Re: Lars Christian Anderson b.July 6, 1846 (Denmark)
I sorry.Here is all I have:Lars was from Denmark and wife Josephine Benson from Sweden, m. in Denmark, had 2 children there, Mary and Frederic. Lars groomed horses for the King in Denmark and they always loved horses. (Dau. Altena loved horses too.) He served for the Calvary in Denmark. He was a really hard worker, and was strong and warm blooded. He'd wade through the icy water instead of walking around because it was shorter. Lars came over to America in 1874, a year before he earned enough money to send for his wife Josephine and 2 children, Mary and Frederic. (Mary was 2 yrs old when they came to New York first.) Then once they arrived, he had to work another 5 months until he earned enough money in order to go and get them from New York City, where they stayed with her relatives, a cousin or uncle (Benson). 12 more children born in America, 14 in all. Some are buried Clifton, Illinois Cemetery. It is said Lars had only one sister and heard from her a short time after he came to America. (However, there is rumor of a possible second sister.) He bought 80 Acres near Clifton, Illinois for (? $28.50 an acre), and LUater, he paid $5,000 for another 80 acres at $62.50 an acre of which he farmed.. (Children & Great Grandchildren inherited the land, so am certain of the land owned by Lars, who often went by L.C.) Ive been told the Clifton HS & interstate property & land just North of exit along creek on I57 was one of the farms. The home farm was west of Clifton where dau Emma Anderson lived till her death in 1964). Lars used to take care of horses here in America too possibly for 1000 Payne Horse Farm acreage active which was in Chebanse Illinois Township from 1884-1898 Special excursion trains from Chicago to Chebanse discontinued as Payne Horse Farm went bankrupt. He also worked placing tile work for (Lemuel) Milk's Grove (earlier called Hickory Grove because of the 300 acres of Hickory and Oak trees that once stood there). but because the land was so swampy much drainage work [tiling and ditch work] needed to be done. ( In 1860 the Prince of Wales, who was later King Edward VII (he married a Princess Alexandra of Denmark), and other English nobility stayind at the hotel in Chebanse and hunted in the vast surrounding praire as wildlife was abundant and stories of the plentiful game brought distinguished visitors. It was said, 'The ducks and geese were so thick sometimes they blotted out the sun.') In 1874 a town hall was built in Milks Grove Township, the building no longer stands but there are several tombstones in the yard. Both the German and Danish Luthers held services in their own languages in the town hall from the early 1880's until 1897, when Mr. Henry Siedentop donated the land and much of the material for the building of a church; one or two graves remain at the site. Lars also even dug graves, anything to make a living. He was also a farmer. Lars died at home in Clifton, IL on 22 May 1925 of a stroke at 78y10m16d
and he was m. only once. He is buried in Clifton Cemetery, Clifton, IL (Southeast side of Interstate 57). On same burial lot in Clifton are Lars, Josephine, Edward, Charles, Emma and Harold, (Harold is Alfred Anderson's son.) And on another burial lot in Clifton is Alfred and Gladys Anderson. And on another lot, Robert and Clara Anderson. [A family by the name of James and wife, and son, Nels J. Anderson also came to the Clifton (Chebanse, Ashkum), Illinois area that were born in Denmark (Nels born Denmark 2-17-1868) Whether these were relatives of Lars is unknown.] Son in law Charles Christian Johnson of Denmark worked for Lars and fell in love with Lar's eldest daughter Mary, worked for him about four years and they got married in 1896 in Kankakee. Uncle Pete owned the land where the YMCA is now in Kankakee, IL after abt 1944-45, also in Zearing, IL & Craig Colorado. It has been documented, Lars dau Mary C. was born in Nibe, Alborg, Denmark. Www.arkivalieronline.dk www.sa.dk/ao/SoegeSider/Kirkeboeger.aspx Nibe, Hornum, Aalborg 1851 - 1872 Opslag 173 Line 31 Margrethe Anderson F. No. 840-2 901-1(1871) Ån 1857_____16
I would still like very much to find the ship he came over, document his time in Denmark in the Calvary & find any Danish Ancestors, so if anyone can share anything more, please do!