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Kempe, Christopher Jensen, 1837-1901

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1837-1901

Biographical History

Christopher Jensen Kempe (1837-1901) was a Mormon missionary and pioneer.

Christopher Jensen Kempe was born in Denmark on June 26, 1837 to Jens Rasmussen and Ane Kirstine Neilsdatter Kempe. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Neils Larsen Kempe and Marie Christensen. He was sent to school when he was 7 and then apprenticed in his uncles' wagon shop. He loved to read in his spare time. He left his small Danish town for Copenhagen to be a wagon maker. On February 16, 1859 he was baptized into the LDS church. A month after his baptism, he was called to serve a mission in Sweden and Denmark and 5 months later was called as president of Helsingborg Branch. He served 7 years as a missionary after requesting 3 times to be released so he could go to Utah, it was time and left on the ship B.S. KIMBALL on May 10, 1865. He traveled in the Miner G. Atwood Company across the plains. He arrived in Salt Lake City on November 8, 1865. He married Anne Ongerod in 1865, but she died in the same year. He then married both Oline Olsen and Anna Dorthea Johnson in 1865 and had 16 children. He lived in Provo and Richfield, UT and then was called to settle northeastern Arizona along the Little Colorado River. He served 2 years in a Detroit penitentiary for polygamy, and was released on October 9, 1886 after receiving a pardon from President Grover Cleveland. After returning home, he was called as bishop in Concho, Arizona. He owned a general store and had fine large orchards. He was called to serve a 2nd mission at the age of 62 in Scandinavia, and returned in 1901. He died on September 30, 1901.

Citation

FindAGrave.com, accessed May 6, 2013. (born in Denmark on June 26, 1837 to Jens Rasmussen and Ane Kirstine Neilsdatter Kempe; raised by his maternal grandparents, Neils Larsen Kempe and Marie Christensen; sent to school when he was 7 and then apprenticed in his uncles' wagon shop; loved to read in his spare time; left his small Danish town for Copenhagen to be a wagon maker; February 16, 1859 he was baptized into the LDS church; called to serve a mission in Sweden and Denmark and 5 months later was called as president of Helsingborg Branch; served 7 years as a missionary after requesting 3 times to be released so he could go to Utah, it was time and left on the ship B.S. KIMBALL on May 10, 1865; traveled in the Miner G. Atwood Company across the plains; arrived in Salt Lake City on November 8, 1865; married Anne Ongerod in 1865, but she died in the same year; married both Oline Olsen and Anna Dorthea Johnson in 1865 and had 16 children; lived in Provo and Richfield, UT and then was called to settle northeastern Arizona along the Little Colorado River; served 2 years in a Detroit penitentiary for polygamy, and was released on October 9, 1886 after receiving a pardon from President Grover Cleveland; called as bishop in Concho, Arizona; owned a general store and had fine large orchards; called to serve a 2nd mission at the age of 62 in Scandinavia, and returned in 1901; died on September 30, 1901.)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Abel Alexander Dewitt collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2281
Scope and Contents Contains two holograph missionary journals (April 16-November 14, 1903 and November 15, 1903-April 21,1904) kept by DeWitt on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oklahoma and nearby states. Also included are two holograph journals (July 29, 1897-November 30, 1900 and 1901-1906) and an autograph book (1900-1901) kept by his wife, Ruth Leila Kempe DeWitt. The collection also contains photocopies and transcriptions of the volumes.Also contains a photocopy...
Dates: 1897-1914

Christopher Jensen Kempe diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2697
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary.
Dates: 1859-1899

Kempe family diaries

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 8196
Scope and Contents Contains diaries belonging to the Kempe and DeWitt families. Includes a diary of Christopher Jensen Kempe about his missions, time in the Detroit penitentiary, and marriages. Also contains diaries of Abel Alexander DeWitt, Jr. about his mission from 1901-1903. Finally, contains an autograph book and diary of Ruth Leila Kempe DeWitt as well as a short biographical history of her descendendants and ancestors. Dated approximately 1860-1996.
Dates: approximately 1860-1996