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 Frederick Peterson, Sr

Frederick Peterson, Sr

Death 20 Jun 1919 (aged 75)
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Plot A_108_1_6
Memorial ID 142618 · View Source
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Short Biographical Sketch of Fredrick Peterson, son of Mouritz Peterson and Dorthea Kirstine Christensen. Written by his grandson, Albert C. Peterson.


My grandfather, Fredrick Peterson, was born October 6, 1843 in Benslev, Hjorring Amt, Denmark. He was a twin to his brother Carl (Charley), these two being the sons of Mouritz Peterson and Dorthea Kirstine Christensen, subjects of Christian IX, King of Denmark. Fredrick and Carl were the youngest in the family with five older brothers, Christian Mouritzen, Peter C., Mouritz M., Andres M., and Laurits M. Peterson.

Fredrick joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Denmark, being baptized February 16, 1861 at Tastrium by C.E. Hansen and confirmed a member of the church by N. P. Leie on March 27, 1861. He was a member of the Loker Randers Branch in the Aarhus conference. His certificate to transfer of membership to the church at Salt Lake City was made in Randers on June 2, 1868 and was signed by Laursen, president of the branch.

He came to the United States, leaving Denmark in 1868 and traveling on the same ship with my mothers father, Christian N. Lund. His brother Carl and their father and mother came at the same time. Their mother died on the plains before reaching Utah, but the rest of them reached there safely.

Fredrick was married to Anne Madsine Nicoline Larsen in the endowment house at Salt Lake City in December 1870. Leaving Salt Lake City, they settled in Mount Pleasant, Utah, at about 390 East 4th South Street, where within the course of time, four children were born to them. Their first child, Fredrick, died after 13 days, and their second child, Peter, died on the day of birth. Their next two children, Deanthea and Mouritz, grew up strong and healthy. They moved to Castle Valley for a short time and then moved back over the mountain and set up their residence at Twin Creek, near Mount Pleasant, Utah.

Fredrick was one of the guards over the town of Mount Pleasant during periods of hostility by the Indians, and was a member of the Utah Indian War Veterans' Association. He was one of the early settlers of Sanpete Valley and made his living by farming. He was faithful to his religion and put his trust in God. After he had moved into the town of Mount Pleasant, and established a home there, at about 290 East 4th South Street, he planted wheat on his lot, and after harrowing it and furrowing it for irrigation, he and his wife went out in the center of the field, knelt down and prayed to the Lord to watch over their crop and mainly to protect it from the crickets, which were such a menace at that time. They have both testified that the crickets did not harm their crop as they did other crops in the vicinity, and that the crop of wheat was bounteous that year.

Here in Mount Pleasant nine other children were born to them: Annie M., Carrie Marie, Fredrick J., Lars Jacob, Mary Matilda, Henry Christian, Risk William, Erastus Parley, and George Hyrum.

Fredrick spent one winter in St. George working on the temple there. He also worked on the building of the Manti Temple. He was a healthy, vigorous man, up to the last years of his life, and was very generous and liberal. He made his declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States at Provo, Utah on September 5, 1868, and was made a citizen on September 21, 1874.

He was always active in church work. He was ordained a High Priest and did considerable genealogical research work before he died. He died June 19, 1919 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant cemetery. He was survived by his widow and eleven children who were all well taken care of at the time of his death.

Children are
1. Fredrick Peterson 20 May 1872-2 Jun 1872
2. Peter Peterson 16 Jun 1873-16 Jun 1873
3. Deanthea (or Dorthea, Dianthy, Thea) Christine Peterson Andersen 30 Nov 1874-24 Jun 1966
4. Mouritz Charles Peterson 22 Nov 1876-18 Dec 1958
5. Annie Madsine Peterson Christensen 14 Feb 1879-10 Mar 1976
6. Karen Marie Peterson Madsen 8 Feb 1881-2 Aug 1969
7. Fredrick James Peterson 9 Oct 1883-8 Apr 1965
8. Lars Jacob Peterson 2 Nov 1885-7 Sep 1949
9. Mary Matilida Peterson Sanderson 4 Nov 1887-26 Nov 1973
10. Henery Christian Peterson 30 Sep 1889-20 Jun 1960
11. Risk William Peterson 8 Nov 1891-2 Nov 1968
12. Erastus Parley Peterson 6 Sep 1893-15 Jan 1965
13. George Hyrum Peterson 9 Dec 1895-21 Jun 1983




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142618
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