Frederik Wilhelm and Karen Margurdsen Moller
aka Caroline Miller
Wilhelm was born 2 May 1821 in Copenhagen Denmark. I know very little of his life except that he
followed in the profession of his father, Jorgen Peder Moller, who was a master
tailor in Copenhagen. I do not know when he met Karen. She was born 16 Aug 1818 in Taars, Maribo, an
island south of Copenhagen. Her father was a farmer. I don’t have a marriage date either.
must have lived in Copenhagen
since this is where all the children were born.
Namely: Hans, 1850, Emma
Josephine, 1854, and Joseph, 1857.
Apparently there was another son and daughter who died as infants.
after 1850 the family was introduced to the gospel. From the family record it appears that
Frederik joined about 1852 and Karen was baptized very soon after on 16 Jan
1853. Each child was baptized into the
came to Utah in 1869 aboard the “Minnesota.” This was a steamship. He probably left Denmark about the 20th
of August. He departed from Liverpool, England
on 25 Aug and arrived in New York,
New York just 12 days later on 6
Sep. The passenger list had Hans Jorgen
Moller. He was not connected to any
family. J.F. Hardie, the clerk for this
group of immigrants wrote that the voyage was uneventful except that one sister
had a child who only lived 2 days. Hans
was 19 when he made this trip with about 450 others. From an account by Eliza Barnes (Briggs) who
was in the same company we learn that as a 10 year old she thought the boat was terrible!
She commented on the tin cups and plates that were used aboard to
prevent breakage! She also noted that
somewhere on their railroad journey they had to spend a couple days traveling
via horse and wagon because the tracks had washed out. She didn’t remember where they reboarded but
they came to Ogden
and she recalled lots of people at the depot.
Keep in mind that the Transcontinental Railroad had just connected in
May of that same year and the line to Ogden would have been built after that so
it would have been quite a novelty to meet incoming trains. Brother Marius Ensign, who
was in charge of the group recorded that they arrived in Ogden on 16 Sep 1869.
following year Karen and the 2 younger children, Emma and Joseph, sailed on the
same steamer, “Minnesota”
along with about 350 Scandinavian members.
Karen was listed as a widow so sometime between 1857 and 1870 Frederik
had died. Jesse Smith was in charge of
the company. He wrote that they left Denmark on 18 Jul and sailed aboard
the “Milo” to Hull England. That night they boarded a train in Hull and got to Liverpool
the next morning. A 7 year old girl had
died on the train and was buried in Liverpool.
They boarded the “Minnesota” the morning of the 20th and set
sail the same afternoon. They had
beautiful weather for the voyage and arrived in New York the morning of 1 Aug
1870. They spent one night in New York
and then hit the rails the next afternoon from Jersey City went to Philadelphia
Station on to Pittsburgh where they spent the night in a boarding house. The next morning they changed cars and found
they were even more crowded and filthy than the prior cars. A cranky station master started the train
before everyone had boarded leaving some behind. Brother Smith went to the office and
explained the situation. He and the
remaining passengers were put on an express train that caught up to the others
by noon. They all reached Chicago at 8am
5 August. Brother Smith telegraphed
ahead and asked for more cars. The heat,
humidity and overcrowding was really miserable.
There was a railroad bridge crossing the Mississippi at Clinton. From there they traveled until they reached
the Missouri River. They crossed on a
steam ferry to Omaha. They spent the
night in some empty baggage cars. Since
it was Sunday they didn’t travel but were inundated with apostates and
backsliders who tried in vain to convince anyone who would listen to remain
there but they got no takers. They
arrived in Ogden on 10 Aug 1870. The end
of the line was Woods Cross. Brother
Smith wrote that the First Presidency greeted them when they reached
Kaysville. They came on board and shook
the hands of the travelers. He said that
this was the largest train that had ever come to the city. It comprised 11 passenger cars and 5 baggage
Danish people Americanized their names or perhaps because they didn’t speak the
language of this country someone else changed the spelling but at any rate the
Moller name became Miller and Karen’s name became Caroline!
would be interesting to know what happened next. Did Hans meet his mom and siblings at Woods
Cross? Did they go to where he was? We do know that Emma became a plural wife to
Peter Hansen within a couple months of their entering the valley and she
settled in the Honeyville area. That
story is entitled Peter Hansen and his Families. Hans married a year or so later and his story
do not know much about Caroline Miller except to say that as far as I can tell,
she never remarried and my research only finds her in Brigham City. In the 1880 census I found a Caroline Muller
age 62 working as a servant. She died 31
Oct 1890. We had been searching for her
final resting place since there was no record of her in Brigham City
Cemetery. I was told that the Sexton’s
office was broken into in the 1960’s and records were burned and
destroyed. After I found a record of her
death confirmed in the Brigham City Second Ward records I decided to check with
the state archives where I finally found her death listed on the Brigham City
Sexton record at the state archives, but unfortunately, no grave location is
given. Since Hans and Georgina had
buried several children in the Miller plot I can only guess that Hans would
bury his mother there too. At any rate
no head stone was ever placed on her grave or a couple of the children.
is most unfortunate. I have spoken to
the current Brigham City Sexton and she told me that she could see no reason
why we couldn’t place a memorial stone in the Miller Family plot since there is
space available and the last person buried there was in 1924 but before going
ahead with it I have been trying to contact a live Miller descendent but so far
have struck out!