Karen Tollestrup

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Karen Tollestrup
Description cold northern winds; her eyes were expressive and matched the blue of springtime skies. In 1850, when Erastus Snow was called to open the Scandinavian Mission, Karen was nineteen years old and not at all interested in missionaries who went from door to door preaching the doctrines of a new religion. Still on the 1st of January, 1854, she married Niels Christian (Christensen) Tollestrup who had been converted to Mormonism in 1853 by Ferdinand Dorius, a native Danish missionary. This dedicated Elder later emigrated Lo Utah, settled in Sanpete County, and became an outstanding citizen of Ephraim. Perhaps his sincere testimony touched the heart of Karen for eventually she, too, became a "Mormon." Christian A. Madsen, who also emigrated to Utah, only to return to Denmark as a missionary, was instrumental in convincing Niels that he and Karen would be wise to join other Danish families in Utah, especially those who had settled in Sanpete County, or "Little Denmark." However, Niels felt they were not financially able to leave at that time. In the spring of 1861 their plans were made to leave Denmark for Liverpool, England, where 955 other members of the church--English, German and Scandinavian--would be boarding a large ship, "Monarch of the Sea," for the ocean voyage to America. Karen and Hie Is were now parents of two little daughters. One, named Yette, had been born in Vrejlev; the other, Frederikke, named after the coastal city of Frederickshavn, would become my grandmother. Her name soon became shortened to Ricky, and thus she was known throughout her life. Another child, a son, Parley Peter Pratt, was born in 1859. His parents' names and his birth were recorded in the Asted Parish records; however, they were listed as "Mormon," signifying they were not Lutheran. His death wasn't there. Karen, mourning over the loss of her only son, had never quite regained her health. Though she was excited about going to Zion, she had mixed emotions about leaving her homeland and the baby's small grave. Weak and still quite ill when they reached Liverpool, 13
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