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Marie Catherine Hansen Andreasen
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1828
Kolding Kommune
Syddanmark, Denmark
Death: Jun. 2, 1922
Box Elder County
Utah, USA


I heard someone call my name, I stopped, then I heard it again and knew it was my Mother (Marie). I had not seen her in about a year. She came running up to me and put her arms around my neck and said, "Rasmus, Rasmus, how I love you." I put my arms around her and we hugged each other. She stepped back and looked me over from head to toe. And with much pride she said, "My son, you look good." Then she just stood there, looking at me. She did not have to say much, because I could feel her love. Mom's love was like water running down hill, always giving. She was one heck of a woman and the best Mother a son could ever ask for.
She said, "How sorry she was that they were gone when I brought Mary home." She said, that Mary's Mother was so happy that you took the time to do that for Mary and her. She told us that you where taken horses to Missouri for Mr. Lee and that Mr. Lee sent us work that you were going to be leaving from Lamp. He said if we wanted to see you to come right away. Then Mom grabbed my hand and said, "I am so proud of you," and Mr. Lee said that you were a man he could trust. I always told Dad that you would be a man of great character. We are so proud of you Rasmus.
I told Mom how good it was to see her. I then asked, "Where is Dad?" He will be right along, he is taking care of the horses. Just then I saw him coming, you know he's not as fast as me, Mom said. Dad had been in the war with Germany while in Denmark and had part of his hip shot out. He walked with a limp and ya could tell it hurt him all the time.
As he got closer I went to meet him, he looked much older than I remembered. You could tell every step was a struggle. Dad never said a word about the pain he was in. I remember, him getting up and going into the shop to make someone a table or a chair. He could make anything out of wood. In my mind I could still hear the stories he told us about the war. War must be hell. I just don't understand why there has to be war.
Dad reached out his hand and shook my hand saying, "Good to see you Rasmus. Looks like you have taken real good care of yourself." I said, "Yes Sir." Dad was very stern and showed very little feeling. I just kept telling myself that he loved me because that is about as close as I was going to get him saying it. Maybe it was this way with all Dane men. He worked hard to care for his family and he taught all us kids to work. So ya knew he loved but he just didn't show it, like Mother did. I have learned that men just don't express their feelings and you for sure don't tell another man you love him. It just is not done. One thing I can say for my Dad, he was an honest man. There was not one dishonest bone in his body. He use to say being a Mormon was not just being a good man; it was being the best. He would say you had to pull everything that was bad out of ya, then put everything that was good in ya. You showed that by being honest, working hard and making that your way of life.
As we all stood there, I smiled and told them how glad I was that they were there. I thanked Dad for driving most of the night to get here. He said that it was important to Mother and so it was important to him. I wish he had said he really wanted to see me but he didn't, so that had to be good enough.
I said, "You must be dog tired?" Dad said, "No" but I could tell he was hurting all over. Mom said, "We'll be fine son, we are just happy to see you before you had to leave." I said, "I am too."
I asked Mom and Dad to come into the station so we could talk and they could rest. As we sat down Mom talked about everything and everyone. Dad did not say much but that was Dad. It didn't seem like an hour had gone by but Lars came in and said, "Sorry but the train is ready to pull out." We all stood up, Mom put her arms around me and told me to take care of myself. Dad and I shook hands, he said, "Remember who you are and do yourself proud." I told him that I would. I turned and we all walked out to the train. Mom gave me a hug and a kiss, then she said, "You know who you are and the good Lord will be looking out for ya." I'll be good; Mom and I'll be honest. If I see something nice I'll bring it to you Mom. Mom smiled and said, "I know." Dad reached out his hand and said, "You take care, now."
I really missed Mom and I thanked the good Lord for her and what she taught me. She was one grand lady. I sort of felt cheated having to leave home so young, but every young man had to find work. In fact a lot of young women had to do the same thing. It was just the way things had to be.
Rasmus also makes the comment that his mother made "Red Mush."
(Account taken from Rasmus Anderson's personal history who was the son of Jorgen and Marie Andreason, Jay Anderson a grandson wrote Rasmus's history).

Jergen was in the service while Denmark was in war with Germany. His hip had been shot in the socket, which had made him a cripple. This leg was much shorter than the other one and walking was very difficult for him. He and his wife and five sons came to America as soon as they were able to come by train to Utah, they came directly to Bear River City, where they made their home.
They were among the early settlers and shared in the many activities of the expanding community. All the people were poor, but they helped one another.
Grandpa Jergie was handy with tools and built much of the furniture and woodwork for the early homes. He was black bearded man and Grandmother was a smiling blonde; their fine, happy qualities rubbed off on their sons and their posterities. (Resource given by Nina Anderson Jensen, daughter of Andrew Carl Anderson, son of Jorgen and Marie Andreasen, note how she spelled his name).

Jorgen and Marie had joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Denmark. Their home ways always open to the missionaries. They waited to come to America until the railroad was built because Jorgen had a hip socket shot out in a war in Denmark and he had difficulty waking.
Jorgen was a fine cabinetmaker by trade. The family came directly to Bear River City and made their home. Later, Jorgen and Marie moved to Brigham City where more work was available. After Jorgen passed away in Brigham on 23 February 1906, Marie moved to Elwood next to her son Casper. Marie lived by Casper for many years. She did her own cooking except on Sundays and she would always eat in our home. When she got older her granddaughters, Jennie and Cleo would comb and braid her hair. Grandma sang songs in Danish. She was short and sort of fat good-natured Danish lady. She passed away 02 June 1922. She was missed because she was deeply loved by us all. (Account taken from Mae Andreasen Cornwall's, "To the Best of my Knowledge and Reminiscence of my Childhood life.)"

Jorgen Andreasen born 22 November 1826 in Gerskov, Skeby, Odense, Denmark, son of Andreas Jorgenson and Abelone Marie Niclsdattr died 25 February 1906 in Bear River City or Elwood. He was a coach maker and a cotlager in Orristsliv, Odense, Denmark. Married in 1858 in Skeby to Marie Catherine Casperdatter born 10 November 1828 in Hestehavehus, Skeby, she died 02 June 1922 in Elwood, Utah. (Account given my Kaye Paskett Grimmett, Great-Great Granddaughter).

It would be interesting to know their experiences joining the church and coming to America. No known histories exist of their experiences. Her parents, nieces and nephews are also buried in Bear River City in the same plot as Marie and Jorgen. Her parents also came on the Minnesota in 1872.

ANDREASEN, Jorgen *<1826> Minnesota 1869 Age: 43 Origin: Gjerdshov Occ: Wheelwright
ANDREASEN, Marie Catherine <1828> Minnesota 1869
Age: 41 Origin: Orritslov
ANDREASEN, K. Andreas <1859> Minnesota 1869
Age: 10 Origin: Orritslov
ANDREASEN, Hans <1861> Minnesota 1869
Age: 8 Origin: Orritslov
ANDREASEN, Casper <1864> Minnesota 1869
Age: 5 Origin: Orritslov
ANDREASEN, Niels <1866> Minnesota 1869
Age: 3 Origin: Orritslov
ANDREASEN, Rasmus <1869> Minnesota 1869
Age: infant Origin: Orritslov
Note: "Infant." (EECI)

Note: SMR, p. 57; "Most of the L.D.S. passengers on this ship continued the journey by rail, in charge of Capt. Ole C. Olsen, and arrived at Ogden, Utah, Aug. 6, 1869" (EECI).
* <> Means born about.

Date of Departure: 15 Jul 1869 Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
LDS Immigrants: 598 Church Leader: Ole C. Olsen
Date of Arrival: 28 Jul 1869 Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Source(s): BMR, Book #1041 (FHL #025,692); Customs #873 (FHL #175,671); SMR, 1869 (FHL #025,696)

Notes: "ON THEIR WAY. -- The Scandinavian company of Saints, numbering 598 souls, arrived at and left Liverpool July 15, on the steamship Minnesota. They were all well and in excellent spirits, and have the faith and prayers of the Saints that they may arrive in Utah safely and in good time. They were in charge of Elder O. C. Olsen, with Elders A. Gudmundsen and J. K. Johansen for his counselors, who with Elders G. K. Reese and O. B. Shaw and Hans Petersen are returning from their several missions."

"Thurs. 15. [July 1869] -- The steamship Minnesota sailed from Liverpool, England, with 598 Saints, mostly from Scandinavia, under the direction of O. C. Olsen. The company arrived at New York July 28th, and at Taylor's Switch, near Ogden, Aug. 6th."


The Union Pacific Railroad having been completed all the way to Utah, crossing the American Desert with teams was a thing of the past and when the presidency of the European Mission decided not to send the emigration any longer by sailing ships, a new chapter in the history of the emigration of the Saints began. It no longer meant a journey of six or more months' duration to get from Europe to the mountains of the far west; but on the other hand it required more means than before, as the emigrants had to pay for the entire journey themselves. This, of course, hindered many poor Saints from emigrating. Nevertheless, preparations were made during the forepart of the year 1869 for a large company of emigrating Saints and thus a company, numbering 567 souls, besides five returning missionaries, viz., Ole C. Olsen Saamund Gudmundsen, Jens Johansen, Geo K. Rus and Hans Petersen, sailed from Copenhagen July 10, 1869, bound for Utah. A severe storm at seat necessitated the ship seeking safety near land, anchoring near Skagen. On the 12th the voyage was continued and the steamer arrived at Hull, England in the afternoon of the 14th. At 10:30 p.m., the same day, the company proceeded by railway to Liverpool, where it arrived at 6 a.m. on the 15th. Here the Saints were at once transferred to the steamer "Minnesota," which sailed from Liverpool the same day about 11:45 a.m. Elder Ole C. Olsen was appointed president of this company with Saamund Gudnumdsen and Jens Johansen as his counselors. Christian H. Halvorsen was appointed captain of the guard with Johan B. Hesse as his assistant. The company was divided into four divisions with Elders Geo. K. Rus. Hans Petersen, L. Johansen and Peter T. Nystrom in charge, the latter also acting as interpreter. The fore half of the steamer was set aside for the company, while the after-half was assigned to about 600 other emigrants making a total of about 1200 passengers on board besides a crew of 125 men. The unmarried men were placed in the foremost part of the ship, next to them the families and then midships the unmarried sisters. During the voyage prayers were regularly attended to by the Saints in each division at 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Four couples were united in marriage during the voyage and only a very little sickness prevailed among the passengers and no deaths. After a successful voyage of 13 days the "Minnesota" arrived safely in New York on the 28th of July. The following day the emigrants proceeded westward by train and on Aug. 8th arrived at "Tailors Switch" near Ogden, Utah. Two children died on the train. This was the first company of Scandinavian Saints who traveled all the way from New York to Utah by railroad. The whole journey from Copenhagen to Utah took 27 days. From Ogden the emigrants were conveyed by teams north and south to their destinations, as the railroad from Ogden to Salt Lake City was not yet completed.

History of the Scandinavian Mission Pages 204-205.

Family links: 
  Casper Hansen (1803 - 1879)
  Ane Dorthea Rasmussen Hansen (1806 - 1892)
  Jorgen Andreasen (1826 - 1906)*
  Andrew Carl Andreasen (1859 - 1908)*
  Hans Andersen (1861 - 1948)*
  Casper Andreasen (1863 - 1950)*
  Nels Andersen (1865 - 1943)*
  Rasmus Anderson (1868 - 1958)*
  Dorthea Andreasen (1871 - 1871)*
  Baby Boy Andreasen (1873 - 1873)*
  Marie Catherine Hansen Andreasen (1828 - 1922)
  Hans K. Hansen (1830 - 1905)*
  Karen Dorthea Hansen Peterson (1832 - 1893)*
  Anna Hansen (1835 - 1905)*
  Christiane Hansen Monkida (1840 - 1871)*
  Mette Hansen (Casperson) Larsen (1843 - 1916)*
  Niels C. Hansen (1846 - 1872)*
  Rasmus Casperson (1848 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Bear River Cemetery
Bear River City
Box Elder County
Utah, USA
Plot: A-3-26-2
Created by: Marchelle Nielson
Record added: Oct 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59666477
Marie Catherine <i>Hansen</i> Andreasen
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Marie Catherine <i>Hansen</i> Andreasen
Added by: Marchelle Nielson
Marie Catherine <i>Hansen</i> Andreasen
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