Alvin Benson

Brief Life History of Alvin

When Alvin Benson was born on 17 November 1859, in Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States, his father, Richard Benson, was 43 and his mother, Phoebe Forrester, was 39. He married Elizabeth E Orton on 16 November 1881, in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 10 March 1942, in Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alvin Benson
Elizabeth E Orton
Marriage: 16 November 1881
Alvin Alexander Benson
Madora Dean Benson
Richard Heber Benson
Flossie Forrester Benson
Phoebe Jane Benson
Clifford Holmes Benson
Rowena Benson
Mable Benson
Mary Benson
Roberta Benson

Sources (31)

  • Alreen Benson in household of Richd Benson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Alvin Benson, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
  • Alvin in entry for Rowena Benson, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970"

World Events (8)


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco

The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Ben(ne), a pet form of Benedict (see Benn ) + -son.

English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’.

Americanized form of any of various Scandinavian patronymics from the personal name Bengt, Bendt, etc., Scandinavian forms of Benedict , e.g. Swedish Bengtsson , Danish Bendtsen, Danish and Norwegian Bentsen . Compare Bensen 2.

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

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Bullet hole in the Missionary's Picture

Written by Afton Rowley Topham Incident occurred on January 21, 1923. Flossie Forrester Benson Hutchings and her five children had been living with Alvin and Elizabeth Benson, her parents, since her f …

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