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Jens Christian Johnson
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Birth: Dec. 12, 1845
Nordjylland, Denmark
Death: Apr. 28, 1925
Richmond
Cache County
Utah, USA

Written by J. Dean Nelson - Grandson

Jens Christian Johnson, son of Johan Peter Johannesen and Sophia Hedvig Jensen was born December 12, 1845 in Gudrundlund, [Gandrup, Nordjylland] Denmark, close to the city of Aalborg, Denmark. At the age of six his father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Letter Day Saints and was baptized December 26, 1851 by Neils Peterson. In the month of April of 1861 when Christian was 16 years old, the family set sail for America on the ship 'Electric'. They were on the ocean for three weeks. He witnessed the burial of the baby of his brother James at sea. The baby was named Alcena. His brother John had left for America the year previous so in the group were his parents, Alcena and James, Lars, Christian and Joseph. Two other brothers named Neils J. was born in 1848 and Peter J. born in 1856 had died in Denmark.

The next record in the church historians office stated that on July 24, 1862, they had joined the second church train of which John R. Murdock was the captain. This train consisted of 65 wagons and 700 persons. It left Florence, Nebraska (Winter Quarters). Of the group, 384 were Scandinavians and the rest were English and Americans. Seventy-four persons died on the journey west. The train arrived in the Great Sale Lake Valley on September 27, 1862. The family stayed there for one year and then moved to Richmond.

Christian married Maria Isaacson in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on June 1, 1873. The ceremony was performed by Daniel H. Wells. He was ordained and Elder June 1, 1864 and a High Priest in 1881 at Richmond by M. W. Merrill. He was chosen for First Counselor in the High Priest Quorum July 20, 1881 by Francis M. Lyman.

He was called to drive four yoke of oxen to haul immigrants from Missouri in 1886; prior to that he was called in 1873 to go to Arizona and colonize and settle but he was released before going and called to help build the Salt Lake Temple. He also helped transport granite from the canyons for this building.

Chris, as he was better known, died on April 28, 1925. His death was due to heart trouble and dropsy. He was the father of eleven children. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Peter Johnson (1815 - 1875)
  Hedvig Sophie Jensen Johnson (1811 - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  Maria Isaacson Johnson (1857 - 1941)*
 
 Children:
  Christian Lorenzo Johnson (1875 - 1892)*
  Isaac Johnson (1876 - 1877)*
  Alfred Henry Johnson (1877 - 1878)*
  Amy Maria Johnson Bright (1879 - 1964)*
  Bertha Sophia Johnson Jensen (1882 - 1959)*
  Nettie Luella Johnson Robinson (1884 - 1967)*
  Alvin Earnest Johnson (1887 - 1968)*
  Francis Leonard Johnson (1890 - 1891)*
  Austin Orlo Johnson (1891 - 1983)*
  Vesta Caroline Johnson Cottle (1894 - 1932)*
  Mary Edith Johnson Andersen (1897 - 1992)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Peter Johnson (1838 - 1927)*
  James Jens Johnson (1840 - 1894)*
  Lars Christian Johnson (1843 - 1919)*
  Jens Christian Johnson (1845 - 1925)
  Joseph Johnson (1852 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Richmond City Cemetery
Richmond
Cache County
Utah, USA
 
Maintained by: 46588789
Originally Created by: Burnt Almond Fudge
Record added: Sep 24, 2010
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 Added: Feb. 8, 2015
 
 
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