Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen)

11 Aug 1841 - 1 Oct 1919


Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen)

11 Aug 1841 - 1 Oct 1919
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Survival was a constant struggle for the peasants of Denmark in the 1850s. At ten years of age, Great-grandmother Karen Marie was sent begging to neighboring villages to put food on her family’s table. But she was able to attend school and was intelligent and resourceful. As a young woman she work
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Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen)


Hyrum City Cemetery

2-98 North 500 East
Hyrum, Cache, Utah
United States


April 13, 2013


April 12, 2013

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Karen Marie Sorensen Hansen

Contributor: ctodd Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Survival was a constant struggle for the peasants of Denmark in the 1850s. At ten years of age, Great-grandmother Karen Marie was sent begging to neighboring villages to put food on her family’s table. But she was able to attend school and was intelligent and resourceful. As a young woman she worked long hours as a dairymaid. She saw no immediate way to change her future until two Danes returned to their native land and taught her family the restored gospel. Her mother and siblings immigrated to Utah in 1862. When their finances were not enough to make the trip together, her boyfriend sent her on to “the promise land” alone. In 1868 she survived a very unpleasant passage on the last “sailing” ship commissioned by the Church. Then she traveled with the last Church-commissioned wagontrain into the Utah Territory. But life does not always go as planned. When she arrived in Utah, she found he mother had remarried and their was now place for her in the small home. She felt compelled to accepted a proposal of marriage from Niels Christian Christensen, giving up the boyfriend who arrived over a year later. Through the years Karen Marie and Niels Christian Christensen developed a fine dairy and farm. Niels worked the land and handled the livestock; Karen Marie helped milk the cows, until the children were old enough to take over, and tended to the house chores and her flower garden. She grew a beautiful garden full of irises, pansies, and hollyhocks. She Niels Christian had eleven children—six of whom made it to adulthood. Great-grandmother went by the first name of Carolyn during her life in Hyrum. In her later life, a series of strokes took their toll on Karen Marie’s mind as well as her body. And in this state, it was at the gate that Karen Marie often stood and looked longingly down the empty road.

Niels Christian Christensen & Karen Marie Sorenson

Contributor: ctodd Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

KAREN MARIE SORENSON: On March 25, 1868, Niels Christian Christensen, then 24 years old, married Karen Marie Sorenson, who came to America as a convert to the Church at a time after the arrival of those in the large company who left May 2, 1860. Karen Marie had come to Hyrum, Utah, to be with her mother, Karen Sorenson, who had left Denmark earlier. Niels Christian and Karen Marie were the parents of 11 children: Christian H. and a twin brother or sister who died at birth — were born November 17, 1869; Caroline Marie — born March 8, 1871; Ana Christine — born July 27, 1873; Emma Hedevigd — born January 16, 1875; Peter — born December 28, 1876; Henry — born May 18, 1878; Nephi — born December 9, 1880; Willard Richard — born January 26, 1883; James 0. — born March 20, 1884; John —born February 18, 1886. Niels Christian was a man of great faith. He seemed to be especially gifted with the power of healing and was called upon to administer to the sick often. Night or day, he was ready to give this service. He maintained a small home and a small farm, as well as purchased land in Hyrum College Ward which was about 15 miles to the northwest of Hyrum. He was always grateful for his condition in life and felt he had plenty for his own and some to share with widows who were in need. Each time he exchanged wheat for flour at the mill, he always found a place for a few sacks before he reached home with his share. His desire was always to be a devoted member of the Church. He was one who wanted praise, he was just a quiet, humble servant. He was considerate of everyone’s needs, even driving along the road he would pull of for others to pass in safety. He was a hard worker who spent long hours on the farm; not always doing his own work, hut helping anyone he met who was in need. Ever since he joined the Church, he worked with zeal and energy for the advancement of truth among his fellowmen. He would often walk several miles out of Hyrum to work on the church farm. He would take a lunch, and at noon, he would wash his face and hands and ask blessing on the food and then eat. His life span was 61 years. He underwent an operation for a hernia and did not survive the anesthesia. In those days, doctors were not as skilled, nor did they have favorable conditions for their patients. The operation was performed in the home. He died April 1, 1905 in Hyrum, Utah. This was a great shock to the family as he had always been so active. At the time of his demise, he held the office of High Priest. (The picture of Niels Christian Christensen seated with his family is super imposed. Irven Christensen said that if it were true to life he would be much larger.)

Life timeline of Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen)

Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was born on 11 Aug 1841
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was 18 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.
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was 21 years old when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring the freedom of all slaves in Confederate territory by January 1, 1863. 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.
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was 36 years old when Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was 47 years old when The Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern United States, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confining some people to their houses for up to a week. The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. The storm, referred to as the Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Snowfalls of 10 to 58 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15 m). Railroads were shut down, and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. Railway and telegraph lines were disabled, and this provided the impetus to move these pieces of infrastructure underground. Emergency services were also affected.
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was 57 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) was 67 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) died on 1 Oct 1919 at the age of 78
Grave record for Karen Marie Christensen (Sorensen) (11 Aug 1841 - 1 Oct 1919), BillionGraves Record 3560438 Hyrum, Cache, Utah, United States