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James Jensen


Bishop James Jensen of Grover, Uinta County is a native of Denmark, where he was born on October 3, 1833 a son of James and Mary (Larsen) Jensen, also natives of that country and of families long resident there. His father was a farmer and a son of Jense and Kistil Nelson. The family consisted of seven children, of whom James was the first in order of birth and four of them are living. James attended the state schools in the vicinity of his home and after securing their fine educational advantages he went to farming in his native country. On April 20, 1862 he was married with Miss Bodiel Larsen, a daughter of Larse Petersen and at once set sail with his bride for the New World where they arrived in due time and without incident worthy of note made their way to Utah. Here Mr. Jensen went to work as a laborer and continued his operations in that capacity for a number of years. He then cultivated a trace of land in Utah until 1886 when he came to Uinta County, Wyoming and followed the same pursuit. He was a pioneer in the neighborhood where he lives and although the place was lonely the conditions hard and danger ever present he persevered in his determination to make a home in this land and kept improving and reducing to productive cultivation the quarter section of government land he had taken up, which he still owns and which he had brought to a high state of fertility and on which he conducts a prosperous and profitable business in raising cattle. Mr. Jensen takes a prominent part in local affairs earnestly and actively interested in the government and progress of his church, that of the Latter Day Saints. For thirteen years he has served this people as its faithful and capable bishop and has been of substantial benefit to their church interests. As has been heretofore noted he married just before leaving his native country, Miss Bodiel Larsen, who died in Utah on November 22, 1869 leaving two children, James who is married and living at Grover, and Larse P., who is married and living in Utah. On July 6, 1870 at Salt Lake, Mr. Jensen married with Miss Henrietta Christensen a native of Denmark and a daughter of Jacob and Mary Christensen. Six years thereafter, on April 3m she died leaving all her four children. Joseph who in 1892 perished in a snow storm in Wyoming; Hiram; Martin, who is married and living in Utah and Henrietta now the wife of R. T. Astle of Grover. Mr. Jensen in September 1879 solemnized his third marriage in Utah, marrying them with Miss Albina Jensen, also a Dane of Nativity, a daughter of Jense C. and Anna M. Jensen. The third marriage has brought to the household eight children. Alfred who is married and a resident of Grover, Wyoming; Lorenzo, Nephi, Anna E., Nellie Bodiel, Heber C., Wilford L., and Leland L.

  • Found 1880 Census Mantua, Box Elder County, Utah.

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