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The Myre Family of Bornholm


compiled by:

Norman Lee Madsen

The following is the result of my attempt to gather together and examine as much information on the Bornholm Myre-family in the 1400s and 1500s as I could find. That period is one in which there is little documentation, much controversy, and even more opinions!

The Myre-family according to Dr. Marius Kristian Zahrtmann:

Bornholm historian Dr. M.K. Zahrtmann (1861-1940) wrote in his article about the Uf and Myre families of Bornholm that the Myre-family of Bornholm stems from the noble Myre-family in Skåne (a.k.a. Scania, in Sweden). He relates that after 1060, when Bishop Egino from Dalby Abbey came to Bornholm to convert the Bornholmer's to Christianity, the 6 & 20 Vdg. in Ibsker were given as a gift to Dalby Abbey, which in 1303 transfered ownership of them to Lund Cathedral. The farms must have been transfered to Frimand (Freeman) Truid Myre, for after his death a probate judgement, dated June 29, 1489, transfered the farm (then known as Fuglsangsgård) to his son Peder Myre; also mentioned in the probate was Peder Myre’s half-sister Karine. The farm was later known as Gaggegård, and is now known as Østre Klintegård and is one of the Klinteby-farms.

Zahrtmann also writes that Jørgen Gagge’s wife Margrete is the daughter of Chief Justice Peder Hansen Uf and Mette Hansdatter Myre. Stating that Jørgen Gagge took over the management of his father-in-law’s farm, Simlegård, after Peder Hansen Uf’s death; and that in 1601 he had a churchbell cast for St. Klemen’s Church, which was decorated with the coat of arms of the Uf and Myre families.

The Myre-family according to Edvard Skovgaard:

Edvard Skovgaard relates in his in his pedigree "1000 Aner til en Skovgårdsslægt" (published in 1989) that Mette Hansdatter, the wife of Chief Justice Peder Hansen Uf (1536-1596) of Simlegård in Klemensker, was a member of the Myre-family.

The Myre-family according to Sigvard Mahler Dam:

The informative articles written by Sigvard Mahler Dam have a lot to say about the Myre-family. Of particular interest are “De bornholmske væbnerslægter Uf og Splid”, published in 1982 in the Heraldisk Tidsskrift; “Landsdommer Patriciatet på Bornholm”, part 1 (1987, SAXO); “Landsdommer Patriciatet på Bornholm”, part 2 (1988, SAXO); “Over hals og hoved: et ramaskrig over Bornholms land” (1991, SAXO).

From the 1982 article “De bornholmske væbnerslægter Uf og Splid”:

The family known as “Myre on Bornholm” and their emblem is known from Hans Myre's seal. He died in 1518 as the last male of that family on Bornholm, but he had a sister, Bodil, who married a man named Jacob of the family Kyrning-Myre. Their descendants took the name Myre only, and some of them resided on Bornholm as well. Mette Hansdatter was the last member of the Bornholm Myre-family (myre is Danish for ant), she was the daughter of Hans Myre, they had a design with three black ants on a white shield in their coat of arms, and the helmet had two white vesselhorns. Peder Hansen (Uf)'s coat of arms seem to have brought some confusion for researchers, because it appears that Jørgen Gagge and his wife Margrethe put up yet another memorial to honour Peder Hansen (Uf) and Mette Hansdatter. Jørgen Gagge and his wife Margrethe Pedersdatter had a memorial made in 1601 to honour her parents: Peder Hansen (Uf) and “Mette Hans Pedersens Datter” (Hans Pedersen’s daughter Mette). This was in the form of a large church bell for the church in Klemensker parish, which later disappeared - probably melted down for its metal. Laurids de Thurah reports (published in 1756 - he was an official on Bornholm) that "paa den største Klokke findes tvende Vaabener, det ene med et Spende udi, som ventelig er de Adelige Koefoders; Det andet med en Giedde Kieft udi" (on the large bell you find engraved two coats of arms, one carries the chevron, the emblem of the noble Koefods, the other carries the pike’s jawbone).

Unfortunately nothing is noted about an upside-down chevron, but there is a reference to the Kofoed-family, who carried a blue chevron on a red background with 2 white vesselhorns. Danmarks Kirker (volume 7) tells the same, but lists those coats of arms as the property of the Gagge and Splid families.

M.K. Zahrtmann (well versed in all the Bornholm-families) writes in “Optegnelser om Almegård i Knudsker sogn” (Bornholmske Samlinger, volume 21): “Jørgen Gagge gave a beautiful memorial in honour of his parents-in-law Peder Hansen Uf and Mette Hansdatter Myre, because in 1601 he had cast a large church-bell, engraved with the Uf-family's chevron-emblem and the Myre-family's crawling ant.” Yes, Zahrtmann knew very well which families this pertained to, and has deliberately made the correction from the “Giedde Kieften” (a geddekæft or pike’s jawbone, a.k.a. halv hummerklo or half a lobster-claw) to one crawling ant - but as we know the Myre coat of arms carried three ants! Zahrtmann never did see the bell for himself, so we must believe Thurah's impartial account of the above, and say that the very same set of shields which today can be seen on the pew-door must have been engraved on the church-bell! Thus we are ensured that it can not be a mistake incurred later if the pew is a copy of the original.

From the 1987 article “Landsdommer Patriciatet på Bornholm” – part 1:

In this article Sigvard Mahler Dam states that Oluf Ottesen (Uf) probably married a daughter of Hans Myre, of Klinteby in Ibsker, and along with her inherited her family-farm, which became part of the Uf-family property for several generations. Their only child was named Hans Olufsen. Oluf Ottesen is first mentioned, alongside his father, as a witness to a private deed of conveyance on August 10th 1497, and he was so young that he did not have a seal of his own and so he placed his father’s seal under his signature; later he would cease using Uf family-name altogether. Oluf is mentioned several more times in the following years in his official capacity as chief justice, the last time on May 22nd 1522 when he, together with a number of “good men” from the Landsting, witnessed that Jørgen Hals and his two sisters, Anne and Else, are legitimate and rightful heirs after Anders Galen of Lund. Below this document his seal is well preserved, and we can see the Uf-family coat of arms, with its chevron on the shield, and the helmet with its two vessel-horns.

A legend from 1625, which was revived in a Bornholm journal in 1804, tells that the Lübeck commander, Bernt Knop, was ill treating the Bornholmers, which is why “Landsdommeren Hans Jenssøn i Nylarsker” travelled to see the king and complain. He returned with a royal order that they must take care of the commander on their own. So they gathered together a band at Egele, south of Åkirkeby, to fight against the Lübeckers, but they were defeated and many were slain; this event probably happened in 1536. Some stories tell us that the chief justice thereafter had his head chopped off. Dean Jens Pedersen’s description of “some strange happenings on Bornholm” written in 1625, and printed in Bornholmske Samlinger (volume 17, 1926, page 65) provides the chief justice’s name, and in P.N. Skovgaard’s “Bornholms Beskrivelse” (pub. 1804, page 293), there is an authentic rendering of the dean’s account from 1625. The decapitation was mentioned by Zahrtmann (“Bornholms Frimænd” in Bornholmske Samlinger”, volume 16, 1920, pages 120-159), the original source for this account unknown; later complaints by Bornholmers about the Lübeckers includes one from a farmer that his brother, Hans Jensen, had been decapitated; if this was Zahrtmann’s source, it seems very unlikely that such an event took place: peasants were not the targets, and furthermore, the chief justice’s name was incorrect!

In any case, the tradition must have interchanged his given name with his patronymic, as can be seen from a high court document which display’s his seal. In 1537 there was a fight over Myregård in Åker, and Hans Borreby’s widow Anne came forth with a high court judgement, the document was sealed by Chief Justice Jens Hansen, we can assume that this judgement must have been passed around 1533. The insurrection against Lübeck was not in 1536, but in 1535. This might indicate that the chief justice’s name was correctly Jens Hansen, and that he lost his position (possibly executed or fled?) because of his incitement of the uprising – as we know the exact date of the appointment of his successor. Furthermore, this dramatic ending to his career (and maybe his life) meant that all his property was confiscated and placed under the juridiction of Hammershus – so we can not trace his descendants by seeing who were his heirs. The connection to Nylars parish might lead us to Myregård, which is nearby to the small fishing village of Arnager, which the Myre-family, and especially Truid Myre of Myregård in Olsker, tried to take back from the Lübeckers. Which could mean that Jens Hansen was the brother-in-law of the earlier chief justice, Oluf Ottesen (Uf), and thus the son of Hans Myre of Klinteby (6 Vdg.) in Ibsker parish.

The name Jens is quite commonly used by the Myre-family. We might also conclude that Jens Hansen was the father of Mads Kofoed’s first wife, Johanne, the mother of the later chief justice, Jens Kofoed; which would explain whom he was named after. If this hypotheses about Jens Hansen’s origins is correct, it would appear that he was the last male descendant of the “gamle Myrer” (elder Myre-family), which carried the arms depicting the three“myrer” (ants) on their shield. The “yngre Myrer” (younger Myre-family) was in fact a branch of the Kyrning family of Skåne, whose arms depict a star. Hans Myre’s seal of 1513 shows a shield depicting three crawling ants, and a helmet with two vesselhorns. The colours of which are known from various publications about coats of arms: on a white background are three red ants and a helmet with two white vesselhorns.

From the 1988 article “Landsdommer Patriciatet på Bornholm” – part 2:

In this article Sigvard Mahler Dam states that Peder Hansen (Uf) was born in 1536 and died 60 years of age in 1596, a tablet, which once hung in St. Klemen’s Church, stated this to remind the congregation. His father’s father was Chief Justice Oluf Ottesen (Uf), and his father’s mother was possibly a sister of Chief Justice Jens Hansen (Myre). His wife, Mette Hansdatter, was a niece of Chief Justice Laurids Pedersen; and his father’s nephew was Chief Justice Mogens Uf.

Peder Hansen (Uf) and family lived at Simlegård in Klemensker parish, which still is one of the largest farms on Bornholm, and the family owned vast estates. The couple had 2 daughters: Margrethe, who married Jørgen Gagge of Almegård in Knudsker parish; and Merete, married to Hans Grabow of Pederstrup, who came to settle on Bornholm. The Uf-family estate was divided between these two families, of which the Gagges are the only ones to stay on Bornholm, while Merete’s stepson, Jochum Grabow, sold all his estate and moved away from the island.

Jens Kofoed (died 1625) and his older brother Peder were present at the church in Åkirkeby in 1572 when the king’s envoys gathered all the Freemen. Peder Kofoed presided at court in Hammershus on the 12th of April 1570 in the chief justice’s place, and a promising future career as chief justice was ended by his early death in the 1570s. Jens and Peder, and their two sisters, Boel and Annicke, were the children of Mattis Kofoed (Mads Kofoed) and Johanne, who was probably the daughter of Chief Justice Jens Hansen (Myre).

From the 1991 article “Over hals og hoved: et ramaskrig over Bornholms land”:

In the 1511 testament of Anders Galen of Lund can be found the following: “Mester Peder W Cannik i Lund, myn kære Frende, 2 rinske Gylden og en dun dyne. Item Hans Myre, 2 Gylden. Item myn kære Frende Anders W, 2 Gylden og mit foldebord.” (Master Peder Uf, Canon in Lund, my dear relative, 2 Guilders and a down blanket. Likewise to Hans Myre, 2 Guilders. Likewise to my dear relative Anders Uf, 2 Guilders and my folding table.) Mr. Peder Uf and Hans Myre were named to act as executors of his testament.

A gravestone can still be found in Olsker Church for Truid Myre (-1551-1558-), who died at Myregård in Olsker on November 1, 1574. The carving of the shield is very worn and difficult to make out, but you can still make out 2 of the 3 ants on Truid’s coat of arms and 2 vesselhorns. His wife’s coat of arms depicts "enhalvbue med nogle spidser" (a crescent with several points) – a description also applicable to the "hummerklo” – also with vesselhorn on the helmet, and according to the chronology she may have been a daughter of Hans Pedersen of Bjergegård.

In Klemensker Church there is on display a special seat, which previously had belonged to the owners of Simlegård and had embellished their pew in the church. The seat has 2 carved and painted coat of arms with the initials “PH” and “MHD”, which pertains to Chief Justice Peder Hansen (Uf) and his wife Mette HansDatter. The Uf-family’s shield shows (an inverse, red chevron on a white field and 2 red vesselhorns on its helmet), and his wife’s shield shows the Bjergegård-family’s geddekæft (pike’s jawbone) or halve hummerklo (half lobster claw) coat of arms (a white claw on a red field, and 2 white vesselhorns on the helmet).

Peder Hansen’s seal displays an inverse chevron – probably to differentiate from the arms of his older brother, Oluf Hansen. Unfortunately my faith in the older researchers brought me to the wrong conclusion about Peder Hansen’s parents’ coat of arms in my article “De bornholmske væbnerslægter Uf og Splid”, as Mette Hansdatter is traditionally listed under the Myre-family.

Mette Hansdatter is mentioned in a high court judgement, dated June 15, 1582 (Herredags Dombog nr. 11, DaRA), as being the heir of Hans Myre, in a fight over Fuglsangsgård in Ibsker. However, this does not necessarily mean she is his daughter, as Hans Myre was first mentioned in 1511 and was dead by 1531, and she could hardly have been of age at that time. Hans Myre could possibly be a relative of Peder Myre, who was mentioned in 1489, and therefore we might assume that Lars and Hans Pedersen’s mother was the daughter of Hans Myre, which harmonizes with the fact that Bendt Hansen in 1565 was residing in Ibsker (at Fuglsangsgård?), which his brother-in-law Peder Hansen (Uf) later bought from him.

The Myre-family according to Norman Lee Madsen:

In “Dansk adelsvåbner, en heraldisk nøgle”, by Sven Tito Achen (Politikens Forlag, page 147, 1973, København), can be found the following under the heading of Myre "på Bornholm" (of Bornholm): Tre sorte myrer i hvidt. På hjelmen to hvide vesselhorn. * Uradel, Skåne eller Bornholm. Peder Myre 1429; Hans Myre 1518. (Three black ants on white. On the helmet two white vesselhorns. * Noble origins: Skåne or Bornholm. Peder Myre in 1429; Hans Myre in 1518.) Dr. Zahrtmann’s Truid Myre (died 1489) and his son Peder Myre provides us with a possible link between the two arms carriers of 1429 and 1518. The mention of Hans Myre can be found in “Danske adelige sigiller fra det 13. til 17. århundrede”, XV. Tre Myrer (Three Ants), page 36: Nr. 1. Myre, Han v.: s. hans myre. 1513 Juli 14, Top. Sml. Perg. Vemmenhøg H. (Nr. 1. Hans v. Myre: the seal reads Mr. Hans Myre; dated: July 14, 1518; Top. Collection Perg. Vemmenhøg district.) In his 1982 article Sigvard Mahler Dam states that Hans Myre died in 1518; while in his 1991 article he states that Hans Myre was mentioned in 1518, and dead before 1531.

The identity of Freeman Hans Myre (-1518-) of Fuglsangsgård, 6 Vdg. Ibsker, his children and grandchildren have been the source of much speculation and confusion over the years. This was brought about because of the fact that there was another Freeman named Hans Pedersen on Bornholm in the mid-1500s. This other Hans Pedersen (-1522-1536-1543-) has been identified by Sigvard Mahler Dam as a member of what he has named the “Bjergegaard-family”, and his identity is based largely on a reinterpretation of the so called hummerklo arms. According to Sigvard the hummerklo is actually a geddekæft (pike's jawbone) image. Confounding this matter is the fact that both Hans Pedersens had sons named Peder, namely: Peder Hansen Myre (-1547-, died 1572) of Fuglsangsgård and Peder Hansen (-1572-) of Vellensgård in Nyker.

Two of Hans Myre’s sons have been identified with high certainty, and a third can be added with some confidance. The most certain is the heir to the family-farm of Fuglsangsgård (and thus likely the youngest son), Peder Hansen Myre. The other is Truid Myre is named in a 1551 lawsuit in Malmö, and in 1555 in another lawsuit on Bornholm. He complained in 1558 to the king about Vassal (Lensmand) Lage Urne, who was not pleased at Truid having freeman status. Sought in 1552 to lay entire Arnager fishing village beneath his durisdiction, this attempt failed. On March 30, 1558 he was the spokesman for Bornholm's freemen to King Christian the 3rd regarding exemptions in payment of the land-assistance-tax (landehjælpeskat), the exemptions were denied. Truid probably died without any living children, as his farms (Store Myregård, 5 Vdg. Olsker; Lille Myregård, 6 Vdg. Olsker; Lille Myregård, 11 Slg. Nylars; Store Myregård, 10 Slg. Nylars; Ågård, 2 Vdg. Nylars; Pæregård, 3 Vdg. Nylars) would later become part of Simlegård estate, which was owned by Peder Hansen Uf and his wife Mette Hansdatter. Truid Myre died “Allerhelgens aften” (November 1) 1574, and according to Sigvard Mahler Dam, his gravestone was placed in “Ols kirkes våbenhus” (Olsker Church's entrance), and although worn the 3 ants of the Myre arms, with two vesselhorns on the helmet, can still be seen; also that the gravestone shows his wife's shield, which depicts “enhalvbue med nogle spidser” (a crescent with several points), with vesselhorns on the helmet - otherwise known as the hummerklo (lobsterclaw) or geddekæft (pike's jawbone) arms of the Bjergegaard-family.

The third son is Jens Hansen Myre, mentioned in a document dated 1541 which confures upon him the position of kannik (canon) in Lund. On July 4, 1574 he sold Myregård (a.k.a. Lille Ølegård), 9 Vdg. Østermarie, and one farm in Klinteby (20 Vdg. Ibsker), to Peder Oxe. He had a crookback (krogrygget) and died in Lund in 1575. This man is probably the same person as the Jens Hansen who was chief justice for Bornholm circa 1533, who placed his seal on an undated document (in 1533?) which was later presented in court in 1537 by Hans Borreby's widow Anne with regards to her dispute over the ownership of Myregård in Åker parish. In 1535 there was an unsuccessful uprising by the Bornholmers against their Lübeck overlords, and the island's chief justice, a Jens Hansen of Nylars parish is said to have been involved. He probably owned “Myregaard” (later called Ågård), 2 Vdg. Nylars, a frivornedegård (free copyhold farm) - which is known to have been owned by Truid Myre. Some accounts state the he was executed by the Lübeckers - but the facts on this seem doubtful. It seems probable that Jens Hansen (Myre) fled the island in 1535, taking up the possition of canon in Lund in 1541. Possibly he is the father of Mads Kofoed's first wife Johanne (died circa 1547)?

The identification of two possible daughters of Hans Myre by Sigvard Mahler Dam is pure speculation based on circumstantial evidence. Various other researcher have incorrectly stated that “Mette Hans Pedersens Datter” was the daughter of Hans Pedersen Myre (including Sigvard Mahler Dam in 1982, changing his mind at a later date) - based soley on the fact that Mette and her husband Peder Hansen (Uf) owned Fuglsangsgård in 1574. A court document dated June 15, 1582 concerning a dispute over Fuglsangsgård states that Mette Hansdatter was an heir of Hans Myre (-1518-). The Sigvard’s assertion that Mette is the daughter of Hans Pedersen of the so called “Bjergegaard-family” is, in my mind, all but proven by the evidence that the arms painted on the church pew door in Klemensker were a sparre (the Uf-family’s image) and a geddekæft/hummerklo (the Bjergegaard-family’s image). His case is further bolstered by the fact that Hans Pedersen’s brother is known to have resided in Ibsker in 1565, although I know of no evidence to support the assertion that Bendt Hansen sold Fuglsangsgård to Peder Hansen (Uf). This forces Mette’s connection to the Myre-family back at least one generation, from father to grandparent.

Sigvard’s identification of a second daughter is based soley on the speculation that the position of chief justice on Bornholm was kept as an inherited family position by a small clique of Freemen families during the 1500s; and so he speculates that Chief Justice Oluf Ottesen’s wife might be the daughter of Hans Myre, and that they named their son Hans after her father. This would also explain how their grandson Peder Hansen (Uf), and his wife Mette Hansdatter, managed to inherit the majority of the Myre-family’s farms. These same farms were later inherited by their daughter Margrethe/Marete Pedersdatter (c.1555-1624).

The first generation:

[1] Peder Myre (-1429-) of Bornholm – a Freeman, used the three ants image in 1429


The second generation:

[2] Truid Myre (probate held June 29, 1489) of Fuglsangsgård, 6 Vdg. Ibsker, married at least twice – a Freeman {possibly the son of [1] Peder Myre}


The third generation:

[3] Peder Myre (-1489-), inherited Fuglsangsgård, 6 Vdg. Ibsker – a Freeman {son of [2] Truid Myre}

[4] Karine Myre (-1489-), half-sister of Peder Myre {daughter of [2] Truied Myre}


The fourth generation:

[4] Hans Myre (-1513-1518-, died before 1531), inherited Fuglsangsgård, 6 Vdg. Ibsker – a Freeman, used the three ants image in 1518 {son of [3] Peder Myre}

[5] Bodil Myre (-c.1490/1495-), wife of Jacob Kyrning of Skåne – foreparents of the “younger Myre” branch {daughter of [3] Peder Myre}


The fifth generation:

[6] n.n. (Hansdatter?) {Myre?} (-c.1500/1505-), possibly the wife of Peder – foreparents of the so called “Bjergegaard-family” {undocumented daughter of [4] Hans Myre}

[7] n.n. (Hansdatter? {Myre?} (-c.1505/1510-), possibly the wife of Chief Justice Oluf Ottesen (-1508-1522-) of Simlegård in Klemensker {undocumented daughter of [4] Hans Myre}

[8] Jens Hansen Myre (-1533-1545-, died 1575) of (2 Vdg.?) Nylars, chief justice for Bornholm 1533-35, a canon in Lund in 1541 – a Freeman, used three ants image c.1533 {son of [4] Hans Myre}

[9] Truid Myre (-1551-1555-1558--, died 1574) of Store Myregård, 5 Vdg. Olsker, owned several farms in Nylars – a Freeman, used the three ants image in 1574 {son of [4] Hans Myre}

[10] Peder Hansen Myre (-1531-1547-, died 1572), inherited Fuglsangsgård, 6 Vdg. Ibsker – a Freeman, used the three ants image in 1572 {son of [4] Hans Myre}

[11] Hans Myre (-1511-1522-) of Skåne – a Freeman, arms: the three blue waves of the Kyrning-Myre family {son of [5] Bodil Myre}

[12] Jacob Myre (-1536-, died c.1541-) of Hammerstad in Skåne – a Freeman, arms: the three blue waves of the Kyrning-Myre family {son of [5] Bodil Myre}


The sixth generation:

[13] Hans Pedersen (-1522?-1533-1536-, died before 1572), of Bjergegård, 9 Vdg. Vestermarie – a Freeman {possibly the son of [6] n.n. (Hansdatter?)}

[14] Laurids Pedersen (-1537-1545-, died c.1550), the Chief Justice for Bornholm 1537-45 – a Freeman, seal: used a geddekæft/hummerklo in 1545 {possibly the son of [6] n.n. (Hansdatter?)}

[15] Hans Olufsen {Uf} (-1542-), probably of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freemand in 1542 {possibly the son of [7] n.n. (Hansdatter?)}

[16] Johanne (Jensdatter?) {Myre?} (died c.1547), married c.1540 to Mads Kofoed (-1547-, died 1552) of Rønne {possibly the daughter of [8] Jens Hansen Myre}

[17] Beate Jacobsdatter Myre (-1570-), married c.1550 to Most Jensen Gere of Sørby in Skåne {daughter of [12] Jacob Myre}

[18] Jens Myre (c.1530-1565) of Hunestad in Skåne – a Freeman, died in the battle of Svarteå {son of [12] Jacob Myre}


The seventh generation:

[19] Peder Hansen (-1572-, died c.1581) of Vellensgård in Nyker, and Eskesgård in Pedersker – a Freeman in 1572 {probably the son of [13] Hans Pedersen}

[20] Mette Hansdatter (-1555?-1574-), wife of [20] Peder Hansen {Uf} (c.1536-1596), who was chief justice 1574-88 {probably the daughter of [13] Hans Pedersen}

[21] Bendt Hansen (-1565-1572-, died before 1588) of Eskesgård in Pedersker – a Freeman in 1572 {probably the son of [13] Hans Pedersen}

[22] Gunhild (Hansdatter?) {Uf} (-1547-1552-), wife of Mads Kofoed (-1547-, died 1552) of Rønne {probably the daughter of [15] Hans Olufsen}

[23] Oluf Hansen {Uf} (-1559-, died c.1570) of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman, seal: used a chevron in 1559 {son of [15] Hans Olufsen}

[24] Peder Hansen {Uf} (c.1536-1596) of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman, seal: used a chevron in 1572, 1580 {son of [15] Hans Olufsen}

[25] Peder Kofoed (c.1541-c.1579) of Kyndegård in Nyker – a Freeman in 1572, estate-mark: used “P.K. 69” on a chalice in 1569 {son of [16] Johanne (Jensdatter?)}

[26] Jens Kofoed (c.1543-1625) of Kyndegård in Nyker – a Freeman in 1572 and 1608, seal: used the chevron image in 1594 and 1608 {son of [16] Johanne (Jensdatter?)}

[27] Esbern Kofoed (-1569-) of Frigård, 15 Vdg. Vestermarie – likely a Freeman, married to Elline Jørgensdatter, a Freeman’s daughter {probably the of [16] Johanne (Jensdatter?)}

[28] Boel Kofoed (c.1545-after 1573), wife of Oluf Bagge of Baggegård in Klemensker {daughter of [16] Johanne (Jensdatter?)}

[29] Anneke Kofoed (c.1547-after 1573), wife of Michael Abraham {daughter of [16] Johanne (Jensdatter?)}

[30] Ellen Mostdatter Gere (-1586-), wife of Jens Jørgensen Ulfeldt {daughter of [17] Beate Jacobsdatter Myre}

[31] Bendte Mostdatter Gere (c.1560-1585), wife of Willum Henriksen Rosenvinge (c.1560-1608) of Helsingør {daughter of [17] Beate Jacobsdatter Myre}

[32] Beate Jensdatter Myre (-1587-1595-), wife of 1. Michel Pedersen Gynge (died c.1590), 2. Jens Clausen Falk (-1622-), both of Bjørnstrup in Skåne {daughter of [18] Jens Myre}


The eighth generation:

[33] Jørgen Pedersen (-1572-, died 1588) of Vellensgård in Nyker, and Eskesgård in Pedersker – a Freeman in 1572 {son of [19] Peder Hansen}

[34] Lars Pedersen (-1572-, died before 1588) of Eskesgård in Pedersker – a Freeman in 1572 {son of [19] Peder Hansen}

[35] Inger Pedersdatter (-c.1585-c.1600-), wife of Peder Kofoed (1548-1616) of Kofoedgård, 23 Slg. Østermarie – geddekæft/hummerklo image on her gravestone {daughter of [19] Peder Hansen}

[36] Margrethe Pedersdatter (c.1555-1624), wife of 1. Freeman Jørgen Gagge of Store Almegård in Knudsker, 2. Freeman Hans Grabow of Pederstrup on Lolland {aka Marete/Merete, daughter of [20] Mette Hansdatter}

[37] Hans Kofoed (c.1550-1623) of Blykobbegård in Nyker – a Freeman in 1572 and 1608, seal: used the chevron in 1595 and 1608 {son of [22] Gunhild (Hansdatter?)}

[38] Hans Olufsen {Uf} (-1592-1599-, died 1601) of Vardøhus in Skåne – a Freeman, Vassal of Vardøhus in 1599, arms: used the chevron coat of arms in 1599 {son of [23] Oluf Hansen}

[39] Margrethe Pedersdatter (same person as nr. 36) {daughter of [24] Peder Hansen and [20] Mette Hansdatter}

[40] Esbern Kofoed (-1608-) of Frigård, 12 Vdg. Poulsker {possibly the son of [26] Jens Kofoed?}

[41] Mads Bagge (-?-) {son of [28] Boel Kofoed}

[42] Niels Bagge (-1595-1605-1611-) of Baggegård in Klemensker, then moved to København c.1606 – a Freeman {son of [28] Boel Kofoed}

[43] Oluf Bagge (-1611-), moved from Bornholm in 1611 {son of [28] Boel Kofoed}

[44] Karina Michelsdatter (-1625-), wife of Mayor Albert Hansen of Åkirkeby {daughter of [29] Anneke Kofoed}

[45] Beate Jensdatter Ulfeldt (1586-1630), wife of Holger Gagge (1540-1630) of Frøslev, Stevens district {daughter of [30] Ellen Mostdatter Gere}

[46] Hilleborg Jensdatter Falk Mormand (c.1595-c.1625), wife of Claus Urne of (-1621-1656-) of Skåne {daughter of [32] Beate Jensdatter Myre}

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