|name||Hans Niels Petersen|
|birth_date||August 11 1819|
|death_date||Interwiki: Death date and age 1901102218190811++|
Hans Niels Petersen was born on ::August 11, 1819 in ::Sjelland, Denmark, to Niels Johan and Sidse Nielsen Petersen. Like his father, Hans became a successful sailor and fisherman and owned his own boat and business.
On Jan. 29, 1842, Hans married Karen Sophia Larsen. (He married a second wife, Kirsten Larsen, on Nov. 29, 1862.) When Hans and Karen joined the Mormon church on June 9, 1853, many of their friends became their enemies. When a mob broke into the Petersen home looking for Mormon missionaries, they were safely hidden in the loft.
In November 1855, Hans and Karen set sail across the Atlantic Ocean with their children Annie, Karen and Peter. The voyage lasted 66 days. An epidemic of measles broke out and many of the children died, including Peter.
The Petersen family arrived in Brigham City in December 1856. Their first home was a dugout. Hans became a cooper, constructing tubs and barrels, to name a few items. He also crafted furniture and was the custodian of the Court House. In addition, Hans helped build the road through Mantua Canyon. Unfortunately, a large boulder broke loose from the mountain and struck him in the head, breaking his jaw and cutting his head. An army surgeon’s assistant sewed up Hans’ wounds with a three-cornered needle and eventually his jaw bones slipped back into place.
Hans passed away on ::October 22, 1901 at age 82. He was the father of 14 children.