived in Kenosha, WI., here he made a contract with W. O. Buch, who was to furnish him with board and half of all he could make.  His wages on those terms were $10 for the first week.  In 1851, he and his brother bought the stock of his employer for $400 and in course of time our subject became sole proprietor. He had just paid off his brother for his interest in the business when a robber broke into his store and carried off $400, which in those days seemed almost a fortune to Mr. GOTTFREDSENG.W. Pratt, a man whom he had previously bought goods, upon hearing of our subject's bad luck, sent him $900 worth of goods.  So successful was he that year that he sold $6,000 worth of goods and on an investment of $500 in wheat cleared $350.  Prosperity now seemed to smile upon him once more and with excellant success he has since carried on operations. For over thirty years he has engaged in the jewelry business, beginning first in a little rented store containing one window. As trade increased he enlarged his facilities and in 1855 bought where he now does business. In 1888, he built a fine brick store 20 x 80 feet and two stories high.  Since 1853, Mr. GOTTFREDSEN has bought his goods of Haden W. Wheeler & CO., of New York, and in 1889, they presented him with a fine gold watch.
     In Kenesha, on February 5, 1856, Mr. GOTTFREDSEN was united in marriage with Henrietta V. FRY, a native of Canada. Unto them were born two children, Ersted R., who assists his father in the business; and Alice B., wife of Robert NICHOLL, who is also connected with the business. The mother of these children died in 1861, and the following year Mr. GOTTFREDSEN married Josephine G. TERBUSE, a native of Ohio. They have a pleasant home in Kenosha which was built in 1859, the husband trading watches for the material and work to the number of forty five.  He is a Danish Lutheran and helped build that church, also aided in in the erection of the German Lutheran house of worship. In politics he is a Republican and socially is a Maso belonging to Kenosha Lodge No. 47, in which he was raised in 1852, and an Odd Fellow. The cause of education finds in him a warm friend and he gives his support to all enterprises calculated to prove of public benefit.  For fifty years he has engaged in the jewelry business and in that period has gained a handsome property which numbers him among the substantial citizens of Kenosha.

Census

1850 United States Federal Census

State:  Wisconsin
County:  Kenosha
City, township:  City of Kenosha
Ward of City:  3rd
Sheet number:  
Enumeration Date:  July 23, 1850
Ancestry.com Image number:  112 of 260

Line Dwelling Houses numbered in the order of visitation Families numbered in the order of visitation The Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June, 1850 was in this family Age Sex Color Profession, Occupation or Trade of each Male Person over 15 years of age Value of Real Estate Owned Place of Birth Married within the year Attended school within the year Persons over 20 who cannot read or write Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict
23 427 456 William O. Buck 30 M   Jeweler 1100 New York        
24     Phoeba E.     " 27 F       New York        
25     Frank E.        " 8 M       Wisconsin        
26     John Gottfredson 22 M   Watch Maker   Germany        
27     Mary Weisen 27 F       Germany        

I believe the John Gottfredson listed in this census is really Rasmus Gottfredsen.  

1850 United States Federal Census

State:  Wisconsin
County:  Kenosha
City, township:  City of Kenosha
Ward of City:  2nd
Sheet number:  
Enumeration Date:  July 12, 1850
Ancestry.com Image number:  55 of 260

Line Dwelling Houses numbered in the order of visitation Families numbered in the order of visitation The Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June, 1850 was in this family Age Sex Color Profession, Occupation or Trade of each Male Person over 15 years of age Value of Real Estate Owned Place of Birth Married within the year Attended school within the year Persons over 20 who cannot read or write Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict
29 35 48 William F. Holiday 28 M   Machinist   New York        
30     Elizabeth       " 27 F       New York        
31     Manitta         " 6 F       New York   1    
32     Elizabeth Brower 55 F       New York        
33   49 William     Bailey 34 M   Carpenter 1000 England        
34     Sarah Ann   " 26 F       Ireland        
35     John H.        " 8 M       Canada   1    
36     Norville        " 3 M       Wisconsin        
37     Frank Ellmore " 8/12 M       Wisconsin        
38     Henrietta Fry 13 F       Canada   1    
39     Henry Pentland 17 M   Laborer   Germany        

 

1860 United States Federal Census

State:  Wisconsin
County:  Kenosha
City, township:  City of Kenosha
Ward of City:  3rd
Sheet number:  75 & 76
Enumeration Date:  June 23, 1860
Ancestry.com Image number:  333 and 334 of 366

Line Dwelling homes numbered in order of visitation Families ordered in the number of visitation Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June, 186, was in this family. Age Sex Color Profession, Occupation, or Trade of each Male Person over 18 years of age. Value of Real Estate Value of Personal Estate Place of Birth Married within the year. Attended school within the year Persons over 20 years of age who cannot read or write Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict.
 39 593 537 R. O. Gottfredson 32 M   Jeweler     Denmark        
40     Henrietta Gottfredson     22 F         Canada        
1     Orsted Gottfredson 3 M         Wisconsin        
2     Beltta Gottfredson 1 F         Wisconsin        
3     Jane McDermott 21 F   Servant     Ireland        
4     Mox A. Miller 21 M         Denmark        

1870 United States Federal Census

State:  Wisconsin
County:  Kenosha
City, township:  City of Kenosha
Ward of City:  3rd
Page number:  1
Enumeration Date:  July 27, 1870
Ancestry.com Image number:  1 of 24

Line 22, dwelling number 4 and family number 4 in order of visitation, Rasmus O. Gottfredson, age 42, male, white, Jewelry Merchant, owns real estate worth $5000, personal estate worth $2000, born in Denmark, Father was foreign born, Mother was foreign born, male U.S. citizen of 21 years and upwards.
Line 23, Josephine Gottfredson, age 23, female, white, Keeping House, born in New York, Father was foreign born, Mother was foreign born. 
Line 24, Orsted R. Gottfredson, age 13, male, white, at school, born in Wisconsin, Father was foreign born, Mother was foreign born, attended school within the year.
Line 25, Alice B. Gottfredson, age 11, female, white, born in Wisconsin, Father was foreign born, Mother was foreign born, attended school within the year.
Line 26, Bridget Cantwell, age 19, female, white, Domestic Servant, born in Wisconsin, Father was foreign born, Mother was foreign born.

1880 United States Federal Census

State:  Wisconsin
County:  Kenosha
City, township:  City of Kenosha
Enumeration District:  78
Ward of City:  3rd
Sheet number:  60A
Enumeration Date:  June 5, 1880
Ancestry.com Image number:  13 of 22

Line 25, Park Ave., dwelling 127 and family number 129 in order of visitation, Rasmus Gottfredsen, white, male, age 51, married, jeweler, born in Denmark, Father born in Denmark, Mother born in Denmark.  Line 26, Josephine G. Gottfredsen, white, female, age 37, wife of Rasmus, married, keeping house, born in New York, unable to read where Father was born, Mother born in England.  Line 27, Ersty R. Gottfredsen, white, male, age 21, son of Rasmus, single, works in jewelry shop, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Denmark, Mother born in Canada.  Line 28, Alice B. Gottfredsen, white, female, age 20, daughter of Rasmus, single, bookkeeper, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Denmark, Mother born in Canada.  Line 29, Catherine Craven, white, female, age 16, servant of Rasmus, single, servant, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Ireland, Mother born in Ireland.

1900 United States Federal Census

State:  Wisconsin
County:  Kenosha
City, township:  Kenosha City
Enumeration District:  4
Ward of City:  2nd
Sheet number:  27A
Enumeration Date:  June 21, 1900
Ancestry.com Image number:  53 of  71

Line 14, 505 Park Ave., dwelling number 499 and family number 570 in order of visitation, Rasmus O. Gottfredsen, head of family, white, male, born in January, 1829, age 72, married for 37 years in current marriage, born in Denmark, Father born in Denmark, Mother born in Denmark, immigrated to the U.S. in 1850, been in the U.S. for 50 years, Naturalized, Watch Maker and Jeweler, 0 months not employed this year, can read, can write, can speak English, owns his home free and clear, his home is a house.
Line 15, Josephine G. Gottfredsen, wife of Rasmus, white, female, born in October, 1842, age 57, married for 37 years in current marriage, Mother of 0 children, with 0 children living, born in New York, Father born in New York, Mother born in England, able to read, able to write, able to speak English.
Line 16, Lena Newman, servant of Rasmus, white, female, born in April, 1875, age 25, single, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Germany, Mother born in Germany, Servant, 0 months not employed this year, able to read, able to write, able to speak English.

1910 United States Federal Census

Rasmus is deceased.  His 2nd wife, Josephine, is located in the 1910 census living with her step-daughter Alice and her husband Robert Nicoll.

Directories

1875 Kenosha County WI Directory, City Section

GOTTFREDSEN, Rasmus 0., Jewelry, etc., 66 Main, res 38 Park Ave.

Death

Obituaries

At His Late Home
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Mr. Gottfredsen Had Been Failing for Several Weeks and His Death Was
Not a Surprise to His Family
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     Rasmus Orsted Gottfredsen, aged seventy-two years, one of the pioneer business men of Kenosha, died this morning at his residence on Park avenue shortly after three o'clock. The deceased had been critically ill for several days, and passed away surrounded by his wife and children. 
     The death of R. O. Gottfredsen marks the passing of one of the best known men in Southern Wisconsin, and one who has been very closely connected with the business interests of the city. 
Mr. Gottfredsen was born in Ribe, Denmark, January 17, 1828. He attended the public schools in his native land until he was fourteen years of age, and then went to Germany, where he learned the trade of a watchmaker. After he had worked at his trade for a few years in Germany he came to this country in 1850, and worked for a few months at Albany, New York.  Later in the same year he came to this city and began business on a very small scale as a watchmaker. The business proved a great success, and after a short time he had not only managed to buy the stock of his former employer, but he had added to it until he was the leading jeweler and watchmaker in Southern Wisconsin. In the same stand he continued in business for the fifty years of his residence in Kenosha. 
     Mr. Gottfredsen had always been rated among the leading men of the city, and took a great interest in the development of Kenosha. He was married in 1856 to Miss Henrietta Victoria Fry, a native of Canada. Two children were born to this union, Ersted R., and Alice B., who is the wife of Robert Nicol, also connected with the deceased in business.
     The first Mrs. Gottfredsen died in 1861, and the following year the deceased was married to Miss Josephine G. Terhune, of Ohio, who survives him.
     The death of Mr. Gottfredsen has caused universal sorrow in this city, and many high tributes to his memory have been paid by well known business men today.
     Mr. Gottfredsen was a member of the Danish Lutheran church, and took a great interest in the building of the new church some years ago.  He was a Republican, a Mason, and an Odd Fellow. Always a warm friend of education, he took a special interest in the schools of the city, and did much to further their work.
The funeral will be held at 3 0'clock p.m. Monday from the late residence on Park avenue. The services will be in charge of the Masons, and Bishop Francis, of St. Matthew's church, will make a few remarks. The remains will be interred in the City cemetery.

DIED
In this city, on Saturday night, June 9th, Mrs. Henrietta Gottfredsen, age 23 years. She leaves a fond husband and two young children to mourn their sudden bereavement.
The deceased was in her usual health when she retired Saturday evening. About midnight she woke her husband, said she felt quite ill, and asked him to go for a physician. He hurried to the nearest doctor and returned, but to find his wife already dead. We understand that a post mortem examination was held, when it was found that determination of blood in the lungs, causing instant strangulation was the immediate cause of death. Mr. Gottfredsen has the sympathy of many friends, in his sudden and painful affliction.
This obituary was in the Kenosha Telegraph, Thursday June 13, 1861.

Children

Children of Rasmus Orsted GOTTFREDSEN and Henrietta Victoria FRY are:

  i. Ersted Rasmus GOTTFREDSEN was born 25 JUN 1857 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and died 8 MAY 1919 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He married Catherine Cecilia CRAVEN 1 NOV 1886 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was born 8 MAR 1864 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and died 8 OCT 1949 in Kenosha,Kenosha,Wisconsin.
  ii. Alice Belilte GOTTFREDSEN was born 3 APR 1859 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and died 30 DEC 1930 in Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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