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Elijah Cutler Behunin
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Birth: Nov. 7, 1847
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1933
Sigurd
Sevier County
Utah, USA

Elijah Cutler Behunin was born 7 November 1847 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He crossed the plains with his family. He was only three years old at the time. He has a faint recollection of crossing the Platt River. They arrived in Salt Lake City in 1850.
Milo Andrus Company
Captain: Milo Andrus
Departure: 3 June 1850
Arrival: 30 August 1850
Number In Company: 160

Behunin, Alma Moses 13-- 12 March 1837/6 February 1906
Behunin, Andrew Ira 14--14 August 1835/1869
*Behunin, Elijah Cutler 2-- 7 November 1847/8 November 1933
Behunin, Elmina Tyler 39-- 23 April 1811/29 September 1883
Behunin, Hyrum Smith 5 22-- April 1845/7 July 1901
Behunin, Isaac 46 20-- October 1803/ 15 May 1881
Behunin, Isaac Morton 18-- 9 September 1831/15 January 1910
Behunin, Mosiah Stephen 7-- 18 May 1843/6 April 1908
Behunin, Nancy Meribah 9-- 7 February 1841/18 October 1910
Behunin, Philo Marshall 22-- 4 February 1828/31 December 1891
Behunin, William Moronia 16-- 28 May 1833/September 1885

Isaac Behunin:
Souls 11; Wagons 3; Horses 1; Mules 0; Oxen 6; Cows 9; Sheep 2; Dogs 7; Swine 1.

This is a pretty well equipped family. It may have been that son Philo Marshall Behunin accompanied the Mormon Batalion to California. There is record of his contribution to buy cannon for the fort there after his discharge from the Battalion. And there is record of him exchanging gold for cash in the Salt Lake Territory, prior to crossing the plains in this company.
Though I have not found Philo in any Battalion records and he is not mentioned by his Uncle Daniel Tyler in his writing of the Battalion. Being so young he may have been an assistant to one of the Officers.

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Isaac and Elmina lived in Rockville, Utah. Elijah moved with his family to Provo, Utah in 1852. They were called to go and help settle Fort Ephraim, SanPete Co., Utah in 1852 (Church source document says 1853). From Ephraim they were called to go to Southern Utah, to settle Washington County.

He fought in the Black Hawk War in 1866-67 under James T. S. Allred.

Elijah married Tabitha Jane Earl, March 22, 1868, at Rockville, Utah.

Together they had the following 14 children; Elijah James, William Calvin, Hyrum (Hite) Smith, Mary Jane (Johnson, Cooper), Amanda Monettie (Noyes), Isaac Martin, Earl Farlan, Herbert Bertman, Leonard, Ira Mason (Behunin) Buchanan, Delilah May (Thompson, Hancock), Leon C, and Nellie Tabitha Behunin (Cannon).

Much of his time was spent in Dixie. His record may be found in Volume 19 of the Indian War Veterans, in the state office at Salt Lake City, Utah. He was killed in a car wreck while driving his car down Siguard Canyon, Sevier County, Utah on Nov 8, 1933. He was laid to rest at Torrey, Wayne Co., Utah.

Elijah C. Behunin and Jane Earl built many homes in different parts of southern Utah. They built 5 homes in Wayne Co., one near Zion National Park and one in St. George Utah.

In the fall of 1882, President Thurber called Elijah C. Behunin from Sevier Co. to go down into what is now called Caineville to open up the little valley for more settlers. They left Sevier Co. in the fall, 7th of Nov. 1882 with their family and all of their belongings in a wagon.

There were no roads from Torrey on down into this valley so therefore they were compelled to build a road as they traveled. They reached this small valley 12 days later. On Nov. 18th 1882, having traveled a hundred miles, they cleared a spot of ground and built a little log cabin that is still standing on the left hand side of the road as you enter this valley. Their little log cabin has stood there for over 75 years. The following spring they cleared the ground and planted and raised a crop. That same year a number of families came and settled there. A town was organized and was named Caineville in honor of Utah's representative to Congress, John T. Caine. They lived here for a few years, and then moved on up the country to a place called Notom. From here they moved to Emery Co. Utah. Sickness compelled them to leave there and they moved back to Caineville. But not being satisfied with their home they bought a place at Fruita, Wayne Co. and there they lived for several years farming and raising fruit. They were quite content and happy raising their family in Fruita, when misfortune overtook them and their home burned down.

From Fruita they moved to a place called Fish Creek. There they prospered real well until they decided it was a lonely life, so they bought a home in Torrey, Wayne Co. From 1913 to 1915 they spent in St. George, Utah working in the Latter-Day-Saint Temple.

(Information has been gathered from several sources, so some of it may not be correct)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Isaac Behunin (1803 - 1881)
  Elmina Tyler Behunin (1811 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Tobitha Jane Earl Behunin (1853 - 1934)
 
 Children:
  Elijah James Behunin (1870 - 1884)*
  William Calvin Behunin (1872 - 1940)*
  Hyrum Smith Behunin (1874 - 1963)*
  Mary Jane Behunin Cooper (1876 - 1912)*
  Amanda Monettie Behunin Noyes (1878 - 1944)*
  Isaac Martin Behunin (1880 - 1957)*
  Earl Farlan Behunin (1882 - 1966)*
  Herbert Bertman Behunin (1884 - 1967)*
  Leonard Behunin (1886 - 1945)*
  Ira Mason (Behunin) Buchanan (1888 - 1969)*
  Delilah May Behunin Hancock (1890 - 1973)*
  Leon C. Behunin (1893 - 1973)*
  Nellie Tobitha Behunin Cannon (1896 - 1992)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph Behunin (1825 - 1825)**
  Emily Behunin (1825 - 1825)**
  Philo Marshall Behunin (1828 - 1891)**
  Isaac Morton Behunin (1831 - 1910)**
  William Moronia Behunin (1833 - 1855)**
  Andrew Ira Behunin (1835 - 1869)*
  Alma Moses Behunin (1837 - 1909)*
  Mary Polly Behunin (1838 - 1839)*
  Nancy Maribah Behunin Higgins (1841 - 1910)*
  Mosiah Stephen Behunin (1844 - 1908)*
  Hyrum Smith Behunin (1845 - 1901)*
  Elijah Cutler Behunin (1847 - 1933)
  Elmina Persilla Behunin Stevens (1850 - 1927)*
  Benajmin S Behunin (1852 - 1856)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
PVT CAVALRY UTAH TER MIL
INDIAN WARS
 
Burial:
Torrey Cemetery
Torrey
Wayne County
Utah, USA
 
Maintained by: Chesnut/Behunin Descenda...
Originally Created by: Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
Record added: Nov 03, 2005
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Elijah Cutler Behunin
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