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The Rømer-Family of Bornholm


compiled by:

Norman Lee Madsen



The Rømer-family according to Marius Kristian Zahrtmann

M. K. Zahrtmann writes in "Hans Rømer og Almindigngen" (Bornholms Samlinger, Bind 10, s. 49-151, Rønne, 1916) the following regarding the earliest known members of the Rømer family on Bornholm:


"Slægtsnavnet Rømer er gammelt paa Bornholm. Hans Remer (Reymer) var 1543 bosat i Rønne, hvor han to Aar senere indtog Borgmesterædet. Øens midlertidige Lensherrer Lybekkerne overdrog ham 1550 at være Landsdommer paa Bornholm; og den 19. Oktober i det følgende Aar godkendte Kong Christian den Tredje ham som saadan. Han døde rimeligvis inden 1557, da nu en anden Mand var Landsdommer. Hans Søn Hans Remmer førte 1572 Retstrætte om et fra Faderen arvet Jordstykke i Rønne og var 1581 den danske Lensmand Henrik Brahes Foged paa Bornholm. Fra denne Ridefoged, hvis Navn ogsaa skreves Rømmer, nedstammer sandsynligvis den bornholmske Bondeslægt Rømer. [En tilknytning til Nexøslægten af samme navn kendes ikke. Borgmester og Bykaptajn Kristofer Rømmer i Nexø udmærkede sig ved sin kække Færd under Svenskernes Overfald paa denne By 1645. Han døde d. 2 Decbr. 1655. Hans Søn Jep Rømmer døde d. 6 Jan. 1657 som Byfoged i Nexø]. Denne lader sig dog først med Sikkerhed følge fra Fader til Søn, efter at den har fæstet Bo i Vestremarker Sogn. Her boede Mads Remmer, som blev dræbt; hans Drabsmand blev halshugget Aar 1618. Jens Reemer betalte 1633 Lensmanden Kendelsepenge af en Gaard, som han havde købt i dette Sogn. Hans Rømmer ejede 1660 den 52de Selvejergaard her. Dennes Søn Hans Rømer havde 1691 den samme Gaard i Eje; han var Korporal og blev d. 23. Jan. 1706 Kornet ved Militsens Rytteri. Efter at være bleven Lieutenant udtraadte han den 17. Febr. 1727 til mod Pension at afstaa sin Stilling til Knud Sonne, hvis Søster var Kommandantens Frue. I en Alder af 88 Aar døde Lieutenant Hans Rømer omkring Aaret 1742."


The above translated to English:
The family name Rømer is old on Bornholm. Hans Remer (Reymer) was in 1543 living in Rønne, where two years later he obtained the position of mayor. In 1550 the island's temporary overlords, the Lübeck'ers, appointed him as the High Court Justice for Bornholm, and on the 19th of October of the following year Christian the 3rd confirmed his appointment. He probably died in 1557, as now another man was the high court justice. In 1572 his son Hans Remmer brought before the court a matter concerning land inherited from his father in Rønne, and was in 1581 the Danish feudal lord Henrik Brahe's Bailiff over Bornholm. From this bailiff over Bornholm, whose name was also written as Rømmer, probably descends the Bornholm peasant family Rømer. [A link to the Nexø family of the same name is not known. Mayor and City Captain Kristofer Rømmer in Nexø distinguished himself by his spirited activities during the Swedish attack on that city in 1645. He died on December 2, 1655. His son Jep Rømmer died on January 6, 1657 as a bailiff in Nexø.] Here seems to be first secure connection from father to son, stemming from the copyholding of a residence in Vestermarie parish. Here lived Mads Remmer, who was killed; his murderer was beheaded in 1618. In 1633 Jens Reemer payed a legal fee to Bornholm's feudal lord after a decision was passed on a farm in that parish. In 1660 Hans Rømmer owned the 52nd Freehold farm in the parish. His son Hans Rømer had the same farm as an inheritance in 1691, he was a Corporal and on January 23, 1706 a Cornet with the cavalry militia. After having been a Lieutenant he retired on February 17, 1727 with a pension, ceding his position to Knud Sonne, whose sister was the commandant's wife. At the age of 88 years Lieutenant Hans Rømer died around the year 1742.



The Rømer-family according to Louise Skovgaard

In "Anetavle for Louise Skovgaard" (volume 10, pages 99-100), Louis Skovgaard relates the following:


A branch of the genus Rømer from Vestermarie.


Southwest of Aarsballe lies in the valley of the Tingsted a farm, which for hundreds of years has been called Rømeregård. It is the 52nd Freehold farm in Vestermarie.


The Land Book of 1598 names as taxpayer Hans Remmer. In 1625 it names Jens Remmer and in 1662 Hans Rehmmer. Only the latter can safely be included in this family tree. When one thinks of the great epidemics of 1602-03 and 1618-19, each of which is believed to have cost at least as many lives as the 1653-55 epidemic which "reaped" about two-fifths of the island's residents, one can not count that it is always the son who followed his father on the farm.


M. K. Zahrtmann writes in Bornholmske Samlinger (volume 10): "The family name Rømer is old on Bornholm. Hans Remer (Reymer) was in 1543 living in Rønne, where two years later he took on the office of mayor. In 1550 the island's temporary overlords, the Lübeck'ers, appointed him as the 'Landsdommer' (High Court Justice) for Bornholm, and on the 19th of October of the following year Christian III approved his appointment. He probably died in 1557, as now another man was the high court justice. In 1572 his son Hans Remmer brought before the court a matter concerning land inherited from his father in Rønne, and was in 1581 the Danish feudal lord Henrik Brahe's 'Foged' (bailiff) over Bornholm. From this bailiff, whose name was also written as Rømmer, probably descends the Bornholm peasant family Rømer. A link to the Nexø family of the same name is not known."


This can be added that the surname is sometimes taken as a given name. In these cases, as the surname of the next generation.


I. Hans Rømer on Rømeregård in the Vestermarie, died circa 1678:


About this Hans Rømer, who in 1662 lived at Rømeregård, J. Th. Sassersen states that his wife was named Valborg, but no evidence has been found. He left behind three children: Boel (Bodil), Hans and Sidsel, all born in the 1650s.



The Rømer-family according to Sigvard Mahler Dam

In "Landsdommer-Patriciatet på Bornholm, Del II" [The Chief Justice Patriciate on Bornholm, Part II] (published in SAXO, 1988) Sigvard Mahler Dam relates the following information about the first known member of the Rømer-family on Bornholm, namely Hans Reymer:


Hans Reimer, Hans Berendsen, Peder Gagge:


On the 19th of October 1551 the king appoints "os elskelige Hans Reymer i Rønne at være Landsdommer paa vort land Bordingholm, og os elskelige Peder Gagge og Hans Berrettsen vore mænd og tjenere med hannem at side udi dom og ret" (our beloved Hans Reymer in Rønne to be chief justice of Bornholm, and our beloved Peder Gagge and Hans Berrettsen, our men and servants, to assist him in his office). This is a completely new situation! All 3 men to sit on the judge's seat! However, this quickly turned out to be too crowded. The king wished to regain control over his island, and he had support from the later two of these men, who repeatedly provoked the Lübeck regime. As previously mentioned Hans Reimer a supporter of Lübeck - his name even suggests German orgins - which suggests that by naming 2 assistant judges the king was attempting to obtain balance. There is not very much information on Hans Reimer, as he only held office for 2 years before he died.


In 1553 a large meeting was held in Kolding, with the king on one side and the Lübeck council on the other, wherein numerous complaints were put forward by the peasants against the Lübeck's bailiff at Hammershus. Of the 117 complaints against the bailiff only one was turned down! During this meeting the bailiff described the intolerable situation he was up against in Bornholm's Landsting (Parliament), it would seem the king's sabotage was a success!


Here is the bailiff's statement: "The instalment, 2 years ago, by His Royal Majesty of Peder Gagge and Hans Berentsen as assistants to the chief justice and myself at the Landsting was unnecessary, as all freemen and important peasants attend the Landsting and help in passing sentences. Especially Peder Gagge is abusing this right, and he is perpetrating all forms of disobedience, obstinate behaviour and revolt. . . Peder Gagge is not content to have a say in the passing of a sentence, but insists in having everything done his way!"


Another complaint concerned Hans Skaaning against Hans Hintze in a dispute over a farm in Rø parish. Wherein Hans Skaaning, who was married to a grand-daughter of the former owner, and Hans Hintze, who was married to a daughter of the former owner and also had the advantage of having lived on the farm with his wife for 40 years. The Lübeck bailiff and Chief Justice Hans Reimer defended Hans Skaaning's right to the farm, while Peder Gagge and Hans Berendsen favoured Hans Hintze. The bailiff is thoroughly miffed over not getting his way, and states: ". . . regarding Hans Skonning's case . . . the poor man has suffered an injustice - probably because the councillors have been blinded by Peder Gagge's lies.


Sharp words were exchanged between the judges, and tempers flared at every Landsting - probably there was a full house with everybody coming to hear the latest exciting news. After their defeat in 1535, and the punishments metted out in the following years, the peasants had yearned for revenge, and now they finally got it via the judiciary. Numerous supporters followed Peder Gagge and Hans Berendsen's example and crossed the Lübeckers at every opportrunity. All the "vornede-bønderne" (peasant farmers on the freemen's estates) - who were very often related - acted like freemen themselves and refused to pay taxes and deliver goods to Hammershus; they travelled freely and gathered spoils from shipwrecks along the beaches, and even hunted deer in the woods - which previously had been the age-old perogative of the king, and now, supposedly, solely that of the Lübeckers.


Hans Reimer died around 1553. We do not know where he came from, but some sources have it that he is the founding father of the Bornholm Rømer-family, which seems very likely. We do not know if he used an estate-mark, seal or shield, and none of his supposed descendants ever again became chief justice for Bornholm.



My own take on the first 5 generations of the Rømer-family


As we can see from the above we have evidence that, as M. K. Zahrtmann states, the surname Rømer dates back a long time on Bornholm, namely as early as the 1540s. It has been speculated that the Rømer surname stems from a more distant ancestral origin in the city of Rome, Italy. However it seems far more likely that, like the famous Danish scientist Ole Christensen Rømer (1644-1710), his surname stems from a connection to the island of Rømø - then part of the Duchy of Schleswig, now part of the Danish county of Tønder. In the Frisian (in danish: frisisk) language Rømø is known as Rem, and in German (tysk) it is known as Röm. So we can see how someone from Rømø might take on the name Rem[m]er (from the frisian spelling), Röm[m]er (from the german) or Røm[m]er (in danish).



1st Generation:


Hans Reymer (-1543-1553-):
Our first mention of "Hans Reymer" is in 1543, when he is known to have been a "Borger" (Burgher) living in Rønne. He was appointed the "Borgmester" (Mayor) there two years later. This was during the 50 year period, beginning in 1525, that the Hanseatic Free City of Lübeck, had control of Bornholm. In 1550 Lübeck officials appointed Hans Reymer as Chief Justice (Landsdommer) of Bornholm - so possibly he was from or had lived in Lübeck; that was also the year that Lübeck was forced to hand Bornholm back to the Danish crown. On October 19, 1551, King Christian III reconfirmed his appointment as chief justice; however, he had to shared the position of chief justice with 2 other men: Hans Berildsen (aka Hans Berendsen/Berrettsen), and Peder Gagge. As that sort of appointment was generally for life, Hans Reymer must have died circa 1553, as there is no record of him after that year.



2nd Generation:


Hans Remmer (-1572-1581-):
Our first mention of "Hans Remmer" is in a November 19th 1572 court case over some inherited land (possibly dating from 1569 in Knudsker parish?); the High Court in København met on June 10th 1575 regarding the out come of this case wherein "Hans Remer" disputed the judgement made by "Landsdommer Peder Hansen" (Uf) in 1572. In 1581 we find him being appointed as Chief Bailiff (Ridefoged) over all of Bornholm. In "Kures Gaardfortegnelser" we find that a "Hans Remmer" was the taxpayer for Bukkegård, 27 Slg. Nyker, in 1598 almost certainly the same man from the 1572 court case.


Possibly the farmland that Hans Remmer inherited in Knudsker parish was 24 Slg. Knudsker? In Bornholm's "Jordebøger" (Land Tenancy Books) of 1622 through 1628 a Peder Remmer is named as the owner and taxpayer for 24 Slg. Knudsker; possibly Peder Remmer is the youngest son of Hans Remmer, and as such inherited the family-farm? The extracted record of the taxpayer list of 1611 names a Peder Rasmussen as the taxpayer for 24 Slg. Knudsker - possibly an error of the transcriber, and it actually names Peder Remmer? Or possibly Peder Remmer's widow was married to a Peder Rasmussen?



3rd Generation:


Hans Remmer (-1598-1625-):
Remmer Hansen is recorded as the taxpayer for Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1598, 1611, 1617 and 1624-25.


Mads Remmer (-1590-1616-):
Mads Remmer known to have been living at Rømeregård, 52 Slg. in Vestermarie in 1590. He is recorded as the taxpayer for Bukkegård, 27 Slg. Nyker, in 1617. He was murdered by a neighbour, in 1617 or 1618, during a dispute over the boundary between their property; his murderer was hanged in 1618.


n.n. Remmer/Rømer (-?-):
The identity of the father of Christopher Rømer, the mayor of Nexø in 1651, owner of Øster Slamregård, 19 Slg. Bodilsker, in 1623 and Slamrehus, 20 Slg. Bodilsker, in 1651 is speculative, no known documention for him. He probably also lived in Nexø. His widow Ingeborg (died April 3, 1646), married for a second time (circa 1595) to Herman Bohn (died 1625) of Nexø.


Peder Remmer (-1622-1628-):
Peder Remmer is recorded as the taxpayer for 24 Slg. Knudsker (later called Sejersgård) in 1622, 1623, 1624, 1625, 1626, 1627 and 1628.



4th Generation:


Hans Rømer (-1611-1662-):
In 1662 a "Hans Romer i Gadegaard" was the taxpayer for Gadegård, 7 Vdg. Østerlars. He is probably the same person as the "Hans Rømmer" who is recorded in Bornholm's Jordebog as the taxpayer for Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie in 1611.


Laurs Remmer (-1623-1626-):
According to Bornholm's Jordebøger a "Laurs Remer" was an "Udbygger" (tenant farmer) residing on Arist Aristsen's farm Dammegård, 20 Slg. Pedersker, in 1623; he is listed again in 1624 and 1625 as "L. Remmer", and in 1626 as "Laurs Rømer".


Remmer Hansen (-1622-1628-):
Remmer Hansen is recorded as the taxpayer for Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1622, 1624, 1627 and 1628.


Jens Remmer (-1614-1633-):
According to "Kures Gårdfortegnelse" (Kure's Farmowner List) a "Jens Remer" is listed as the taxpayer for Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1614. In Bornholm's Jordebøger a Jens Remer/Rømer is named as the taxpayer for Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie, from 1622 through 1628. In 1633 "Jens Reemer" payed "Kendelsepenge" (a legal fee) to the "Lensmand" (Feudal Lord) after a decision was passed on a farm in Vestermarie - possibly for Letholmsgård after the death of Remmer Hansen? Possibly Jens Remmer was a co-taxpayer for the Letholmsgård in 1614 because he is the son of Remmer Hansen, who is recorded as the taxpayer for Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1611, 1622, 1624, 1627 and 1628. "Kures Gårdfortegnelse" tells us that a Peder Hermansen was the taxpayer for Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1637; possibly because he had married Jens Remmer's widow?


Remmer Eilersen (-1617-1628-):
"Kures Gårdfortegnelse" tells us that a "Remer Eilersen" was the taxpayer for Bakkegård, 22 Slg. Klemensker, in 1617. According to Bornholm's Jordebøger a "Remmer Eilersen" was the taxpayer for Sandemandsgård, 18 Slg. Knudsker between 1622 and 1628.


Christopher Rømer (-1623-1655):
Christopher Rømer was a Captain (Kaptajn) in 1645 during the Swedish invasion, the mayor of Nexø in 1651, the taxpayer for Øster Slamregård, 19 Slg. Bodilsker, in 1623 and Slamrehus, 20 Slg. Bodilsker, in 1651. His half-brother Jørgen Bohn recorded the death "Christofer Rømer" on December 2, 1655.


Sejer Erichsen's wife (-1649-1656-):
A Sejer Erichsen is recorded as the taxpayer for Sejersgård, 24 Slg. Knudsker, in 1648, 1651, 1658 and 1662. Possibly he was married to the daughter [probably named Kirstine - their three children all named a daughter Kirstine] of the previous known taxpayer for 24 Slg. Knudsker, namely Peder Remmer (-1622-1628-)? Sejer Erichsen had at least 3 children: 1) Lisabeth Sejersdatter (c.1649-1711), took over Sejersgård, she was married 3 times: Mads Jensen (died 1677), Hans Jensen (c.1650-1695) and Christen Andersen (c.1670-c.1720); 2) Peder Sejersen (-1695-1722-), who lived in Rønne; 3) Giertrud Sejersdatter (c.1656-1722), married to Niels Jensen (c.1656-1731) of Rønne and later Smyggegård, 5 Vdg. Åker. It is notable that Sejer Erichsen's only known son was named Peder - possibly named after his wife's father, Peder Remmer?



5th Generation:


Remmer Hansen (-1658-1668-):
Remmer Hansen is recorded as the taxpayer for Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1642, 1658, 1662 and 1663. He died sometime between 1668-1672. Probably the father of siblings: Hans Rømer (c.1654-1706), Karen Rømersdatter (c.1660-1735), Bendte Rømersdatter (c.1666-1740) and Anne Rømersdatter (c.1668-1738).


Mogens Jensen's wife (-1646-1661-):
A Mogens Jensen was the taxpayer for Gamlevældegård, 13 Slg. Østerlars, in 1658 and 1662. The identity of Mogens Jensen's wife is not known, however based on the names his children gave their daughters it is likely that her given name was Sidsele. It is notable that his eldest son, Jens Mogensen, named his third born son Rømer, and his fourth son Hans. A "Hans Romer" is known to have been living at Gadegård, 7 Vdg. Østerlars, in 1662; possibly Mogens Jensen's wife [named Sidsele Hansdatter?] is his daughter?


Jens Rømer (-1658-1662-):
Jens Rømer is listed as the taxpayer for Kirseløkkegård, 49 Slg. Østerlars, in 1658 (as Jens Remmer) and 1662 (as Jens Rømmer).


Niels Rømer (-1663-):
Bornholm's Militia Register of December 21, 1663 lists a "Niels Römer" as a Corporal in Bornholm's 3rd Corporal Company.


Peder Rømer (c.1635-1689):
In Bornholm's Jordebog of 1658 a "Peder Remmer" is named as a taxpayer residing in a "Fiskeläger" (fishing village) in Nylars parish [which must be Arnager]; probably the same person as the "Peder Rømmer" who died and was buried in 1689 in Nexø.


Anne Hansdatter (c.1645-1706):
Anne Hansdatter was married to Oluf Pedersen (c.1650-1726) of Rågelundsgård, 4 Vdg. Østerlars; with whom she had 3 children: Karen Olufsdatter (-1704-1732-), Rømer Olufsen (-1707-1724), Peder Olufsen (-1726-1729-). Possibly Anne is the daughter of the "Hans Romer" of Gadegård, 7 Vdg. Østerlars, in 1662?


Hans Remmer/Rømer (-1658-1663-):
Lieutenant (Løjtnant) Hans Remmer/Rømer is recorded as the taxpayer for Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1658, 1662 and 1663. Hans Remmer is probably the son of Jens Remmer, who was the taxpayer for Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1611 and 1625, and Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1614 and 1622. According to "Kures Gårdfortegnelser" a "Hans Rømer" was the taxpayer for Skinderbygård, 38 Slg. Klemensker, in 1655.


Hans Remmer died before the recording of probates began in 1681, probably between 1662 and 1672. It is known that he had at least three children: Boel Hansdatter (c.1652-c.1725), Hans Hansen Rømer (c.1654-1739) and Sidsele Hansdatter (c.1655-1737).


J. Th. Sassersen states that "Hans Rømer's wife was named Valborg", while Louise Skovgaard states that to her knowledge no evidence for this had been found (as of 1979). However, it is probable that she is the same person as the "Valborg sal. Hans Hermandsens" (Hans Hermansen's widow Valborg) who is mention in a case brought before the "Nørre Herred Ting" (Northern District Assembly) in 1681, wherein on September 16th "Hans Rømer paa Hans Knudsens vegne, som er fuldmægtig for Valborg sal. Hans Hermandsens vegne fremlagde sit skriftlige indlæg i sagen" (Hans Rømer on Hans Knudsen's behalf, who was the proxy on Hans Hermansen's widow Valborg's behalf presented his written observations).


According to "Kures Gårdfortegnelser" the above mentioned Hans Hermansen (died 1681) lived on Vester Bedegadegård, 10 Slg. Klemensker, from 1667 until his death. The "Hans Rømer" named in 1681 must be Hans Hansen Rømer (c.1654-1739) - possibly involved in the court case because "Valborg sal. Hans Hermandsens" was his twice widowed mother? Possibly Valborg had married Hans Hermansen circa 1667 after the death of Hans Remmer?


Remmer Jensen (-1658-1667-):
According to "Kures Gårdfortegnelser" a "Rømer Jensen" was the taxpayer for Skinderbygård, 38 Slg. Klemensker, in 1658 and 1667. In Bornholm's Jordebog of 1663 we find mention of "Remmer Jensen" as the taxpayer for Skinderbygård, 38 Slg. Klemensker.


Maren Jensdatter (c.1630-1686):
Hans Hansen Rømer (c.1654-1739) from Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie, acted as guardian for Maren Jensdatter's son Jens Svendsen during the March 21, 1684 probate for her husband, Svend Mogensen, of Heslegård, 2 Vdg. Olsker, and again during the March 1, 1688 probate for Maren Jensdatter. Possibly this was because Maren Jensdatter was related to Hans Hansen Rømer? Possibly she was his father's sister, and as such is the daughter of Jens Remmer (-1611-1633-) of Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie?


Jep Rømer (c.1630-1657):
Jørgen Bohn recorded the death of his half-brother's son "Jep Rømer" on January 6, 1657, noting that he was the "Byfoged" (Bailiff) for Nexø.


Mogens Rømer (-1670-1680-):
A Mogens Rømer was named as the "Borgmester" (mayor) of Nexø in 1670, 1678 and 1680.


Eiler Remmer (-1650-):
"Kures Gårdfortegnelse" tells us that an "Eiler Remmer" was the taxpayer for Smedegård, 7 Slg. Nyker, in 1650.


Lisabeth Sejersdatter (c.1649-1711):
Sejer Erichsen's daughter, Lisabeth Sejersdatter, took over the family farm, Sejersgård, 24 Slg. Knudsker; she was married 3 times: 1) c.1666 to Mads Jensen (died 1677), with whom she had 4 children; 2) c.1677 to Hans Jensen (c.1650-1695), with whom she had 6 children; and 3) April 1, 1696 to Christen Andersen (c.1670-c.1720), no children.


Peder Sejersen (-1695-1722-):
Peder Sejersen is named in the June 10, 1695 probate of his brother-in-law Hans Jensen: "Huor af den eldste søn er Madz Hansen paa 18 aar gammel, for hannem blef som tilsuins verge anordned hans morbroder Peder Seiersen i Rønne" (Whereupon the eldest son, Mads Hansen at 18 years old, for him was appointed as supervisory guardian his mother's brother Peder Sejersen of Rønne).


A "Peder Seyer Tømmermand" (Peder Sejer[sen], Carpenter) is listed in Rønne's taxation list of 1701.


And then in the March 7, 1711 probate of his sister Lisabeth Sejersdatter: "Dend 4de og yngste søn Mikel Hansøn paa 22 aar gl. for hannem er til tilsiuns værge annordned hans moederbroder Peder Sejersøn boende udj Rønne som møtte og sig dend efter annordning godvillig paatoeg" (The 4th and youngest son Michel Hansen at 22 years old, for him was appointed as supervisory guardian his mother's brother Peder Sejersen living in Rønne who was present and undertook the decree voluntarily).


In Rønne Church's account book record of the pew rentals for 1722 is listed "Karen Peder Sejers" (Peder Sejers[sen]'s [wife] Karen) and "Ole Pedersen - Peder Sejersens daattermand" (Ole Pedersen Peder Sejersen's daughter's husband).


Peder Sejersen had at least two children: 1) Kirstine Pedersdatter (c.1681-1710), married to Hans Hansen (-1704-1712-) of Nyker parish; and 2) Valborg Pedersdatter (c.1685-1737), married to a) Oluf Pedersen (c.1667-1729) and b) Jens Nielsen (1702-1763), both of Rønne.


Giertrud Sejersdatter (c.1656-1722):
Giertrud Sejersdatter was married c.1685 to Niels Jensen (c.1656-1731), the brother of her sister Lisabeth's second husband Hans Jensen (c.1650-1695). The couple first lived in Rønne, and then moved to Smyggegård, 5 Vdg. Åker. The probate for Giertrud Sejersdatter was held on July 13, 1722, and in it we find that her sister Lisabeth's son, Michel Hansen, acted as supervisory guardian for her two youngest children: "Dend anden daatter Barbra Nielsdaatter paa 30te aar gl.; dend 3de og yngste daatter Karen Nielsdaatter paa 28 aar gl.; for disse u-myndige børn er faderen self verge og blef til tilsyns verge Michel Hansen boende i Knudsker Sogn".




The First Five Generations of the Rømer-family on Bornholm

The following is my version of the first six generations of the Bornholmers bearing the family-name Rømer, based on my interpretation of the documented evidence provided by the above mentioned researchers combined with my own personal research and conclusions.


The first documented Rømer generation on Bornholm:

[1] Hans Reymer (-1543-1553-), probably emigrated from Schleswig-Holstein to Rønne circa 1540, was mayor of Rønne in 1545.


The second documented Rømer generation:

[2] Hans Remmer (-1572-1581-), "Ridefoged" (chief bailiff) for Bornholm in 1581. Possibly lived in Knudsker parish at Sejergård, 24 Slg. Knudsker, in 1569? Later lived at Bukkegård, 24 Slg. Nyker, in 1598-99. {probably the son of [1] Hans Reymer}


The third documented Rømer generation:

[3] Hans Remmer (-1598-1617-) of Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie {probably the son of [2] Hans Remmer}

[4] Mads Remmer (-1590-c.1617) of Bukkegård, 27 Slg. Nyker {son of [2] Hans Remmer}

[5] [n.n. Remmer] (-?-), father of [11] Christopher Rømer, mayor of Nexø {probably the son of [2] Hans Remmer}

[6] Peder Remmer (-1622-1628-) of the 24 Slg. Knudsker (later called Sejersgård) {probably the son of [2] Hans Remmer}

[7] [n.n. Hansdatter] (-?-), married to Eiler n.n.sen, possibly the mother of [12] Remmer Eilersen of Sandemandsgård, 18 Slg. Knudsker? {possibly the daughter of [2] Hans Remmer?}


The fourth documented Rømer generation:

[8] Hans Remmer (-1662-) of Gadegård, 7 Vdg. Østerlars in 1662 {probably the son of [3] Remmer Hansen}

[9] Laurs Remmer (-1623-1626-), an "Udbygger" (tenant farmer) on Dammegård, 20 Slg. Pedersker {possibly the son of [3] Remmer Hansen?}

[10] Remmer Hansen (-1622?-1642-1668-) of Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie; four probable children {probably the son of [3] Hans Remmer}

[11] Jens Remmer (-1614-1633-) of Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie in 1614 and 1617; and then for Rømeregård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie, in 1622, 1623, 1624, 1625 and 1628 {probably the son of [3] Hans Remmer}

[12] Christopher Rømer (-1623-1655), mayor of Nexø in 1651 {probably the son of [5] [n.n. Remmer]}

[13] [Kirstine Pedersdatter] (-1649-1656-), probably named Kirstine, wife of Sejer Erichsen of Sejersgård, 24 Slg. Knudsker {probably the daughter of [6] Peder Remmer}

[14] Remmer Eilersen (-1617-1628-) of Bakkegård, 22 Slg. Klemensker, in 1617, and Sandemandsgård, 18 Slg. Knudsker, in 1622 through 1628 {possibly the son of [7] [n.n. Hansdatter]?}


The fifth documented Rømer generation residing on Bornholm:

[15] [Sidsele Hansdatter] (-1646-1661-), wife of Mogens Jensen of Gamlevældegård, 13 Slg. Østerlars; seven children {possibly the daughter of [8] Hans Remmer?}

[16] Jens Rømer (-1658-1662-) of Kirseløkkegård, 49 Slg. Østerlars {probably the son of [8] Hans Remmer}

[17] Niels Rømer (-1663-), Corporal in Bornholm's militia; two possible children {possibly the son of [8] Hans Remmer?}

[18] Peder Rømer (c.1635-1689) of Arnager, and later Nexø {possibly the son of [8] Hans Remmer?}

[19] Anne Hansdatter (c.1645-1706), wife of Oluf Pedersen (c.1650-1726) of Rågelundsgård, 4 Vdg. Østerlars; 3 children {possibly the daughter of [8] Hans Remmer?}

[20] Hans Remmer (-1658-1663-) of Rømeregård, 52 Slg. Vestermarie, and Letholmsgård, 53 Slg. Vestermarie; 3 children {probably the son of [11] Jens Remmer}

[21] Remmer Jensen (-1658-1667-) of Skinderbygård, 38 Slg. Klemensker {probably the son of [11] Jens Remmer}

[22] Maren Jensdatter (c.1630-1686), wife of Svend Mogensen (c.1600-1684) of Heslegård, 2 Vdg. Olsker; 2 sons {possibly the daughter of [11] Jens Remmer?}

[23] Jep Rømer (c.1630-1657), the "Byfoged" (bailiff) for Nexø; 1 possible son {son of [12] Christopher Rømer}

[24] Mogens Rømer (-1670-1680-) the "Borgmester" (mayor) of Nexø {probably the son of [12] Christopher Rømer}

[25] Lisabeth Sejersdatter (c.1649-1711), wife of Mads Jensen, Hans Jensen and Christen Andersen, of Sejersgård, 24 Slg. Knudsker; 10 children {daughter of [13] [Kirstine Pedersdatter]}

[27] Peder Sejersen (-1695-1722-), a "Tømmermand" (carpenter) in Rønne; two daughters {son of [13] [Kirstine Pedersdatter]}

[28] Giertrud Sejersdatter (c.1656-1722), wife of Niels Jensen (c.1656-1731) of Rønne and Smyggegård, 5 Vdg. Åker; 5 children {daughter of [13] [Kirstine Pedersdatter]}

[26] Eiler Remmer (-1650-) of Smedegård, 7 Slg. Nyker; probably died of the plague circa 1654 {probably the son of [14] Remmer Eilersen}



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