Eline Hansine Larsen Lambert

Daughter of Hans Larsen and
Second wife of John Lambert

Born 13 Sep 1838, København, København, Danmark
Died 13 Sep 1921, Kamas, Summit, Utah, USA

Eline Hansine Larsen Lambert

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Eline Hansine Larsen

(Known as Hansine or 'Sine, pronounced "Seena")

Transcribed from an account handwritten by her daughter
from Eline's dictation in the presence of
Emeline and her (Eline's) son, John Benjamin LAMBERT.

Notice: Danish spelling has been used for names and place names where appropriate.

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I [Eline Hansine Larsen] first heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints preached in my father's home in København, Danmark by the first two missionaries (Erastus Snow and George P. Dykes) to enter in Danmark. The very first meetings, the first Sacrament, was [administered] in my father's [Hans Larsen] home. My parents were two of the first fifteen that were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark, 12 Aug 1850, by Erastus Snow. I was the first girl to be baptized, 6 Sep 1850, by George P. Dykes.

When my father was a boy, he worked for farmers in the day time. In the evening [he] carded wool for his mother [Maren Handatter]. They made their own cloth bed ticking. She also knit great long legged stockings for Father to wear on the water. [As] soon as he was old enough, he had to be either a sailor or soldier ([it was a] state law), so he took to the sea. He went to many lands. [He] kept going until he was married, [and he] nearly drowned several times. They used what they called a pram, like our rafts, to carry goods from and to the ships where the canals were too shallow for big ships. They called my father "Pram Sticker Larsen"....

He married my mother, Eline Dorothea Strombør Bentzdatter [5 Aug 1836 in København]. They had six children. One died on board ship and was buried in New Orleans, U.S. of America. We emigrated to Utah with the first regular company of Latter-day Saints that left Denmark, 20 Dec 1852. We crossed the North Sea in a fearful storm in a sailing vessel [the Obetrit]. [We] arrived in Hull, England, 28 Dec 1852, much to their surprise, as we had been reported lost with 150 other ships. We left there, going to Liverpool by train. [We] left Liverpool 16 Jan 1853 on the ship Forest Monarch. After a voyage of ten weeks, we arrived at New Orleans. [There was] seasickness on the ship. Three or four of our company died while [we were] on the ocean. My little sister, Margarette Kirstine, three years old, took sick while on the water. [She] died as we were in sight of land, [and was] buried in New Orleans.

We went up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, [and] from there to Keokuck, Iowa. It was nice sailing up the river--no sickness [and] we could see land on each side. At Keokuck we got wagons and oxen and started across the plains to Utah. We arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 Sep 1853, after a long tiresome journey. Some of us girls walked every step of the way, singing and stepping to the tune. We got way ahead of the teams. A scout rode up [and] warned us to wait for [the] wagons as [there were] Indians ahead.

The first winter we stayed with some friends that came [the] year before. In the spring, my father bought a lot on 9th South between 3rd and 4th East. [He] built a house the shape of a tent out of willows and sod. Later [he] bought [an] adobe house on 8th South.

Father and Mother worked if and wherever they could. Father worked on the State House in Fillmore, then on the Salt Lake Temple the rest of his days, taking pig weed greens for his lunch. (He ate so many his skin turned green. Sometimes the greens would be thickened with bran and cooked as little cakes. All people were poor in those days.)

Father was a High Priest and he belonged to the Silver Grays, a guard company. He and mother received [their] endowments in 1856. [They] went through the grasshopper war. Father died 27 Feb 1876 [in Salt Lake City].

Mother worked for a Lady as first maid for 10 years before her marriage. She was married from the place. When I was two years old, the Lady (my God mother) laid me across her lap, pierced my ears then put a pair of real gold earrings in my ears. [They are] such dainty, round rings which stayed in my ears.

Mother was sick all the way over the ocean, as was my brother, John George Erastus, three months old, named for the three missionaries.

[We] had a few accidents on the way [across the plains, but] none proved fatal. One man, William Anderson, [was] run over. We were being ferried over the river. One wagon had two yoke [of] oxen, [the] leaders young steers. They ran clear off the boat into the river. The wagon swam off with a woman in it that was half blind. 'Twas only [a] little way above a big dam, but the men got it out. Everything [was] wet, but the lady was calm--didn't see what and how [it] happened. [The] steers swam out with the running gears.

Once we were told to move on or they would serve us like they did the Mormons.

One day a storm gathered and let loose at night. We got up on a bench and pitched [our] tent, ready for it. Our ten wagons [were] the first up. Lightening flashed, thunder roared. Father was on guard. [He] could see only when flashes of lightening lit everything up. Not much supper that night.

[We] had Indian visitors different times on the way. [They would] ride up in head and stop all the wagons and beg for everything. One time they wanted to buy my mother and give horses for her. [I] guess we didn't want the horses bad enough--we're all in Utah.

On 10 Jun 1855, I was married to John Lambert by President Brigham Young. That was [the] grasshopper year. They ate our wheat slick and clean. Then we planted corn. [We] had plenty of corn bread, but no wheat flour, along with roots [and] pig weeds. We stayed alive.

[The] years of 1856 and 1857 were the time of reformation. You had to either report your sins and make restitution where you had done wrong, or be re-baptized. I was re-baptized, Feb 1857, [and] I got my endowments. The Endowment House was just completed for ordinance work.

Spring 1858 was the move south [because of the coming of the US Army and their threat to destroy Salt Lake City]. One of our oxen was good enough to stray off. [We] turned him out to drink. Next we knew, he was in Kaysville. I first was taken to Lehi, then to American Fork where my parents were. [The] rest of [the] family [went] to what was then called Provo bottoms.

[The] Soldiers passed through [Salt Lake City] and camped [on the] other side of [the] Jordon River. My husband, with other men, had been left in Salt Lake City to watch, and burn if the Army stopped. We had some grain planted. [We] couldn't take potatoes with us, so we made them into starch.

[Our] next move [was] to Rhodes Valley, later named Kamas. My husband, myself [and] our three little boys (one three months old)....went in June 1861. [We] lived in a wagon box. My husband [would] be gone most all day, cutting hay down by the Rocky point (Peoa) with a scythe, for winter. Indians could have carried us off 40 times! [We were] the first settlers [and] the first to build a house.*

[In the] winter of 1864-65 the snow was so deep (four feet on [the] level) [we] couldn't get any where to grind wheat. So all we had was a small coffee mill to grind it. Sometimes we ate the wheat boiled.

[In the] spring [of] 1866, the Ute Indians were on the war path. We had to move to Peoa, Summit County, where we could have our back to the mountain if we had to fight. We forded the high Weber River. I sat on top of our few belongings in [a] high wagon [and] held my baby and little sons as best I could. [It] makes me shiver now just to think of it.

After a while, some of our men went in to see Pres. Young [to ask] if we couldn't go back home. He said they might go back if they would build a fort and live in it, and so they did. The Indians never bothered, only later, occasionally, they would come and drive off some horses.

(End of dictated statement)

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Eline Hansine Larsen (front, second right) was the second (plural) wife of John Lambert. They were the parents of twelve children, seven of whom lived to marry and raise families of their own. This photo of Eline and her surviving children was taken about 1895:

Joseph Heber - Born 27 Oct 1856, Salt Lake City, Utah, Died 1948 (Back, second right)
Ephraim - Born 4 Nov 1858, Salt Lake City, Utah, Died 1939 (Front, first left)
Dan - Born 2 Mar 1861, Salt Lake City, Utah, Died 1918 (Front, first right)
Elena Dorothy - Born 9 Apr 1863, Salt Lake City, Utah, Died 1957 (Back, first left)
Mary Elizabeth - Born 14 Jun 1865, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1908 (Back, center)
Sarah Christen - Born 20 Aug 1867, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1867
Rebecca Cornelia - Born 30 Aug 1868, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1937 (Back, first right)
John Benjamin- Born 10 Mar 1871, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1897 (Back, second left)
Laura Amanda - Born 1 Jul 1873, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1875
>Parley William - Born 28 Jul 1876, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1892
Emeline Agnes - Born 19 May 1879, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died 1970 (Front, second left)
Alice Adelia - Born 7 Feb 1882, Kamas, Summit, Utah, Died same day

John and Eline lived out the rest of their lives in Kamas. John died 25 Nov 1893 and was buried there; Eline died 13 Sep 1921 and was buried near her husband, still wearing the gold earrings that were placed in her ears at age two.

As well as the burial place of John's first wife, Adelia, this tall white marker in the Kamas Pioneer Cemetery marks the burial sites of John, Eline and their babies Sarah Christen, Alice Adelia and Laura Amanda. John and Eline's sons, John Benjamin (who died at the age of 22) and Parley William (who died at the age of 16) are buried nearby. The small marker, engraved "E. H. L.," marks Eline's burial plot.

*The marker identifying the site of John Lambert's home (see above) is located in front of the second house east from First East on First South, near Beaver Creek. Old farm buildings, still standing across the street and across the creek from there, are said to have been part of the Lambert farm.

Above: Beaver Creek. The farm buildings are to the left through the trees. The house was to the right, through the trees and across the street.

More about Eline Hansine Larsen Lambert:

Sine's Story in Her Own Words

Eline Hansine Larsen's Emigration to Utah

The John E. Forsgren Emigrant Company

History of Hans Larsen, father

History of John Lambert, husband

Larsen Photos and Other Documents

Lambert Photos and Other Documents

Headstones, Kamas Cemetery

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