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Jens Madsen Kofoed (b. 1481, d. 1519)Jens Madsen Kofoed (son of Mads Jensen Kofoed and Elisabeth Olufsdatter) was born 1481 in Lille Haslegard, Hasle-Rutsker, Bornholm, Danmark, and died 1519 in Lund, Skane Province (Sverige).He married Johanne Thygesdatter on Abt. 1505 in Bornholm, Danmark.
Notes for Jens Madsen Kofoed:
Notes on Jens Madsen Kofoed (b.1481)
Occupation: Land-owner (Propriet?r)
Reference: KGD note
That Jens Madsen Kofoed is the father of Mads Jensen Kofoed is
disputed, the assertion that they are father and son seems to have
been based on inconclusive and sketchy evidence -- see under Mads
Jensen Kofoed's "Notes" field for more information. In 1496 Jens
Kofoed went into the service of Archbishop Byrge in Lund, Sk¯ne, who
bestowed on him the priviledges of noble title for "faithful service,
manliness, intelligence and displays of merit." Letter entitling
nobility dated June 14, 1514. (See "Familien Koefoed A og
B" by Julius Bidstrup, 1886/87). In the 19th century it was suggested
that the letter written by the Archbishop entitling knighthood was a
forgery; however further research has found this probably not to be
the case. In 1903 the family received from the King of Danmark a
letter stating that from then on all direct-line male descendants
were Danish Knights. In 1978 only 16 people were known to hold
rights to this knighthood in all of Danmark. The following is a look
at events taking place between Danmark and Lübeck in Jens Kofoed's
time: In 1509 Danmark and Lübeck were engaged in one of their
numerous skirmishes. The Danes had a famous battleship called the
"Svane" (english: Swan) - which was reputed to be the largest and
most powerful in the world; but the Lübeck'ers in several small
vessels surprised, attacked and destroyed it. After this victory a
fleet of 14 Lübeck shipsravaged the Danish islands and did much
damage to Danish shipping. Nine Swedish ships joined them, and the
combined fleet almost ruined Lolland and Bornholm. Later, in the
summer of 1509, a great naval battle took place between 16 Lübeck men-
of-war and 17 Danish ships of about equal size and strength. One of
the latter was a new vessel, the "Engel" (english: Angel), larger
than the unlucky Svane had been.
The Lübeck'ers had landed some of their guns and men to attack the
fortress of Hammershus, on the northern tip of Bornholm, when the
Danish fleet appeared, quite unexpectedly, and attacked at once. The
battle lasted all day, and at night both sides claimed the victory.
Some days later the fight was resumed, when, after several hours of
fierce contest, the Engel had her rudder shot away and was taken in
tow by her consorts, and the whole Danish fleet fled.
More About Jens Madsen Kofoed:
Fact 1:: 1514 Nobleman (Adelsmand).
Occupation: Land Owner (Proprietaer).
Residence: Lund, Skane Province, Danmark.
More About Jens Madsen Kofoed and Johanne Thygesdatter:
Marriage: Abt. 1505, Bornholm, Danmark.
Children of Jens Madsen Kofoed and Johanne Thygesdatter are:
- +Mads Jensen Kofoed, b. Abt. 1513, Lund, Skane Province (Sverige), d. 1552, drowned on sea voyage to Kobenhavn, Sjaelland.