Benjamin Franklin Stewart (1817 - 1886) MP

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Birthplace: Jackson, OH, USA
Death: Died in Benjamin, Utah, UT
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About Benjamin Franklin Stewart

"...Stewart, Benjamin Franklin – (7th Ten) Born Oct. 22, 1817, in Jackson, Monroe Co., Ohio, to Philander Barrett and Sarah Scott Stewart. He married Polly Richardson in 1837, and they moved to Van Buren, Iowa, where they met missionaries. She was immediately converted and baptized, but he waited three years before being baptized Feb. 2, 1844. On the trek west, he was among a group left to operate a ferry for the Oregon Trail wagon trains and oncoming Mormon wagon trains at the last crossing of the Platte River in Wyoming. He remained there until his family, traveling in the Abraham O. Smoot Company, arrived and he went to Salt Lake Valley with them. He first settled at Mill Creek near Salt Lake City and operated a sawmill for several years. He was part of an expedition to explore southern Utah led by Parley P. Pratt. From that expedition, he became interested in the area near Payson, Utah Co. He moved there and operated a nail factory near town. He later filled a mission to Iowa and Illinois and afterward returned to start a small settlement north of Payson. This settlement was named Benjamin in his honor. There he was struck by lighting and died on June 22, 1886, at age 68..."

SOURCE: http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/58061/Biographies-of-the-original-1847-pioneer-company.html -------------------- He and Andrew Jackson Stewart founded the town of Benjamin, Utah, Utah in 1866.

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Benjamin Stewart's Timeline

1817
October 22, 1817
Jackson, OH, USA
1839
June 14, 1839
Age 21
Beardstown, Cass, Illinois, USA
1841
February 8, 1841
Age 23
1850
September 7, 1850
Age 32
Logan, Cache, UT
September 7, 1850
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
1850
Age 32
Utah, Utah Territory
1851
June 6, 1851
Age 33
Payson, Utah, UT
August 18, 1851
Age 33
Payson, Utah, Utah, USA
1853
October 21, 1853
Age 35
Payson, Utah, Utah, USA
1854
December 25, 1854
Age 37
Payson, Utah, Utah, USA