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2016 A celebration of life, Marlin Don Bjerregaard
Marlin Don Bjerregaard, age 79,
passed away on October 26th, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Salt
Lake City, Utah. Don was born May 27th, 1937 in Ephraim, Utah,
to Marlin and Gladys Louise (Petersen) Bjerregaard.
Don loved to fish and was known
most for his integrity, kindness and great sense of humor. Don
married Gloria Nan Crane of Salina Utah on November 22nd 1958.
Don worked for the Air force for 30 years and retired. He then
worked an additional 13 years for LeBus before retiring for
the last time.
Don was preceded in death by
his sister, JoAnn Kerr in 1999 and his brother, Russell
Bjerregaard in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Gloria of
Taylorsville, Utah; sons, George Marlin Bjerregaard and Shon D
Bjerregaard; brother, Perry (Ora Mae) Bjerregaard of Sandy,
Utah; sisters, LaRane (Elliott) Arnoldson of Moroni, Utah and
Eileen Matern of Stockton, Utah; grandson, Aaron Don (Brooke)
Bjerregaard; and the apples of his eye, Lylah Sage Seawright
and great granddaughter Aubree Bjerregaard.
be held Saturday, November 12th 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00
a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the Valley View Funeral
Home, 4100 South 4335 West, West Valley City, Utah.
2016 A celebration of life, Edna Bjerregaard
May 2, 1921 ~ Jan. 17, 2016
Mayfield, UT-Our beloved mother, Edna Frandsen Bjerregaard,
94, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016, from cause's
incident to age. Born May 2, 1921 to Peter L. and Ida Caroline
Larsen Frandsen in Clarion, Utah. She married Sheldon Arthur
Bjerregaard November 29, 1937 in Richfield, Utah and later
solemnized their marriage in the Manti LDS Temple on March 27,
1952. With her husband, Sheldon, they raised a family of four
children in Mayfield, Utah where they spent nearly 69 years
together before his passing in 2006.
Hard-working and generous, she
loved people, gave freely of her talents and took a genuine
interest in everyone she met. As a child, she learned to play
the piano by ear, played for school dances as a teenager and
used her musical talent to entertain her family, as an
accompanist and church organist. Her hands were always busy as
she lovingly crocheted beautiful afghans, doilies and
snowflakes for family members. Active in church and community
affairs, she worked 30 years at the local post office and was
Postmaster for 16 years before retiring in 1990. She loved her
post office job because it gave her the opportunity to know
and interact with almost everyone in town on a daily basis.
She is survived by her four
children and spouses: Douglas and Mary Ann (deceased)
Bjerregaard, Richard and Sharon Bjerregaard, Marsha and Clair
Nielson and Clair Bjerregaard; 14 grandchildren, 30 great
grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; brother,
Allen Frandsen, and sisters, Marian Christensen, Louise Pratt
and Ina Midgley. Preceded in death by her parents: Peter L.
and Ida Frandsen; husband: Sheldon Arthur Bjerregaard;
grandsons: David Bjerregaard and Paul Bjerregaard; great
granddaughter: Carly Dyreng; and brothers, Ivan Frandsen and
services will be Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at
the Mayfield Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing
Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and prior to the
services Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Interment
will be in the Mayfield Cemetery under the care of the
Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.
A celebration of life, Mary Ann Yardley Bjerregaard
~ 2015 Mayfield, UT-Mary Ann Yardley Bjerregaard, 73, passed
away at home on December 21, 2015. She was born November 14,
1942, to Thomas R. Yardley and Loa Edwards Yardley. Mary Ann
grew up in Christenburg, Utah, on the family farm with seven
siblings, Gene, Dorothy, Carol, Arlene, Clair, Elaine, and
Diane. On June 1, 1961 she married Doug Bjerregaard in the
Manti LDS Temple and they made their home in Mayfield, Utah.
Their 53 years of marriage was one great adventure around
the world and in Mayfield. Mary Ann was a leader in school,
community and church.
She will be remembered for her
kindness, calm demeanor, and peaceful nature. She is survived
by her husband Doug Bjerregaard, Mayfield, UT; mother-in-law
Edna Bjerregaard, Mayfield, UT; children, John and Sheree
Bjerregaard, South Weber, UT; Ann and Jed Dyreng, San Jose,
CA; Barbara and Matt Parrott, South Jordan, UT; Karl and
Callie Bjerregaard, Sandy, UT; and Lee and Malynda
Bjerregaard, Mayfield UT; grandchildren, Stacey, Bryan, and
James Bjerregaard; Sarah, Parker, and Thomas Dyreng; Josh,
David, and Jack Parrott; Grace, Luke, and Bode Bjerregaard;
Halle, Dylan, Sage and Emree Bjerregaard; siblings Gene and
Anita Yardley, Christenburg, UT; Dorothy and ErlingGulbansen,
Salt Lake City, UT; Carol (deceased) and Ira Malmgren,
Grantsville, UT; Arlene and Bruce Bartholomew, Mayfield, UT;
Clair (deceased) and Carla Yardley, Mapleton, UT; Elaine
(deceased) and Alan Brewer, Salt Lake City, UT; and Diane and
Darcy Duce, Newton, Alberta. She was preceded in death by
her parents, one brother, two sisters, and a granddaughter,
A celebration of life, Nola Christensen Bjerregaard
1930 ~ 2014 Nola Christensen
Bjerregaard a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother was peacefully reunited
with many loved ones on November 10, 2014. Born January 28,
1930 in Moroni, Utah to William and Artena Christensen and
raised with five brothers and sisters.Nola met Francis
Bjerregard at a dance in Moroni.
They were married February 15,
1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS
Temple. They spent 61 years together until Francis' death in
2008. Their union was blessed with nine children: Iris
(Wally), Darla, Marilyn (Eldon), Ella Sue, David (Cindy),
Joyce (Jay), Karen (Jack), Jenna (Don), Lora (Vern); and many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Nola was a stay at home
mom that not only raised her own large family, but was the
first to provide aid and comfort to family, friends and
neighbors in need. A lifelong member of the LDS Church, she
served in many capacities.
Nola was preceded in death by
her husband, daughter Sue, parents and brothers, Esley and
Mark. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday,
November 14, 2014 at the Bountiful 14th Ward, 1500 South 600
East, where a viewing will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:45
p.m. prior to services - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=nola-christensen-bjerregaard&pid=173131598#sthash.vHXpNXGa.dpuf
2012 A new family member....
The Best Year.. Ever...
States Grandmother Karen Wendt
The little boy was born 02 15 2012th....
on his father's birthday. The best gift he could ever want.
The baby boy weighed 3700 and was 52 inches long ... just
Mikkel Wendt-Larsen and Line Jarlholm was
also married at city hall this year, 05 26 2012 and they
have to marry again in church 26 02 2012th. Mikkel has also
been done with his education - master's thesis at the IT
University of Copenhagen.
See the picture of our newest family
Naming normally takes place 2 to 3 months
after the birth of the child. This takes place at a
christening ceremony held at the church. The name is
kept secret until such time, and only made known to the
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2860 Soborg Denmark
A celebration of life, Russell L. Bjerregaard
Russell L. Bjerregaard, age
64, passed away September 18, 2011 at his home in
Wickenburg. Arizona. Russell was born October 17, 1946 in Gunnison, Utah
to Marlin and Gladys Louise (Petersen) Bjerregaard.
He was raised in the Ephraim
and Manti area and attended schools there. Following his
schooling he served a mission for his church in Denmark -
Sweden. He later served in the Army National Guard and
transferred into the U.S. Navy serving on the USS America
during the US-Vietnam War serving for 4 years.
Russell married Kathleen Rowley
January 16, 1971 in Edmonds, Washington and they were later
sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple. He then enlisted in the
U.S. Air Force during his service he served in Turkey, Germany
and Korea, serving a total of 22 ½ years. He worked in civil
service at Luke Air Force Base from 1994 until 2009 when he
retired for health reasons. Russell was a member of the NCO Club
and he was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints. He was a high priest and had served in
various capacities in the church. Russell enjoyed being of
service to others. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping
and hunting & fishing and spending time with family.
Russell was preceded in death by
his sister JoAnn Kerr in 1999. He is survived by his wife
Kathy of Wickenburg, daughters Katie Smith and Colleen
Bjerregaard both of Wickenburg, brothers Marlin Don (Gloria)
Bjerregaard of Taylorsville, Ut., Perry (Ora Mae) Bjerregaard
of Sandy, Ut., sisters LaRane (Elliott) Arnoldson of Moroni,
Ut., Eileen Matern of Taylorsville, Ut., and grandchildren:
Michael and Wanda Bjerregaard both of Wickenburg.
Visitation will be Friday,
September 23, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Wickenburg Funeral
Home with services on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the
Wickenburg Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints at 10:00 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to services at
the Church. Interment with military honors will be held the
Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.
May 22nd 2010
Randi and Soren Eric get married.
Please help me in
congratulating Randi and Soren Eric Byrjalsen for
their recent wedding. They were married in
Denmark at the Bislev church on the 22nd of May 2010.
Soren Eric's mother and
father Birthe and Soren Byrjalsen are very happy that the
new couple have purchased and remodeled a house nearby the
Congratulations to the
January 29th, 2010,
A celebration of life, Ralph Matern
Ralph Matern (born August 25th 1923), has
passed away today January 29th 2010 due to complications
We will miss him more than words can say.
He was a devoted Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Poppy, Brother and
He was born August 25, 1923 to Mildred and
William Matern. He graduated from West High School. He
served in the United States Army Combat Engineers in the
Pacific during World War II.
He married the love of his life, Eileen E.
Bjerregaard, on January 19, 1951. They had just celebrated
their 59th wedding anniversary. He had three daughters;
Ellen Wohlgemuth, Debra Braff, and Diana Snow, seven
grandchildren; Dave, Chris, Riki, Suzette, Nick, Ryan and
Jamey, twelve great-grandchildren; and 2 great great
grandchildren, Brynlee and Kason.
He retired from Chicago Bridge and Iron
after 35 years of service. Ralph loved to travel, bowl, play
golf, work creative projects for his home and was a "hard to
beat" horseshoe player. He was an active member of the
American Legion, Post 71.
Ralph is survived by his wife, children
and grandchildren, his brothers, Richard, Earl and Roger
Matern and their spouses; two sisters, Lorraine Griffiths
and Violet Coleman and their spouses. He was preceded in
death by his mother and father.
The day that you left us You
didn’t say good-bye.
God called his angel home,
There was no time to ask why.
How we cried when you left The
pain was felt by all.
Memories now is all we have And
your pictures on the wall.
Though I cannot see you, I know
that you’re still here.
In my memories you will always
live, In my heart you’re always near.
Tears have fallen for you, Some
happy and some sad.
A man that I grew up to love, A
man I called my Grand-Dad.
January 6th, 2008,
A celebration of life, Randi Lykkegaard Jensen
Randi Lykkegaard Jensen (born Randi
Bjerregaard), widow of Svend and mother of Sonja, died
peacefully in her sleep on Monday 5th January 2009. Her
funeral will be on Friday 9th January at Foulum Church.
Randi was born on 24th October 1917 on the
farm at Foulum where she spent all her life until moving into
a nursing home in Farsoe in May 2005. Farming was heavy
physical work in the days before mechanization, however Randi
not only made the home comfortable and looked after the
garden, but also made a big contribution to the farm. Music
played a major role in her life, and she was organist at
Gammel Ullits church from 1940, and later also at Foulum,
where she continued to play until 2002. She was awarded the
Queen's Medal For Service in 1988 for her work as organist.
She always had a positive outlook: when Sonja moved to England
after completing her studies, Randi and Svend seized this as
an opportunity to travel, rather than seeing it as a source of
Randi had a long and full life, and we will
2008, Mikkel Bjerregaard gets married
Please help me in
congratulating Maria and Mikkel Stokholm-Bjerregaard for
their recent wedding. They were married in
Denmark at the Saltum church on the 20'th of September 2008.
Mikkel's mother Lene
Bjerregaard had broke the news to the American family while
visiting Utah for the 2008 International Family Reunion.
Congratulations to the
See additional Photos on the
Family in Denmark Page.
June 19th, 2008,
A celebration of life, Aleda Grace Bjerregaard Beckstrom
Aleda Grace Bjerregaard
Beckstrom 1919 ~ 2008 Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother
and great-grandmother passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008 in
her home. She was the second daughter of four children born
to Allen Eugene and Deveda Bjerregaard. She was born in
Ephraim, Utah, August 2, 1919. She later moved to Salt Lake
where she met the love of her life, Dell Beckstrom. They
were married March 29, 1948. Mom loved her rose garden, she
loved to sew and listen to Frank Sinatra. Her greatest times
were spent with her family. She loved seeing her children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved ending her days
with Johnny Carson. She is survived by her husband, two
daughters, Karen Strasrypka of North Salt Lake; and Bonnie
LuAnn (Laddie) Bright of West Valley City. She has one
surviving sister, Elaine Hyatt of Gunnison. Loving her and
missing her are her five grandchildren, Caroline (Brent)
Riggan, Hill Air Force Base; Heather Gregory, Salt Lake
City; Todd (Lindy) Strasrypka, Bountiful; Melissa Carling,
Kearns; and Jeff (Lori) Carling, Tooele. Also surviving are
six great-grandchildren, the joys of her life, Victoria (Tori)
and Alexis (Lexi) Riggan, Hailee, Chase and Issac Strasrypka
and Carter Carling.
Mom was preceded in death by
her parents, her sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Dean
Jensen, her brother Shirley Bjerregaard and her grandson
Scott Strasrypka. Funeral Services will be Mon., June 23,
2008 at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 W. 4100 S. A viewing
will be held Sun., June 22, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. at Valley
View Funeral Home, and Mon. 10-11 a.m. prior to Services at
11 a.m., followed by the graveside services at Valley View
2008, A celebration of life,
Francis David Bjerregaard
Francis David Bjerregaard 1921 ~ 2008 Francis
David Bjerregaard, born April 11, 1921 in Manti, Utah, passed
away at home April 21, 2008, due to cancer.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather
and great-grand-father that loved his family and spent his
life in their service. He especially loved the outdoors, and
going camping with loved ones. He is veteran of World War II
and worked as a mechanic for many years. Survived by his
sweetheart of 61 years, Nola Christensen, and children Iris
Wood, Darla Corless, Marilyn Campbell, David Bjerregaard,
Joyce Bills, Karen Boggs, Jenna Gibb and Lora Hart, 32
grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, and sister Gwen
Sanderson. Preceded in death by parents and siblings
Roy, Allan and Shannon, and daughter Sue.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat.,
April 26, 2008 at the Bountiful 14th Ward Chapel, 1500 S. 600
E. Friends and family may call Fri. evening from 6-8 p.m. at
Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main and Sat.
morning 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Interment-Bountiful City Cemetery.
2007, A celebration of life, Svend Lykkegaard Jensen
Svend Lykkegaard Jensen died on 27th December.
The funeral was held at Foulum Church on 3rd January at 1
It was a sad Christmas but we are so happy that
we were in Denmark to be with my father the last week of his
life. He had been getting more and more tired this autumn, and
we knew that his kidney function was not good.
Anyway he was exactly 95 years and 6 months - a
very good age and he was clear and with it until he peacefully
passed away. We woke up to snow on the day of the funeral but
the sun nearly came out when we were at the graveside.
The vicar (the same one who preached at the
family reunion) gave a very touching address, and the church
was full of beautiful flowers. Afterwards we had a gathering
at the motel in Hvalpsund and my mother managed it all very
Svend Lykkegaard Jensen is survived by his wife
Randi Lee Bjerregaard, his daughter Sonja Cole and his son in
law Richard Cole.
2007, 90th Birthday Celebration
Happy 90th Birthday to
Randi Bjerregaard. She celebrated with her family Sonja
and Richard Cole in
May 5th, 2007 A
The birthday party for Karen Margrethe was
on Saturday 5th May, at Store Binderup Kro, a very old,
low-ceilinged, thatched country inn, about 20 minutes drive
from Bjerregaarden. There were just over 100 guests. When
everyone had arrived, we all took our places at the tables,
and stood waiting for Karen Margrethe to make her entrance.
The musician started to play Mendelssohn's Wedding March. I
was a bit surprised, because in England that is only used at
weddings. Oh well, perhaps they use at all sorts of
occasions in Denmark. Mind you, a few other people were
looking a bit surprised too. Then Karen Margrethe came in,
on the arm of Eilif, and carrying a small bouquet of
orchids. Suddenly the penny dropped (surely you have a
different expression, but you know what I mean) - they had
got married. Everyone broke into applause, as they made
their way through the room to their places on the top table.
They had not wanted a special wedding
party, but it was lovely to have a surprise party like that
in conjunction with Karen Margrethe's birthday.
The wedding had been at 2 o'clock in
Foulum church. Birthe is on the church council, and she knew
there was going to be a wedding. She had asked Troels, the
priest (who took last summer's service) who it was who was
getting married, and he had said it was a small private
wedding, "no-one you know". Birthe went to visit Karen
Margrethe and Eilif on Saturday morning, to talk about her
birthday present, but KM was at the hairdressers, and KM's
children (who were staying there for the "birthday party")
were bathing. Birthe though it was a bit funny that they
were bathing already at 11 a.m. for a party that didn't
start until 5.30 p.m., but said nothing. As Birthe left, she
nearly said that she was on her way up to the church to
decorate it for a wedding, but didn't say it, and has been
wondering ever since what Eilif would have said if she had.
There had been eleven people at the
wedding: Karen Margrethe and Eilif, KM's mother, KM's son
and daughter and their wife/husband, and four grandchildren.
No-one apart from Eilif and Karen
Margrethe and her 2 children (and the vicar) knew about the
wedding - not even Karen Margrethe's mother until an hour or
so before the wedding. It had been a very well-kept secret,
and it had been kept secret for a long time. When we were in
Denmark in October KM asked if we would be in Denmark to
come to her party in May, so it was obviously (with
hindsight) already all planned then.
Karen Margrethe and Eilif Bjerregaard
Dammergrådsue 340 9640 Farsøe, Denmark
May 3rd, 2007 A
new family member....
Mark and Lindsay Rice had their baby on
Thursday. (actually Linz did all the hard work LOL) Anyway
here is the info: Brynlee Marie Rice born: May 3, 2007 weight:
6 lbs 9 oz length: 18 inches
Mark and Lindsay Rice
C/O Riki Rice
965 North Poinsettia
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
2007 A new family member....
Birgit and Niels Peter
has given birth to their 3rd child.
Their new son was born Sunday, February 11th 2007 at
11:08pm. The proud father Peter Niels said that he is a
lovely and nice little boy at 55 cm (21.65 inches) and 3918
gram (8.64 lbs).
The birth went very well and
both Birgit and son are fine. Their two other
children Stine and Jacob like him very much.
See the picture of our newest family
Naming normally takes place 2 to
3 months after the birth of the child. This takes
place at a christening ceremony held at the
church. The name is kept secret until such time, and only
made known to the immediate/close family.
Niels Peter Byrjalsen & Birgit Byrjalsen
9640 Farsø, Denmark
2006 A new family member....
Karin and Christian are
celebrating the birth of their daughter
Lærke. Born at
2:54am, Monday morning October 23rd to be exact. She is 3050 grams
(6.72lbs) - and 50 cm (19.69 inches).
Karin and Baby are both doing
Christian told me that
the baby was born a bit too early, and she
had a hard birth, so she was tired afterwards. Right after
the delivery it was all quite hectic because a lot of
doctors, midwifes and nurses we're in to check on her.
But everything is fine. She is in fine
health - and everything is going just like it should.
So they are a couple of happy parents.
He sent a small picture of his little
princess, as he put it. She still has a probe down into
her stomach, where she receives some of her food.
Naming normally takes place 2 to
3 months after the birth of the child. This takes
place at a christening ceremony held at the
church. The name is kept secret until such time, and only
made known to the immediate/close family. Her name is Lærke.
The name originates from the name of a bird - in English it
is called lark - and as you know it sings very beautifully.
Christian Byrjalsen & Karin Larsen
Sønderskovvej 196, Gåser
9362 Gandrup, Denmark
September 12th, 2006,
Bjerregaard website debut's
Karen Wendt creates a
Bjerregaard website in Danish. Please check it out,
she has found some photos that I have never seen before.
Just click on the Bjerregaardsslaegten icon to access the
link. Thanks Karen.
July 4th, 2006,
Visit to Denmark
Birthe and Søren Byrjalsen
have hosted the 200 year anniversary of the farm
"Bjerregaard" and the 200 year reunion of 3-4 branches of
the Niels Nielsen families.
Special thanks to Inger Marie
Liingaard, Eilif Bjerregaard, Karen Margrethe Ebbe together
with Birthe and Søren Byrjalsen of course. They really
out did themselves for the celebration. They worked
day and night to make sure that everything was perfect.
(It is a good thing that the sun rises around 3:00am and
rests around 11:30pm this time of year in Denmark. LOL)
The event started with an
incredible church service in the Foulum church that Anders
and Bodil were married in and most of our ancestors from the
farm "Bjerregaard" are buried in the yard. Quite a
beautiful place. The local newspaper came and took a
picture of all family that attended the event. See
After this event we all
caravanned a little ways up the road to "Bjerregaard", where
they had specially prepared half of the large barn for a
full served sit down lunch for 100 special family members.
Here we had many toasts, to our hosts and those involved in
the preparation. Christian Byrjalsen was our official
"Toast Master", this person coordinates the many toast and
many songs that we sung. (I love this tradition) I
even had a toast to me for this website and was presented a
framed copy of the signature of Niels Nielsen from Helle
Nielsen. I was so touched by this, they will never
know how much...
After the Lunch, we all
ventured to the yard to have a family photo taken. You
can see a copy of this photo on the "Photos" page.
Søren had prepared a huge riser for the photograph just in
front of the farms main building. Imagine how hard it
was to get everyone in this photo.
Thanks to all those who
helped with the event such as Richard and Sonja Cole.
I could keep going about
everything that they did for us, such as a visit to a museum
of the ancient tribes of the area. (Some of the oldest in
the world) This is when
Eilif Bjerregaard and Karen
Margrethe Ebbe, gave us a poster from here and told us that
we needed to award this to the person that speaks the most
Danish by the time we leave. One to the Utah
Bjerregaard's and one to the Missouri/Virginia Byergo's.
Congratulations to Rinda Thompson on the Utah side.
Stayed tuned for the Byergo winner.
We were shown
around the Byrjalsen dairy farm. Now this was quite a
work of art. Most everything was automated.
(Yes... We did check the little box on the "Return to
US" slip that asked if we had visited a farm or were within
a close proximity to cattle) LOL
They took us
to the Worlds largest 4th of July party held outside of the
US. A place called Rebild. See the "Photos"
page and the "200
year reunion" page for photos. We had VIP
tickets and had lunch in a huge tent. We were able to
listen to the Princess of Denmark talking about our two
countries and how we have a special bond. We were able
to see the "Mormon Monument". See the "Danish
Mormon" page, located in the "Stories"
We just cannot
mention everything, and we certainly cannot thank our family
enough. "We Love you"
Visit from Denmark
Shon, We had a phone call
from Poul, Birthe's Byrialsen cousin a few weeks back. He
works for a Danish shipping company and will be in Norfolk,
Va. June 19th. We invited him for a visit during this trip
and he accepted. We would also like to invite you and your
partner to visit us at that time. We do not have the exact
dates but will confirm that with Poul as his plans are
finalized. Keith & Mary Margaret
I went to Warrenton VA and
met with Keith & Mary Margaret Byergo, Poul Bjerregaard,
Barbara, David and Megan White, Elaine Byergo / John
and Keith Burghardt
and Laura Byergo. I was surprised at how comfortable I was
with each of them and how certain family traits and
mannerisms transcend through all family lines.
Please see the Photos page
"VA Meeting 2005"
2004, HC Andersen and
|I was very exited, or how should I put it, to find the
news about the sad fate of Ane Cathrine Nielsdatter
Bjerregaard, who was beheaded for the arson of Hobro in
1813. Ane Cathrine was the sister to Niels Nielsen, one of
my wife Karens ancestors. Niels is mentioned in the book as
a younger brother, in fact he was two years older.
The real Niels also had a unusual life. Twice he was the
father to illegitimate children, the first in 1813, the same
period as Ane Cathrine performed her deed. The second time
in 1820, this time he married the young mother, half a year
after the birth of Niels Christian. This son was the father
to Andreas Bjerggaard, Karens GGrandfather (my wife). When
Andreas was baptized, Eleonora Nielsdatter from Bjerregaard
in Fovlum carried him.
Then I tried to see if I could assist you some more on
your ancestors, especially Anna Marie Schwalbe 1851 - 1939.
And I was lucky: I found the family in the 1855 census i
Nyborg Landsogn. See the appended file. The parents were
(some of the dates were found on
www.familysearch.com. Væver (weaver) Christian
Fred. Schwalbe,f.9 Sep 1811,d.16 Feb 1868 and Ane Sophie
Haugsted, b.24 Mar 1811,d.1897
This made me look twice, as the name Haugsted is not very
common here, and the name of my boss at work. The matters
had to be examined deeper. And I found a connection: Ane
Sopie was the daughter to Andreas Haugsted, b.1773 and
Gjertrud Nielsdatter. Andreas was a son to Anders Haugsted,
b.8 Feb 1739 and Anne Marie Borch. Anders Haugsted, a
brændevinsbrænder (destiller) in Odense was married twice,
the first time to Anne Marie Borch, they had nine children.
The second marriage was to Helena Rhoed, they had four
children. The younger was Jørgen Haugsted, b. 1804, a
carpenter in Odense. Jørgen Haugsted is the GGGrandfather to
my boss, Bent Haugsted. If you search the net for the name
Haugsted, you will probably find his sister, Ida Haugsted,
who has written a number of books. On the page
Here you will find a picture of your relative Ida
Haugsted informing the Danish Queen Margrethe (the Queen is
the taller) about the historic Frederiksberg Railway
Jørgen Haugsted had a schoolmate in Odense by the name
Hans Christian Andersen. Yes, the writer. Although he
did not remember it in 1867. You will find it mentioned in
H.C. Andersen's diary:
Click here A nephew to Andreas Haugsted was
confirmed together with the writer,
HC Andersen tells in a book -
Click here - that his mother got a
marriage proposal from a wealthy distiller, where she had
been serving, but she declined. This distiller could very
well have been Anders Haugsted, who at that time was a
widower with nine children.
Your relatives in Denmark certainly met some important
and famous Danes!
By the way, you will find another relative here:
Click here . I have mailed her, but have
yet to receive a reply.
Best regards from
Bjarne in Copenhagen.
2004, Sonja Cole in
the UK writes.
|I am Sonja Bjerregaard Lykkegaard Cole, nee Jensen, and
through my maternal grandparents I am related to both Thomas
Thomsen and Niels Nielsen. I was born on November 1947, and
on November 1973, I married an Englishman, Richard George
Cole, in Foulum Church and have lived in England for 34
years. We visit Denmark about four times a year.
My mother, Randi Bjerregaard, was the only daughter of
Søren Bjerregaard (brother to Morten Bjerregaard) and Stine
Jensen who were cousins. I was very surprised to see a
picture of my grandmother, Stine, and her parents and
brothers and sisters when I clicked on Genealogy. However,
she and her sister Karen have been confused. It is my
grandmother sitting on the right hand side of the picture.
My grandmother's great grandparents were Thomas Thomsen and
Kirsten Mogensdatter. Incidentally, I have the names and
most of the dates another three generations back for Thomas
Thomsen. My grandparents had a neighboring farm to
Bjerregaarden where my parents still live.
There is also a photo of my grandfather Søren Bjerregaard
in Historic DK Photos, and the previous photo show his
younger brother and sister Niels and Kristine Bjerregaard.
My grandmother's brother Lars Sigvard did a lot of
research of the family back in the sixties and my mother
lent me all the details and the family tree which my husband
and I have studied upon our return to the UK, and I think
that two relationships which I cannot find any mention of
anywhere on your site (Sorry, if I have missed them!) are
1. Anders Nielsen's sister Eleonora Nielsdatter was
married to Morten Thomsen who was a brother to Bodil
Kirstine Thomasdatter, the wife of Anders Nielsen. (That is
probably the reason why Bjerregaarden went to the youngest
2. Bodil Marie Thomasdatter, sister of Morten Thomsen and
Bodil Kirstine Thomasdatter, was the mother of Christian
Frederik Jensen and consequently he was a cousin to his wife
Kirsten Mortensdatter, daughter of Morten Thomsen and
As a child I spent many happy hours playing with Birthe
and her sister at Bjerregaarden, and as a married couple
Richard and I enjoyed the hospitality of Elly and Gustav
every time we visited Denmark, and I was so happy when
Birthe and Søren moved into Bjerregaarden so we could
continue the tradition of visiting Bjerregaarden.
In my childhood it was a tradition that each year we went
to Rebild on 4th July, and I shall look forward to going
again in 2006.
2004, Family farm is
celebrating 200 years.
|My name is Birthe Bjerregaard Byrjalsen. My mothers name
was Elly Bjerregaard and my fathers name was Gustav Haldrup
Nielsen. I was born and raised on the farm “Bjerregaard”
together with my sister Inger Marie.
I was born on 17th of July 1946. I was married to Søren
Byrjalsen in the church of Foulum on 7th of May 1971. I
moved to the farm in Søkbæk (6 kilometers from Bjerregaard)
where Søren was born.
We have 3 sons: Niels Peter was born on the 1st of
December 1972, Christian was born on 29th of December 1975
and Søren Erik was born on 12th 1982.
We bought “Bjerregaard” in 1988 and my parents continued
living on “Bjerregaard”
My mother died on the 2nd of March 1996 and my father
died on 10th of July 1998.
Our oldest son Niels Peter was married to Birgit Larsen
on the 22nd of August 1998 and they have two children. In
the year 1999 Niels Peter and Birgit bought half of the farm
in Søkbæk and are living on that farm today. At the same
time Søren and I moved to Foulum and are now living on
“Bjerregaard” where I am the 7th owner of the farm in our
My sister Inger Marie was born on 7th of March 1950. She
was married to Arne Liingaard in the church of Foulum on 8th
of January 1972. She has two sons, the twins Anders and
Morten, whom are born on 23rd of November 1974. Arne
Liingaard died of cancer on 5th of February 1988.
The history of Bjerregaard as I know:
1. The first owner was Niels Nielsen Bjerregaard. I
presume the farm got its name “Bjerregaard” from him. He
bought the farm in 1804 and he was married to Ane Margrethe
Pedersdatter and she died on 30th of April 1810. Niels
Nielsen Bjerregaard was married twice. His last wife was
2. 1843: The next owner was their oldest son Anders
Nielsen Bjerregaard born on 25th January 1814. He was
married to Bodil Kirstine Thomasdatter. They emigrated
together with their 3 children in 1857 to the USA.
3. 1857: The youngest daughter of Niels Nielsen
Bjerregaard took possession of the farm. Her name was
Eleonora Nielsdatter and she was born on 28th of June 1825.
She was married to Morten Thomsen.
4. 1880: The next owner was Christian Frederik Jensen and
he was married to Kirsten Mortensdatter. She was the
daughter of Morten Thomsen and Eleonora Nielsdatter.
5. 1901: Their son (my grandfather) Morten Jensen
Bjerregaard, born on 27th of November 1881. He was married
to Mette Marie Pedersen Poulsen. She was born on 22nd 1881.
They had two daughters: Elly Bjerregaard, who was born on
10th of May 1912 and Metha Bjerregaard, who was born on 16th
of April 1917.
6. 1951: In this year my mother and my father, Gustav
Haldrup Nielsen, bought “Bjerregaard”. My father was born on
15th of November 1915. They were married on 6th of November
7. 1988: Søren and I bought “Bjerregaard” and are still
In the year 1965 Mary Margret, Keith Byergo and their
children Elaine, Barbara and Laura paid my parents and my
grand father a visit. It was a great experience, especially
to my grand father. He has been working with genealogy in
several years. Today it is of great assistant to us during
our work with genealogy.
Just this year the farm “Bjerregaard” has been owned by
the family for 200 years. This year we have
considered to arrange a jubilee celebration for the whole
family, but after seeing your web-page we understand that
you might visit Denmark in the year 2006. Perhaps it is
better if we then try to arrange the celebration for the
family instead of this year. In the mean time we will try to
find family members in Denmark.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Birthe Bjerregaard Byrjalsen
(Click to enlarge)
Above is a picture of his fathers birthday party at one
of the buildings on the family farm. Notice the name above
Metha Bjerregaard (sister of Elly Bjerregaard - sits 2nd
from the right), Birthe Bjerregaard (my mother, daughter of
Elly Bjerregaard, she's one behind the bottle :)) and Poul
Bjerregaard (son of Meta Bjerregaard, he's sitting next to
my mother behind my brother).
18th, 2003, Anthony
Byergo gives us the final link.
|Anthony Byergo writes in and tells us
the missing link for Scotts family and his own. The only
person that we were missing was Emmet Byergo, the son of
Enoch. Emmet was Anthony's grandfather and Scott's great
grandfather. Although each had different great
grandmothers. Emmet's first wife's name was Bertha, which
is Scott's great grandmother. Emmet's second wife was
Madalyn, and is Anthony's grandmother. Thank you to Anthony
to finishing up the tree.|