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Andrew A. Biorn

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Andrew A. Biorn

Posted: 17 Oct 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 13 Dec 2001 9:05AM GMT
Surnames: Biorn, Andersen, Nielsen, Rasmussen, Lundberg
Andrew Adolph Andersen Biorn was born 22 Nov. 1852 in Gunsoalille, Raskilde, Denmark and died 18 July 1920 in Murray, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

Andrew A. Biorn was born in Gunsoalille, Denmark, the son of Anders Andersen Biorn and Martha Andersen (Andersdatter). Andrew was two years old at the time of his father's death. As a child he helped herd sheep, did farm work, and as opportunity afforded, attended public schools. In 1873, at the age of 21, he was converted and baptized into the Mormon church. While still a resident of Denmark, he served a two-year mission for his church.

In 1876, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in order to join the colony of the people of his faith that had settled in Utah.
He settled in Ogden, Utah and in the autumn of that same year he married Emelie Kirstine Rasmussen Nielsen, also a recent emigrant from Denmark. Their marriage was performed by Lorenzo Snow. They received their endowments at the Salt Lake Endowment House in January of 1879.

Andrew helped with the building of the Salt Lake Temple, quarrying the granite rock used in it's construction. He worked at the quarry for one year and then moved to Logan, Utah, where he engaged in carpenter work on the Logan Temple until 1880.

In 1880, he and Emelia moved north to Mink Creek, Idaho, where he continued in business as a contractor and builder and also began farming. He and Emelie were the parents of nine children; Josephine Emelie, Andrew Adolph, Agnes Christina, Paul Revere, David Patten, Martha Elizabeth, Marien Sophroni, Asoph Custer, and Helen Bertha.

During the 1800's, the Mormon church condoned the practice of polygamy, and Andrew took a second wife. He married Margaret Rasmussen in 1881. He and Margaret were the parents of six children; Arnold Albert, Ethan Lehi, Mahonri Moriancumer, Clemmon Rasmus, Annie Margaret, and Lillian.

Andrew's first family with Emelie lived in Mink Creek and his second family with Margaret lived in Soda Springs. During the 1890's, the United States Federal Government banned polygamy and began arresting an imprisoning the polygamists. In November of 1895, Andrew was arrested and convicted of polygamy and was sentenced to federal prison for six months. The conditions of his release were that he would divorce one wife and remarry the other wife. He chose to divorce Emelia and to remarry Margaret.

In 1896, at the age of 44, Andrew was sent on a second mission, back to Denmark, and served as president of the Aarhus conference. After twenty-six months, he returned to Idaho and in 1900 he took Margaret and their children to live in Hunter, Utah where he worked for the Salt Lake Clock Company as a salesman and collector. Margaret died in 1902.

In 1903, Andrew married Emma Lundberg, an emigrant from Sweden. He and Emma had one child; Emma Marie. In 1904, Andrew and Emma moved their family to Murray, Utah, and he engaged in the optical profession and became a skilled optometrist. He served as Justice of the Peace for the Murray precinct and also as police judge of Murray city.
He stayed active in his church as a High Priest, serving in the Bishopric, President of the Y.M.M.I.A., Superintendent of the Sunday School, and was a Ward Teacher.

Andrew died in 1920 at the age of 68. He had married three times and was the father of sixteen children and many grandchildren. He is buried in the Murray, Utah cemetery.

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