Christofersen Family Genealogy
Christofersen Family Genealogy

Our Folk Home Page - Index of Names and Surnames - Additional Resource Materials
Details for Christofersen Family
  See Descendency Chart for direct line to the Hart Family
  Ancestry.com users - See Christofersen Family Tree for individual charts.
1. Christian Christofersen - was born on 11 Mar 1851 in Norway and died in 1901 in Chicago, IL .
Christian married Josephine Helene Maria Larsen. Josephine was born on 14 Jan 1858 in Norway. She was the daughter of Hans Larsen and Anne Kristine Hansen. She died Sep 1940 in Naperville, Il .

Josephine -

Census: 1910 Chicago, Cook Co., Ill 1432 N. Artesian Ave
name relation age mar status born in father born mother born occupation
Josephine Christofersen head 53 wd Norwegian Norwegian Norwegian immigrated in 1892
Julia V. Christofersen daughter 32 S Illinois Norwegian Norwegian Bookkeeper - real estate
Arthur F. Christofersen son 23 S Illinois Norwegian Norwegian  
May V. Christoferen daughter 21 S Illinois Norwegian Norwegian Bookkeeper - electric company
Ruth E. Christofersen daughter 13 S Illinois Norwegian Norwegian  


Christian - occupation: Tailor - came with Josephine from Norway shortly after they were married. Made Custom boots and shoes.

Census: 1880 Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois - page 93B
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace  
Christian CHRISTOF Self M Male W 29 NOR Shoe Maker NOR NOR  
Josephine CHRISTOF Wife M Female W 23 NOR Keeping House NOR NOR  
Jolia CHRISTOF Dau S Female W 3 IL NOR NOR    
Carl CHRISTOF Son S Male W 2 IL NOR NOR    
Warrett CHRISTOF Dau S Female W 2M IL NOR NOR    


Ancestry as reported by Arthur W. Christofersen in 2002
10 Christian Christofersen -Born 11 Mar 1851 in Norway. Died 1901 in Chicago, IL. Occupation Shoemaker. Education ?. Religion Baptist. He married Josephine Helene Larsen.
11 Josephine Helene Larsen -Born 14 Jan 1858 in Norway. Died Sep 1940 in Naperville, IL. Occupation Homemaker. Education ?. Religion Baptist.
Fifth Generation
22 ? Larsen - Born in Norway. He married ? Gjerrud.
23 ? Gjerrud - Born in Norway.
Sixth Generation
46 John Gjerrud - Born in Norway. Occupation Tailor. He married Marthe Marie Olsen.
47 Marthe Marie Olsen - Born in Norway.
Seventh Generation
94 Franz Hanvik - Born in Norway. He married Charlotte Marie Block.
95 Charlotte Marie Block - Daughter of his majesty's master of the hounds, Kopenhagen. She was well educated, capable in needlework, painting, and marksmanship
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Julia Christofersen was born on 8 Aug 1877 and died in 1922 .

Julia - later shortened her name to Christofer as it is written on some of her music. . Never married - quite religious and strict. Lived in the Alcazar Hotel in Chicago which was a hang out for Al Capone, etc.
ii.  Carl Christofersen was born on 28 Sep 1878 and died on 25 Feb 1884 .

Carl - died at age 6 years of diptheria
iii.  Harriett Valdine Christofersen was born on 28 Apr 1880 and died on 31 Aug 1881 .
iv.  Valdine Harriett Christofersen was born on 27 Sep 1881 and died on 11 Dec 1966 in Chicago, Ill . See #2. below.
v.  Solva Christofersen was born on 19 Jun 1883 and died on 19 Jun 1883 .
vi.  Arthur Fridtjof Christofersen was born on 1 Jun 1886 and died on 30 Oct 1964 . See #3. below.
vii.  May Valborg Christofersen was born on 16 May 1888 in Chicago, Ill. and died Sep 1933 in Chicago, Illinois .
May married George Walter Kimball on 12 Aug 1915 in Chicago, Ill.. George was born on 6 Dec 1888 in Hingham, Mass.. He was the son of George Edward Kimball and Alice Tower Howland. He died on 29 Sep 1941 in Flossmoor, Ill .

May - She said her sisters would speak Norwegian on the phone when they didn't want the children to know what they were talking about. Julia, Valdine and May all quit school at 8th grade in order to support their brother Arthur through college (Oberlin)
 
.. May was never really well - she was hospitalized after each child was born with Post Partum Depression. Then had a 'Nervous Breakdown' which eventually caused her to die of Pneumonia in 1933.
See Kimball family for children.
viii.  Ruth Christofersen was born on 24 Aug 1896 and died in 1958 .
Ruth married Benard Slenker.

Benard - was from a Baronial German family (The Von Slenker's). He was very tall and thin with a full set of dentures.

Ruth - "Aunt Ruth loved all the 'nefoos and nieces' and spoiled them with darling cards on Birthdays, etc.
ix.  Rose Christofersen was born on 31 Mar 1885 and died on 31 Mar 1885 .
x.  twin boys Christofersen was born on 14 Feb 1902 and died on 14 Feb 1902 .
Image of Cristian Christofersen

Cristian Christofersen


taken in 1876
(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of Christian Christofersen

Christian Christofersen



(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of Josephine Helene Maria Larsen

Josephine Helene Maria Larsen


taken in 1876
(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of Julia Christofersen

Julia Christofersen


July 1915
(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of Carl Christofersen

Carl Christofersen



(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of May Valborg Christofersen

May Valborg Christofersen


July 5, 1915 at wedding of Arthur Christofersen and Julia Rau
(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of May Christofersen

May Christofersen



(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of Ruth Christofersen

Ruth Christofersen


July 1915
Image of Ruth Christofersen (Shlenker)

Ruth Christofersen (Shlenker)


July 1924
(Click here to view full size image.)
----- Second Generation -----
2. Valdine Harriett Christofersen - was born on 27 Sep 1881 and died on 11 Dec 1966 in Chicago, Ill . She was the daughter of Christian Christofersen and Josephine Helene Maria Larsen.
Valdine married Morris P Petersen. Morris was born in 1878/1879 in Wisconsin. He died in 1978 .

Morris - Morris spelled his name with the ON ending, but his cousin Raymond felt that with their Danish and Norwegian background they should spell it with an EN.

Census: 1930 Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Morris P. Petersen head 51 Wisconsin Denmark Denmark Postal Clerk
Valdine Petersen wife 48 Illinois Norway Norway  
Raymond A. Petersen son 22 Illinois Wisconsin Illinois Telephone Co. Repair Man
Valdine H. Petersen 17 Illinois Wisconsin Illinois    


Valdine - Married to a tall, grim Dane named Morris Peterson who had bushy eyebrows. He had a good sense of humor.
 
Valdine was a soprano with a great big voice. Ray was a self taught piano tuner - build at least three electronic organs. Ray later married a Helen who died in 1978, Ray also died in 1978.
Children:
i.  Raymond A Petersen

Raymond - was a telephone co repair man in 1930.
ii.  Valdine Hazel Petersen

Valdine - married Vaughn Mason.
Image of Valdine Christofersen

Valdine Christofersen


July 1915
(Click here to view full size image.)
Image of Valdine Chrsitofersen (Petersen)

Valdine Chrsitofersen (Petersen)


Valdine (left) with Grandma Josephine Larsen (Christofersen), Raymond Petersen and Aunt Ruth Christofersen (Slenker) taken about 1920 in Chicago and sent to Valdines cousin Rosalie in Norway.
3. Arthur Fridtjof Christofersen - was born on 1 Jun 1886 and died on 30 Oct 1964 . He was the son of Christian Christofersen and Josephine Helene Maria Larsen.
Arthur married Julia Maria Rau on 5 Jul 1915. Julia was born in Naperville, Ill..

Julia -

Papers of the American Board of Commisioners for Foreign Missions
Christofersen, Mrs. A. F., Julia
Appointed Missionaries. Missionaries appointed for life service.;
Africa, South Africa; Zulu
1915-


Arthur - was a missionary to Africa.
 
He and Julia both graduated from a small Baptist college, Shurtleff, in Alton, IL. It went out of existence and its campus was taken over by Southern Illinois U. He then received his BD from Crozer Seminary in Penn. And later while on furlough attended, and we believe received a MA degree from U of Chicago Divinity School.

Papers of the American Board of Commisioners for Foreign Missions
Christoferson, Arthur F.
Appointed Missionaries. Missionaries appointed for life service.;
Africa, South Africa; Zulu
1915-
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  June Rose Christofersen was born on 14 Jun 1916.

June - graduated as an art major from Oberlin College and returned to S. Africa to teach at Adams College where she met and married Eric Dahle, third generation Norwegean missionary family in S. A. who was also a teacher at Adams College. They have three children. Karin Dahle b. 8-9-?? graduate of Oberlin College, who married Michael Graham-Jolly and they have a son Anthony Wayne b. 12-27-84; Christopher Dahle, also an Oberlin grad who married Allice Ericksen and who have a son Neil Einar b. 6-6-85; Jennifer Dahle who married Paul Smithymann and they have a daughter Robyn b. 11-13-85 June lives in Durban South Africa. Eric Died I believe in 1999 or 2000
ii.  Beatrice Ruth Christofersen was born on 16 Apr 1918. See #4. below.
iii.  Mabel Alice Christofersen was born on 18 Nov 1921.

Mabel - graduated from Northcentral College in home economic which she taught at Inanda Seminary, S. Africa. She is now retired and living in Durban, S. Africa in Durban.

Christopherson, Mabel Alice.

 
Associate Missionaries, including Term Workers. Missionaries not appointed for life, but for a specific period. The definition changed slightly over time, but this category included medical missionaries, single women, and wives of appointed missionairi Africa; South Africa. 1945 - ?
 
(Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions: Missionary Index)
iv.  Howard Rau Christofersen was born on 9 Aug 1923 in Chicago, IL. See #5. below.
v.  Arthur Wilbur Christofersen was born on 6 May 1925.
Arthur married Audrey Lamb.

Arthur - graduate of Oberlin College & Chicago Theological Seminary married on 6-27-49 in Auburn, ME to Audrey Lamb b. 10-28-25 a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Children:
 
Lois Marie Christofersen b. 7-13-50 graduate of U of Illinois School of Nursing married to Dennis Huminiak b. 4-21-45 They have two boys: Joseph Arthur Huminiak b. 12-11-77 & Nicholas Aaron Huminiak b. 11-29--82. Lois lives in Chicago Arthur Frederick Christofersen b. 7-7-52 graduate in photograpy from Southern Illinois U lives in Aurora, IL Jon Eric Christofersen b. 6-8-56 graduate of Southern Illinois U Medical School. Married 10-27-84 to Theresa Nyberg b. 5-17-56 who was previously married to a Jerry Lynd with whom they had two sons, Nathan Lynd & Tim Lynd. Jon & Theresa have two children: Jessica Christofersen b. 2-5-86 & Michael Jon Christofersen b. 8-13-88 They live in Batavia, IL Scott Howard Christofersen b. 9-30-69 graduate of Ripon College in Psych and Philosophy now completing a masters degree in counseling from Antioch U in Seattle, WA where he currently lives.
 
Was a Congregationist Minister. Later ran a retirement home in Glenwood. Has an old farm in Wisconsin for a retirement home.
Image of Arthur Fridjtof Christofersen

Arthur Fridjtof Christofersen



(Click here to view full size image.)
----- Third Generation -----
4. Beatrice Ruth Christofersen - was born on 16 Apr 1918. She is the daughter of Arthur Fridtjof Christofersen and Julia Maria Rau.
Beatrice married Charles Goodrich.

Charles -


 
st1\{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } I thought I’d give your family an update on the Christofersen family and explain how I am related. First of all, my siblings and I refer to Beatrice (Christoferson) Goodrich McLaskey as Grandma Bea. She is the step-mother of my father John I. ‘Jack’ Goodrich. Donald, Steven and Bill are my Dad’s half brothers. Bill or William Henry Goodrich McLaskey was married just on New Years eve in 2005 and at that time, Bill and his new wife Suzanne both changed their official last name to Goodrich. William Henry Goodrich (McLaskey) Married: Suzanne Marie Watts 12-31-2005 Creator Lutheran Church, Bonney Lake, WA.

 
(email from Jared Goodrich - Mar 2009)

  Then Beatrice married Robert M McLaskey in 1959. Robert was born on 22 Feb 1920. He died on 27 Dec 1998 in Mount Vernon, Skagit, Washington . (Sources: - 1)

Beatrice -
 
graduated with a degree in music from Northcentral College, Naperville, IL, married Charles Goodrich a widower with two sons: Charles Howard Goodrich, Jr.b. 1933? Graduate of Oberlin in English, married Leslyn and they have a girl & 4 boys; Jack Goodrich b. 1935? married to Marcia Frye and they have two girls and two boys.
 
Beatrice & Charles had three boys:
 
Donald (Goodrich) Mclaskey b. 2-2-50 married to Susan Hill and their children are Gregory Christofer Howard & Anna Kathleen Howard b. 12-10-87.
 
Steven Earl (Goodrich) Mclaskey b. 5-24-53 married to Susan Riley. William (Bill) Henry (Goodrich) Mclaskey who is single.
 
Bea lives in Mt Vernon, Washington.
 
She married Robert McLaskey in 1959 at a wedding in the Sandwich, IL church where her brother Arthur Christofersen was serving at the time and officiated the wedding.
Children with Charles Goodrich
i.  Steven Earl Goodrich McLaskey was born on 24 May 1953.
Steven married Susan Riley.

Steven -

email from Becky Spooner - Aug 2008

 
One of our “cousins” is a professor at Maharishi University! His name is Steve McLaskey. I looked him up on the university’s website and it says he is the Director of M.U.M. Organic Farms.
 
He is the son of Beatrice Christofersen McLaskey.
 
(Our mother’s cousin Arthur Wilbur Christofersen (Bea’s brother) told me about this.)


Maharishi International University

 
Assistant Professor of Biology and Agriculture
 
B.S. Maharishi International University, 1989
 
M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University, 1994, 1997
 
Steve McLaskey leads the University’s undergraduate program in sustainable agriculture. He manages the organic vegetable garden and permaculture fruit orchard that are used as outdoor laboratories. His efforts are largely responsible for bringing organic food to the campus dining halls and making the University’s food service a model for such large universities as Yale and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Image of Steve McLaskey

Steve McLaskey



5. Howard Rau Christofersen - was born on 9 Aug 1923 in Chicago, IL. He is the son of Arthur Fridtjof Christofersen and Julia Maria Rau.
Howard married Ruth Gregersen.

Ruth -

Christopherson, Mrs. H.R.

 
Associate Missionaries, including Term Workers. Missionaries not appointed for life, but for a specific period. The definition changed slightly over time, but this category included medical missionaries, single women, and wives of appointed missionairi Africa; South Africa. 1953 - ? Ruth Gregerson, R.N.
 
(Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions: Missionary Index)


Howard - gradulate of Wabash College and U of Illinois Medical School. Howard worked in McCord Hospital, Durban, S. Africa for 10 years & was medical super the last two. Now retired living in Anacortes, WA.

Christopherson, Howard Rau.

 
Associate Missionaries, including Term Workers. Missionaries not appointed for life, but for a specific period. The definition changed slightly over time, but this category included medical missionaries, single women, and wives of appointed missionairi Africa; South Africa. 1953 - ?
 
(Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions: Missionary Index)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  David Enjar Christofersen was born on 2 Jul 1950.

David - lives in Menominee Falls, Wisconsin.
ii.  Paul Arthur Christofersen was born on 24 Jan 1952.

Paul - married to Nancy Derringer with whom he had two children - Dianna Christofersen b. 1-29-74 and Christian Christofersen b. 11-23-75. Paul & Nancy divorced. He then married Katherine Cochrine, a lawyer and English instructor at Univ. of Chicago. They live in Northern Indiana, and they have two children: Sarah Ruth Christofersen b. 9-19-89 & Aubrey Dean Christofersen b. 1-29-97;
iii.  Mark Rau Christofersen was born on 12 May 1953.

Mark - A pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Nashville Tennessee. Married Bette Burton and they have two children Charles Burton Christofersen b. 11-18-1989 (adopted) & Clair Lynn Christofersen b. 6-8-1990.
iv.  Lynn Marie Christofersen was born on 15 Nov 1955.

Lynn - Married Jon Metzger. Runs Whispering winds wind chime factory in Anacortes Washington.
v.  Karen Ruth Christofersen was born on 12 Jan 1963.

Karen - A school teacher in Minneapolis Minnesota. Changed name to Karen Ruth.
Sources:
1 Social Security Death Index

Last change (on this page): Friday, August 15, 2008
The Our Folk Genealogy Pages were compiled by Albert Douglass Hart, Jr. based on the original "Our Folk" compiled by Albert Thomas Hart in 1972 with help from Albert Douglass Hart Sr, Cara Hart and lots of other family members.

To report errors or omissions, request information or share sources or photos, Please send email to Albert Douglass Hart, Jr.