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 Johanna <I>Olson</I> Rosenberg

Johanna Olson Rosenberg

Malmohus, Eslövs kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
Death 12 Dec 1882 (aged 43)
Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_106_1_8
Memorial ID 142463 · View Source
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Parents: Jappa Olsen and Elsa Joensston

Johanna was born on September 5, 1839 in Torlosa, Malmohus, Sweden. She married Magnus Florentine Peterson Rosenberg about 1860 in Sweden. The Peterson family were early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For months they had been preparing to emigrate to America. Magnus and Johanna went to Copenhagen, Denmark to wait for the arrival of their first child and to be there when all was ready to leave for America. Their son Joseph Alfred was born there on April 7, 1862.

The family left in an emigrant company under the direction of Ola N. Liljenquist. Most of the Peterson family sailed on the ship "Athena," but some of the company including Magnus's family sailed on the "Electric." The "Electric," commanded by Captain H. Johansen, was one of four German ships that departed in April 1862 carrying Mormon emigrants, the other three being the "Humboldt," the "Franklin," and the "Athena." There were 336 emigrating Mormons from Denmark and Sweden aboard the "Electric."

The "Electric" first departed from Hamburg on April 18, 1862, and sailed down the Elbe to Gluckstadt Roads where she anchored near the ship "Athena" with her company of 484 Saints. The "Electric" continued her voyage and again anchored off the coast of Hanover until the winds changed. On April 25 the winds carried the ship into the North Sea toward America. During the voyage meetings were held on shipboard, and "union and harmony existed among the emigrants." During the forty-eight day passage there were at least ten deaths, one birth (a girl who was named Sophia Electric Sorenson), and a marriage.

The vessel arrived in New York on June 5, and the immigrants landed at Castle Gardens on Friday, June 6, 1862. Here the company met the Saints who had crossed in the ship "Athena." Both companies left New York on June 9 by train for Florence, Nebraska (also known as Winter Quarters). They arrived there safely on June 19. The trek across the plains was long and hard; most of the able-bodied people had to walk.

Johanna and Magnus had a terrifying experience while crossing the plains. Baby Joseph, about 4 months old, was rolled up in a woolen blanket and placed in the back of the wagon. They had gone quite a distance when Johanna looked back to see how her baby was. He wasn't in the wagon. They hurriedly retraced their steps and found him, still asleep and rolled in his blanket, by the side of the road.

They reached Salt Lake September 23, 1862. After their arrival in Utah and following Brigham Young's advice, the emigrants went to different settlements. They moved to Mt. Pleasant where 9 children were born. Johanna and Magnus received their endowments and were sealed in the Manti Temple on June 7, 1869. They lived in Mt. Pleasant the rest of their lives.

When Johanna was in bed with her 6th child, Elsa Annie, her son Joseph (then about eleven years old) was sitting on the floor greasing his boots with mutton tallow, and he tipped the coal oil lamp over and set the house on fire. His mother sprang out of bed, taking the five-day old baby in one arm and Julius, the next oldest child, in the other arm and ran in her night gown barefooted in fresh snow to her neighbors across the street. It was Sunday night and people were just coming from church and they helped put out the fire.

Johanna died Dec. 12, 1882, leaving a ten-month old baby, along with her other children. Magnus died on April 4, 1908 at the age of 73.

Children of Magnus F. Peterson Rosenberg and Johanna J. Rosenberg:
Joseph Alfred Rosenberg (1862-1914)
Magnus Florentine Peterson Rosenberg (1864-1940)
Alma Peter Peterson Rosenberg (1867-1924)
Mary Johanna Rosenberg Edwards (1868-1942)
Julius Theodore Peterson Rosenberg (1870-1930)
Elsie Cennie Peterson Hilton (1873-1954)
George Rosenberg (1875 - 1948)
Albert Rosenberg (1878-1962)
Emma Cecelia Rosenberg Waldon (1880-1954)
Hilma Malinda Rosenberg (1882-1951)




  • Maintained by: Karen Fisher
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142463
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Johanna Olson Rosenberg (5 Sep 1839–12 Dec 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142463, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Karen Fisher (contributor 47293596) .