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Leona Bennett

Leona Bennett

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  • Name Leona Bennett 
    Born 11 Oct 1905  Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1920  Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    FamilySearch ID KWC6-LR1 
    Died 25 Aug 1997  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 28 Aug 1997  Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID i4824  mytree
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2020 

    Father William Hyrum Bennett,   b. 27 Oct 1869, Payson, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1947, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Brockbank Bushnell,   b. 11 Apr 1869, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1934, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1894  Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nephi Besendorfer,   b. 1 Aug 1904, Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1944, Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1928  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage: Utah, Select Marriages, 1887-1966
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Son Besendorfer,   b. Aug 1931, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Daughter Besendorfer,   b. Mar 1932, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William Nephi Besendorfer,   b. 23 Oct 1933, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1987, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Living
     6. Living
    Last Modified 31 May 2020 
    Family ID F3286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Oct 1905 - Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Nov 1928 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Aug 1997 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Aug 1997 - Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Bennett, William Hyrum Family
    Bennett, William Hyrum Family
    Geneva - Arvilla - Leona - Edna bck Wm Hyrum - Sterling - Howard - Vaun Bennett
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Bennett, Sterling - Vaun - Leona - Edna
    Bennett, Sterling - Vaun - Leona - Edna
    Bennett, Leona b1905 - Portrait
    Bennett, Leona b1905 - Portrait

    Headstones
    Besendorfer, Nephi b1904 - Bennett, Leona b1905
    Besendorfer, Nephi b1904 - Bennett, Leona b1905

  • Notes 
    • Death: U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

      The hearts of John and Elizabeth (Brockbank) Bushnell were made happy with the birth of their seventh child, their first daughter. They named her Elizabeth. She was born in Meadow, Millard county, Utah, 11 Apr 1869. She lived under pioneer conditions knowing and experiencing plenty of hard work and the hardships that went with pioneer life. Her family was one of the first six families to settle in Meadow. She received her early education in the little log one-room school down on the square which later became the tithing yard. The subjects given were reading, writing, and arithmetic, then a little history and geography in the upper grades. She later attended the Millard Stake Academy in Fillmore, Utah and upon graduation, helped her family in the sheep business.
      Elizabeth adored her father, mother and family. She was of a happy nature and could always see the beautiful side of life but was saddened by the death of her older brother Isaac. When she was 13 years of age her father passed away leaving her very sad indeed. She grew into a beautiful, gracious young woman. She was blessed with many lovely talents. A beautiful singing voice, a wonderful speaking voice and a marvelous memory for memorizing very long readings. With these talents she gave much to to others by singing and giving readings on the different programs of the day, entertaining people in church and gatherings of all kinds.
      She was always active in Church, serving as a counselor in Relief Society and a visiting teacher as long as she lived. She was also president of the Primary for many years and a teacher in most auxiliary organizations. She was chorister for many years as well, always efficient and dependable in all she was called to do.
      Elizabeth fell in love with and at age 25 married William Hyrum Bennett, in the Manti LDS Temple on 21 Nov 1894. William was the third son of John Bell and Mary (Senior) Bennett of Payson, Utah. He had come to Meadow to live with and help his Uncle, Hyrum Bell Bennett, who lived neighbors to Elizabeth.
      This young couple lived a farming life and became the parents of eight children. Noble, their first born, lived only two weeks. This was a real heartbreak for them. Then came along Sterling John. During this same time, Utah became the 45th state in the USA. With statehood came an end to most of the problems connected with polygamy.
      On 24 Jul 1898 the Bennetts were blessed with another son, Howard Joshua. He was their “holiday boy”. This small family witnessed the new century begin with all its promise while they still lived the pioneer life with a “two seater” outhouse, coal oil lamps which were washed and primed once a week, flat irons heated on the old stove, and a big copper boiler to “boil the wash” and “bottle the food”.
      Next came three little girls, Geneva, Arvilla, and Leona, to the delight of everyone. Also the horseless carriage came along to the amazement of everyone. William and Elizabeth never did own a car.
      In 1911, they added another boy, Vaun Mainwaring, and exactly 18 years to the day their first baby was born, they added a last little girl, Edna. With seven lively children, Saturday nights at the Bennetts’ were a marathon of baths in the large tub in the kitchen. The tub, filled with water heated on the stove, was placed in the center of a ring of chairs. A quilt was placed over all so the bather had privacy. Lots of good natured fun accompanied this Saturday night ritual.
      By 1917 came the terrible “first world war”. Life was never quite the same again. Sterling John, Oldest of the Bennett boys was drafted and put through basic training. A few weeks before he was to be shipped overseas, the war ended. He returned to Meadow by bus. What a joyous reunion.
      William and the boys were hunters and with luck and skill they provided a variety of meat for what had become a large family. William also maintained an apple orchard and Elizabeth grew an annual vegetable garden. They stored apples and potatoes in “the pit” for winter use and along with the regular benefits of their farm such as milk, eggs, chicken, salt cured ham, etc., they did not go hungry. Also, they fared well through the “great flu epidemic of 1918".
      Holidays and birthdays were special times for the Bennetts’. The whole town celebrated the 4th and 24th of July, with a parade, games, picnics and dancing. The Relief Society made and sold ice cream cones. Elizabeth made her unique “raisin pie”, a great favorite of William’s, on special occasions, and her famous fruit cakes for Christmas. They attended the town winter plays in which most family members participated at one time or another.
      These wonderful parents ruled their home with patience, love, understanding and faith in god, always showing an abundance of love to friends and neighbors and willing to help anyone in need. They were affectionately known as Uncle Will and Aunt Bee.
      Elizabeth was an excellent cook with a talent for putting things together to make them nourishing and tasty. She sewed almost everything she and her family wore and helped many of her friends, family members and neighbors. She was very ambitious, never wasting time even when she was ill. She would crotchet or piece quilts to keep her hands busy. For many years, hobos and Indians came through Meadow looking for a “handout”. They always stopped at Elizabeth’s door. She always sent them away with a meal, either under their belt (if William was home) or in their hand if he was not. One day she inquired of a hobo, why he had come a full block off main street to her home to ask for food. He told her that there were signs on main street directing fellows like himself to persons who would give good food to those in need.
      Elizabeth came in contact with diphtheria and had a very bad case of it. She always believed that the power of prayer and faith saved her life. She never was really well after that but did a beautiful job of taking care of her family. She and her fine husband cared for her widowed pioneer mother for many years in their home, showing the greatest kindness and love until her death.
      With early Twenty’s, electricity came to Meadow. Such a modern miracle. Now the family owned and enjoyed a radio as well as a daily newspaper. In 1920, Howard was wed. The fledglings were beginning to leave the nest. By the “crash of 29", five of their seven living children, had married and left home.
      The “great depression” that followed was not too unkind, although William often told about not seeing any actual money for a long time. They all traded goods and services until the depression eased. During this time Elizabeth became very ill with cancer and died 26 Jun 1934, at age 65.
      She was buried in the Meadow Cemetery. Of the many tributes paid her at her funeral, this one is so true of her life: “There wa no more beautiful or noble woman lived than Libby Bennett”. She was affectionately called Libby.
      Following her death, the last two children married and William lived out his remaining years spending time with each of his children. He died in 1947 and was buried in the Meadow cemetery beside his beloved Elizabeth.