WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
(brick and stone mason, farmer, early Bloomington resident)
BIOGRAPHYLars Larson was born January 11, 1825 in Hadngar, Norway.
The Larson family came to the United States in 1836 on board the Den Norsk Klippe. The family immigrated under the farm name of Sandenaes. At the time of immigration Lars Sr was 41, Martha was 38, Lars Jr was 11, Tosten (Thurston) was 8, and Johannes (John) was 4 years and 6 months old. The family left Stavanger and sailed to New York City. Traveling with them were Martha's parents, Tosten Johannesen and Birgette Jacobsen, both aged 67 years at the time of arrival in NY. The destination for the family was thought to be Illinois in or near LaSalle County where a Norwegian colony was organized.
By March 1840 the Larson family had settled in Scotland County, Missouri. Where Thomas Larson was born. Two years later they moved from Missouri to Sugar Creek, Iowa Territory, where his father died in 1842. Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints baptized the remaining family members in February of 1843. Thurston was baptized 12 February 1843, his Mother and brother Lars were baptized 23 January 1843 and John was baptized 8 November 1843. Thomas died in March of 1843.
Martha, Thurston's Mother, took her sons to Nauvoo to meet the Prophet Joseph Smith. Later the family moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, to be in the presence of the Prophet Joseph Smith and other Saints. They were present at the meeting where Brigham Young was transfigured and appeared as Joseph Smith. By 1846 religious persecution forced them to flee from Illinois back to Iowa Territory. The Larson Brothers were present and witnessed the miracle of the Quails. They camped first at Sugar Creek, where their Mother died January 1846 and was buried, and then they moved from one small Mormon encampment to another across the Territory.
Lars came to Utah in 1850.
Lars and his son, Lars James Larson, were stone masons who were sent down to Dixie in the early 1870s to work on the St. George Temple.
REFERENCESOur Family Histories entry for Lars Larson Jr.
Find-A-Grave entry for Lars Larson [Sr.]
Find-A-Grave entry for Lars Larson [Jr.]