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Karen Maria Jensen Godfrey
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1849, Denmark
Death: Mar. 30, 1932
Clarkston
Cache County
Utah, USA

From: Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude
International Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers
"Caroline Jensen Godfrey
Birthdate 21 Feb 1860 Vale, Denmark
Death 7 Oct 1900 Clarkston, Cache, Utah
Parents Ole Jensen Karen Neilsen J. Olsen
Pioneer: 12 Sept 1863 John R. Young Wagon Train
Spouse Thomas Godfrey
Married: 17 Jun 1880 Salt Lake City Salt Lake Utah
Death SP: 10 Nov 1933
Clarkston, Cache, Utah

Children:
Hans Edward 26 Jun 1882
Caroline Serelda (Larsen) 7 Mar 1886
Mary Emmaline (Shepherd) 3 Oct 1888
Lucy Christina (Michelsen) 15 Apr 1892
Sarah Ann 23 Aug 1895
Abraham Joseph 25 Apr 1897
Phebe Lucinda 2 Jun 1900

Caroline's family was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark. When Caroline was three the family left Denmark for America in May 1863. They were seven weeks on the ocean, then landing in New York the first part of July 1863. From there, they took the train ot Florence, Nebraska.

They joined the wagon train and started for Utah. While they were crossing the plains of Wyoming, her father was killed. Someone had killed an animal and the oxen could smell the blood, they stampeded. This was early in the morning of July 28, 1866

It took most of the next day to get the oxen quieted down. Captain John R. Young decided to go on, but the oxen stampeded again this time killing her father. They put her father in a sheet, as there was no way to get a casket. Some men dug a grave, cut willows, lined the grave, then put the body in, put more willows on top and filled it in. This was in Laramie, Wyoming.

After arriving in Salt Lake City in August 1863, they moved to Brigham City. Food was scarce and they nearly starved. They moved to Hyrum. In the Fall 1864, they moved to Clarkston. The Indians were starving and threatened to kill if they didn't receive food. The family built a log house. Caroline lived in that log house untl she married Thomas Godfrey, at age twenty, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.

She was his second wife. Her sister Maria was the first wife. They had four children when he married Caroline. Thomas built her one large log room, where she bore three children. The log room was moved a block west and she lived there until 1898. Three more children joined the family. Thomas built her a two-room frame house but she didn't live long to enjoy it.

In 1900, another child was born, making a total of seven. Caroline worked very hard. Her health was poor. She always had a good garden, kept two or three cows. She traded butter or sold some to buy groceries and to clothe her family.

She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She sewed for others and always knitted two pair of stockings for each one in the family for winter.

After her last child she was not well. When the baby was five months, Caroline passed away. A sister-in-law, Lucy Ann Jensen, took the baby and cared for her. The baby died also. They were both buried in the Clarkston Cemetery." 
 
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 Parents:
  Karen Nielson Jensen (1821 - 1889)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas Godfrey (1846 - 1933)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Maria Godfrey Buttars (1868 - 1954)*
  Thomas Henry Godfrey (1869 - 1949)*
  Caroline Letitia Godfrey Thompson (1871 - 1947)*
  James Mathew Godfrey (1874 - 1935)*
  Ida Melissa Godfrey (1877 - 1879)*
  Hannah Catherine Godfrey (1879 - 1895)*
  Daniel Joseph Godfrey (1882 - 1945)*
  Heber William Godfrey (1886 - 1903)*
  Franklin John Godfrey (1888 - 1945)*
  Annie Leona Godfrey Williams (1890 - 1968)*
 
 Siblings:
  Karen Maria Jensen Godfrey (1849 - 1932)
  Hannah Jensen Thompson (1855 - 1931)*
  Hans Jensen (1857 - 1936)*
  Caroline Jensen Godfrey (1860 - 1900)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Clarkston City Cemetery
Clarkston
Cache County
Utah, USA
Plot: 6-25-8
 
Maintained by: Jamie R. Larsen
Originally Created by: Leslie Vaughn
Record added: Nov 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31716953
Karen Maria <i>Jensen</i> Godfrey
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Karen Maria <i>Jensen</i> Godfrey
Added by: Leslie Vaughn
 
Karen Maria <i>Jensen</i> Godfrey
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