Jens C. Gasberg journal

Jens C. Gasberg journal

Dates: 1865-1911

Journal of Jens Christian Andersen Gasberg, 1865 - 1911, containing photographs; newspaper clippings; accounts of persecution for belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; his mission; courtship; journey to Brigham City; family events; his trial for polygamy in 1887; and other topics. Original journal, 6” x 8.5,” is in Danish, translation is in English.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Gasberg, Jens C. (Jens Christian), 1840-1924
  • Call Number: MSS 3880
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jens C. Gasberg journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3880; Jens C. Gasberg journal; 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3880, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Virginia Campbell in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Virgina Campbell; 1990.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Diaries; Frontier and pioneer life--West (U.S.)--19th century; Material Types; Mormon Church--Polygamy--History
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; 24 April 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Gasberg (Jens C.) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Broomhead, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:36-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Jens Christian Anderson Gasberg (1840-1924) was an LDS convert who practiced polygamy.

Jens Christian Andersen Gasberg was born 22 December 1840 in Hillerslev, Thisted, Denmark. He courted a woman named Louiese who died two years after he was called into the Danish army. She was a mother of two small children, Christian and Theresie, by a husband who was in prison. Theresie became an important person throughout his life. After he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he received a mission call on 18 January 1865, to various places in Denmark. He served for about three and a half years. He married Gertrude Marie and had a difficult journey trying to immigrate to America. He and Marie were sealed in the LDS Endowment House in Logan, Utah on 15 May 1871. He married Anne Hansen on 27 April 1874. He went to trial for practicing polygamy in 1887, but it was proven that Gasberg had lived within the law for three and a half years. Anne, forbidden by law to live with Gasberg, had been living in a separate house. Many years later, his first wife, Gertrude Marie, stood as proxy for his former sweetheart, Louise, to be sealed as his wife for all eternity. He worked as a photographer in Brigham City. He died on 11 February 1924 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah.

He began his journal in Danish after he joined the Church as a young man. The journal fell into the hands of his grandchildren, and they paid a Danish woman to translate his diary into English.

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