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Organized LDS Emigration Groups Organized emigration from Scandinavian began in 1852 and continued up until about 1890. Leaders were called to assist the emigrants in the journey. Missionaries who had completed their missions would travel home to Utah with the emigrants. One or more of the missionaries were called to be the leader/s of the group. Most of the organized groups began in Copenhagen. The groups leaving from Copenhagen would be Danish and Swedish Saints. Often Norwegian Saints sailed out of Oslo and went directly to Liverpool where they would join with other Scandinavian Saints. The Scandinavians usually joined saints from other places in Europe and Great Britain in Liverpool. Detailed information about each company and names of missionaries, may be found in Andrew Jenson’s book, “History of the Scandinavian Mission”. Pages listed in the table below are for Andrew Jenson’s book. The number of Saints leaving shown in the table below includes children.  Organized emigration was closed because of the "Utah War" (Johnston's Army) early in 1858 and announced at the end of 1858 that it would resume. 


Depart.Date Place of Depart. Number in Comp. Arrival Date Arrival place Page number Notes
Jan 1852 Copenhagen 9 Swedes In England 1 Month, Joined by 19 Danish Saints. Sailed from Liver pool 1 March on the ship “Italy”.
20 Dec 1852 Copenhagen 294 Saints 30 Sep 1853 Salt Lake City 70-72 Only 3 Swedes - John Eric Forsgren, and 2 siblings.
22 Dec 1853 Copenhagen 301 Saints 5 Oct 1854 Salt Lake City 87-89 Leader was Chr. J. Larsen
26 Dec 1853 Copenhagen 200 plus 5 Oct 1854 Salt Lake City 88-89 Leader was Hans Peter Olsen
24 Nov 1854 Copenhagen about 300 7 Sep 1855 Salt Lake City 97-99 Leader was Elder Peter O. Hansen. Group joined by 149 more emigrants from the Aalborg and Vendsyssel conferences.
29 Nov 1855 Copenhagen 447 Saints 106-107 Leader was Elder Canute Peterson. Group was joined by 42 British and 30 Italian Saints.
23 Apr 1856 Copenhagen 161 Saints 9 Nov 1856 Salt Lake City 112-113 Leader Elder Johan A. Ahmanson. Joined with about 600 saints from Great Britain in Liverpool. About 100 of the Scandinavian saints were in the Willie handcart company which got caught in the snow storms in Wyoming and were rescued by saints from Utah.
18 Apr 1857 Copenhgen 536 Saints 13 Sep 1857 Salt Lake City 120-122 Leader to England was Elder Hector C. Haight
20 May 1857 Copenhagen 286 Saints 122 Leader to England was Elder Hector C. Haight. Joined by a large number of emigrating saints from the British Mission.
21 Feb 1858 Korsör, Denmark 75 Saints 9 Jul 1858, 20 Sept 1858, or 7 Oct 1858 Salt Lake City 129-131 Leader was Elder Iver N. Iversen. Joined by 5 more Scandinavian saints, 9 English saints, and about 600 Irish emigrants. The combined group came in 3 different groups from Iowa City and arrived at the three different dates.
1 April 1859 Copenhagen 355 Saints 4 Sep 1859 Salt Lake City 140-142 Leaders were Carl Widerborg and Niels Wilhelmsen. The group consisted of 224 Danes, 113 Swedes, and 18 Norwegians. They were joined by British and Swiss emigrants making a total of 726 souls. Some went by handcart and they arrived on 4 Sept 1859. Others in the wagon group arrived 15 September 1859.
2 May 1860 Copenhagen 301 Saints 24 Sept 1860 and 5 Oct 1860 Salt Lake City 148-150 Leader Carl Widerborg. Group consisted of 182 Danes, 80 Swedes, and 39 Norwegians. They were joined by Swiss, Welsh and English Saints making a total of 730 emigrants. The handcart group arrived on the first date and the ox-train on the second date.
3 Jul 1960 Florence, Nebraska 123 Saints 17 Sep 1860 Salt Lake City 150 Group consisted of saints from England and Scandinavia who had come in early groups and had been living primarily in Iowa and Nebraska for a period of time mainly to earn money for the rest of the trip.
9 May 1861 Copenhagen 565 Saints 12 Sep 1861 Salt Lake City 154-156 In this group were 128 Swedish saints. The Leader of the group to England was Pres. John Van Cott. Some of this group came across the plains in a smaller group and arrived 22 Sept 1861.
6 April 1862 and 14 Apr 1862 Alborg and Copenhagen over 900 Saints 23 Sept 1862, 27 Sept 1862, 1 Oct 1862, 5 Oct 1862 Salt Lake City 161-167 The two groups joined with other saints in England making a total of 1,556 saints. Then came in 4 ships and crossed the plains in 4 companies and arrived at the four different dates.
20 Apr 1863, 23 Apr 1863, 30 Apr 1863 Copenhagen total Scandinavians emigrating 1,458 24 Aug 1863, 12 Sep 1863 Salt Lake City 174-179 The two first Scandinavian groups joined together in England and with 113 English saints making a total of 766 Saints. About 28 Saints had come from Christiania and sailed from there 13 Apr 1863 to Copenhagen. Another group of about 100 saints left Christiania 28 Apr 1863 joined them in Copenhagen. About 12 Saints went from Stavanger and joined the group in England.
10 Apr 1864 and 13 Apr 1864 Copenhagen over 700 Saints 15 Sept 1864 Salt Lake City 181-182 The first group had 350 emigrants from Sweden, Norway, and some from Fredericia Conference, Denmark. The second group had 353 saints from Denmark. The two joined together in England and arrived in Salt Lake together.
4 May 1865 Copenhagen 557 Saints Salt Lake City 183-187 Some arrived as late as 8 Nov 1865 but others were sooner.
17 May 1866 and 28 May 1866 Copenhagen 29 Sep 1866, 1 Oct 1866, 8 Oct 1866, 22 Oct 1866 Salt Lake City 191-195 The first group had 684 saints (73 Swedes). The second group said "a large group". The two groups joined in England but arrived in Salt Lake in 4 different companies. The last group to arrive was in Captain Lowry's company. Andrew Jenson said of this company "that if the details of the journey across the plains of this company were written, it would probably present one of the most pitiable and heart rending chapters in the history of the Church." Deaths were high chiefly because of cholera.
13 June 1867 Copenhagen 290 Saints 5 Oct 1867 Salt Lake City 198-199. First emigration to cross the ocean in a steamship vessel.
29 May 1868 Göteborg 104 Swedish Saints 24 August 1868 Salt Lake City 200-201 Joined in England with small company of Danish Saints and about 50 Norwegian saints and more than 500 British saints. Sailed by sailing vessel rather than steamship to save money.
13 June 1868 Copenhagen 630 Saints 25 Sep 1868 Salt Lake City 201-203 Sailed by sailing ship to cut cost. This was the last LDS group to go by a sailing vessel.
10 Jul 1869 Copenhagen 567 saints 8 aug 1869 Ogden, Utah 204-205
15 Jul 1870 Copenhagen 348 saints 10 aug 1870 Ogden, Utah 206-207 Joined with 350 Irish and German saints
3 Sep 1870 Copenhagen 19 Saints 207
23 Jun 1871




 

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