Michael Hvid og Irgensgodset

Michael Hvid (1680-1757) was born in Denmark and married to the grandchildren of Hans Lauritsen Blix (1596-1666), Anichen (Anne) Blix (1677-1740). Anichen and Michael are the great great grandparents to Dorothea Michaeline Angell. Her middle name is hardly accidental.

Michael was the “Stiftsskriver” in Nordland, a position he “inherited” from his father-in-law, Erik Blix (1647-1720). The “Stiftsskriver” administrated the properties and controlled the economy of all the churches in a county.
In more than 40 years (1716-1757) he also administrated ”Tromsøgodset”, the northern part of the original “Irgens-godset”. Most of this time baron Jacob de Petersen from Amsterdam owned this large property.
Joachim Irgens, his real name was Jochum Jürgens, was a German-Danish official born in a merchant family and married to Cornelia Bichers, the daughter of the mayor Amsterdam. He was the executive secretary to the kings Christan IV and Fredrik III. Irgens owned the main part of the copper mines at Røros and lended money to King Fredrik III´s warfare in the 1650és. To pay back the king had to transfer all his properties in Helgeland, Salten, Lofoten, Vesterålen and Troms to Irgens. This is the largest sale of property in Scandinavia ever.
This sale represented 50% of all property in Northern Norway and the value was calculated to 100 000 riksdaler, equivalent to 2700 kilogram of gold. Irgens got all the income from these properties and all the taxes from ”Nordlandene” (Northern Norway).
When he died Irgens was bankrupt, and in 1677 the properties at Helgeland was sold to Lorentz Mortensen Angel from Trondheim (see the Families Angel, Blix etc). The part that later was called ”Tromsø-godset” was bought by chief judge Gjert Lange. The widow. Cornelia Bickers bought the properties in Troms in 1705. After her death in 1708, her brother, baron de Petersen took over. In 1751 the property was sold to, Johan Christian Hvid, son of Michael Hvid. Michael continued as administrator until his death in 1757.


Strange letters:
Æ-æ is pronounced as a in bad, Ø-ø as u in under and Å-å as o in pork.

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