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Concerning Nils Christian Flygare

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Concerning Nils Christian Flygare

Posted: 1528277842000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Flygare
Hi Mark,

We are probably related; my name is Jakob Flygare. I am from Denmark and have done a lot of research using MyHeritage which led me to Nils Christian Flygare. My tree goes back to Josephi Lichtstein and Maria Lichtstein (born Lázár). Can I see your tree? I can send you a GEDCOM file with my tree. I cannot attach it here is it does not accept that fileformat.

I have seen your post here:

Some questions and observations:

A) Are you sure there was a specific Flygare regiment? I found this Sweedish article on Flygare that says it was a common name taken by runners for the king (translated for your convinience into English here (aviator is translated by Google from Flygare)):

B) Do you have the journal as a pdf or similarly that you might send to me in an email?

C) Have you found out more about the Lichtstein-Lázár branch?

D) I guess the uncle that you refer to is Niels Christian Johansson Flygare (June 10 1811 - June 9 1865). From where do you know that they immigrated together? From what I can gather the uncle immigrated in 1860 and Nils Christian Flygare immigrated in 1865.

I have found the following biographical information on Nils Christian Flygare:

Nils Christian Flygare


Residence: Ogden, Weber Co., Utah

Arrival date in Copenhagen: 22 November 1874; 7 January 1878; 14 October 1885

Missionary labors: Stockholm Conference; Scandinavian Mission

Departure date from Copenhagen: 22 June 1876; 30 August 1879; 3 October 1888

Name of departure ship: Albion

Birth date: 3 February 1841

Birthplace: Ruthsbo, Bjäresjö, Malmöhus, Sweden

Father: Flygare, Christian Johansson

Mother: Nilsdotter, Anna

Spouse: Wetterlund, Julia

Marriage date: 23 February 1864

Marriage place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah

Spouse: Isackson, Mary Caroline

Marriage date: 24 October 1877

Spouse: Jonsson, Maria

Spouse: Russell, Jeanette

Death date: 19 February 1908

Death place: Ogden, Weber Co., Utah

Nils’s father died when Nils was just two years old. Although many difficulties surrounded his youth, Nils obtained work as a farmer and carpenter’s apprentice in Lund. At age seventeen he was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 5 September 1858 by C. Nielsen. After his baptism, he was so influential in teaching the gospel to his coworkers that he was dismissed because his employer feared that if he let him stay every employee would become a Mormon (see “Autobiography of Nils Christian Flygare,” 1).

Nils served a local mission in the Skåne Conference after losing his employment. The mission was difficult because the people were “very hard and inhospitable,” and as a consequence Nils often suffered from hunger and cold. One day a mob threatened to kill him and his companion. On another occasion, a mobber hit him with a large stick and knocked him out. Despite these hardships, Nils labored for three years as a traveling missionary, as president of four branches, and as president of the Stockholm Conference (see “Autobiography of Nils Christian Flygare,” 2).

During the time that he presided over the conference, he reported for military duty in compliance with Swedish law. At one point, the king of Sweden offered him a chance to become an officer in the army—a position that promised power and prestige. He declined the king’s offer, preferring to continue his minor role in the military (see “Autobiography of Nils Christian Flygare,” 5; Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1:461).

In 1864 Nils immigrated to America aboard the Monarch of the Sea. Aboard ship, he was responsible for the sick and the dead. He crossed the plains in the William B. Preston company. After arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in 1864, he settled in Ogden, Weber County, where he worked as a builder.

In 1874 he accepted a mission call to Scandinavia. He was assigned to preside over the Stockholm Conference and later the Scandinavian Mission. He was released from these assignments in 1876. He then led a large group of emigrants to Utah (see Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1:461).

In the fall of 1877, Nils again accepted a mission call to Scandinavia. This time his responsibilities included publishing the first edition of the Book of Mormon in Swedish. In 1879 he returned to Utah. He was sent to Scandinavia a third time in the fall of 1885. He arrived in Copenhagen on 14 October 1885 and was assigned to preside over the Scandinavian Mission (see Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1:461). After completing this mission, he departed from Copenhagen on 3 October 1888 aboard the steamer Albion, having served a total of twelve years as a missionary (see Jenson, History of the Scandinavian Mission, 305–6).

Nils was a leader in Utah as well as in the mission field. At various times, he was the bishop of the Ogden Fifth Ward, a counselor in a stake presidency, a member of the board of education, a building inspector, and a fire and police commissioner. He also served the state at the Agricultural College in Logan and at the State Industrial School. He was the director of the First National Bank of Ogden and a member of the Ogden City Council. He held financial interests in lumber, railroad, and sugar beet companies. He owned the publishing company that printed Gospel Essentials in Swedish (see Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1:461).

One biographer called Nils a “solid and sincere man, generous in his dealings with others, and tolerant as a Bishop in the Church” (Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1:461). He died in 1908 in Ogden at age sixty-seven.


Autobiography of Nils C. Flygare

. . . My Trip to Utah

I left Copenhagen, Denmark on the 12th of April 1864 in company with a large company of emigrants, amongst them was Julia Welterlines my betrothed. We went by steamer to Lubeck, Germany, then by rail to Hamburg, then by steamer again to Hull, England where we arrived on the 14th of April. We had a very rough voyage over the North sea and nearly all were seasick. We had to lay amongst cattle and sheep and had no comfort. This was not a very good beginning on our long journey of over 7000 miles. We were laid up at Grimsby [p.51] several days waiting for the large vessel to get ready. We went to Liverpool on the 21st April and went right on board the large packet ship Monarch of the Sea. We were 953 emigrants on board and were organized on the 24 into companies for the convenience of travel. Patriarch John Smith was appointed our captain with 3 counselors. The company was then divided into 8 districts with a president for each. I was one of these presidents and done all in my power to help those under my charge. We lifted anchor on the 28th of April and a little steamer towed us out of the Mersey out into open water. We were now for waves and wind to be wafted across the mighty Atlantic to the new world. We had much sickness on board especially among the children of whom about 35 died, and were buried in the sea. I enjoyed very good health, but Julia got the measles we were sick for a few days in mid ocean. We had very fair sailing and casted anchor in New York Harbor on the 2nd day of June, having made the voyage in 36 days. We passed the quarantine examination all right and were landed in the Castle Garden on the 3rd of June 1864. I put foot on this continent at 11 a.m. on that day. [p.52] The great vessel there as buoyantly had brought us over the great deep was lost the next season with one thousand Irish emigrants on board.

We left New York the same day we landed and on the steamer St. John went up the Hudson River to Albany, a beautiful trip. It looked as though we had come to the promised land indeed, but this was not to be kept up, for we had yet to pass through the great American desert. From Albany we went by rail via Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, and Quincey to St. Joseph on the Missouri River. We took steamer at St. Joseph for Wyoming, Nebraska where we arrived on the 13th of June.

While steaming up the Missouri river on a beautiful clear June day my Julia wrote in my daybook the following stanza,


Missouri [--] due 11/6, 1864.

Wyoming was a new outfitting place for our people, heretofore Florence north of Omaha had been the place, but now we were about 40 miles south of Omaha in a wilderness. [p.53] Here we were introduced to western civilization, such as cowboys, bullwackers, prane schooners, lassos, and many other western accomplishments. The Utah boys who had come down to the river with teams, to bring up the emigrants, did not impress us with much favor as favorable. They had of course laid for months on the plains were dust, rain and sunshine had taken the shine off them pretty well so they looked rough and ready. But on nearer acquaintance we found that beneath the torn and tattered apparel beat a kind and willing heart. Immediately on our arrival at Wyoming we received provisions from the church agent, consisting of flour, pork, dried apples, rice, sugar and also, soap for washing. We had now to learn the art of cooking in the wilderness, without stove or fireplace and I am satisfied from my own experience that most of us never did learn it, while traveling across the plains. We laid in camp until the 4th of July waiting for our outfit of oxen and wagons to bring us to Salt Lake City. While laying here waiting a young girl from Gothenburge got drowned in the Missouri River and another young girl died from injuries received on the railroad. [p.54] Our company consisted of 58 wagons with 4 yoke of cattle to each wagon. W. [William] B. Preston was captain of the company. It was a very weary and long journey. . . . [p.55]

. . . Our company arrived in Salt Lake City on the 15th of September a very sorry looking lot after such a long and weary journey of over one thousand miles. Still we felt thankful to God that he had [p.56] been with us and preserved us from harm on such a long journey over water and land and had brought us safely through to the end of our journey. . . . [p.57]

BIB: Flygare, Nils Christian, Autobiography. In Papers (Special Collections & Manuscripts, MSS 1496, bx. 1, fd. 3, pp. 51-57). (Harold B
. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah)


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