Hans Kristensen Givard was born 29 November 1884 at Kölsen, Vorde parish in Viborg, Denmark. His father was a Laust Christensen (Givard)1, a farm owner who was born 11 February 1846 at Kölsen and who in 1911 lived in Vorde, Nörlyng, Viborg, Denmark. His mother was Bodil (nee Sorensen; she was also a native of Kölsen) Givard, born 14 April 1859. His parents had married 4 August 1876 at Vorde and Fiskbaek, Viborg, Denmark.
Living with the family in 1911 were his siblings Martin, born 13 (or 18) December 1888, Dorthea, b. 31 March 1891, and Laura Boline, b. 16 August 1895. He also had a sister, Ane Marie Margaretha, born 20 October 1882, and two other brothers, Niels Kristian, b. 29 June 1893 and Jens, b. 12 March 1880, who apparently had left the family home at the time. The family belonged to the Church of Denmark.
Hans Christensen Givard was a well-travelled bachelor who grabbed the chances that life threw at him. He had come to New York 24 January 1907, aged 22, listed as a farmhand bound for a friend in Tulare, California, a Mr. G. Christensen. He may have stayed there for some time before going back to Denmark and then to Argentina.
In 1912, he had been on a visit to Vorde and was now going back to North America, together with Einer Windeløv, who travelled third class, and blacksmith Martin Ponesell, who travelled second class with Mr. Givard.
His family did not know he was on the Titanic he could not bear to say farewell to his mother again, so he left without saying good-bye.
Only after the disaster were the family told that he had been on the Titanic. His body was recovered (#305) and his belongings were sent home.
|NO. 305. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 36. - HAIR, VERY FAIR, AND MUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Dark brown striped suit; black overcoat; white shirt marked "D. M."; no socks; one white shoe; pink drawers.
EFFECTS - $55.00 in bills in pocketbook; keys; silver watch and compass; ?8 3s. 6d., and foreign coins in purse.
SECOND CLASS. NAME - HANS CHRISTIAN GIVARD.
A relative took care of the watch and tried to make it go by shaking it but without success. He then threw it away as worthless.
Givard was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax on 10 May, 1912.