Maria Watson Kirby

9 January 1843–21 January 1878 (Age 35)
Thurgarton, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Maria Watson

When Maria Watson Kirby was born on 9 January 1843, in Thurgarton, Norfolk, England, her father, Robert Kirby, was 22 and her mother, Hannah Honor Watson, was 23. She married John Longman Bench on 19 December 1863, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Norfolk, England, United Kingdom in 1851. She died on 21 January 1878, in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in Manti Cemetery, Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Longman Bench
Maria Watson Kirby
Marriage: 19 December 1863
Susan Elizabeth Bench
Charles Watson Bench
John Longman Bench Jr.
Urban Lorenzo Bench
William Edward Bench

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 December 1863Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 7
    Named after the early pioneer leader Daniel C. Davis the County was established as a territory in 1850.The territorial legislature created Davis County in 1852 and designated its County seat at Farmington-midway between boundaries-the Weber River on the north and the mouth of the Jordan River on the south. Westward the County includes a portion of the Great Salt Lake-its largest island on which Antelope Island State Park is now located.During first half-century Davis County grew slowly.It supported a hardy pioneer people engaged in irrigation agriculture and raising livestock.The Utah Central Railroad(now the Union Pacific crossed the County from Ogden on the north to Salt Lake City on the south in 1870 and offered welcome transportation links to bring manufactured products.This was the beginning of a transition in the County's history that led to mechanized agriculture, a surge of commerce, banking, and local business along with improved roads, new water systems, and the electrification of homes and business
    1854 · The Crimean War
    Age 11
    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of numerous places in northern and eastern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + ‘farmstead, village’.Irish: adopted for Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Cíarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick .Irish: Anglicized form of Mac Geirble ‘son of Geirble’, a personal name of uncertain origin. The name is preserved in the townland name of Carrowkeribly in County Mayo.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Death Notice of Maria Watson Kirby Bench

    Died In Manti, January 21st, 1878, of inflammatory fever, Mariah W. Bench, wife of John L. Bench. Sister Bench was born in Norfolk, England, January 9th, 1843; was baptized into the Church of J …

    Sources (17)

    • Maria Kirby in household of Robert Kirby, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • Maria Watson Kerby in entry for Francis George Wall and Miss Susie Elizabeth Bench, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
    • Maria Kirby in entry for Susan Elizabeth Wall, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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