GREAT GRANDFATHER PETER BOEL
by his great grandson,
James Grant Nielson
written November 1, 1979
Apparently there were some instances which caused Peter to want to move to the United States, one of which was his conversion to the (Mormon) Church. So he brought Hannah to this country and left Mary in Denmark with all the children. After they had been in the United States for some time, Hannah had twins that both died at childbirth. They were buried in Pleasant Grove. Peter was getting older and so he needed someone to work on the farm, so he wrote to Mary and told her to bring the children to the United States. He sent them money so they could come over and when the arrived, he put all the children to work without pay. The oldest daughter was named Mary and she married Andrew Halverson and so Mary Sorenson went and stayed with them in Mapleton. Apparently the younger children lived with Peter and Hannah until Hannah died. The relatives didn't like Hannah at all; the called her "Hanner". They didn't respect her and the reason for this was that she ran off and married Peter. Peter told Roy Peterson that the wanted to have Hannah in the here-after because he liked her better than Mary. So Peter Boel and Hannah were sealed to each other in Salt Lake City in the Endowment House. And I'm sure that they had Mary sealed to him after both their deaths.
Peter was fairly well-to-do, even in this country. I remember when I was a youngster, he had a Chevrolet 6-cylinder automobile which was about a 1918 model. It was an open-air touring car with four doors. He used to drive it all over and sometimes he would take me for rides.
Peter's youngest son was named Pierre and he took the name of Boel. Peter told him that if he would stay with him then, he would give him some land and a house. Pierre stayed with Peter until he was 35 years old and he married a woman name Molly. Apparently she didn't like Peter and so she put pressure on Pierre to move to Provo. So he sold the property which his father had given him which consisted of ten acres on the south side of Mapleton and a home. It belonged to the Allan's at one time after it was sold, and later a cafe was there.
I've often wondered what the farm looked like in Denmark where Peter was born. When Ruth and I were in Denmark in 1978, I thought then that I would like to find the farm. But we were on a tour. Maybe someday I'll go back to Denmark and see if I can locate the farm.