Johanna Christina Larson (1854 - 1931)

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Johanna Christina Larson

Autobiography of Johanna Christina Larson

written between 1919 and 1931, from a copy of an undated typescript

I was born January 1, 1854 in Malmo, Sweden. My parents embraced the gospel and that same year left their native land. We were nine weeks on the sea after which we landed in New Orleans, Louisiana. After traveling into Missouri and Nebraska remained for some time earning money and an outfit to come to Utah.

In 1860 we crossed the plains with ox teams, two yoke pair of oxen and one pair of cows. We started in June and landed in Salt Lake in September of the same year. I was then six years old as we journeyed on to Fort Ephraim. On the fall of 1861 my parents were called to Dixie. It was December when we drove into Washington, Washington County, Utah. I spent most of my life in Utah. Through sickness and other disadvantaged I never received any education except a very limited one. I worked in a cotton factory for three or four years. When the mutual was organized I was chosen second Counselor and labored in that from 1872 till 1879.

I joined the Relief Society when I was seventeen and have been a member most of the time since.

I was married May 2, 1878 in the St. George Temple. In 1881, I went with my husband to Parowan where he was called to preside over the Parowan Stake. On account of the raid in 1885, I was compelled to leave my home in the night with my four children. My baby being only seven weeks old and not knowing where we were going, we started out. I stayed with my father for about two months in Washington. My husband was then advised to come to the Muddy Valley. After a hard journey we came to Overton, April 18, 1885. In July, Myself and babies took chills and fever that stayed with us more or less for over two years. All together we had a pretty hard time. In 1891, I was set apart as first Counselor in the Primary. When the Relief Society was organized I was set apart as first Counselor. I labored in that capacity till 1914, when due to ill health I begged to be released. I am the mother of eight children, two of which have died, and 18 living grandchildren.

Though my life has been full of trouble and hardships I have never felt to murmur but feel to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in all things, for I feel that I have been blessed in a great many ways and I bear testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel for in that I know there is peace and joy. I am thankful that my parents had courage to embrace it and leave all that was dear to them for its sake and for the blessings of their children. My desire is that mine may all prove faithful to the end.

Mrs. J.C.Jones

Addendum by Lois E. Jones

Johanna Christina Larson was of medium build with beautiful reddish brown hear, very long and heavy. As a girl she was charge of a loom in the Washington factory and wove cloth. When about 11 years of age she was very ill for a year with rheumatism. A quiet, unassuming woman, a very neat housekeeper, did beautiful handwork, sewing, quilting, crocheting and knitting, an excellent cook and a very good manager. She made a home for the children of the first wife, Emily Miller Jones, after their mother died and for Alice's boys when they were in need to work on the farm in Overton, as Alice, the 3rd wife lived in Bunkerville. Faithful in church duties, she had a good understanding of the gospel.

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Johanna Christina Larson's Timeline

1854
January 1, 1854
1878
May 2, 1878
Age 24
X-Unknown
1879
May 19, 1879
Age 25
Washington, Washington, Utah, USA
1881
August 15, 1881
Age 27
Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States
1883
April 11, 1883
Age 29
1884
December 21, 1884
Age 30
1887
November 8, 1887
Age 33
Overton, Clark, Nevada, United States
1890
July 3, 1890
Age 36
1893
March 10, 1893
Age 39
Overton, NV, USA