Contents

Life Story of Soren Andersen and Daughter

Update item information
Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6nz85tx
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx

Page Metadata

Title Life Story of Soren Andersen and Daughter
Description LIFE STORY OF SOREN ANDERSEN AND DAUGHTER, ANA KJERSTENA Louise O. Jensen Non-Professional Honorable Mention Short Story Soren Andersen was born 14th of May, 1801, in Astrup, Hjerring, Denmark. In the year of 1828 he mamed Ana Marie Jensen in Denmark, and to this marriage were bom six children. Erastus Snow brought the gospel to Denmark. Soren Andersen heard the Gospel and was converted and baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Utter-day Saints on June 10, 1839, in Denmark. This caused a dispute between him and his wife, so he took his daughter. Ana Kjerstena, who was fifteen and also believed in the Gospel, and immigrated to America in the year 1854. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the ship "Benjamin Adams,* which sailed from Liverpool, England, on January 22, 1854, and arrived in New Orleans March 22, 1854. They then went on to Westport, Jackson County, Missouri. He crossed the plains with the Hans Peter Olsen handcart Company, arriving in Salt Lake City, October 5, 1854. He settled in Ephraim, Sanpete County, in 1856. When Ephraim was first settled in 1854, it was called Cottonwood. In 1856 some of the brothers, together with Soren Andersen, went to haul rocks to build a fort around the houses which were then built. This fort was called Fort Ephraim. The hursts, oxen, and cows were corralled within the fort at night for protection against the Indians. In the daytime the cattle were herded outside the fort. The men on the inside would climb up to the watch towers and look through the portholes to protect the men herding the cattle. Sometimes these herders could not reach the fort in time and were killed by the Indians. Soren Andersen was assigned this duty many times. When Ana Kjerstena was twenty-one years old, she married a young man who was also a convert to our Church, Jens Nielsen, Engager. They made their permanent home in Ephraim, Utah. Ten children were born to them, five girls and five boys. Their home was typical of the early pioneer homes, with the strongly built fort nearby as a refuge from the Indians who persistently lurked about and at times rushed down upon the settlers with intent to raid and destroy. The men were constantly on guard, and never dared to go far from the settlement. 49
Format image/jpeg
Identifier 061_Life Story of Soren Andersen and Daughter.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324562
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx/324562