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Nielson, Frihoff Godfred, 1851-1935

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1851-1935

Frihoff Godfrey Nielson (1851-1935) was a pioneer, missionary, and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Frihoff Godfrey Nielson was born on 3 May 1851 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Peter T. Neilson and Maria Helene Frederikka Posemann. In 1854 Frihoff’s parents were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Frihoff was baptized by his father in 1859. At the age of ten Frihoff emigrated with his family to America on the ship Monarch of the Sea, and crossed the great plains in the Samuel W. Wooley company, arriving in Salt Lake City on 22 September 1861. The following year they settled in Peterson, Morgan County, Utah. Starting in 1874 he began to teach school during the winter months and also served as Sunday School superintendent and home missionary for the Church. In 1876 Frihoff was called to assist in the settlement of the Little Colorado River in Apache County, Arizona. After arriving, Frihoff helped establish the community of Sunset, where he again worked as school teacher and served in the Sunday School and home missionary programs of the Church. He married Emma Waitstill Mecham on 20 October 1877, in Morgan County, Utah with whom he had nine children. In 1884 they moved from Sunset to Ramah, McKinley County, New Mexico. Here Frihoff took a second wife, Mary Ellen Everett, on 3 February 1887, and five children resulted from this union. In 1894 the Nielsons relocated to Bluewater, Valencia County, New Mexico, where they farmed and raised livestock.

On 22 July 1899 Frihoff received a call to serve as a missionary in the Northern States Mission. After arriving in Chicago, Frihoff was assigned to the Southern Illinois Conference, with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. After nearly two years as a missionary, Frihoff was released and returned home on 27 September 1901. Frihoff continued farming and also served as first counselor in the bishopric, ward clerk, and presiding elder of the Bluewater Ward. In November 1919 he moved to Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, but just months later Frihoff’s first wife, Emma, passed away. In Mesa he obtained work at a lumber yard, but this employment was soon terminated and he returned to New Mexico. During the 1920s he engaged in farming and ranching and also served civically as county commissioner and postmaster. In October 1927 Frihoff and Mary were called to be ordinance workers in the Mesa Temple, an appointment that they held until Mary passed away on 29 December 1934. Frihoff Godfrey Jenson passed away less than two weeks later, on 9 January 1935.

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lib.byu.edu, via WWW, Mar. 8 2021, (born 3 May 1851 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Peter T. Neilson and Maria Helene Frederikka Posemann; In 1854 Frihoff’s parents converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Frihoff baptized by his father in 1859; At the age of ten Frihoff emigrated with his family to America; ship Monarch of the Sea; crossed the great plains in the Samuel W. Wooley company; arrived Salt Lake City on 22 September 1861; following year settled in Peterson, Morgan County, Utah; in 1874 began to teach school during the winter months and also served as Sunday School superintendent and home missionary; 1876 was called to assist in the settlement of the Little Colorado River in Apache County, Arizona; helped establish the community of Sunset; again worked as school teacher and served in the Sunday School and home missionary programs; married Emma Waitstill Mecham on 20 October 1877, in Morgan County, Utah; had nine children. In 1884 moved from Sunset to Ramah, McKinley County, New Mexico; here took a second wife, Mary Ellen Everett, on 3 February 1887, had five children; In 1894 relocated to Bluewater, Valencia County, New Mexico; farmed and raised livestock; On 22 July 1899 received a call to serve as a missionary in the Northern States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; in Chicago, was assigned to the Southern Illinois Conference with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri; after nearly two years as a missionary was released and returned home on 27 September 1901; continued farming and also served as first counselor in the bishopric, ward clerk, and presiding elder of the Bluewater Ward; November 1919 he moved to Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, months later first wife, Emma, died; obtained work at a lumber yard; employment soon terminated; returned to New Mexico; during the 1920s engaged in farming, ranching, served civically as county commissioner and postmaster; October 1927 Frihoff and Mary were called to be ordinance workers in the Mesa Temple; an appointment held until Mary’s death on 29 December 1934; he died less than two weeks later 9 January 1935).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Little Colorado Stake minutes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 808
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Contains a short history of the Mormon Church's mission to the Navajo Indians in Arizona from 1876 to 1878 and the creation of the Little Colorado Stake. The history of the stake is then continued up to 1887. Includes history of the settlements making up the stake, activities of the members, minutes of meetings, and accounts of missionary work among the Indians.
Dates: 1878-1887

Emma Waitstill Mecham Nielson diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 601
Scope and Contents Contains the original handwritten diary of Emma Waitstill (or Wartstill) Mecham Nielson that includes the time period from 1887 to 1916, with diary entries spanning from 1887 to 1897 and financial records spanning from 1914 to 1916. Diary is during the seven-month period Nielson was living by herself with her children in St. George, Utah, her daily activities as a mother and active church member, and her relationship with her fellow plural wife. Dated 1887 to 1916.
Dates: 1887-1916

Frihoff Godfred Nielson diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 809