Benjamin William Rolfe

7 October 1822–31 May 1892 (Age 69)
Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States

The Life Summary of Benjamin William

When Benjamin William Rolfe was born on 7 October 1822, in Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States, his father, Samuel Jones Rolfe, was 29 and his mother, Elizabeth Williams Hathaway, was 20. He married Prudence Larilla Gibbs on 12 February 1851, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839. He died on 31 May 1892, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Benjamin William Rolfe
Prudence Larilla Gibbs
Marriage: 12 February 1851
Benjamin William Rolfe Jr.
Gideon Gibbs Rolfe
Samuel Jasper Rolfe
Samuel Aaron Rolfe

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  • Marriage
    12 February 1851Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 3
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    Age 5
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion
    Age 19
    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.

    Name Meaning

    English: of Norman origin, from the Middle English and Anglo-Norman French personal name Rolf, Roulf, Rou, Roul, Rouf, Rof. Its usual derivation is from Old Norse Hrólfr, Rolf, from ancient Germanic hrōd ‘fame, renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’, and occasionally from ancient Germanic Rodulf, of the same origin as Hrólfr (earlier Hróthúlfr) but in a West Frankish form, which the Scandinavian Normans occasionally used. The name was also common in Normandy where it became Old French Roul, Rou, often Latinized as Rollo. See Ralph and compare Rowe , Dow , and Rowson .

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

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    Church Ordinations

    ROLFE, Samuel Jones. Son of Benjamin and Mary Rolfe. Born 26 August 1794 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Married Elizabeth Hathaway (born 1801 in Massachusetts). Eleven known children: Gi …

    Sources (39)

    • B W Rolfe, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Benjamin in entry for Saml Jasper Rolfe, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Benjamin Rolfe, "United States Census, 1820"

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