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 Magnus Florenteen <I>Peterson</I> Rosenberg

Magnus Florenteen Peterson Rosenberg

Skurup, Skurups kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
Death 4 Apr 1908 (aged 73)
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_107_4_3
Memorial ID 142540 · View Source
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Magnus Florenteen Peterson Rosenberg was the eldest child of 6 children from Marna Anderson and Anders Peterson. He had 3 sisters and 2 brothers: Johanna, Andrew A, Christina, and John. As Magnus grew up and went to school he learned a trade, as was customary in the Scandinavian country. He learned to be a mason. He also learned gardening and landscaping. A story passed down for generations is that he worked for the King of Sweden doing gardening and landscaping. He added the name Rosenberg, which means "rosy mountain" to his own name. This was customary when taking up a trade, to change the name.

The Peterson family became early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and belonged to the Skonaback Branch, the first to be organized in Sweden. Magnus was the first in his family to join the Church. He was baptized on Jan 16, 1854 by J. Nilson and confirmed the same day by A. Jonsson. (Found in the Skonnaback Branch records in Malmo, Sweden. Other records found in the branch were the baptism of his father April 30, 1854; and his mother June 14, 1854, also the baptism of Andrew, his brother, and his sister Johanna.)

Magnus married Johanna Olson about 1860 in Sweden. She was the daughter of Jappa Olson and Else Jensson. For months the Peterson family 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.

Magnus and Johanna 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. Magnus and Johanna received their endowments and were sealed in the Manti Temple on June 7, 1869. They lived in Mt. Pleasant the rest of their lives.

Johanna died Dec. 12, 1882, leaving a ten-month old baby, along with her other children. Magnus then married Marie Fredreckson Halverson, a widow with four 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 142540
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Magnus Florenteen Peterson Rosenberg (14 Apr 1834–4 Apr 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142540, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Karen Fisher (contributor 47293596) .