Please know that this blog is very much a work in progress. I will be adding information to each blog post as I have time and as new information or photos are, please, come back often to see if anything new for your particular ancestor has been updated. I welcome your participation in fleshing out each post. There are some descendants about whom I have a great deal of information and some about whom I know very little.

I have served as the Secretary/Archivist for the Forsgren Family Association for many years and have acquired a lot of material. It is my desire to make it all available through this blog so that all may benefit. But I am only one person and there are thousands of Peter A descendants. Please contact me and help by notifying me of errors or clarifications or to submit information and photos you might have.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, all the descendants of Peter Adolph Forsgren have been very the task of uploading all the photos, data and documents for this branch of the Forsgren siblings will be a very time-consuming process.... so...

Thank you so much for your patience!! ENJOY!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


     Many wonderful items belonging to Peter Adolph Forsgren are in the possession of his great great grandchildren through his son Elias Peter's daughter LeJune Forsgren Maughan.  Have had some recent conversations with them and am grateful for their contributions to the blog.  They are deservedly very careful of these treasures and I am grateful for the sharing!
 This small box is described by Gary Lawyer (Rosalie's husband) as probably a "letter box".  LeAnna Maughan Steineckert said that her mother (LeJune) used to keep her hair combs in it. 

The box is said to have been carved by Peter Adolph Forsgren while he was serving time in prison for "unlawful cohabitation".  After the Manifesto discontinuing polygamy, families were left with the quandry of what to do with their "extra" wives.  One does not just abandon those ties, so polygamy watchdogs were ever on the outlook for men who would spend time with any of their addtional families.   Peter Adolph, along with almost all other men of Brigham City who had entered into plural marriage, served their "time" in prison, some men more than once.  Somewhere in the family there is a photo of Peter with other prison companions that I have seen, but as of 2011 I have been unable to locate it.
This is a sample of a polygamist prisoners photo.   George Q. Cannon is seated in the center.  (Peter Forsgren is not part of this photo)

This is the reverside side of the Peter Forsgren letter box showing the manufacturer of the wood.  It is not known if Peter modified an existing letterbox or built if from scratch.

This invitation to the first session of the first day of dedicatory services for the Salt Lake Temple was sent to Peter Forsgren and signed by Wilford Woodruff, President of the Church.

This 1888 edition of the Book of Mormon belonged to Peter Adolph Forsgren.  Notice that the name is incorrectly engraved as Peter A. Torsgren!
This is the title page of Peter's Book of Mormon showing date of publication.  The 1888 edition is the first one to appear with the text divided into numbered verses.

(Other artifcats are published with the blog posts about Peter's Autobiography and the post dealing with Peter's 2nd wife, Elise Thommasen and her descendants)

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