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 Caren “Carrie” <I>Christensen</I> Free

Caren “Carrie” Christensen Free

Bear River City, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
Death 17 Jan 1953 (aged 84)
Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana, USA
Burial Ashton, Fremont County, Idaho, USA
Plot Block 8, Lot 9, Space 2
Memorial ID 10199719 · View Source
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Carrie was born July 28, 1868, at Bear River City, Utah. She was the daughter of pioneer parents who crossed the plains in 1862 by ox team, with the John Van Cott Company.

Her father buried his first wife (Dorothea Sophia Teisner)and two children in Denmark. His second wife (Caren Hansen) and their baby died on the Omaha plains. Carrie's mother, Sophia Walbum, who was traveling with the Company, cared for his two remaining children (Anna and Soren) whose mother died in Denmark.

When the company reached Salt Lake, Sophia and Frederik were married (Dec. 14, 1862). They settled in Little Valley, now called Mantua. Sophia was the first woman settler there. The family lived in Bear River, Draper, Lehi, Mount Pleasant, Salt Lake, then back to a homestead near Draper which was called Crescent.

At sixteen Carrie went to Evanston, Wyoming to work in a hotel. She stayed two years and received a $20 gold piece each month. After two years, she went back to Salt Lake to work.

At eighteen she married John Lundgren in the Logan Temple, March 10, 1887. They moved to John's home town of Lehi, Utah. They were married thirteen months when Carrie was left a widow with a three month old daughter, Carrie Riviena "Vinnie". John died April 15, 1888 from diptheria. After his death she lived with her parents in Salt Lake and worked at the Clift House and Valley House. When the angel Moroni statue was placed on the Salt Lake temple, she took Vinnie to touch the feet. She attended the dedication of the Salt Lake temple, April 6, 1893.

On Carrie's twenty fourth birthday she married Absolom P. Free, July 28, 1892. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Henry T. Burton of the Farmers Ward. Ab and Carrie were the parents of six girls and two boys. They also raised the son of Carrie's niece, Miles Roberts, whose mother had died. They lived in Salt Lake, Crescent, St. Anthony, Ashton and Idaho Falls.

"My Father, who was sick many years, regarded earthly gain as petty in comparison with honesty, charity and kindness. He taught us to develop character traits which would lead to eternal happiness. He told us to always share with those less fortunate than we. My husband, Brother Free, is one of the kindest and most generous men I've known. Through his fine qualities and my Father's teachings, we have had the privilege of making our lives better and broadening our understanding by opening our house to many less fortunate. We feel they helped us greatly and we didn't miss the earthly possessions."

The funeral services and burial for Carrie Christensen Free were conducted by Bishop Marsden Williams on January 21, 1953.

Carrie Riviena Lundgren, Warren
Annie Clothiel Free, Stout, Frisk, Ostender
Ilene Free, Gardelius
Raphael Absolom Free
Pearl Lorene Free, Bonneru, Smith
Harlowe Sorenson Free
Vivian Louise Free, Nettles
Annie Juanita Free, Smith




  • Maintained by: Susan
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 1 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10199719
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caren “Carrie” Christensen Free (28 Jul 1868–17 Jan 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10199719, citing Pineview Cemetery, Ashton, Fremont County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Susan (contributor 47026796) .