Sweden: Organized L.D.S. Emigration Groups

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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 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.

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 447 106-107 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.