Tombstone Tuesday: Johanne Marie Larsen

Johanne Marie (Larsen) Walsted of Aalborg, Denmark was sixty-three years old when she immigrated to America in the spring of 1900.1 She traveled alone; her husband of thirty-two years had passed away the year before,2 and most of her children had already left Denmark for brighter opportunities in Iowa and Wisconsin. They had paid for her passage aboard the Norge, and she carried fifteen dollars.3

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Grave of Johanna M. Walsted, 1836-1914, Graceland Cemetery, Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa; image date 2001, privately held by Melanie Frick.

Johanne was christened on 28 September 1836 in Bolle, Nordjylland, Denmark, the daughter of Lars Jensen Bak and Ane Cathrine Christensdatter.4 At the age of thirty, she married Christian Jens Jacobsen Walsted,5 a widower with two young children, Jens Jacob and Lars Marinus Walsted. The couple went on to have seven more children together: Jensine Kathrine, Eskild, Lars Peter, Mandrup, Anna Kathrine, Ellen Eskelline, and Jens Jacob Walsted.6 All but two of the children, the elder Jens Jacob and Eskild, survived to adulthood.7 Christian was a shoemaker, and eventually moved with his family from rural Dronninglund to the city of Aalborg,8 where he died in 1899.9

By the time Johanne made her journey to America, six of her seven surviving children and step-children awaited her arrival. Only her youngest son remained in Denmark; he was to follow two years later.10 In the years to come, Johanne moved between the homes of her children, some of whom she hadn’t seen in more than a decade. She was enumerated in the 1900 U.S. census less than two months after her arrival in the country, at which time she resided with a daughter in Iowa;11 she later joined another daughter in Oklahoma City.12

Johanne’s health may have been poor in her later years; a notation on the ship manifest suggests that she had a deformity of some kind,13 and her death record stated that she suffered from senility.14 Johanne Marie (Larsen) Walsted died at the age of seventy-eight on 3 November 1914 in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. Services were held at the Danish Lutheran Church, and she was buried at Graceland Cemetery.14



SOURCES
1 “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 February 2014), manifest, S.S. Norge, Copenhagen, Denmark to New York, arriving 1 May 1900, Johanne Walsted; citing National Archives microfilm T715, roll 119.
2 Abbey of Our Lady Parish (Aalborg, Denmark), Christian Jens Jacobsen Valsted (1899).
3 “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 February 2014), manifest, S.S. Norge, Copenhagen, Denmark to New York, arriving 1 May 1900, Johanne Walsted.
4 “Denmark, Baptisms, 1618-1923,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 10 February 2014), entry for Johanne Marie Larsen, 29 September 1836.
5 “Denmark, Marriages, 1635-1916,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 10 February 2014), entry for Christian Jens Jakobsen and Johanne Marie Larsen, 17 February 1867.
6 Dronninglund Parish (Dronninglund, Denmark), Jens Jacob Valsted (1867), and Dronninglund Parish (Dronninglund, Denmark), Eskild Valsted (1873).
7 1880 Danish census, database, Dansk Demografisk Database (http://ddd.dda.dk : accessed 10 February 2014), entry for Johanne Mari Walsted, Bolle, Dronninglund, Hjorring, Denmark.
8 1890 Danish census, database, Dansk Demografisk Database (http://ddd.dda.dk : accessed 10 February 2014), entry for Johanne Marie Valsted, Aalborg, Fleskum, Aalborg, Denmark.
9 Abbey of Our Lady Parish (Aalborg, Denmark), Christian Jens Jacobsen Valsted (1899).
10 “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 February 2014), manifest, S.S. Saxonia, Liverpool, England, to Boston, arriving 31 July 1902, Jens Jacob Walsted; citing National Archives microfilm T938, roll 52.
11 1900 U.S. census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, population schedule, Rockford, enumeration district (ED) 126, sheet 11-A, p. 77 (stamped), dwelling 208, family 209, Johanna Walsted; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 February 2014), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 455.
12 1910 U.S. census, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Oklahoma City Ward 7, enumeration district (ED) 209, sheet 18-B, p. 6293 (handwritten), dwelling 260, family 270, Johanna Walstead; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 February 2014), citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 1266.
13 “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 February 2014), manifest, S.S. Norge, Copenhagen, Denmark to New York, arriving 1 May 1900, Johanne Walsted.
14 Sioux City, Iowa, Death Record Book F: 1913-1915, Johanna Walsted, 3 November 1914.
15 “Walsted,” obituary, Sioux City (Iowa) Journal, 5 November 1914, p. 16, col. 1.

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