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Jens (James ) Hansen

Nicknames: "James"
Birthplace: Tjørntved, Stenlille Sogn, Holbæk Amt, Denmark
Death: Died in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Spanish Fork Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Jorgensen and Maren Kerstine Pedersdatter Munch
Husband of Maren Kathrine Christensen, (Christensdatter); Karen Anderson Pedersdatter; Caroline Jorgensen Knudsen; Karen Anderson; Mariane Hansen and 10 others
Father of Lars Christianson Hansen; Joseph Christian Hansen; Peter Petersen Hansen; Ane Dorthea Christena Hansen; Isaac Petersen Hansen and 37 others
Brother of Kirsten Hansdatter, I; Lars (Twin) Jorgensen; Kirsten Hansdatter, II; Ane Marie Jorgensen; Niels Hansen and 6 others
Half brother of Jorgen Jacobsen; Ane Christiansdatter; Jacob Orastus Jorgensen; Isaac Jorgensen; Abraham Jorgensen and 5 others

Occupation: Husmand og tækkemand, daglejer, Væver
Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Jens (James ) Hansen

Biographical Summary:

"...Jens Hansen (1823-1897) was born Oct. 13, 1823, in Sjaeland Region, Denmark. He died Jun. 28, 1897 in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA

Jens Hansen was a early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. After his conversion in Denmark he later moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. He returned to Denmark 3 times as a missionary. He had the distinction that most other Daines did not have. He had 13 wives and 38 children..."

SOURCE: Find A Grave Memorial# 11494211.


Jens Hansen, Diary of Jens Hansen–Covering Period from 6 April 1865 through February 1891 (not published, available at BYU Library Americana Collection under Jorgensen family records donated by Rebecca Jorgensen Frost), 120. Retrieved from


"...I was born the 13th of October in the year of our Lord, 1823 in Otterup parish, on Fyen in Denmark to my parents, Hans Jorgensen and Maren Kirstine Pedersen (Pedersdatter). I was my parents firstborn son, I had 5 brothers and sisters and a half brother. My parents were very poor, so because of that I had to walk around the country selling cow hides and clay ceramics to ease their burden. My half brother, Jorgen Jacobsen, who was older than I, was my companion but when he grew older he felt ashamed, and there after I had to do this work alone and even beg people to give me something to eat, which food I thereafter, when possible, brought back home to my parents and smaller brothers and sisters. Several years passed this way. Later on my father started slaughtering cattle, and I accompanied him to the different cities as well as to the country selling the meat. In the summer time I also had to work very hard cutting peat moss and helping my parents the best way I could...."

"...I also participated at the great battle at Dybol, where I was recognized for bravery and rewarded Dannebrogsorden. I also participated in all of the greater battles between the Danes and the Germans..."

"...In the spring of 1850 I was stationed in Aasum, Odense, Denmark. Here I met and got acquainted with Maren Katherine Christensen (Christensdatter), who later became my wife..."

"...On May twenty fourth I took employment in Copenhagen. While here I was afforded the opportunity to hear about a religious movement called Mormonism, the correct name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." I was informed about its truthfulness by the Lord, who was the originator of the same, and He gave me about it. One of the elders of the church, Elder Christiansen visited me at the room where I resided. During our conversation he put his hand upon my previously mentioned injured knee. I then thought to myself, if he is a servant of God, like unto those of olden times, then the healing power should affect me because of being touched by him. He had no knowledge of my injury, as he touched me I felt a chill go over my whole body. I excused my self and left the room to remove the bandage from my knee, and from that time I was made well and whole. On the twenty fifth of August 1851 I accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ by baptism, it being performed by Elder Christiansen and shortly thereafter I had hands laid upon my head for the Gift of the Holy Ghost...."

"...In December 1852 my parents started their journey to Zion, ( Utah territory, North America)...."

"...My father was born the twenty ninth of November 1795, in Vellinge, Fyen, and my mother, Maren Kirstine Pedersen (Pedersdatter), was born the twenty seventh of January 1794 in Sverup Molle, Vigerslev, Fyen, Denmark...."

"...April the twenty fourth, 1853 I was married by the district justice, Knudsen with the previously mentioned girl, Maren Katherine Christensen (Christensdatter) which took place in Odense..."

"...The same day my brother, Peder Hansen and Karen Pedersen (Pedersdatter) were married the same way. December twenty sixth, 1853 we left after turning over my mission duties to my brother. We left Denmark and arrived at Liverpool. Here our son Lars Christian Hansen died the sixteenth of January 1854. My wife gave birth to another son, who was named Joseph Christian Hansen, born January sixteenth 1854 in Liverpool. After about two weeks stay, we departed in the sailing vessel “Benjamin Adams” on which seven or eight hundred Latter Day Saints were passengers. On this voyage my wife suffered much with sickness which was a great trial for me, as it was difficult to find a women who nursed, so our little son could be breast fed. After seven weeks we landed at New Orleans, in the blessed land of America..."

"...My father had now another wife by the name of Dorthea. My mother had died aboard the ship that took them from England to America, but because they were so close to land she was buried in America. October fifth 1854 we came into the great Salt Lake valley and the beautiful laid out city...

SOURCE: The life history of Jens Hansen; Translated from his complete original personal diary by Wilford Abraham Hansen. Retrieved from:

Marriages and Children:

He was the husband of fourteen wives and father of thirty seven children; one died at birth.

Wife #1 Maren Katherine Christensen (Christensdatter) had two children 1. Lars Christian Hansen 2. Joseph Christian Hansen

Wife #2 Karen Pedersen (Pedersdatter) had seven children 3. Peter Petersen Hansen 4. Maren Kristen PetersenHansen 5. Sarah Petersen Hansen 6. Isaac Petersen Hansen 7. Emma Jane Petersen Hansen 8. Hyrum Petersen Hansen

Wife #3 Caroline Jorgensen Knudsen (Knudsdatter) had five children 9. Benjamin Jorgensen Hansen 10. James Jorgensen Hansen 11. Anne Marie Jorgensen Hansen 12. Abraham Jorgensen Hansen 13. Caroline Jorgensen Hansen

Wife #4 Karen Andersen (Andersdatter) had seven children 14. Maren Katherine Andersen Hansen 15. Jensine Andersen Hansen 16. Annie Kirstina Andersen Hansen 17. Jacob Andersen Hansen 18. Theodora Andersen Hansen 19. Erastus Andersen Hansen 20. Hannah Dorthea Andersen Hansen

Wife #5 Maren Sorensen (Sorensdatter) had eight children 21. Wilhelmine Sorensen Hansen 22. Ephraim Sorensen Hansen 23. Nephi Sorensen Hansen 24. Elnora Elizabeth Sorensen Hansen 25. Albert Peter Sorensen Hansen 26. Enock Alfred Sorensen Hansen 27. Elias Sorensen Hansen 28. Daniel F. Sorensen Hansen

Wife #6 Maren Katrine Larsen (Larsdatter) no children

Wife #7 Maren Bishoff Jacobsen (Jacobsdatter) had 1 child which died at birth 29. Jacob Bishoff Hansen

Wife #8 Mette Marie Hansen (Hansdatter) had two children 30. Kirstene Marie Hansen 31. Alma Christian Hansen

Wife #9 Dorthea Kirstine Johnsen (Johnsdatter) had four children 32. John Lehi Johnsen Hansen 33. Heber Johnsen Hansen 34. Emily Dorthea Johnsen Hansen 35. Hans Ezra Johnsen Hansen

Wife #10 Karen Fredericksen (Fredericksdatter) no children

Wife #11 Mary Kirstine Rasmusen (Rasmusdatter) had 1 child 36. Rasmine Rebbecca K. Hansen

Wife #12 Camilla Larsen (Larsdatter) had one child 37. James Emanuel Larsen Hansen

Wife #13 Martha Christensen (Christensdatter) no children

Wife #14 Anna Elizabeth Nielsen (Nielsdatter) had no children

SOURCE: The life history of Jens Hansen; Translated from his complete original personal diary by Wilford Abraham Hansen. Pages 14-15. Retrieved from:


Lars Pedersens søstersøn, Jens Hansen, blev mormon

Vi skal tilbage til Sværup Mølle. Til Lars Pedersens søster Maren. Hun bosatte sig med mand og børn ude på Trøstrup Mark – i luftlinje kun godt en kilometer fra Sværup Mølle.

I 1823 fik Maren en søn, Jens Hansen. Han voksede op i dette stærke religiøse miljø omkring Lars Pedersen og kan have set sin morbror som et forbillede, og han blev lægprædikant ligesom ham. Nok på en anden måde, end Lars Pedersen måtte have tænkt sig. Lars ville rimeligvis have tilsluttet sig den mening, at "mormonerne var Guds straf over landene", så da Jens Hansen blev mormon og drog ud som mormonprædikant for at forkynde "den nye religion", må det have fyldt morbroderen med ret så blandede følelser.

Jens Hansen var ligesom Lars Pedersen en karismatisk prædikant. Han omvendte og døbte næsten 100 fynboer som mormoner, og disse udvandrede til Utah og tog gerne børn og bedsteforældre med. I øvrigt missionerede Jens Hansen også en del i det sydlige Sjælland og vandt også her sine proselytter.

Både Lars Pedersen og Jens Hansen var prædikanter i en brydningstid. Skønt så vidt forskellige i deres udtryk, synes det alligevel, som om det er de samme kræfter, der vækker dem og driver dem ud som prædikanter. De sprænger rationalismens rammer og søger troens store inderlighed, den, som munder ud i det evige liv.

I "Brevbærer mellem Kristne" ses det synspunkt, at når Kristus er nedsteget til de døde, må det betyde, at man kan omvendes efter døden. Dette er jo netop mormonernes tankegang!

Derfor stod Jens Hansen den 3. marts 1885 i templet i Logan i Utah. Jens Hansen var iført hvide klæder, da han lod sig glide ned i det store dåbsbassin, og med Jens Hansen som stedfortræder blev Lars Pedersen nu døbt som mormon!

Jens Hansen døde i Utah i 1897– højt estimeret som patriark og viet til 14 koner.

Margit Egdal


James (Jens) Hansen

Birth: Oct. 13, 1823 Sjaeland, Denmark Death: Jun. 28, 1897 Spanish Fork Utah County Utah, USA

Jens Hansen was a early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. After his conversion in Denmark he later moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. He returned to Denmark 3 times as a missionary. He had the distinction that most other Daines did not have. He had 13 wives and 38 children. His house was a house of order. As a 3 great granddaughter I am proud of my grandfather and the heritage he left for us to follow.

Family links:

 Maren Katrine Larsen Hansen (1819 - 1898)*

 Peter Petersen Hansen (1856 - 1906)*
 Mary Christine Hansen Beckstrom (1858 - 1922)*
 James Jorgensen Hansen (1858 - 1879)*
 Sarah Petersen Hansen Swenson (1860 - 1952)*
 Annie Christine Hansen Bradford (1863 - 1938)*
 Hyrum Petersen Hansen (1869 - 1889)*
 Ezra Johansen Hansen (1879 - 1950)*
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Burial: Spanish Fork City Cemetery Spanish Fork Utah County Utah, USA Plot: 01.34 .08

Created by: Cathie Owens Record added: Aug 07, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11494211


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Jens Hansen 1823 - 1897

Fødsel: Okt 13 1823 Otterup, Odence, Denmark

Ægteskab med: Karen Hansen (born Andersen) Dec 20 1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA

Død: Juni 28 1897 Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, USA

Gravlagt: Juli 1 1897 Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah


Forældre: Hans Jørgensen 1795 - 1878 & Maren Kerstine Jørgensen (born Pedersdatter) 1794 - 1853

Kone: Karen Hansen (born Andersen) 1836 - 1917

Søskende: Jorgen Jacobsen 1815 - 1854 Ane Marie Jorgensen 1825 - 1825 Peter Jorgensen Hansen 1829 - 1854 Hans Hansen 1835 - 1914 Lars Jorgensen 1825 - 1845 Jorgen Peter Jorgensen 1827 - 1898 Niels Hansen 1832 - 1902


Maren Katherine Hansen 1859 - 1946 Isaac Petersen Hansen 1862 - 1943 Jacob Andersen Anderson Hansen 1865 - 1943 Erastus Andersen Hansen 1872 - 1949 Ukendt Hansen Jensine Andersen Hansen 1861 - 1944 Annie Kirstine Kristina Hansen 1863 - 1938 Theodora Anderson Hansen 1869 - 1956 Hannah Dorthea Hansen 1875 - 1947


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Jens (James ) Hansen's Timeline

October 13, 1823
Stenlille Sogn, Holbæk Amt, Denmark
November 23, 1823
Otterup, Odense, Denmark
November 23, 1823
Otterup, Odence, Denmark
November 23, 1823
Otterup, Odense, Denmark
November 23, 1823
Otterup, Skeby, Odense, Denmark
November 23, 1823
Otterup, Odense, Denmark
December 14, 1823
Holbæk Amt, Denmark
January 16, 1851
Age 27
Odense, Fyn, Denmark
August 25, 1851
Age 27
August 25, 1851
Age 27