Meta Maria Jorgensen was born in Sonderburg, Denmark on February 6, 1858. She was the daughter of Hans Peter Jorgensen and Anna Christina Lassen. By the time she was 3 years old her father had died, and her mother remarried to Jes Speggers (in 1861).
The family came to America sometime between 1870 and 1890 and settled in San Francisco.
Meta met John P. Kofod, a glazier,in San Francsico and they were married on November 6, 1886. When John Kofod could not find much work as a maker of leaded glass windows he joined the U.S. Lighthouse Service as an assistant keeper.
Meta moved with John from lighthouse to lighthouse, keeping house for him and their daughter, Anna Dagmar, born August 21, 1887. Anna was their only child.