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Documents of Christen Christensen (1817-1899)

A collection of documents relative to the life of Christen Christensen.

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Denmark Years (1817-1866):

1817 (birth) Record of Christen's birth and christening , part 1 (at the bottom of the page), in the Ydby, Thisted, Denmark, Parish church (Lutheran), 29 July 1817: FHL film# 053032, book 4, p. 4, item #8.
The record indicates that he was named Christen Christensen and initially home christened on the day of his birth, then subsequently formally christened at the church on 5 October 1817.

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1817 (birth) Record of Christen's birth and christening , part 2 (enlargement), in the Ydby, Thisted, Denmark, Parish church (Lutheran), 29 July 1817: FHL film# 053032, book 4, p. 4, item #8.
The record indicates that he was named Christen Christensen and initially home christened on the day of his birth, then subsequently formally christened at the church on 5 October 1817.

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1845 (age 27+) Christen's marriage to Karen Lauritzdatter in Gettrup, Thisted, Denmark, 25 March 1845 (his age is listed as 27 3/4; hers as 18 1/2): Gettrup parish records, FHL film # 053056; Bk. 7; p. 14; entry # 3.

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1865 (age 46+) Christen's L.D.S. baptism in Kobberod, Thisted, Denmark, 3 May 1865: taken from Virginia Christensen Keeler (1901-1970), Some Christensen's Who Came from Thy, published by J. Grant Stevenson, Provo, Utah, 1969, p. 151, based on documents in her possession at the time of writing the book.

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Immigration (1866):

1866 (age 48+) Having departed Aalborg, Denmark, by water on 16 May 1866, to eventually reach Hamburg, Germany, via Copenhagen and Kiel (see Virginia Christensen Keeler (1901-1970), Some Christensen's Who Came from Thy, published by J. Grant Stevenson, Provo, Utah, 1969, pp. 174-178), the Christensen family left Hamburg on the British ship Kenilworth, 25 May 1866. As indicated below, they arrived at the Port of New York, 52 days later, on 16 July 1866. http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/ship_desc.htm#keniworth

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1866 (age 48+) Information regarding the Atlantic crossing of the British ship Kenilworth, from Hamburg, Germany, to the Port of New York in 1866: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957; Source Citation: Year: 1866; Arrival: New York, United States; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_268; Line: 2; List number: 804. Records of U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C. http://ancestry.com.

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1866 (age 48+) Listing of C. A. [Christen], Karen, and their three daughters Pouline, Petrine, and Nielsine on the Kenilworth's passenger list. (Note that Karen died on June 23rd; she was subsequently buried at sea): New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957; Source Citation: Year: 1866; Arrival: New York, United States; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_268; Line: 2; List number: 804. Records of U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C. http://ancestry.com.

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1866 (age 48+) Listing of Ane Jensen, age 27, unmarried, on the Kenilworth's passenger list. She assisted Christen in the care of his three young daughters following Karen's death, and later became his second wife, marrying him after their arrival in Utah: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957; Source Citation: Year: 1866; Arrival: New York, United States; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_268; Line: 2; List number: 804. Records of U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C. http://ancestry.com.

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1866 (age 48+) Listing of Maren, Christen's oldest daughter and her husband L. C. Myrup on the Kenilworth's passenger list: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957; Source Citation: Year: 1866; Arrival: New York, United States; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_268; Line: 2; List number: 804. Records of U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C. http://ancestry.com.

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1866 (age 49) Details concerning the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company in which the Christensen Family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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1866 (age 49) Partial listing of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company, showing Christian [Christen] Christensen (age 49), at the bottom of the page. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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1866 (age 49) Partial listing of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company, showing Christen's three young daughters at the top of the page. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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1866 (age 49) Partial listing of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company, showing Lars and Maren Myrup in the lower third of the page. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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1866 (age 49) Partial listing of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company, showing names of the Jensen pioneers in the company. However, it is not clear which one represents the Ane Jensen (age 27) listed on the ship's record we are seeking. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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1866 (age 49) Newspaper details concerning the arrival of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company in which the Christensen Family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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1866 (age 49) Further newspaper details concerning the arrival of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company in which the Christensen Family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley. http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-22,00.html

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Utah Years (1866-1899):

1866 (age 49) Christen's marriage to Ane Jensen, 17 November 1866, in Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah: Taken from Virginia Christensen Keeler (1901-1970), Some Christensen's Who Came from Thy, published by J. Grant Stevenson, Provo, Utah, 1969, p. 217, based on documents in her possession at the time of writing the book.

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1867 (age 50) Card Index to Military Records of the Indian Wars (Utah-Black Hawk Indian War), A-Z, indicating Christen's service in the Gunnison Home Guard as a Private in the Infantry ( page 181, volume 3): FHL film# 0485506.
However, since he did not arrive in Utah until October 1866 (as per the various documents above), the correct dates of service in this card index as well as in the Widow's Affidavit subsequently issued in 1909, page 180, volume 3 (see below, at the end of this document file) should read: 205 days, from 1 April 1867 to 1 November 1867. These dates would then correspond with his son's Laurs near simultaneous dates of service in the Manti Home Guard, found indexed immediately above in this document, page 180, volume 3 (also see Documents of Laurs/Lauritz or Lars Mathias Christian Christensen..., on this website).

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1868 (age 51) Christen's TIB card for the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, showing his endowment date to have been 3 October 1868. As noted on the card, as well, he initially married Karen Lauritzen or Laursen, 25 March 1845, in Denmark, where he was also baptized on 3 May 1865: FHL Film# 1059927.

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1868 (age 51) Karen's TIB card for the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, showing the date of her sealing to Christen to have been 5 October 1868. The correct date of sealing, however, should read 3 October 1868, as is referenced in the extraction of the original sealing record, below. As noted on this TIB card, as well, she was endowed on 14 November 1888 [Manti] and was initially baptized 1 May 1865, in Denmark: FHL Film# 1234521

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1868 (age 51) Anne's [Ane's] TIB card for the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, showing her endowment date to have been 3 October 1868. As noted on the card, as well, she was initally baptized into the Church on 9 Feb 1861; the place however is not known at present: FHL Film# 1059926.

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1868 (age 51) Extraction of 3 October 1868 Endowment House Sealing Records, showing information pertaining to Christen, Karen and Ane (Christen's second wife): Found in Book F, p. 172; entry # 11571; FHL Film# 1,149,515.

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1870 (age 52+) 1870 United States Federal Census for Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah Territory, showing Christian [Christen] (age 52), Anna [Ane] (age 23); Paulina (age 15), Patrena (age 12 and Nielsena (age 8) from his first marriage; plus Caroline (age 2), and Christian (age 6/12) from his marriage to Ane. The surname is listed as Christianson, rather than Christensen: Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1612; Page: 33; Image: 68. http://ancestry.com.

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1874 (age 57) Possible brand belonging to Christen, registered in Fountain Green where he resided for at least four years (see the 1870 United States Federal Census for Fountain Green, above) after arriving in Utah in October 1966: http://images.archives.utah.gov/.

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Circa 1879 (age 62) Photocopy of Gunnison Ward Records, Sanpete, Utah, showing the birth dates and ordinance dates for the Christen and Ane Christensen family members (upper portion), as well as the Christen and Karen Lauritzen Christensen family members (lower portion), part 1: HBLL-FHL, GS Film #025977, Gunnison Ward Records, Record of Members 1861-1903.

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Circa 1879 (age 62) Photocopy of Gunnison Ward Records, Sanpete, Utah, showing the birth dates and ordinance dates for the Christen and Ane Christensen family members (upper portion), as well as the Christen and Karen Lauritzen Christensen family members (lower portion), part 2: HBLL-FHL, GS Film #025977, Gunnison Ward Records, Record of Members 1861-1903.

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1880 (age 63) Extraction of 1880 United States Federal Census for Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah (the original document is of poor quality, and not easily read), showing Christian [Christen] (age 63), and Anna [Ane] (age 42) Christiansen [Christensen]. Only daughter Juliana [Nielsena] remains in the home from the first marriage. There are now six additional children from Christen's second marriage, to Ane. Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T9_1338; Family History Film: 1255338; Page: 450-3000; Enumeration District: 67; http://ancestry.com.

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1899 (age 82) Burial information for Christian [Christen] Christensen, who died 21 November 1899: http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/viewburial?cemeteryid=SP1100&id=1663..

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Other Documents for Christen's Second Wife, Ane/Anne Jensdatter (1830-1914) :

1838 (birth) Record of Ane's birth (marked in yellow) in the Vor, Hjorring, Denmark, parish (Lutheran) on 28 May 1838: (Alboek-) Vor, Hjorring, Denmark 1833-1852, FHL film# 048943, book 15, p. 61, item #8.
Born on 28 May 1838, the record indicates that she was named Ane Jensdatter and was born out of wedlock. Her mother was Marianne Christensdatter from Westerkov. The reported father was Jens Christensen from Vester Nielsted, Tolstrup's parish. Ane was subsequently christened in the Vor parish on 10 June 1838.

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1861 (age 22+) Record of Anne's [Ane's] initial baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 9 February 1861, as recorded on her TIB card. Unfortunately, the precise place of baptism, which took place in Denmark before her immigration, is not known at present: FHL film# 1059926.

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1900 (age 62) 1900 United States Federal Census for Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah, showing Anna [Ane] (age 62), now widowed, and three of her children: Chris K (age 30), John T (age 28), and Joseph (age 22): Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T623_1686; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 124; http://ancestry.com.

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1909 (age 71) Widow's Affidavit taken from Ane Christensen, Christen's widow in November 1909 concerning Christen's Service in the Indian Wars Within the State of Utah and of Service Relating Thereto ...Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah Home Guard, part 1: FHL, GS film # 0485508, Bk. 3, affidavit # 181.
However, since the family did not arrive in Utah until October 1866 (as per the various documents above), the correct dates of service in this Widow's Affidavit should read: 205 days, from 1 April 1867 to 1 November 1867. These dates would then correspond with his son's Laurs near simultaneous dates of service in the Manti Home Guard (see Documents of Laurs/Lauritz or Lars Mathias Christian Christensen..., on this website).

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1909 (age 71) Affidavit taken from two of Christen's fellow soldiers in November 1909 concerning Christen's Service in the Indian Wars Within the State of Utah and of Service Relating Thereto ...Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah Home Guard, part 2: FHL, GS film # 0485508, Bk. 3, affidavit # 181.
However, since the family did not arrive in Utah until October 1866 (as per the various documents above), the correct dates of service in this affidavit should read: 205 days, from 1 April 1867 to 1 November 1867. These dates would then correspond with his son's Laurs near simultaneous dates of service in the Manti Home Guard (see Documents of Laurs/Lauritz or Lars Mathias Christian Christensen..., on this website).

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1910 (age 72) 1910 United States Federal Census for Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah, showing Anna J. [Ane Jensen] (age 72) Christensen, Mother, widowed, and her unmarried son Joseph (age 32), Farmer: Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T624_1608; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 148; Image 25; http://ancestry.com.

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1914 (age 75+) Death Certificate for Ane, who died 2 April 1914 at Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah, of ulcer of stomach and general debility. (Note: Her birth year should read 1838): http://images.archives.utah.gov/data

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1914 (age 75+) Burial information for Annie Jensen [Ane] Christensen, who died 2 April 1914 [not 3 April, as listed here; see death certificate, above]: http://history.utah.gov/apps/burials/execute/viewburial?cemeteryid=SP1100&id=1664..

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Selected Documents for Some of Christen's Children:

Maren (Mary) Christensen Myrup (1849-1883):

Pouline (Pauline) Christensen Anderson (1855-1913)

Nielsine (Sena) Christiana Christensen Madsen (1862-1898)

Caroline Christensen Jensen (1867-1944)

Christen "K" Christensen (1869-1934)

John Taylor Christensen (1872-1913)

Andrew Christensen (1874-1917)

Joseph Christensen (1877-1920)

George Ludvig Christensen (1879-1881)