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Dionetia Emily Mortensen (Alexander)

Birthplace: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Death: Died in Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Died in Childbirth
Place of Burial: Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Horace Martin Alexander and Nancy Reeder Walker Alexander
Wife of Hans Jorgen Pederson Mortensen
Mother of Hans Lyman Mortensen; Nancy Dionitia Mortensen; William Henry Mortensen; Francis Marion Mortensen; Lena Losana Mortensen Owens and 6 others
Sister of Frances Evaline Steele; Nancy Maria Alexander; Sarah Malinda Mortensen and Horace Martin Alexander Jr.

Occupation: Married Hans Jorgen Pederson Mortensen 5/16/1859 in Parowan, Utah. She died in childbirth of their 11th child, James Peter, who was born and died 10/24/1879.
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About Dionetia Emily Mortensen

Dionetia Emily Alexander was born October 18, 1843, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, the daughter of Horace Martin Alexander and his wife Nancy Reeder Walker, both early converts to the LDS Church. Sadly, Dionetia's mother, Nancy, passed away just three years later shortly after the birth of her fifth child. Dionetia went to Utah with her two sisters and her uncle and aunt, James Henry Rollins and Eveline Walker Rollins. Dionetia married Hans Jorgen Mortensen in Parowan, Utah, on May 16, 1859. According to a story found on Family Search.org., Hans, born April 11, 1836, in Haarbolle, Denmark, the son of Peder Mortensen and Helena Pedersdatter, had accepted the gospel in Denmark with the rest of his family. They left their home in Haarbolle, March 31, 1856, to migrate to America. On May 4th in England they boarded the ship Thornton and sailed for New York, landing there June 14, 1856. They traveled by railroad and ship to Iowa City. They waited there for handcarts to be built for them to use in crossing the plains. On July 15th, the Mortensen family with about 500 others started for Salt Lake City in the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company. After many hardships, they reached Salt Lake City on October 9, 1856. The family was advised to go to Parowan, a distance of 250 miles farther south, to make their future home, arriving there on December 1, 1856.

The Mortensen family was located on a piece of land situated just northeast of the public square as it was called and just east of the main street that ran north and south through the town. The first lot on the southeast corner was owned by William Worden. The next four lots joining Worden on the north were given to the Mortensen family. The lot adjoining them on the north was given to Jense Nielsen. In dividing this piece of land, Lars Mortensen got the lot adjoining the Worden lot which was on the corner, Hans got the next lot joining Lars on the north, Anders Jorgen got the next lot which joined that of Jense Nielsen. at the time Anders Jorgen Mortenson was married to Christine Anderson, Jense Nielsen moved to Cedar City about 18 miles southwest of Parowan, and Anders J. Mortensen brought his home. Hans built a small on-room log house on this log.

The three brothers, Hans, Lars, and Anders were partners in owning forty acres of land in the old north field and a small team of mares, one a roan named Kit and a sorrel named Bets. Hans sold his interest in the 40 acres of land and mares to Anders and Lars Mortensen.

In the latter part of this year or in the early part of 1861, Hans decided to move to Minersville, about thirty miles northwest of Parowan, as his wife's relatives were living there. Hans bought a pair of mules, one black which was named "Nig" and a yellow one named "Larry." The decided to move back to Parowan into the small log house as their home. The three Mortensen boys practiced the coopering trade along with farming.

Hans was of a very lovely nature, always a leader in socials or dances, and he was always ready to do his part. He was the leading caller of dances in Parowan. he studied it from an artful as well as scientific point of view. His voice in calling different changes was always in full harmony with the music and sounded like part of the music.

At about the time of the birth of Francis Marion, Hans became very fond of another young beautiful lady by the name of Amanda Delilah Dalton, daughter of Harry Dalton. Soon Hans' fondness and admiration for Amanda reached the height of affection and they were married in about 1866. For some reason, married life was not so congenial. Before a year had passed they decided that a separation would be better than to try to live together any longer. They had one son, Edward Henry, born September 22, 1867, in Parowan, who died January 16, 1932, in Kanosh, Utah. Amanda later married Ezra W. Penney, and they had 10 children between 1872 and 1893.

We find the life full of changes, our joys mingled with sorrows, our small successes mingled with reverses and disappointments. And when our hopes seem the brightest then our loved ones are taken away by the uncontrolled hand of death. On April 9, 1866, Hans' father, Peter Mortensen, was taken by death in Parowan, Utah. He was sixty years, one month, and eleven days old. One of the very faithful Latter-Day Saints, he gave all that he had, his life, means, and services for the establishment of Zion.

The time came to abandon the old north field. The land adjoining town was taken and divided into three fields; north field, west field, and the south field. Hans Mortensen obtained twenty aces of land in the north field, joining his brother Lars' land which he continued to own and farm until his death. At this time Hans Mortensen sold his lot and the small house adjoining Lars' to Anders Mortensen. Hans at the time bought a lot in the center of a block just north of the public square where the meeting house or church was erected. It was one of the best locations in town. He built a good house of adobe and kept that lot until his death.

About May 18, 1868, President Brigham Young took a contract for grading ninety miles of road for the Union Pacific railroad north east of Salt Lake City. He offered this opportunity to all the people of Utah who could leave their homes to do the grading work. They were paid for their labors and were paid cash for all kinds of grains, hay, port, or anything they had to dispose of. One of the greatest blessings that ever came to Utah was this work. Hans and Lars Mortensen arranged matters and went to do the grading work. Hans Mortensen had a small team. With this team they went to work and stayed that summer, returning with good teams and wagons.

Dionetia was true to her trust and family ties, always giving Hans her support and help in time of need, and braving the trials of life and never complaining at difficult circumstances as they came her way. On one occasion going to Salt Lake, with Hans as they came to Pine Creek Hill on the north end of it, they met a roving tribe of Indians. When the Indians saw the wagon approaching, they lined themselves across the road and demanded that the team stop. When Hans saw the Indians he said to Dionetia, "You get in the back part of the wagon under the cover and cover yourself up and remain very quiet so that the warring Redskins cannot see you." As the Indians commanded the team to stop, Hans discovered that one of the Redskins had a white man's scalp on a spear or some sort of a weapon, and the red man understood enough to say, "You Mormon or American? Hans was quick in saying that he was a Mormon. The Indians had learned a secret in the Mormon people's dress. They demanded him to remove his clothing so that they could see his undergarments. As soon as that was done, they stepped aside, made the road clear, and told him to go along. Hans stated, "Now, another time the Lord has made his promise good, and we certainly thanked Him for being so good to us.". The promise to us was: If you are true and faithful they (the undergarments) will be a shield and protection to you until you have finished your life's mission.

Within only about twenty years and five months of successful married life for Dionetia Emily Alexander Mortensen on earth, she was released from the cares and responsibilities of life's great mission, that of motherhood and companionship. On October 24, 1879, the final call from on high came to a loving mother and a faithful wife to come home and be rewarded for a noble mortal life. She had given birth to eleven children, though six of the spirits were taken home early in life. Four were taken before her death and two were taken after she left them here. "Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, either hath it entered into the heart of man" the joys that await a faithful mother. They may not reach perfection but are willing to pass through the valley and shadow of death bringing souls to earth, being a partner with our Father in Heaven, willing to suffer in order to prepare and give mortal bodies for his spirit children as they are directed to come through selected parentage here in this mortal world.

Hans Jorgen Mortensen was also untiring in teaching and caring for his children, always exemplary in dress, language, morals and ethical in all his walks of life. his good nature and wit made him a natural leader, especially in a social way. Hans married second as a plural wife, Amanda Maud Dalton on October 19, 1865, in the Endowment House (civil divorce). She was born May 10, 1849, in Salt Lake city, Utah, and died April 16, 1911. They had one child, a son named Edward Henry Mortensen, born in 1867 in Parowan, and died January 16, 1932, Kanosh, Utah.

Hans married third Jane E. Holyoak October 25, 1880, in the St. George Temple. She was born August 28, 1853, in Parowan, Utah, the daughter of William and Sarah Wilkins Holyoak. She was a very pleasant and devoted mother exemplary in all walks of life. She was permitted to stay as a loving companion for Hans only six years as death came to her October 8, 1886, at Parowan. Their three children were Hans Jorgen Mortensen born in 1881, died 1956, Edith Lenora Mortensen, born in 1883, died in 1889, and Sarah Estella Mortensen, born in 1885, died in 1958.

Hans married fourth on May 3, 1887, another wonderful woman, Lovina Newman Dame. She was the widow of President William H. Dame. She was ideal in every way, modest in her ways, neat in her appearance, artistic in dress. Her countenance beamed with virtue and true womanhood and she was friend to all. She was greatly missed when she was taken by death about the last part of 1891. They had no children together.

Hans married fifth on December 18, 1893, Sarah Malinda Alexander Green, whom he had previously known. She was a widow of John Green who had died sometime before They lived together until their death.

NOTE: Perhaps the writer of the above information did not know that Sarah Malinda Alexander Green was the sister of his first wife, Dionetia Emily Alexander, and Sarah and her husband John Green were divorced sometime before she married Hans in 1893. John Green did not pass away until 1908.

The children of Hans Jorgen Mortensen and Dionetia Emily Alexander Mortensen were:

1.) Hans Lyman Mortensen, born and died February 15, 1860 in Parowan.

2.) Nancy Dionetia Mortensen, born and died August 16, 1861 in Parowan.

3.) William Henry Mortensen, born September 16, 1862 and died February 16, 1863, in Parowan.

4.) Francis Marion Mortensen, born December 19, 1863, in Parowan, endowed February 26, 1879, at the age of 16, married Ellen Augusta Mitchell June 23, 1887, in St. George, Washington County, Utah. She was born May 26, 1870, in Parowan, and died October 28, 1958, in Logan, Utah. Francis died June 13, 1942, in Los Altos, Los Angeles County, California. Francis was named in honor of Francis Marion Lyman. On learning that he had thus been honored, Brother Lyman sent a present to Francis Marion Mortensen, a five-dollar gold piece in recognition of his namesake.

5.) Lena Losana Mortensen, born February 25, 1866, in Parowan, died December 6, 1906, Basin, Cassia, Idaho.

6.) Sarah Evelyn Mortensen, born December 8, 1867, in Parowan, died April 21, 1881, in Parowan, age 13 years old.

7.) Horace Martin Mortensen, born March 21, 1870, in Parowan, died May 19, 1939, Smithfield, Cache, Idaho.

8.) Jesse Leonidas Mortensen, born April 21, 1873, in Parowan, died November 18, 1967, South Gate, Los Angeles, California.

9.) William Wallace Mortensen, born April 23, 1875, in Parowan, died February 3, 1933.

10.) Junius Denton Mortensen, born August 12, 1877, in Parowan, died April 18, 1881.

11.) James Peter Mortensen, born October 24, 1879, in Parowan, died same day. Dionetia, died giving birth to him.

Their oldest son, Francis Marion Mortensen, first went on a mission to the Eastern States and made a great many friends. He came back to his home in Sanford, Colorado, where he did farm work for a few years, then moved to northern Utah where he labored for some time. He had a wonderful family of children. All were gifted in music, an they had a very good home orchestra and seemed to enjoy home life. As years moved on, Francis Marion became infatuated wit the idea that he must have more than one wife. After leaving a most loving and wonderful family, he took his course and sought more women and moved to California and left his family in Logan, Utah.

It was published in the newspapers that he was excommunicated by Brother McMurrin who was President of the California Mission. Then it was announced in the Tabernacle in Sal Lake City that he was excommunicated from the whole church. Francis Marion married second Margaret Ann Davies in October of 1920. She was born March 30, 1877, in Wales, Utah. He married third Louise Elizabeth Mortensen born in about 1863. Francis Marion and his wife Ellen Augusta had 13 children.

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Dionetia Emily Mortensen's Timeline

October 18, 1843
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
October 19, 1852
Age 9
May 15, 1859
Age 15
Parowan, Iron Co, Utah
February 16, 1860
Age 16
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
August 16, 1861
Age 17
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
September 16, 1862
Age 18
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
June 6, 1863
Age 19
December 19, 1863
Age 20
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
February 25, 1866
Age 22
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
December 8, 1867
Age 24
Parowan, UT, USA