Neil Levi Sorensen
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Neil Levi Sorensen was born in Inverury, Utah, on March 22, 1901, to Jensine Nielsen and Niels Christian Sorensen. Jensine and Niels’ families joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark. They met and married when both families immigrated and settled in Ephraim, Utah.(1)
He was the seventh child of eleven children. His older brother Peter and older sisters Lilly and Sheba died at a very young age. Neil had three older sisters, Christine, Amanda and Rachel and two younger sisters, Leba and Geneva. He had a younger brother, Grant, but his youngest brother, Seymore, died shortly after birth.(2)
The family continued to face their challenges. In April of 1920, Neil’s brother-in-law James Anderson died in Central as a result of the influenza epidemic. Then in October 1921 his sister Amanda Clayton died unexpectedly in Salt Lake City.
Neil turned 21 years old in 1922 and was living at home with his parents, brother Grant and sisters Lee and Gene. Then in early June, with his friends John Larsen and Willie Clark, Neil left home to seek employment in California. He got work as a molder and settled in Montebello.(3)
On August 26, 1923, word came of his 18 year old brother Grant’s death in a buggy accident.(4) The 22 year old Neil met and then married seventeen year old Gladys Louise Taylor on November 3, 1924.(5) Their first son, Neil Grant, was born on January 23, 1925. Unfortunately he only lived a few short months. He died around July 1925.(6) Their second son, Verne Owen, was born on September 1, 1926.(7)
After a long illness, his mother died in February 1928 in Richfield, Utah.(8) His sister Rachel Schilling needed a new start since her husband abandoned her and their two children. So they went to live with Neil and his family in California for a time. They were helping each other in tough family and economic times.(9) Then on December 13, 1930, Gladys and Neil were blessed with their third son Boyd Niels.(10) Eventually Rae met and married a man named Barnwell and they moved, with her two children, Gordon and Donald, to Oakland.
The Great Depression was deepening and more of Neil’s extended family was moving to California for greater opportunity. Neil’s older widowed sister Christine Anderson sold her home in Central with the intention of relocating in California, to live closer to her children Richard and Floree who had also moved to California. The Richfield Reaper said, “Mrs. Christine Anderson had bought a home in California and will move her family there immediately. The younger set gave a farewell party Monday evening complementary to Maxine, Joy and Clark Anderson, who with their mother are moving to California.” She bought a home in El Monte.(11)
Then in 1934, when Owen was eight years old and Boyd was four years old, Gladys left Neil and her two children for another man. His identity is unknown, but he passed away sometime afterward in a car accident. Then Gladys married Neil’s best friend Clyde Butler.(12) Also in this year his father was diagnosed with cancer. Neil took his family and relocated to El Monte. Around 1935 his sister Rae moved back to Los Angeles.(13)
On January 16, 1938, his father N C Sorensen passed away in Richfield.(14) Neil married Vera Juliett Holt on September 10, 1938. She was divorced and had a nine year old son Ronald Nehring and eight year old daughter Betty Nehring. Owen was around twelve years old and Boyd was seven years old.(15)
Life then returned to normal. Neil’s sister Gene married Guy C Jack and they were living in San Diego with her daughter Loisene. His sister Lee and her husband, Joe Jensen, would come to California on regular buying trips. They would, no doubt, take time to visit with her brother and sisters. His sister Christine had children similar to her in age. Richard Anderson, Floree Crawford, Clark Anderson, Maxine Maxcy and Joy Stewart all lived in the Los Angeles area.
Neil’s son Owen served in the Navy in World War II. After the war Owen married Dolores Frances Doane on February 1, 1946.(16) They had their first baby on September 8, 1946, who was probably born premature. He died at birth.(17) Their second son, Craig Lee was born on April 22, 1949.(18) Then on April 6, 1950, their daughter Sandra Kay was born.(19)
Neil’s son Boyd served in the Korean War. Boyd Nels Sorensen married Miriam Lois Slocum on July 5, 1950.(20) They had a son on May 18, 1951, and named him Neil Boyd.(21) His second marriage was to Bette Jeanne Hyatt on March 15, 1958, but their marriage was short lived and the ended the marriage.(22) His third marriage was to Lois Jeanne Lockhart on December 19, 1960. On November 28, 1961, they had a daughter Noel Maria.(23) Their marriage lasted for nineteen years.(24) Then he married Linda Ann Diaz on April 29, 1981.(25)
On March 10, 1965, Neil’s oldest sister, Christine Anderson, passed away in El Monte.(26) Then in the summer of 1967, Neil’s sister Lee Jensen moved from Richfield, Utah, to Ontario, California. She would then be closer to her daughter Corinne Bybee, son Jack, and their families in California. Her other son, Roger, and his family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. It would also make her closer to Neil, sister Rae and her nieces and nephews who where close to her age. It also helped fill the void left by her older sister’s passing.(27)
It was on December 21, 1973, when his grandson Craig Lee Sorensen passed away at age 24 from complications of Muscular Dystrophy.(28) Then his wife Vera passed away on October 24, 1974, at age 65, and was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, California.(29) It was on January 29, 1976, when his ex-wife Gladys Butler passed away at age 70. She was buried next to her third husband Clyde Butler in Rose Hills Cemetery.(30)
Neil Levi Sorensen passed away on December 1, 1977, at age 76 in El Monte of heart disease. He was buried next to his wife Vera in Rose Hills Cemetery.(31) Neil was survived by his son Owen, and his wife Dee; son Boyd and his wife Linda; granddaughters Sandie Kay Rock and Noel Maria Palmieri; grandson Neil Boyd Sorensen; and great grandsons, Michael David Rock, Mark Owen Rock.
His son Boyd died on November 30, 1999. Owen passed away on March 23, 2012, in Bullhead City, Arizona. Marion has since passed away. Dolores, Lois, Linda and Bette are alive and well. (32)
Written by Ted L Jensen with additional information from Sandie Sorensen Rock and Noel Sorensen Palmieri.
Copyright 2015 Ted L Jensen All rights reserved.
1 - Inverury’s name was changed to Central and then later to Central Valley. Most of the residents were LDS immigrants from Denmark. Utah Digital Newspapers, Richfield Reaper, “Obituary of NC Sorensen,” 20 Jan 1938, 5.
2 – Peter is buried in Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery in Ephraim, Utah. His siblings Lilly, Sheba and Seymour are buried in Central Valley Cemetery in Central Valley, Utah.
3 - “John Larsen, Willie Clark and Niel Sorensen left Wednesday for California where they will seek employment.” From Utah Digital Newspapers, the Richfield Reaper, June 8, 2009, 5. His occupation and residence are taken from the “United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (accessed 13 Jul 2013), Neil L Sorenson, 1930.
4 – From Utah Digital Newspapers, Richfield Reaper, “Grant Sorensen Meets Death In Fall From Buggy,” August 30, 1923, 1.
5 – Their marriage is from "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch (accessed 11 Jul 2013), Neil L Sorensen and Gladys L Taylor, 1923.
6 – Two photographs of his grave shows other headstones with the death dates of July 1925. Like Billy D Whiteford, who died in July 1925. Neal’s birth record, “Name: Neal Grant Sorenson; Event Type: Birth; Event Date: 23 Jan 1925; Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States; Gender: Male; Mother's Name: Taylor.” From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (accessed 20 Jul 2013), Neal Grant Sorenson, 1925.
7 – From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, “FamilySearch” (MM9.1.1/VLN3-GXG : accessed 11 Jul 2013), Verne Owen Sorensen, 1926.
8 – From Utah Digital Newspapers, Richfield Reaper, “Final Tribute Is Paid To Mrs. N.C. Sorensen,” March 1, 1928-03-01, 1. After a while, NC married Alice Sophia Gledhill.
9 - The 1930 US Census shows Neil and his wife Gladys, with their two year old son Owen. Living with them are his sister Rachel Schilling and her sons Gordon, age 13, and Donald, age 8. They lived at 1000 So. Gage St., Montebello, California, as of April 1930. From the source in note 3. Gordon Shilling and Donald Schilling lived in the San Diego area, but passed away in 2001 and 2008, respectively.
10 - Confirmed by Noel Palmieri, “Dad was born on December 13.” From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (MM9.1.1/V2RH-VJ2 : accessed 11 Jul 2013), Boyd Niels Sorensen, 1930.
11 – From Utah Digital Newspapers, Richfield Reaper, September 1, 1932, 6. Her home address comes from the "United States Census, 1940," index and images, “FamilySearch” (MM9.1.1/K97F-PD8 : accessed 13 Jul 2013), Neil L Sorenson, 1940.
12 – Dolores Sorensen states, “When Gladys left Neil for Neil’s best friend, well it wasn’t Clyde it was someone else and we don’t remember his name but he was killed in a car accident and then ended up marrying Clyde.” Gladys continued to have a good relationship with her children. Gladys has not yet been found in the 1940 Census with the last name Sorensen, Taylor or Butler. So her whereabouts at that time are unknown.
13 - The 1940 Census, taken on Apri1 13, 1940 (note 11), shows that Rae Barnwell lived at 2314 ½ Magnolia Ave, Los Angeles, California. Her son Donald is living at home, but there is no mention of her husband or her son Gordon. They were living there in 1935. Rae then married a third time to a man named Newby. Not much is currently known about him. Her name of Barnwell is confirmed in NC Sorensen’s obituary in note 14.
14 – From Utah Digital Newspapers, Richfield Reaper, Niels C Sorensen Obituary, January 16, 1938.
15 - In 1940, Neil and his family were living at 928 Potraro Ave, El Monte, California. Vera’s two children were also living with them. The 1940 US Census, note 11, indicates that Neil was still working as a Molder with a bathroom fixture company.
16 - Their marriage record, Name: Verne Owen Sorensen; Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 01 Feb 1946; Event Place: Los Angeles (County), California, United States; Gender: Male; Age: 19; Birth Year (Estimated): 1927; Father's Name: Neil L Sorensen; Mother's Name: Glady(s) L Taylor; Spouse's Name: Dolores Frances Doane; Spouse's Age: 17; Spouse's Gender: Female; Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1929; Spouse's Father's Name: Geo C Doane; Spouse's Mother's Name: Nettie Mae Tanner; Page: 106; GS Film number: 2115501; Digital Folder Number: 005698721; Image Number: 01453. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch (MM9.1.1/K8KQ-WZZ : accessed 13 Jul 2013), Verne Owen Sorensen and Dolores Frances Doane, 1946.
17 – Their baby was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery. “Grave / Interment Detail – Sorensen, baby boy; Date of Death: 9/8/1946; Burial Property Name: Sharon Babyland Lawn; Burial Section: 1; Burial Lot: 809; Grave/Niche: 809; Entrance Gate: 15.”
18 - “Name: Craig Lee Sorensen; Event Type: Birth; Event Date: 22 Apr 1949; Event Place: Los Angeles (County), California, United States; Gender: Male; Mother's Name: Doane.” From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (accessed 13 Jul 2013), Craig Lee Sorensen, 1949.
19 – Birth record, “Name: Sandra Kay Sorensen; Event Type: Birth; Event Date: 06 Apr 1950; Event Place: Los Angeles (County), California, United States; Gender: Female; Mother's Name: Doane.” From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (accessed 13 Jul 2013), Sandra Kay Sorensen, 1950.
20 - Their marriage record, Name: Boyd Nels Sorensen; Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 05 Jul 1950; Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States; Gender: Male; Age: 19; Birth Year (Estimated): 1931; Father's Name: Neil Sorensen; Mother's Name: Gladys Taylor; Spouse's Name: Miriam Lois Slocum; Spouse's Age: 17; Spouse's Gender: Female; Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1933; Spouse's Father's Name: Carie Slocum; Spouse's Mother's Name: Eliner Tucker; Page: 208; GS Film number: 2117778; Digital Folder Number: 005698922; Image Number: 01841; Collection: Boyd Nels Sorensen, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952." Her birth record shows, “Name: Miriam Lois Slocum; Event Type: Birth; Event Date: 8 Dec 1932; Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States; Gender: Female; Mother's Name: Tucker.” Taken from "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (accessed 20 Jul 2013), Miriam Lois Slocum, 1932.
21 - From Noel, “From his first marriage to Miriam was a son Neil.” Name: Neil Boyd Sorensen; Event Type: Birth; Event Date: 18 May 1951; Event Place: Los Angeles (County), California, United States; Gender: Male; Mother's Name: Slocum. From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (accessed 13 Jul 2013), Neil Boyd Sorensen, 1951.
22 - Their marriage record: Boyd Nels Sorensen;… Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 15 Mar 1958; Event Place: , Nevada, United States;… Registration Place: , Clark, Nevada;… Spouse's Name: Bette Jeanne Hyatt;… Page: K10;… Collection: Boyd Nels Sorensen, "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005." Also, Name: Bette Jeanne Hyatt;… Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 15 Mar 1958; Event Place: , Nevada, United States;… Registration Place: , Clark, Nevada;… Spouse's Name: Boyd Nels Sorensen;… Page: B07;… Collection: Boyd Nels Sorensen, "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005." Bette went on to marry Donald W Bishop. “Name: Donald W Bishop… Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 18 Oct 1958; Event Place:, Nevada, United States… Registration Place:, Clark, Nevada; Gender:; Spouse's Name: Bette Jeanne Hyatt…” From the Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005," index, FamilySearch (accessed 20 Jul 2013), Donald W Bishop and Bette Jeanne Hyatt, 1958.
23 - Name: Noel M Sorensen; Event Type: Birth; Event Date: 28 Nov 1961; Event Place: Los Angeles (County), California, United States; Gender: Female; Mother's Name: Lockhart. From the "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch (accessed 14 Jul 2013), Noel M Sorensen, 1961.
24 - Their marriage record, Name: Lois Jeanne Lockhart;… Event: Marriage; Event Date: 19 Dec 1960; Event Place: , Nevada, United States; Residence:; Registration Date:; Registration Place: , Clark, Nevada; Gender:; Spouse: Boyd N Sorenson; Spouse's Titles & Terms:; Spouse's Residence:; Officiant:; County Page: H13;… Collection: Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005. Their divorce record, Name: Boyd N Sorensen; Event: Divorce; Event Date: 07 Nov 1979; Event Place: Los Angeles, California; Spouse: Lois J; Collection: California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984.
25 - Their marriage record, Name: Boyd Nels Sorensen;… Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 29 Apr 1981; Event Place: Clark, Nevada, United States; Residence Place: California; Registration Date: 18 May 1981; Registration Place: , Clark, Nevada; Gender: Male; Spouse's Name: Linda Ann Diaz;… Spouse's Residence Place: California; Type of Officiator: Civil celebrant; Page: 110746; Book Number: 6220; Instrument Number: 110746; Registration Year (Original): 1981; Affiliate Control Alias: Affiliate Film Number: 410746.” Collection: Boyd Nels Sorensen, "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005."
26 - Christine Sorensen Anderson was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery, Sunset Lawn; Burial Section: 11; Burial Lot: 3265; Grave/Niche: 4, Whittier, California.
27 - Lee’s husband Joe Jensen died on August 20, 1960. After living alone in Richfield for almost seven years, she longed to be closer to her immediate and extended families.
28 - The cause of death was provided by Sandie S Rock. His death information, “Name:Craig L Sorensen; Event Type: Death; Event Date: 21 Dec 1973; Event Place: Orange (County), California, United States; Birth Date: 22 Apr 1949; Birthplace: California; Gender: Male…” From the "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, FamilySearch (accessed 13 Jul 2013), Craig L Sorensen, 1973. Burial information, “Grave / Interment Detail – Sorensen, Craig Lee; Date of Death: 12/21/1973; Burial Property Name: Suncrest Lawn; Burial Section: 3; Burial Lot: 2234; Grave/Niche: 4; Entrance Gate: 17.”
29 - Vera Sorensen was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, the Garden of Reflection Lawn, section: 20, lot: 2089, grave/niche: 2.
30 - Clyde Calvin Butler died on June 25, 1971. He was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Twilight Terrace Lawn, section: 10, lot: 2966, grave/niche: 3 He was born on September 21, 1903. Death record, “Clyde C Butler; Event Type:Death; Event Date: 25 Jun 1971; Event Place: Los Angeles (County), California, United States; Birth Date: 21 Sep 1903; Birthplace:Missouri; Gender: Male..” From the "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, FamilySearch (accessed 20 Jul 2013), Clyde C Butler, 1971.
31 - Copy of California Death Certificate for Neil L Sorensen in the possession of Ted L Jensen. “Certificate: 52684; Full Name: Neil Levi Sorensen; Place of Birth: Utah; Birth Date: 3-21-1901; Death Date: 12-1-1977; Age at Death: 76; Place of Death: South El Monte; County of Death: Los Angles, California; Name of Hospital: Greater El Monte Community Hospital, 1701 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte; Male; Social Security Number: 560-07-6018; Race: Caucasian; Widowed; Occupation: Manager of Real Estate; Business: Property Management – Self Employed; Name of Father: Neils Christian Sorensen; Father’s Birthplace: Denmark; Mother’s Maiden Name: Yencena (Jensine) Nelsen; Mother’s Birthplace: Denmark; Informant: V O Sorensen, son; Informant’s Address: 10601 E Roseglen St, Temple City, CA; Burial; Place of Burial: Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA; Date of Burial; 12-5-1977; Embalmed: Yes; Name of Embalmer: James R Angerer, ID: 5906, Rose Hills Mortuary; Usual Residence: State: CA, Years: 55, County: LA, Years: 55, Street Address: 10118 E Garvey, El Monte, CA; Citizen: Yes; Date of Death: 12-1-1977; Hour: 1, Min: 45, PM;…Cause of Death: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Mins: 5; Due to: Coronary Artery Insufficiency, Mons: 6; Due to: Arterio Sclerotic Heart Disease;…Autopsy: Yes;…” He was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Garden of Reflection Lawn; section: 20, lot: 2089, grave/niche: 1.
32 – “Marion died recently but Lois and Linda are alive and well.” - Noel Palmieri, 2012. For Bette Jeanne Hyatt see note 22.
Christine Sorensen Anderson
Contributor: DavidR.BillionGraves@gmail.com Created: 3 months ago Updated: 3 months ago
Christine Sorensen was born on October 3, 1885, in Ephraim, Utah. She was the first daughter of Jensine Nielsen and Niels Christian Sorensen. Both of her parents emigrated to Ephraim, Utah, from Denmark, where they met and then married on July 20, 1884. They were recent converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and desired to live around other members of the Church. Her first brother Peter was born on February 9, 1887. Unfortunately he passed away when he was twenty months old.(1)
After four years in Ephraim, NC moved his family and cattle to Koosharem, Utah, where he was a farmer and had dairy cattle. There was more water and grass there in what was called “Grass Valley”. It was here that Christine’s sister Amanda was born in April of 1890. Koosharem was a small farming town where dairy cattle would do well, but there needed to be a market.(2)
The family moved again when she was around five years old. This time they moved to Inverury, in the central part of Sevier County. They settled down and it was in 1892 that another child was born. Six year old Christine now had two sisters - Amanda and Lilly. Sixteen months later Lilly passed away as the weather was getting colder.(3) Then in 1896 Rachel was born. The family was doing well and continuing to grow.
At this time Christine’s father was called to serve as a missionary in his native Denmark. Her mother Jensine, age 29, had a photograph taken of her and their three daughters - Christine, age 11, Amanda, age 6, and Rachel, less than a year old, to take with him. The local church members helped to take care of the family while he was away.(4)
When he returned, the family continued to grow. Christine was 13 years old when her sister Sheba was born in December of 1898 and brother Neil was born in March of 1901. Unfortunately Sheba passed away in October of 1902.(5) Sister Lee was born in March 1903 and brother Grant in June 1905 when Christine was 19 years old.
It was probably around 1906 when Christine met James Christian Anderson of Elsinore. They were married in Richfield on September 17, 1906. (6) They made their home in Central, the new name for Inverury.(7) The following June her last sister, Geneva, was born.
James and Christine had their first child on March 2, 1908. They named her Evalyn.(8) Their first son, and second child, Richard was born July 8, 1909.(9)
Christine’s last bother was born on October 29, 1910. His name was Seymore. Unfortunately he died October 31 of what we would probably call SIDS. Beside her parents, Christine had four sisters and two brothers that were living.(10)
Christine and James were blessed with their third child Floree Christine in May 12, 1911.(11) Followed by Clark on June 22, 1913(12); Maxine on April 6, 1915(13); and Joy on February 6, 1917.(14) Life was good. James worked on the farm while Christine maintained the house and taught the children. Unfortunately good times don’t last forever.
It was on August 15, 1917, when nine year old Evalyn, her oldest child, was getting sick. She was diagnosed as having Typhoid Fever and then Meningitis. She continued to get worse until she passed away on August 25.(15)
The influenza epidemic was afflicting the country from 1918 through 1919. When anyone in your family got sick, it was very serious. Their son David was born on March 31, 1919. Then five months later he contracted pneumonia. After suffering with it for four days, he passed away on September 7.(16)
Five months later, in February, when the epidemic was declining, her husband James was diagnosed with Influenza, then later Meningitis. The combination proved fatal. The 40 year old farmer died on April 14, 1920. Christine was left with Richard, age 10; Floree, age 8; Clark, age 6; Maxine, age 5; and Joy, age 4. To support her family, she had the family farm and worked as the janitor at Central School.(17)
With the epidemic under control, the good times were back with what was called the “Roaring ‘20’s.” For Christine it was now a time of change. Word came on October 31, 1921, of the unexpected passing of her sister Amanda in Salt Lake City.(18) In June of 1922, Christine’s brother Neil left for California with two of his friends to find employment.(19) In August of 1923 her brother Grant, age 18, was thrown from a buggy and injured on a fence post. He was taken to the hospital, but died of internal injuries.(20) Then her sister Lee left to work in a Salt Lake City in the Newhouse Hotel. When Lee married Joe Jensen in 1924, and settled in Richfield, that left her parents living nearby in Central with her youngest sister Gene.
It was in January of 1928 when her mother became sick. About two months later, on February 21, she passed away. She was 61 years old. She was buried near her son Grant.(21) The family gathered together again in April 12 to celebrate her father’s 66th birthday.(22)
In 1930, Christine was employed by the Census Bureau to help take the 1930 Census. She was 44 years old and supported her children Richard, 20; Floree, 18; Clark, 16; Maxine, 14; and Joy, 13. The farm and her steady job at the school allowed the family to make ends meet as the Great Depression spread across the country.(23)
Then in March of 1931, her son Richard went his friend Lavor Porter to California to seek employment.(24) Her brother Neal and sisters Rae and Gene were already living there with their families. Her sister Lee and husband Joe would also go on regular buying trips to California. So, in the summer of 1932 Christine went to California and bought a home in El Monte. Then in late August, she left Central with her children Maxine, Joy and Clark. Floree was 20 and was away from home at the time of the move, so she joined them later.(25) Christine was back with the majority of her family. She was in a large population and in a warmer climate. It was time to see her children have their own families.
In January of 1938, her father was diagnosed with cancer. It spread to his liver and colon before he died at age 75 on January 16. Once again the family gathered together and the funeral was held on January 20.(26)
On October 1, 1938, Christine’s daughter Maxine married James Percy Maxcy, Jr., in Los Angeles and they made their home there.(27) In 1940, Christine was still living at 1036 Potrero Ave. in El Monte, California, with three of her children - Floree, who was 28, Clark, 26, and Joy, 22. (28)
Richard had joined the Navy and served as a Carpenter’s Mate during World War II. Then he married Mary June Miller on February 19, 1944, in Los Angeles. They made their home in Riverside, California.(29) Joy married Robert J Stewart and they made their home in Temple City.(30)
After a long and full life, Christine Sorensen Anderson passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 1965. She was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.(31) She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Evalyn and son David. Christine was survived by Mary and Richard Anderson, Floree Anderson, Clark Anderson, Maxine and James Maxcy(32), Joy and Robert Stewart and sisters Rae, Lee and Gene, and brother Neil.
Floree married Louis Stark Crawford on June 18, 1973, in Las Vegas, Nevada.(33) Christine’s son Clark never married.(34)
1 – Peter Sorensen was born on February 9, 1887, and died on October 9, 1888. The information was passed down in family records. So far no other records have been located. He was buried in Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery, probably near his grandfather Jens Peter Sorensen.
2 - Jensine “came with her parents to Utah in 1884, and shortly after her arrival was married to Niels C. Sorensen of Ephraim. The young couple resided for four years in Ephraim, later moving to Koosharem leaving in a short time to make their home in Central, where they resided until about four years ago (1924) when they took up their residence in Richfield.” Richfield Reaper, “Final Tribute is Paid To Mrs. N. C. Sorensen”, March 1, 1928, 1. All newspaper references are taken from Utah Digital Newspapers, created and maintained by the University of Utah.
3 – Lilly was buried in what is now Central Valley Cemetery, location 109. It is also listed as location F-9. Headstone text: “Lily; Dau. of N. C. & Jensina; Sorensen; July 8, 1892; Nov. 25, 1893.”
4 - Richfield Reaper, “Obituaries; Niels C. Sorenson”, January 20, 1938, 5.
5 – Sheba was buried next to her sister Lily in Central Valley Cemetery, grave 110. Also listed as F-10. Headstone text: “Sheba; Dau. of N. C. & Jensina; Sorensen; Dec. 20, 1898; Oct. 18, 1902.”
6 - “County Clerk Magleby supplied… marriage licenses Monday (September 17, 1906, to) … James Anderson and Christine Sorensen of Central. The clerk married the… couple.” Richfield Reaper, September 20, 1906, 5.
7 – Central was renamed years later to Central Valley. Chosen because it was in the central part of the Sevier Valley.
8 - “Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson of Central, March (2), a daughter (Evalyn).” Richfield Reaper, “Personal Notes and Gossip”, March 5, 1908, 5.
9 – “Richard Anderson; Birth Date: 8 Jul 1909; Death Date: 25 Oct 1988; … State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: California; Death Residence Localities ZIP Code: 92343.” From United States Social Security Death Index, Richard J Anderson, 25 October 1988; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
10 – Seymore Sorensen was born on October 29, 1910 and died on October 31, 1910. He was buried next to his two sisters in Central Cemetery, location 111. The cemetery also lists the location as F-11.
11 – Floree C Crawford, Birth Date: 12 May 1911, Death date: 7 September 1998. From the United States Social Security Death Index.
12 – Clark S Anderson, Birth Date: 22 June 1913, Death Date: 30 November 1997. From the United States Social Security Death Index.
13 – Maxine Marie Maxcy, Birth Date: 6 April 1915, Death Date: 24 April 2005. From the United States Social Security Death Index.
14 – Joy A Stewart, Birth Date: 6 February 1917, Death Date: September 1991. From the United States Social Security Death Index.
15 - Evalyn was buried in Central Valley Cemetery, Central, Utah. The cemetery lists her grave location as C-3. Headstone text: “Daughter; Evalyn Anderson; Mar 2, 1908; Aug 25, 1917.”
16 - David Q Anderson was buried next to his sister Evalyn in Central Valley Cemetery, Central, Utah. The cemetery lists his grave location as C-2. Headstone text: "Son; David Q Anderson; Mar 31, 1919; Sept 7, 1919."
17 - James Christan Olsen Anderson was buried next to his children Evalyn and David. Central Valley Cemetery, Central, Utah, grave location as C-1. Headstone text: “Father; James C Anderson; July 4, 1879; Apr 14, 1920.” See the 1920 Census for the children in the family. The 1930 US Census lists her occupation.
18 - “Koosharem Lady Dies In Salt Lake – Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda Clayton, wife of Newell H. Clayton, of Salt Lake City, who died at a hospital in Salt Lake Monday night of last week (October 31, 1921), following a short illness, were held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon (, November 3, 1921,) in the Cannon ward chapel. The body was lying in state at the family home…Thursday morning… Mrs. Clayton was born in Koosharem, April 27, 1890. She was a daughter of Neils Sorensen and Jensen Busk Sorensen. She is survived by her parents, who live at Richfield; her husband; two sons, Cecil and Russel; a daughter, Wanda, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Rachael Schilling, Neil, Geneva, Leba and Grant Sorensen, all living in Sevier County.” The name spellings were corrected. Christine’s family was missed. Richfield Reaper, November 10, 1921, 4.
19 - “John Larsen, Willie Clark, and Neil Sorensen left Wednesday for California where they will seek employment.” Richfield Reaper, June 8, 1922, 5.
20 – Richfield Reaper, “Grant Sorensen Meets Death In Fall From Buggy,” August 30, 1930, 1.
21 - She died of Acute Nephritis or a severe inflammation of the kidneys. Richfield Reaper, “Final Tribute is Paid To Mrs. N. C. Sorensen”, March 1, 1928, 1.
22 - “Society… Celebrates Birthday pg N. C. Sorensen celebrated his 66th birthday anniversary Thursday in the circle of a number of relatives who called at his home, among them his daughters, Mrs. Rae Schilling. Mrs. Joseph E. Jensen. Mrs. Warren Sandberg and Mrs. Christine Anderson of Central. Mrs. Alice Hawley and Charles Christensen of Central joined in the festivities. A tasty luncheon was served.” Richfield Reaper, April 19, 1928, 5. It was a year later when her father married Alice Gledhill Bulkley on 1 April 1929 in Richfield.
23 – The 1930 Census also shows that she is the Janitor at the local school.
24 - “Lavor Porter and Richard Anderson arrived in Susanville, California, Sunday. They expect to find employment there.” Richfield Reaper, March 12, 1931, 3.
25 - “Mrs. Christine Anderson has bought a home in California and will move her family there immediately. The younger set gave a farewell party Monday evening complimentary to Maxine, Joy, and Clark Anderson, who with their mother are moving to California.” Richfield Reaper, “Central”, September 1, 1932, 6. An article in the Richfield Reaper, January 7, 1937, confirms the location as El Monte. She returned to Utah that year to spend the Holidays. Then in May 1937 she sold her home in Central to Milo Marble. She could have rented it until then. Richfield Reaper, 20 May 1937, 3.
26 - "Obituaries; Niels C. Sorenson - Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, at 2 p. m. in the Richfield Fourth ward chapel for Niels Christian Sorenson, 75, who died at his home here late Sunday. pg Mr. Sorensen was born in Nasby, Denmark, on April 12, 1862, to Jens Peter and Marane Olesen Sorenson. He came to America as an L. D. S. convert when he was 22 years of age. Ephraim was his first home and he married there in July, 1884. He moved from Ephraim to Koosharem, later to Central, and for the past 13 years has been a resident of Richfield. He was active in church affairs. He filled and L. D. S. mission in Denmark. He had acted as superintendent of the Sunday School, counselor in the Bishopric, president of the Y. M. M. I. A., and held the position of high priest in the Central ward. Alice Gledhill Buckley was his second wife. pg He is survevor (sic) by his widow and the following sons and daughters: Rae Barnwell of Oakland, California, Mrs. Christine Andersen of California, Mrs. Jos. E. Jensen of Richfield, Niel Sorenson of Los Angeles, and Geneve Jack of San Diego, Calfiornia." Richfield Reaper, “Obituaries - Niels C. Sorenson,” January 20,1938, 5. He was buried next to his wife in Richfield Cemetery.
27 – “California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,”(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8VW-YWH : accessed 04 Nov 2013), James P Maxcy and Maxine M Anderson, 1938.
28 - "United States Census, 1940," (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K97F-P89 : accessed 04 Nov 2013), Christine Anderson, El Monte Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-839, sheet 23A, family 569, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 228.
29 - "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K82L-H9T : accessed 04 Nov 2013), Richard James Anderson and Mary June Miller, 1944.) Richard A died on October 25, 1988, and is interred in Riverside National Cemetery. She died on November 27, 1991, and is interred next to him.
30 - Joy died on September 19, 1991. She was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery. Her husband Robert died on April 29, 2010, and was buried next to her.
31 - Sunset Lawn, section 11, lot 3265, grave 4, entrance Gate: 17. Headstone Text: "Our Mother; Christine Anderson; 1885-1965."
32 - Maxine’s husband James died on July 6, 1975. Maxine passed away on April 24, 2005, and was buried next to him in Rose Hills Cemetery.
33 - Louis died on October 8, 1988, and was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery. Floree died on September 8, 1998, and was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery next to Louis.
34 - Clark died on November 30, 1997, in Temple City, California. He was buried in Rose Hills Cemetery, next to his mother.
Written by Ted L Jensen.
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