Lorens Peter Jessen was born in 1867 in Aabenraa, Germany, although his parents were of Danish ancestry. In 1884, at the age of seventeen, he came to the United States. He found work in Chicago as a street car driver, using horses. Anne Jessen was a native of Vaurde, Denmark. She came to America in 1888.
Lorens and Anne were married on October 1, 1892. They lived on farms in Woodstock, Illinois until March of 1905, when they moved to North Dakota, with their five children, settling on the Carl Voight farm in Homer Township, five miles northwest of Ypsilanti, in Stutsman County, North Dakota, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Four more children were born to them there.
Their children were: Christine Marie, Marie Elizabeth, Asmus Lawrence, Christian Jensen, Anne Catherine, Elmer Nicholoj, Alice, William Edward, and Edwin Richard.
Lorens Peter Jessen passed away on March 22, 1953, and Anne Jessen died on January 10, 1941.
Christine Marie Jessen married Henry Harrison Simmers. They moved to a farm home that they built in Winfield Township, where Christine was still living in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published. Harrison passed away on March 11, 1956. They had four children.
Marie Elizabeth Jessen married Willie Adams on October 6, 1928 at Grassy Butte, North Dakota. Willie died in Iowa, and Lizzie was living at Heritage House in Independence, Missouri in 1982. They had five children.
Christian Jensen Jessen married Fredricka Beckman, after which they moved to Jamestown where they operated a hamburger drive-in. They also lived in Spiritwood, while Chris was a salesman for Windcharger Electric generators, and in Bismarck and Mandan. They had five children. In 1982, when the Centennial Book was published, Chris had passed away, and Rika was residing at Liberty Heights in Mandan.
Anne Catherine Jessen married Clarence Hargrave on June 4, 1933. They lived on the Jessen farm for several years, and Clarence was employed as Herdsman at the State Hospital for several years. Anne taught school in the area. Later, Clarence was employed as Herdsman at the prison farms at Bismarck, retiring to Liberty Heights in Mandan, where they both lived the remainder of their lives. They are buried in the Mandan Cemetery. They were the parents of two children.
Elmer Nicholoj worked at an uncle's printing shop in Chicago, then married a widow and moved to Torrance, California, where they lived the rest of their lives. He owned and operated a hardware store. They had no children.
Alice Jessen married Eugene Allen. Prior to her marriage, she had worked as a telephone operator in Jamestown. Eugene and Alice farmed for a few years, along with Eugene's father, Lewis Allen. Then they moved to Bismarck for a time, while Eugene was employed at Fleck's Garage there. They moved back to Jamestown, where Gene died in 1966. Alice was still residing in Jamestown in 1982. Eugene and Alice had one child, Eugene Jr.
William Edward Jessen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, he worked for his older brother, Elmer, in the hardware store, then began working for an aircraft company in California. From there, they moved to Boulder, Colorado, where Bill was employed by the Bureau of Standards until his retirement. In 1982, they were living in Loveland, Colorado. They had no children.
Edwin Richard Jessen also served in World War II, but in the U.S. Marine Corps. After the war, he also worked for a time with his brother, Elmer, in his hardware store. He married Faye Harvey of Wing, North Dakota, and they lived in Jamestown. Two sons were born to them. Edwin and Faye separated, and Edwin married again, making his home in California. Edwin died at the Veterans Hospital at Sawtelle Westwood, California.