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Near Susanville in Lassen County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Birth of Peter Lassen

 
 
Birth of Peter Lassen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
1. Birth of Peter Lassen Marker
Inscription. “Peter Lassen was born on October 31, 1800 in Farum, Denmark. At the time Farum was a small village about 15 miles northwest of Copenhagen. Peter was a son of humble parents. His mother was Johanne Sophie Westergaard and his father was Lars Nielson. In the church records Lars Nielson was called farm laborer, day laborer or smallholder.

“As it will be seen, Peter’s family name was not Lassen. His father was called Lars Nielson – and it was in honor of him that Peter was called Peter Larson. Larson means son of Lars. At that time it was quite common among Danish farmers that the children had their family name in honor of their father’s first name. This is called patronynicon – and this alteration of family names from generation to generation makes Danish genealogical studies almost impossible. Anyway, Peter was the son of Lars and therefore he was called Peter Larson.

“While living in Denmark he spelled his name in different ways. In the beginning he was just Peter Larson. Later on, he spelled his name Peter Larssen. At other times he called himself Peter Larson Farum. In the passport records of Copenhagen from 1830, one of the public officers has simply registered him as P.L. Farum.

“That Lassen himself preferred to be called Peter Larsen Farum, when he was living in Copenhagen,
Peter Lassen Information Kiosk at Entrance to Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
2. Peter Lassen Information Kiosk at Entrance to Cemetery
must have been meant as a help for the authorities. Peter Larson was a common name in Copenhagen in these years – and it is obvious that Lassen would not like to be confused with another person.
“In America Peter Larson changed his name one more time. From then on he was Peter Lassen…”
From “Uncle Peter,” page 10
 
Location. 40° 21.066′ N, 120° 38.389′ W. Marker is near Susanville, California, in Lassen County. Touch for map. Marker is located 5 miles SE of Susanville on Ringfield Road (via Richmond Road) on the Kiosk at the entrance to the Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2550 Wingfield Road, Susanville CA 96130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Migration of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Peter Lassen In California (here, next to this marker); Burial of Peter Lassen (here, next to this marker); Lassen’s Bosquejo Rancho (here, next to this marker); Peter Lassen Grave (a few steps from this marker); Richmond (was approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Susanville Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lassen County Courthouse (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Susanville.
 
More about this marker.
Close Up of Information on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 11, 2008
3. Close Up of Information on Marker
Baptismal Record, Map of Denmark, Application to King of Denmark to migrate to America
This is the first in a series of six markers. These should be reviewed in the following order:
1. Birth of Peter Lassen
2. Migration of Peter Lassen
3. Peter Lassen In California
4. Lassen’s Bosquejo Ranchero
5. Peter Lassen Grave
6. Burial of Peter Lassen
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,509 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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