Note: Added by Linda McCallister on 8 Sep 2007 to my Ancestry.com tree. Magdalene Olsen Westenskow MAGDALENE BEGAN THE STORY of her life by setting the record straight. First of all, the name she is known by is "Lena." Magdalene (pronounced Magdalena) seemed too formal. She came from Ulslev on the Island of Falster. Marcus knew of the island but had never been there. For that matter, he perhaps had never been off his Island of Bornholm before emigrating to America. "I might as well tell you, I was twenty-four years old last December 1, but don't call me an old maid. I had my chances, but I chose otherwise," she may have confessed in a tone that defied comment by her admirer. Marcus had been thinking in terms of a more personal relationship with this feisty little filly ever since he spied her walking along the trail with such determination shortly after leaving Wyoming. He rationalized that she was only three years older---close enough. Once Lena got started, she unraveled the tale of her life to the present. Her father, Ole Hansen, was a "parcellist," which in Danish means a small land holder. Her mother was Maren Hansen, a good and virtuous woman. Lena had two older brothers, Hans and Peter. She also had a half-sister, Anna Christina, by her father's first marriage, who was raised by Lena's mother. The family lived by the west forest on the Island of Falster. Because there naturally were other Ole Hansens on the island, her family became identified as the "Ole Hansen by the west forest," or, translated into Danish, "Ole Hansen westen skow."
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