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Margaret Christina Holm Evans
Original name: Margaret Christina Holm Evans
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1843, Denmark
Death: Jun. 18, 1898
Lehi
Utah County
Utah, USA

Daughter of Jens Neilsen Holm & Margarethe Christine Hansen

Married David Evans, 4 May 1861, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

"Margaret Christine Holm Evans, daughter of Jens Nielson and Margaret Christine Ipson Holm, was born September 5, 1843 at Arnager, a small fishing village about five miles from the City of Ronne, on the Island of Bornholm, Denmark.

During her early life at Arnager, she heard the waves of the Baltic Sea wash her native shores and eagerly watched hundreds of fishing vessels unload cargoes of fish taken from the northern waters. Sometimes she even went out with the fishermen in their boats. A ship sailing on the ocean was a beautiful sight to Margaret Christine, and it was her desire that some day her children could enjoy the seagoing vessels.

Margaret Christine was her parents' only child. When she was five years of age, she had a New Testament placed in her hands to test her reading ability prior to entering the public school. She passed the test successfully.

In 1851, the first LDS missionaries arrived in Arnager. They taught the Gospel to Jens Nielsen. He became their first convert and was baptized on July 10th. Severe persecution raged against the missionaries and one evening while they were visiting Mr. Nielsen, a mob from nearby towns surrounded the house with the idea of whipping the two elders. The villagers came to the defense of the missionaries and drove the mob away saying, "The Mormons teach us correct doctrine, therefore, we will protect them!" Despite persecution, the elders continued to preach, convert and baptize. Christine and her parents were baptized, February 4, 1854. The water was frozen over. The ice had to be broken so baptisms could take place.

The paramount problem from then on for the Holm family was to save their means in preparation for their long journey to the Salt Lake Valley in far off America. On Friday, April 18, 1857, a company of saints numbering approximately 536, sailed from Copenhagen on the steamship "L. N. Hvidt" to Britain. Elder Hecter Haight was in charge and accompanied them to Liverpool. On April 25, 1857, they left Liverpool on the "Westmoreland." Aboard were the Scandinavian converts and four returning missionaries. They were under the direction of Mathias Cowley. The saints were organized into four wards with a Bishop and two counselors over each ward. Strict regulations were observed. They retired at 9:00 p.m. and arose at 5:00 a.m. Morning and evening prayers were observed, also Sunday services. Schools were organized and English taught. Choirs and other musical groups were formed providing entertainment with their concerts, etc. The saints also enjoyed dancing.

During their voyage, some died and were buried at sea. Babies were born and cared for. Five young Danish couples were married on the boat; the celebration lasted for several days.

After five weeks, the ship landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1857. On June 2nd, the company entrained for the west. There was much sickness. Three children and one man died on the crowded train.

They arrived at Iowa City, Iowa, on June 9th. Here they were divided. About 330 were to go by handcart, the others in wagons. Christine and her parents were among those assigned to the Handcart company. Elder Christian Christiansen, who had planned to go by wagon, consented to serve as their Captain. As he was a native of Denmark, he spoke both Danish and English, which made it easy for. him to converse with the group. He had migrated to Utah and then sent from there to fill a mission in the United States. Now he was returning home. The company was equipped with 66 handcarts and 4 mule-drawn wagons.

Three days were allowed to prepare for the handcart trek. Christine's father purchased his handcart for $4.00. When they reached their destination, he sold it for flour. It was their understanding before leaving Denmark, that fifteen pounds were allowed each person for clothing alone; but they now learned it was to cover everything.

Feather beds, dishes, books, and some clothing had to be left behind. (Margaret Christine related to her children how badly she felt when she had to part with a very precious trinket box. It is not known at what point on the trek she had to discard it.)

The handcart company followed their regular routine of pitching their tents in a circle at night and arising at 5:00 a(m, After breakfast, everyone assembled for a song, prayer and instructions. One hour was allowed for the noon meal.

As they neared Council Bluffs, they were met by officers who insisted they had smallpox in their company and were not allowed to enter the city. This was a false charge, however, they passed west and south of the city.

When they arrived at Florence, Nebraska, July 3rd, a number among them were ~11. They held a council to consider the condition of the party. It was unanimously decided they should continue on and those not able to walk should remain.

On the 7th of July, the company numbering over 300 persons, left Florence. With them were ten mules and three wagons.

They reached the Loup Fork on July 16th. Here they hired some Indians familiar with the river crossing to help them ford the stream. Provisions and goods were hauled in the wagons. The handcarts were emptied and taken across by the strongest men. Some women rode horseback, clinging to the almost naked Indians who guided the horses.

As they reached the Black Wills, the first part of August, they found the terrain rougher, wood more abundant and the nights cool, Their food supply was low and now had to be rationed. About this time a detachment of Johnston's Army enroute to the Utah Territory on assignment was traveling near the Danish handcart train. Through an accident, one of the soldiers' oxen became disabled. The captain offered it to the emigrants for food. It was gratefully received and the fresh meat enjoyed.

Later they met wagons loaded with flour and were able to purchase enough for their needs. When they reached Fort Bridger, more supplies were obtained. They traveled on through the heat and sand. Coming upon the last steep hills of the mountain sides was a severe test of endurance. Some were ill, all were footsore and weary. Christine's father had been ill three weeks during the journey. Her mother had found it difficult to keep up with the rest and twice came into camp hours later. Some miles out from their destination, they were met by friends bringing food and assistance.

Even with their hardships, the handcart company reached the valley in better condition than did the mule teams. They had been able to make from twenty-five to thirty miles per day. The mule team had found little food along the way as they were following the route large cattle drives had taken on their way to California, also the freight trains of Johnston's Army had passed this way.

Both the handcart company and the ox train arrived in the valley September 13, 1857. The Holms lived in Salt Lake City a short while, then went to Brigham City. Here they spent the first winter. Margaret Christine's father had lost so much weight from the short rations of food, his trousers literal).y could be wrapped around his frail body. That winter, squash was plentiful and made up a substantial part of the family's diet. He related to his grandchildren how good the squash tasted to him! He said. he ate and ate to satisfy his hunger until, in his words, "I got so fat, so fat!"

With the coming of Johnston's Army into Utah, the great move of 1858 took them as far south as Payson. On their return, they came to Lehi, July 4, 1858. Here they purchased ten acres of land from Bishop David Evans for $40. 00. Father Holm mended shoes to pay for the land. Later, he sold five acres for $20. 00. Margaret Christine was fourteen years and ten months of age when they settled in Lehi.

At the age of seventeen, she was married to Bishop David Evans, May 4, 1861, in Salt Lake City.

Even though her mother respected Bishop Evans and had a firm testimony of the religion she had accepted and was willing to live all of its principles, she said it was one of the hardest trials of her life to have her daughter go into the large polygamous family. Margaret remained with her parents until Bishop Evans provided her with a home of her own. She became the mother of six children: John Holm, Margaret Christine, Jane, Hannah, Rachel and Clara.

Margaret Christine was dignified in appearance, womanly in her manners, and always cherished high ideals. These excellent qualities of character were passed on to her children. They were not allowed to use slang expressions; good manners were stressed. She was ready to assist those in need and sought opportunities to help the distressed in their troubles. Her home was literally a factory to support her family, the equipment being wool cards, a spinning wheel, knitting needles, and the loom. The wool, as it came from the sheep, was prepared and made into beautiful blankets and cloth from which were made warm and beautiful clothing and bedding for her own family, also others. Hundreds of yards of homemade carpet were woven for those who furnished the rags and warp. Her daughters were taught all of these skills as well as other homemaking arts. One of the most cherished memories her daughters had of their early home life, were the pleasant evenings they enjoyed together busy at handwork while one of them read aloud to the others.

Both Bishop Evans and Margaret Christine were interested in the proper training of their children. Though formal education was limited, their education was not neglected. They were encouraged and helped to learn. In fact, Rachel made the comment about her father, "He took more interest in helping us with our lessons than many fathers do today." Both parents were kind and fair, but were firm in disciplining their children. Jane said, "Father had to speak only once !" If Margaret Christine said, "I'd rather you didn't," it was the same to the children as if she had said, ''No. '' Jane also related, ''When one of us got a hat, we all had a hat. " These pioneer parents had endured much and given their all for the Gospel of Jesus Christ- -they were staunch and devoted to their religious beliefs. It is only natural these principles were instilled in the lives of their children.

Bishop Evans often counseled with them. The following incident is an example: Hannah, about nine years of age had been injured and was at home when Israel, the eldest son of Bishop Evans and Mary Beck Evans, came to talk with his father regarding a serious problem. Hannah overheard her father advise Israel to do all he could to maintain his standing in the Church, during their father-son discussion.

When their father passed away, June 23, 1883, the daughters were still young ranging in age from eighteen years down to seven.

At the funeral services for Hannah many years later, the following comments were made regarding the Evans Family by Bishop Andrew Fjeld: "Now I would like to tell a little about the Bishop's family that everyone does not know. It might help you to understand how they got along. Each wife had a home of her own. Finally, the old Bishop died. Now, here was a splendid chance for a family row, Five families all mixed up. What happened? David, Jr., one of the older boys and a lawyer, spoke to the sons of the other women. He said, 'Now look here, let's get together and divide up this property between our mothers and fix it up. I will do the legal work. Let's do this before we go any further.' He came to Hannah's mother, Margaret Christine. She didn't have a son. He told her to appoint someone to represent her and send him to the meeting. 'David, ' she said, 'the Lord hasn't blessed me with a son, so I am going to ask you to represent me in this council.' He said he would and told her she would fare as well as his mother. These sons got together and divided the property between their mothers, just as evenly and fairly as they could and asked their mothers if they were satisfied; they said they were. Then David Evans, Jr., did the legal work and it went off like "a sound" and there wasn't a "hitch" anywhere. In this large family, I think it was very remarkable and very commendable."

Margaret Christine lived a good and wholesome life. When she joined the church, she accepted all the doctrines and principles, even plural marriage. However, when the Manifesto was signed she said, "I am thankful my daughters will not be asked to enter into polygamy."

Margaret suffered a long, lingering illness which she bore patiently. Her two youngest daughters, Rachel and Clara, were yet at home. They cared for their mother with love and tenderness. The married daughters also assisted in every way possible. Margaret Christine Holm Evans passed to a well-earned reward at Lehi, Utah, June 17, 1898, at the age of fifty-four years, and was buried in the Lehi City Cemetery.

Margaret Christine (Kirstine) Holm, born 5 Sep 1843 at Arnager, Nylrsk (Bornholm), Denmark; died 17 June 1898 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; buried 18 June 1898 at Lehi, Utah, Utah. On 4 May 1861 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah she married David Evans. They were parents of the following six children:

1. JOHN HOLM EVANS, born 29 Nov 1863 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; died 3 Oct 1864.
2. MARGARET CHRISTINE EVANS, born 29 Aug 1865 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 24 July 1885, James Joseph Turner. She died 5 Aug 1941.
3. JANE EVANS, born 18 Dec 1867 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. Nov 1888, Richard W. Bradshaw. She died 27 Mar 1919.
4. HANNAH EVANS, born 4 Feb 1870 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 12 Sep 1888, Andrew B. Anderson. She died 15 Sep 1953.
5. RACHEL EVANS, born 25 Apr 1874 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 7 Sep 1898, John William Wing. She died 7 Sep 1962.
6. CLARA EVANS, born 21 Dec 1876 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 31 Aug 1899, Joseph Goates, She died 30 Jan 1920


 
 
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 Parents:
  Jens Nielson Holm (1818 - 1906)
  Margaret C Hansen Holm (1817 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  David Evans (1804 - 1883)*
 
 Children:
  John Holm Evans (1863 - 1864)*
  Margaret Christine Evans Turner (1865 - 1941)*
  Jane Evans Bradshaw (1867 - 1919)*
  Hannah Evans Anderson (1870 - 1953)*
  Clara Evans Goates (1876 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lehi City Cemetery
Lehi
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 64_24_7
 
Maintained by: Schott Family
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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