Notes from the Biography
by Elsie K. Bartholomew
Christen Christensen was born July 29 1817, at Flarup, Thisted, Denmark, a son of christen and Maren Christensen. He was a prosperous farmer, owning a comfortable house. He and his wife Karen Lauritzen were investigating the many religions of their time, but none seemed to them to conform to the teachings of the Bible.
One day, two Mormon missionaries came to their home, leaving some tracts. When they read the, his wife said, "These correspond with the teaching of the Bible." A little later, the whole family joined the Church except the older son. Those that were old enough, were baptized May 1, 1865. Then grandfather sold his estate for a good sum of money, spending most of it in bringing Saints to Utah. (Also paid indebtedness of local branch)
Those who came with him ere his wife, Karen, their second son, L.M.C.
Christensen and his bride of little over a week, Elsie Katherine Christensen,
their daughter Mary, also just married to the young missionary who baptized
the, Lars Myrup; and three younger children - Pauline, 9& 3/4, Petrine,
7, and Nielsine, 3.
They then took round-about train trip through New England States and
Canada. Train ran off track on north shore of Lake Ontario. "None
of the cars toppled over, and in the morning, all realized that it was
only through the kindness of an all-seeing Providence that a terrible
railway disaster had bee avoided."
They went from St. Joseph to outfitting post in Nebraska, by steamship. Arrived July 19, 1866. Traveled across plains with ox train. Reached Salt lake city, October 22nd.
Among the 27 persons Christen Christensen helped financially to come to America was Hans Jensen and wife and three children. Both parents died on the plains of cholera. Friends took children, when they reached Salt Lake.
Family lived in Fountain Green first winter. Christen christensen here married Annie Jensen. (They had 6 children)
Family then lived in Manti three years, then Gunnison, then Maryfield (with United Order), then back to Gunnison. Loss of property while n Order, left them in ver poor circumstances.
Was farmer by trade. Also delivered salt. Very particular about housing and feeding animals.
When Manti Temple was first finished, he and his wife went from Gunnison to Manti by team every Tuesday, and came back on Saturday. Took provision with them, and camped. Worked for dead. Did this for many weeks and years, when not too busy on farm.
He wrote to folks in Denmark once a year - telling them everything that happened during year. Took notes all year, then spent days writing letter.
After 20 years Jensen orphans paid for transportation -
He died in Gunnison November 24, 1899. Funeral held outside home, as whole town was quarantined for smallpox.
Andrew Jensen remembered him as a philanthropist, who spent means liberally, towards emigration of his co-religionists.