- Birth Date
- 24 June 1829
- Death Date
- 10 June 1911
Hans Peter Jensen
Hans Peter Jensen Hals
Some records show his last name as "Hals." Hans Peter Jensen was born in Hans, Kær, Ålborg, Denmark. This could be why his last name is occasionally listed as "Hals."
Hans initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Hans Peter Olsen Company in 1854, as indicated in his reminiscences and diary. Hans joined the Church in Denmark. He sailed to America in 1854 on the ship Jesse Munn with his parents and siblings, and married Ane while aboard the ship. During his trip to the Salt Lake Valley, Hans’ father died in England, and his mother died of Cholera in Kansas. He also married his wife Maren Jensen, who was traveling with her son, Christain, during this journey. Upon arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Hans continued on to Manti and helped build the city.
In April 1865, Hans was called on a mission to Denmark. In 1868, at the end of his mission, Hans was the leader of a group of Scandinavian emigrants on their way to the Salt Lake Valley, as recorded in John Johnson’s reminiscences. The group had traveled by rail to Fort Benton, Wyoming, which at that time, was the end of the railroad. A group of saints were sent from Utah to Fort Benton to meet Hans’ group and assist them with the trek into the Utah Valley. The next year the railroad was completed.
Because of the abundance of men named Hans Jensen, Hans used “Hals,” the name of his hometown in Denmark, after his name to identify himself.
- Age at Departure: 24
- Head of Household
- Age at Departure: 39
- Returning Missionary
- Hals, Hans Jensen, Journal, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25 Sep. 1868, 18-21.
- Hans Jensen (Hals) journal excerpts in "Forty Years Ago Yesterday," by Andrew Jenson in Deseret Evening News, 26 Sept. 1908, 24-25. Transcription provided here begins on page 25 of the newspaper.
- Hans Jensen reminiscences and diary, 1867-1910, 4-5, 18-20.
- Johnson, John, Reminiscences, 1899-1935, 3 p.
- "Leading Manti Man Dead," Salt Lake Tribune, 13 June 1911, 13.
- Lever, W. H. History of Sanpete and Emery Counties, Utah: With Sketches of Cities, Towns, and Villages; Chronology of Important Events; Records of Indian Wars; Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens (Salt Lake City: Tribune Job Printing Co, 1898), 135
- "List of Passengers' Names In Captain J. G. Holman's Ox-Train," Deseret Evening News, 22 September 1868, 4.
- Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860-1959, Volume 1.
- Perpetual Emigrating Fund, Financial Accounts 1849-1886, Ledger A, p. 337.
- Saints By Sea: Latter-day Saint Immigration to America
- Utah Death Certificate Index, 1905-1967.