Hans Jacob Henderson

Hans Jacob Henderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Hans Jacob Henderson
Birth Name Hans Jacob Tobiasen Svennevig
Other Names Hendriksen
Patronymic Name Tobiasen
Lived 18 Dec 1844 - 8 Apr 1917
Birth Place Svennevig, Ås in Lyngdal parish, Vest-Agder
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Houston County, MN
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 27 Jan 1862
Death Location Mountain Iron, St. Louis County, MN
Burial Location Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, St. Louis County, MN
Mother Anne Stiansdatter Gauksheim
Mother Lived 1805-
Father Tobias Henricksen Svennevig
Father Lived 1801-
Immigration 5 Aug 1850
Spouse Mary Luella Hazen
Spouse Lived 25 May 1856- 6 Sep 1896
Married On 8 Nov 1870

Hans Jacob Tobiasen was born December 18, 1844, on the Svennevig farm in Lyngdal parish, Vest-Agder, Norway. He immigrated with his parents and siblings on the Emigrant, arriving August 5, 1850. Henderson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of his company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

The army listed Henderson as living in Houston County, MN, age 17, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 9, 1862, in Houston County, and mustered on January 27, 1862, at Madison, WI, as a Private (Menig). He was absent, sick since November 28, 1863. He mustered out with A Company in Chattanooga, TN, on December 20, 1864.

After the war, he moved back to Minnesota. He married Mary Luella "Ellen" Hazen and had at least four children: Adella (1876-1895), Jonathan Shotwell (1877-1954), Theodore (1883-1956), and William (1896-1963). They lived in Parkers Prairie, Otter Tail County, MN. His wife died in 1896. In 1910, Hans and William were living with Jonathan and his family in Mountain Iron, MN. Hans died on April 8, 1917 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, St. Louis County, MN.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 16, Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 14; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1984, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, 1894, p. 353; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 292; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_211; U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963; findagrave.com; 1880 Census, Roll: 629, Family History Film: 1254629, Page: 202C, Enumeration District: 176, Image: 0005; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_723, Page: 11A, Enumeration District: 0225, FHL microfilm: 1374736; MN 1885 Census, Roll #MNSC_36; Lyngdal parish register #A8, born and baptised, p 46, #A4, born and baptised, p 107, digitalarkivet.no; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Vol Five 1850, Blaine Hedberg and Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p 144, no 1639.


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