Marie Jensen came to America as the companion to an Older lady, who paid the expense of trip for both of them. The older lady died on the voyage and the Ship's Captan sent her remaining funds back to Europe. Marie was left alone without funds. She and another young lady made their way to where the pioneer compies were organized. There she met Peter Neils Hansen who had been called on a mission to take his wagon and team to help emmigrating Mormons get to Utah.