|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1828, Denmark|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1920|
Son of Chrisen Nielsen and Dorothe Christine Richter
Married Hansena Beradina Patrina Hansen, 10 Jul 1849, Copenhagen, Denmark
Married Caroline Nilsson, 7 Jun 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Married Christiane Clausen, 5 Jun 1871, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Married Dorthea Andrea Christensen, 31 Aug 1892, Manti, Sanpete, Utah
Married Wilhemina Jepson, 20 Feb 1896, Manti, Sanpete, Utah
History - Neils Lars was baptized into the Church, 14 Feb 1852, by Elder J. P. Lorentzen. After his baptism in 1852, Neils decided to go to Zion. The boat on which they were to sail was crowded. Just before sailing one of the families was disappointed and could not go. This made some room for the family of Neils Lars. Unfortunately for him, he was serving as a soldier in the King's service and there was no time to get a release, if such could be secured. However, he sent his wife and baby down to the boat, and that night after dark, he quietly slipped down to the dock. After hiding his uniform near the ocean, he swam out to the boat and came to America in civilian clothes. In this way, he bid good-bye to the land of his birth, a land that he never returned. Three of his sons and two of his sons-in-law have performed missions in Denmark. Here some of his sons met his three brothers. One was a miller, one a gardener, and the other a merchant. In the records of the Army, he was called Private Hilleroid and probably it was recorded that he was drowned and his body never recovered.
They reached Salt Lake City, Utah in 1853. Eight children were born to Neils Lars and Hansena Christensen. Neils Lars was ordained a Seventy at Salt Lake City, Dec. 12, 1853, and he received his endowments in the Salt Lake Endowment House in 1853.
He was sent on a mission to the North Central States in 1855, and labored mostly in the vicinity of St. Louis. In the late fall of 1856, two Emigrant Companies of Saints were crossing the plains with handcarts. James G. Willie was Captain of the Fourth Handcart Company, and Edward Martin became the Captain of the Fifth Company. They had started late - Willie's party leaving Aug. 19th, the other under Edward Martin, about two weeks later. They experienced disaster almost from the beginning on account of their late start and the poor conditions of their equipment.
Neils Lars had considerable experience in crossing the plains and working with people. He was also a large strong man. He was released from his mission in the fall of 1856 to help these poor Saints on their journey. It proved to be a very trying experience. They were hampered and delayed very much by breaking down of the handcarts. Then winter set in earlier than usual this year. It was the first of October before they passed Ft. Laramie, 500 miles from their destination. They were eventually snow bound in the mountains, out of provisions, poorly clad, and many ill. Help was finally sent from Salt Lake and Willie's Company reached Salt Lake on Nov 9th and Martin's three weeks later. Willie's Company lost 77 out of between four and five hundred. Martin had 576 to start with and one fourth of his company perished.
Neils Lars worked with these poor emigrants, many of them from Scandinavia, who brought him both praise and blame. When a person is nearly dying from freezing, they want to give up and they go to sleep. In order to keep them awake Neils seemingly was very rough with them, using almost any physical means to keep them awake and moving on. Many were grateful to him for what he did to save their lives.
Many rivers had to be crossed and this was often very difficult. At one time, he was carrying a woman across the river when she became frightened and panicky. She nearly choked him to death. He was compelled to set her down in the water before she would release him. A few wagons accompanied each handcart company, to assist the ill and infirm. While crossing one of the rivers with a wagon, the water was so deep, that it raised the wagon box of the gears and it floated down stream with a blind woman in it. Neils, being a good swimmer, jumped into the water and rescued her before she knew she had been in danger. The handcart travelers had to depend on the roots and berries they could gather and the wild game they could kill for food. The food supplies they started would only last but a short time.
In the year 1856, there arrived in Salt Lake a Swedish girl named Caroline Nielson. She was born Feb. 13, as Karna Nillson in Uppakra, Malmohus, Sweden. Her father was Neils Anderson, born Sep. 15, 1802 in Sweden. He died Mar. 13, 1857. Her mother was Karna Pehrsson, born Mar. 4, 1797. She died Jan. 1853. Neils Lars married Caroline as his second wife, Jun. 8, 1857, in Salt Lake City. They lived in Salt Lake City two years. Caroline Nielson and her brother, Bengt Nillson, her sister, and brother-in-law left Sweden for Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 19, 1954, there to join other Scandinavian saints leaving for America. They sailed on the sailboat "James Nesmith". They reached St. Louis, Mar. 7, 1855. They went from St. Louis to Omaha from which place they started for Utah, Aug. 5, 1856 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Nov. 9, 1856, in Bishop Smoot's Company.
After reaching Salt Lake City, Neils Lars was called to act as policeman of the city. Neils Lars Christensen worked on the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple and in the State House building at Fillmore. He also served with the State Troops sent to Eccles Canyon to help stop Johnston's Army.
In 1859, together with others, he was called to settle Moroni, Sanpete, Utah. They moved there, Caroline being the fifth woman in the place. They had it very poor while they lived here. Caroline said she had taken three children out in the fields and gleaned all day to get grain for their bread. She washed and spun wool to make their clothes. She was lucky to have one dress and Saturday evening washed and ironed it in time to wear to church next morning.
Josephine Albertina Jensen Christensen (1855 - 1888)
Christiane Clausen Christensen (1843 - 1891)
Caroline Nielson Christensen (1839 - 1919)
Julius Barnard Christenson (1859 - 1957)*
George Albert Christensen (1875 - 1967)*
Alvin James Christensen (1879 - 1949)*
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Originally Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Aug 05, 2009
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