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Bodil Jensen (Olsdatter)

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Flintinge, Maribo, Denmark
Death: July 29, 1874 (66)
Scipio, Millard, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Scipio, Millard, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ole Pedersen Hilt and Anne Hansdatter
Wife of Knud Jensen Brygger
Mother of Karen Caroline J. Knudsen; Jens Knudsen Jensen; Anne J Jensen; Bodil Thueson; Dorthea Knudsen Mortensen and 4 others
Sister of Peder Pedersen Hilt; Margrethe Olesdatter and Karen Olsen
Half sister of Soren Hansdatter and Karen Olesdatter

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About Bodil Jensen

Bodil Jensen Olsen

  • Birth: Dec. 17, 1807, Denmark
  • Death: Jul. 29, 1874, Scipio, Millard County, Utah, USA

Parents: Ole Pedersen and Anne Hansen

Wife: Bodil Olsen was born in Toreby, Maribo, Denmark

Knud Jensen and Bodil Olsen were married Apr 28, 1834 in Toreby, Maribo, Denmark. Mother of 9 children.

Spouse: Knud Jensen (1809 - 1874)


  • Anne Knudsen Jorgensen (1834 - 1901)
  • Bodil Jensen Thueson (1836 - 1914)
  • Caroline Jensen Madsen (1838 - 1917)
  • Elisabeth Knudsen (1842 - 1858)
  • Ellen Jensen Thueson (1844 - 1913)
  • Else Margrethe Knudsen (1847 - 1862)
  • Ole Jensen (1849 - 1909)

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John R. Murdock Company (1862) Age 55

Bodil OLSEN was born to Ole PEDERSEN (Hilt) and Anne HANSEN on December 17, 1807. She was born in Flintinge, Maribo, Denmark, a small place a few miles south of Toreby. She attended the Toreby Parish Church, the parish in which she lived. Bodil was working as a servant on the Brygger farm, and there she met Knud Jensen.

Knud JENSEN and Bodil OLSEN were married April 28, 1834, in Toreby, Maribo, Denmark. They were the parents of a family of nine children. Their children were: Jens, Anne, Bodil, Karen, Dorthea, Elisabeth, Ellen, Else Margrethe, and Ole. They were a kind and loving family; they worked together.

Immigration from Denmark to the United States 1862 Traveled in the Ola N Liljenquist Company at the age of 54. 1862

Departure: 24 July 1862 Arrival: 27 September 1862


The story of Bodil Olsen Contributed By: idashton · 18 March 2016 ·

Bodil Olsen was a young woman when she met Knud Jensen. The two began living together in 1830—and their first son was born the following summer. However, the couple did not marry until 1834. Bodil and Knud went on to have seven daughters and one more son—though two daughters did not live to reach adulthood (both dying around 16 years of age). One daughter was buried in the Lutheran cemetery next to their home in Denmark in 1858. The other was buried at sea on the crossing to America in 1862. Bodil was a careful and diligent mother; her children were well-dressed, and her house was kept fresh and clean at all times.

Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began arriving in Denmark in 1850 under the supervision of Elder Erastus Snow, an Apostle. Mobs repeatedly attempted to thwart their work, but the missionaries were faithful in their trials.

Various children of the Jensen family were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beginning in 1858, and the older daughters were sent on to Zion in the spring of 1859. Bodil and her husband were baptized in 1860, but it was 1862 before they finally headed for America.

Knud, Bodil, and their children sailed on the Electric in April of 1862, with H. J. Johansen as Captain of the ship. They sailed from Hamburg, Germany, with 336 Saints. Before sailing, the emigrating Saints (who came from Denmark, Sweden, and Germany) were organized into nine districts of about 35 people each. Records indicate that nine passengers died during the voyage (including, sadly, Bodil and Knud’s 15-year-old daughter, Else Margrethe, who died from a “throat disease”). The Saints also had one marriage and one birth on the high seas.

A large number of European Saints gathered in Florence, Nebraska, at about the same time that summer. Teams had been sent from Salt Lake to assist with organizing them for the trek west. The Jensen family traveled with the Ola N. Liljenquist Company. Brother Liljenquist’s logs note that he left Copenhagen on April 21 with “the fourth and last company that started from Copenhagen to Zion in the spring of 1862. . . . The four companies were made into two at Florence.” The two groups traveled close together, leaving Florence, Nebraska, in July and arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in late September. The Deseret News ran an article about the companies’ arrival:

"The independent companies of Scandinavian Saints, Captains Christian A. Madsen and Ola N. Liljenquist, numbering about five hundred persons, with eighty wagons, and about six hundred head of stock, arrived from over the plains yesterday afternoon.

"The immigrants are in good health, and their stock in good condition. According to the reports of Elder John Van Cott and Capt. Madsen, these two companies, which traveled together most of the way from the Missouri river, have had most remarkable good luck, having lost but six or seven head of cattle; and the only accident that occurred to their wagons, was the breaking of one tongue in getting over the mountains near the end of the journey, indicating good management, not only on the part of the captains, but of the teamsters, only two or three of whom, as understood, had ever drove a team before they started on the long wearisome journey, which they have so successfully accomplished."

Bodil and Knud were quickly and happily reunited with their children. In 1865, Bodil and Knud were sealed in the Endowment House. The Jensens settled in Gunnison to be near their daughters, Bodil and Ellen. In 1868, the couple moved to Scipio, again following their girls. Bodil and Knud lived happily there until 1874, when both of them passed away.

(Compiled by Rhonda Seamons in July 2010. Updated in May 2014.

Company Information: 700 individuals and 65 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska.

Find a Grave

Burial: Scipio Pioneer Cemetery Scipio Millard County Utah, USA



Bodil Oledatter in household of Knud Jensen, "Denmark Census, 1860"- Name Bodil Oledatter - Event Type Census Event Date 1860 Event Place Toreby, Musse, Maribo, Danmark Event Place (Original) Toreby, Musse, Maribo, Denmark Age 53 Marital Status Married Birth Year (Estimated) 1807 Relationship to Head of Household Wife Household Roll Sex Age Birthplace Knud Jensen Head U 51 Bodil Oledatter Wife U 53 Jens Knudsen Child U 29 Bodil Knudsdat Child U 24 Else Margrethe Knudsdatter Child U 13 Ole Knudsen Child U 11 Niels Hansen

Henry Ole Jensen Family History, Knud Jensen and Bodil Olsen-

Bodil Olesdatter Memories-

U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current-

Knud Jensen, "Denmark Census, 1860"-Knud Jensen Head U 51 Bodil Oledatter Wife U 53 Jens Knudsen Child U 29 Bodil Knudsdat Child U 24 Else Margrethe Knudsdatter Child U 13 Ole Knudsen Child U 11 Niels Hansen U 27

Knud Jensen Brygger in the Denmark, Select Baptisms, 1618-1923-Name: Knud Jensen Brygger Gender: Male Spouse: Bodil Olsdr Child: Else Margrethe Knudsen

Knud Jensen, "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891"- Name Knud Jensen Event Type Immigration Event Date 1862 Event Place New York City, New York, United States Gender Male Age 52 Birth Year (Estimated) 1810 Birthplace Denmark Ship Name Electric

Bodil Olsen Jensen -

Bodil Olsen Jensen - Pioneer Overland Travels- rl

Bodild Olsen, "Denmark Baptisms, 1618-1923", Christening Date 20 Dec 1807 Christening Place, TOREBY SOGN,MARIBO,DENMARK, Father's Name: Ole Hilt -

Bodil Olsen in the Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards - Name: Bodil Olsen, Spouse: Knud Jensen Birth Date: 17 Dec 1807, Birth Place: Flintinge, Denmark, Death Date: 29 Jul 1874, Death Place: Scipio, Utah, Pioneer: before 1869, Donor: Carl J. Christensen -

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Bodil Jensen's Timeline

December 17, 1807
Flintinge, Maribo, Denmark
December 20, 1807
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
June 10, 1831
Age 23
oreby, Maribo, Denmark
November 2, 1834
Age 26
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
September 7, 1836
Age 28
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
April 2, 1838
Age 30
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
April 26, 1840
Age 32
Maribo, Storstrom, Denmark
April 11, 1842
Age 34
Torebey, Maribo, Denmark
August 11, 1844
Age 36
Torebey, Maribo, Denmark