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 Knute Amos “Amos” Nielson (Nilsson)

Knute Amos “Amos” Nielson (Nilsson)

Birth
Linkoping, Linköpings kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Death 30 Jan 1933 (aged 84)
Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.09.02.04
Memorial ID 89266 · View Source
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Knute Amos Nielson was born on September 20, 1848, in the city of Lenkoping Sweden. Little is known of his father except that he was a comb manufacturer, and was the second husband of Amos’ mother Annette Nielson. He died while Amos was a young boy, of three.
Amos was baptized and became a member of the Mormon Church and in the year of 1863 when he was a mere lad of 15 years, we find him leaving his homeland with his mother and her two young sons, among other Saints, to seek the home in the land of their dreams. The ship was actually going to Australia. While in Australia she found she was still being sought by a son from her first husband to keep her from joining the so and so Mormons. Disguising herself and changing their names to Nielson, they again boarded a ship going stowaway, this time she made sure it was bound for America.
The Zion of which they had heard so much and knew so little. It was the spirit of religion which guided his mother, but to Amos it must have been the spirit of adventure. There were few boys at that age, who have not felt the secret strong impulse of the wanderlust, the quest of the unknown, and the great desire to become a part of some great movement. He found his place in the Westward March of the Empire and became one of the honored Pioneers. Arriving 11 April 1863 in America they made their way, along with their Mormon friends traveling across the plains by ox team to Utah, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in October 1863.
He went from there to Moroni in Sanpete County where he served in the Captain J.W. Iron Company during the Black Hawk Indian War of 1866 & 1867 and he was engaged in some of the most desperate struggles in that locality. Here life began in all seriousness for the fearless young adventurer. It requires peculiar qualities to make a good pioneer. We who enjoy what a heroic ancestry won for us by their own sufferings and sacrifices, know little of the cost of it all. These noble men went forth to conquer with the deeds of daring. They fought Indians and wild beasts. They made the roads and built the bridges, with many a narrow escape from the perils of flood and forest. The hardy and prolonged endurance and the steady perseverance and resolution with which they labored, has bade their lives a glowing romance, and the true stories which they loved to tell, are those of which we never tire. They are fresh forever and lend courage and inspiration to us who are left to carry on. Amos Nielson was one of the men who lived, and labored thus, throughout the early history of our state. In 1871 he went to Richfield and engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1874 he married Alvina Jensen and from this union eight children were born, six boys and two girls. Three of these children precede him in death. In 1884 he moved to Marysvale and practiced farming and stock raising, returning to Richfield in 1919 where he lived until his death. Amos Nielson was known as a man of pure life, simple habits, rigid honesty and heroic endeavor. He was all that could be asked as a father and husband, in all the relations he held with his fellow men. He contributed his share in every worthy enterprise. Twice he answered the call of his country and sent his sons to war. His eldest son in the war with pain, and his youngest son gave his life in the late war. His good wife died just one year ago. Since then he has lived in lonely retirement, among his children. His passing was quiet and beautiful. The life record of another Pioneer is closed, leaving a torch of inspiration for his posterity and friends. May his soul rest in peace.



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  • Maintained by: Marchelle Nielson
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89266
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Knute Amos “Amos” Nielson (Nilsson) (20 Sep 1848–30 Jan 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89266, citing Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Marchelle Nielson (contributor 47199033) .