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Andrea Cathrine Johanna Munson (Anderson)

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Nordjylland, Denmark
Death: July 7, 1903 (51)
Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Circleville Cemetery, Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jens Christian Anderson and Margaret Christiansen Anderson
Wife of James Willard Munson
Sister of Lauritz Peter Anderson; Christena Boleta"Stena" Allred; Josephina Brighamina Jensen; Hyrum Smith Anderson; James Christian Anderson and 4 others
Half sister of Erastus Snow Anderson; Andrew Anderson; Jens Christian Carlos Anderson; Svenning Anderson; Diantha Matilda Anderson and 1 other

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About Andrea Cathrine Johanna Munson

Biographical Summary:

"...Andrea Catherine Johanna (ANDERSON) MUNSON was born in Hjorring, Denmark in 1851. She is the oldest daughter of Jens Christian Anderson and Margaret Christiansen Nielsen. The Anderson family left Denmark in 1857 and immigrated to the United States as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family traveled to the Utah Territory by handcart with over 500 Saints to seek religious freedom in "the tops of the mountains" away from persecution. Andrea was only five years at this time and walked every day across the plains from Iowa until the family reached the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Later the Andersons' settled further south, where many of the Danish Saints, that had come before them, had already settled. These early pioneers helped each other to build "dug-outs" and later more secure homes in a harsh environment! Andrea was eager and ready to learn the culture and language of her new homeland. She learned to read and to write in English, using a homemade slate board from the nearby temple hill.

Andrea Catherine Johanna ANDERSON married James W. MUNSON and they had nine children, five of these children survived infancy (a daughter lived to tell/write her history). Andrea lived a very humble life! She had nothing of worldy value, but she was self-educated from reading the scriptures and memorizing various passages. Andrea's home became the first "school" for her children. She taught them to read. She showed them love, true honesty, a strong work ethic and respect for all life! Andrea was self-supporting most of her adult life, but was never down-hearted! She and her sons, singly, built the little two-room house she lived in. Andrea was gentle and loved by those that knew her well. She donated her time, tithes, and teaching talents to the work of the Lord. She maintained a strong repect for the missionaries that preached the gospel to her parents. She was involved in the Primary, teaching the young and rising generation the stories and songs of Jesus. She was a Primary President up until the last days of her illness. She possessed a pure belief in the priesthood health blessings that she had received from the Elders. She passed from this life into the next life in full faith in the resurrection! She willed the values of joy, faith, hard-working, and the traits of a "natural teacher" to her descendants. Andrea was known as "beloved" and "peacemaker". ..."

SOURCE: History written by: Carol Ann McPheeters (Mina Margaret(Munson)Waugaman's grand daughter)

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Andrea Cathrine Johanna Munson's Timeline

November 14, 1851
Nordjylland, Denmark
July 7, 1903
Age 51
Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA
Age 51
Circleville Cemetery, Circleville, Piute County, Utah, USA