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 Maren <I>Jensen</I> Renberg

Maren Jensen Renberg

Ugilt, Hjørring Kommune, Nordjylland, Denmark
Death 4 Jan 1907 (aged 63)
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_62_4_6
Memorial ID 142474 · View Source
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Parents: Jens Nielson and Johanna Olsen
COD: Pneumonia
Death certificate State of Utah

In Denmark her name was Maren but she used Mary later in the United States. She joined the Mormon Church and her parents told her to leave home. She worked in a cheese factory to earn money to come to Zion and she worked on board ship. She left Copenhagen 6 April 1862. On board ship she married Capt. Carl (Charles) Christian Jensen Renberg. The ship landed in New York 29 May 1862. They left New York 31 May 1862 and went to Quincy, Illinois. They left Florence, Nebraska on June 9th and arrived in Salt Lake City 71 days later.

They settled in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Maren had two children and was expecting her third when the Black Hawk War began. Charles had to be prepared to fight and had his gun loaded. One day the gun fell and Maren reached for it. She caught the barrel just as the gun discharged. She lost the palm of her right hand leaving the fingers barely attached. She kept her hand wrapped with her fingers closed the rest of her life.

Charles was killed by the Indians. He was shot and dragged by his horse until someone she the horse. He died 18 June 1865.

Maren was advised to enter into polygamy and she married Soren Christian Christensen in the Salt Lake Endowment House on 25 October 1866. She was sealed to her first husband, Charles. They were sealed by Wilford Woodruff, witnessed by Brigham Young and Joseph F. Smith. Soren's first wife and son died on the way to Utah. Maren was his 3rd wife. Eight children were born to Soren and Maren (Mary). Four of the children died from Diptheria.

When polygamy ended Maren (Mary) supported herself as a seamstress, using her one good hand. She could turn the hems with her left hand using her white-wrapped fist to hold the material in place.

After the Manti Temple was dedicated, she went and immediately regained more of the use of her hand. In later years she supported Soren and his wife, as they were quite a bit older than she was. She lived long enough to see her youngest daughter Hannah, married in the temple.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142474
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maren Jensen Renberg (23 Aug 1843–4 Jan 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142474, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Love My Ancestors (contributor 47233390) .