Register of the Bennion Family Papers,

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Title: Bennion Family Papers
Dates: 1842-1960 (inclusive)
Collection Number: Mss B 16
Summary: Diaries, papers from approximately 50 members of the Bennion family. The wide range of materials cover dates from the 1890s to the 1960s and include oral histories, correspondence, autobiographies, geneology, publications and business records. Records include the Taylorsville Cooperative Institution and West Jordan Woolen
Repository: Utah State Historical Society

Collection Inventory +/-

Box Folder Contents
box , folder : Family materials
box 1, folder 1 : Inventories of manuscript material and general correspondence
box 1, folder 2 : Miscellaneous genealogical information; miscellaneous correspondence concerning genealogy and family association, 1920-1942; miscellaneous family papers; copies of published articles about Bennion family
box 1, folder 3 : Biography of Heber Bennion
box 1, folder 4 : Summary of historical background; "The Present Status, and the Possible Future Development of the Latter-day Saint Educational System" by Adam S. Bennion
box 1, folder 5 : "Youth's Stake in the 1944 Election," speech Delivered at the Young Republican Rally, Hotel Newhouse, 16 September 1944; and "The Candle of the Lord," Bulletin of the University of Utah, Vol 41, No 3 (October 1950); an address delivered at commencement service, 11 June 1950
box 1, folder 6 : Bennion, Alfred, Correspondence
box 1, folder 7 : Bennion, Alfred, Journal, 1898-1899; Oral History Transcript, October 1959
box 1, folder 8 : Bennion, Archie Birch, Correspondence, 1895-1908
box 1, folder 9 : Bennion, Archie Birch, Journal, 1896-1899
box 1, folder 10 : Bennion, Archie Birch, Journal, 1897-1898
box 1, folder 11 : Bennion, Archie Birch, Journal, 1898-1899 and Oral History Interview, 17 October 1959 and 27 March 1960
box 1, folder 12 : Bennion, David, Autobiography, 27 February 1931 and Patriarchal Blessing, 28 March 1887
box 1, folder 13 : Bennion, Emma Jane Terry, Life Sketch
box 1, folder 14 : Bennion, Edwin, Correspondence, 1892-1895 and Life Sketch
box 1, folder 15 : Bennion, Enoch, Correspondence, 1869-1873
box 1, folder 16 : Bennion, Enos, 1894 Letter
box 1, folder 17 : Bennion, Esther Ann Birch, Correspondence, 1869-1877 and miscellaneous
box 1, folder 18 : Bennion, Esther Ann Birch, Miscellaneous poems and biographical sketch
box 1, folder 19 : Bennion, Esther Wainwright, Correspondence, 1861
box 1, folder 20 : Bennion, Ethelyn, Correspondence, 1910-1912
box 1, folder 21 : Bennion, Ethelyn, Diary, 1895-1910
box 1, folder 22 : Bennion, Fred S., Correspondence, 1933-1958 and biography
box 1, folder 23 : Bennion, Fred S., Awards, Certificates and miscellaneous
box 2, folder 1 : Bennion, Fred W., Newspaper articles 11 March 1973 to 5 November 1978
box 2, folder 2 : Bennion, Geneva Lindsey, Biographical sketch and family recollections
box 2, folder 3 : Bennion, Glynn, Correspondence, 1939 and miscellaneous
box 2, folder 4 : Bennion, Harden, Correspondence, 1873-1919
box 2, folder 5 : Bennion, Harden, Correspondence, 1889-1918
box 2, folder 6 : Bennion, Harden, Correspondence, 1931-1935
box 2, folder 7 : Bennion, Harden, "A Tribute to John Bennion"
box 2, folder 8 : Bennion, Harden, Appointment Certificate from State of Utah as Commissioner of Agriculture, 1929-1933
box 2, folder 9 : Bennion, Heber, Journal, 28 October 1882 to 18 June 1888
box 2, folder 10 : Bennion, Heber, Journal, 6 July 1888 to 11 February 1889
box 2, folder 11 : Bennion, Heber, Journal, 11 July 1889 to 23 January 1898 and December 1901 to May 1911
box 2, folder 12-14 : Bennion, Heber, Journal, December 1901 to May 1911
box 2, folder 15 : Bennion, Heber, Journal, 30 January 1923 to 13 October 1924
box 2, folder 16 : Bennion, Heber, Journal, 12 May 1928 to 28 December 1931
box 2, folder 17 : Bennion, Heber, Patriarchal Blessing, 1894
box 2, folder 18 : Bennion, Heber, Correspondence, 1873-1903
box 2, folder 19 : Bennion, Heber, Jr. Correspondence, 1908-1911 and Six Bishop's Store House Certificates
box 2, folder 20 : Howard S., Bennion, Correspondence, 1917-1939 and 1958-1961
box 3, folder 1 : LDS Church material and miscellaneous material
box 3, folder 2 : Bennion, Howard, Published articles
box 3, folder 1: "Discussion," The Military Engineer, XIII, No 72 (November-December 1921), pp. 507-516
box 3, folder 2: "Papers and Discussions: Camouflage," Proceedings of the Louisiana Engineering Society, XI, No. 5 (October 1925), pp. 204-210
box 3, folder 3: "The Job of the Headquarters Engineering Staff," The N.E.L.A. Bulletin, XIV, No. 4 (April 1927), pp. 218-219
box 3, folder 4: "The Characteristics of Federal Regulation," The N.E.L.A. Bulletin, XIV, No. 10 (October 1927), pp. 607-611
box 3, folder 5: "Seventy-five Years of Electric Light," Public Utilities Fortnightly, 53, No. 1 (7 January 1954), pp. 15-18
box 3, folder 3 : Bennion, Hyrum, Autobiographical material, 1923
box 3, folder 4 : Bennion, Israel, Correspondence
box 3, folder 5 : Bennion, John, Journal, 1855-1857
box 3, folder 6 : Bennion, John, Journal, 1857-1862
box 3, folder 7 : Bennion, John, Journal, 1862-1873
box 3, folder 8 : Bennion, John, Journal, 1870-1873
box 3, folder 9 : Bennion, John, Journal, 1874-1877
box 3, folder 10 : Bennion, John, Account books, sheep account, 1869-1873 and miscellaneous business papers
box 4, folder 1 : Bennion, John, Account books and miscellaneous accounts, 1853-1863
box 4, folder 2 : Bennion, John, Biography
box 4, folder 3 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1842-1848
box 4, folder 4 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1849-1851
box 4, folder 5 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1852-1858
box 4, folder 6 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1858-1869
box 4, folder 7 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1869-1872
box 4, folder 8 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1872-1873
box 4, folder 9 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1873-1876
box 4, folder 10 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, 1876-1877
box 4, folder 11 : Bennion, John, Correspondence, n.d.
box 4, folder 12 : Bennion, John, Appointment certificate as First Lieutenant in Nauvoo Legion, 29 April 1854
box 4, folder 13 : Bennion, Joseph S., Quiz game
box 4, folder 14 : Bennion, Kenneth S., Correspondence, 1939 and "Mountain Home" and oral history interview, October 1958
box 4, folder 15 : Bennion, Marcus, Correspondence, 1892-1900
box 4, folder 16 : Bennion, Mary Bushell, Life sketch
box 4, folder 17 : Bennion, Mary Turpin, Correspondence 1872 and family group sheet and miscellaneous genealogical data
box 4, folder 18 : Bennion, Mary Wilson, Journal, 1902-1909 and life sketch
box 4, folder 19 : Bennion, Mervyn Sharp, Biographical material, Military Service Record (USN)
box 4, folder 20 : Bennion, Mervyn Sharp, Information on the U.S.S. West Virginia and U.S.S. Bennion
box 5, folder 1 : Bennion, Milton, Correspondence, 1880-1893 and Oral History Interview, Mrs. Milton Bennion, October 1959
box 5, folder 2 : Bennion, Olive G.,"Bennion Reunion," Poem 1907
box 5, folder 3 : Bennion, Rebecca Ann (Sharp), Correspondence 15 February 1885 and 22 February; patriarchal blessing, 1872, patriarchal blessing for husband, John Adam Sharp, 1873; funeral service
box 5, folder 4 : Bennion, Richard D., Correspondence
box 5, folder 5 : Bennion, Samuel, Biographical sketches of Samuel and John Bennion; patriarchal blessings, 1848, 1856 and 1872, Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen of the United States, 17 April 1854; birth and death certificates of children; map of Nauvoo, Illinois
box 5, folder 6 : Bennion, Samuel, Journal, 1858-1872; Samuel Bennion will; oral history interview October 1959
box 5, folder 7 : Bennion, Samuel O., Correspondence 6 August 1931; Trip diary of LDS church sites in Kansas and Missouri, 18-19 September 1916
box 5, folder 8 : Bennion, Samuel Roberts, Correspondence, 11 January 1901
box 5, folder 9 : Bennion, Samuel Roberts, Journal, 1 August 1871 to 31 December 1879
box 5, folder 10 : Bennion, Samuel Roberts, Journal, 8 December 1884 to 9 November 1885
box 5, folder 11 : Bennion, Samuel Roberts, Journal, 1886-1896
box 5, folder 12 : Bennion, Samuel Roberts, Journal, 1897-1906
box 6, folder 1 : Bennion, Susie Winters, Stock certificate for the Canaan Livestock Company, 1902 and Journal, 1878-1902
box 6, folder 2 : Bennion, William, Journal, 1896
box 6, folder 3 : Berry, Jane, Correspondence, 1874-1878
box 6, folder 4 : Calder, Mary Bennion,"Incidents in the Life of Mary B. Calder"
box 6, folder 5 : Chase, Ida Bennion, Biographical material
box 6, folder 6 : Cook, Dora C.,"A History of Calder's Park"
box 6, folder 7 : Dimond, Laura B.,"Some Facts Relating to the Early History of the Bennion Family," 1931
box 6, folder 8 : Driggs, W. King, Correspondence, 1960; "Life Sketch of W. K. Driggs;" "Reminiscences of my maternal relatives"
box 6, folder 9 : Eyring, Mildred Bennion, Reminiscences
box 6, folder 10 : Harker, Harriet Bennion, Biographical Material
box 6, folder 11 : Harker, Joshua, Essays and School Reports
box 7, folder 1 : Lindsay, Emma Bennion Biographical Material
box 7, folder 2 : Powell, Mary Bennion, Correspondence, 1913, 1944-1961; Poem, "Open Season for Spiders;" History of John Bennion
box 7, folder 3 : Powell, Mary Bennion, Reminiscences and oral history interview
box 7, folder 4 : Sharp, John Adam, Genealogical information; June B. Sharp property deed
box 7, folder 5 : Spencer, Angeline Roberts Bennion, Biographical material
box 7, folder 6 : Taylorsville Cooperative Institution Account Book, 1899
box 8, folder 1 : Tidwell, Abraham, Correspondence 30 December 1849 and genealogical data
box 8, folder 2 : West Jordan Woolen Mill account book
box 8, folder 3 : West Jordan Woolen Mill business records, 1876-1879
box 8, folder 4 : West Jordan Woolen Mill business records and miscellaneous
box 8, folder 5 : West Jordan Woolen Mill business records and miscellaneous
box 8, folder 6 : Winters, Mary Ann Stearns, Memoirs, 1896; Diary 12 August 1880 to 2 June 1881; Poem "My Brother's Birthday," 7 December 1879; Poem by Susan Winters Bennion, "Lorena," Mar 1891
box 9-12, folder : Original manuscript material
box 13, folder : Bennion Family Bible (vault)
box 14, folder : Oral history tapes

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

The Bennion family in Utah began with two brothers, Samuel and John. Born in an obscure village in North Wales, they were converted to the Mormon faith, emigrated to the United States, and settled with other saints in Nauvoo, Illinois. From there, driven from their homes by persecution, they joined their relatives and friends in the migration from Nauvoo to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

The Bennions arrived in the valley on 5 Oct 1847, and built their first house near what is now known as Pioneer Square in the southwestern part of Salt Lake City. In the spring the brothers moved out to Parley's Canyon Creek, on the Five Acre Survey, just west of Fifth East, where they spent the summer farming. Soon President Brigham Young wanted the lots occupied by the Bennion brothers and others adjoining them for a church farm, and at his request they vacated. They moved to a point across the Jordan River, immediately north of Fourteenth South, in 1849. Thus began the settlement known by the Bennions as "Over Jordan." During the following summer, dissatisfied with their location there, they moved up the river to what is known as the Field Bottom, immediately north of the present site of Taylorsville.

John and Samuel spent the ensuing years fighting Indians, plagues of crickets and grasshoppers, disease, hunger and adverse weather, in an attempt to develop the Jordan bottoms. But it was a constant struggle for them to sustain their rapidly growing families.

The Bennions were called to serve their church in various capacities which required their absence from home. As members of the Territorial Militia, both were called into military service in the winter of 1857-1858 to maintain a watch and defense against the Federal troops under Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, camped near Fort Bridger. The crisis passed, and the people returned to their homes. This was followed by a period of growth and material advancement in which the Bennion family shared.

The winter of 1862-1863 demonstrated that the Jordan range was no longer a suitable place to keep livestock because of the increased numbers of livestock being grazed there. New pastures were sought and finally selected at the south end of Rush Valley, though not all the stock was removed to the new ranges, and the family still maintained their Jordan home. They located a camp on a small stream flowing out of the mountains, which became known as Bennion Creek, and the canyon from which it came, Bennion Canyon. The camp is designated in writings of John Bennion as "Mountain Home," but later the family generally referred to it as "The Old Place." For the next twelve years it was the headquarters for both their sheep and cattle interests.

In 1868, carrying out the doctrine of self-support and home industry put forth by President Young, John Bennion and others were called to go to Utah's Dixie to aid in strengthening the Muddy Settlements. At the end of five years John was released and returned with his family to their Jordan home.

The Bennion brothers spent the last years of their lives in improving their homes and businesses, in teaching their boys how to work, and encouraging and directing them in educational matters. Most of the boys continued on in the livestock profession and farming, and were very successful. But some drifted off into careers of business or education and their children in turn became even more diverse in their vocational pursuits.

Family members and institutions included in genealogy charts: Helen Bennion Barker; Adam S. Bennion; Alfred Bennion; Archie Birch Bennion; David Bennion; Desla Slade Bennion; Edwin Bennion; Emma Jane Terry Bennion; Enoch Bennion; Enos Bennion; Esther Ann Birch Bennion; Esther Wainwright Bennion; Ethelyn Bennion; Fred S. Bennion; Fred W. Bennion; Glynn Bennion; Harden Bennion; Heber Bennion; Heber Bennion, Jr; Howard S. Bennion; Hyrum Bennion; Israel Bennion; John Bennion; Joseph S. Bennion; Kenneth S. Bennion; Leo Bennion; Marcus Bennion; Mary Bushell Bennion; Mary Turpin Bennion; Mary Wilson Bennion; Mervyn Sharp Bennion; Milton Bennion; Olive G. Bennion; Rhoda Jones Bennion; Richard D. Bennion; Samuel Bennion; Samuel O. Bennion; Samuel Roberts Bennion; Susan Winters Bennion; Willard Bennion; William Bennion; Jane Berry; Aurelia B. Cahoon; Mary Bennion Calder; Ida Bennion Chase; Dora C. Cook; Laura B. Dimond; W. King Driggs; Mildred Bennion Eyring; Harriet Bennion Harker; Joshua S. Harker; Emma Bennion Lindsay; Mary Bennion Powell ; John Adam Sharp; Rebecca Ann Bennion Sharp; Angeline R. Bennion Spencer; Abraham Tidwell; Mary Ann Stearns Winters

List of other persons not included in genealogy charts: Emma Jane Terry Bennion, wife of John Rowland Bennion; Olive G. Bennion, wife of Ernest Bennion, son of Hyrum Bennion, Jr and Elizabeth Harker; Jane Berry, Esther Wainwright's niece, daughter of Hannah Wainwright Berry (Esther's sister); came with Esther and John Bennion to America; Dora C. Cook, youngest daughter of Mary Bennion Calder, who was daughter of Esther Wainwright; W. King Driggs, cousin of Mary Bennion Powell; grandson of Parley P. Pratt; Joshua S. Harker, son of Joseph Harker and Elizabeth Smith Spencer, his second wife; Joseph Harker and first wife, Suzanna Sneath, were parents of Benjamin Harker who married Harriet Bennion; Harriet was thus half sister to Joshua; John Adam Sharp, husband of Rebecca Ann Bennion; Abraham Tidwell, brother of Elizabeth Tidwell, Mary Turpin's mother; Mary Ann Stearns Winters, mother of Susan Marian Winters, who was wife to Heber Bennion

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John and Samuel were the progenitors of a large and prominent family. The Bennion family grew and prospered quickly, but due to occupations, religious missions, and educational pursuits, slowly drifted apart geographically. However, they kept close touch through frequent visits and correspondence, much of which is preserved in the collection.

The Bennion Family Organization has been successful in bringing together these records and adding biographies, typescripts of many of the journals and letters, and genealogical data. Much of the data has been published by the family organization in four volumes, which are available in the Historical Society reference library.

Samuel Bennion, the older of the two brothers, wrote very little. His brother John, on the other hand, seems to have enjoyed writing. He wrote many letters in which he frequently reported Samuel's activities as well as his own. No daily journals for John before 1855 have been found, but a number of letters written between 1842 when he left England and 1855 when he began his first journal, were found and are in the collection. They give information of the years the Bennions were in Nauvoo and of their journey west to Salt Lake City.

John practiced polygamy, entering three marriages between 1842 and 1847. Most of the early correspondence was addressed to the parents of his first wife, Esther Wainwright, who stayed in Liverpool, England. That John took the initiative in writing his in-laws, and considering the intimate nature of the exchanges, it is apparent that he was nurturing a long-held fondness for the Wainwright family. He wrote them often during his residence in Nauvoo, and continued to write as the pioneers crossed the plains on their way to the Rocky Mountains. Following his arrival in Utah Territory he continued an active correspondence with the Wainwrights.

John's primary interest was livestock, and many of his descendants continued the business he established. In the fall of 1868, having married twice more, he received a missionary call to labor under the direction of Elder Erastus Snow in the strengthening of the "Muddy" settlements located in Lincoln County, Nevada. With his wife Esther Ann Birch and her family, he started on a mission which occupied five years of his life and required him to establish half a dozen different homes, as he was called from place to place by the church authorities. During his absence he carried on a great deal of correspondence with his other wives at home, especially Mary Turpin. During his later years, his correspondence revealed that he moved around a great deal, but always took time to write his families, friends and relatives.

Of the three wives, Esther Ann was the most prolific writer, or at least more of her correspondence survives than that of the others. Esther wrote many letters to her parents and also to her husband's other wives. She and Mary cultivated a fond affection for each other and each others's children, and many of the letters express concern over the health and welfare of the other. Esther also wrote often to her oldest son Harden during their separations from each other.

Unfortunately, only one letter of Esther Wainwright survives. It is an interesting piece of correspondence, addressed to her mother in Liverpool and dated 1861. The letter describes the effects of the Civil War on Utah, Indian problems, the arrival of the Pony Express and telegraph, the removal of an occupation army and much information about the family. The paucity of records also applies to John's third wife Mary, whose papers are limited to one letter addressed to her son Heber and dated 1872.

Each of John's marriages produced children, and they or their issue and are represented in the collection, as they present a labyrinth of history. The children of John by Mary Turpin are the best represented in the collection. Heber, Alfred, Marcus (and Marcus' son Leo), Edwin and Milton have all contributed. The oldest son, Heber, seems to have been the most committed to keeping a journal. Heber spent much of his early life in developing the livestock industry started by his father. While caring for his flocks in Rush Valley, he wrote the few letters to his parents and brothers (ca. 1873-1877). In the fall of 1882, Heber was called on a mission to the Northern States, first to Wisconsin and later to Minnesota. About the same time as he left on his mission, he started his journal, which continued regularly until shortly before his death in 1932. The journal entries reflect Heber's missionary experiences in the Old Northwest as well as those of his second mission to Kansas during 1887-1889. Upon returning home the second time, the journal records his activities in his church as bishop of Taylorsville Ward for many years, his attention to his livestock, his educational pursuits at the University of Utah, and the various political and honorary positions he attained.

Alfred provided a few widely scattered letters to his bother Heber, and daybooks for 1898 and 1899. There is little to document his earlier life, but the daybooks record his mission to Texas and vividly describe the triumphs and frustrations he experienced. Records of Marcus are also scarce, consisting of a very few letters to his wife, Lucy. But the collection includes recorded recollections of Marcus by his son Leo. A little more survives of Edwin's papers. He also followed the family profession of raising livestock, but his early life is somewhat obscured by the scarcity of those records. He married Mary Elizabeth Lindsay in 1892 and shortly after departed on a mission to Holland, accompanied by his new bride. Mary's father was serving a mission to Great Britain at the time, and she joined him there. After seven months in Europe she returned to Taylorsville with her father, and after two years her husband also came home. It is for this period that a few of Edwin's letters survive, all addressed to his brother Heber.

The youngest son of John and Mary Bennion, Milton, also left only but a few tantalizing bits of correspondence to represent a full and active life of scholarship and civic activity. He began as his brothers working with livestock, but later acquired a university education and earned a number of prestigious civic and political appointments. In 1889 his education was interrupted by a mission call to New Zealand. Upon release he returned by way of Europe, stopping to visit his brother Edwin, who was then serving in the Netherlands mission. The few pieces of correspondence in the collection addressed by him were sent to his brother Heber from New Zealand (1891) and to his mother from Palestine (1893).

Four sons of John Bennion and his second wife, Esther Ann, are represented in the collection: Enoch, Harden, David, and Archie Birch. Harden left the family business to pursue an active and successful political career, including terms as Commissioner of Agriculture and Secretary of State for Utah. He was also active in organizing and managing the Provo Reservoir Company and the Utah Lake Irrigation Company, and became a member of the board of directors of the Wasatch Livestock Loan Company. In 1924 he was chosen as chairman of the Democratic State Committee and was instrumental in the election of George H. Dern as governor. Unfortunately, there is little in the collection to document his life.

Another son of John and Esther Ann, Israel, is barely represented in the collection, but four of his sons are: Mervyn Sharp, Howard S., Glynn Sharp, and Kenneth Sharp. Mervyn enjoyed a remarkable career as a Navy office. His career began at the Naval Academy, from which he graduated first in the class of 1910. He served with distinction in a number of commands, and was Captain of the U.S.S. West Virginia at Pearl Harbor the morning of the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941. During the attack he was mortally wounded, but continued to direct the efforts of his crew and maintain operations against the enemy that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. He had the further honor of having a new destroyer named after him. The U.S.S. Bennion also distinguished itself in engagements against the Japanese in the Pacific. Mervyn's records include biographical material, his official service record, and historical data on the U.S.S. West Virginia and U.S.S. Bennion.

Mervyn's brother Howard chose a career in the Army. He also distinguished himself by graduating at the top of his class at West Point in 1912. Howard was commissioned in the Army's Corps of Engineers and when World War I broke out was a Captain of Engineers in charge of military mapping in the Philippines. He was eventually ordered to Europe and there organized and became chief of the Army's camouflage service. He wrote several manuals on camouflage and shared with our allies the latest techniques. Howard also wrote the official history of camouflage work during the war. Accounts of his service are included in the collection, together with copies of some of his articles. The citation for the Distinguished Service Medal he received for his service in the war is also available in the records.

After the war Howard became assistant chief engineer of the Federal Power Commission. In 1924, he was appointed district engineer of the Fourth Mississippi River District at New Orleans, in charge of levee construction and bank protection works. He resigned from that position to become Director of Engineering of the National Electric Light Association in 1926. In the ensuing years, he also served as managing director of the Edison Electric Institute in New York, and other professional positions. His correspondence and copies of professional journal articles document a successful career and service in his church. During his active professional life he found time to hold many church positions including bishop and stake president.

Three children of John Bennion and his first wife, Esther Wainwright are included in the collection: Samuel Roberts, Harriet, and Angeline. Samuel Roberts prospered in the family livestock business. In 1876 he was called on a mission to the Central States, and served in Ohio. Following his return, he and his cousin Hyrum entered the milling and mercantile business at Taylorsville. In October of 1883 he was called on another mission, this time in Great Britain, where he served for two years. Upon his return he served as stake president of the newly created Uintah Stake in Vernal. In 1906 he was released from the presidency and ordained to the office of Patriarch, a position which he held until his death in 1915. Like his father, he also kept a journal, but not as faithfully. It covers his daily activities more or less continuously from 1871 to 1906. There is little else in the collection to document Samuel's life. There are also only short biographical sketches for his sisters Angeline and Harriet.

Three of Samuel's children are also represented: Enos, Laura and Samuel Roberts, Jr. Most of this material is historical, biographical, or genealogical information compiled by the Bennion family.

The collection of Samuel's papers does includes a daybook covering the period 1858-1872, but the references are cryptic and with many gaps. Fortunately, John's journals has entries for almost every day for two decades (1855-1877), make many references to Samuel. So closely knit were their lives that the story of one is largely the story of both. There is some biographical material and a few personal items for Samuel in the collection.

There are records for two of Samuel's children: Hyrum and Emma; this material, however, is restricted to a few pieces of biography. Two other sons, Joseph Bushell and John Rowland are represented through various of their children. Adam S., son of Joseph Bushell, represents the only significant collection among those offspring. Dr. Adam S. Bennion became a prominent educator and business executive. He was also a noted theologian and served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church and was widely acclaimed for his oratory and scholarship. But considering the great accomplishments of Dr. Bennion, little survives in the collection--only a few examples of his writing.

The records are arranged alphabetically by family member, and by type of material within each member's papers (e.g., correspondence, journals, etc.), and chronologically within each sub-group. The records were received from various family members, at times several members contributing papers from the same ancestor. These papers have been combined to provide easier access. The family inventories of documents donated are preserved in the front of each folder to indicate the type of material available, though the order, as indicated, may now differ from that in which the material was received.

The Bennion family has provided typescripts or copies of many of the older and rarer documents in addition to the originals, and at times instead of the originals. Copies have been made of most of the originals, primarily those before 1900; and copies are provided for patron use to limit unnecessary handling of the originals. The originals have been removed to the end of the collection (boxes 8-10), and stored in the vault in the Society library for greater security.

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Bennion Family.




Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008


14 boxes (7 linear ft.) and 6 reels of microfilm

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Finding aid written in Englishin Latin script

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