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Soren Christoffersen

Soren was born in Denmark, and joined the church there.  According to his writings, he was greatly determined to go to America, but his wife was strongly opposed to it.  After having tried to persuade her for four years, they divided up their five sons and their property.  The judge decided to divide the children by their age.  Soren received Christian and Hans. 

In 1856, Soren and his two sons left Denmark to gather with the Saints.  They traveled on the “John J. Boyd” and left Liverpool on 12 December 1855.  During their voyage, his son Hans Sorensen Christoffersen died of measles.  Soren and Christian initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Canute Peterson Company in 1856.

According to Soren’s obituary, he returned three times to Denmark to serve missions.  In April 1860, Soren traveled to Denmark to serve a mission for two years and seven months.  At the end of that mission in 1862, he led a company of 337 Scandinavian Saints to Zion.  They sailed from Hamburg on the ship “The Electric” on 18 April 1862, and landed in New York on 5 June. 

At Florence, he was appointed as long as there were any Dances there, and then he joined the John R. Murdock company in 1862 and traveled home.  He served as an interpreter for the Scandinavians along the way. 

Then, in 1864, he traveled as the Captain of the Soren Christoffersen Freight Train in 1864.

In some sources his surname is "Hansen."

Companies

Canute Peterson Company (1856)Approximate age at departure: 37
John R. Murdock Company (1862)Approximate age at departure: 43
Soren Christoffersen Freight Train (1864)Approximate age at departure: 44

Sources

  • "Immigration to Utah," Deseret News [Weekly], 15 Oct. 1856, 254.

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  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • "Soren Christoffer Hansen," Deseret Evening News, 3 Jan. 1895, 2.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Soren Christoffer Hansen," Deseret News [Weekly], 12 Jan. 1895, 128.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Breinholt, J. C. L., Life of J.C.L. Breinholt, 1891-1898.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Find A Grave 

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Hansen, Soren Christoffersen, "Saviors in the Ministry," New FamilySearch.

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  • FamilySearch
  • Jenson, Andrew, History of the Scandinavian Mission [1927], p. 294
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, 20 Sep. 1856, p. 2

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lever, W. H., History of Sanpete and Emery County

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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lund, Anthon H., et al. Scandinavian Jubilee Album, 1850-1900, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1900,
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Perpetual Emigrating Fund Ledger Index, [1992, 2013].

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Perpetual Emigrating Fund, General Files (CR 376 1) (except for 1847-49 which are in Camp of Israel schedules and reports, 1845-1849).

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

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