Theresa was born in Colorado, her family had emigrated to the United States from Italy. Her family were miners, as was her first husband. It's not clear how Hans and Theresa met - currently there are 2 working theories - either Hans, who also spent some time as a miner, met her while in Colorado. Or, they met in Utah. Theresa's brother was living in Utah at that time, and his draft card lists their mother as a dependent and partially disabled - so perhaps Theresa came to visit? Han's great grandson is working on this mystery.
In addition to the 2 boys from Theresa's first marriage, Hans and Theresa had 7 more children.
|Hans Rasmussen Family - 1920 Census - Elsinore Utah|
A little bit about Hans:
From the history my grandfather wrote, I know that Hans' and James' father was very strict. One story is that the boys were allowed 1tb of sugar each morning for their coffee - but if they spilled 1 crystal, they got none. His parents - Niels and Hansina Rasmussen joined the Mormon church while living in Denmark, and moved to the United States. According to my grandfathers history, once Niels arrived in Utah and learned of polygamy, he would never have anything to do with the Mormon Church again.
|Niels and Hansine Rasmussen|
with James (Baby) and Hans (Standing)
Below is the record of Hans Birth, it is on line 113 - his parents had not yet selected a name for the baby when the priest recorded his birth. The translation is this: Born 8 Dec 1885 the son of Niels Rasmussen and Hansine Maden (21) years old living at Tolderlundsvej # 6.
Theresa died on December 4, 1952
Hans Died on July 5, 1958.