Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson


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Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson was born February 8, 1843, in Denmark, and died January 15, 1924, at Grandview Nursing Home, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA, at age 80. Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA. He is the son of Michael Rasmussen (1813 = 1842) of Klakring, Denmark, and Kirsten Rasmusdatter of Denmark.

Sophia Amelia Hansen was born September, 1841, in Denmark, and died 1905 in Iowa, at about age 64. Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sophia Amelia Hansen were married about 1861 in Denmark.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sophia Amelia (Hansen) Mikkelson had several children:

  1. Andrew Mikkleson: Born about 1863 in Denmark; Died Unknown.
  2. Serena Christina "Tena" Mikkleson: Born November 15, 1862 in Klakring, Vejle, Denmark; Died March, 1927, in Iowa (age 64). Arrived in the U. S. A. in 1877. Married 1889 in Unknown to Nels P. Sorenson: Born about 1868 in Denmark; Died 1945 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE (about age 77).
  3. Nelse Michael "Mick" Mikkleson: Born May 1, 1864, in Klakring, Vejle, Denmark; Died July 24, 1939, in Belvedere Twp., Monona Co., IA (age 75). Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA. Married November 27, 1889, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA, to Paulina "Pauline" Nickoliasen: Born about 1871 in Denmark; Died Unknown. Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA. Her parents are Jacob Nickolaison and Line Krogeland.
  4. Nels Anton Mikkleson: Born February 9, 1866, in Klakring, Vejle, Denmark; Died September 9, 1950, in Iowa, at age 84. Buried in Little Sioux Cemetery, Little Sioux, Harrison Co., IA. Married (1) February 4, 1890, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA, to Johanna Christine Mattison: Born about 1868 in Hansen, Denmark; Died Unknown. Her parents are Mattison Peterson and Hancina Jurgenson. Married (2) March 30, 1895, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA, to Gertrude Robbins: Born about 1876 in Iowa; Died Unknown. She is the daughter of Evans Robbins and Susan O'Conner.
  5. Nels Peter Mikkleson: Born December 2, 1868, in Klakring, Vejle, Denmark; Died May, 1928, in Iowa (age 59).
  6. Yorgenia Marie "Gena" Mikkleson: Born February 22, 1871, in Boston, MA; Died October 16, 1949, in Rodney, Monona Co., IA (age 78). Buried in Little Sioux Township Cemetery, Smithland, Woodbury Co., IA.  Married (1) November 5, 1887, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA, to Jorgen Peter "John" Skow: Born January 7, 1865, in Klakring, Vejle, Denmark; Died November 17, 1900, in Rodney, IA (age 35). Buried in Little Sioux Township Cemetery, Smithland, Woodbury Co., IA. He is the son of Hans Christian Schou of Klejs, Vejle, Denmark, and Kjersten "Christina" Jorgensen of Gammelbye, Stovby, Denmark. Married (2) September, 1904, in Iowa, to Jens Jorgen Garved: Born September 2, 1867, in Horsens, Nordjylland, Denmark; Died August, 1942, in Iowa (age 74). Buried in Little Sioux Township Cemetery, Smithland, Woodbury Co., IA. 
  7. Peter Vissel Mikkleson: Born March 26, 1875, in Iowa; Died April, 1952, in Unknown (age 80).
  8. Tora Mikkleson: Born about 1876 in Iowa; Died about 1878 in Iowa (about age 2). 
  9. Tora Mikkleson: Born June 25, 1884, in Iowa; Died August 19, 1901, in Monona Co., IA (age 16). Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA. Married May 3, 1901, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA, to Nels Fuombo Fynbo: Born February 24, 1877, in Barrit, Denmark; Died September 1, 1945, in New Orleans, LA (age 68). His parents are Gus Fynbo and Marie Mortenson.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson then married Sorina Caroline (Hansen) Rounsborg.

Sorine Caroline "Serina" Rasmussen was born August 8, 1842, in Hyrup, Vejle, Denmark, and died January 19, 1895, in Turin, Monona Co., IA, at age 52. She is the daughter of Soren Rasmussen of Stouby, Denmark, and Ane Christine "Annie" Sorensdatter of Denmark.

Sorine Caroline "Serina" Rasmussen was first married to Fredrik Christian Rounsborg.

Fredrik Christian Rounsborg was born January 25, 1837, in Barret Sogn, Denmark, and died July 14, 1900, in Turin, Monona Co., IA, at age 63. He is the son of Rasmus Nielsen and Maren Nielsdatter.

Fredrik Christian Rounsborg and Sorine Caroline "Serina" Rasmussen were married about 1855 in Denmark.

Unknown and Sorina Caroline (Hansen) Unknown had eight children:

  1. Cena Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  2. Marian Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  3. Rasmus Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  4. Christina "Stena" Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  5. Soren R. Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  6. Martin Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  7. Anton "Tony" Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.
  8. Marie Rounsborg: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sorine Caroline (Rasmussen) Rounsborg were married October 5, 1906, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sorine Caroline (Rasmussen) (Rounsborg) Mikkleson had no children.




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Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sophia Amelia (Hansen) Mikkelson Family Photo.


Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sophia Amelia (Hansen) Mikkelson Family Identities.


Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson and Sophia Amelia (Hansen) Mikkelson Family Story.


Rasmus Mikkelson's father, Michael Rasmussen, was killed in a bridge construction accident before Rasmus was born. Rasmus Mikkelson's original name was Rasmus Mikkelson Nymand.  When he immigrated to the US in late 1871 with his family of 5 children, the Nymand name was dropped, either through customs mistake or he just decided to make his name simpler. A sixth child was born in Boston, MA, in 1872 so the family must have entered the US through Boston.

Fredrik Christian Rounsborg was born January 25, 1837, in Barret Sogn, Denmark.

Amelia Hansen was born September 1841 in Denmark.

Sorine Caroline "Serena" Rasmussen was born August 8, 1842, in Hyrup, Vejle, Denmark.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkleson was born February 8, 1843, in Denmark.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkleson and Amelia Hansen were married about 1861 in Denmark.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkleson and Amelia Hansen arrived in USA in 1871.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 21, 1880 shows Erasmus Mickelson (age 37) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents is a Farmer living in Sioux Twp., Monona Co., IA. Living with him is his wife, Amelia Mickelson (age 39) born Denmark to Danish-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living with him are his five unmarried children, all born to Danish-born parents: Micheal Mickelson (age 16) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents, who Works on Farm; Andrew Mickelson (age 14) born in Denmark, who Works on Farm; Nels P. Mickelson (age 13) born in Denmark, who Works on Farm; Gena Mickelson (age 9) born in Iowa; and Peter W. Mickelson (age 5) born in Iowa. A Swedish Farmer and wife also live in the Household.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 18, 1900 shows Rasmus Mickelson (age 57) born February 1843 in Denmark to Danish-born parents and a Naturalized citizen emigrating in 1873 is a Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in Sioux Twp., Monona Co., IA. Living with him is his wife of 38 years, Ameala Mickelson (age 58) born September 1841 in Denmark to Danish-born parents and emigrating in 1873, with 7 of the 8 children born to her still alive. Also living with him are his three children: Viriel Mickelson (age 25) born March 1873 in Massachusetts to Danish-born parents, an unmarried Farm Laborer; Tora Mickelson (age 16) born January 1884 in Iowa to Danish-born parents, unmarried; and Anthone Mikkelson (age 34) born February 1866 in Denmark and a Naturalized citizen emigrating in 1873, a Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage; Anthone's wife of 10 years, Stena Mikkelson (age 32) born May 1868 in Denmark to Danish-born parents and having emigrated in 1888, with 3 of the 4 children born to her still alive; and Anthone's children, all born in Iowa to Danish-born parents: Sphis Mikkelson (age 6) born October 1893; Sena Mikkelson (age 4) born September 1895; and Harry Mikkelson (age 3) born March 1897. A Boarder also lives in the Household.

Sophia Amelia (Hansen) Mikkleson died 1905 in Iowa.

Rasmus Nymand Mikkleson and Sorine Caroline (Rasmussen) Rounsborg were married October 5, 1906, in Onawa, Monona Co., IA.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 21, 1910 shows Rasmus Mikkalson (age 67) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents and a Naturalized citizen emigrating in 1873 and in his second marriage has his Own Income and is living on Oak Street, 2nd Ward, City of Onawa, Franklin Twp., Monona Co., IA. Living with him is his wife of 3 years, Sorina Mikkalson (age 66) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents and in her second marriage, with all 6 children born to her still alive.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 9, 1910 shows Nels Anton Mikkleson (age 44) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents having emigrated in 1871 and a naturalized citizen is a General Farmer owning his own farm in Little Sioux Twp., Harrison Co., IA. Living with him is his wife of 20 years, Christena Mikkleson (age 42) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents and emigrating in 1885, with 5 of the 6 children born to her still living. Also living at home are their unmarried children, all born in Iowa to Danish-born parents: Sophus Mikkleson (age 17) a Home Farm Laborer; Harry Mikkleson (age 13); Raymond Mikkleson (age 11); and Stella Mikkleson (age 5).

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 12, 1920 shows Rasmus Mikklesen (age 76) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents and emigrating in 1873 and becoming a Naturalized citizen in 1881 is a widowed Inmate living  in the Danish Old People's Home, 1919 Grand Tier Avenue, 5th Ward, City of Des Moines, Polk Co., IA. Numerous others also live there.

The 1920 U.S. Census taken on January 23, 1920 shows Nels A. Mikkleson (age 54) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents and a naturalized citizen emigrating in 1870 and naturalized in 1876 is a General Farmer with Real Estate worth $8,000 owning his own farm in Little Sioux Twp., Harrison Co., IA. Living with him is his wife Christiana Mikkleson (age 50) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents and a naturalized citizen emigrating in 1871 and naturalized in 1890. Also living at home are their unmarried children, all born in Iowa to Danish-born parents: Harry A. Mikkleson (age 22) a General Farm Laborer; Raymon R. Mikkleson (age 20) a Home Farm Laborer; Estella P. Mikkleson (age 16); and Glenn Mikkleson (age 6).

Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson died January 15, 1924, at Grandview Nursing Home, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA, at age 80. Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA.


Rasmus Nymand Mikkelson Death Certificate.


The 1925 Iowa State Census U.S. Census taken on January 1, 1925 shows Thos. Bothwell (age 54) and having lived in Iowa for 54 years is renting his home in Sioux Twp., Monona Co., IA. Living with him is his wife, Sara Bothwell (age 44) and having lived in Iowa for 43 years. Also living there are his children: Loyd Elmer Bothwell (age 14) and having lived in Iowa for 14 years; Joseph L. Bothwell (age 4) and having lived in Iowa for 4 years; Josephine L. Bothwell (age 4) and having lived in Iowa for 4 years; and married daughter, Bessie Bartell (age 27) and having lived in Iowa for 27 years. Also living there are Thos.'s 2 grandchildren: Cleo E. Bartell (age 6) and having lived in Iowa for 6 years with mother of Bessie Bothwell, born about 1898 in Iowa, and father of Geo. Bartelt, born about 1893 in Iowa, who were married in Sioux City, IA; and Thos. F. Bartell (age 3) and having lived in Iowa for 2 years.

The 1925 Iowa State Census U.S. Census taken on January 1, 1925 shows Tony Bartell (age 3) born in Iowa with mother of Bessie Bothwell, born in Iowa, and father of Geo. Bartelt, born in Iowa, is living with his aunt, Elizabeth Wahlert, in Greeley, Audubon Co., IA.


MIKKLESON FAMILY REUNION

The Mikkleson families held a reunion at Blue Lake, Onawa, Iowa on Sunday, July 20th with fifty-seven present and they want to say they missed eighteen who were not able to be present. All brought well filled baskets and as usual, some didn't feel so 'well' after the big picnic dinner. Those present were, N. P. Peterson and wife, Wm. Peterson and family, N. A. Mikkleson and family, all of Little Sioux; M. Mikkleson and family, Anton Daugard and family, Chet Blackman and wife of Moorhead; M. Skow and family of Homer, Nebr.; Daisy Mikkleson and daughter Margaret of Grand Island, Nebr.; Mrs. Calvin Smith, H. A. Mikkleson and family of Long Island, N. Y.; Mrs. Garvid and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Scot, Visssel Mikkleson, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Madsen, E. Skow and family of Rodney, Iowa. The afternoon was spent in visiting, bathing, etc., and all went home declaring they had a fine time and wishing they might all meet again next year.


History of Monona County, Iowa, National Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, 1890

Rasmus Mikkleson came to the county in 1875, and in the following year settled on a portion of section 11, this town, where he now lives.


Nelse Michael "Mick" Mikkleson died July 24, 1939, in Belvedere Twp., Monona Co., IA (age 75). Buried in Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cemetery, Ute, Monona Co., IA.


Nelse Michael "Mick" Mikkleson Death Certificate.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on May 20, 1930 shows Antone Mikleson (age 64) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents emigrating in 1870 and a naturalized citizen is a widowed General Farmer with Real Estate worth $8,000 owning his own farm in Little Sioux Twp., Harrison Co., IA. Living with him are his two sons, both born in Iowa to Danish-born parents: Rayman Mikleson (age 29) a General Farmer; and Glen Mikleson (age 18) a Public Road Laborer. 

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 7, 1930 shows Theodore Walter (age 27) born in New York to German born parents is a married Clerk in a Butcher Shop. Possibly not relevant.


Council Bluffs Iowa Nonpariel, Council Bluffs, IA, May 8, 1955

Visit Little Sioux

LITTLE SIOUX - Pvt. Harry Mikkleson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mikkleson, and Pvt. Harlan Gahm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gahm, are home on leave from Ft. Bliss, Texas. They just completed basic training.


1915 Harrison County, Iowa History, pp. 963, 964, 965

N. A. Mikkleson - The Danish-American citizens of Harrison county, Iowa, have been universally successful in whatever line of work they choose to follow. Some of the most substantial farmers of the county have come from Denmark, and among this number N. A. Mikkleson occupies a prominent place. Starting out in a very humble way, as a farmer, Mr. Mikkleson now has more than three hundred acres of excellent land in Little Sioux township, and his prosperity is the direct result of his own individual efforts. Notwithstanding the fact that he has been so successful in a material way, he has not neglected to take an active part in the civic life of his community, and has held various official positions with satisfaction to his fellow citizens.

N. A. Mikkleson, the son of Rasmus and Amelia (Hansen) Mikkleson, was born on February 9, 1866, in Denmark. His parents came to the United States about 1870, and landed at Boston, Massachusetts. His father had been a weaver in his home country, but upon coming to the United States, he worked as a day laborer in Boston for the first two years. The family came west and located in Monona county, Iowa. Some Mormons had squatted on a claim in the hills, but the senior Mikkleson bought them out for ten dollars, and in a dug-out which the Mormons had constructed, the family lived for three years. There were seven in the family and the dug-out had only one room, but it was the best they could do. When the family left the train at Dunlap, there were nine of them and their worldly assets consisted of five dollars in cash. Rasmus Mikkleson settled down to work with that energy which characterizes the people of his race and eventually became a substantial and influential citizen of Monona county. Several years ago he retired from active work and is now living a life of ease and retirement in Onawa, Monona county, Iowa. Mr. Mikkleson does not know very much concerning his mother's family. It is known that they were originally from France, and fled from that country during the French Revolution and took refuge in Denmark.

N. A. Mikkleson was four years of age when his parents came from Denmark to Boston, Massachusetts, and six years of age when they located in Iowa. He received his education in the district schools of Monona county, and remained at home until he was married. He then bought one hundred and twenty acres of land in Monona county, for which he paid thirteen dollars an acre. He improved this farm and, a few years later, bought sixty acres more. He lived on his Monona county farm for ten years and then sold it for thirty-five dollars an acre. He invested his money in land in Harrison county in 1901, buying three hundred and twenty-seven and one-half acres in Little Sioux township. He paid thirty-five dollars an acre for this land and since then has been offered one hundred and twenty-five dollars an acre for it, which shows the remarkable increase in land values since he first acquired the farm.

When Mr. Mikkleson came here with his parents, the farmers in Iowa did all their plowing with oxen, and, in fact, they hauled their grain to market with oxen. Today, Mr. Mikkleson hauls his grain to market in more modern ways, and he even uses a gasoline engine to do all of his plowing. He can now plow more land in half a day than his father could plow in a week with oxen, and do it better and with infinitely more ease. With his farm of more than three hundred acres, Mr. Mikkleson is an extensive grain and stock raiser, feeding most of his grain to stock, which he fattens for the market. Few farms in the state are better equipped for progressive farming and Mr. Mikkleson ranks among the most progressive of his county.

N. A. Mikkleson was married on February 4, 1889, to Christina MATTISON, who is also a native of Denmark, a daughter of Peter Mattison and wife. Her mother died when she was a small girl. Her parents came to the United States in 1886 and located in Monona county, Iowa. N. A. and Christina (Mattison) Mikkleson have seven children, six of whom are living, Rasmus, October 15, 1890, died on March 22, 1898; Sophia, born on October 15, 1892; Sena, September, 1894; Harry, March 22, 1898; Raymond, July 5, 1900; Stella, July 27, 1904; Glenn, March 9, 1912. Sena is the only child married. She married Floyd Alton and lives on a farm in Little Sioux township, and has one son, Leo M.

The family are loyal members of the Lutheran church and are greatly interested in all of its activities. Mr. Mikkleson is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He has always given his loyal support to the Democratic party. He has served on the school board and was treasurer of that body in his township for four years. He has also been trustee and at the present time is serving as treasurer of his township. In every official position, he has rendered his fellow citizens faithful and efficient service, and, consequently, is eminently deserving of the high esteem in which he is held by everyone who knows him.


The History of Harrison Co., IA, printed 1981.

Andrew Armstrong - Andrew Armstrong was born in County Derry, Minniemoore, Ireland and came to the United States in 1864 with his wife and four children. His wife died shortly after their arrival. He placed the three younger children, Frank, Hattie and Elizabeth in foster homes in New York, where they lived all of their lives. The oldest son, William remained with his father.  Andrew joined the Union Army on Nov 19, 1867, near the close of the Civil War. He served three years. While on guard duty at a town well in Richmond, Virginia, he met a young girl who came to get water. She was Sarah Elizabeth Willix, born Jan 7, 1850
in Richmond Virginia. Andrew and Sarah were married November 19, 1869.

Andrew was in Wyoming when he received his discharge from the army. They migrated to Kansas then later, moved to Little Sioux, Iowa, where they engaged in farming north of Little Sioux along the foothills. When they retired, they moved to an acreage in River Sioux where they spent their remaining years.

Ten children were born to this union, seven reaching adulthood. They were Andrew Jr. who married Minnie White. Their children were: Blanche Wiltfonge, Edna Schmitt, Addie Withem, Irvin and Ellen Small, Robert who married Minda Conyers. Their children were Lavida Denny and Emile. Sarah married Thomas Bothwell. Their children were Bessie Forsen, Ethel Nelson, Bertha Kidder, Leonna Powell, Lloyd Thomas, Joseph and Josephine, twins. Joseph married Ethel Kerr. Their children were Bruce, Rose Ramsey, Hugh, Phil, Elizabeth Crabb, Wayne and Lyle. John married Anna Anderson and their children were Floyd, Earl and Inez.  George married Grace Mortesen.  They had one daughter, Dorothy Young. Grace died at Dorothy's birth. He then married Nettie Bothwell. Their children were Pearl Wood, Eugene and Imogene Haller who were twins. Ella married Irvin Cross. They had four boys; Gordon, Leo, Eldon, Donald.  After her husband's death, she married Henry Little and they had one son Jack Little. Three other children, Mattie, twins Benjamin and Thomas died in early childhood. The living children after marriage all engaged in farming in or near the Little Sioux area. They all lived to be octogenarians except George who died at the age of 55 years. The only living member at this writing is Ella Little who lived in River Sioux.  Andrew passed away Sep. 1922, and Sarah in Sep. 23, 1930. Both are buried in Little Sioux cemetery.

Note: There is a picture of Andrew and Sarah with this article.