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Thorup, Herman Frederick Ferdinand, 1849-1929



  • Existence: 1849 - 1929

Biographical History

Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup (1849-1929) was a convert and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup, son of Herman August Thorup and Anne Pedersen, was born in Frellsors, Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 19, 1849. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1860, then in 1868 emigrated to Chicago with his family by means of the Perpetual Emmigration Fund and eventually arrived and settled in Provo, Utah in about 1869. In 1872 (May 28), he married Gustava Sophia (or Sophia Augusta) Johnson in the Salt Lake Endowment House. She unfortunately contracted diphtheria and died young. In 1879, Herman was called back to Copenhagen as a missionary, returning on the S.S. Wyoming in July 1881. During this time, he was also called as a Seventy.

He married Anne Christina Andersdatter (1857-1924) in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 29, 1881. They bore five children, the eldest of which died in infancy. Being asked to take another wife, he married Jensine Jensen (Anne's choice) on December 21, 1882. He was arrested in 1886 and 1889 and served a total of eight months for unlawful cohabitation. After his release, he was forced to choose between his wives in order to comply with the law of the land (Jensine was chosen due to a larger number of children). He died in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 15, 1929 and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Herman Thorup journal, 1879-1929: p. [1] (H.F.F. Thorup)

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Jan. 24, 2007 (Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup; b. 1849; d. 1929), viewed Jan. 24, 2007 (Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup; b. Apr. 19, 1849 in Frelsers Parish, Copenhagen, Denmark; d. Sept. 9, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah), June 21, 2013 (lived 1849-1929; convert [to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints] from Denmark; missions in Denmark, 1861 and 1879-1881; president, 138th Quorum of Seventy; two sentences for unlawful cohabitation)

Jennifer Curtis Orten papers on Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup [MSS 8220], September 25, 2013 (parents Herman August Thorup, Anne Pedersen of Frellsors, Copenhagen, Denmark; born April 19, 1849; baptized 1860, emigrated 1868 by PEF, arrived in Provo 1869; married Gustava Sophia/Sophia Augusta Johnson May 1872, Salt Lake Endowment House; wife died of diphtheria; mission to Copenhagen 1879, returned 1881, called as Seventy; married Anne Christina Andersdatter, SLC, September 1881; five children, four lived; took Jensine Jensen as plural wife, December 1882; arrested 1886 and 1889, jailed 8 months; forced to choose between wives, chose Jensine since more children; died SLC, September 1929, buried there).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jennifer Curtis Orten papers on Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8219

Family group record, photos, and court documents, approximately 1879-1890 (record prepard 2008).

Dates: 2008

Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7413

Collection includes articles by Thorup, the typescript of a journal kept by Thorup from 1880 to 1929, several life sketches of Thorup, and his family group record.

Dates: 1880-1929

Herman Thorup journal

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197225536322]
Identifier: MSS 3709
Scope and Contents

Typewritten transcript of Herman Thorup's journal for the period of 1879 to 1929; documents his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Denmark, as well as his life in Salt Lake City, Utah; his arrest, trial, and imprisonment for "unlawful cohabitation"; his work as a florist and nurseryman; the impact of the Edmunds Tucker Act; Utah politics; his own political activities; his volunteer work; and his family and spiritual life.

Dates: 1879-1929

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