THE BLYTMANN FAMILY GENEALOGY
While the spelling of Blytmann is Danish, the family surname is Germany in origin having common roots with the larger Blüthmann family. Johann Peter Blüthmann, a professional soldier, and his wife Catharina Sisilia Bäcken came to Copenhagen, Denmark in about 1745. Their son, Johann Ludewigh Blüthmann was born in 1748. The "h" in the Blüthmann name was dropped since the Danes do not use the "th" letter combination, and the "ü" was changed to the Danish "˙" very early on in the 1800's. The "˙" subsequently changed to "y" when the "˙" was no longer used as a proper Danish letter. Confined originally to the area around Copenhagen, the surname never extended beyond the relatively close-knit Blytmann family for several generations after Johann Peter's arrival in Denmark. All the Blytmann's more or less knew each other up until the middle of the 1800's and all were directly related in some way
Oldest entry in the L.C.F. Blytmann diary. It reads: "Min elskede Bedstemoder Anna Moldrup fųdt 1752" ("My beloved grandmother Anna Moldrup born 1752").
Thus, Johann Ludewigh Bl˙tmann is the progenitor of all the Blytmann's. He married Kirstine Marie Hansdatter on May 12, 1784 at Garnisonskirken in Copenhagen. They had 6 children:
Anna Marie Blytmann, born June 29, 1784
Charlotte Christine Blytmann, born October 22, 1785
Christian Frederich Blytmann, born June 18, 1788
Jacob Ludwigh Blytmann. born June 21, 1793 (died in 1795)
Marie Juliane Blytmann, born January 8, 1795
Anna Christine Jacobine Blytmann, born October 15, 1797
With his only brother dead before he was two years old, Christian Frederich Blytmann became the only child to carry forward the Blytmann family name. Among his children was Laurits Carl Frederik Blytmann, born October 29, 1814, died September 16, 1904.
Oldest known photograph of a Blytmann. This is Laurits Carl Frederik Blytmann (1814-1904). The picture was taken in the late 1860's.
"L.C.F." as he was known as was my great grandfather and probably the most illustrious of all the Blytmann's - certainly the most colorful. He was a friend of Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy tale writer, and of Thorvaldsen, the sculptor. He was also a personal friend of the Danish King Frederik VII with whom he would ride his white horse through the streets of Copenhagen. One of my favorite stories about L.C.F. took place around year 1890 when he, at the age of 76 and after a night out with "the boys", fell off his horse and broke his arm. Not being entirely sober, he did not dare tell his wife (Anna Stausoe) about the incident until the following week.
This photograph of Laurits Carl Frederik Blytmann and his third wife Anna Stausoe was taken in 1873. Anna is the lady on the left side of the picture, and the little girl on L.C.F.'s knee is my grandmother, Thyra Alexandra Dagmar Blytmann, 4 years old at the time.
Laurits Carl Frederik Blytmann was married three times. His first wife, Clara Caroline Emilie Andersen died when she was only 30 years old; and his second wife, Eleonore Sofie Petersen died before she was 41 years old.
Laurits Carl Frederik Blytmann and his first wife Clara Caroline Emilie had no children. With his second wife, Eleonore Sofie Petersen, he had three children:
Charles Alexis Blytmann, born January 29, 1845
Viggo Louis Theobald Blytmann, born October 4, 1850 (died childless in 1890)
Betsy Anna Valborg Blytmann, born May 9, 1852 (died childless in 1899)
After Eleonore Sofie died, L.C.F. Blytmann married Anna Stausoe; they had two children:
Thyra Alexandra Dagmar Blytmann, born August 2, 1869
Nancy Marianne Clara Blytmann, born September 7, 1873
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