Around 1800 there was war in almost all of Europe, France with their allies on one side and England with their on the other side.

In the middle were the neutral countries of Denmark-Norway and Russia, but in March 1801 sailed a fleet of British ships against Denmark in order to get the Danish Crown Prince Frederik to understand that he should not let the Danish ships sail for France. When the Danish fleet was prepared for winter, they could easily defeat the few Danish ships were ready after winter, the Crown Prince Frederik Accepted to Danish ships would not sail to French ports.
The Danish King Christian VII suffered from dementia praecox, why it was Crown Prince Frederik who reigned from the time he was 16 years old.
If you have heard of the Danish film "A royal affair" it's King Christian VII, there is the King and his son Crown Prince Frederik 4 years old.

Napoleon Bonaparte came to power in 1804 and subsequently lost their French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. but when France won on land, there came an alliance between France and Russia, therefore the British fear that the Danish fleet would fall into French hands.

In September 1807 let England a large fleet and 30,000 soldiers departing from England to Copenhagen to secure the Danish fleet, which at the time was the third largest in Europe, after fighting led by Lord Nelson, the British bombarded Copenhagen with fire rockets that put almost all of Copenhagen in fire, then surrendered the crown prince himself.
The British took 79 warships including 17 ships of the line with 3 gun deck, 17 frigates with 2 gun deck and 45 smaller warships with 1 gun deck. In addition, 243 other ships it was almost all the Danish merchant fleet.
And all the vessels responded to 90,000 oak trees over 100 years old.
Denmark was the neutral, and the Danish warships were used only to escort the Danish merchant ships against pirates and privateers, at that time Denmark had what today is called the United States Virgin Islands, there were 2 forts with trading post on the African west coast, a fort at Tarangambadi, Tamil Nadu, India, which also served as a trading post, Nicobar islands, Serampore trading post, in addition, Iceland and Greenland, and why I write Denmark-Norway was that Norway was part of Denmark at the time.
The Danish crown prince would let a new naval construction, but there were no oak trees, where a country must be covered by 12-13% forest so that it can meet its own needs for timber, Denmark was covered only by 2-3%, reason for that was, that Denmark had spent a lot of timber for house construction and the Danish ships.
The Danish Crown Prince issued a decree in 1807 that where before there had been forest was again afforested, regardless of what was on the ground.
But Denmark lacked many good forest ranger, therefore let Tirsbaek castle near Vejle in 1808, to pick someone as far away as Hannover in Germany, and it was Johan Frederik Jacob Märtens. It subsequently took a Danish local girl Christiane Hansen as he the January 25, 1812 married in Engum church close to Vejle. Johan Frederik Jacob Märtens ended up being manager for all forester on the castle
And that was the beginning of family Martens Vejle.  So no war no family
They had 4 children all born in Engum, where the youngest Carl Frederik Märtens born 1815 is the one we must follow, he married and moved to Daugaard close to Engum, he got 2 boys Frederik Carl born 1848 in Daugård who was a carpenter and Thomas Christian born 1852 in Daugård who was master builder and later grocery store in Juelsminde. There are still Märtens descendants of Thomas Christian Märtens in Juelsminde.
Frederick Carl became known as mill builder and shipbuilder and a familiar face in Vejle. If you look at the family tree, then look under View profile there you will find photos there are both taken from Vejle city archive, I will later make references on the Internet.
Frederick Carl Märtens married Sidsel Marie and they had 5 children.
Firstborn was Carl Frederik known as the bedstefar (grandfather) there also was trained as a carpenter and later traveled with his father on the tasks of building mills, saw him, we will return to later.
Second-born, Jens Marinus who got her own hair salon in Vejle.han got 2 children, a daughter Anna there was clerk and married a mail man and a boy Ejgil there was rope maker, he remained unmarried.
The third-born, Anna Katrine Marie Märtens, she also married a post man and she had 3 children all in Denmark.
The fourth-born was Einar Christian Märtens he traveled to the United States 4 oct 1921 where he met a Danish girl and married her and they had a son in Endicott, but traveled back to Denmark around 1928 and established himself in a village close to Vejle
The last was Emil Andreas Märtens, he came to America and settled in the State of Maine, he married Margaret E Merrill and they had 6 children. Several of Emil's descendants live in Maine, Florida and New Jersey.
The family tree spreads perhaps a bit much, but it's to see if it fits together, but when in looking at it, style your curser over the person and then key on view profile, here is all the information I have found. I will make a list of the places online where there is information about Märtens people who are also on the tree.
Carl Frederik known as the bedstefar met Agnes Margaret Brabrand known as the bedstemor in Randers where he and his father were at work, and here was Frederick Carl Martens born in 1899 and based in Vejle again was Carl Frederick born in 1900, this Carl Frederik was my wife's father, bedstefar left bedstemor for a younger woman Anna Christine Petrea Vilhelmine Marianne Christensen and they had 5 children in Denmark and 2 in Endicott, one of the children in Denmark died after 16 days, Anna CPVM died in Endicott about 1916 and here was bedstefar now alone with the 2 girls who had come over with their mother in 1910 the 2 boys who had been born in Endicott, so he sent for Agnes Margaret Brabrand who came over in 1919 when they were married, 5 of the 6 children of bedstefar traveled over to family in Endicott, only my father in law was back, even though he had tickets to the same boat departure as his older brother in 1921.
Do you have specific questions, please contact me and I will try to answer as best I can

Emil Andreas Martens history before US

Chapter 1.

 As I have written, I would look at Emil Andreas Martens life after his mother died when Emil was 9 years old in 1904 and he traveled to the United States on May 29, 1913. I have been in Denmark's state archive several times in the last two weeks there is more than 100 restricted documents concerning his life in that period. 

 I have had access to those documents, there were also letters from his father to the authorities. But since the language back then it was flourishing and completely different language than today may be many misunderstandings in the statement for your language in those documents. I hope you will be me help with the corrections that might come so we end up with the correct understanding. 

 Emil's father Frederick Carl Martens went to Vejle social services in early 1907 when he wanted help because he could not control Emil. He expressed that Emil did not fit his schooling and he was tough and had a defiant mind, bad behavior and tramps. 

 The custody of minors is not always a straightforward matter if the biological father are unable to take charge himself. And April 22, 1907 gave Emil Andreas Martens father up. Emil was now sent on the first institution "Orø strand" in 1907 driven by the "Christian Association Public accused and punished Children's Life."


Chapter 2. 

This placement on Orø strand was decided by Vejle municipality after obtaining information from his school teacher and that his father had tried to send him to his uncle in Juelsminde, where his performance was impeccable. So by placing outside their own municipality, it is now the state level 

Emil Andreas Martens now has a number 173/07 as well as arranged to have number AB933 which will follow him until his departure to the United States May 29, 1913 and he prefers called Andreas and he will then at no point staying with family in Denmark. All the places he was required have to report to the Supreme Council for placement outside the home. This is called OVR. So he will be in different places under the child welfare program in 6 years 1 month and 7 days. I would not exactly call it child's welfare program, it has not been fun. Upbringing then was hard and smack of was loose. 

He was on Orø strand to 14 November In 1907 where he was transferred to private foster care with farmer PD Kristensen Hodsager at Holstebro. How he must continue his schooling. PD Kristensen report May 30, 1908 to OVR that all is well. And the report to OVR May 25, 1909 "less willing to learn but he is nice". For the foster care by PD Kristensen, the father was to pay 80 Dkr per year.


Chapter 3 

It had been agreed with Emil Andreas Martens that after school had apprenticed as a carpenter as desired. On 1 November In 1909 he started as an apprentice with carpenters champion Anders Kristiansen in Riisager Uggerløse by Hjørring. But Emil was unhappy with the place, especially the rules that were on the apprenticeship, smoking was prohibited during working hours and one should not sleep with their work clothes on. Anders Kristiansen wrote to designated duty that Emil would not abide by the rules and was absent from work to buy candy and tobacco, and when his father has written me nasty letters. I prefer that you find another place for Emil. January 5. 1910 started Emil at Tømmermester Ludvigsen in Bollerager per. Esbjerg, but this apprenticeship did not fit Emil and it ended up that he left his job and did not materialize. He was called and the police were looking for him, he had been at home, but was warned by his sister, And he skirted he was recognized by a police officer and Emil took a knife from his pocket and opened it, which the policeman took as an act of aggression. The policeman asked him to keep up and give him the knife, Emil closed the knife and handed it to the policeman. Emil was handcuffed and taken to jail and later stand trial.


Chapter 4 

In court was argued by Emil had been raging all night and amongst other had torn wooden shelf of the wall and used against them when they opened the cell door. His entire placements were reviewed and the hearing of a police officer, said that he had not felt threatened when Emil had not approached him in any way with the open knife. The judge's ruling was that Emil Andreas Märtens should be in jail, to the authority had found a place that was safe to place him. The court will not make further. Jailer thought that Emil has acquiesced in the judgment, for he smiled and seemed happy, but one day after a recreation time, missing a large stone around 9 pounds lying in the yard, this had Emil smuggled into his cell where it was found, the question what he would use it for, he would smash the window and escape. Authorities through several institutions before coming forward to sending him to Seden Enggaard by Odense d. jun.13,1910. Driven by association "Christian Association for the Rescue of erring children" (a google translation). But there should not be a long time before Emil's name again emerged. Tuesday, June 21, 1910 fled Emil from Seden Enggaard. At 3:30 in the morning, he jumped out the window, and broke the door of the isolation room up, and asked the inmate if he wanted to be on the run, but that he would not, Then he took a ladder so he could get to his Sunday clothes. And then he went against Odense. Here he was recognized by an officer and after several escape attempts, he was brought to the police station. He was brought back to Seden Enggaard where he was locked in the isolation cell for a few days. In the beginning he shouted curses and flung out threats, But later, he promised that he would not flee. But June 26, 1910, he escaped again, now with Alfred Michael Nielsen. Vejle police caught them d. June 28 and placed them under arrest. Alfred wanted to return to the Seden Enggaard, but Emil would not give any promise , Then they found that Flakkebjerg reformatory may be there we send him.


Chapter 5 

Flakkebjerg is a completely different institution than he has been before, there are more than 50 boys and failed other disiplinen. As well as that at the time were not bridges between the Danish islands, so if Emil would flee home, it was almost impossible. Flakkebjerg educational institution which has just had a new principal who would another human line. There were introduced that had to be written diary of what happened on Flakkebjerg and imposed a punitive diary. It must be said that slaps only introduced in the diary and in punishing book was only posted rattans strokes or police were involved. I have read diaries and punish book for all the time Emil was on Flakkebjerg. When Emil took directly from Flakkebjerg to the United States. Will the next chapter be a chronological description of what happened here. For better or worse. 


Chapter 6

Flakkebjerg Reformatories, principal is Beck (diary is performed by Reformatories) (and otherwise everything is written in between is my own comment) 1910 Aug. 12 diary: Emil Andreas Martens (hereinafter referred to as EAM1894) Arriving from Seden Enggaard (For your information burned Seden Enggaard 1913) 1910 Aug. 19 OVR want a report on EAM1894 2 times per year. 1911 Mar. 16 Punishment book: After riots in the living room, EAM1894 sentenced to four strokes with the cane. 1911 Apr. 21 diary: EAM1894 continues his apprenticeship as a carpenter at a local carpenter Niels Hansen Flakkebjerg from May 1, 1911. 1911 Jul. 26 diary: Should stay at home until he had received a few slaps of AL, ran but hesitated, was given a verbal warning by Beck (The reason for this was not specified) 1911 Jul. 28 diary: When EAM1894 in long time (about 14 days) at every opportunity have shown a more than sassy construction burst my (Beck) patience and I took him up and gave him some slaps. 1911 Aug. 8 diary: EAM1894 stole apples in the garden mid-afternoon 1911 Aug. 9 diary: EAM1894 in the kitchen all day (penalty yesterday) 1911 Sep. 15 Reporting from Flakkebjerg to OVR: EAM1894 is a beginning unusually loose in nature, momentarily street urchin-like until the extreme, former wildness we see only remnants of. 1911 Nov. 21 diary: EAM1894 and Aage Christensen noisy and got 6-day involvement of leisure where to production work and a sharp reprimand by Beck. 1912 May 7 diary: EAM1894 were sent home to the Institute of carpenter Niels Hansen with whom he had been unpleasant. 1912 Oct. 31 diary: EAM1894 moves in with carpenter Niels Hansen for the remainder of his time and Nils Hansen must therefore hold health insurance, accommodation and meals. carpenter Nils Hansen welcomes him and he is extremely pleased with him. 1912 Nov. 15 Reporting from Flakkebjerg to OVR: EAM1894 have developed well, he moved in with his apprenticeship, skilled at his profession, very fine and pointed, but otherwise enjoyable. 1913 Jan. 13 Letter from the father sent to OVR: Request to be given my son EAM1894 permission to travel to his brother in America. The brother will send the ticket to the journey and to pay all costs associated with the trip. 1913 Jan. 24 Letter from Flakkebjerg to OVR: On EAM1894 I consider it natural to meet his father's wish, he is finished here in mid-August so it's only about a few months. His development has been satisfactory, although he is easily in his behavior, however, susceptible to good words. And I would be inclined to think that will become more dependent on others over there than if he stayed home Denmark. 1913 May 1 diary: EAM 1894 was very excited when information came that he had been allowed to travel to his brother in America. 1913 May 29 diary: Lundgaard traveled to Copenhagen with EAM1894 to take care of him right placed on board "Oscar the II" by which he makes the crossing to America to be there received by his brother. 1913 May 31 Introduced in OVR protocol: Brother in North America is advertised on arrival according to Beck and they are certain that he will be there on arrival. 1913 Jun 11 Introduced in OVR protocol: It is added on this page are "No longer on the OVR" STAMPED (The case is therefore closed in Denmark) 

EAN 1894 lived with his brother and assumed worked there as a carpenter until he was conscripted June 5, 1917 Fort Harrison Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. And here he has probably met a Merrill who has lured him to Maine for here he was married July 26, 1919 with Margaret E. Merrill. 

Merrill family was very large, according to Michael Wayne Martens, on which he told me he had to travel from Maine, for all the girls he met there, was he in a way related to. So EAN1894 was fresh blood in Maine. 

They had 6 children and later divorced Emil and Margaret. Emil died on April 10 1963. He was shot in a hunting lodge in the woods of Maine, and his killer was never found End of this story 


Best regards

Camma & Jørgen


New Story About Ejner Andreas Märtens. Ejner Andreas Petersen and Lee Peterson born March 28 1907 in Vejle Denmark, all the same person.


There is no doubt that when Anna's mother dies of a brain tumor in 1904, the family more or less disintegrates. Anna is then 14 years old and has just been confirmed and becomes pregnant as a 16 year old and gives birth 28 March 1907 with a boy who is christened Ejner Andreas Märtens and the 2 move together to her future husband Jens Christian Amelung Petersen at his address, but we will see that he changed his name when his parents got married in 1913 so now his name is Ejner Andreas Petersen. 1907 is the year where Emil is removed from home and certainly that big brother Carl Frederik 1879 plans to emigrate to the USA as he also does in 1908. Anna and Ejner now live in the same block in Vejle as Agnete Margrethe 1877 and her 2 children after Carl Frederik 1879 and a new Martin Heinrich Brabrand born 1904 (father a sailor) and there is no doubt that there will be a bond between them because then first Agnete Margrethe 1877 travels to Endicott in 1919 and then is followed by 2 of her sons in 1921 and Martin in the beginning of 1922 then the 15 year old Ejner Andreas also wants to Endicott.

And he arrives at Ellis Island November 21, 1922 where he is being held back for examination by relatives in the United States and November 22 he arrives at Endicott. But he has tasted the big city and he travels to New York City where he finds work and also a Norwegian girl Gudrun Hansen who was born in 1907 in Oslo. But now Ejner Andreas Petersen changes his name again and now calls himself Lee Peterson (probably his nickname for his work at the same time, it must be stated that the use of the sen late in the surname stands for son in Denmark and Norway). Gudrun and now Lee are getting married at City Hall in N.Y. and Gudrun is now pregnant and gives birth to a son October 30, 1929 who is christened Henry Peterson.

The disaster occurred March 28, 1930 in which Lee Peterson died (according to papers 321 Clove Rd Bronx, New York, USA). So now Gudrun sees no other way than she and the child travel to the Martens family in Endicott and here she meets Martin Heinrich Brabrand who has now been given the name Martin H. Martens and they get married in 1931 then Henry Peterson changes his name to Henry Martens.

Again a disaster, because now Gudrun dies March 17, 1933 Chenango, Broome, New York and Martin choose to keep Henry and Martin gets a housekeeper to help him.

When Henry Martens comes in as a soldier, his papers say that his real name is Henry Peterson so now he changes his name again. And after his military service he marries Julia Cervantes and they have 3 children, Martin Peterson born 29 Jan. 1955 Dallas TX, David Peterson 8 Nov. 1957 Dallas TX and Kima Peterson June 2, 1960 Dallas TX. Martin Peterson marries Pamela May and they have 2 daughters Erin Michelle Peterson 3 Mar 1983 Tarrant TX and Lauren Elise Peterson 24 Mar 1986 Tarrant TX. Erin Michelle is married to Sean McCord and they have a daughter Eleanor Rae McCord born in 2015. (Martin and Pamela are subsequently divorced). Henry died 2019 in Dallas. I'm sorry Henry Peterson did not discover that he had several cousins who are descendants of siblings of Henry's father.

I have spoken very briefly on the phone with Kima and David, but no one wants to hear that they actually have a genetic connection to the Martens family as they say that it was only a foster family, now it does not make it better that I say I call from Denmark then they become very suspicious and think it is about cheating and fraud.

Anna and Jens have 2 more children Kaj Frans Amelung Petersen born 7 Nov. 1913 in Vejle and Ellen Marie Amalie Amelung Petersen born 14 Sep. 1917 in Vejle.

Copenhagen Dec.3 2020