Detre Jakobsen

Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen

Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen fra Tjølling (f. 1867) var bror til Jenny Aagot Katrine Jacobsen (f. 1865). Jenny Aagot var gift med Otto Rudolf Andersen, som var min oldefar (far til Eilif Andersen).

Johan Hartvig and Jenny Aagot were both born and grew up in their home called «Elverheim» in Østre Halsen (pictures below). Their father, Jacob Christian Jacobsen, bought this house in 1862. Jenny Aagot was born in 1865 and Johan Hartvig in 1867. They went to school in this area. When Johan Hartvig left Norway the first time is not known.
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Johan Hartvig and Ellen Sweeney returned to Norway in 1896, They then had 4 kids born in Australia, and got two more kids in Norway. Their eldest son, Johan Daniel (born in 1891) died of blood poisoning and was buried in Tjølling 20 October 1896. Otilie was born in 1897 and Jacob in 1904. In 1898 they bought the house «Mellemheimen» (picture below), which they owned until 1903. I wonder if they bought this house because they planned to settle in Norway. But unfortunately the house was destroyed in a fire in 1902. I also wonder if the fire influenced their choice to emigrate to South Africa.
After Johan Hartvig sold the house «Mellemheim» in 1903, he left Norway August 25th1903 for South Africa. He travelled alone. From emigration documents:
The remaining family members stayed behind, and lived in Undersbo, Larvik. They left Norway almost 3 years after Johan Hartvig, at May 23rd 1906.

Some of the kids obviously went to school in Norway, and learned to speak Norwegian. Where on Undersbo did they live? My great grandmother lived in Undersbo (Helgesens gate 7) at that time, with three kids (teenagers). Maybe they rented rooms at her house.

Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen, hans kone Ellie og barna Daniel (som døde da han var 5 år), Elizabeth Marie (senere gift Hicks) og Ellie Josephine (senere Aagaard-Jensen). Bildet er sannsynligvis tatt i Australia i 1895.

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Ellen Sweeney med barna Jacob («Pippin») på fanget, Otilie, Ellie, Johan og Elizabeth Marie. Dette bildet må være tatt i Norge, da Jacob ble født i 1904 og Ellen og barna først reiste til Sør-Afrika i 1906 (bilde fra Noelle Parr).

Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen ble gift med Ellen Sweeney (fra Irland) i Australia (1890). De fikk fire barn i Australia og to i Norge. Totalt fikk de 6 barn; , Daniel (f. 1891; døde da han var 5 år), Elizabeth Marie (f. 1892), Ellie Josephine (f. 1893), Johan Hartvig (f. 1896?), Otilia (‘Tillie’, f. 1897) og Jacob Christian (‘Pippin’, f. 1904). Johan Hartvig emigrerte til Sør-Afrika 25. august 1903. Resten av familien ble igjen i Norge, og bodde på Undersbo til 23. mai 1906 da de reiste til Sør-Afrika.

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Anetavle for Johan Detre Jacobsen (slektsgransking utført av Hans Andersen)

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Søsknene Jacob (‘Pippin’) og Ellie

Elizabeth Marie

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Inez and Dick (son of Elizabeth Marie) Hicks in Norway in 1975; Inez and Eilif Andersen (left), and Dick, Inez, Ingjerd og William (right)

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From left: Nancy (daughter of Elizabeth Marie Hicks; cf. the family tree above),
Sandra and Robin (Nancy’s daughters). In the second row:
Brian (Robin’s husband) and Malcolm (Robin’s son).

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Robin and Brian at Pulpit Rock in Norway 2008.

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Ellie Josephine Aagaard Jensen (daughter of Johan Hartvig Detre Jakobsen; cf. the family tree above) in Norway on our National Day, May 17. Here together with Anna and Eilif Andersen and their daughters Jenny and Ingjerd.

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Ellie and Inger Reidun (born Fjeldskaar) outside Ellie’s house in Herning, Denmark

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From the wedding (?) of Johan Hartvig Detre and Mary Morrison in 1927.

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Annella and John, children of Johan Hartvig Detre, and grandchildren of Johan Hartvig Detre Jakobsen

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John and his wife Shirley, with their children Gavin, Annette and Clive

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For those of you who don’t understand Norwegian:

Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen from Tjølling, Larvik (born 1867) was the brother of Jenny Aagot Katrine Jacobsen (born 1865). Jenny Aagot was the wife of Otto Rudolph Andersen, who was my great grandfather (the father of Eilif Andersen).

Johan Hartvig Detre Jacobsen married Ellie Agnicious Mc Sweeney (from Ireland) in Australia 1890. They migrated to South Africa, Johan Hartvig in 1903 and the remaining family in 1906.