Skip to main content

William Bench letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 547

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten letter dated 1 Feb. 1908 and addressed to "Son & Daughter." The item was written in Manti, Utah. Bench writes about his early life in Utah. He tells about settling in Manti early in the 1850s and about the hardships he faced at that time. He talks about encounters with Ute Indians stating that during "the first engagement we had with the Indians 5 balls passed through my clothing but I was unharmed" and about the preparations made to meet the Utah Expedition of 1857-1858.


  • 1908 February 1


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 History

William Bench Jr. was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on November 6, 1840, to William Bench Sr. and Ann Longman. At the age of eleven in 1851, Bench departed for Utah with his family aboard the ship Ellen Maria. On December 25, 1862, he married his first wife, Frances Ann Tatton. On October 11, 1869, he married his second wife, Martine Larsen. On April 10, 1877, he married his third wife, Christina Ericksen. He made a living as a farmer and blacksmith. He died on July 9, 1920, at the age of 79 in Manti, Utah.


1 item (6 pages)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of William Bench letter
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 24
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