Avril Benson Jenson

22 November 1913–24 November 2003 (Age 90)
Cokeville, Uinta, Wyoming, United States

The Life of Avril Benson

When Avril Benson Jenson was born on 22 November 1913, in Cokeville, Uinta, Wyoming, United States, his father, James William Jenson, was 35 and his mother, Nancy Evelyn Benson, was 27. He married Iona Mae Davidson on 8 June 1951, in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Idaho, United States in 1920 and Los Angeles, California, United States for about 2 years. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 24 November 2003, in Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Avril Benson Jenson
Iona Mae Davidson
Marriage: 8 June 1951
Sandra Lee Conforte

Spouse and Children

8 June 1951
Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


    Sandra Lee Conforte


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 3

The No-Ni-Shee Arch was a temporary archway near the intersection of Main Street and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. The archway was built in 1916 for the Wizard of the Wasatch festival. The name No-Ni-Shee was derived from a mythical American Indian Salt Princess. Her tears caused the Great Salt Lake to be salty. The arch was dedicated to her and sprayed with salt water so that salt eventually crystallized on Main Street. The Wizard’s carnivals enlivened Utah’s summers for several years. The last Wizard of the Wasatch carnival was held in 1916, on the eve of World War I.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 24

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: perhaps an altered spelling of Janson .2 Respelling of Danish, Norwegian, and North German Jensen .

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

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Story Highlight

Avril and Iona

I want to bring forth an experience which has meant much in my life. It has to do with finding my wife. I had been unconscious about a month after the end of World War Two after receiving gunshots w …

Sources (3)

  • Arvil Benson Jenson, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Avril Benson Jensen, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Avril Benson Jenson, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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