Sunday, 22 February 2015

Niels Christophersen (Holm) 1764 – 1815 son of Christopher Nielsen Kruse and Kirsten Hansdatter of Rutsker, Bornholm.

Niels Christophersen (Holm) 1764 – 1815 son of Christopher Nielsen Kruse and Kirsten Hansdatter of Rutsker, Bornholm.








(Excerpts from forthcoming book)

1782 – Niels Christophersen arrived in the Danish Guinea, West Africa on board the ship ‘Gehejmeraad Gregers Juel’.

1783 – Appointed superintendent of the Danish lodge Ponini where he lived.

1784 – His father died in Bornholm.

1795 – He deputised for Commandant Schiønning of Fort Kongensten at Ada during his leave of absence.

1804 – He became Commandant of Fort Prinsensten at Keta, Southeastern part of modern day Ghana.

1806 – He returned to Copenhagen, Denmark after serving on the Gold Coast for 24 years but he missed it terribly and wanted to return.

1807 – He returned to the Danish Guinea after six months’ stay in Denmark and resumed his post as Commandant of Fort Prinsensten.

1815 – He died at Fort Prinsensten as Commandant. Nine children (5 boys and 4 girls) survived him. His children where from several African women. Other children died at a tender age.

One of his sons called Peter was the father of Augusta Thora who married my maternal great great great grandfather Lt. Johan Wilhelm Svedstrup who also became Commandant of Fort Prinsensten. Svedstrup's painting of the fort above.