Hole-in-the-Rock Landmarks and People

Hole-in-the-Rock Landmarks and People
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January 9, 2010

Jensen, Lars Peter and Jane Catherine Steele

John Peter Jensen
Birth: 16 Apr 1851--Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Death: 18 Aug 1932--Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona

Jane Catherine Steele
Birth: 26 Apr 1855--Parowan, Iron, Utah
Death: 21 March 1903--Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona
Children on the Trek: Margaret (b. 1876) and Leonard (b. 1878)

There are 10 children listed in the family genealogy, including Maggie (Margaret?) born in 1876 and Leonard born in 1878.
Also, they appear to have gone on to settle Greer (or Taylor?), Arizona, as told in this source: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext06/mrmsa10.txt.

"In Lee's Valley, sixteen miles southwest of Springerville, is Greer, established by the Saints in 1879. The first to come were Peter J. Jensen, Lehi Smithson, James Hale, Heber Dalton and James Lee.  In 1895, was added a saw-mill, built by Ellis W. Wiltbank and John M. Black. The name Greer was not applied till 1896. The postoffice dates from 1898."

Researcher Caroline Nielson reports: An individual note on family genealogy site states "Family records of Raymond S. JENSEN. Apache County was divided and Taylor is now in Navajo County. Was with Hole in the Rock company. John's Mother's last name WAHLGREN has been Americanized to VALGREN. PRIESTHOOD LINEAGE on Lars Peter: Ordained a Deacon, Ordained a Teacher, Ordained a Priest, Ordained a Elder."

Both David Miller's book (p. 147) and Saga of San Juan indicate that Lars Peter Jensen is sometimes listed as one of the Hole in the Rock pioneers.

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