Soren and Petrine Berg Nielsen Biographies
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1824 – 1895
Amelia Berg NIELSEN
1833 – 1915
Soren Nielsen was born November 10, 1824 in Ording, Mors, Denmark to Niels Matthias Sorensen and Maren Marie Madsen. Soren’s wife, Amelia Petrine Berg was born November 25, 1833 in Granaa, Randers, Denmark to Rasmus Anders Berg and Caroline Marie Tolboe. Soren and Amelia were married May 6, 1856 in Granaa, Denmark by the rites of the Lutheran Church to which they belonged.
They were in prosperous circumstances as Soren was a skilled watchmaker who owned a business of his own. He trained apprentices in the art of watch-making and earned a good livelihood for his family. His wife, Amelia, was a splendid housekeeper and cook, a good wife and mother, and a woman of beauty and refinement.
They began their family with three daughters: Mary, was born November 14, 1857, Minnie was born August 5, 1859 and Henrietta (from which we descend) was born September 8, 1861.
In the early years of their married life they heard the gospel taught by the Latter-day Saint missionaries and joined the Church in 1865.
The three older girls attended school in Grenaa, but in June 1868, the Nielsen family, with some twenty other converts to the LDS Church, sailed from Grenaa to the Danish capital of Copenhagen. They stayed there a few days enjoying the beautiful city while waiting for emigrants from Sweden and Norway to join them. Saturday, June 13, 1868, they boarded the steamship Hansea for Hull, England. They sailed north around Denmark to the North Sea. After several days of rough sailing they docked at Hull, England. At Hull they transferred to a crowded train and crossed the isle to Liverpool. June 20, 1868, the ship was towed out into the ocean with 600 passengers from Scandinavia and 276 from the British Isles.
Before their departure from Liverpool there were words of encouragement and godspeed by Elders Franklin D. Richards, William B. Preston and Charles W. Penrose.
On June 26, 1868, the ship stopped at Queenstown, Ireland, to obtain fresh water and other necessary items. It was here that some of the best men of the ship's crew decided to remain, and from then on the entire journey was one of tragedy.
Thirty-seven persons were buried at sea. Thirty-eight others were taken to a hospital upon reaching New York. August 15, 1868, the emigrants boarded crowded railroad cars for Council Bluffs, Iowa, and arrived there five days later. They transferred to a riverboat, which took them across the Missouri River to Omaha, Nebraska. They continued by train to Benton, Nebraska, where they were met by two ox team companies from Utah that were waiting to take them to Salt Lake City.
Twenty-two more souls were put to eternal rest in poorly made graves on the journey and two more died upon reaching Salt Lake City, September 25, 1868. Their next task was to learn a new language, build a new home and take up an entirely new life in a new country. They were taken to the home of a friend—a Mrs. Frandsen, where they stayed until more permanent quarters were found. Two months later, December 18, 1868, another daughter, Sardina, was born to Amelia, and three years later, a son, Joseph, was born May 1, 1871.
Soren was soon regularly employed as a watchmaker by C. C. Amusen, a Salt Lake City jeweler.
In 1874 the Nielsens moved to Provo where they remained until the deaths of Soren on January 13, 1895 and Amelia on September 11, 1915.
Compiled by Brent S. Child, December 2001