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Documents of Laurs/Lauritz or Lars Mathias Christian Christensen (1847-1928)

A collection of documents relative to the life of Laurs/Lauritz or Lars Mathias Christian Christensen.

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Denmark Years (1847-1866):

1847 (birth) Record of Laurs' birth and christening (at the top of the page) in the Gettrup, Thisted, Denmark, Parish church (Lutheran), 22 July 1847: FHL, GS film# 053056, book 7, p. 33, item #4. The record indicates that he was named Lauritz Mathias Christian Christensen and initially home christened on the day of his birth, then subsequently formally christened at the church on 24 October 1847.

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1862 (age 14+) Laurs' Lutheran confirmation in Gettrup, Thisted, Denmark, 27 April 1862, at bottom of page: FHL, GS film #053056, Bk. 8, p. 108, #3.

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1865 (age 17+) Laurs' L.D.S. baptism in Kobberod, Thisted, Denmark, 8 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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1866 (age 19) The marriage of Laurs and Else in Aalborg, Denmark, 22 April 1866: taken from Virginia Christensen Keeler (1901-1970), Some Christensen's Who Came from Thy, published by J. Grant Stevenson, Provo, Utah, 1969, pp. 169-170, based on documents in her possession at the time of writing the book.

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Immigration (1866):

1866 (age 19) 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 19) 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 19) Listing of Laurs (L. M.) and Else (shown as age 18) 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 19) 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 19) Partial listing of the 1866 Abner Lowry Wagon Company, showing Elsie Katherine Christen Christensen (age 19) and Lauritz Mathias Christen Christensen (age 19), 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 19) 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 19) 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 (1866-1928):

1867 (age 19+) Affidavit Concerning Laurs' [here called Christian] Service in Indian Wars Within the State of Utah and of Service Relating Thereto, 1 May 1867 to 1 November 1867, Manti, Sanpete, Utah Home Guard, part 1: FHL, GS film # 0485508, Bk. 3, affidavit # 178.

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1867 (age 19+) Affidavit Concerning Laurs' [here called Christian] Service in Indian Wars Within the State of Utah and of Service Relating Thereto, 1 May 1867 to 1 November 1867, Manti, Sanpete, Utah Home Guard, part 2: FHL, GS film # 0485508, Bk. 3, affidavit # 178.

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1870 (age 23) United States Federal Census for Manti Ward 4, Sanpete, Utah Territory, showing Christian (age 23) [Laurs M. C.], Elsa (age 23), Christian (age 3), and Andrew (age 1) Christianson : Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Manti, Ward 4, Sanpete, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1612; Page: 50; Image: 102. http://ancestry.com.

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1871 (age 24) Laurs' TIB card for the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, showing his endowment date as being 30 October 1871. The back side of the card reads: Auth Bapt corr: Temple Rec Book of Lauritz M. C. & Else Cathrine C. Christensen in poss of Patron. FHL Film# 1059930

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1871 (age 24) Else's' TIB card for the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, showing her endowment date as being 30 October 1871. The back side of the card reads: Mother: Mette Kirstine Christensen Hvid. Auth Bapt Corr: Temple Rec Book of Lauritz M. C. & Else Cathrine C. Christensen in Poss of Patron. FHL Film# 1059928

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1871 (age 24) Extraction of 30 October 1871 Endowment House Sealing Records, showing information pertaining to Laurs (Lewis) and Else: Found in Book G, pp. 282-283, FHL Film# 1,239,501.

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1880 (age 33) Extraction of United States Federal Census for Mayfield, Sanpete, Utah (the original document is of poor quality, and not easily read), showing M. C. (age 33), Elsey (age 35) Christiansen, and their seven children at the time, where their son Albert is mistakenly called Robert: Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Mayfield, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T9_1338; Family History Film: 1255338; Page: 453-1000; Enumeration District: 67; http://ancestry.com.

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1882 (age 35) Copy of the Certificate of Citizenship issued to Laurs in the Territory of Utah on 26 February 1882.

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1889 (age 42) Extraction of 15 November 1889 Manti Temple Sealings for the Living Records, showing their three oldest sons sealed to Laurs (Lars) and Else: Found in Book A, p. 418, FHL Film# 170493. (Note that one of the witnesses was J. E. Metcalf, and that the birth places in Denmark were misspelled.)

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1898 (age 51) Biographical sketch about Laurs taken from W. H. Lever, History of Sanpete and Emery Counties, Utah...and Biographies of Representative Citizens; Ogden, 1898, p. 448. [His mother's name should read Karen.] Found at http://ancestry.com.

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1900 (age 53) United States Federal Census for Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah, showing Lars C. (age 52), Alcie K. (age 53) Christensen, and other household members at the time: Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Gunnision, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T623_1686; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 124; http://ancestry.com.

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1903 (age 56) Abstraction of Gunnison Ward Records, Sanpete, Utah, showing the birth dates and ordinance dates for Lars M. C. , and Else C. Christensen family members, part 1: HBLL-FHL, GS Film #025977, Gunnison Ward Records, Record of Members 1861-1903.

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1903 (age 56) Abstraction of Gunnison Ward Records, Sanpete, Utah, showing the birth dates and ordinance dates for Lars M. C. , and Else C. Christensen family members, part 2: HBLL-FHL, GS Film #025977, Gunnison Ward Records, Record of Members 1861-1903.

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1904 (age 57) Copy of the original certificate indicating Laurs ordination to the office of High Priest, on 7 August 1904.

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1908 (age 61) Copy of an original letter to Laurs from the South Sanpete Stake Presidency, dated 10 January 1908. President Lewis Anderson, who signed the letter, served as stake president for 19 years; he also served as the 4th President of the Manti Temple, from 1906-1933.

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1910 (age 63) United States Federal Census for Manti, Sanpete, Utah, taken 27 April 1910, showing Lars M. (age 62), Elsie K. (age 63), and Elvena Christensen (age 23) at bottom of page: Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Manti, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T624_1608; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 155; Image: 276; http://ancestry.com.

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1910 (age 63) United States Passport Application, submitted on 16 July 1910, showing Lars M. C. and Elsie K. Christensen prior to their trip to Denmark, indicating their Date of Naturalization, 20 February 1882...before the First Judicial District Court...at Provo, Utah. Also interesting is the physical description of Laurs (Lars) included in the application, which was filled out by their son, Andrew B: Passport Applications, 1795-1905; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C., http://ancestry.com.

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1910 (age 63) Passenger List for the S.S. Canada, departing Liverpool, England, on 23 October 1910, showing Lars M. C. and Elsie Kathrine Christensen returning back to the United States at the end of their trip to Denmark (at the bottom of the page), again indicating their United States citizenship status as of 20 February 1882. http://ancestry.com.

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1917 (age 70) Copy of the original pension certificate granted to Laurs for his service in the Utah-Black Hawk Indian War, in 1867: Part 1.

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1917 (age 70) Copy of the original pension certificate granted to Laurs for his service in the Utah-Black Hawk Indian War, in 1867: Part 2.

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1917 (age 70) Copy of the original pension certificate granted to Laurs for his service in the Utah-Black Hawk Indian War, in 1867: Part 3.

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1920 (age 72) United States Federal Census for Manti, Sanpete, Utah, showing Lew M.C. (age 72), and Elsie K. (age 72) Christensen: Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Manti, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: T625_1864; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 107; Image: 433 (enumerated 27 January 1920); http://ancestry.com.

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1924 (age 77) Marriage License for Laurs and Mrs. Sorena T. Nielsen, at Manti, Sanpete, Utah, 21 November 1924: Marriage Records of Sanpete County, Utah, Bk. 7, p. 351; FHL, GS film # 481512.

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1924 (age 77) Extraction of 21 November 1924 Manti Temple Sealings for the Living Records, showing Laurs (Lars) and Sorena married for time: Found in Book C; p. 50; Entry #645; FHL Film# 170490.

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1928 (age 81) Death Certificate for Laurs, who died 10 November 1928 at Manti, Sanpete, Utah, of gangrene of foot: http://images.archives.utah.gov/data

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1928 (age 81) Obituary notice for Laurs taken from the 16 November 1928 edition of the Manti Messenger, found at the BYU-HBLL-FHL (in the microfilm containing the 13 August 1926 to 26 July 1929 issues of the newspaper).

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1928 (age 81) Laurs' burial location in the cemetery at Manti, Utah: from Utah Cemetery Inventory, database on line, http://ancestry.com.

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