Friday, March 17, 2006

Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen (1872-1949) biography

Mathilde Sophie Amalia Pedersen (1872-1949) aka Sophie Pedersen (b. circa December 21, 1872, Herad parish, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway - d. circa August 12, 1949, New Jersey, USA)

She was the daughter of Peder Andreas Pedersen (1831-?); and Serine Larsdatter (1840-1905).

She was baptized on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1872.

Peder Elias Pedersen (1863-before1868); Lars Pedersen (1865) who was baptised on October 01, 1865; Lars Emanuel Pedersen (1869-?) who was baptised on July 18, 1869; Peder Severin Pedersen (1876-?) who was baptised on March 05, 1876; Anton Martin Teodore Pedersen (1879-?) who was baptised on November 23, 1879; and Inga Pedersen (1885-1928) who emigrated to New York in the United States and married Emil Schneider (1884-1955). All the children were baptised in Farsund.

Marriage and children:
She married a Schultz in Norway and had a daughter: Clara Shultz (1896-1973) who married Edward Thompson (1895-1935) aka Trigsa Thompson, in the United States. Edward was from Virginia.

Farsund, Norway:
Sophia and Clara appear in the 1900 Norway Census living in Farsund at Nykastelgaden 72a. Sophia was already a widow and working as a "restauratrice"

Sophia emigrated to the United States around 1910 with her daughter Clara. They lived in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Trip to Norway:
On August 05, 1914 Clara was returning to New York from Hanburg on the ship "President Lincoln". She was unmarried and travelling alone and listed her residence as New York and her ethnicity as Norwegian.

Jersey City, New Jersey:
Sophia and Clara appear in the 1920 US Census living in Jersey City, New Jersey in the home of Emil August Schneider (1886-1955) and Inga Pedersen (1885-1927). The home was at 2728 Hudson Boulevard. Living with them was Clara Schutz (1896-c1940) her daughter. Clara was listed as a neice of Inga who had emigrated 1n 1910 from Norway. Also in the household was Lena Aadnessen (1882-?), a cousin of Inga, who emigrated from Norway in 1916.

Second marriage:
She married an Andreasen in the United States.

She was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey on August 15, 1949. Her funeral notice did not appear in the Jersey Journal.

Sophie Pedersen (1872-?) was the first cousin, three times removed of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ). She was the aunt of Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940), the aviator.