Anders Jensen Bisgaard was born in
Kalhave and christened into the church of Hornborg on December 9, 1714. His
parents were Jens Andersen and Inger Elsebeth Thomasdatter. His godmothers were
the wives of Christen Bisgaard and Soren Pedersen. His godfathers were
Therkild Andersen (probably his fathers brother), Soren Pedersen and Jens
Pedersen. He received the name Bisgaard from his mother Inger Elsebeth
Thomasdatter, who was born on the manor of Tamdrup Bisgaard.
Anders Jensen Bisgaard was married on June 20, 1742 to Karen Mikkelsdatter from
Gesagergaard in Hedensted. She was a widow, as her first husband died in
Anders and Karen had a lot of children: Ellen (christened 1/13/1743), Inger
Elsebeth (christened 5/18/1744), Mads (christened 4/11/1746-died 1747), Anne
Catrine (christened 12/24/1747-died 7/14/1748), Anne Cathrine (christened 1749),
Maren (christened 11/22/1750), Karen (christened 1/1/1752), Jens (christened
8/26/1753), Michel (christened 1/19/1755), Ane (christened 11/21/1756) and
Anders Jensen Bisgaard came from a family of district officials and probably
from the families of Gron and Gjodesen who belonged to the lesser nobility. It
is likely that he had great dreams of being significant. Gesagergaard took up an
exceptional position as it was the biggest farm in the parish, and the first
object of his desires was to be a freeholder. After fifteen years he bought his
farm in 1757 at an auction at a price of 1238
1 Mark and 13 Skilling. The total land was 11 tdr. 4
skp. 2 fjk. 1 alb.
After more than ten years he reached a new goal, when he bought the whole
village of Remmerslund. That was five farms and seven smallholdings, and the
land was about 114 td. in all. The copyholders paid 45 Rigsdaler, 1 Mark in
to him every year. With this purchase he mortgaged his farms in Remmerslund as
well as Gesagergaard..
Now Anders Jensen was a freeholder, and in all he owned 25 tdr. 5 skp. 2 fjk. 1½
alb. This purchase was only possible due to a big loan. A judge from Horsens
named Schmidt lent him 1500 Rigsdaler at four per cent interest, and Anders
Jensen mortgaged all his property. The deed is signed in Gesagergaard on April
The loan was not enough, and in 1774 Anders had to borrow 500 Rigsdaler from
Soren Vilstrup in Klaks Mølle,
and he had a second mortgage on the property.
Although he was up to the ears in debt he made himself respected, and this
caused a conflict with the owner of the manor of Tirsbæk.. The church of
Hedensted belonged to Tirsbæk until 1801, and the conflict was about seats in
the church. At that time the most significant people in the parish had their
places first in the church. The conflict resulted in two letters from the king,
who did not say that Anders Jensen was wrong, but we do not know exactly how the
conflict ended. But surely Anders Jensen was not defeated, because it is a fact
that until the beginning of the 20 century it was an implied tradition, that
people from the neighbourhood of the Gesagergaard were seated first in the
church, although Gesagergaard disappeared 100 years ago.
Anders Jensen had to realize that he was not able to manage those big expenses,
and in 1777 he sold Gesagergaard as well as the estates in Remmerslund. He
bought a farm named Kielsgaard in the parish of Tulstrup near Ry. This deed is
signed on August 18, 1778. Anders Jensen ran the farm until 1786, when his son
Michel Andersen took over. Michel Andersen bound himself to give his parents
accomodation and support in their old age. The contract was signed on January
Karen Michelsdatter died in February the same year. Probably, around the year
1787 Michel Andersen sold the farm to his brother-in-law Niels Clausen Riis, who
had married his sister Ane Andersdatter. At least this couple is listed in the
census papers from 1787 as inhabitants of the farm.
It is a mystery to where Anders Jensen and his son Michel have gone. More
genealogists have tried to find the death of Anders Jensen, but in vain. We only
know that he died after 1786, but apparently not in the parish of Tulstrup,
Hedensted, Hornum or Skannerup.