Jons Christofferson

12 Jul 1808 - 4 Sep 1878

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12 Jul 1808 - 4 Sep 1878
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HISTORICAL SKETCH OF JONS CHRISTOPHERSON Jons Christopherson (Christofferson) was born 12 July 1808 at Allaryd, Sovestad, Sweden. Allaryd was the name of the farm owned by his father, Christopher Akesson and his mother, Anna Olasson. The farm was in the parish of Sovestad, county of Malmöhus, in th
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Jons Christofferson

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Cedar City Cemetery

733-759 Utah 130
Cedar City, Iron, Utah
United States

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Born in Sweden Erected by their son-in-law Bengt Nelson and wife
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HISTORICAL SKETCH OF JONS CHRISTOPHERSON Jons Christopherson (Christofferson) was born 12 July 1808 at Allaryd, Sovestad, Sweden. Allaryd was the name of the farm owned by his father, Christopher Akesson and his mother, Anna Olasson. The farm was in the parish of Sovestad, county of Malmöhus, in the land of the midnight sun, Sweden. He was the fifth child in a family of eight children. The brothers and sisters were Lars, born in 1802; Anders, born 1803; Else born 1805; Jons, born1807 - who died two weeks later; Jons, born in 1808; Pehr, born 1811; Ake, born 1814; and Nels, born 1819. The family engaged in farming, and as is usual in Sweden, the father and sons were all apprenticed in some trade. This family was trained in some of the house construction skills. This extra training helped with household expenses and made for a higher standard of living, besides training the men so that they could build their own homes. Jons received a common school education, as it was law in Sweden to attend school for so many months a year, for 14 years. Education is highly prized in all the Scandinavian countries. He grew up in a religious home, where daily reading from the Bible was the expected beginning and ending of each day. He and all his family attended the Lutheran Church, the state religion of Sweden. Jons took part in social activities, dances, parties and athletic events. During his social activities he met a young widow, Dortea Bengtson Nilsson, who had two children - a girl, Karna, five years old and a boy, Jons who was three years old. (Dortea’s first husband, Anders Nilsson died in 1831) Jons Christopherson fell in love with this lovely, blue-eyed woman who was 12 years his senior, and they were married 11 April 1832. They lived at Lillie Karap, the farm that Jons had bought. Their three children were born there: Anders Jonsson, born 1832; Ellen Jonsson, born 20 August 1835, and the youngest son, Nils, born June 1, 1844. Life went on much as usual for any Swedish family, with family outings, attending church together, sleigh riding parties in the winter, good food in abundance at family gatherings, Bible readings around a well scrubbed table, all the wonderful things that makes for happy memories. Ellen was confirmed in the Lutheran Church at the age of 14, while she was living with her half-sister, Karna Andersson, who had just been married. In 1853 there was a great stir in this section of Sweden, as there had appeared two missionaries, introducing a new and very different religion. Many became interested and investigated its truths. Ellen Jonsson; her brother, Anders Jonsson; and the half-brother, Jons Anderson were among the first in their locality to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From the day of baptism, the gospel truths became a great and important part of their life. They were baptized in February 1854. Since there was no religious liberty and a great amount of persecution, Ellen was forced to leave home and go to Copenhagen, Denmark to get work in a cotton factory. Jons and his wife missed their children very much, but there was nothing they could do to break down the narrow prejudice in their small Parish, even though they didn’t join the Church at this time. Ellen returned from Denmark with President Van Cott to attend the district conference. Her parents agreed with Ellen that she and her half-brother Jons should make speedy preparations to emigrate to America and Zion. The sad partings were said, and in Ellen Jonsson’s record is written, “This was the hardest part that I had to perform, to leave my good old parents, not expecting to see them again on this earth. But I had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the gospel that I hold so dear, and hence I felt equal to the occasion.” It was November 1854 when Ellen left her parents. Her mother was 50 years old, and she spoke of them as old folks, but she was only 19, which shows that times haven’t changed a lot. Jons and his wife, Dortea, were baptized March 25, 1862 and their son Nils had been baptized in 1860. Immediately they started making plans for their removing to Zion, as the persecution of family, neighbors and friends was more than they could stand. Jons made preparations to sell the farm, then a letter was written to Ellen, who was now married to Bengt Nelson, another young Swedish convert, and they were living in Utah. A letter had come from Ellen before she had left St. Louis for Utah, telling her parents and his young wife of the death of her half-brother, Jons Andersson. He had died of exposure and a run down condition following the ocean voyage. In order to earn extra money, he had started cutting down trees in the low swamp lands near the Mississippi River. Ellen went on to Weston, Iowa, where she was taken down with a virulent form of small pox. She nearly died, but through God’s mercy and her faith, her life was spared, and she was able to finally reach Utah. It had been eight years since Ellen and Bengt had arrived in Cedar City, where they had undergone all the hardships of pioneering in a barren wilderness. They had had a chance to learn to speak the English language, and they were very happy with their adopted country, despite the many trials and hard work necessary to even exist. In the meantime, Bengt had been ordained an Elder in the Church and he and Ellen were anxious to be sealed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. When the letter from Ellen’s parents came saying they were planning to migrate to Utah in the spring, they decided to make a trip to SLC to serve both purposes, as they were forced to be thrifty. With the money received from the sale of the farm, Jons was able to buy food and clothes for the voyage on a sailing ship. Anders, their oldest son, his wife, Karoline, and Nils went with them. As was the custom with all passengers going to America, they first went to Liverpool, England, where they arrived in May 1862. Their trip on the ship was not easy as they had chosen steerage in order to save money. Very little is known of their experiences crossing the plains, but they had a wagon, and it is very likely that Jons drove the oxen and his wife who was 66 years old, rode all the way while the others in their party walked most of the way to save the strength of the oxen. They arrived in Salt Lake City the first of October 1862, very possibly in Joseph Horne’s company. They had been expected to arrive September 27, but it was a few days later according to Grandfather Nelson’s journal. There was a grand welcome for Jon and family when they did arrive. The trip down to Cedar City was uneventful. Quoting again from Grandfather’s journal, “The cattle were full of life, as the long rest in Salt Lake had done them much good, and we reached Cedar in due time with all of the party in good health. My wife’s people were just as we were eight years before, they could neither speak nor understand the language, so it was impossible for them to understand all that was going on around them.” Grandfather Bengt Nelson was quite poor, possessing few of the necessities of life, but he insisted on Ellen’s parents and brother, Nils, staying with them in their small home. He was away many months of the year building homes, stores or public building in Cedar and surrounding communities. Jon and Nils helped with the farming and gardening. A small adobe house was built for Jons and family, very close to the homes of their children. But he suffered a great shock, when his dear wife Dortea died July 27, 1867. Jons and Nils continued to live in their little home, raising vegetables and fruit for their own use. Many spoke of his beautiful flowers and fine vegetables. He never accumulated much worldly wealth, but he did have a wonderful testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His divine mission to save mankind. He loved his fellowman, and shared with those who were less fortunate than he. He learned to weave rugs and carpets, and this activity helped to pass many lonely hours after his dear companion had passed away. He lived alone with his son as long as he could do for himself, then his daughter did all she could to make his last days comfortable. He died September 4, 1878, and was buried in the Cedar City Cemetery by his wife. He was 70 years old. Written by Caroline Nelson Westover, Great granddaughter of Jons Christopherson

Life Timeline of Jons Christofferson

1808
Jons Christofferson was born on 12 Jul 1808
Jons Christofferson was 5 years old when Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom. Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her acclaim among critics and scholars.
1813
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Jons Christofferson was 17 years old when The Erie Canal opens: Passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie. The Erie Canal is a canal in New York, United States that is part of the east–west, cross-state route of the New York State Canal System. Originally, it ran 363 miles (584 km) from where Albany meets the Hudson River to where Buffalo meets Lake Erie. It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. When completed in 1825, it was the second longest canal in the world and greatly affected the development and economy of New York, New York City, and the United States.
1825
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Jons Christofferson was 23 years old when Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
1831
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Jons Christofferson was 32 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
1840
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Jons Christofferson was 51 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
1859
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Jons Christofferson was 52 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
1860
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Jons Christofferson died on 4 Sep 1878 at the age of 70
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