Hans Lauritsen Blix

1596 – 1666) and Ingeborg Svendsdatter (1603 – 1687) were 4. great grandparents to our great great grandmother Dorothea Michaeline Angell. No doubt that he was quite a personality this dean of Salten. He made himself a very visible place in the history of Northern Norway. He made well both as farmer and ship owner. Ingeborg also was a determined woman. When it was clear that her son not got the vocation after his father, she gave the paintings below to the church. She wanted people to remember the Blix Family that have been an important part of both the rectory and the church for more than forty years. The paintings are still in the church of Bodin.

Hans Lauritsen Blix Ingeborg Svendsdatter

 

Hans Lauritsen Blix started at the University of Copenhagen in 1617, surely after being studying with his father for some years. In 1619 he already was a chaplain at his home place Løvøn in Jemtland. From 1622 till his death 44 years later he was the priest at Bodin – from 1641 also the dean of Salten.
There was a special reason that the king, Christan IV, gave one of the richest vocations in the northern part of Norway to the just 26 years old Hans. When Sweden occupied Jemtland both Hans and his father, Laurits Mogenson Blix escaped to Trondheim. They had shown a loyalty the king appreciated, and he knew how to reward them. If Chritian IV ever met the young priest he would surly had been impressed, for Hans Blix must have been quite a remarkable man.
Just a few years after he settled down at Bodin, it is clear what his goal is: To make a social an economical poison for himself, a position no priest have had in Salten after the reformation of the Norwegian church in 1537.
Looking to the farming we can see the first results of this politic around 1626. The valuable pasturage island Mogøya in Helligvær had been a part of the farm Sørvær for many years. But Sørvær was a part the church property, and Hans decided that Mogøya from now on was a part of the rectory. The island is today called Prestøya (Priest Island). A few years later Hans enlarged his property, and this time in a bigger scale. At the end of the 1620ès it seems like he got the right to use the land at the farm Støver at Innstranda – one of the properties that earlier belonged to the archbishop at Nidaros. From 1646 he also had the right to farm the land at Kvalvåg at Innstranda, another part of land belonging to the church before the reformation in 1537.
In 1628 we learn to know Hans as a shipowner. As a priest he had one boat ”free”, but for the others he had to pay tax. In 1631-32 he paid taxes for a jekt (transport ship) that could fright about seven tons. The next year he paid taxes for a ship that was able to fright twelve tons. Maybe he had sold the smaller one.
In 1653 he had these boat houses: The first one is 13 x 5 meter, the second one is 9 x 5 meter, the third 7 x 6, and have an annex that is 6 x 3 meter, the fourth 12 x 4 meter, the fifth 17 x 5 meter. He also had three shed; 5 x 4, 4 x 3 and 6 x 3 meter.
In 1666 (the year he died) he paid taxes for three ships (jekter) that transported goods between Bergen and Bodø. At this time people over 50 were considered as a dodo, and it’s sensational that Hans was able to run such a company at the age of 70.
And it’s nearly unbelievable when we see what he had done in agriculture. He is running a lot of farms in the region and at the rectory they sow 20 barrels of grain, they have 3 horses, 24 cows, 20 sheep and10 goats. We don’t have the numbers for all his farms, but know for sure that he at least sowed 52 barrels of grain and had 56 cows.
This is the first part of an article in Bodin Bygdebok, Kirkegrenda, by the historian and scriptwriter Terje Gudbrandson.
In the Family History Book you will find the rest of the story about Hans Lauritsen Blix and the conflict with Lensherren over Nordlandene (the kings foremost legal representative in Nordland), Preben von Ahnen.

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