Friday, August 28, 2009

Benjamin Thomas Trotter Mitchell 1816-1880 Susannah Houston 1826-1900

Benjaman Thomas Trotter Mitchell
Parents Abraham Mitchell and Annie Colpetzer
Note: According to findagrave.com, his official name was Benjamin Trotter Mitchell (some of his ancestors had the surname Trotter), but one of his wives didn't like it so he changed the Trotter to Thomas. 
Born 12 Jan 1816 Muncytown, Lacommin, Pennsylvania
Blessing 15 Oct 1835 by Prophet Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio
LDS Missions to British Isles and Nova Scotia
Served in Nauvoo Legion (see photo)
1848:  traveled west
Occupations: Stonecutter for SL Temple, Shoemaker, Farmer
Note: the first time he traveled to Utah, he was in the Heber C
Kimball Company with three of his wives and five of his children.  He was 32 years old.  Six years later, he went back to help more members of the LDS church to the Utah and was the Captain over a company that departed 20 Apr 1854 and arrived 5 Aug 1854.  This trip was where he met his 7th wife.
Died 7 Mar 1880 Kamas, Summit, Utah
Burial 11 Mar 1880 Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah  Plot: D-3-9-1W
Deseret News 17 Mar 1880: 
"In the 16th ward of this city, on March 9, 1880, BENJAMIN T. MITCHELL, son of Abraham Mitchell and Anney Colpeter, born Jan. 12, 1812, in Lacomin County, Pa. He lived and died a faithful Latter-day Saint. Funeral at Thursday at 2 p.m., at 16th Ward Meeting-house. Friends are invited to attend."

In the same paper was the following:

"SUDDEN DEATH. -- This morning, Brother B. T. Mitchell, of the 16th Ward was the victim of a sudden stroke of death. He had been ailing for some time, but yesterday was out walking and this morning apparently much better. All at once he was seized by an attack of his complaint, supposed to be heart disease, and in 15 minutes was no more. Brother Mitchell was a man aged 64, and was for a long time an employee on the Temple Block. We are not informed of all the particulars, and only heard of the sad event just previous to going to press, when it was too late to make further inquiries."
Sources
Lovina Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7651176
Caroline Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29340015
Lois Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7510579
Catherine Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7543984
1850 US Census, Great Salt Lake county, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory (age 35)
Note:  living with two of his wives (Lois and Caroline) and three children (Mary, Ruth, Amanda).  The Census incorrectly reports Caroline as being 3 years old.
1860 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 152 (age 44)
1870 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 3
Note:  Surname is spelled Michael in the census
Online:  Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868
Book:  Latterday Saint Biographical Encyclopedia Vol 2 page 369
Pictures:  Family Search
Headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7481976
More about him (including his journal):  http://benjaminthomasmitchell.com/


He was a polygamist and had 7 wives


1) Sarah Triesback
Parents: Henry Triesback and Catherine Ginder
Born:  9 June 1817 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Married Benjamin:  26 April 1835 Portage, Ohio
Died:(of measles) 23 Aug 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Buried: Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds
Children:  Benjamin Jr, Sarah, Emily 
Note:  Benjamin and his first wife joined the LDS church two months after their marriage. They heard the Saints were gathering in Nauvoo and left Ohio to join them.  He was a stone mason and helped build the original Nauvoo Temple and many other buildings there.  In 1846 he stayed in Winter Quarters for two years to raise crops.
2) Louvina Buckwalter
Parents:Daniel Buckwalter and Martha Ann Williams
Born: 28 Jan 1821 Chester, Pennsylvania
Married Benjamin: 10 Oct 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Died 21 Mar 1875 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Buried:  Kamas Cemetery, Kamas, Summit, Utah 
Children:  Joseph, Percis, Hyrum, Jerome, Martha, Rachel, Margaret, Mariah
Note:  Lovina was head of household in 1850 Davis county, Utah.  The census spelled her given name Souvina.  She also had the three children from Benjaman's first wife living with her
3) Caroline Deseret Conrad
Parents:Joshua Conrad and Eve Rathvon
Born: 18 Sep 1828 Newtown, Queens, New York
Married Benjamin: 7 Jan 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Died 18 Aug 1851 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Buried Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Amanda, Zadoc






4) Lois Judd
Parents Arza Judd Jr. and Lucinda Abigail Adams
Born: 15 Sep 1825 Quebec, Canada
Married Benjamin: 1 January 1848 Winter Quarters, Nebraska
Died: 9 Jun 1912 Draper, Salt Lake, Utah
Buried: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah
Children: Rachel, Mary, Ruth, Daniel, Annie, Nathaniel, Fanny, Lucy, Byron






5) Lydia Maria Day
Parents:  Hugh Day and Rhoda Ann Nichols
Born  1 June 1833 Bastard, Leeds, Ontario, Canada
Married Benjamin:30 June 1851 Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Died 8 Apr 1886 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children:  Hugh, Amelda, Abram, Franklin, John, Jedediah, Lois, Rosanna, Rhoda, Bernetta, Marion
6) Catherine Frederikke Marcussen Jensen
Parents:  Marcus Jensen and Ane Margaretha Rasmussen Lindhartsen
Born: 11 May 1837 Skorringe, Maribo, Denmark
Married Benjamin: 21 Dec 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children:  Rosanna, Frederick, Brigham, Benjamin, Mark, Annie, Alice, Henry, George
Died:21 April 1917 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Buried: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah

7) Susannah Houston
Parents James Houston and Mary Madelina Ettleman
Born 11 Feb 1826 Jackson, Stark, Ohio
Married 1) Gideon Cooper Matlock
Children:  Cameron Alexander Matlock (a.k.a. Alex Campbell Matlock)
2) Benjaman Trotter Mitchell 6 Mar 1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Died 6 May 1900 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Buried 7 May 1900 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Sources
Note:  There is a trail excerpt from her journal that she wrote while traveling to Salt Lake on the overland pioneer trail available at http://www.lds.org/It covers May-Aug 1854 from her viewpoint as an LDS (Mormon) pioneer


1880 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 142 (widowed, age 54, living with her son Alex Matlock)
Note:  Her name in the census was given as Susan
Death Record:  http://www.familysearch.org/
Pictures:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7543293

CHILDREN (With Susannah)


Thomas Houston Mitchell
Born 22 Jan 1858 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Occupation: Stone Cutter
Married Elizabeth Ann Blythe 25 Apr 1878 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children:  Thomas, Louie, Blythe, John, Pearl, Wallace, Lila
Note:  On his death certificate, it claims he was divorced, but on the 1910 Census, he is listed as widowed.  
Died 1 May 1914 St Mark's Hospital, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
COD:Meningitis, Cirrhosis of liver
Note:  The informant on the death certificate was his son, Louie, and perhaps it was Louie that was divorced - this could use some research.
Buried 3 May 1914 Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah
Plot: U-26-010-01-E (have requested a photo of his headstone on findagrave)
Sources
1860 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 152 (age 2)
1870 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 3
1900 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah
1910 US Census for Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah page 9 (widowed, living with daughter-in-law, age 53)
Utah Death Certificate
*Edward Hunter Mitchell
Born 17 Aug 1859 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Blessing 1 Dec 1859 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Occupations: Stone cutter for SL Temple, Farmer
Married Mary Emery 7 Jul 1881 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children:  Lenora, Mary, Edna, Edward, Elizabeth, Frank, Hubert, Lucille, George, Alfreda, Bernice, Ida
Died 14 Jul 1924 Woods Cross, Davis, Utah
Buried 17 Jul 1924 Bountiful Memorial Park, Bountiful, Davis, Utah

1910 Picture:  Back Row: Elizabeth, David, Alfreda, Lucille, Frank, Mary, Ella, Edward (Ben), Henrietta, Hubert, Leonora
Front Row: George, Mary, Ida, Howard, Bernice
His Obituary
Edward Hunter Mitchell, prominent Davis County resident, and stone cutter on the Salt Lake Temple died at his home in Woods Cross at 12:25 A.M. Monday morning (July 14, 1924) of diabetes at the age of 65 years, after a serious illness of six weeks. He had been ailing for some ten years, and but a week before his death he had been removed to his home from the L.D.S. hospital where for a month he had taken the newly discovered serum treatment for the disease. Only momentary relief was afforded by the treatment and the disease returned in all its acuteness after he left the hospital.


Mr. Mitchell is a son of the late Benjamin T. and Susan Huston Mitchell, and was born in Salt Lake City, August 17th, 1859.

As a young man he learned the stone cutting trade and cut stones for the Salt Lake Temple throughout its erection, for the Catholic Cathedral of Brigham street, for the Deseret News building, the McCune residence, now the building occupied by the L.D.S. school of music and many other public and private buildings in Salt Lake City and vicinity. He also worked at the Working Mens
Co-op for a few years.

In 1892 and for the succeeding seven years, he was engaged in the sheep business as sheep owner in Toole county. In 1899 he moved to Davis county where he purchased the Frank Grant farm and engaged in farming and dairying which occupation he had continued to pursue until the time of his death.

By nature public spirited, interested in education, and all things for the betterment of the community, country, and state in which he lived, Mr. Mitchell served a four year term as school trustee of the West Bountiful School District before the consolidation of the several school districts of the county during which time he superintended the building of the best Bountiful school house, and again as member of the Board of Education of the Davis County School District immediately after the consolidation for one term.

Continuously active in a religious way, Mr. Mitchell was counselor to Bishop William Winegar for a number of years and filled various offices in the Latter-Day Saint Church.

As a representative of the Utah Fire Clay Company of Salt Lake City and various other corporations of the intermountain area and as a business man, he was distinguished by his scrupulous honesty, which trait he stressed and exemplified.


Mr. Mitchell was essentially a home man. He married Mary Emery on the 7th of July 1881 and raised a family of fourteen children, all of whom survive, a really remarkable witness of the parental qualities, the care and tender family devotion of Brother and Sister Mitchell.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Emery Mitchell children, Mrs. Alma Hepworth, Mrs. Andrew Smith, Herbert B., David, Georgia, Lucille, Bernice, Alfreda„ and Ida all of Woods Cross; Edward E. Mitchell of Bountiful; Mrs, Ray Stringham of Holden; Mrs. Alma Taylor, and Mrs. Roy Taylor of Salt Lake City, and Frank H. Mitchell of Ophir and thirty-nine grandchildren.
Sources
1860 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 152 (age 0)
1870 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 3 (age 10)
1880 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 142 (age 20)
1900 US Census for Davis County, Davis, Utah page 11A (no age given - gives birth month/year)
1910 US Census for West Bountiful, Davis, Utah page 2 (age 50)
1920 US Census for Davis County, Utah page 2 (age 60)
Headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50168504
Erastus Snow Mitchell
Born 22 Jan 1862 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Occupation: Laborer, did odd jobs
Married Loverna Ruth Williams 30 Aug 1888 Kamas, Summit, Utah
Children:  Evelin, Viola, Arvilla, Leona, Veretta, Zola, Delphin
Died 6 Jan 1935 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah (Lobar Pneumonia, Diabetes, Senility)
Note:  his daughter Evelyn was the informant
Buried 9 Jan 1935 Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah
Plot: A-07-005-03-S2W
Sources
Marriage: Utah Marriages 1887-1966  Film 429054 Batch M73739-7 Reference Number bk B page 23 # 511
1880 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 142 (age 18)
1900 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 6B (no age given)
1910 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 1 (age 48)
1920 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 15 (age 58)
1930 US Census for Magna, Salt Lake, Utah page 13B (age 68, widowed, listed as a lodger)
Utah Death Certificate
Picture of headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52139315
Charles James Mitchell
Born 30 Jul 1864 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Married Sonia Amelia Bondreau abt 1884
Children:  Mabel, Ole, William, Paul, Gilbert, May
Died 11 Nov 1931 Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Sources
1880 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 142 (age 15)
1900 US Census for Peoa, Summit, Utah page 10A
Note:  lists his wife as Sisne
1910 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 11 (age 46)
Note: 1910 Census incorrectly lists his father's birthplace as Massachusetts and his mother's as Iowa. His wife is going by Amelia B, not Sonia
1920 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 10 (age 54)
1930 US Census for Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California (age 65, widowed, living with son Gilbert) 
http://www.archives.state.ut/ lists a criminal case brought against him filed 12 Jul 1882 Case 830


Lehi Houston Mitchell (twin to Nephi)
Born 7 Sep 1866 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Occupation: Common Labor
Unmarried
Died 7 Jul 1931 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Note: Asphyxiation by fumigating gas
Burial 10 Jul 1931 Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah
Sources
1880 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 142 (age 13)
Note: His name is spelled Lehigh in the record
1920 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 6 (age 53)
1930 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah Page 7B (age 63, listed as single, 'roomer')
Utah Death Certificate
Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95108241
Nephi Houston MitchellNephi Houston Mitchell (twin to Lehi)
Born 7 Sep 1866 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Died 30 Sep 1867 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Buried Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, Plot: S-17-10
Note:  His name is carved into the top of the stone and it has markings at the bottom.  It would help to have a picture from the front and maybe a close up of whatever is at the bottom
Sources
Headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37754282
Walter Houston Mitchell
Born 8 Nov 1869 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Occupation: Railroad laborer
Married Margaret (Maggie) Hutchinson Simpson 22 Feb 1893
Children: Edith, Walter, Stella, Howard, Bessie,Vilate, Margaret, Afton
Died 21 Jan 1944 Provo, Utah, Utah
COD: Coronary Occlusion, Heart disease, Senility
Buried Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah Plot: S-17-10
Sources
1880 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 142 (age 10)
1900 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 6A (no age given)
1910 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 11 (age 40)
1920 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 4 (age 50)
1930 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah page 28A (age 60)
1940 US Census for Salt Lake City, Utah (age 70)
Note:  his name misspelled Walker Mitchal
Utah Death Certificate
Picture of headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37754331

4 comments:

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting all your research. I am a descendant of Benjamin and Susannah. I was wondering if you know of the whereabouts of Susannah's journal. I have a summary someone wrote up, but it refers to her journal. I'm specifically interested in her family's conversion and time in Nauvoo.

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  2. I am a descent of Catherine Frederikke Marcussen Jensen. Do you know if there are any journals or informative stories about her life or family or descendents?

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  3. Michelle, sorry, I don't know who has the original journal. As my post about her indicates, the exerpts from her journal were only those regarding her travels. With that said, it may be the DUP organization or the Family History Center in SLC, Utah would have a copy. Good question. P.S. Love your name:)

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  4. Tim,
    Everything I know about her is already listed. If I come across something more, I promise to post it. In the meantime, try Googling her name (if you haven't already). Good luck!

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