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Jens Jensen
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1801
Nordjylland, Denmark
Death: Jan. 3, 1880
Sanpete County
Utah, USA

In LÝth, Borglum, Hjorring, Denmark on 9 Jul 1801, Jens Jensen was born to Jens Jensen 1774-1813 and Anne Pedersen 1759-1836.

Jens Jensen took on the "called by" name of LÝth,* the place or farm he was living as was the tradition of the time. Sometime after arriving in United States in 1862, he dropped the Loth.

The county of Hjorring in Denmark is located in the most northern part of the peninsula near the shores of the North Sea. Many of the Jensen family over the many generations were fishermen and farmers. Most of their children became expert swimmers and developed a love for eating fresh fish.

Jens was employed as a farmer and married a local girl, Anne Svendsen on 6 June 1834. Their children included Karen and Jens Jensen both born in Borglum. Sadly, baby Jens died as an infant and Anne, his wife, passed away on 14 July 1838.

Jens was then left behind with three year old Karen to rear. About one year later on 12 July 1839 Jens married Maren Andersen of nearby Weibye. Maren was a wonderful mother and cook and a very good stepmother for Jens' oldest daughter Karen.

Jens and Maren were blessed with four children: Jens, Anne, Anders and Annie Maria. All of their children were born in Borglum, Hjorring, Denmark.

In 1850 Denmark granted religious liberty to all and no longer demanded its citizens to belong to the national church which was Lutheran.

Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came into Denmark shortly after this time and Jens Jensen was baptized in 1852. All of his family followed.

After paying 2328 Rigsdaler [almost $600] for their emigration, Jens, Maren and their four children boarded the ship Albion in Aalborg, Denmark on 6 April 1862. They traveled around northern Denmark to Aarhus, Denmark on the eastern side. From there they boarded a ship called Fredercia and sailed to Kiel, Germany where they caught the railroad which took them to Altona, Germany. They then sailed to Grimsby (Hull), England, where they took the train to Liverpool, England to meet the rest of the Saints and boarded the fine ship Franklin. On the 28th of May 1862 the ship arrived at New York.

The Jensen and Andersen families joined the C.A. Madsen wagon company, a Scandinavian company with about 264 individuals and 40 wagons when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska (now Omaha). They left Florence on 14 July 1862.

Along the trail the company experienced groups of Indians who desired trade with the immigrants and the passing of members of the United States military. The company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 23 September 1862. After arriving in Utah, Jens dropped the "called by" name of LÝth.

Unfortunately, Jens' wife Maren died of Mountain Fever on 28 June 1863 just six months after their arrival in Moroni, Utah. On March 15, 1865 Jens married a woman named Mary Jacobsen.

Jens and Maren's children were all still residing in the Sanpete Valley at the time of Jens' death on 3 January 1880. He is buried in the Moroni City Cemetery along with Maren and Mary Jensen in the same plot.

Jens Jensen was married three times.

He married:

1st Wife:
Anne Svendsen "Svendsdatter"
Born 1 Mar 1808 in Denmark
Died 14 Jul 1838 in Denmark
Married 6 Jun 1834 in Denmark

They had two children:
Caroline "Karen" Jensen Memorial# 29968747
Born 4 Apr 1835 in Denmark
Died 11 Feb 1900 in Koosharem, Utah
Married Jens Christian Anderson on 14 Feb 1858 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Jens Jensen
Born 26 Sep 1837 in Denmark
Died 22 Nov 1838 in Denmark

2nd Wife:
Maren Andersen "Andersdatter" Memorial# 71604752
Born 15 Jul 1813 in Denmark
Died 28 Jun 1863 in Moroni, Utah
Married 12 Jul 1839 in Denmark

They had four children:
Jens Jensen Jr. Memorial# 7814494
Born 10 Jan 1841 in Denmark
Died 26 Mar 1905 in Richfield, Colorado
Married Katrina Christensa Miller on 30 May 1868 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Anne Jensen Memorial# 22856473
Born 30 Jan 1843 in Denmark
Died 19 Jul 1920 in Fountain Green, Utah
Married Andrew "Anders" Jensen Aagard on 14 Mar 1865 in Moroni, Utah

Anders L. Jensen Memorial# 33582614
Born 31 Aug 1848 in Denmark
Died 22 Feb 1901 in Moroni, Utah
Married Christina (Kjerstene) Caroline Christensen on 19 May 1873 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Annie Maria Jensen Memorial# 12870559
Born 15 Oct 1852 in Denmark
Died 10 Apr 1930 in Richfield, Colorado
Married John Shawcroft on 9 Feb 1874 in Salt Lake City, Utah

3rd Wife:
Mary Jacobsen "Jacobsdatter" Memorial# 111649860
Born 7 Apr 1807 in Denmark
Died 29 Jul 1878 in Utah
Married in 15 Mar 1865.

* The "called by" name was used to help distinguish between men of the same name who lived in the same village. "Loth" would have been a "called by" name (the Danish have a specific word for this name, but it basically translates into English as "called by"). It isn't necessarily considered their name, it is more of a suffix attached to their name to better distinguish them and the area that they lived in.

On the birth records for some of Jens Jensen's children that have been checked and on his marriage records, it does not use the name "Loth" at all, only on one of the children's birth records it does include the name Loth in parenthesis after his name: Jens Jensen (Loth).

"Loth" is not a legal part of his name.
Family links: 
  maren andersen jensen (1813 - 1863)
  Mary Jacobsen (1807 - 1878)*
  Caroline Jensen Anderson (1835 - 1900)*
  Jens Jensen (1841 - 1905)*
  Anne Jensen Aagard (1843 - 1920)*
  Andrew L. Jensen (1848 - 1901)*
  Annie Maria Jensen Shawcroft (1852 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Moroni City Cemetery
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Maintained by: Julie
Originally Created by: Shane Symes
Record added: Sep 20, 2006
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- In Memory of Margo & Jens
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
You are not forgotten. I am looking forward to meeting you one day. You are my great, great grandfather on my fathers side. Your son, Jen Jensen Jr. is my great grandfather.
- Julie
 Added: Oct. 4, 2013

- Rick Abelson
 Added: Apr. 8, 2013
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