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Niels N Mortensen

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s63x84sr
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326218
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr

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Title Niels N Mortensen
Description Denmark. When they said goodbye to Petriane's parents and relatives, her mother "spit in her face" and disowned her as a daughter. However, after Niels and Petriane settled in Ephraim, she corresponded with her relatives in Denmark. Niels often mentioned that his wife had beautiful penmanship. He kept many letters in his Secretary long after her death. Moreover, he did not allow the children to touch anything in his Secretary. Niels told of the hardships suffered during the long trip across the ocean. Niels' father gave him his share in the estate when Niels and Petriane left Denmark, which amounted to a small fortune. Niels said some of their friends and fellow-passengers almost starved to death, so he gave them money for food. They were grateful and indebted to him; they promised to repay every cent they owed. However, he never heard from any of them after the voyage. He had no animosity, though, because he felt repaid in more important ways. He felt blessed by the Lord that he could provide well for his family. When the ship docked in New York, Niels had spent his entire fortune and was $10.00 in debt. Niels had a strong desire to remain and settle in the Eastern states, especially New York. But his wife persuaded him to go West with his sister, Anne, and their few friends. The family reached Ephraim, Sanpete County, Utah, in September 1864, having crossed the plains in Captain John Smith's company. Niels became a prosperous farmer and stockraiser, accumulating many acres of farmland. He was considered a wealthy farmer m Ephraim. He and his wife were blessed with ten children: Petriane Christina, George, Catherine Josephine. Heber. Matilda Elizabeth, Niels Jr., Albert G., Annie Petriane Christina. Martina Annina and Josphine Catherine. Petriane died 1 June 1883, leaving seven living children; the youngest child was only 5 1/2 months old. In 1885, when Josephine was a young child, Niels went on a mission to the Northern States Mission (Minnesota vicinity.) His daughter, Petriane Christina. and her husband cared for the other children. Niels was gone about three months, and returned home due to illness. When he got home, Josephine didn't know him. Niels owned a parcel of land on the north end of Ephraim Main Street. He decided to donate the land, which had a high water table, to the City of Ephraim. The city leaders decided to establish a new cemetery on the donated land. Although the new cemetery was well established by the time of his death, Niels opted to be buried in the old (Pioneer) cemetery rather then "swim" in the new one. Niels never remarried and lived to be 78 years old. He died on 9 118
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Identifier 130_Niels N Mortensen.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326145
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr/326145