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  • Born 4 March 1865 - Hjørring, Nordjylland, Denmark
  • Deceased 19 February 1944 - Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa,aged 78 years old

 Parents

  • Peder Willadsen, born 8 September 1828 - Denmark, deceased 26 March 1906 - Denmark aged 77 years old
    Married 23 November 1855, Ålstrup, Arhus, Southern Jyland, Denmark, to
  • Mette Catrine Myrtue, born 20 February 1833 - Myrtue, Vester Hjermitslev Parish, Nordjylland, Denmark, deceased (UNKNOWN) - Denmark

 Spouses and children

 Siblings

 Maternal grand-parents, uncles and aunts

 Notes

Individual Note

Soren Peter Wilson
Birth 4 Mar 1865 in Brønderslev, Nordjylland, Denmark
Death 19 Feb 1944 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
Parents Peder Peter Willadsen 1828-1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833
-- Willadsen Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20805464/person/1022268185

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Vocation and Romance
Alan Kent Boucher, 18 Jan 2010

Willads Pedersen lived out his life in Denmark. Willads Willadsen and Soren Peter Wilson (brothers) came to America together. Willads Willadson changed the "e" to "o" in his name when he came to America. Willads Willadson was the middle child with Willads Pedersen being the oldest and Soren Peter being the youngest.
-- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/person/157723457/comments?pg=32768&pgpl=pid
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Alan adds details about Soren Peter Wilson and Family.

Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 03/04/1865 in Bronderslev, Denmark
Death 02/19/1944 in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Parents Peder (Peter) Willadsen 1828-1906
Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833
Wife Kristina Sorenson
Birth 04/25/1869 in Sennels, Viborg, Denmark
Death 10/18/1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Children:
Amanda Katherine Wilson 1895-1968
Viola Olivia Wilson 1896-1961
Hazel Marion Wilson 1898-1989
Jacob Peter Wilson 1903-1985
One additional Living Child
-- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/person/74952726

Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941
Soren Pedersen
Confirmation 20 April 1879 (the Sunday after Easter) (Church name not reported) Ingstrup, Hjørring, Danmark
Birth 04 Mar 1865 Alstrup, Hjørring [Nordjylland]
Father's Name Peder Villadsen
Mother's Name Mette Cathrine Sorensen
Record Volume 13, 1859 - 1888, p 109

The confirmation record reports residence and apparent birthplace as Alstrup, Hjørring. Hjørring is a town in Nordjylland (North Jutland). It may be that that was the name of the broader region at that time. The Willadsen genealogy reports the place as Brønderslev, Nordjylland, Denmark. Brondeslev today is a larger town to the south of Hjørring in Nordjylland. Differences in reporting of place of birth seem to be related to changes in administrative divisions and names in Jylland, Denmark. The records for the broader region including Hjørring may be kept today in Brønderslev.

Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
Soren Willadson, Age 29 (born abt 1865)
Kirstine M Sorenson, Age 25 (b abt 1869)
Marrriage 21 Nov 1894 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa

1910 Federal Census, Pottawatamie County, Iowa, 18 April, Council Bluffs Ward 4, District 140, page 5B, 1701 So 9th St, Hse #102, Fam #103
Wilson, Sorne [sic, =Soren] Head M W 45 Married 16 yrs Denmark Denmark Denmark immigrated 1887 Naturalized Coal Dealer Owns
Wilson, Christina M Wife F W 40 Married 16 yrs 4 children/4 living Denmark Denmark Denmark
Wilson, Amanda K Dau F W 15 Single Iowa Denmark Denmark
Wilson, Viola Dau F W 13 Single Iowa Denmark Denmark
Wilson, Hazel M Dau F W 13 Single Iowa Denmark Denmark
Wilson, Jacob P Son M W 12 Single Iowa Denmark Denmark
Sorenson, Marius Boarder M W 25 Single Denmark Denmark Denmark Immigrated in 1909 Not naturalized Carpenter

The 1925 census provides a wealth of information about three generations of the family.

1925 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie County, Council Bluffs Ward 5, page 403, 919 6th Avenue
Wilson, Soren Head M W 59 Owns Free $6000 value 43 yrs in US, 43 yrs in Iowa naturalized 8th grade edu b Denmark; Father Wilson Peter b Denmark [no age, deceased], mother Myrtue Mette K b Denmark [no age, deceased] married Denmark
Wilson, Christiana Wife F W 55 35 yrs in US, 35 yrs in Iowa naturalized 8th grade b Denmark; Father Christanson [sic] Soren b Denmark [no age, deceased], mother Petersen Anna b Denmark [no age, deceased], married Denmark
Wilson, Hazel Dau F W 27 27 yrs in US, 27 yrs in Iowa 12th grade b Iowa b Iowa; Father Wilson Soren b Denmark age 59 mother Sorenson Christiana b Denmark age 55 married Iowa
Wilson, Jacob P Son M W 21 21 yrs in US, 21 yrs in Iowa 3yrs college b Iowa b Iowa; Father Wilson Soren b Denmark age 59 mother Sorenson Christiana b Denmark age 55 married Iowa
Wilson, Emmett S Son M W 12 12 yrs in US, 12 yrs in Iowa 7th grade b Iowa b Iowa; Father Wilson Soren b Denmark age 59 mother Sorenson Christiana b Denmark age 55 married Iowa

In 1925, Soren and Christiana's daughter Amanda is living next door to them.

1925 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie County, Council Bluffs Ward 5, page 403, 927 6th Avenue
Jensen, Olaf Head M W 39 Rents $25/mo 39 yrs in US, 20 yrs in Iowa 4th reader rural grade edu b Kansas; Father Jensen Soren b Denmark age 71 mother Christensen Christiana b Denmark age 69 married Denmark
Jensen, Amanda Wife F W 30 30 yrs in US, 30 yrs in Iowa 8th grade edu b Iowa; Father Wilson Soren b Denmark age 59 mother Sorenson Christiana b Denmark age 56 married Iowa
Jensen, Fern F W 9 9 yrs in US, 9 yrs in Iowa 4th grade edu b Iowa; Father Jensen Olaf b Kansas age 39 mother Jensen Amanda b Iowa age 30 married Iowa
Jensen, Russell M W 6 6 yrs in US, 6 yrs in Iowa 1st grade edu

1930 Federal Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, 8 April, Council Bluffs, District 28, page 8A, 907 6th Ave, Hse #169, Fam #182
Wilson, Soren P Head Owns, value $5500 M W 65 Married at age 29 Denmark Denmark Denmark Immigrated to US 1881, Naturalized Coal Dealer
Wilson, Christina M Wife F W 60 Married at age 24 Denmark Denmark Denmark Immigrated to US 1889, Naturalized
Wilson, Jacob Son M W 26 Single Iowa Denmark Denmark Driver, Coal Co
Wilson, Emmett S Son M W 17 Single In School Iowa Denmark Denmark

I expect that Emmet's middle name is Soren, like his father.

Alan Boucher adds these notes. Note that he refers to Soren as "my father" and "Dad." But in another place, discussing Amanda Wilson's husband, Olaf Jensen, he refers to Olaf as "Uncle Olaf." If Olaf was his uncle, Soren Wilson would be his grandfather. The relationship is thus unclear to me.

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Council Bluffs
Alan Kent Boucher, 2 Jan 2010

I bring this in because my father Soren Peter Wilson and his brother Willads Willadson took the contract to 'fill' the Rock Island Railroad yard. Dad told me of the equipment used -- contractor dump wagons -- scrapers, etc. The teams of horses, mules, etc. Not saying they owned it all. Dad told me of the number of men hired -- the number of teams -- I suppose some subcontracting. How I wish I had written it down or that we had recorders, etc. We have to be proud of Dad and Uncle Willis. They got money from owners and real estate developers to grade lots and open roads or streets or for taking the dirt out. They got money for the fill in the yards (R.I.R.R.). Dad and Uncle Willis got the R.I.R.R. yards to grade fill.

They tried every which way to get the Civil Engineering Dept. of the R.I.R.R. to approve the project for final payment. However, the Civil Engineering Dept. knew what they were doing and waited a month before inspecting the project. Meanwhile the 'fill' settled and Dad and Uncle Willis had to put in another foot of 'fill'. Anyhow, Dad and Uncle Willis made a fist full of money out of the project in a time when a dollar was a dollar. My Dad was a coal dealer in Council Bluffs for over 50 years. For years he had a pair of mastodon bones dug from the hills in the project exhibited on his dock at the coal office. Dad finally donated the bones to the Council Bluffs Public Library.

Soren ran the Western Fuel Company located on South Main Street in the 600 block. The coal yard was on South 6th Street [Perhaps 6th Avenue? The 1930 census has the home address in the 900 block of 6th Avenue] in the 1000 block. Both sites are on the west side of the street.

Coming to America

According to family testimony, Soren came to America circa 1881 when he was 16 years old. Aalborg and Sennels may have been only small farming communities with Brondersjar/slev and Thisted being "county" seats or the names of the railroad station. When either Soren or Kristena was coming across the Atlantic Ocean, the rudder on the ship became disabled. The ship took longer to reach America than expected. Food and water supplies ran out, imperiling the health and wellbeing of those aboard. [Note: According to the 1930 census above, Kristena (Christina) came to the US in 1889, while Soren had arrived in 1881.]
-- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/person/74952726/comments?pg=32768&pgpl=pid
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Birth

The Willadsen Family genealogy reports place of birth as Brønderslev

 Sources

  • Individual: 1930 Federal Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa - 8 April, Council Bluffs, District 28, page 8A, 907 6th Ave, Hse #169, Fam #182 - - Wilson, Soren P Head Owns, value $5500 M W 65 Married at age 29 Denmar - k Denmark Denmark Immigrated to US 1881, Naturalized Coal Dealer; Wil - son, Christina M Wife F W 60 Married at age 24 Denmark Denmark Denmar - k Immigrated to US 1889, Naturalized
    1925 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie County - Council Bluffs Ward 5, page 403, 919 6th Avenue - - Wilson, Soren Head M W 59 Owns Free $6000 value 43 yrs in US, 43 yrs i - n Iowa naturalized 8th grade edu b Denmark; Father Wilson Peter b De - nmark [no age, deceased], mother Myrtue Mette K b Denmark [no age, dec - eased] married Denmark; Wilson, Christiana Wife F W 55 35 yrs in US - , 35 yrs in Iowa naturalized 8th grade b Denmark; Father Christanso - n [sic] Soren b Denmark [no age, deceased], mother Petersen Anna b Den - mark [no age, deceased], married Denmark
    1910 Federal Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa - 18 April, Council Bluffs Ward 4, District 140, page 5B, 1701 So 9th St, Hse #102, Fam #103 - - Wilson, Sorne [sic, =Soren] Head M W 45 Married 16 yrs Denmark Denmar - k Denmark immigrated 1887 Naturalized Coal Dealer Owns; Wilson, Chris - tina M Wife F W 40 Married 16 yrs 4 children/4 living Denmark Denmar - k Denmark
    Ancestry Trees - Ancestry - - - Willadsen Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20805464/person/1022268185 - - Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 4 Mar 1865 in Brønderslev, Nordjylland, Denm - ark, Death 19 Feb 1944 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa; Parent - s Peder Peter Willadsen 1828–1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833
    Ancestry Stories - - "Willads [Niels] Pedersen lived out his life in Denmark. Willads [Pet - er] Willadsen and Soren Peter Wilson (brothers) came to America togeth - er. Willads Willadson changed the "e" to "o" in his name when he cam - e to America" -- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1 - 4201731/person/157723457/comments?pg=32768&pgpl=pid
    Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 - FamilySearch.org - - - - Soren Willadson, Age 29 (born abt 1865), Kirstine M Sorenson, Age 25 ( - b abt 1869); Marrriage 21 Nov 1894 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iow - a
    Ancestry Trees - Ancestry - - - - Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 03/04/1865 in Bronderslev, Denmark; Death 02 - /19/1944 in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Parents Peder (Peter) Willadsen 182 - 8–1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833; Wife Kristina Sorenson, Birth 04 - /25/1869 in Sennels, Viborg, Denmark, Death 10/18/1937 in Council Bluf - fs, Iowa -- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/142017 - 31/person/74952726
  • Birth:
    - 1930 Federal Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa - 8 April, Council Bluffs, District 28, page 8A, 907 6th Ave, Hse #169, Fam #182 - Wilson, Soren P Head Owns, value $5500 M W 65 Married at age 29 Denmark Denmark Denmark Immigrated to US 1881, Naturalized Coal Dealer; Wilson, Christina M Wife F W 60 Married at age 24 Denmark Denmark Denmark Immigrated to US 1889, Naturalized
    - 1925 Iowa State Census, Pottawattamie County - Council Bluffs Ward 5, page 403, 919 6th Avenue - Wilson, Soren Head M W 59 Owns Free $6000 value 43 yrs in US, 43 yrs in Iowa naturalized 8th grade edu b Denmark; Father Wilson Peter b Denmark [no age, deceased], mother Myrtue Mette K b Denmark [no age, deceased] married Denmark; Wilson, Christiana Wife F W 55 35 yrs in US, 35 yrs in Iowa naturalized 8th grade b Denmark; Father Christanson [sic] Soren b Denmark [no age, deceased], mother Petersen Anna b Denmark [no age, deceased], married Denmark
    - 1910 Federal Census, Pottawattamie County, Iowa - 18 April, Council Bluffs Ward 4, District 140, page 5B, 1701 So 9th St, Hse #102, Fam #103 - Wilson, Sorne [sic, =Soren] Head M W 45 Married 16 yrs Denmark Denmark Denmark immigrated 1887 Naturalized Coal Dealer Owns; Wilson, Christina M Wife F W 40 Married 16 yrs 4 children/4 living Denmark Denmark Denmark
    - Ancestry Trees - Ancestry - - - Willadsen Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20805464/person/1022268185 - Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 4 Mar 1865 in Brønderslev, Nordjylland, Denmark, Death 19 Feb 1944 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa; Parents Peder Peter Willadsen 1828–1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833
    - Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 - FamilySearch.org - - - Soren Willadson, Age 29 (born abt 1865), Kirstine M Sorenson, Age 25 (b abt 1869); Marrriage 21 Nov 1894 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
    - Ancestry Trees - Ancestry - - - Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 03/04/1865 in Bronderslev, Denmark; Death 02/19/1944 in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Parents Peder (Peter) Willadsen 1828–1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833; Wife Kristina Sorenson, Birth 04/25/1869 in Sennels, Viborg, Denmark, Death 10/18/1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa -- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/person/74952726
  • Spouse: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 - FamilySearch.org - - - Soren Willadson, Age 29 (born abt 1865), Kirstine M Sorenson, Age 25 (b abt 1869); Marrriage 21 Nov 1894 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
  • Death:
    - Ancestry Trees - Ancestry - - - Willadsen Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20805464/person/1022268185 - Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 4 Mar 1865 in Brønderslev, Nordjylland, Denmark, Death 19 Feb 1944 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa; Parents Peder Peter Willadsen 1828–1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833
    - Ancestry Stories - "Willads [Niels] Pedersen lived out his life in Denmark. Willads [Peter] Willadsen and Soren Peter Wilson (brothers) came to America together. Willads Willadson changed the "e" to "o" in his name when he came to America" -- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/person/157723457/comments?pg=32768&pgpl=pid
    - Ancestry Trees - Ancestry - - - Soren Peter Wilson, Birth 03/04/1865 in Bronderslev, Denmark; Death 02/19/1944 in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Parents Peder (Peter) Willadsen 1828–1906, Mette Catrine Myrtue b 1833; Wife Kristina Sorenson, Birth 04/25/1869 in Sennels, Viborg, Denmark, Death 10/18/1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa -- Alan Kent Boucher, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14201731/person/74952726

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