Thomas A. Christensen died February 24, 2004 in Lincoln City, Oregon.
Thomas was born March 9, 1959 in Sidney, Nebraska to Clyde and Arlene (Vogt) Christensen. He was a 1978 graduate of Siletz High School in Siletz, Oregon. He was employed with his father as a commercial and residental painter.
Thomas married Tina Mitchell in 1989; they divorced, and he married Lori Whitefoot in 1995, whome he also was divorced from. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Niagra Falls.
He enjoyed walking and riding his bike in the hills along the Siletz River.
Thomas was preceded in death by his brother Jeffrey L. Christensen; sister Misty K. Christensen; aunt Sandy Vogt and his grandmothers Christensen and Vogt.
He is survived by his parents Arlene and Clyde Christensen of Sidney, Nebraska; grandmother Marie Houston of Sidney, Nebraska; grandfather Tony Christensen of Sedgwick, Colorado; son
of Grant, Nebraska; daughter Kathryn Ann Christensen of Grand Island, Nebraska; and brother Richard and wife Kim Christensen of Toledo, Oregon.
Bateman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
SONS OF THE VIKINGS
History and Genealogy
Jens Ghristensen (I8OI)
Christian Ghristensen (I8UU)
Jacob Ghristensen (l85l)
Marten Svend Eliason (I836)
Soren Jorgensen (18U5)
Samuel Webster Keller (18^6)
Hans Christian Mortensen (1833)
John Christian Nelson (18U3)
Niels Scow (1821)
and Allied Families
Scandinavia, the homeland of our forefathers, calls to mind the myths of
the great god Odin, the romantic legends of the Skalds (the great poets), and
the strange tales of the courageous Vikings who ruled the Northern Seas.
Their genealogy had its beginnings in the mysterious Gothic tribes who
formerly lived around the Black Sea and, before that, dwelt in a still more
eastern province. About 70 B.C, Odin arrived in Scandinavia, having jour-
neyed from Asgard on the Don River in Southern Russia, He and various tribes
wandered up to the northern coasts of the Baltic Sea and spread into Denmark,
Sweden, and Norway. The sons of Odin divided Scandinavia into equal parts:
Heimdal in SkSne, Niord in Sweden, Seming in Norway, Balder in Angel (Schles-
vig), and Skjold in Sjelland (Zealand) and Jutland, the latter becoming the
head of an illustrious generation of kings o
Descendants of these people sailed in their small boats to Scotland and
Ireland and ventured even further upon the unknown, cold and stormy seas to
the shores of Iceland, Greenland, and the American continent before the time
of Columbus. They conquered England, Scotlandj, and Ireland, and ravaged
Brittany and Normandy. In so doing, they influenced the social and cultural
legacies of these people, Coiintless names of towns and communities in these
regions are of Nordic origin. Furthermore, many individuals of English
descent have ancestral history closely associated with that of Scandinavia,
for a Danish dynasty once ruled over their native land„ William the Conqueror,
the founder of the present line of British monarchs, was, himself, of Scandin-
The Viking period is usually reckoned from the 8th century to the middle
of the 11th century. In their various far-flung settlements, stone monuments
with Runic inscriptions remain to tell the stories of their deeds and valor.
The l6-letter “Riines” were used as a form of writing and comra-anicationo By
means of these inscriptions the Norsemen recorded the series of kings, family
pedigrees, and histories of adventure and achievement. Likewise, the song
ballads and poems of the Skaldic bards memorialized family genealogies and
tales of Scandinavian prowess.
And why did the Vikings sail to far-off regions? It was not only to win
honor and renown, but to obtain the necessities of life. Those who lived in
the more Nordic regions were able to carry on little agricultures fishing,
hunting^ and breeding of cattle were the chief occupations, Norway, with its
backbone of hard granite, and its 1,000-mile-long, fiordal coastline extend-
ing far into the arctic regions, lent no more than six percent of its rugged
and frigid terrain to cultivation. In Sweden, the forest-covered mountains
in the north, and the flat, fertile fields in the south owned by the aristoc-
racy who farmed the region for centuries, presented a less stark picture than
that of Norway, but there yet was not enough food and wealth to satisfy the
needs of all. While Denmark, on the other hand, was mostly level and fertile
land, it became densely populated^ in an area only one-fourth the size of
Utah, almost every acre of ground came under cultivation. Hence, in all
three countries the lack of land and of comfortable living conditions created
pressure for colonization elsewhere o
Christianity was introduced into Scandinavia and widely accepted after
the Danish king was converted in 8260 Paganism gradually disappeared, and
the new faith became more evidenced in the lives and actions of the Scandi-
navians. After the l6th century, Lutheranism spread rapidly, and eventually
became the State Church with a following of 90 per cent of the Scandinavian
population o Parish clerks started keeping vital records of members of the
Lutheran Church as early as 1^72 in some of the parishes, which records have
proven invaluable for genealogical purposes «
For some time the three Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Sweden, and
Norway, were united in one kingdom, Sweden broke away in 1523, but Norway
continued under Danish kings until l8lli„ Then, as a result of the Napoleonic
Wars, Norway was detached from Denmark and became united with Sweden, Away
from the world’s great highways, these two northernmost countries were able
to avoid some of the wars and aggression,, However, Denmark, located as it was
near the great continental states, warring against each other, had difficult
problems in maintaining her neutrality and independence. In I8U8 there was a
rebellion in the southern provinces of Denraark–the duchies of Schlesvig-
Holstein and Lauenburg turned against the crown of Denmark, Every able-bodied
man, therefore, became liable to military service in the war in Frederica.
It was during this period of unrest in Denmark that the teachings of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were first introduced in
Scandinavia, At the General Conference of the Church in Utah, held on 6
October 18U9, Apostle Erastus Snow and Elder Peter 0. Hansen were called to
open the Scandinavian Mission, They arrived in Copenhagen the following
year, 18^0; and, with other missionaries, made converts in Denmark, Sweden,
and Norway, Their acceptance of the gospel was not without hardship, however,
for they were ostracized by friends, relatives, and civil and religious
authorities for having renounced the State religion and accepting Mormonismo
Although national peace was restored for a while, persecution against members
of the Church continued. They were subjected to all manner of unchristian
treatment that oppression, tyranny, and religious intolerance could conceive.
At this time the counsel of Brigham Young for all members of the Church
to gather in Zion, to be with the main body of Saints in Utah, was a welcome
harbinger of peace and opportunity. The spirit of emigrating to America
therefore became universal in all branches of the Church in Scandinavia,
Those with means almost immediately came to Zion; and many of the poor, with
the assistance from the wealthier brethren, were also able to emigrate. The
Perpetual Emigration F\ind likewise enabled thousands to transport themselves
to the Rocky Mountains,
The momentvim for emigration increased with the continued threat of war.
After the King of Denmark died in I863, Prussia and Austria backed the
duchies again to plunge Denmark in war, Denmark’s defeat resulted in the
loss of one-third of her territory. At one time all of North Jutland was in
the hands of the enemies and heavy war taxes were exacted of the residents.
Living conditions were all the more trying because there was a scarcity of
jobs, and wages were low. These discomforts, coupled with religious persecu-
tion, thus led to a marked growth in emigration, particularly from Denmark,
Between I86I and I866 over 6,000 Scandinavians sailed over the sea and crossed
the continent to Utah,
These humble Scandinavian emigrants who dared venture into the strange.
New World, made an important contribution to pioneering in the West, In
spite of the language barrier in an English-speaking country and the diffi-
culties encountered in appeasing Indians and hostile gentiles, these emigrants
left a creditable mark on history. Coming from the rigorous northern coun-
tries, they were well suited for the struggles incident to subduing the desert
land, where the winters were severe and long and their sustenance could be
assured only through irrigation and painstaking cultivation of their farms.
Although many of their first homes were little more than dugouts, they were
soon surrounded by well-cultivated gardens; and, in due time, better homes
were constructed, including warm shelters for their stock or for their
Christensen Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʁɛstn̩sn̩], is a Danish (and Norwegian) patronymic surname, literally meaning son of Christen, a sideform of Christian. The spelling variant Kristensen has identical pronunciation. Christensen is the sixth most common name in Denmark, shared by about 2% of the population. In Norway and Sweden the name can also be spelled Christenson or Kristenson.
The numbers of bearers of the surnames Christensen and Kristensen in Denmark and Norway (2007):