Else Margrethe Jensen

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Else Margrethe Jensen

Birthdate: (15)
Birthplace: Torebey, Maribo, Denmark
Death: May 3, 1862 (15)
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Knud Jensen Braygger and Bodil Jensen
Sister of Karen Caroline J. Knudsen; Jens Knudsen Jensen; Anne J Jensen; Bodil Thueson; Dorthea Knudsen Mortensen and 3 others

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About Else Margrethe Jensen

Christening 6 June 1847 Toreby, Sogn, Maribo, Denmark

HISTORY OF ELSE MARGRETHE KNUDSEN - Written by Lucile Christensen (A Grand Niece)

Else Margarethe was born April 22, 1847 in Toreby, Maribo, Denmark. She is the daughter of Knud Jensen and Bodil Olsen. She had two brothers and six sisters . They had a good home with loving and understanding parents. She lived on a large farm where her father, Knud Jensen, was well-to-do and able to supply a good living f or his family. The children attended school and were also trained at home to work in the fields. The girls also had their work in the house learning the duties of the girls and women. Their mother taught them how to keep house, cook and sew along with other things which would make them good homemakers.

Else Margrethe had a sister, Elisabeth, five years older than she. When Elisabeth was a baby she was very sick with a high fever. The doctor gave her strong medicine which damaged her brain and caused her to be an invalid the rest of her life. Her family was loving and kind to her and did everything to make her comfortable and happy. Else Margrethe did a lot for her and tried to interest her by showing her things and taking her out for a ride in her wheelchair and letting her watch the children at play. Elisabeth lived till she was 15 years old. She died on August 20, 1858 in Denmark.

Else Margrethe had many friends who liked to come to her home. They had many parties. Knud and Bodil encouraged their children to bring their friends home. In Denmark it was the custom to have something nice cooked in case anyone came to visit. It was not considered polite for them to let their company leave the house without having something to eat. Else Margrethe liked to cook and she made nice things to treat her friends when they had a party at her home.

The Knud Jensen family belonged to the State Church. The Lutheran Church was the only Church in Denmark until about 1848 when other churches began to send their missionaries to teach their religions. In 1850 some missionaries from America came to Denmark to teach of a new religion called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." In Denmark they were mostly referred to as the "Mormons." When the Mormon Elders came to the Jensen home they were invited in and given food and lodging. Knud Jensen was not too interested in going to church himself, but he insisted that his family go. When there was a donation asked, he was willing to give.

He and his family were friendly with the Minister of the Lutheran Church and his family; they were good neighbors and friends. But when the Minister saw the Mormon Elders going to the Jensen home, tension was created between them because he did not approve of Knud Jensen giving his family permission to go to the meetings of the missionaries instead of their church.

In 1858, four of Else's sisters were converted and baptized into the "Mormon" Church. They emigrated to Zion in 1859. In 1860 the oldest boy, Jens, and another sister were baptized and went to Zion the same year.

In 1862, Else Margrethe, with her parents and brother, Ole, were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They left their home in Denmark and went to Hemburg, Germany where they boarded the ship "Electric" with Captain H. J. Johnson in charge. There they joined with 335 other immigrating saints bound for Utah. Elder Soren Christofferson was put in as President of the company. They sailed down the Elbe to Gluskstadt Roads where they docked near three other ships which also had immigrating saints on board: all three ships began sailing at about the same time. April 22, 1862, was Else Margrethe's 15th birthday anniversary. The ship lifted anchor and sailed to a point off the coast of Henover where the anchor was dropped while the ship waited for the wind to change.

Favored at last with a good wind, the "Electric" made the final start for America. On April 25, 1862, they sailed out into the North Sea. Several of the Saints died on the trip, one being Else Margrethe. She had contracted a throat disease and died on May 3, 1862. She was buried at sea the following day.

Her parents and brother went on their way with deep sorrow in their hearts for the loss of their beloved daughter/sister which they had to leave behind. They looked forward to be with the rest of their family who were waiting for them in Zion.

Anne Knudsen Jensen Jorgensen, Else Margrethe's sister, had Else Margrethe sealed (by Proxy in the Endowment House) to her own husband, Mads Jorgensen.

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Else Margrethe Jensen's Timeline

April 22, 1847
Torebey, Maribo, Denmark
May 3, 1862
Age 15
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
May 4, 1862
Age 15
October 4, 1871
Age 15
November 20, 1891
Age 15
November 20, 1891
Age 15