Caroline Sophia Pedersen Anderson was born on May 2, 1848 in Denmark to Peder Andersen and Maren Larsdatter. Sophia and her siblings converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Sophia was baptized in 1863. Sophia migrated to the United States with her brother A.P. Anderson and Annie Anderson, arriving on June 3, 1864 in New York City. She joined a company of LDS pioneers led by Miner G. Atwood. The company of Latter-day Saints crossed the plains and arrived in the Salt Lake valley in November 1865. When Sophia first arrived she lived in the home of Lorenzo Snow. She married Emil Anderson on March 14, 1868 in Salt Lake City. Together they had eight children, Adeline S., Lorenzo E., Sophronia, Lorenzo Hogerstien, John P., Parley S., Warren Fielding, and Stephen Lyman. Five of their children died in childhood. The family lived in American Fork, Utah. Emil served a mission to Denmark. Sophia served in the Relief Society and Primary as a teacher. In the 1890s, Sophia’s mother left Denmark to travel to Utah, but died on the journey and is buried on the Wyoming plains. Sophia became ill in 1897 and died on September 27, 1897. Emil later married Ella Kirstina Jensen on April 15, 1904 and Emil died shortly after in 1906.
The collection is titled “Biography of Emil Anderson and his Wives,” and is comprised of one folder, which contains five typewritten pages photocopied from microfilm. Laura Logie Timpson, Camp Historian for Daughters of Utah Pioneers, wrote the biography and a poem dedicated to Emil Anderson. The biography is titled “Brief History of Emil Anderson and His Wives.” The piece gives a history of Emil Anderson’s life. He was born in Slagelse, Denmark in 1845. He was baptized a member of the LDS church on October 15, 1862. He migrated to America in 1866 and settled in American Fork, Utah. He worked as a carpenter and city undertaker. The biography also includes details from Sophia’s life. The family actively participated in the Danish community in American Fork, who “loved to get together and make merry.” Sophia was in ill health and her husband had to shoulder much of the housework. The biography also includes a brief history of Emil’s second wife, Ella Kirstina Jensen who came to Salt Lake City in 1901. She took care of Sophia and Emil’s children after their deaths.