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The Uf 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 Uff/Uf-family between the 1300s and 1600s as I could find. That period is one in which there is little documentation, much controversy, and even more opinions!


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


Bornholm historian Dr. M.K. Zahrtmann wrote in his article about the Uf and Myre families of Bornholm that the first man of the Uf-family (with the chevron as an insignia) appearing on Bornholm was Hans Uf, appointed as the commander of Hammershus fortress by his uncle Niels Jonsen, who was the Archbishop in Lund 1361-79. During a long wintertime stay at the fortress the archbishop died on February 5, 1379; two days previously he had written his last testament, wherein he left Hans Uf a large gilded silver horn and two silver cups, and also 40 Marks to cover the expenses for flour, malt and other provisions during his stay at the fortress. As well, Hans Uf received the rights to six dwellings in Listed fishing-village, which he had built for the archbishop, and which brought in 6 Marks in yearly rental income. Later, during Hans Uf’s long term in office he acquired more land in this region north-west of Svaneke, including Gyldensgård (17 Vdg. Østermarie) – which became the property of Hans Olufsen (Uf) some 200 years later.


In his last testament the archbishop also thought of Hans Uf’s daughter Cecilie, leaving her a gold ring. She was later married 3 times, all of whom were noblemen from Skåne; she outlived them all, and in 1427 she bestowed a gilded silver chalice to the church in Nyker parish (which is still in use), which bore the arms of the Uf-family plus an inscription in Latin: "Mrs. Cecilie gave this chalice to All Saints Church, pray for my soul". This indicates that the Uf-family had a family-farm in Nyker parish (possibly Kyndegård?).


Through out the 15th century we can off and on trace the Uf-family on Bornholm. Peder Uf is mentioned in 1416. Anders Uf in 1449, who married Chief Justice Sevid Nielsen’s daughter Anne and thereby acquired Store Kannikegård in Bodilsker along with its 8 copyhold farm. And finally in 1493 and 1497 we hear of Otte Pedersen Uf; whose son Oluf Ottesen became the chief justice in 1508, and in 1510 took part in signing a treaty with Lübeck after their attack on Bornholm. Otte had several more children: Peder Uf, who is mentioned as living in Lund in 1505; and Anders Uf mentioned in 1511 as a relative of Anders Galen; and a daughter who married Oluf Tuesen of Bornholm and became the mother of two sons: Esbern, who died in battle in 1565, and Mogens from the female-line Uf-branch, and one daughter, Gunhild, who married Mads Kofoed.


With the Uf male-line there is a gap, the family reappears with the brothers Oluf and Peder Hansen Uf. Inserting a Hans Olufsen might fill that gap; probably his is the Hans Olufsen who in 1542 laid a complaint about the commander of Hammershus. The previously mentioned Oluf Hansen Uf, a Freeman in Klemensker parish, and his co-heirs were involved in a 1552 court case against Mogens Uf regarding the inheritance after Otte Pedersen. The proceedings were to take place before the High Court in København, but during a winter sea voyage all the documents went to the bottom of the Baltic Sea; this resulted in a request from the king to the judge for copies from the probate register in order that a settlement be reached between the parties involved.


The Uf-family genealogy according to Zahrtmann:


First generation:

[1] Hans Uf, the bailiff for Hammershus in 1379

Second generation:

[2] Cecilie Uf (-1379-1427-), married three times {daughter of [1] Hans Uf}

[3] Peder Uf (-1416-)

Third generation:

[4] Anders Uf (-1449-) of Store Kannikegård in Bodilsker, married to Anne Sevidsdatter

[5] Otte Pedersen Uf (-1493-1497-)

Fourth generation:

[6] Peder Uf (-1505-) of Lund {son of [5] Otte Pedersen Uf}

[7] Anders Uf (-1511-) {son of [5] Otto Pedersen Uf}

[8] Oluf Ottesen Uf (-1508-1510-), chief justice for Bornholm in 1508 {son of [6] Otte Pedersen Uf}

[9] n.n. Ottesdatter Uf, married to Oluf Tuesen of Bornholm {daughter of [6] Otte Pedersen Uf}

Fifth generation:

[10] Hans Olufsen (-1542-) {son of [8] Oluf Ottesen Uf}

[11] Esbern Uf (died 1565) {son of [9] n.n. Ottesdatter Uf}

[11] Mogens Uf (-1552-) {son of [9] n.n. Ottesdatter Uf}

[12] Gunhild Uf (-1552-), wife of Mads Kofoed {daughter of [9] n.n. Ottesdatter Uf}

Sixth generation:

[13] Oluf Hansen Uf (-1552-) of Klemensker – a Freeman {son of [10] Hans Olufsen}

[14] Peder Hansen Uf (-1552-) {son of [10] Hans Olufsen}


The Uf-family according to Edvard Skovgaard:


Edvard Skovgaard relates his own theory on the Uf-family in his pedigree "1000 Aner til en Skovgårdsslægt" published in 1989:


First generation:

[1] Niels (Uffsen?), mentioned in 1302

Second generation:

[2] Peder Uf (or Ulf), married to Marie Jensdatter {son of [1] Niels (Uffsen?)}

Third generation:

[3] Maren Uf, wife of n.n. (Peder?, called Uf) who was mentioned in 1379 {daughter of [2] Peder Uf or (Ulf)}

[4] Johannes (Hans or Jens) Uf, the bailiff for Hammershus from 1379-1389 {son of [2] Peder Uf or (Ulf)}

Fourth generation:

[5] Peder Uf, mentioned in 1416 {son of [3] Maren Uf}

Fifth generation:

[6] Otto Pedersen Uf (died earliest 1497), married: 1. Tue Galen’s daughter, 2. Oluf Tuesen’s daughter of Krashavegård, 20 Slg. Klemensker {son of [5] Peder Uf}

Sixth generation:

[7] Peder Uf, unmarried, dean for Lund Cathedral c.1497-1518 {son of [6] Otto Pedersen Uf and his 1st wife}

[8] Anders Uf, mentioned in 1511 and 1533, married to Anne Sevidsdatter {son of [6] Otto Pedersen Uf and his 1st wife}

[9] Oluf Uf, chief justice for Bornholm c. 1508-1522 {son of [6] Otto Pedersen Uf and his 2nd wife}

Seventh generation:

[10] Mogens Uf, chief justice for Bornholm, mentioned 1535-1562 {son of [8] Anders Uf}

[11] Gunhild Uf, wife of Mads Kofoed (died before 1573, mayor of Rønne?) {daughter of [8] Anders Uf}

Eighth generation:

[12] Margrethe Mogensdatter Uf (died c.1598), married to Christen Clausen (Kjøller) {daughter of [10] Mogens Uf}

[13] Peder Kofoed (died before 1625) of Kyndegård in Nyker {son of [11] Gunhild Uf}

[14] Jens Kofoed (died February 9, 1625), Chief Justice for Bornholm, heir of Kyndegård {son of [11] Gunhild Uf}

[15] Boel Madsdatter Kofoed, wife of Oluf Bagge of Baggård in Klemensker {daughter of [11] Gunhild Uf}

[16] Anneke Madsdatter Kofoed, wife of Michael Abraham {daughter of [11] Gunhild Uf}

[17] Hans Madsen Kofoed (1572-1623) of Blykobbegård in Nyker {son of [11] Gunhild Uf}


Edvard Skovgaard provided no documentation or reasons for the above stated family connections.


The Uf-family according to Sigvard Mahler Dam:


The informative articles written by Sigvard Mahler Dam have a lot to say about the Uf-family. Of particular interest are "De bornholmske væbnerslægter Uf og Splid", published in 1982 in the Heraldisk Tidsskrift; "Landet Borringholm: Bornholmsk-skånske slægtskredse" - part 2 (1986, SAXO); "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); and "Strangesønnerne – en nørrejysk høvdinge-æt" (Personalhistorisk Tidsskrift, 1993).


From the 1982 article "De bornholmske væbnerslægter Uf og Splid":

In this article Sigvard relates that the Bornholm "Sparre-Uf" branch of this family hails from a venerated old Skånsk noble-family. (Note: Sigvard Mahler Dam now believes that the family's origins are more likely in Jylland.) That the first recorded member was a Ridder Johannes dictus Wff (Knight Johannes called Uf) - mentioned a record dated 1299 wherein he promised Archbishop Jens Grand free entry to København. And that he must be the father of the hitherto oldest known member: coat of arms carrier Nicholaus Wf (Niels Uf), who is mentioned with "his father" in 1302. He could be the great grandfather of Gelre-armorial's "Joenz U", whose father Lawe Uf was married to a sister of the Archbishop of Lund (in Skåne), "Niels Joensen" [aka Niels Jensen Bild], who carried the twinned coat of arms of the Bild-family. Joens Uf is quite an historical personage! He was the commander of Hammershus Fortress, and in records from that time known as: Johannes Uf in 1379 in Archbishop Niels Joensen's funeral testament; Hans Uf - also in 1379; Johannes Wf in 1387 as a witness for Peder Munk; Jens Uff in 1389; and lastly as Johane lawesson in 1407. (Note: evidently Sigvard since changed his mind about Johannes Lawesen being the same person as Johannes Uf.) At the bottom of the archbishop's funeral testament, issued in 1379 at Hammershus, can be found the oldest rendition of the Uf-family's coat of arms: a chevron.


A seal picturing the helmet-design is first known from Joenz U's great grandson Oluf Ottesen (Uf), who was appointed chief justice for Bornholm after Jep Splid. From 1510 through 1522 can be found records mentioning him in that position; his seal can be found on a document dated 1522 - though it is not in very good condition. It shows a helmet with two Vesselhorns. (Vesselhorns look like two curved horns sprouting from the top a helmet.) Oluf Ottesen's great grandson, Hans Olufsen (Uf), the last male member of the Sparre-Uf family line, used this same helmet-design in his seal in 1599. Next we have Peder Hansen, who was last mentioned as Hans Olufsen's father's brother; he also used the two vesselhorns on his helmet-design. Peder was the chief justice for Bornholm from 1574 through 1588, and died in 1596 at 60 years of age; his seal contains an oddity, namely a sinister (inverted) chevron! No one in this family-line had previously reversed the chevron image.


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). Like the Uf-family a branch of the Kofoed-family used the chevron image, so this would seem to indicate that Mette Hansdatter's father Hans Pedersen used the Geddekæft (pike's jawbone) image.


Peder Hansen (Uf) and his wife Mette Hansdatter donated a pew to St. Klemen’s Church (Klemensker parish). In a journal, a description of the donation reads: "Clement's Church: door to pew, carved oak framed with smooth fir planks - showing helmeted arms with vesselhorn and the following markings: a shield with an inverted Gavlsparre (chevron) design, and the other shield sporting a halv Hummerklo (half lobster claw), Chief Justice Peder Hansen Uf and wife Margrethe Hansdatter. The door was painted green, the arms and the doorframe painted red and white. Height 84 centimetres, length 56 centimetres. . ."


A sister of Chief Justice Oluf Ottesen (Uf) married Freeman Oluf Tuesen of Store Krashavegård in Klemensker. Thus began another Uf-family line: the "Agern-Uf" branch, thus named after the three golden agern (acorns) in its arms. As far as we know they only had one son, named Mogens; maybe because Oluf Tuesen was killed circa 1500 by Christiern von Haffn, the archbishop's commander at Hammershus. Oluf Tuesen's farms and land were taken by the greedy Archbishop Birger to be added to Hammershus fortress' lands while Oluf's son was still a minor. He took his mother's family name; he probably grew up on the Uf family-estate in Klemensker. In 1525 a very unfortunate happening for the Bornholmers took place: their island was mortgaged away to Lübeck for 50 years. The Danish king put wind in the sails of several courageous freemen and they served as trouble-makers against the Lübeck'ers; among them was "Mogens W", who fought to retrieve his father's farms and land, and in 1533 he managed to retrieve part of his property. Two years later he joined the Bornholm-uprising against Lübeck, but the peasants and the few freemen were no match against the seasoned soldiers of Lübeck's army. The freemen had to flee to Skåne; while Mogens Uf was living there he received the nomination to become chief justice for Bornholm from the Danish king, and he was issued a document stating his right to his farms and land on Bornholm without any conditions. We know from Mogens Uf 's seal that his arms displays on a red field a sinister blue brace with three golden agern (acorns).


We can safely acknowledge that the Gelre Armorial's "Joenz U", who carried a red chevron on a white background in his shield, carried the same arms as those that were carved on the pew-door in St. Klemen’s Church, and that the family's helmet-design had two red Vesselhorns. Furthermore, there is no doubt that Joens Uf was also known as: Johannes Uf, Hans Uf and Jens Uf – the archbishop's nephew as well as his commander at Hammershus fortress.


From the 1986 article "Landet Borringholm: Bornholmsk-skånske slægtskredse" – part 2:

Sometime between 1363, when Jacob Splittaf was commander, and 1379 Archbishop Niels of Lund needed to appoint a new commander for Hammershus. Like most people, the archbishop was fond of his own kin, and thus he installed his sister's son: Johannes Uf. It is possible Johannes had been serving as an officer under Commander Jacob Splittaf - maybe he had come to Bornholm as a young man with King Valdermar's men in 1362. Archbishop Niels had grown up in Jylland like his sister, who later married one of the leading estate-owners.


Johannes Uf must have been away traveling, for in an old tourney-book from the Duchy of Geldern (presently Holland) we find, amongst all the Knights of Europe, a couple of pages with coat of arms from the Nordic countries. First a magnificent rendering of King Valdemar's coat of arms: 3 blue lions (leoparde) on a golden background decorated with red sea-leaves; as well the royal flag with its white cross on red background. Next pages show the coat of arms of King Valdemar's noblemen, who probably accompanied him on his trip to meet with the record-taker and painter of coat of arms. Those men included: Henning Putbus, the Count of Rügen and confidant of the king; Mikkel Rud from Skjoldenæsholm estate; Otte Nielsen of the Rosenkrantz-family; and last, far down from the above - so as to emphasize the class difference - can be found the coat of arms of Joenz U, a red chevron on a white background. One and the same man as the above mentioned Commander Johannes Uf, for the family went under the variants of U, W, Uf, Uff, and Ugh. It seems that this coat of arms was painted no later than 1375, and it fits with our guess that Johannes Uf during this period had been traveling abroad. A couple of years later he appears documented as the commander of Hammershus fortress on Bornholm.


So now the Uf-family enters through the gates of Hammershus fortress, and became active participants in the history of the island for the next two centuries. Archbishop Niels made his testamente (will) while at Hammershus on February 3, 1379, and died shortly afterwards. From it we learn that Johannes had been commander for sometime, and that he is married to Marine (possibly a daughter of Peder Munk?), and that they have a small daughter, Cecilie. Since Johannes Uf's son Peter is not mentioned, it must be that he has not been born yet. There are no other children mentioned.


A characteristic of the family is that its members were never named in association with their family-farm, as was common with most other Bornholmer families. Furthermore, there are no farms by the name of "Ufgård" to be used in pinpointing the family's residence. It is not until the 1500s that we encounter their family-farm Simlegård in Klemensker parish - which farm had never been mentioned previously. It is conveniently situated near Hammershus and is still to this day one of the largest farms on the island. And is close by St. Klemen’s Church, where the family had their own funeral-chamber in the crypt. The abundance of rune-stones in the vicinity bear witness to the fact that in very early times a nobleman's estate had been situated there.


Other traces lead the family to "Rodne Herret" (Rønne district: now Vestre district). A deed-document dated March 23, 1416 shows that "Splyt væbner paa Bornholm" (a descendant of Commander Jacob Splid) sold a piece of land worth 5 silver Marks in Åby, Nyker parish, to the recently knighted nobleman Peter Bosen, who later became the chief justice of Bornholm. An interesting witness to this sale of land was the commander's son, Peder Uf, now the head of the family. Possibly he and his known sister, Cecilie, had grown up in Nyker parish, which is located near the thriving town of commerce: Rønne. Maybe they spent their childhood at the large freeman's estate of Kyndegård in Nyker. An ancient silver chalice still rests in Nyker Round-church - on its base is a coat of arms with an inscription: "Fru Cecilia skænkede denne kalk til Alle Halgens Menighed" (Lady Cecilia donated this chalice to All Saints Congregation). The National Museum has dated this chalice to the second half of the 1400s, but looking at the shield-design a person may alter-chalice dates back towards the time-period 1390-1420, in that period the shield-design was very round, and later there were alterations.


A great span of time follows the March 23, 1416 document in which time Peder Uf, then between 30-35 years old, acted as a witness at a land-transaction in Nyker. It is not until 1493 that his son Otte Pedersen Wff appears in the Bornholmer records, as an older man with adult sons from two marriages. Where have they been during that time? The records are silent, and a person is prone to provide a reason for the gap in the documentation, for there should not be so few entries for a man with such an occupation. He should be found mentioned in the written documents of Bornholm rather more frequently; this was quite prevalent with other Bornholmer families. In 1497 the controversial Birger Gunnersøn was appointed the archbishop for Lund Cathedral. He used intrigue to take Hammershus away from the former archbishop's brother, Hans Brostrup, and instead installed Christiern van Haffn as commander of Hammershus fortress. Now Birger, through Christiern van Haffn, ruled with an iron fist, confiscating property, and took privileges away from the lower nobility. Otte Pedersen Uf was deceased by now and his heirs divided up his large estate, and following Bornholm's age-old inheritance law dictating that the youngest son inherit the family's main farm, in this case Oluf Ottesen. Anders, Peder and Oluf Tuesen (on behalf of his wife) divided up the remainder peacefully.


One day, soon after, the commander of Hammershus and his men arrived at Krashavegård, with the intent of imposing heavy taxes on Oluf Tuesen. What reasons he had for this is not known for sure, but likely it was based on an old law regarding what happens when a beholden man marries a free-woman: all their property, unfree and free, is taxable. Or it could have been based on a law proclaimed by the archbishop's man Jens Brostrup, and again later in 1501 by Birger Gunnersøn: "It has come to our attention that many of you have accumulated property, some have two, others three, but still only pay tax on one farmstead, and this causes great harm to our fortress, therefore we have ordered our official to go out and find out those who refuse to pay their taxes, and then confiscate the property . . ."


So when Command Christiern van Haffn demanded the tax from Oluf Tuesen, he was met with stubborn refusal. Was Oluf not a freeman having served his country, risking his very life? A skirmish ensued and swords were drawn, the archbishop's men overpowered Oluf and he was stabbed to death. All of his properties were confiscated, and there sat his widow with their small son. She went through hard times, but her brothers helped her prove to Commander van Haffn which of the farms were her own inheritance, and these were eventually given back to her. Her brothers helped with the management, but then a pivotal event took place, which later caused a devastating family feud over inheritance. Apparently Oluf Ottesen purchased some property from the widow, and in the later court case some letters and documents supposedly were proof thereof, but her son, Mogens Uf, maintained that the family had unlawfully confiscated said property.


In 1547 Mogens Uf, still exiled from Bornholm, came to blows with his own family and took them to the highest court in the land: "Mogens W til Odersbiergh citat hustru Gunildt, Mattis Kofoedt paa Bornholm med deres medarvinger for noget jordegods som de gør dem forhindring paa sammested efter Oluf Tuesens død sammested." (Mogens Uf of Odersberga complaint against Gunhild, wife of Mads Kofoed of Bornholm, and their co-inheritors, over some properties and their impediment to these same properties after Oluf Tuesen's death regarding these same properties.) The case concerns Mogens Uf's inheritance from his mother, against Gunhild Uf, who must be a descendant of his mother's brother, Oluf Ottesen. Gunhild's husband Mads Kofoed sailed to København on behalf of his wife and her (under-aged) co-heirs. Mads won the case and returned home able to keep the deeds to the farms contested by Mogens Uf.


But in 1552 Mogens Uf is back again to haunt Gunhild's family: "Oluff Hansz paa sine egne og metarfvingers Otte Persz arfvinger vegne, beretter at Mogens W forfølger dem for noget jordegods og skifte, og de have forfulgt sagen og bragt den for Rigets Kantsker, og til den ende afsendt Mads Kofoedt med deres breve og beviser, men han er drunknet paa veien og Brevskaberne forkomne, hvorfor det paalægges landsdommeren Hans Reymer, at han er dem behjælpelig til endnu engang at faa beskrevet hvad der er gaaet for sig i sagen." (Oluf Hansen on his own and his co-inheritor's – the heirs of Otte Pedersen Uf – behalf, relate that Mogens Uf prosecuted them over some properties and inheritance, and they have pursued the matter and brought it before the Crown's Chancellor, and towards this end sent Mads Kofoed with their documents and evidence, but he drowned on the journey and the documents were lost, wherefore the matter was imposed upon Chief Justice Hans Reymer, that he is to assist them to yet once again to provide the required documents on the subject.)Mogens had sued Oluf Hansen and Otte Pedersen's heirs for some property and Mads Kofoed had again been sent to København with documents. Sadly, Mads drowned underway and the documents were lost.


Otte Pedersen Uf's first wife had previously been married to a Bornholmer, and that is how she came to live on Bornholm. It appears that she had run away with esquire Peder Hals against the wishes of her family, for Anders Galen in Lund refused to acknowledge her children from her first marriage! She had at least three children (1 son and 2 daughters) when she married Otte Uf. Anders Galen's will caused great controversy and the probate proceedings took 21 years to be finalized! Otte's first wife died around 1480 and he married for the second time to an unnamed daughter of an Oluf, and they had a son, Oluf Ottesen, and a daughter, who became the founder of the second Bornholm Uf-family line. The youngest son, Oluf Ottesen appears as a witness in a document from 1497 and borrows his father's seal (there are two identical seals on the document), so he must have been very young. Oluf and his sister were not named in Anders Galen's will of 1511, so therefore their mother is not his sister. The Freeman Jørgen Hals of Østermarie and his two sisters felt cheated when they were read Anders Galen's will; therefore they brought their case before the Landsting (Senate) in Åkirkeby on May 22, 1522.


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

In this article Sigvard Mahler Dam states that Anders Uf is the son of Otte Pedersen Uf and his wife from the Galen-family, and that he had married Sevid Nielsen’s daughter, Anne, and that there is an undated document stating that the couple had been deeded the manor farm Store Kannikegård in Bodilsker, and its eight attached copyhold farms, previously belonging to Sevid Nielsen. An old deed of 1448 stated that Sevid Nielsen could occupy the manor until his death, meaning that by now he must have passed away, and his son-in-law Anders Uf had been appointed as his successor. However, no documents were saved from Anders Uf’s time as chief justice. An "Anders Uf min kære frænde" (Anders Uf my dear relative) is mentioned in Anders Galen’s will of 1511, but since Chief Justice Anders Uf had been dead for many years, the person mentioned must be his son, who in 1499 – after studying in Lund – was admitted on November 26th to Greifswald University: Andreas U de Bornholm (Anders Uf of Bornholm); on that same day the son of Lund citizen was also admitted: "Tycho Nicolai de civitate Lundensi" (Tycho Nicolai citizen of Lund), they achieved Baccalaureate (Bachelor’s degree) in 1500 and were probably fellow travellers. The "Hr. Peder Uf, min kære frænde" (Mr. Peder Uf, my dear relative) mentioned in Anders Galen’s will, must have been the son of the younger Anders Uf’s father’s brother; there seems to be no other possibilities, since Anders Galen is not related to the rest of the Uf-family. Anders Galen’s sister had three children in another marriage: Jørgen Hals and his sisters Anne and Else, but Anders Galen would not accept them, and according to several documents he considered them illegitimate. Anders Uf’s widow, Anne Sevidsdatter, married Jacob (or Jep) Split, who immediately thereafter became the next chief justice for Bornholm! Maybe their marriage had taken place in 1487 when officials in Lund deeded "Jacobus Splijt" four farms on Bornholm; he is first mentioned as chief justice in letters dated: August 14th 1490, next on July 2nd 1491, and then on July 10th 1493.


Otte Pedersen Uf’s youngest son Oluf (from a second marriage to the sister of Jens Olsen of Klemensker?), had a sister, whose name is not known, but who is known to have been married to Freeman Oluf Tuesen of Klemensker; the fact that neither of these siblings are mentioned in Anders Galen’s will of 1511 (while their brothers Anders Uf and Peder Uf are mentioned), must mean that Otte Pedersen Uf was married twice. 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. Oluf Ottesen 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.


On August 20th 1535 we see that Mogens Uf was chosen as chief justice, and that in return he received tax exemption on his property. He had been in a long drawn out conflict over property rights: his father, Oluf Tuesen, had had a dispute with the command for Hammershus, Christiern van Haffn, and was killed by him; the archbishop then confiscated Oluf’s farms to be taxed by the church. This happened around 1500, and Oluf’s widow was left with their under-aged son, although she was greatly helped by her influential brother Oluf Ottesen. He apparently freed her inherited properties and later bought some parts of it; sadly this resulted in the Uf-family becoming entangled in another lengthy inheritance dispute between Mogens Uf on the one side, and 3 siblings, Oluf and Peder Hansen (Uf), and their sister Gunhild, on the other side. At issue was the inheritance after Otte Pedersen (documents regarding this can be found in the chancellor’s legal records).


Throughout history inheritance cases have occupied many families and given cause for much disappointment and even split some families into feuding amongst themselves endlessly, as well as providing interesting conversational fodder for those not directly involved. Not only did Otte Pedersen Uf’s stepchildren fight, his own descendants kept on fighting over their inheritance for 40 years after his death! It might have something to do with a peculiar aspect of the Uf-family: with his children the family divided into three parts. The first branch did not make an important mark, as it died away quickly, namely the earlier mentioned older sons Anders Uf, married to Anna, daughter of Chief Justice Sevid Nielsen, and the Canon Peder Uf in Lund. Traditionally a Jesper/Esbern Uf appears in the family tree as a son of Anders Uf. However this is doubtful since he was killed 1565 in the battle of Svarteå, while in Hak Holgersøn's company, during the Nordic Seven Years War. He was most likely a young nobleman, and could not possibly have been a son of Anders Uf who must have already been 45 years old in 1511 when he inherited from his mother's brother. The second branch, the main branch, was continued through the youngest son, Chief Justice Oluf Ottesen, who rejected the family name Uf, and his descendants were known only by their patronymic. We will refer to them under the name "Sparre-Uf" after their coat of arms. The third branch was also rather short-lived, but made an indelible mark due to the fiery temperament of its members. This branch we will call "Agern-Uf" after their coat of arms, and it originates from the daughter of Otte Pedersen Uf who married the Bornholmer freeman Oluf Tuesen. Her son adopted the Uf-family name.


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

It seems the brothers Oluf and Peder Hansen (Uf) took a great interest in the law; since 1552 they had been active in the Landsting (Senate), and took part in various cases – some of which, of coarse, pertained to their own family. In 1572 Jacob Iversen Borringholm was appointed chief justice; however, he died only one year later. And now, once again, a new chief justice was needed and the appointment speaks for itself: on the 28th of March 1574 Johann Urne was appointed chief bailiff, and he brought along with him a letter from the king concerning the candidate for the judge’s seat, which stated: "The king has learned that since Jacob Borringholm’s death there has been no Landsting gathering, and therefore the people suffer under the bailiffs, who have nobody to answer to, but since Hans Persen (sic, s.b. Peder Hansen, a Chancellery error!) is thought to be capable for this office, he is to be installed and establish law and order".


We can read all about the appointment in the letter the Lübeck bailiff sent home to the Lübeck council dated the 23rd of May 1574: "Five days ago a nobleman came from Denmark, Johann Urne, who is to officiate over the ecclesiastical jurisdictions. This nobleman has summoned three prominent persons from every parish to a meeting at the tower in St. Klemen’s Church (Peder Hansen was from Klemensker) and there they all gathered to witness the nomination of Freeman Peder Hansen, officiated over by the nobleman on behalf of the king, as the new chief justice". At the end of the letter the Lübeck bailiff offers up a heartfelt sigh: "May he turn out to be competent!"


Peder Hansen 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.


The colours of this old family’s coat of arms can still be seen on the couple’s preserved pew in St. Klemen’s Church: a sinister red chevron on a white field, and on the helmet are 2 red vesselhorns. Peder Hansen (Uf) apparently reversed the chevron in his arms to differentiate it from the arms of his brother Oluf Hansen and his son Hans Olufsen – who was the Lensmand (Vassal) at Vardøhus (formerly employed by the Royal Chancellery in København).


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.


Peder Hansen (Uf) lived to experience the joyful moment of Bornholm’s return to Danish rule. Lübeck had wished to renew its lease on the island for another 50 years. But the king protested vehemently, even though it appears that he had previously promised to agree to the extension. Manderup Parsberg came to Hammershus in 1576, but as he preferred to have an entailed estate on Jylland already by the 7th of July 1577 he transferred his entailment to Mogens Gøie, and Peder Hansen was summoned to officiate on this occasion. Such summons were to be issued several more times, a show another side to the chief justice’s duties: to uphold the laws governing Hammershus fortress until a new commander arrived, receive him on behalf of Bornholm and brief him on the affairs of the island. That same year, the 8th of August 1577, Peder Hansen received entailments on 13 farms in the ecclesiastical jurisdiction, with permission to keep them for the duration of his term as chief justice. This is the first time that all the copyhold peasants were mentioned by their names: so that all the farms can be easily identified – and with only a few exceptions they are the same farms which succeeding justices were entailed according to the land tax registry of 1598. Furthermore, the farms – which were vornede (copyhold) farms – were largely situated in the very same parishes as the farms entailed to Chief Justice Sevid Nielsen in 1448, which might suggest that this farms were "inherited" along with the position.


On the 13th of September 1583 a captain had stranded his boat near Nexø, but the trade-licensed citizenry would only salvage his cargo if they could keep half as their salvage-fee . . . way more than was allowed under maritime law. The king ordered the citizens to appear before Chief Justice Peder Hansen (Uf) and three assistant judges, all belonging to the island’s chief justice patrician families: Jens Kofoed of Kyndegård (a future chief justice, and Peder Hansen’s sister’s stepson), Christen Clausen (Køller) of Hallegård (the father of a future chief justice, and married to Peder Hansen’s cousin), and Bendt Hansen of Vellensgård (the nephew of a previous chief justice: Laurids Pedersen, and the brother of Peder Hansen’s wife Mette)!


From the 1993 article "Strangesønnerne – en nørrejysk høvdinge-æt":

In the fall of 1378 Archbishop Niels Jensen journeyed to Bornholm to install his nephew as Commander of Hammershus. Archbishop Niels took ill that November, and started to prepare a testament, although he did not feel ill enough to finalize it. He survived over Christmas, but in January his illness worsened, and on February 3rd he had his final testament recorded. He died two days later.


His testament provides valuable information about his family. His nephew Jens Uf was appointed as the executor of the testament. The Archbishop willed Jens his largest drinking-horn of gilded silver, and some bottles painted with Niels Jensen's coat of arms. Jens Uf's fiancée received 80 pieces of fur for a coat, as well as the chess set Niels had received from Queen Margrethe. Jens Uf's daughter Cecilie was given a gold ring. From the records we find that Cecilie's mother must have died, and her father had just been betrothed.


Jens Uf's sister, Marine, received Niels Jensen's best chest and a fur lined cape. Since Tage Mus' daughter Marine received a cape also, we can presume that the first mentioned Marine was married to Tage Mus. Next a sum is given to the Archbishop's brother's son Peder Larsen, as Niels owed him and his step-brothers 26 silver Marks "som deres fader Hr. Lars Jensen, fordum ridder, vor broder" (which their father Mr. Lars Jensen, deceased Knight, our brother) lent him so that he could travel to Rome, a journey Niels apparently had to pay for himself.


"Vor frænke Estrid, Mogens Mogensens hustru" (Our distant relative Estrid, Mogens Mogensen’s wife) was the next person mentioned in the testament. "Frænke" was a word used for far removed female relations; and since Estrid is mentioned among the nieces and nephews she must belong to "inheritance class 4" – a classification under which aunts and uncles are also placed. Estrid must have been the daughter of one of Niels Jensen's uncles or aunts, as Niels by this time was pretty old.


Katerine is the last relative mentioned, and she must be a sister of Jens Uf, because in the testament she is referred to as "nepte nostre Fru Katerine, Mogens Ringsens hustru" (our niece Mrs. Katerine, Mogens Ringsen’s wife), while Jens Uf is referred to as "nepto nostro" (our nephew), whereas Peder Larsen is referred to as "fratrueli nostro" (our brother's son). Katerine being the last mentioned must be because she is the least prominent, i.e. poorly married; her husband possibly was a Bornholm officer - the name Ring was very common on the island at that time.


The Uf-family according to Norman Lee Madsen:


It would appear that Sigvard Mahler Dam has pushed the Uf-family tree back by one further generation with the discovery of Ridder Johannes dictus Wff (Knight Johannes called Uf) from 1299; for it certainly seems possible that he is the un-named father of the Sparre (chevron) arms carrying Niels Wf mentioned in the record from 1302. This Niels Uf must certainly be the same person as Edvard Skovgaard’s Niels (Uffsen?) of 1302.


The connection to the next generation appears to be clouded. Edvard Skovgaard identifies Niels Uf’s son as a Peder Uf (or Ulf) married to a Marie Jensdatter. While Sigvard Mahler Dam identifies him as an undocumented Lawe Uf, whose wife was the sister of Archbishop Niels Jensen (a.k.a. Niels Joensen, died 1379) of Lund. The name Lawe Uf supplied by Sigvard is based solely on his identification of a "Johane lawesson aduocati castri og terre nostre borendeholm" (Johannes Lawesen, advocate for the castle and our Bornholm) named in a record from 1407 as being the same person as Archbishop Niels Jensen’s nephew, the commander of Hammershus, who is identified by Gelre Armorial's as Joenz U, and named in records from 1379 as Johannes Uf and Hans Uf, as Johannes Wf in 1387, and as Jens Uff in 1389. It appears that after he wrote his article in 1982 Sigvard has found evidence that casts doubt on this conclusion. In any case, it would appear that Joens/Jens/Hans Uf is a member of the Uf-family of Skåne, and likely a grandson of Niels Uf (-1302-). Possibly his mother is the Marie Jensdatter identified by Edvard Skovgaard, readily identifiable as a sister of Archbishop Niels Jensen/Joensen of the Bild-family.


It is obvious that Edvard Skovgaard and Sigvard Mahler Dam came to very different conclusions regarding the evidence on the Uf-family provided to us by the 1379 testament of Archbishop Niels Jensen. The order in which people are mentioned in the testament would certainly seem to indicate the closeness of the family relationship. Further, it specifically names Jens Uf as being a nephew of Niels Jensen, it then names Jens Uf’s fiancée and daughter Cecilie. Next to be named is Jens Uf’s sister Marine; followed by Tage Mus’ daughter Marine – which would seem to indicate that Marine Tagesdatter Mus was the daughter of Marine Uf. Next on the list is Niels Jensen’s brother’s son Peder Larsen. Followed by Estrid, a distant relative. Last on the list was his niece Katerine – rather oddly out of place considering her close familial relationship to Niels Jensen. Both Dr. Zahrtmann and Sigvard Mahler Dam identify the Cecilie Uf who received the gold ring in 1379 as being the same person as the Cecilie Uf who donated the silver chalice to Nyker Church in the early 1400s.


Next to come into the picture is a Petrus Wf (Peder Uf) on March 23, 1416, and about whom nothing is really known. Edvard Skovgaard states (without providing any evidence) that he is the son of Maren Uf (-1379-), the wife of n.n. (called Uf); who would appear to be the same person as Jens Uf’s sister Marine, as identified by Sigvard Mahler Dam from Niels Jensen’s testament of 1379. Sigvard identifies Peder Uf as being the brother of Cecilie Uf (and thus the son of Joens Uf) based on the fact that they both appear to have a connection to Nyker parish: Peder Uf acting as a witness to a land transaction in Nyker, and Cecilie Uf’s donation of the silver chalice to the Nyker Church.


Chief Justice Anders Uf married Sevid Nielsen's daughter, Anne, and from an undated letter it is known that this couple is endowed with a hovedgård (estate-farm): Store Kannikegård, 15 Vdg. Bodilsker (a frivornedegård), and the eight farms which Sevid had been endowed with in 1448. The former endowment of 1448 stated that Sevid was to possess the farms as long as he lived, and this has to mean that he is now dead, and that the son-in-law, Anders Uf, had succeeded him as chief justice. Anders Uf, took over Store Kannikegård after the death of Sevid Nielsen. A "Jacob Splidt" became chief justice after Anders Uf, which Sigvard Mahler Dam states might be as early as, or before, 1487; Jacob married Anders Uf's widow Anne, who outlived her second husband as well. Anne, as widow of both Anders Uf and Jacob Splid, issued a gift letter in 1508 to the Archbishop in Lund, the letter had, among other witnesses, Peder Uf's seal upon it.


Mentioned in the 1511 will of Anders Galen (died 1522) are "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."  Peder Uf and Hans Myre were named to act as executors of his testament. As the Chief Justice Anders Uf had been dead for over 20 years, the Anders Uf mentioned in 1511 must be the same person as the Anders Uf who is listed in 1499 as being admitted to the University of Greifswald on November 26th under the name: "Andreas W de Bornholm".


Since we know that Chief Justice Anders Uf (senior, died circa 1487) was married to Anne Sevidsdatter, then the student Anders Uf (junior, as he was a student he would likely have been around 20-25 years old in 1499: thus born between 1470-1480) is most likely the son of Otte Pedersen Uf and n.n. Andersdatter Galen; since we only know of two Ufs on Bornholm at that time who could have been married to a sister of Anders Galen (died 1522) - and the elder Anders Uf is ruled out: he was married to Anne Sevidsdatter before 1469 and she out lived him. It seems likely to me that Anders Uf (senior) is the brother of Otte Pedersen Uf.


We know that Anders Galen's sister was married to a Hals of Bornholm, with whom she had three children - all born between 1450 and 1470: Jørgen Hals, Anne Poul Olsens, and Else Ødberns. (Note: there is no known evidence for the existence of an Ødbern Hals; most likely "Else Ødberns" is a patronymic, but we can't rule out the possibility that Ødbern is the name of Else's husband.) Since Anders Uf (junior) was most likely was born between 1470 and 1480, it isn't a stretch to conclude that Ødbern(?) Hals died between 1460 and 1470. And that the widowed n.n. Andersdatter Galen married Otte Pedersen Uf, with whom she had two sons: Peder Uf (-1497-1508-1511-1518-1520-) and Anders Uf (-1499-1511-1533-). (Note: it is possible that n.n. Andersdatter Galen was actually married to Peder Hals (-1443-1457-), Ødbern Hals' putative father.)


We know that Otte Pedersen Uf had more children (with the sister of Freeman Jens Olufsen of Klemensker?): Oluf Ottesen (Uf), and Mogens Uf's mother (the wife of Oluf Tuesen, of Krashavegård). And possibly also another daughter named Karine of Landskrona, the widow of Rasmus Henningsen, who is mentioned in a court case from 1546-1550, along with the younger Anders Uf (-1511-, deceased by 1546), Peder Uf (-1511-1520-, deceased by 1546), Mogens Uf (-1533-1547-, died 1565), and Oluf Ottesen (Uf) (-1508-1522-, deceased before 1546). However, since the children other than Anders and Peder Uf aren't mentioned in either the will of 1511 or the court case of 1522, they can't be the children of Anders (Andersen) Galen’s sister.


Of course, other explanations of family relationships could fit within the facts as known. It certainly is possible that Anders Uf (senior), and Anne Sevidsdatter, are the parents of Anders Uf (junior) and Peder Uf. However, this would entail either Anders Uf (senior) or Anne Sevidsdatter being related to Anders Galen. The mother of Anders Uf (senior) and Otte Pedersen Uf is not known (some say that she is the daughter of Laurids Jensen Markmand, of Bellinge on Falster island; Sigvard speculates she is the daughter of Otte Strangesen Bild, of Tange, Gudme district, Fyn); possibly she was a sister of one of Anders Galen's parents. Or perhaps Sevid Nielsen's wife Kirstine (her patronymic is not known, nor any family-name) was an aunt to Anders Galen.


However, to ignore the fact that Anders Galen's sister is known to have been living on Bornholm, and the evidence that points to her children with (Ødbern?) Hals (it seems to me that since we have no certain record of him points to his dying as a fairly young man, possibly in his early to mid-thirties) being born between 1450 and 1470, which is before the likely dates of birth of Anders Uf (junior) and Peder Uf – both of whom were most likely born between 1470 and 1480. We don’t know that age of the Esbern Uf who died in 1565 during the battle of Svarteå. He could easily have been born anytime between 1510 and 1545, and since he could not be the son of Otte Pedersen Uf then he may very well be the son of Anders Uf (junior), Oluf Ottesen (Uf), or even Karine (Ottesdatter).


Sigvard Mahler Dam's analysis of the 1547-52 court case over property fought between Mogens Uf and Mads Kofoed’s wife Gunhild proves to me that Gunhild is a descendant of Oluf Ottesen (Uf) of Simlegård in Klemensker parish. Oluf Hansen (Uf) wrote in 1552 that Mogens Uf had sued himself and his co-heirs (including Mads Kofoed); this points to Gunhild being the sister of Oluf Hansen (Uf). There exists no conclusive documentation on the father of Gunhild, Oluf and Peder Hansen (Uf). As the son of Oluf Ottesen (Uf) his name must have been Hans Olufsen (Uf). It is probable that he is the Freeman Hans Olufsen who was among the signers of a document written in 1542 to complain about the Lübeck representative Bernt Knop. Considering the fact that Hans Olufsen (Uf) is not named in the court case disputing the inherited property from Otte Pedersen Uf brought by Mogens Uf against Gunhild Uf and her under aged co-heirs (who must have been her brothers Oluf and Peder Hansen) in 1547, it would seem likely that Hans Olufsen (Uf) died sometime between 1542 and 1547, probably in his mid-30s. Added to this is the fact that Gunhild and Mads Kofoed’s only child was named Hans Kofoed – arguably named after her father: Hans Olufsen!


A document dated March 28, 1574 tells us that Peder Hansen (Uf) was the Chief Justice for Bornholm. A Freeman, he was the owner of Simlegård, a freeman’s estate-farm in Klemensker parish; which he took over circa 1570 after his brother Oluf Hansen's death. He also owned Fuglsangsgård (later known as: Gaggegård), 6 Vdg. in Ibsker - which was later passed down to his daughter's son Claus Gagge. Sigvard Mahler Dam states that Peder Hansen (Uf) had two daughters: 1. Margrethe, married to Jørgen Gagge (-1572-, died 1606) of Almegård in Knudsker parish; and 2. Merete (died 1624), married 1606 to Peder Grabow (-1582-, died 1625) of Pederstrup. The fact that Margrethe is referred to as "Merete Peder Hans datter" on the tablet commemorating her father’s death in 1596, and that 1606 - the year that Merete married Hans Grabow - is the same year as the death of Jørgen Gagge leads me to believe that Margrethe and Merete are in fact be the same person, and not sisters. Furthermore, Sigvard Mahler Dam states that Merete Pedersdatter had 4 children, all of whom died before her, and thus all her property went to her husband and stepson. I find it interesting that Jørgen Gagge and Margrethe had 4 sons: Claus, Peder, Hans and Sivert!


The first documented Uf generation:

[1] Johannes Uf (-1299-1302-) {of Jylland?} – a Knight in 1299


The second documented Uf generation:

[2] Niels Uf (-1302-) {of Jylland?}, a.k.a. Nicolaus Uf – a Knight in 1302, seal: used a chevron in 1302 {son of [1] Johannes Uf}


The third documented Uf generation:

[3] n.n. Uf (-?-) {of Jylland?}, married to Marie Jensdatter Bild – possibly named either Peder or Lawe {probably the son of [2] Niels Uf?}


The fourth documented Uf generation:

[4] Joens Uf (-1377-1389-), {possibly born in Jylland?}, – a Knight, Commander of Hammershus on Bornholm 1377-1389, seal: used a chevron in 1379 {probably the son of [3] n.n. Uf?}

[5] Marine Uf (-1379-), wife of Knight Tage Mus of Skåne {probably the daughter of [3] n.n. Uf?}

[6] Katharina Uf (-1379-), wife of Knight Mogens Ringsen of Bornholm {probably the daughter of [3] n.n. Uf?}


The fitfth documented Uf generation:

[7] Cecilie Uf (-1379-1427-), wife of 1. Tue Pedersen Rani, 2. Knight Bent Pig, 3. Knight Hartvig Limbek {daughter of [4] Joens Uf}

[8] Peder Uf (-1416-) of Bornholm – a Freeman, seal: used a cheveron in 1416 {probably the son of [4] Joens Uf}


The sixth documented Uf generation:

[9] Anders Uf (-c.1469-, died c.1487), married to Anne Sevidsdatter – a Freeman, Chief Justice for Bornholm c.1469-87 {son of [8] Peder Uf}

[10] Otte Pedersen Uf (-1493-1497-) of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman, seal: used a chevron in 1497 {son of [8] Peder Uf}


The seventh documented Uf generation:

[11] Peder Uf (-1497-1511-1520-, dead before 1546) of Lund in Skåne – Dean for Lund Cathedral 1497-1518, and Canon 1505-1520 {son of [10] Otte Pedersen Uf}

[12] Anders Uf (-1499-1511-1533?-, dead before 1546) possibly lived in Skåne or Bornholm? – Registered at the University of Greifswald in 1499 {son of [10] Otte Pedersen Uf}

[13] Oluf Ottesen {Uf} (-1508-1522-, dead before 1546) of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman, Chief Justice for Bornholm 1508-1522, seal: used a chevron in 1522 {son of [10] Otte Pedersen Uf}

[14] (Margrethe?) Ottesdatter {Uf} (-1500-, dead before 1537), wife of Freeman Oluf Tuesen (killed c.1500) of Store Krashavegård in Klemensker {daughter of [10] Otte Pedersen Uf}

[15] Karine (Ottesdatter?) {Uf} (-1546-1549-1550-) – in 1546 the widow of Rasmus Henningsen of Landskrona in Skåne {probably the daughter of [10] Otte Pedersen Uf?}


The eighth documented Uf generation:

[16] Esbern Uf (died 1565) – killed in the battle of Svarteå {possibly the son of [12] Anders Uf, [13] Oluf Ottesen, or [15] Karen (Ottesdatter)?}

[17] Hans Olufsen {Uf} (-1542-, dead before 1547) probably of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman{son of [13] Oluf Ottesen}

[18] Mogens Uf (c.1499-1565) of Odersberga in Skåne – a Freeman, Chief Justice for Bornholm 1535-1565, arms: on a red field a blue (sinister) diagonal brace covered by three gold acorns {son of [14] (Margrethe?) Ottesdatter}


The ninth documented Uf generation:

[19] Gunhild (Hansdatter?) {Uf} (-1547-), wife of Mayor Mads Kofoed (died 1552) of Rønne – a Freewoman {probably the daughter of [17] Hans Olufsen}

[20] Oluf Hansen {Uf} (-1559-, died c.1570) of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman, seal: used a chevron in 1559 {son of [17] Hans Olufsen}

[21] Peder Hansen {Uf} (c.1536-1596) of Simlegård in Klemensker – a Freeman, seal: used a chevron in 1572, 1580 {son of [17] Hans Olufsen}

[22] Peder Uf (-1572-) of Skovsholm in. Ibsker – a Freeman, seal: used a chevron in 1572, 1580 {son of [17] Hans Olufsen}

[23] Philip Uf (-1580-1581-, died c.1582) – a Freeman and Knight, murdered his brother Esbern in 1581 {son of [18] Mogens Uf}

[24] Hans Uf (-1580-1586-) of Gunnarstorp in Skåne – a Freeman, arms: on a red field a blue (sinister) diagonal brace covered by three gold acorns {son of [18] Mogens Uf}

[25] Esbern Uf (died 1581) – a Freeman {son of [18] Mogens Uf}

[26] Sidsel Mogensdatter Uf (-1580-), married to Jens Nielsen – a Freewoman, jailed by brothers Philip and Hans Uf in 1580 {daughter of [18] Mogens Uf}

[27] Margrethe Mogensdatter Uf (c.1550-c.1598), married to Christen Clausen Køller of Store Hallegård in Olsker – a Freewoman {daughter of [18] Mogens Uf}

[28] n.n. Mogensdatter Uf (-?-)– a Freewoman {daughter of [18] Mogens Uf}

[29] n.n. Mogensdatter Uf (-?-) – a Freewoman {daughter of [18] Mogens Uf}


The tenth documented Uf generation:

[29] Hans Kofoed (c.1550-1623) of Blykobbegård in Nyker {son of [19] Gunhild (Hansdatter?)}

[30] Hans Olufsen {Uf} (-1592-1599-, died 1601) of Vardøhus in Skåne – a Freeman, secretary in the king's chancellry 1592-1597, and Vassal of Vardøhus in 1599, arms: used a chevron in 1599 {son of [20] Oluf Hansen}

[31] Margrethe Pedersdatter (c.1555-1624), wife of 1. Freeman Jørgen Gagge of Store Almegård in Knudsker, 2. Freeman Hans Grabow of Pederstrup on Lolland {daughter of [21] Peder Hansen}



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