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Ole C Jensen (Knudsen)

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Torebey, Maribo, Denmark
Death: January 18, 1909 (59)
Manti, Sanpete Co, UT
Place of Burial: Manti Cemetary, Manti, Sanpete Co, UT
Immediate Family:

Son of Knud Jensen Brygger and Bodil Jensen
Husband of Magdaline Lamp
Father of Henry Ole Jensen; Lenna Helena Bodina Jensen and Lydia Racine Jensen
Brother of Karen Caroline J. Knudsen; Jens Knudsen Jensen; Anne J Jensen; Bodil Thueson; Dorthea Knudsen Mortensen and 3 others

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About Ole C Jensen

Ole C Married Magdaline Lamp on May 16,1870 in Toreby Maribo, Denmark

OBITUARY: The Manti Messenger, Thursday 21 January 1909:

Ole Jensen Passes Away

Ole Jensen, a well known wool grower and prominent citizen of Manti passed away at 11:30 a.m. Monday Jan. 18 1909, after an illness of something like six weeks. The deceased was a son of Canute and Bodel Jensen and was born in Thorby, Lolland, Denmark September 13, 1849. He came to Utah with his parents in 1862 stopping at Provo, and finally locating in Gunnison. He took part in the Indian Wars and at the age of 18 removed to Scipio where his parents died in 1871. In 1879 he was called as a missionary to Apacho county Arizona, where he assisted in building the town of St. John. He was engaged in the merchandising business there and afterward bought a furniture store, which he sold in 1887 and removed to this city. He labored for four years in the temple and was on a two years' mission to Denmark. He served several years as justice of the peace for Manti Precinct, and was a member of the high council. His wife, whom he married in Scipio, May 16, 1870, was Magdalena, daughter of Asmus and Elizabeth Lamp born in Denmark, and died in this city about 4 years ago. He leaves three children; Henery O., Helena wife of Ernest Madsen, Lydia R., wife of Spencer Moffit – all prominent and highly respected citizens of this place.



Ole JENSEN was born to Knud JENSEN and Bodil OLSEN on September 26, 1849, in Toreby, Maribo, Denmark. His parents 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.

The children born to this union were born in the Toreby Parish as follows:


Christened and Where:

  • Jens Knudsen, born 10 Jun 1831, died 19 Jun 1831, buried at Toreby Parish Church
  • Anne Knudsen born, 2 Nov 1834, died 7 Dec 1834 buried at Toreby Parish Church
  • Bodil Knudsen, born 7 Sep 1836,died 7 Sep 1836 at home
  • Karen Knudsen, born 2 Apr 1838, died 2 Apr 1838 at home
  • Dorthea Knudsen, born 26 Apr 1840, died 24 Jun 1840, buried at Toreby Parish Church
  • Elisabeth Knudsen, born 11 Apr 1842, buried 11 Apr 1842 at home
  • Ellen Knudsen, born 11 Aug 1844, died 29 Aug 1844,buried at Toreby Parish Church
  • Else Margrethe Knudsen, born 22 Apr 1847, died 22 Apr 1847 at home
  • Ole Knudsen,born 26 Sep 1849,died 18 Nov 1849, buried at Toreby Parish Church

After coming to America, he went by the name Ole JENSEN. His oldest brother Jens went by the name Jens or James Knudsen.

Ole along with his family received the Mormon missionaries in there home. After the family was converted, they were baptized in Denmark by the missionaries. Anne was the first being baptized on June 20, 1858. Dorthea, Karen, and Ellen soon followed by being baptized on October 31, 1858. These four children were all baptized by Elder Pedersen. Bodil was baptized on June 19, 1859, and Jens on September 10, 1859.

Now with six of the Jensen children baptized, Bodil Olsen Jensen joined her family in membership on July 23, 1861, being baptized by P.C. Nielsen. Knud joined them on February 25, 1862, by being baptized by J.C. Olsen. Ole was baptized on March 15, 1862, by J.C. Olsen along with his sister, Else Margarethe, being baptized in the same year.

After sending Ole's sisters and his older brother Jens to American, Knud and his wife, Bodil JENSEN, and their two children, Else Margrethe (age 15) and Ole (age 12), came to America in 1862. For a more complete account of his journey read the history of his parents Knud and Bodil Jensen.

The steamer Albion sailed from Copenhagen April 14, 1862, with Knud, Bodil, Else Margrethe, and Ole JENSEN aboard. After a successful voyage, it arrived at Kiel at 8 o'clock a.m. on April 15th. After spending about two hours in transferring the baggage of the emigrating saints to the railway cars, the company left Kiel on an extra train for Altonia, where they arrived at 1:30 p.m.

President John Van Cott, assisted by other brethren, proceeded immediately to read the list of the emigrants and bring them on board the ships Electric and Athenia which were anchored in the Elbe off Hamburg. Knud, Bodil, Else Margrethe, and Ole JENSEN boarded the ship Electric.

On Friday, April 18th, the ship Electric (Capt. H.J. Johansen) sailed from Hamburg with 336 emigrating Saints bound for Utah, in charge of Elder Soren Christoffersen. The ship sailed down the Elbe to Gluckstadt Roads, arriving there about noon; here anchor was cast near the ship Athenia. The Electric lifted anchor April 22nd and sailed to a point off the coast of Hanover, where anchor was again dropped and the ship waited for the wind to change. Favored at last with a good wind the Electric made the final start for America, April 25th, sailing out into the North Sea.

During the voyage a number of the emigrants died. Among this list was the beautiful Else Margrethe JENSEN. She died at the age of 15 years old of throat disease on May 3rd. Knud, Bodil, and Ole were greatly sorrowed with the death of Else Margrethe, but with the hope of seeing their other family members, they continued on to America.

The ship arrived safely in New York and the emigrants landed at Castle Garden on Friday, June 6, 1862. Here the company met the Saints who had crossed the Atlantic in the ship Athenia and who had landed on the 7th.

Within the next couple of days both companies of Saints from the Electric and the Athenia prepared to begin their journey inland. On June 9, 1862, they left New York by train for Florence, Nebraska, where plans were in operation to accumulate all four of the Danish companies--the Athenia, the Electric, the Humbolt, and the Franklin--and reorganize them for crossing the plains. Knud, Bodil, and Ole arrived in Florence on June 19.

Florence was a bustling frontier camp at the end of the railroad, located on the west bank of the river at a point now known as the North Omaha. Here, for the time being was one of the spots where the East and West met face to face. On one side were the railroads and civilization; on the other, vast stretches of wilderness, Indians, deserts, mountains--the great land of the future.

The Danish Saints at Florence were re-shuffled into four companies for crossing the plains. Two companies were organized for those who had financial means to buy all their necessary equipment. These were placed under the leadership of Elders Hans C. Hansen and Ole N. Liljenquist. Knud, Bodil, and Ole joined the Ole N. Liljenquist company, which broke camp at Florence, July 14, 1862.

On the journey across the Plains, the weather was generally fair and good spirit prevailed among the Saints. The health of the company was also good as a rule, and only one death occurred on the Plains. They kept up a guard and lost but a few head of cattle.

The journey from Florence was via Elkhorn River, Loup Fork, Wood River, Willow Lake, Rattlesnake Creek, Fort Laramie, Upper Platte Bride, Devil's Gate, South Pass, Green River, etc. to Salt Lake City.

After 51 days crossing the ocean and 71 days crossing the Plains, Knud, Bodil, and Ole arrived safely in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, on September 23, 1862; and they were uinted with their family.


Knud, Bodil and Ole first stopped in Provo; the family then traveled to Gunnison, Utah. Karen or Caroline lived in Provo. She was married to Peder Madsen. The LDS Scipio Ward Records state that Knud Jenson was received from Gunnison in 1867, and Ole Jensen, Knud's son, was received in 1869 from Provo. Ole's obituary states that he took part in the Indian wars, and at the age of 18 then moved to Scipio, Utah, to live with his parents. Scipio is where his parents died in 1874.

In 1879 Ole was called as a missionary to Apache County, Arizona, where he assisted in building the town of St. Johns. He was engaged in the merchandising business there and afterward bought a furniture store which he sold in 1887. According to the obituary of Lena Jensen Madsen, at the age of five years her parents Ole and Magdaline Jensen, moved to St. Johns, Arizona, and 17 years later returned to Utah locating in Manti where they resided up to the time of their death. The minutes in the St. Johns Ward Record show that during the first two years in St. Johns they had long and frequent priesthood meetings. The following extracts are taken from the Ward Record, Book A:

"December 19, 1880. It was decided to fix tip and rent from Brother C. I. Kempe a house in the Mexican town to be used for meeting and school purposes. A committee was appointed to take the matter in charge....

February 13, 1881. Bishop Udall, who has recently returned from his trip to Utah, said no doubt the brethren would remember that some time ago a committee was appointed to took after land matters for the colonists, The committee reported and recommended that Bishop Udall, with members of their committee, be appointed to survey and divide the field lands as they should deem best.... Ova C. Oversell was sustained to superintend laying off the land, M. H. Peterson and C. I. Kempe to assist him. They are to work under the direction of the bishop and the committee.

February 22. Brother Overson reported on the surveying done in the field. They had found five government corners, and then in conforming to them had laid off fifty-two five-acre plots and fourteen forty-acre plots. Bishop Udall announced that on Thursday morning the committee would be ready to distribute the land to those who wished to buy. He desired that justice be meted out to those present and to colonizers yet to come. It was decided that drawing for choice would be most fair.*

February 24. The brethren assembled in the evening to consider the subject of taking over a store from John W. Young, Ammon Tenney and others, and fully organizing it into a cooperative store.

A committee composed of the bishop, Ole Jensen and James Richey was appointed to draft a constitution and bylaws, and report later.

January 8. 1882. It was decided that we admit only L..D.S. Church members to our dances and that Sanford Bingham act as general doorkeeper with Ole Jensen as assistant.

Bishop Udall makes this note that by December 29th of that same year our meeting house was finished. This speedy accomplishment was made possible through Brother William H. Sherwood and me buying a short time before a number of hewn logs with which to build the house. We donated part of them and charged a nominal price for the others. In 1887 the hall was made larger by increasing the stage which made the top of the "T".

We had to draw the line in order to control our dances, for in accordance with true western custom, our neighbors and the strangers in our midst looked upon the dances as public affairs, and came in numbers, bringing with them their guns and their whiskey. They were not desirable associates for our wives and daughters. It took tact and strength of character to handle the situation. Our dance committee and bishopric were always "on the job," and we succeeded shortly in establishing the thought that our dances were strictly invitational. It added somewhat to the anti-Mormon feeling for a time, and then all decent men came to respect our plan. This is the first building that church services were held in at St. Johns with the bowery to the side.



'Ole Jensen mentioned in the record of Henry Ole Jensen', Name Henry Ole Jensen, Event Type Mission Event Date 1916 Event Place Northern States Residence Place Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Birth Date 04 Mar 1871 Birthplace Scipio, Millard, Utah Baptism Date 1880 Date Returned 19 Jan 1919 Departure Date 29 Nov 1916 Father's Name Ole Jensen Mother's Name Magdalena Lamp Page 213 Volume Missionary Register v. 4 By Whom Baptized James Owens By Whom Set Apart Seymour B Young Date Set Apart 28 Nov 1916

'Ole Jensen United States Census,1900' -

'Ole Jensen Find A Grave Index'-;

'Utah Death Certificate'- January 18, 1909 (59) Manti, Sanpete Co,Utah USA-;

'Ole Jensen in entry for Henry Ole Jensen', "Utah, Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860-1937"-

'Ole Knudsen Jensen, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database', 1847-1868"-

'Ole Jensen, "Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005'"-

'Ole Jensen Photos'-

'Ole Jensen and Magdaline Lamp Family History'-

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Ole C Jensen's Timeline

September 18, 1849
Torebey, Maribo, Denmark
September 26, 1849
Thoraby Loland, Denmark
March 15, 1862
Age 12
May 16, 1870
Age 20
March 4, 1871
Age 21
Scipio, Millard, UT, United States
March 8, 1873
Age 23
Millard, Utah, United States
June 3, 1875
Age 25
Millard, Utah, United States
November 20, 1891
Age 42
January 18, 1909
Age 59
Manti, Sanpete Co, UT