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Backus, Russel Benson



  • Existence: 1944-

Biographical History

Russel Benson Backus is a family historian in Virginia and is the grandson of Samuel Cordner.

Russel Benson Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus. He attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Backus is involved in preserving the memory of his grandfather, Samuel Cordner.

Backus was raised in Utah and spent some time in Idaho but currently resides in Virginia.

Find a Grave, via WWW, 11 December 2014 (Russell Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus; currently resides in Idaho)., via WWW, 11 December 2014 (Russell Backus attended Utah State University in Logan, UT).

UPB files, 11 December 2014 (Russell Backus is the grandson of Samuel Cordner).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232578630]
Identifier: MSS 8921
Scope and Contents Contains biographical materials on Russel Benson Backus' ancestors, Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson. Carson's autobiography covers 1821-1898 and discusses her life as a Mormon pioneer. Earl's biography, written by his daughter Elizabeth Elvira Earl Cordner, covers 1846-1909 and discusses his experiences in the Civil War and as a businessman in Utah. The collection includes original documents as well as photocopies, and both biographies are available on DVD. Materials dated...
Dates: 1865-2016

Russel Backus collection of Samuel Cordner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8613
Scope and Contents

Documents and information about the life of Samuel Cordner, including an autobiography, diaries, LDS mission letters, business ledgers, and other miscellaneous materials. Also included is a commentary on the life of Samuel Cordner by his grandson Russel Backus. Materials are dated 1903-1957.

Dates: 1903-1957

Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239236406]
Identifier: MSS 8914
Content Description This account of the lives of Arthur and Selena Marrott by Russel Backus draws on a family biography by their daughter, Harriet, while focusing on information from two pocket ledgers that were kept by Arthur. Among other things, Arthur's ledgers identify people in the community with whom the Marrotts cooperated as their farms were being developed on desert land in the area that is now Lindon and Orem, Utah. The paper tells about these settlers and illustrates the extent to which they relied...
Dates: 2016

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Immigration and American Expansion 2
Pioneers 2
Agriculture -- Utah -- Orem 1
Biographies 1
Businessmen -- Utah 1