Benjamin Woodbury Driggs Sr

Brief Life History of Benjamin Woodbury

When Benjamin Woodbury Driggs Sr was born on 13 May 1837, in Fredonia, Licking, Ohio, United States, his father, Shadrach Ford Driggs, was 23 and his mother, Eliza Elizabeth White, was 24. He married Olivia Pratt on 16 February 1857, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He immigrated to Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States in 1856 and lived in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States for about 20 years and Clover, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1906. He died on 1 October 1913, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Benjamin Woodbury Driggs Sr
Olivia Pratt
Marriage: 16 February 1857
Benjamin Woodbury Driggs Jr.
Ella Olivia Driggs
Luna Belle Driggs
Don Carlos Driggs
Parley Shadrach Driggs
Florence Marion Driggs
Leland Monroe Driggs
Beatrice Lillian Driggs
Grace Edith Driggs
Alice Vivia Driggs
Rintha Blanche Driggs
William King Driggs

Sources (84)

  • Benjamin Driggs, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benjamin Woodbury Driggs, "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)" birth 1837
  • Benjamin W. Driggs, "United States Western States Marriage Index"

World Events (8)

1839 · Nauvoo is Settled

After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1858 · A House Divided

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Name Meaning

Possibly English: variant of Triggs .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Ben's Gift

"Ben's Gift" By Howard R. Driggs (Friend, Jul 2003, 46) Based on a true story that took place in the 1840s in Nauvoo, Illinois. This story is adapted from Ben the Wagon Boy. Its author, Howard R. D …

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