The story of Elsie
Born: 11/11/1839 in
Married: / /1857 in
Died: 02/06/1911 in Salt Lake City,
Notes: Buried in Brigham City, UT.
Elsie was born an illegitimate child
of Anders and Bodil Nielsen Bjerregaard and was 18 years old
when she came to Utah, and was 27 years old when parents left
Utah and went to Missouri.
Elsie married into a polygamist family
and was the second wife of four. Elsie was the mother of ten
children in this family. There were a number of different
spellings of her name, they are Elsie, Elsa, Kirstine,
Christina, Kjerstine Bjerregaard.
The Bjerregaard families first stop in
Utah was Brigham City and this is probably when Elsie met her
husband, Larus C. Christensen. When Lars Christensen died he
left his property to Elsie, his second wife, and Melvine, his
At the time of the driving of the
Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, UT, Andrew (the seventh
child and brother of Elsie) came up from Ephraim, UT, and
probably visited with her before going to the event. Possibly
the only time they saw each other after she was married.
The sister of Elsie, Annie K.
Bjerregaard Beal, the wife of Henry Beal a polygamist, left
Ephraim, UT and went to Brigham City and stayed with Elsie to
have her youngest child. She stayed with Elsie about a year
and a half.
Elsie lived out of town up in the
hills where Annie could hide. She did this because the law was
that if the wife of a polygamist man had a child he would have
to give up his wife or go to jail. This hiding procedure was
called the Under Ground Railroad.
In July, 1995, I, D. Byergo and wife
went to Brigham City, UT. to visit friends and collect more
information on the Christensen family. During a visit to the
Brigham City Museum my wife found a plate that belonged to
Elsie Bjerregaard Christensen donated by Renda C. Billings.
Another death date for Elsie: 02/
/1910 Logan, Cache, UT.
More about Annie in her memo. (coming
Her husband Larus C.
A History of Larus C. Christensen
written by Delome Billings tells more about the life of Elsie.
This story will be kept with the Christensen Family History.
Spouse: Larus C. Christensen
Born: 08/02/1825 in Taars, Denmark
Died: 06/16/1909 in Brigham City, Box
Notes: Larus (Lars) Christian
Christensen A polygamist who had 4 wives who were,
Lars was the father of 23 children, 10
are with Elsie. Lars fourth wife bore him no children. Lars
died at 84 years old.
Larus's father, was a Dane also born
in Taars but his mother was a foreigner, from Finland, who
died when he was about three years old.
On visit to Brigham, July, 1995 I, D.
Byergo and wife went to visit friends and look for more
information on the Christensen family. We found a article
telling of the purchase of a clock for the Courthouse tower.
Lars Christensen was assigned the task
of installing this instrument and he then maintained. In 1948
the clock stopped and a very good friend of mine, Frank
Troxell, and Bill Simonson were asked to repair it. Frank's
wife told me that they worked for hours on it before the
repair was completed.
Frank became a Watch Maker and he also
played the trumpet. A strange twist !!! Lars could repair
anything and music was his first love that he passed on to his
Her Child Christena
Child: Christena Christensen
Born: 09/18/1859 in Brigham City, UT.
Died: 04/07/1931 in Brigham City, UT.
Her Child Ephraim Christensen
Child: Ephraim Christensen
Born: 07/22/1861 in Brigham City, UT.
Died: 11/08/1862 in Brigham City, UT.
Her Child Eli Christensen
Child: Eli Christensen
Born: 07/16/1863 in Brigham City, UT.
Died: 06/04/1865 in Brigham City, UT.
Her Child Christian
Child: Christian Christensen
Born: 11/10/1865 in Brigham City, UT.
Married: 02/13/1896 in
Died: 05/19/1940 in San Francisco, CA.
Note: Christian (Chris) played the
Piano. Chris died while visiting his son, Willam's Ballet
Studio in San Francisco.
Her Child Frederick
Child: Frederick Christensen
Born: 01/10/1868 in Brigham City, UT.
Died: 11/13/1957 in
Note: Frederick (Fred) Christensen.
Fred played the Chello. He also had a dance studio in Seattle,
Washington with his daughter. His wife's name is Grace.
Frederic divorced Grace in 1930 and began gambling.
Her Child Moses Christensen
Child: Moses Christensen
Born: 02/12/1870 in Brigham City, UT.
Married: / /1898 in
Died: 10/30/1920 in Portland, Oregon
Notes: Bur: Portland Cremetorium, OR.
Moses (Mose) Christensen. Mose played the violin and he also
had a dance studio in Portland, Oregon with his son Victor.
Another birth date found / /1871.
Her Child Lars Peter
Child: Lars Peter Christensen
Born: 08/21/1872 in Brigham City, UT.
Married: 10/12/1900 in
Died: 06/04/1944 in
Note: Lars Peter (Pete) Christensen.
Pete played the violin and horn. He also was a dance
instructor. Pete had no children. Pete was like a foster
father to his sisters family, who was Jorinda Helene Billings.
Pete's left hand was crushed in a molasses mill. This made it
impossible to play the violin. He later learned to play the
trumpet and played in one of the early orchestras with his
brothers at Saltair in its heyday.
Pete and his brothers left Brigham
City and came to Salt Lake and organized the dancing school in
1893. They fathered the ballet in the west, and started the
school band system in Utah. Pete played in the orchestra of
the Salt Lake theater, and the family held forth every summer
on the podium of the old Knutsford hotel at Saltair.
Gradually the Christensen method
pushed its tracks over summit and vale of every important
dance center in the United States and Europe.
Her Child Joseph Christensen
Child: Joseph Christensen
Born: 05/23/1875 in Brigham City, UT.
Her Child Jorinda Helene
Child: Jorinda Helene Christensen
Born: 01/16/1878 in Brigham City, UT.
Died: 09/24/1932 in Brigham City, UT
Her Child Aaron Christensen
Child: Aaron Christensen
Born: 08/29/1880 in Brigham City, UT.
Died: 06/04/1897 in Brigham City, UT.