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Nels Christian Nelson

When Nels and his wife Karen Catherine Jensen Nelson embarked for America on the ship John J. Boyd in 1855 they had a one-year-old daughter named Kirstine Marie. Kirstine died en route and was buried at sea. On the ship manifest the family surname is spelled "Nielsen" and Nels' given name is spelled "Niels." His parents and siblings were on the same ship. Nels helped build handcarts before crossing the plains.


Christian Christiansen Company (1857)Approximate age at departure: 29


  • Dunford, Mary Nelson, Application for Membership, The Society of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1 June 1924 [for Nels Christian Nelson and Katharine Johnsen Nelson, 1857].
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • New FamilySearch/Family Tree

  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah