Benjamin Franklin Stewart

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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..."


He and Andrew Jackson Stewart founded the town of Benjamin, Utah, Utah in 1866.

He married Polly Richardson in 1837 in Beardson, Morgan County, Illinois just before the family left or Utah. He married two other wives - Richael Davis and Elizabeth Davis (mother/daughter). Benjamin was struck by lightning at his home in Benjamin, Utah.

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Benjamin Franklin Stewart's Timeline

October 22, 1817
Monroe County, Ohio, United States
February 8, 1841
Age 23
Age 25
Illinois, United States
Age 26
United States
February 27, 1845
Age 27
Keg Creek, Pottawattamie, IA, United States
Age 28
Louisiana, United States
November 11, 1849
Age 32
Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah