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kejo
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  13:11:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm chasing a Gregers Andersen Kure (born 09.08.1840 at Kure in Rygge, Norway, died in 1920 in Detroit). Married to Mary (born in the United States). He emigrated to the United States and was the first merchant in Detroit for 20 years. He called himself George (Anderson). He is supposed to have founded his own bank, but I have not confirmed this. Does anyone have any information?

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peder
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  14:57:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gregers (George) Andersen Kure. Utvandret Til Usa. Kjøpmann i Detroit 20 år g.Siden Grunnlegger Og Eier Av United States Sevinge Bank i Detroit.
1839 - 1920
Birth: Jan 24 1839
Rygge
Christening: Feb 10 1839
Rygge, Ostfold, Norway
Residence: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Occupation: Kjøpmann og bankier i Detroit
Death: 1920
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Family members
Parents:
Anders Gregersen Kure Nrd.
1808 - 1887
Maren Johanne Gregersen Kure Nrd. (born Ellefsdatter)
1806 - 1878
Wife:
mary Andersen Kure
Siblings:
Søren Andersen Bredholt
1812 - 1861
Gregers Andersen Kure. Utvandret Til Usa. Kjøpmann I Detroit 20 år G.siden Grunnlegger Og Eier Av United States Sevinge Bank I Detroit.
1839 - 1920
Søren Kure
1840 - 1926
Anne. Andersdtr Kure. Ugift
1845 - 1914
Hans Andersen Andersen Kure
1849 - 1885
Nils Kure
1851 - 1879
Lars Andersen Kure
1836 - 1883
Søren Andersen Kure
1840 - 1926
Ellef Andersen Kure
1842 - 1862
Marthe Finch (born Andersdatter Kure)
1847 - 1875
Nils Molvig Andersen Kure
1851 - 1882
<Private> Bredholt
Source
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lynn peterson432
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  15:09:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
try the libraries in detroit they may have information1910 us census no children
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lynn peterson432
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  16:00:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
try the us gen web for wayne co michigan
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jkmarler
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  16:20:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 1910 US census might answer a question about the name of George's American wife Mary (if this is the right George, he's living in Detroit):
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLTD-BF3

Perhaps the "B" stands for Birchard?

George Anderson Head M 70 Norway
Mary B Anderson Wife F 68 Michigan
Cordelia W Birchard Mother-in-law F 87 New York
Mary Noyes Cousin F 42 Michigan
Cordelia M Birdsall Cousin F 19 Michigan
Margaret Bender Servant F 22 Michigan

Looking at the actual census schedule tells that George and Mary have each been married 1 time for 42 years and that Mary has had no children, and that George came to US in 1860 and is retired and they reside at 103 Ferry. Avenue E.

Edited by - jkmarler on 10/07/2018 18:16:07
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jkmarler
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  16:35:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This may be George and Mary in 1870 in Detroit:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHCR-VH8

George Anderson M 32 Norway
Mary Anderson F 23 Michigan

George is working as a store clerk and has $500 in personal property.and he and Mary are not marked as having married within the census year.
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jkmarler
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  16:39:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the 1880 census George and Mary are still in Michigan:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW3P-448

George Anderson Self M 45 Norway
Mary Anderson Wife F 33 Michigan, United States
Calvin D Caty Other M 28 Ohio, United States

George's occupation is given as "banker." Calvin is a boarder and is a professor of music.
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jkmarler
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  16:50:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In 1900 census George and Mary are still in Detroit:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9BY-DSC

George Anderson Head M 11 Norway
Mary B Anderson Wife F 55 Michigan
Anna C Berry Servant F 26 Canada

A very bad transcription error gives his age as above but the actual schedule gives birth date as Jan 1839 and age as 61, occupation as banker, 1860 as year of migration, 40 years in US and that he is naturalized. They are living in a rented home at 78 Stinesen place. There is no answer for how many children Mary has had or how many are living.
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jkmarler
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  17:31:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the 1876 Detroit city directory there is a George Anderson, clerk, boards at 54 Adams Ave. W

In the 1879 Detroit city directory there is a George Anderson no occupation listed but with McLellan & Anderson, boards at Michigan Exchange.


In the 1893 Detroit city directory George is listed as cashier at the McLellan & Anderson Savings Bank, resides at 78 Stimson Telephone (at home) h 4636


In the 1900 Detroit city directory George is listed as president of the McLellan & Anderson Savings Bank, residing at 78 Stimeson place and after Jan 1 1901 will be at 101 Ferry Avenue East.

Google found this:
Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on March 25, 1894 · Page 5
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/119522900/
At a meeting of the directors of the McLellan & Anderson Savings Bank yesterday noon, George Anderson was elected president in p'.ace of Andrew McLellan.

Newspapers.com is a for pay site.

Google snagged this at archive.org:
Gentsch's dictionary of Detroit and its vicinity ..
by Gentsch, William J. [from old catalog]
Publication date 1893
Publisher [Detroit] W. J. Gentsch
Collection library_of_congress; americana
Digitizing sponsor The Library of Congress
Contributor The Library of Congress
Language English
Call number 9617382
Camera Canon 5D
Identifier gentschsdictiona00gent
Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t5h99wr6v
Identifier-bib 00147546294
Ocr ABBYY FineReader 8.0
Openlibrary_edition OL24385131M
Openlibrary_work OL15415779W
Page-progression lr
Pages 124
Possible copyright status The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.
Ppi 400
Scandate 20100927110750
Scanner scribe4.capitolhill.archive.org
Scanningcenter capitolhill
Full catalog record MARCXML

https://archive.org/details/gentschsdictiona00gent

"McLellan & Anderson Savings
Bank, 119 Griswold street; capital,
$150,000; new bank opened May
23rd, 1893; no surplus. "

Findagrave on George's partner:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162488260/andrew-mclellan


Edited by - jkmarler on 10/07/2018 18:08:24
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JaneC
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Posted - 10/07/2018 :  20:31:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The research jkmarler has posted answers the opening question. To add:

I didn't find any "Gregers" born in Rygge in 1840, as was claimed at the start, but here is Gregers born 24 January 1839:
https://media.digitalarkivet.no/en/view/415/2637/12


Slekten fra nedre Opstad i Rygge, s. 85 (372.VII):
"Gregers Kure, f. 24.1.1839, utvandret til USA knapt 20 år gl. Kjøpmann i Detroit og siden bankier i samme by, idet han ble grunnlegger og eier av United States Savings Bank i Detroit. Han tok navnet George Anderson, da amerikanerne hadde vansker med uttalen av navnet Gregers Kure. G.m. Mary Birchard, men hadde ikke barn. Han døde 1920 ved et trafikkuhell i Detroit. Gregers Kure besøkte hjembyen i 1885 og 1910. Både mens han levde og etter hans død er han med heder omtalt i amerikanske og norske aviser, seinest i Moss Avis 25.3.1955 og med fotografi. Han har eventyrglorien om sitt navn og nevnes med rette eksempel for ungdommen. 'Ærlighet, dyktighet og sparsomhet', sier han selv, var de egenskaper som ga ham framgang i livet."

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Edited by - JaneC on 10/07/2018 22:00:22
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lynn peterson432
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USA
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Posted - 11/07/2018 :  02:17:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michigan death record 1867 -1950 george anderson jan23 1839-apr 25 1919 detroit michigan
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kejo
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Posted - 11/07/2018 :  12:39:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, all of you
The information will been used in a family and residential history book about Rygge municipality in Norway. The farms Kure comes in volume three. 13 volumes are planned. Volum 1 has been released.

Website: www.varnaforlag.no
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