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Lorraine Rowley Thompson collection on Benson family

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8555
Contains journals and correspondence related to the Richard and Phoebe Benson family. Includes journals kept by Richard during his Mormon missions to England, and letters he wrote to his wife Phoebe. Includes Phoebe's correspondence with Richard regarding his second mission to England, and a journal of family history information. Includes two journals of Alvin Benson that he kept during his service in the California Mission and a letter from his uncle, James Kay. Also included are records related to Alexander and Jane Orton, Alvin's in-laws, and several letters from unidentified relatives. Dated 1842-1965.

Dates

  • 1842-1965

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Lorraine Rowley Thompson collection on Benson family must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Extent

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)

Biographical History

Lorraine Rowley Thompson (born 1952) is the great-great granddaughter of Richard and Phoebe Benson through their son, Alvin.
Biographical History The Benson family were early Mormon pioneers from England.

Richard Benson (1816-1895) was born on March 29, 1816, in Wrightington, England to Thomas Benson and Margaret Marsden. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1837 by Elder Heber C. Kimball. Richard served his first mission in Newcastle, England from approximately 1841 to 1842, where he baptized forty-seven people including his future wife Phoebe Forrester. Phoebe Benson (1820-1904) was born Phoebe Forrester on August 25, 1820, in Crossings, England to Joseph Forester and Elizabeth Forester. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in October 1840. After his mission Richard traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the main body of the church. In 1844 he returned to England and married Phoebe on June 20, 1844, in Cheshire, England, and in 1845 they returned to Nauvoo. They traveled with the saints to Salt Lake City in approximately 1850, and they settled in Parowan, Utah, where they had the last of their nine children. They are Thomas, Joseph, Richard Heber, Sarah, Phoebe Madora, William, Elizabeth, Alvin, and James. Then in 1866 Richard was called to serve his second mission in England, which he did from 1866 to 1868. After his mission he became a buisnessman in Parowan, Utah. Richard died on August 2, 1895, in Parowan, Utah. Phoebe Benson died on June 25, 1904, in Parowan, Utah.
Biographical History Richard Benson (1816-1895) was a Mormon pioneer from England and early missionary.

Richard Benson was born on March 29, 1816, in Wrightington, England to Thomas Benson and Margaret Marsden. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1837 by Elder Heber C. Kimball. Richard served his first mission in Newcastle, England from approximately 1841 to 1842, where he baptized forty-seven people including his future wife Phoebe Forrester. After his mission he traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the main body of the church. In 1844 he returned to England and married Phoebe on June 20, 1844, in Cheshire, England, and in 1845 they returned to Nauvoo. They traveled with the saints to Salt Lake City in approximately 1850, and they settled in Parowan, Utah, where they had the last of their nine children. Then in 1866 Richard was called to serve his second mission in England, which he did from 1866 to 1868. After his mission he became a buisnessman in Parowan, Utah. Richard died on August 2, 1895, in Parowan, Utah.
Biographical History Phoebe Benson (1820-1904) was the wife of Richard Benson and a Mormon pioneer.

Phoebe Benson was born Phoebe Forrester on August 25, 1820, in Crossings, England to Joseph Forester and Elizabeth Forester. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in October 1840 by her future husband Richard Benson. On June 20, 1844, in Cheshire, England, she married Richard Benson and in 1845 they traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois. In approximately 1850 they traveled with the saints to Salt Lake City and settled in Parowan, Utah, and had the last of their nine children. Phoebe Benson died on June 25, 1904, in Parowan, Utah.
Biographical History Alvin Benson (1859-1942) was a Mormon missionary in California, farmer, and mayor of Parowan, Utah.

Alvin Benson was born on November 17, 1859, in Parowan, Utah, to Richard Benson and Phoebe Forrester. He married Elizabeth Ellen Orton on November 16, 1881, in the St. George Temple and they had eight children together. He served a Mormon misson in California from 1897-1899, and when he returned he became mayor of Parowan, Utah in 1899. He later turned to farming after his days in office were over. Alvin Benson died on March 10, 1942, in Cedar City, Utah.

Custodial History

Donated by Rodney R. Rowley, on behalf of Lorraine Rowley Thompson, in 2014. Items were in possession of Lorraine Rowley Thompson, great-great granddaughter of Richard and Phoebe Benson and granddaughter of Alvin Benson, prior to the donation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Rodney R. Rowley on behalf of Lorraine Rowley Thompson; August 5, 2014.

Appraisal

Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Related Materials

For related materials from Richard Benson and Alvin Benson, see Schmid and Topham family collection of Richard Benson, Alvin Benson, and William Richard Smith missionary journals (MSS 8535). Includes additional volumes of missionary journals from Richard's missions in the 1840s and 1860s, and an additional missionary journal from Alvin's mission in the 1890s.

Processing Information

Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Processed; Paulee Fogleman, student manuscript processor; 2019.

Creator

Title
Register of Lorraine Rowley Thompson collection on Benson family
Status
completed
Author
Nate Burroughs
Date
2014 September 10
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2018 November 19: Changed title from "Benson family papers" to "Lorraine Rowley Thompson collection on Benson family" after consulting with the donor, and to distinguish this collections with related materials in Schmid and Topham family collection of Richard Benson, Alvin Benson, and William Richard Smith missionary journals (MSS 8535). Also updated the Custodial History and Immediate Source of Acquisitions notes, Ryan Lee, Nov. 19, 2018
  • 2019 September 27: Arrangement into series and file level description; Paulee Fogleman, student manuscript processor

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States