Historical records matching Benjamin Franklin Dewey
About Benjamin Franklin Dewey
"...Dewey, Benjamin Franklin – (7th Ten) Born May 5, 1829, in Westfield, Hamden Co., Mass., to Ashbell and Harriet Adams Dewey. His parents joined the Church and he was baptized when he came of age, probably in 1837. Te family moved to Nauvoo in the spring of 1846. His father died at Winter Quarters. He was selected for the original company and during the trek, became so ill with mountain fever that he and two others were left behind July 20, 1846, at East Canyon above the Salt Lake Valley. Shortly after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, he left for the California gold fields. Two years later, he came back to the Salt Lake Valley and was called to fill a mission to India. The missionaries departed Jan. 26, 1853, and arrived in Calcutta 86 days later. He traveled to Hindustan, Siam and parts of China, but was not successful. He was called in 1855 to settle in San Bernardino, Calif., where he married Alzia Smithson, also an early pioneer. They later separated and he returned to Salt Lake City, where he assisted in building the Salt Lake Tabernacle and temple. He moved to Arizona in 1885 and mined. He died Feb. 23, 1904, in Chloride, near Kingman, Ariz., at age 74..."