Elizabeth La Flesh Lee

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Elizabeth La Flesh married Alfred Lee, 6 September 1825, in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio. He had gone to Randolph County, Indiana. When he was eighteen, he homesteaded a farm. After their marriage, they lived in Randolph County.  It was while they were  living in Randolph County that the Latter Day Saint missionaries found Alfred and his brothers. They joined the Church, and in company of about 100 others, and moved to Clay County, Missouri.

We can tell where the Lees were driven, along with the other saints, by the dates and places of birth of their children. Samuel Francis Lee was born 1835 at Liberty, Clay County, Missouri; Alfred La Flesh Lee was born at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri in 1837. He lived only one year. Joseph Smith Lee was born at Payson, Adams County, Illinois in 1839. George Henry Lee and Eli Lee were born in Nauvoo, Hancock County Illinois in 1841 and 1843 respectively.

The Alfred Lee family was with the Saints in Missouri, during all the persecutions and atrocities. As the Saints were being expelled from Missouri, the Prophet Joseph Smith told them to go to Nauvoo. It was during this part of their journey, that they found it necessary to stop in Payson, Illinois, for a time, as Elizabeth's time was due for her seventh child. He was born in Payson, Adams County Illinois on 23 April, 1830, and was given the name of Joseph Smith Lee. At length the Lee family reached Nauvoo, where they immediately set about building a home. They also helped to build the Temple, with their son Samuel Francis Lee being extra diligent and helpful in the work. Here Elizabeth gave birth to two more sons. She was also active in weaving cloth and sewing clothes, not only for her own family, but for those working on the Temple who needed clothing. This must have been a very happy rewarding time for Elizabeth, and in 1846 she and Alfred received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple. They were driven out of Nauvoo by the mobs, and settled on a farm near Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, which is directly across the Mississippi river from Nauvoo

MAKING THE CONNECTION: Elizabeth is the great-great grandmother of Ruby Sorenson (aka Candy Grandma).

SPECIAL THANKS…Full credit for this history goes to Ruby Hansen Sorenson for compiling it.

READ ON….This is only a portion of the history on Elizabeth, you can read more about her here: The Life Story of Elizabeth La Flesh Lee .  You can also find out more about Elizabeth here: Elizabeth La Flesh Lee.

2004 Interview (Part 5)

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This is the final portion of the 2004 interview by Joann of Dave & LeeAnn Sorenson (Grandpa and Grandma). Here’s a quick preview of what is in this podcast:

  • Grandpa's memories of the kids and snakes
  • Grandpa riding the boat to Sweden
  • Grandpa playing basketball on his mission
  • Grandpa playing the trumpet on his mission in Sweden

2004 Interview (Part 4)

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Here is part 4 of the interview by Joann of Dave & LeeAnn Sorenson (Grandpa and Grandma). Here’s a quick preview of what is in this podcast:


Hans Andersen

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Ancestor Spotlight: Hans Andersen

Written by Ruby Hansen Sorenson


Hans Andersen was born at Slots-Bjergby, Soro, Denmark, near Slagelse on February 13, 1824, an only son of Anders Hansen and Bodil Madsen. For reasons not known he was left an orphan at the age of eight years, thereby causing him to make his own way in life and in those days it required a real struggle for existence. At about this time he was leased out to a master weaver to become a weaver’s apprentice. After serving his time under the master weaver he had learned the trade and was soon to become a master weaver in his own right. And as was common in those days, even after coming to Utah he retained the name ‚Hans Weaver‛, and all his children were as well known by the name of Weaver as by Andersen.


Hans Andersen was a soldier in His Majesty’s army during the war of 1848, when the Danish fought against Germany, at which time the Dane’s were victorious and took over Schleswig-Holstein. A very significant part of this time in the history of his life and that he should have so many of his grandchildren involved in a conflict with that very same Germany, only it was to happen so many years after his death. (A reference to World War II).


Great grandfather Andersen spent considerable time herding sheep for the community as well as doing his work as a weaver and in the capacity of sheep herding had many thrilling experiences with the bears and Indians. One of his most trying experiences was from an accident he suffered in the Blacksmith Fork Canyon. While logging out some trees to build barns and a home, a large branch broke from one of the trees and knocked him over a cliff. This accident broke his right leg just below the knee. He was hauled on the running gears of a wagon to Logan to get the leg set and attended to.l Upon their arrival in Logan it was found that Doctor Ormsby the only Doctor in the valley, had gone to Preston, Idaho, thirty miles to the North on horseback to make his regular rounds to his patients. Hans was finally returned to Hyrum the same way. It is difficult to imagine the excruciating pain he must have suffered in riding those sixteen miles over rough roads. A week passed before the doctor finally arrived in Hyrum. When he arrived he found the leg in serious condition and gangrene had set in, and nothing short of an amputation would save the life of Hans.   Now another terrible ordeal was in store for him. None of our present day pain killers and wonder drugs were available and so grandfather Andersen was tied with ropes and straps to a table and four strong men we called in to hold him while the doctor performed the amputation. It is extremely difficult to understand how he was able to survive the severe punishment his body went through during this period, undoubtedly he had a further mission to perform on this earth. Sometime after losing his leg, his wife died leaving him alone. She died July 24, 1885. The local carpenter a Mr. Gulbrandsen, with the help fo the local blacksmith, Mr. Peter Christiansen carved a wooden leg for him, which he was able to strap on tot he stump which was left, enabling him to go about his work of weaving and framing a small tract of land which had been alloted to him by Bishop Liljenquist.

MAKING THE CONNECTION - Hans was a great-grandfather to Ruby Hansen Sorenson (aka Candy Grandma).

READ ON....This is only a portion of the history on Hans Andersen, you can read more about him here: The History of Hans Anderson.  You can also find out more about Hans here: Hans Andersen

SPECIAL THANKS...Full credit for this history goes to Ruby Hansen Sorenson for writing it, Gail Gibbs and Hans Peter Andersen for contributing information, and Dave Sorenson for digitizing the history.

HELP...Hans passed away in 1910 but we do not have a photo of him, it is very likely one exists.  If you have one and would be willing to share, we would love to add it to our website.

2004 Interview (Part 3)

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This is part 4 of the interview by Joann of Dave & LeeAnn Sorenson (Grandpa and Grandma).  Here's a quick preview of what is in this podcast:

  • Grandpa talks about chores as a child
  • Grandma's favorite game as a child
  • Grandpa's favorite games as a child
  • Grandma talks about phone calls in the past
  • Grandpa tells about the party line
  • Grandpa's favorite teacher and subject
  • Grandma's favorite radio shows
  • Grandma's favorite TV shows
  • Grandpa's favorite radio shows
  • Grandpa talks about being the youngest

2004 Interview (Part 2)

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Here it is, part 2 of the interview, for your listening enjoyment.  Find out why Grandpa and Grandma chose each other, their first jobs, and more.

2004 Interview (Part 1)

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Many of you will remember the amazing video Joann did for Grandpa & Grandma's Anniversary in 2004.  As part of that project, she interviewed Grandpa and Grandma, recording their responses in audio format.  Our first series of podcasts are the responses they gave to Joann's questions.   You can listen to Part 1 right now.  A huge thanks goes to Joann for recording the interview...thank you Joann!!!



Peder Sorenson

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Peder Sorenson showing his horses to some of his grandchildren. Gladys Sorenson is second from left and James Verland Sorenson is third from left. Taken in front of Peder's home about 1910.

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Edward Teancum Murdock

Edward Teancum Murdock

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Alma, the second youngest son of Edward, says, "My dad ran our family with the fiddle bow. He sat by the window while playing the fiddle so he could keep an eye on us kids. When he would see us getting out of line, he would rap on the window with the bow. That was a signal to us that we were doing wrong. My dad was a quiet man, he did not tolerate violence. His eyes were sharp, he missed nothing. He never whipped us, he didn't have to. We knew when things were going well and when they weren't by the way he played the fiddle.

Edward Teancum Murdock was born in Heber, Utah, in 1872. He played the guitar, fiddle and piano. He was also an excellent singer.  He loved horses and was a friend to the Native Americans.

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