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  • Name Mathias DE TONSBERG 
    Born 1638  Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1705  Bergen, Hordaland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I712  Conrad Jenssen Family Tree
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2013 

    Father Anders (Madssøn) MADSEN,   b. 1609, Haderslev Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1670, Tonsberg, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Catarina (Karen) Olufsdatter STRANGER,   b. 10 Mar 1617, Tonsberg, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Oct 1698, Tonsberg, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1635 
    Family ID F530  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna (Anne) Catharina MECHLENBURG,   b. 28 Sep 1652,   d. 10 Jun 1745  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 1668 
     1. Wilhelm DE TONSBERG,   b. 04 Feb 1680, Uveland, Eiker, Busjerrud, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1731, Kristiania, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     2. Elisabeth DE TONSBERG,   b. 1673,   d. 13 Jul 1742  (Age 69 years)  [Natural]
     3. Karen DE TONSBERG,   b. 1672,   d. 1696  (Age 24 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F529  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Mathias de Tonsberg

  • Notes 

      Tonsberg is an extinct Danish-Norwegian gentry family who took the name after the city Tønsberg. The family’s ancestor, Anders Madsen (1609-1670), was married to Karen Olufsdatter Stranger (1617-1698), daughter of Oluf Thrulsen Stranger, købmand i Tonsberg and Dorothea Thromdsdatter. Hans’ great-grandfather, Anders Madsen, was born in Haderslev and was a merchant in Tonsberg around 1624. He was a skilled tradesman and became very wealthy. They had in their marriage four children, including three sons, who all took the epithet of their hometown Tønsberg: Oluf Tonsberg, Mathias Tonsberg (Hans’ grandfather) and Stig Tønsberg and a daughter Kirsten Tønsberg.

      Mathias de Tonsberg had one son and two daughters. His son, Wilhelm, was the father of Hans de Tonsberg. Mathias’ brother Oluf died young and his brother Stig had only daughters. Wilhelm’s son Hans had only one daughter, Helene Christine Elizabeth de Tonsberg, thus the Tonsberg line became extinct.

      Mathias de Tonsberg and Wilhelm, his son, both acquired the rank of hereditary nobility for themselves and their descendants.
      Officials and businessman. Parents: Royal kommissarius and assessor in Over The court Anders Hoff Madssøn (1609-1670; see NBL1, Vol 9) and Karen Stranger (1617 to 1698). Married ca. 1668 to Anna Catharina Mechlenburg (29.9.1649-19.6.1745, daughter of country commissioner and assessor in Court Over Right Willum Mechlenburg (1615-1677; see NBL1, Vol 9) and Isabella de Brier (1619-1676).'s Father Wilhelm de Tonsberg (1680-1731; see NBL1, vol 16), brother of Christian Stockfleth (ca. 1639-1704), uncle to Karen Toller (1662-1742). Mats de Tonsberg was one of the 1600s skilled officials, who also followed the custom and served as a successful businessman.
      The Tonsberg, who, like his brothers took the name of his native town, belonged to one of the 1600s most prominent family circles in Norway. His father was rich, and the family had connections with the royal house, the Tønsberg sister's daughter was married to General Hausmann, who was a half brother of the governor Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve. the Tonsberg thus had the best connections, and this - in addition to great inherited wealth - meant that he was free in the choice of career.
      The Tonsberg received an excellent education and was a student in 1655 at the University of Copenhagen. The bourgeoisie had by this time taken by the nobility's customs, and sons of rich fathers were sent on dannelsestur in Europe. Mats Tonsberg they traveled together with the two year older brother Oluf, and they were in 1661 enrolled at the University of Leyden, where they Tonsberg studied politics and history. The tour then proceeded to Germany, Italy and France, with longer stays at several universities before 1665 ended in England. The brothers then returned home and was in 1665 appointed as secretaries in the Danish chancery, the traditional first position for young men who opted for a career in the civil service.
      The Tonsberg returned to Norway in 1668, when he was appointed Rigens type with Akershus castle of work. This was considered as a general secretary position, subject to the governor. the Tonsberg was at Akershus to 1679 he was the office of Governor of Buskerud. He then settled in Drammen, which was the base for his large private business. As Governor, he had to deal with unrest among farmers as a result of the constant tax increases. Tonsberg they were in 1694 prefect of Kristiansand and district governor in Nedenes and Bamble county. He had a difficult period from 1700 to 1704, when he was sick and laid off from their offices. Then he received the office of prefect of Bergen, which he set in until just before his death.
      Besides amtmannsstillingene had Tonsberg also other key positions. In 1684 he became a member of Over Hoff Court, where he served a term as Chief Justice. In 1704 he became a member of Castle Law at Akershus, an institution that had far-reaching powers and ruled the country at the king's behalf. the Tonsberg got 1684 rank title Chancellor and became councilor in 1704. As a councilor and Prefect he belonged third rank class and was thus, like their descendants, considered hereditary nobleman.
      The Tonsberg also ran large private business next to his work as a civil servant. From its base in Drammen, he ran the export of lumber and worked with the city's leading merchant and ship owner, Mads Wiel. the Tonsberg owned smallholdings farm Wolf Country Spokes. His son inherited the farm and were shortly before his father's death was appointed prefect of Bergen.
      Mats de Tonsberg was undoubtedly a capable official, and it does not seem like he's in too strongly mixed his private business with his work as a civil servant.
      Sources and Literature
      PHT, rk. 2, Vol 3, 1888, pp. 26-27
      Anders Madsen's Legacy, 1921
      OA Johnsen: Tønsbergs history, 1929-1954
      M. Mardal: biography in NBL1, Vol 16, 1969
      CNH, Vol 7, 1977

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