Ingeborg Kirstine <I>Jesperssen</I> Allen

Ingeborg Kirstine Jesperssen Allen

Death 3 Jun 1869 (aged 67)
Overton, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Overton, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 75373591 · View Source
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Ingeborg Kirstine Jesperssen was born 10 January 1802 in Vester-Marie, Bornholm, Denmark - a daughter of Jesper and Ingeburg Nielsen Rasmussen.

She married Mouritz Hansen, a widower and father of four, on 08 November 1834 in Vester-Marie. They became the parents of two children, Karen Marie born 05 November 1835 and Niels Peter born 18 February 1846. Mouritz, a Cottager and fisherman by trade, died when Peter was three years old. Three months later Ingeborg married Hans Andrew Peele.

Missionaries from the LDS Church had been working with the Hansen family for some time and the Hansen family were preparing for baptism. Opposition was strong but the missionaries were welcomed into their home and were holding cottage meetings there. Mouritz had died before he joined the church. Ingeborg and Hans, her new husband, joined in 1852. Ingeborg was disowned by her family and soon after, the Peeles made plans for and sailed to America and "Zion".

The voyage was rough, experiencing fierce winds, sea sickness, short rations, stale water and nine weeks of sailing the ocean. Andrew died on board ship and was buried at sea, leaving Ingeborg a widow once more.

Arriving in America, Ingeborg and children were outfitted with a handcart and provisions in Florence (or Lincoln), Nebraska we think, for the journey across the plains to Utah. The Saints who had come to Nebraska before them had been instructed by the Prophet Brigham Young to raise crops to help those coming after, so they were able to get some help – providing lodging and food in exchange for work. And work they did—food was scarce and life was hard.

Ingeborg and children, Peter age 7 and Karen age 17, pushed and pulled the handcarts across the prairie to Great Salt Lake Valley. Again the Saints already there helped the immigrants with food and shelter. Their first home was a dug-out in the side of the mountain. The family of Stewart Joseph Allen, a cooper and farmer, having arrived in 1845 and settling in Sessions (now Bountiful), gave the help the Hansen family needed.

Later on, Karen Marie was sealed to Mr. Allen, a father of four, as his polygamous wife. Ingeborg was told she wouldn't be saved unless she was sealed to a living man so she was sealed to Mr. Allen also. Stewart Allen was a very religious man having had spiritual experiences of direct and almost immediate answers to prayers – one time praying for shoes as his feet were cut and bleeding, while marching with Zion's Camp, and then finding shoes that fit perfectly laying there on a log.

Stewart and families, Ingeborg and son included were called to the ‘Muddy Mission'. Here, in what is now Overton, Nevada, there are big trees there that Stewart planted. He had cut ship stocks from tree limbs, cutting them in short lengths, and had used the whip stocks all the way there, then stuck them in the dirt along a ditch bank. As they sprouted and then grew, Stewart Joseph Allen transplanted them. You can still find these trees in Overton.

Ingeborg died 03 June 1869 while the family still lived in Overton. She is buried on top of the hill overlooking the town in St. Joseph. Her grave is essentially unmarked except that several graves in a particular section have small markers with the words "Early Muddy Pioneers" on them. Joseph Allen is buried in Huntington, Emery County where he and Lucy had moved to live with their sons.

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  • Created by: Marchelle Nielson
  • Added: 23 Aug 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 75373591
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ingeborg Kirstine Jesperssen Allen (10 Jan 1802–3 Jun 1869), Find a Grave Memorial no. 75373591, citing Pioneer Hill Cemetery, Overton, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Marchelle Nielson (contributor 47199033) .