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 Niels Peter Nielson

Niels Peter Nielson

Birth
Death 21 Mar 1922 (aged 72)
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.04.02.05
Memorial ID 89322 · View Source
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Niels Peter Nielsen was born November 28, 1849 in Vejby, Hjorring, Denmark to Niels Kjeldsen and Johanne Marie Andersdatter. He was christened on December 23, 1849. When he was fifteen years old he was confirmed in the Lutheran Church on April 3, 1864. This meant that he was now a young man.
Niels Peter was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 29, 1872. Family records show his marriage date as June 20, 1872. He and Marianne Kirstine Jensdatter were married in Copenhagen, Denmark the day before they sailed on the steamship,Otto, from Copenhagen. Marianne had been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since she was a child. Niels Peter and Marianne Kirstine were both twenty-three years old when they started for America. They were with a large company of emigrants and a few missionaries returning to their homes in America. After a successful crossing of the North Sea on the first leg of their voyage, they arrived in England and proceeded by railway to Liverpool, England, arriving on June 25. Nearly 400 Scandinavian Saints together with twenty-eight British and twenty-two Dutch Saints, immediately embarked on the ocean steamer "Nevada" and sailed from Liverpool June 26th to New York. They arrived there July 10, 1872 The next day, they continued their journey westward by railway.
From a letter written by Elder Lund, we learn that their enemies in the United States treated the Saints very badly. In Chicago they only stayed a few hours. They found the people there very hostile. There were thieves, getting whatever they could steal from the Saints. There were dealers selling provisions and fruit, but who would not give back the full change of the purchase. One of the brothers insisted the he had not received his change. Brother Lund said he had no reason not to believe this brother, so he clapped his hands and told the immigrants to do no more trading until the brother received his money. The dealer found it in his best interest to pay the claim. There were not enough railroad cars for all the Saints to leave. However, they preferred to use and did use a couple freight cars in order to get away from this band of robbers. The Saints were able to get supplies in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They arrived in Salt Lake City on July 17, 1872.
Niels Peter and Marianne raised their children in Richfield, Utah. Niels Peter supported his family by farming. Their first four children, Niels Peter, Hannah Christine, James Christian and Erastus were born before Marriane's sister, Johanne Marie, came from Denmark to Richfield. At that time polygamy was practiced in the Church. Johanne Marie had two sons who were born in Denmark. Niels Peter married her on March 30, 1881 and adopted her sons,Thomas and Edvard Christian Jensen, known thereafter as Thomas and Chris Nielsen.
The next few years Niels Peter and Marianne had more children, They are Herman Taylor, Nephi William, Bernette Malinda and Edgar Herbert.
The children born to Niels Peter and Johanne Marie are Ammon Joseph, Alma Doris and Elsie Marie.
Niels had separate houses for his wives. Marianne's was on the Northwest corner of First West and Third South and Johanne's was on the Southeast corner of First West and Third south.
Niels Peter's grandchildren said he was a kind and good grandpa. He was a very intelligent man who learned the English language quickly. He loved to read. He would sit in his favorite chair and read the newspaper from cover to cover.
He received his Certificate of Citizenship United States of America State of Utah, SS on January 5, 1897.
Niels Peter Nielsen passed away at his home in Richfield on March 21 1922. He was 72 years old. His obituary says he was well known here, and was always a useful and hardworking member of the community. His family are all well known and highly respected here.
He is buried by his two wives and several of his family members in the Richfield City Cemetery.

Sources: Danish parish records Church record from Richfield wards.
History of the Scandinavian Mission
Ship record of "Nevada" G.S.#0,0225,692 British Mission Emigration LDS Emigrants from British Isles and other European countries to Utah 1867-1874

Note: The Danish spelling for Nielsen is sen. The children of Niels Peter chose to change the spelling to Nielson.



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  • Maintained by: Alta Stoker
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89322
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Niels Peter Nielson (28 Nov 1849–21 Mar 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89322, citing Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Alta Stoker (contributor 47051499) .