Alfred Best

Brief Life History of Alfred

When Alfred Best was born on 19 June 1829, in Toddington, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Richard Best, was 42 and his mother, Dinah Peart, was 41. He married Margaret Degroot OAKLEY on 19 June 1852, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Aston, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom in 1841. He died on 27 June 1905, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Alfred Best
Margaret Degroot OAKLEY
Marriage: 19 June 1852
Ida Oakley Best
Alfred Oakley Best
Alfaretta Oakley BEST
Elizabeth Oakley BEST
Ezra Oakley Best
William Oakley Best
Caroline Oakley BEST
Herbert Oakley Best
Edgar Oakley Best
Rose Oakley Best
Grace Oakley Best
Albert Oakley Best
Henry Oakley Best

Sources (128)

  • Alfred Best in household of Richard Best, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Alfred Best, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
  • Alfred Best in entry for Fredrick Best, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970"

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Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).


Historical Boundaries: 1848: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1868: Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States


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

Name Meaning

English and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English best(e) (Old English betst) ‘best, finest (person)’.

English, northern Irish, and French: nickname from Middle English best(e), Old French beste ‘beast, animal’ (especially those used for food or work), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts, such as a herdsman, or as a nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal. Compare English Bester 1.

English: from a Middle English adverbial expression of the Best, but the meaning is unknown.

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

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ALFRED BEST MISSION TO GREAT BRITAIN Alfred Best was basically called on his mission to Great Britain in April of 1880, left Utah in August 1880, arrived in England in September, serv …

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