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 Peter Erekson

Peter Erekson

Birth
Stavanger, Stavanger kommune, Rogaland fylke, Norway
Death 5 Mar 1891 (aged 55)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 35009186 · View Source
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Peter is the son of Henrik Erekson and Malinda (sometimes referred to as Magla)Jonassen and migrated to the United States from Norway with a Lutheran religious group on either the Nordan or the Den Norsken Klippe in July or August 1836 and located Mission Township. The ocean voyage took 13 weeks in which his 13 year old sister, Bertha died and was given an ocean burial.

They lived and farmed in Mission and Ottawa Townships in LaSalle County, Ill. which is very close to Chicago and could speak very little English.

They were converted to the Morman faith and were baptized on December 25, 1842 and were among the first Norwegians converted to the church. The family moved to Nauvoo, Ill in about 1843, soon after baptism into the Mormon church.

The family left to go west on May 19, 1849. They arrived in Salt Lake City on October 25, 1849. They eventually relocatd to South Cottonwood where they lived in a log home.
Henrik was the first Norwegian to go to Utah. A sister Anne Hendrika did not make the move to Utah and later settled in Pennsylvania.

His brothers Erik and Jonas went to California during the gold rush. Erik died there and Jonas returned. His mother died May 10, 1852. Peter's father was a polygomist which at that time was legal in the state of Utah. His father was killed when he slipped and fell while loading a wagon and was run over at 77 and the father of 17 children.

Peter married Mary Eckersley January 3, 1858 in South Cottonwood, Utah. They had 8 children. He died March 5, 1891.


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  • Created by: Cathy Mowrey Bingaman
  • Added: 20 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35009186
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Erekson (16 Sep 1835–5 Mar 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35009186, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Cathy Mowrey Bingaman (contributor 47106805) .