Morten Rasmussen

27 Oct 1834 - 28 Jun 1885

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Morten Rasmussen

27 Oct 1834 - 28 Jun 1885
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Residence: Mount Pleasant, Sanpete Co., Utah Arrival date in Copenhagen: 5 November 1881 Missionary labors: Århus Conference Departure date from Copenhagen: 15 June 1883 Departure ship: Pacific (Milo) Birth date: 27 October 1834 Birthplace: Højhuset, Brændekilde, Odense, Denmark Father: Rasmussen

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Morten Rasmussen


Mount Pleasant City Cemetery

720 South 100 East Street
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah
United States

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Morten and Karen born in Denmark


July 1, 2012

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June 21, 2012

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Morten Rasmussen - 1834-1885

Contributor: cindykay1 Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Residence: Mount Pleasant, Sanpete Co., Utah Arrival date in Copenhagen: 5 November 1881 Missionary labors: Århus Conference Departure date from Copenhagen: 15 June 1883 Departure ship: Pacific (Milo) Birth date: 27 October 1834 Birthplace: Højhuset, Brændekilde, Odense, Denmark Father: Rasmussen, Rasmus Mother: Jensdatter, Maren Spouse: Christiansen, Karen Marie Marriage date: 1 April 1859 Marriage place: Ephraim, Sanpete Co., Utah Death date: 28 June 1885 Death place: Mount Pleasant, Sanpete Co., Utah Burial place: Mount Pleasant, Sanpete Co., Utah From his early youth, Morten lived with his Uncle Lars Jensen, who was like a father to him. In 1851, he introduced the missionaries to his uncle, a minister of the Lutheran Church. After listening to their message, Uncle Lars, Morten, and other family members were baptized (see Domenichello, “History of Morten Rasmussen and Karen Marie Christiansen Rasmussen,” 1). In 1853, Morten and two of his cousins immigrated aboard the Benjamin Adams to New Orleans and then joined with the Hans Peter Olsen ox team company to reach the Salt Lake Valley on 5 October 1854. Morton worked for three years in Big Cottonwood Canyon before settling in Ephraim, Sanpete County, with his uncle (see Domenichello, “History of Morten Rasmussen and Karen Marie Christiansen Rasmussen,” 2). In 1858, he went to Spring Creek, Iron County, to reestablish the settlement that had been destroyed by Indians. There he helped build fort walls. But when the Black Hawk War broke out in 1863, he left the construction effort to serve as a minuteman. After the war, he was viewed as a wealthy man because he owned a home, two pairs of mules, a team of horses, and two good wagons. In 1869, when the Mount Pleasant ZCMI was organized, he became a stockholder. The small company prospered, and so did Morten, who built a two-story brick house in 1879 (see Domenichello, “History of Morten Rasmussen and Karen Marie Christiansen Rasmussen,” 7–11). In 1881, he left his wealth and family to accept a mission call to Scandinavia. He arrived in Copenhagen on 5 November 1881 and was assigned to labor in the Århus Conference (see Jenson, History of the Scandinavian Mission, 262, 264). He served in the island of Fyen (Svendborg and Odense counties), “near his boyhood home.” At the close of an honorable mission, he departed from Copenhagen on 15 June 1883 with his brother Rasmus (see Jenson, History of the Scandinavian Mission, 269; Domenichello, “History of Morten Rasmussen and Karen Marie Christiansen Rasmussen,” 12). Returning to Mount Pleasant, Morten served on the city council as well as in the Sixty-sixth Quorum of the Seventy. He was a county commissioner and a ward teacher. At age fifty, he died of a heart attack. The Mount Pleasant city council drafted a resolution calling him a “faithful husband and a kind and indulgent father” as well as “an honorable citizen, a wise counselor, and a true and honest friend, who by his exemplary life and by his charity and benevolence among us has won the love and esteem of all as a man of God and a friend of humanity” (Domenichello, “History of Morten Rasmussen and Karen Marie Christiansen Rasmussen,” 12–13; Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1120)

Short history of Morten Rasmussen by his great granddaughter Ruth Madsen Nielsen - 1932

Contributor: cindykay1 Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Morten Rasmussen was born at Braendekilde, on the island Fjen, in Denmark, October 27, 1834. Owing to financial circumstances of the family, when he reached the age of seven he was sent to live with his uncle, Lars Jensen. He spent most of his early life with his uncle. He was accepted as a member of the family, and was treated with the greatest kindness and consideration. In the fall of 1851, when he was 17 years old, he was sent from the country district of Braendekilde to the city to market a load of produce. On his return journey, contrary to the custom of the people he allowed two strangers, who were walking in the direction he was traveling, to ride with him. These two men proved to be mormon missionaries. During the course of the journey these men explained their message to him. He became very interested and desired them to meet his uncle. He took them to his home on arriving in Braendekilde. Despite the fact that Lars Jensen was a minister of the Lutherian church, he became very interested in the message the young men presented. He allowed them to remain at his home for several days. In a very short time the entire family including Morten were converted. Morten was one of the first to be baptized. This occurred on November 23, 1851, the same fall the message was brought to him. The ordinance was performed by a man named Lars Jensen (not his uncle). It is interesting to note that the Danish mission was opened in 1850, only a year before the Gospel was accepted by Lars Jensen and his family. Preparations were at once begun for immigration. Three years later in December of 1853 Morten left for Utah with a son and daughter of Lars Jensen. They arrived in Liverpool and left on January 22, 1854 on the sailing vessel, "The Benjamin Adams". Hans Peter Olsen was in charge of this company of saints. They arrived in New Orleans and sailed up the Mississippi River to where they began their trip to Utah by Ox-team. They arrived in Salt Lake City on October 5, 1854 ( the journey from Denmark to Utah took 10 months. For three years he worked for Fairmore Little in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Then he joined Lars Jensen and his family who had emigrated to Ephraim.

Continuation of short history of Morten Rasmussen by great granddaughter Ruth Madsen Nielsen - 1932

Contributor: cindykay1 Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

In the summer of 1858 a group of saints applied for permission to settle Mount Pleasant. A settlement had been previously attempted and had been destroyed along with Spring Town by the Indians. They were given permission by Brigham Young but only on condition that they would erect a fort for protection from the Indians. These terms were accepted and preparations for moving were begun. In the spring of 1859 before the snow was off the ground, a company of men left Ephraim and came to the cedar hills west of Mount Pleasant. They decided on a location for the fort and obtained cedar posts and other materials for the erection of the fort. Morten Rasmussen was a member of this company. He returned to Ephraim and was married April 1, 1859 to Karen Marie Christensen. They left the same day to join the early settlers in Mount Pleasant and to make their home their. They were very active in civic and religious affairs. Morten took part in erecting the fort where he and his bride lived for about two years. Mart the eldest son was born here. From the fort they moved to the old Rasmussen lot. There they built three different dwelling houses. The first was built in the middle of the lot, south ow where Uncle Dan's house now stands. It was a two room slant roofed house. Sophia and L.C. were born here. The next home was north and east of the big brick house. It was a three roomed adobe building with an upstairs. John, Annie, and Ras were born here. The building of the big brick house was a great event and the pride of the family. It was at that time a great undertaking. All the family were willing to help. Here Dan, George, Will and Henry were born. Morten assisted with all civic projects. It is recorded in the city records that he was appointed as fence viewer. At the time of his death he was a member of the city council. He was actively engaged during the summer with freighting and farming. In the winter he hauled lumber and timber from the mountains. He was a good judge of soils and selected his farm land carefully. He loved horses and always had excellent teams. He was interested in livestock and was instrumental in importing pure-breed stock into the community. Morten was a joint owner of the first reaper and first threshing machine brought into the community. He was interested in improving his lands, and assisted in the incorporation of the Birch Creek Irrigation Company. He also was a large stockholder in the original Co-Op store in Mount Pleasant. He was ordained a seventy in 1866 and was always willing assist and further the work of the church, being very liberal in his giving to the poor. He left Salt Lake City October 11,1881, the day after Sophia and married to Lars Madsen, to fulfill a mission in Denmark. He labored in Fjen, near his boyhood home. He returned in July7 of 1883, bringing his brother Rasmus and his wife Stena with him as new converts to the faith. Karen Marie bore the burden of providing for the family while he was away and was assisted by Lars Christian, John, Ras and Annie. When he returned, his family consisted of his wife and nine living children. He died very suddenly at his home on June 28, 1885, being fifty years old. Six months later his son, George, died. Two years latter his son Hyrum, died. Karen Marie followed her husband in death fifteen years later, March 19, 1900.

Life timeline of Morten Rasmussen

Morten Rasmussen was born on 27 Oct 1834
Morten Rasmussen was 6 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.
Morten Rasmussen was 25 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.
Morten Rasmussen was 26 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
Morten Rasmussen was 45 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. 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.
Morten Rasmussen died on 28 Jun 1885 at the age of 50
Grave record for Morten Rasmussen (27 Oct 1834 - 28 Jun 1885), BillionGraves Record 1606793 Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States