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Knud Jensen Brygger

Also Known As: "Knud Jensen Brygger"
Birthplace: Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
Death: Died in Scipio, Millard, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Scipio, Millard, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jens Brygger Knudsen and Margarethe Rasmussen
Husband of Bodil Jensen
Father of Karen Caroline J. Knudsen; Jens Knudsen Jensen; Anne J Jensen; Bodil J Thueson; Dorthea Knudsen Mortensen and 4 others

Occupation: Drugger Brygger
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About Knud Jensen Braygger

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John R. Murdock Company (1862) Age 52

Spouse: Bodil Olesdatter on Apr 28 1834 in Toreby, Maribo, Denmark

Immigration: 1862 to New York City, New York, United Stat

Departure: 24 July 1862 Arrival: 27 September 1862

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: Nov. 5, 1809, Denmark

Death: May 12, 1874 Scipio Millard County Utah, USA

Parents: Jens Knudsen and Margrethe Rasmussen

Knud Jensen was born in Toreby Maribo, Denmark.

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

Brygger was his occupation name.


Knud Jensen was the only child his parents had, and his mother was widowed when he was just one year old. Not much is known of his childhood, though Knud grew to be 6′3″ and was a very strong man. Knud was reared on the family farm, which was one of the largest in that part of Denmark.

Not surprisingly, Knud became a farmer of fairly good circumstances, and the people in his community thought highly of him. One who knew him said he was “of sturdy clean stock, imbued with the purest and most honest desires.” Knud was also skilled at beekeeping and brewing beer—a fact which led to his sometimes being referred to as “Knud Jensen Brygger.”

Knud married Bodil Olesdatter in 1834, and the couple had seven daughters and two sons. Knud had been raised in the Lutheran Church, and he honored those traditions as he began his own family. Interestingly, the family home was adjacent to the Lutheran church.

In about the year 1858, two Mormon missionaries called at his home and asked for lodging. The local Lutheran minister had warned the members of his congregation not to give the elders food or shelter, but Knud could not see it in his heart to turn the young men away on a cold and stormy night.

The minister, hearing that the missionaries were at the home, came with a mob to force them out. Knud took up a club and defied the minister and his followers to come onto the Jensen property. The mob finally broke up, but the men returned during the night to burn the barns, grain, and hay.

The following morning, Knud called on the preacher and ordered that all of his family members’ names be taken off the roll of the Lutheran church, saying, more or less, “If that is a sample of your Christianity, I want none of it.”

The family was subsequently baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which resulted in Jens and Anne being denied graduation from school. Knud decided that he wanted to get his family to Zion. Four of the daughters were sent on to Utah in the spring of 1859—with the assurance the rest of the family would follow. The girls sailed on the William Tapscott, and two of them married en route!

In 1862, Knud, Bodil, and the remaining children came to America, as well. They sailed on the Electric, and Knud covered the cost of passage for 14 Saints who needed assistance. The Electric sailed down the Elbe to Gluaksstodt Roads, then to Hanover, and then out into the North Sea. After 51 days, the ship landed in Castle Garden, New York.

There the Saints met up with the passengers from three other ships which had also come from Scandinavia at about the same time. The 700 Saints made their way to Nebraska. There, the large group was divided into smaller companies for the trek west, the independent groups being led by Ole N. Liljenquist and Christian A. Madsen, and the Church-assisted group being led by John R. Murdock.

The Jensen family crossed the plains with the Liljenquist Company, a trip which took 71 days. Records indicate that the first few days on the trail were difficult as the oxen were not accustomed to Scandinavian orders, so they often left the trail and would run away with the wagons! After a few practice sessions for the inexperienced teamsters, the problems resolved themselves.

Once in Utah, the Jensen family was reunited. In 1865, Knud was sealed to his wife, Bodil, in the Endowment House, and Wilford Woodruff performed the ordinance. Knud and Bodil settled in Gunnison, near their daughters Bodil and Ellen, who had married Neils and John Thueson (a father and his son). Knud helped Ellen take care of the family’s crops while her husband was away fighting in the Indian Wars and building up the fort at Gunnison.

In 1868, Knud and Bodil moved to Scipio, again following their daughters. Both passed away in 1874, within two months of each other.

(Compiled by Rhonda Seamons in September 2008. Updated in May 2014.)

Family links:

  • Bodil Olsen Jensen (1807 - 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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Knud Jensen Braygger's Timeline

November 9, 1809
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
November 12, 1809
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
June 10, 1831
Age 21
oreby, Maribo, Denmark
November 2, 1834
Age 24
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
September 7, 1836
Age 26
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
April 2, 1838
Age 28
Toreby, Maribo, Denmark
April 26, 1840
Age 30
Maribo, Storstrom, Denmark
April 11, 1842
Age 32
Torebey, Maribo, Denmark
August 11, 1844
Age 34
Torebey, Maribo, Denmark