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Documents of Karen Lauritzdatter (1826-1866)

A collection of documents relative to the life of Karen Lauritzdatter.

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Denmark Years (1826-1866):

1826 (birth) Record of Karen's birth and christening dates: FHL film# 053056, book 7, p. 39, item #3.
The record indicates that she was named Karen and was born in Kobbero, Gettrup, Thisted, Denmark, on 8 September 1826 to Lauritz Jeppesen and Mariane Christine Elizabeth Christensdatter. She was initially home christened on the day of her birth, and then subsequently formally christened at the Gettrup Parish church on 12 November 1826.

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1841 (age 14+) Karen's Lutheran confirmation in Gettrup, Thisted, Denmark: FHL, GS film #053056, Bk. 7, p. 121, #1, 1841.

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

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1865 (age 38+) Karen's L.D.S. baptism in Kobberod, Thisted, Denmark, 1 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. 150, based on documents in her possession at the time of writing the book.

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Immigration (1866):

1866 (age 39+) 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 39+) 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 39+) Listing of C. A. [Christen], Karen [rather than being age 32, she was really 39+years old at the time, as per the preceding documents], 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 39+) Recollections of Andrew Jenson (eventual Church Historian who was part of the emigrant group) for Saturday, 23 June 1866: taken from Virginia Christensen Keeler (1901-1970), Some Christensen's Who Came from Thy, published by J. Grant Stevenson, Provo, Utah, 1969, p. 183, based on documents in her possession at the time of writing her book.

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Subsequent Events Following Karen's Death in 1866:

1868 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 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 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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