The purpose of this history is to remember the challenges, struggles, inspirations and joys of our ancestors. By understanding their histories, our character and life can improve. The book will be presented as a part of the celebration of Marjorie White Thomsen’s ninetieth birthday on July 2, 2006.


Several histories were written by my ancestors or members of their family. Other histories were written by a family organization that I translated. Other histories were written from my research. Several histories mention the Mormon Church (the slang name) or LDS Church (the abbreviated name) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have edited, translated, and compiled these histories. The contributors and sources are as follows:

Adslev-Slaegten Book, History of Peder Jensen and Margrethe Rasmusdatter, Editions: 1926, 1959 and 1981. Copies are at the Family History Museum, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City.
Sherri White Berntsen
The Devon & Somerset Blackdowns, by Ronald Webber, published by Robert Hale & Company, Clerkenwell House, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1ROHT ISBN 0 7091 5691X. Copy at Library of Congress
Michelle Helena Thomsen Harrison
International Genealogical Index, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jens Jensen
Carol White Mathis
Catherine Thomsen McKinney
The National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Christian Peter Thomsen
Helena Katrina Jensen Thomsen
Marilyn Breinholt Thomsen
Marjorie June White Thomsen
Roger Walter Thomsen
Walter Christian Thomsen
Florence White
Helen Cracroft White
Jack Allen White
Robert C. Williams’ Journal, transcribed by Richard R. Cherrington, copy of this journal with the LDS Church Archives.

Interesting Family Highlights

The sources of the blood line and their fractions for Roger Walter Thomsen and Richard Walter Thomsen are Danish (16/32), English (11/32), Irish (2/32) and Welsh (1/32) and a Yankee mix (2/32).

Roger and Richard Thomsen were both born at the Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City.  They were the first generation to be born in a hospital.  All their ancestors were born at their homes and not in hospitals.

Christian Peter Thomsen’s Line

This line has the oldest family pictures and the oldest family histories, going back to a large farm in Adslev, Denmark, 1766.
Christian Peter Thomsen would say, “Nothing is too fine for the Thomsens.”
Walter Christian Thomsen led 700 men in the invasion of the Philippines in World War II.  He later taught his parakeet Topper to say, “Topper is a dirty Bird.”

Helena’s Jensen’s Family

Christian Thomsen Jensen was a Head School Master and an Assistant Minister in the Danish People’s Church (Lutheran).
Jens Jensen lived in a tent in Bingham Canyon and cooked for the miners.
Jens Christiansen was a politician in Denmark.

Fred White’s Family

John White took Sarah Scroxton to the cemetery where he quoted Shakespeare.
Fred Holton had a dream; if true, the White line goes back to DeHulton, a knight who came from France across the English Channel with William the Conqueror in the 11th century.
Fred and Ruth White had to get married in 1950 in Reno, Nevada; forty years after their first child was born.  This was “no shot gun marriage”.  They had lost their first marriage certificate, needed for Social Security benefits.
Fred White took a buggy a-part and reassembled it on the roof of a neighbor’s barn.

Ruth Glass’ Family

Ellis Williams was a Minister in the Church of England.  
Robert Williams and Emma Hocken were the only set of great-grandparents that were Utah Pioneers.  The rest came across the plains on the Union Pacific or Rio Grande railroads.  Robert Williams served three missions for the LDS Church and walked across the plains five times.
Our Irish blood comes from Richard Murphy and Margaret Cummins.
The Glass line goes back to Scottish royalty and to a Scottish king that claimed his genealogy back to 200 B.C.  And so men of the family, you have the right to wear a tartan kilt.
The Glass line includes the Heald’s, making Emma Hale, the wife of Joseph Smith, Jr., a distant cousin.
William Henry Glass (a Union Private), served in the Civil War.
Eliza Jane Williams and Samuel Alexander Glass were divorced, the only ancestors to do so.  Samuel experienced the great San Francisco earthquake and was a cigar maker.  Eliza was a milliner.