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Bennion family papers

Identifier: MSS 1472

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of materials by and about the John Bennion family residing in the Taylorsville, Utah, area in the mid to late 19th century. Of particular focus are the missionary diaries of John Bennion, his son Samuel Roberts Bennion, and Samuel's daughter Laura Bennion Dimond. Also includes genealogical information about the Bennion family's ancestors and family history documents and information about their descendants. Primarily consists of original journals, photographs and scrapbooks, but some items are photocopies, including correspondence. Also included is a microfiche copy of John Bennion's Muddy River Mission journal from 1868 to 1870. Materials dated approximately 1842-1981.


  • approximately 1842-1971


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The Bennion Family was established in 1842 at the marriage of John Bennion (1820-1877) and Esther Wainwright (1817-1902) and consists of their descendants. They emigrated from England in 1842 and eventually settled in the Taylorsville, Utah, area where the family engaged in stockraising.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in July 1981 by Lucille Smith. Also received some materials from Ruth W. Robertson and Valoris Smith in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lucile Smith; 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ruth W. Robertson; 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Valoris Smith; 1981.


The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormonism (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020)

Related Materials

Related materials in MSS SC 1943 and MSS SC 1944.

Register of Bennion family papers
In Progress
Rebecca A. Wiederhold
2019 October 26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States