February 26, 2011
Well it's a good thing I did extra for January because now February is almost done and I don't think I've posted a thing. I had a post ready and then didn't do it for personal reasons.
Who read my title and starting singing the theme song "Love and Marriage" from "Married...With Children" with the Bundy family? It was a popular show when I was in college, at least among my friends.
February is Valentine's month, so everyone probably thinks about love at least once this month. So who in your family tree was married the most? And how many times? Do you have any Larry Kings or Elizabeth Taylors in your tree?
The one who comes to my mind is my great-great-grandfather on my father's side. He was married three times. What is weird/amazing is that two of the three wives were my great-great-grandmothers.
My great-great-grandfather Lars Jorgensen was born in Denmark in 1849 and married his first wife Anna in 1871 in Denmark. They immigrated some time between 1871-1873 to the United States, and then my great-grandfather Chris was born in Nebraska in 1873. Lars and Anna had a total of 6 children. Anna passed away in 1906. That's marriage number 1, to my g-g-grandmother Anna.
Then in 1907 Lars married Lena, who was also my g-g-grandmother. Lena was Chris' mother-in-law; Chris married Lena's daughter Katie. At that time Chris' mother-in-law became his step-mother! How confusing is that. Lena passed away in 1914. (Marriage number 2)
His third marriage was in 1915 to a lady named Maren. I don't know much about this marriage, or this lady.
Lars died in 1934, and I'm not sure when Maren died, so I don't know how long their marriage lasted. All of his marriages took place in the same county in Nebraska.
I hope you enjoyed this brief look at love and marriage. Maybe I will try to research a bit more on Maren. Till next time......