Saturday, November 30, 2013

Utah, Icelandic Emigrants Homes #1

316 North 1000 East Spanish Fork, UT - Jon C. and Gudny Johnson

Jon Jonasson was born 24 September 1857 at Rimakot, Kross, Rangarvalla, the son of Jonas Jonsson and Gudrun Thorkelsdottir. Jon’s father, Jonas Jonsson, was the director of the poor-law district of Onundastadir, Kross, Rangarvalla. Jon joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized by Elder Einar Eiriksson 18 June 1886. Jon immigrated to Spanish Fork, Utah later that month.

Gudny Sigurdardottir was born 22 November 1860; her parents are Sigurdur Sigurdsson, born 6 August 1833, died 29 October 1885; and Sigridur Petursdottir, born 30 August 1830 at Holmahjaleiga, Kross, Rangarvalla, died 26 December 1903 at Olafshus, Vestmannaeyjar. Gudny joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized by Elder Einar Eiriksson 18 June 1886. She immigrated to Spanish Fork, Utah a few days after she was baptized.

Jon and Gudny Sigurdardottir were married 29 November 1886 in Spanish Fork, Utah. They became the parents of nine children. Their first home was a dugout or a hole in the ground covered with a thatched roof. Jon followed the sheep-shearing business, by which he earned enough to meet his expenses. He then purchased a farm in the river bottoms at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon; he farmed there for a few years and then sold the land and bought a farm in Palmyra, Utah.

Through the years Jon worked not only as a farmer but also as a carpenter. He was known as a man that everyone could trust. He was a devout member of his church and attended his meetings faithfully. He had an excellent voice and spent many evenings singing from his hymn book. He also sang songs from his childhood in his native tongue.

Jon, an industrious man, worked continually until a few weeks before his death. While working on a new home he fell, seriously injuring his back, which resulted in his death, 17 October 1929. In Utah, Jon went by John C. Johnson.  Gudny died 23 December 1934 and is buried in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. She was known in Utah as Gudny Johnson.


Sunna said...

Thank you for this article and your site. I enjoy reading about the Utah story, the Icelanders that settled there, and how you are continuing to preserve our shared Icelandic Heritage.

Richard L. Marin said...

I visited Iceland this summer and was able to locate the remains of this particular farm - it is also where my grandfather, Ingimunder Jónsson, was taught the Gospel by the same missionary. I could send you a picture of the site and more information if you are interested.
Richard Marin, Edmonds WA

Larry said...

Thanks David. Jon and Gudny are my great grandparents and it was nice seeing a photo of their home. Larry Johnson.

David Ashby said...

Richard please send me you photo of this farm and other info.
David at

Anonymous said...

John C and Gudny are my great great grandparents. thank you. I am 1/8 Icelandic.