Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy 156th Birthday, Sigvart Christian Jensen (1855-1928)!

Gayle Wells' great-grandfather

Sigvart joined the Church in Norway, but once in Utah, he inexplicably became a Seventh-Day Adventist.  We unfortunately know little about him.

Josefine & Sigvart Christian Jensen
Sigvart Christian, whose family name is pronounced “Yensen” in Norwegian, was born to a shoemaker in the capital city of Norway.  He was a carpenter and cabinetmaker.   He joined the Church in his mid-twenties, and married fellow convert Josefine Pedersdatter when they were both thirty years old.  They had six children before emigrating to America, but half of them died young.  Sigvart left Norway a year ahead of the family to prepare a place for them in Utah.  Josefine followed with her small children, leaving her other children’s graves and her family behind. 

Later in Utah, the couple had five more children.  Sigvart worked as a cabinetmaker for the Granite Milling Company.  The Jensens received their endowments and did sealing work for their parents.  At some point they left their LDS faith and became Seventh-Day Adventists.  The repercussions of this decision are felt through the generations, as their posterity knows little about this couple and most descendants are not Church members.

Here's a journal for your birthday gift, Sigvart!  Please explain yourself!


  1. sigvart is that name we don't see enough passed through the lines. i guess there's still time to change that...

  2. Norwegians love seventh-day adventist... who knows...

  3. @Jed--Sigvart has been used as a middle name for Darrell, Larry, and Nate Jensen--but in our group, much too sparsely. It's all yours!

  4. We don't want to steal it from Mieka :)

  5. Wow, amazing! Thanks for the pictures! I am a Mormon, but I'm from the Seventh Day Adventist line. So happy to be connected.