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Niels Schoug Haarby

Halden, Halden kommune, Østfold fylke, Norway
Death 28 Aug 1895 (aged 88)
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_117_4_8
Memorial ID 140579 · View Source
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Neils Schoug Haarbye was born on 20 April, 1807 in Halden, Ostfold, Norway. His parents were Andreas Haarbye and Anne Cathrine Schoug.

Neils married Andrea Larsen Arnesen in 1839. Andrea was the mother of a two year old daughter when she married Neils. Neil's occupation was a ship carpenter in the seaport city of Halden.

Andrea's daughter by an earlier marriage was Elise Sheele. Andrea and Neils Haarbye also became the foster parents for a young boy named Carl Johan Andreassen. Elise and Carl Johan were raised by Niels and Andrea as siblings.
Elise was 12 years older than Carl Johan.

Their daughter, Elise, grew up and met Carl Christian Anthon Christensen while he was a missionary in Norway and the two married aboard ship when returning to Utah in 1857.

In 1865, Carl Christensen, better known as C.C.A. Christensen returned to Norway for a 2nd mission. When he was released from this mission in 1868, he returned to America, bringing his wife's mother and father, Andrea and Niels Haarby and their 19 year old foster son, Carl Andreassen.

They sailed on the ship, the John Bright and upon arrival in New York City, they traveled by trail to Laramie, Wyoming, where they were met by a mule train sent to bring the arriving immigrants to Salt Lake City. They were part of the John R. Murdock company and arrived in Salt Lake City on August 19th, 1868. C.C.A. Christensen, who was an artist, painted a picture of their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. The painting shows Elise Scheel Christensen greeting her husband, and her parents and brother who she had not seen in eleven years. The original painting hangs in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers museum in SLC and a copy hangs in the LDS Church History Museum.

Niels, Andrea and Carl Johan made their home in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Neils again worked as a carpenter. Carl changed his name to John Haarbye Anderson after settling in America. Carl Johan had been taught the craft of rope making and after coming to Utah, worked as a rope and cable maker in the Utah mines.

Niels and Andrea lived in Mt. Pleasant from their arrival in August, 1868 until Niels died in 1895. He was 89 years old and after his death, Andrea went to live with her daughter, Elise, and son-in-law, C.C.A. Christensen in Ephraim, Utah. Andrea lived another twelve years, dying in 1907 at the age of 93 years old and is buried in the Christensen plot in Ephraim. Niels Haarby is buried in the Anderson family plot in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery but does not have a headstone. His foster son, Carl Johan Andreassen changed his name to John Haarby Anderson and Niels is buried in his family plot.

Also buried in the Christensen family plot in Ephriam is a cousin of Elise Scheel Haarbye. Hans Haarbye is the son of Neil's Haarbye's brother, Hans. Hans is listed on the headstone with Andrea Scheel Christensen. Hans came to America with his sister, Grethe in 1862 when he was just 21 years old. He never married and lived in the Christensen household also until his death in 1912. He is listed on other memorials as a son of Neils and Andrea but there is no record of that and he is listed with his sister, Grethe, on the manifest of the ship, the Electric, in 1862, and on the 1900 census as a cousin of Elise Christensen. His death certificate lists his mother as Anne Arnesen, who was the wife of Hans Haarbye, brother to Niels. Please let me know if you have found differing information for Hans. He has been added as a child of Andrea on her memorial which I do not own, but I believe this to be an error as he is listed on several documents as her cousin.

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  • Maintained by: Catherine
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 140579
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Niels Schoug Haarby (7 Apr 1807–28 Aug 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 140579, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Catherine (contributor 46599370) .