Hoffmann, Hanna Jacoba

Hoffmann, Hanna Jacoba

Female 1865 - 1905  (40 years)

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  • Name Hoffmann, Hanna Jacoba 
    Born 6 Jul 1865  Ålesund Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Oct 1905  Ålesund Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I20777  Ronneberg Family | Decesandents of Kristoffer Rønneberg I328
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2007 

    Father Hoffmann, Frederik Christian Steenbuch,   b. 27 Dec 1827,   d. 10 May 1887  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Bøe, Karen Marie,   b. 17 Dec 1839,   d. 14 Apr 1908  (Age 68 years) 
    Family ID F8226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rønneberg, Carl Esaias,   b. 13 Dec 1854, Ålesund Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1912, Ålesund Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 1890  [3
    Children 
    +1. Rønneberg, Carl Esaias,   b. 7 Mar 1891, Ålesund Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952  (Age 60 years)
    Family ID F7060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Hanna Jacoba Hoffmann
    Hanna Jacoba Hoffmann
    Wife of Carl E. Rønneberg I932

    Headstones
    Carl Esaias Rønneberg and his wife Hanna Jocoba Hoffman
    Carl Esaias Rønneberg and his wife Hanna Jocoba Hoffman
    Hanna Jacoba and Carl Esaias Rønnebergs headstones, an short story by Per Rønneberg Bremnes

    Hanna Jacoba Hoffmann (1868-1905) and Carl Esaias Rønneberg (1854-1912) headstones were made by the Danish sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen (1863-1945). She probably was in close contact with Hanna Jacoba's mother, Karen Marie Bøe (1838-1908). This connection is learned from a letter between Anne Marie and Carl Esaias dated July 1908. In the letter it appears that the Hanna Jacobas headstone was not finished. Further more we read from the same letter that Carl Esaias had already ordered his own headstone.

    Why the Rønneberg family used an Danish sculptor has been a question researched by the Odense Museum, among others. The answer to that question can possibly be found through Hanna Jacoba's father. His name was Frederik Christian Steenbuch Hoffmann (1827-1887). Even if he was born in Norway both of his surnames could have originated in Denmark. If that is the case, I am sure we have the connection between the Rønneberg family and the sculptor.

    Hanna Jacobas headstones was placed at Ålesund church by the sculptor in 1910. Carl Esaias headstone was placed at the church in 1914. A great monument to the man who laid down the foundation stone of the Ålesund church.

    Hanna Jacoba og Carl Esaias Rønnebergs gravstener, en kort historie av Per Rønneberg Bremnes

    Hanna Jacoba Hoffmann (1868-1905) og Carl Esaias Rønneberg (1854-1912) gravstener var laget av den danske skulptøren Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen (1863-1945). Hun hadde muligens god kontakt med Hanna Jacobas mor, Karen Marie Bøe (1838-1908). Dette kan forståes av et brev mellom Anne Marie og Carl Esaias i juli 1908. I brevet fremgår det at Hanna Jacobas gravsten ikke er ferdig. Videre kan det leses av det same brev at Carl Esaias allerede hadde bestilt sin egen gravsten.

    Hvorfor Rønneberg familien brukte en dansk sculptor har vært et spørsmål for Odense museum. Svaret fines kanskje i Hanna Jacobas far. Hans navn var Frederik Christian Steenbuch Hoffmann (1827-1887). Selv om han er født I Norge, kan begge hans etternavn ha sin opprinnelse I Danmark. Skulle dette være tilfelle, er jeg rimelig sikker på at vi har funnet forbindelsen mellom Rønneberg familien og skulptøren.

    Hanna Jacobas gravsten ble oppstilt ved Ålesund kirke av skulptøren i 1910. Carl Esaias gravsten ble oppstilt i 1914. Et flott monument over mannen som la ned grunnstenen til Ålesund kirke.

    They are buried at ”Vestre kirkegård” on Ålesund kirke. On Hannas grave the inscription is from Psalm 61-V. On Carl Esaias it is 23 – V
    Carl Esaias Rønneberg and his wife Hanna Jacoba Hoffman (back side of headstones)
    Carl Esaias Rønneberg and his wife Hanna Jacoba Hoffman (back side of headstones)
    One the backside can be found: Hannas grave the inscription is from psalm 61-V. On Carl Esaias it is 23 – V
    Carl Esaias Rønneberg and wife Hanna Jacoba Hoffman with Church
    Carl Esaias Rønneberg and wife Hanna Jacoba Hoffman with Church
    Carl and Hanna's headstones at Vestre kirkegård with Ålesund kirke in the background.

    Histories
    Om De Rønnebergske Gravmæler På Vestre Kirkgård
    Om De Rønnebergske Gravmæler På Vestre Kirkgård
    This article, by Harald Grytten, appeared 9 Jan 2008 in the Nytt i Uka (News in the Week). The PDF file was supplied by Olav Maltvik of the Nytt i Uka and permission was granted by it's author, Harald Grytten, to republish it here on the Rønneberg Family Tree website. Per Rønneberg Bremnes provided much of the factual information for this article. Click on "view this item" below to view a PDF of the article with pictures.

    English Translation of the article.

    This article was freely translated into English by Per Rønneberg Bremnes from an article written by Harald Grytten in the newspaper “Nytt I Uka” (News in the Week)

    In the churchyard by the Church: Sculptor identified

    In the churchyard by the Ålesund, Norway church, Vestre kirkegård, there is an especially nice headstone. It is the headstone of Carl Esaias Rønneberg (1854-1912) and his wife Hanna Jacoba Rønneberg (1868-1905). The work bears witness of first-class workmanship. On the one side – the east side – is a relief of the two: Carl Esaias and Hanna Jacoba. On the other side – the west side – there are two other figures. The first is a man holding his cape before his face. The second is a woman, with her head bent down. She is holding an instrument, and a strong hand guides her. Both show signs of great sorrow.

    It was not commonly known who made these sculptures. Most people believed that they were made under the motto Deo soli gloria (God alone honors), and they were satisfied with that.

    Help from Bergen

    On the west side of the headstone near the bottom of the bronze plaque are some letters. But these letters were not easy to interpret until some friendly help came from a Bergen, Norway resident, Per Rønneberg Bremnes. He told me that a female Danish sculptor made the headstones. Her name was Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen and she lived from 1863 until 1945. That gave me the solution to the mystery. The letters engraved on the plaque, A M C-N stand for the sculptor’s name – A(nne) M(arie) C(arl)-N(ielsen).

    This is all we know at this time

    It would have been nice if we had more information about this Danish sculptor. What other works she has done, what place she held in Danish culture history and so on. Unfortunately, we cannot do that at the present time. But perhaps one day we will gain more knowledge about this sculptor and her work.

    A letter from AMC-N

    Per Rønneberg Bremnes refers to a letter from Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen to Carl Esaias Rønneberg. In the letter it is clear Carl Esaias Rønneberg himself ordered the headstone and the relief “Portrait Medaillonen”. The sculptor wrote to Carl Esaias saying she was most occupied at the time, but added:

    “I will, however, promise you that I shall make your headstone as good as I am able to and for the price I have told you. But I must beg you to have patience with me. My illness last year put me very much behind so I have to work very hard to make up for lost time. At the and of August I will promise you to finish your relief and the headstone”

    Per R. Bremnes mentioned that the Hanna Jacoba headstone was put in place at the Ålesund church by the sculptor in 1910. The Carl Esaias headstone was put in place in 1914, two years after his death.

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