|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1830, Denmark|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1902|
Inger Marie Mikkelsen Blanch
(Also known as Mary Blanch)
Inger Marie Mikkelsen was baptized, October 28, 1861, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She left Denmark, April 5, 1865, traveling to Liverpool, England with her son Christensen Christian Anderson. (Inger did not marry his father, and he was later adopted by Wheatley Blanch).
They sailed form England, April 28l 1864, on the "Monarch of the Sea", with 974 people aboard. In April 1964, Wheatley Blanch and George Hill were called by President Brigham Young to go back East to assist in bringing the Saints west. On June 23, 1864, they arrive at Winter Quarters with nine wagons loaded with provisions. Inger Marie left Nebraska in July, crossing the plains by ox-cart in the same company as Wheatley Blanch. They arrived, October 1, 1874 in the Salt lake Valley. She settle in West Weber, Utah were with the help of her twelve year old son, built a dugout home on the bank of the Weber River on the site of the present West Weber cemetery.
One year later, March 19, 1865, she married Wheatley Blanch and Christian was adopted by Wheatley and took his name. Two years later Wheatley made adobes and built a shanty shaped home for Inger Marie upon the bench away from the river. She had two front rooms with wood floors and two back rooms with dirt floors and neither lath or plaster on the walls. Inger Marie, like many other pioneer women, helped clear the sagebrush away so they could start farming. She helped plant and harvest sugarcane and grain. She also helped take care of the sheep that they sold for profit. She helped drive the grasshoppers into trenches so they could bun them.
No children were born to this couple; however, they adopted a baby girl, who was born, August 10, 1872, in Nottingham, England. Arrangements, for her adoption and passage were made by John I. Hart, 1873, when the baby was fourteen months old. Inger called her Annie but she was christened Elizabeth Anne. Inger Marie raised a second child Mary Young Blanch (known as Mamie) who was born in 1872, December 9th. She was the daughter of Wheatley's second wife, Dorothea Larsen, but this child was promised to Inger Marie before she was born. Mamie died October 9, 1887, at the age of fourteen due to typhoid fever. Wheatley also was sick with the same and he died exactly one month after the child. They were buried in the West Weber Cemetery.
Annie survived and took care of her mother who became bedfast for many years following a stroke. Inger Marie had a hones heart, was a true and faithful to the gospel until the day she died at the age of seventy-two in West Weber Utah and is also buried in the West Weber Cemetery.
Wheatley Blanch (1830 - 1887)
Christien Chreston Blanch (1852 - 1926)*
Annie Elizabeth Blanch Blanch (1872 - 1950)*
Note: There are two headstones, the upright one is the original one and it was replaced by the smaller one.
West Weber Cemetery
Plot: B 13
Created by: JJH
Record added: Jan 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64351469
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In honor of Great Grandmother Inger Marie Mikkelson Blanch.|
Added: May. 29, 2011