Sorensen Family Photographs—
The Sorensen Family History Organization web site is an attempt to find and locate the many descendants of Nicolai Sorensen and Magdelena Olsen Sorensen. The family joined The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints (often referred to as the Mormons) in the early summer and fall of 1855. Abraham and Isaac Sorensen were the first, and than the rest of the family members over the following next few months. The ten living children, of the twelve born to Nicolai and Malena, all came to Utah, nine of them with their parents and a hired hand, Niels Otto Andersen, who was a brother to Andrew Andersen, in 1857. Sophie and her new husband Andrew Anderson came along with his family, the following year in 1858. The family left their home in Haverup, near Sorø, Sorø Amt., Sjælland, Denmark in the early spring of 1857, via the steam ship, L. N. Hvidt from Copenhagen, Denmark to Grimsby, England and then traveled by rail once again acrossß England to the docks of Liverpool. There they boarded the sail ship Westmoreland, traveling on board her from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. From the docks of Philadelphia they traveled by rail again to Iowa City, Iowa. Here they received the wagons and ox-teams with which they were to traverse the heartland of the country, the Great Plains and then on up to the mighty Rocky Mountains. They crossed through the Rockies at South Pass, following along the Old Mormon trail blazed for them some ten years prior. The family arrived in Great Salt Lake City, Territory of Utah, on September 13, 1857.
Apparently they spent a few days in Great Salt Lake City, camped out at what we now know as Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City, and from there traveled south toward the Mill Creek and Cottonwood areas. They build themselves a nice log cabin for the winter on the small farm of a friend from Denmark, known only to us currently as Mr. Jensen. They lived here until they were forced during the “Move South” to Pond Town, now known as Salem, in Utah County, during the time of the “Great Move.” This was just prior to the time of the “Utah War” and the approach of Johnston's army. After this time, part of the family lived in Provo, and part moved back at the cabin in the Mill Creek or Cottonwood area. Here they harvested the crop(s) planted in the spring of 1858 and waited for winter to pass, so they could move on to what they hoped would be their final home. The family had thought at first, to move east up into the Heber Valley area but decided to give Cache Valley a try, instead. Word of the wonders of Cache Valley were passed around during the time in Pond Town by the settlers of Maughan’s Fort or Wellsville as we know it today. From Provo to the area that would become Mendon, was a distance of some one-hundred and fifty miles. There were no roads to speak of at this point in time, just a dirt trail.
James Hill (a son-in-law), Peter Larsen (a dear family friend), Peter and Isaac Sorensen went together as a vanguard for the extended Nicolai Sorensen family and planted some crops, harvested some native grass and of course built what would become a new three room log cabin in the North Settlement, as Mendon was known at first. This place of settlement would soon receive the name of Mendon in the late fall of 1859. Nicolai, Melena and the rest of the Sorensen family arrived at the cabin in Mendon, Cache County, Territory of Utah in mid-November of this same year.
From Mendon, Utah the small town they helped to settle and found, the Nicolai and Magdelena Olsen Sorensen family has spread the world over it would seem. Nicolai's descendants from many of the states, Canada, England, and Denmark, have all stopped by my Mendon home, over the past few years. The response has been fun, rewarding and worth the time and effort to create and maintain the SFHO. It is hoped that the Sorensen Family History Organization web site may provide you with a renewed sense of your heritage, genealogical interest and family pride. I hope that the SFHO may continue to find, share, store and collect the many stories, photographs and physical objects, in written and picture form. I hope that these family treasures will in turn provide you a continued rich legacy for you and your family for many generations yet to come. Teach your children whom they are, from where they came. Knowing our past can help to strengthen our future and that of the children of this generation. Nicolai Sorensen descendants, friends and family please enjoy your visit(s) and… in the words of the native Danish tongue, words they would have used, Velkommen!