Benson family papers

Benson family papers

Dates: 1841-1965

Contains journals and correspondence related to the Richard and Phoebe Benson family. Includes journals kept by Richard during his Mormon missions to England, and letters he wrote to his wife Phoebe. Also Phoebe's correspondence with Richard regarding his second mission to England, and a journal with family history information. Includes two journals of Alvin Benson that he kept during his service in the California Mission and a letter from his uncle, James Kay. Also included are records related to Alexander and Jane Orton, Alvin's in-laws, and several letters from unidentified relatives. Dated 1841-1965.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Benson (Family : 1844 : Benson, Richard, 1816-1895). -- Benson, Richard, 1816-1895. -- Benson, Phoebe, 1820-1904. -- Benson, Alvin, 1859-1942
  • Call Number: MSS 8555
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Benson family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8555; Benson family papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8555, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Rodney R. Rowley, in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Rodney R. Rowley; August 5, 2014.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--England--Diaries; Mormon missionaries--California--Diaries; Benson (Family : 1844 : Benson, Richard, 1816-1895); Benson, Phoebe, 1820-1904; Benson, Alvin, 1859-1942; Benson family; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--England; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--California
Title
Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS8555
Finding Aid Title
Benson family papers
Finding Aid Author
Nate Burroughs
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-07-09 11:59:03 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

The Benson family were early Mormon pioneers from England.

Richard Benson (1816-1895) was born on March 29, 1816, in Wrightington, England to Thomas Benson and Margaret Marsden. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1837 by Elder Heber C. Kimball. Richard served his first mission in Newcastle, England from approximately 1841 to 1842, where he baptized forty-seven people including his future wife Phoebe Forrester. Phoebe Benson (1820-1904) was born Phoebe Forrester on August 25, 1820, in Crossings, England to Joseph Forester and Elizabeth Forester. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in October 1840. After his mission Richard traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the main body of the church. In 1844 he returned to England and married Phoebe on June 20, 1844, in Cheshire, England, and in 1845 they returned to Nauvoo. They traveled with the saints to Salt Lake City in approximately 1850, and they settled in Parowan, Utah, where they had the last of their nine children. They are Thomas, Joseph, Richard Heber, Sarah, Phoebe Madora, William, Elizabeth, Alvin, and James. Then in 1866 Richard was called to serve his second mission in England, which he did from 1866 to 1868. After his mission he became a buisnessman in Parowan, Utah. Richard died on August 2, 1895, in Parowan, Utah. Phoebe Benson died on June 25, 1904, in Parowan, Utah.

Biographical History

Richard Benson (1816-1895) was a Mormon pioneer from England and early missionary.

Richard Benson was born on March 29, 1816, in Wrightington, England to Thomas Benson and Margaret Marsden. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1837 by Elder Heber C. Kimball. Richard served his first mission in Newcastle, England from approximately 1841 to 1842, where he baptized forty-seven people including his future wife Phoebe Forrester. After his mission he traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the main body of the church. In 1844 he returned to England and married Phoebe on June 20, 1844, in Cheshire, England, and in 1845 they returned to Nauvoo. They traveled with the saints to Salt Lake City in approximately 1850, and they settled in Parowan, Utah, where they had the last of their nine children. Then in 1866 Richard was called to serve his second mission in England, which he did from 1866 to 1868. After his mission he became a buisnessman in Parowan, Utah. Richard died on August 2, 1895, in Parowan, Utah.

Biographical History

Phoebe Benson (1820-1904) was the wife of Richard Benson and a Mormon pioneer.

Phoebe Benson was born Phoebe Forrester on August 25, 1820, in Crossings, England to Joseph Forester and Elizabeth Forester. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in October 1840 by her future husband Richard Benson. On June 20, 1844, in Cheshire, England, she married Richard Benson and in 1845 they traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois. In approximately 1850 they traveled with the saints to Salt Lake City and settled in Parowan, Utah, and had the last of their nine children. Phoebe Benson died on June 25, 1904, in Parowan, Utah.

Biographical History

Alvin Benson (1859-1942) was a Mormon missionary in California, farmer, and mayor of Parowan, Utah.

Alvin Benson was born on November 17, 1859, in Parowan, Utah, to Richard Benson and Phoebe Forrester. He married Elizabeth Ellen Orton on November 16, 1881, in the St. George Temple and they had eight children together. He served a Mormon misson in California from 1897-1899, and when he returned he became mayor of Parowan, Utah in 1899. He later turned to farming after his days in office were over. Alvin Benson died on March 10, 1942, in Cedar City, Utah.



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Ryan Lee
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