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History of Helene Olsen Hansen

Contributed by Elna McKay (cmckay at cut dot net)

Helene Olsen Hansen was born 2 April 1844 in Kleven, Aust-Agder, Norway. Her father was John Olsen and her mother was Johanna Geirtsen or Hansen Olsen. She was the oldest of six children. The family was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Norway. When Helene was 11 years old the family made the decision to come to the United States.

In December of 1855 her family arrived in Liverpool, England, ready to set sail for their new home in America. They were to sail on the ship the John J. Boyd. The ship had 512 people aboard. At least half were from Norway. During the crossing the square-rigger encountered severe gales and hurricanes. The ship's hands and crew were suffering from sickness and exhaustion. Measles had broken out and the death rate was high among the children. Helene's father, John, and her two little sisters, Regina Cecelia age t, and Josephine, age 3, all died. Her mother, Johanna, pregnant with her sixth child, together with Helene, Ole, and Johan Hendrik, all survived. The voyage took 66 days. The ship docked in New York on 16 Feb 1856.

Knud (Canute) Peterson was the company leader. Also aboard was Elder Charles R. Savage, a returning missionary.

From New York, Johanna took her family to St. Louis, Missouri, where they stayed until the birth of her son, John Taylor Olsen on 8 May 1856. The family was in Missouri from February - May 1856. They traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and from there by wagon train to the Salt Lake Valley. They were only in the valley a short time and then it was on to Spanish Fork, Utah where they had some Norwegian friends.

Johanna Olsen married Svend Larsen in October of 1857 in Spanish fork, Utah. She became his 3rd plural wife. She had twin sons in 1858. They named them Ephraim and Manassa. During this time Helene was a young girl of fourteen. The family was on the move again. This time they settled in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.

While living in Mt. Pleasant, Helene met a young man by the name of Bent Hansen. She was 16 years old and he was 24. They fell in love and were married 11 May 1860 in American Fork, Utah. They were later sealed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on 22 Nov. 1861.

Bent and Helene lived their entire lives in Mt. Pleasant. They had 14 children, but only 8 grew to adulthood.

Helene Olsen Hasen died 4 Sep 1918 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, at age 74. The cause of death was consumption or influenza. She is buried in the local city cemetery.


Owner/SourceElna McKay
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