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Bodil Jensen (Olsen)

Birthplace: Flintinge, Maribo, Denmark
Death: Died in Scipio, Millard, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Scipio, Millard, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

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

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About Bodil Jensen

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

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.

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Birth: Dec. 17, 1807, Denmark

Death: Jul. 29, 1874 Scipio Millard County Utah, USA

Parents: Ole Pedersen and Anne Hansen

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.

Family links:

  • 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)*

Burial: Scipio Pioneer Cemetery Scipio Millard County Utah, USA

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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