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Elizabeth Standley Benson
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1838
Portage County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 4, 1919
Summit County
Utah, USA

Elizabeth Standley was the daughter of Alexander Scoby Standley and Philinda Upson Standley.

She married Thomas Jefferson Osborn on the 24th of Oct, 1854 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had 2 daughters, Rebecca and Harriet Osborn. After his death in 1861 she married his brother David Osborn, III. They were only married a short time when she divorced him. They had one child, Leonard Charles Osborn. She married last, Moroni Benson on the 12th of January 1867, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had two daughters, Margaret Cyrene Benson & Linda "Lindy" Vilette Benson. Moroni died in 1917.

Elizabeth was a Utah pioneer, In 1852, at the age of 14, she was herding her family's sheep on the way west. She swam across streams, holding a sheep's leg.

Elizabeth was told to stay close to the wagon but seeing some berry bushes, and being tired of eating the same foods everyday, she took a small bucket and went to pick berries. Suddenly an Indian grabbed her up onto his horse and galloped away. The men of the wagon train quickly came to her rescue and the Indian threw her off the horse and the fall broke her leg. She then had to ride in the wagon until it healed.

She was a school teacher in Cache County Utah under the names Standley, Osborn & Benson. She loved to read and wrote stories and poems. She often left her home to tend to the sick of the community. She was called an Angel of Mercy. She died at the age of 81.

The Ogden Standard Newspaper 1882-05-29, page 3
[excerpt from an article about the death on Sunday, May 21st 1882, of Robert Fox Runcle]
Died - "He had no family or relations here, and during his long illness Mrs. Elizabeth Benson has given him every attention and care. He was poor and alone, and her reward will surely come from Him who never fails. - Logan Leader."

From unknown publication in Utah - 1919

"Pioneer Lady Answers Last Call

Funeral services over the remains of Sister Elizabeth Benson were held at 2:30 p.m., May 7th, at Francis, Summit Co., Utah, with Bp. Marion Corbett presiding. Six grand-sons acted as pallbearers.

Bishop Corbett and Coun. Atkinson had both known Aunt Elizabeth - as they affectionately called her - for many years and testified of her industry and unselfishness, her kindness to many who were sick or in want, and her devotion to her religion. During the services a solo and three songs by the choir were beautifully rendered. Her brother Michasell [Michael] Standly [Standley], made some remarks and endorsed what had been said.

After the dedication of the grave she was laid to rest in the Francis cemetery.


Sister Elizabeth Benson, a well known and highly respected old lady and a former resident of Hyrum, passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Amos C. Atkinson at Francis, Summit Co., Utah, after one hour's illness following a stroke, May 4th, 1919.

She was the daughter of Alaxeander [Alexander] Scoly [Scoby] and Philinda Upson Standley, and was born March 7th, 1838, at Portage Co., Ohio. She went with her parents to Nauvoo, and shared in the persecutions in the early days of the church and often spoke of seeing the Prophet Joseph Smith. She came to Utah in 1852, walking the entire distance and driving cattle. Settled in Bountiful, Davis Co; was married in 1854 to Thomas Jefferson Osborn; was left a widow in June 1861, and moved to Hyrum in 1865, with three children, and shared in the hardships of pioneer life. She taught school in her own home a number of years, she then met and married Moroni Benson, one of Hyrum's pioneers, who has preceded her to the great beyond.

She was the mother of five children, her oldest daughter, Mrs. S. F. Allen, preceded her eleven years, leaving a family of small children. Aunt Elizabeth did a mother's part by living with them for seven years.

Elizabeth Benson is survived by one son and three daughters; Mr. Leonard Osborn of Kamas, Utah, Mrs. Andrew Mikesell of Dubois, Idaho. Mrs. Joseph E. Hatch of Randolph, Utah and Mrs. Amos C. Atkinson of Francis, Utah. She has 46 great-grandchildren and she leaves one brother and two sisters.

She was stricken while in Sunday School after bearing a faithful testimony on the date above stated."

[Obituary provided by Nancy Miles, 31 July 2009]

Elizabeth's genealogy page
Family links: 
  Alexander Scoby Standley (1800 - 1854)
  Philinda Upson Standley (1814 - 1892)
  Moroni Benson (1833 - 1917)
  Thomas Jefferson Osborn (1829 - 1861)*
  David Osborn (1838 - 1917)*
  Rebecca Adaline Osborn Allen (1857 - 1908)*
  Harriet Esther Osborn Mikesell (1860 - 1926)*
  Leonard Charles Osborn (1863 - 1938)*
  Margaret Cyrene Benson Hatch (1868 - 1933)*
  Linda Vilettie Benson Atkinson (1876 - 1952)*
  Ellen Standley Osborn (1833 - 1861)*
  Alexander Henry Stanley (1836 - 1916)*
  Elizabeth Standley Benson (1838 - 1919)
  Cyrene Standley Merrill (1840 - 1917)*
  Philinda Standley Burnham (1843 - 1867)*
  Sarah Alvira Standley Pace (1844 - 1924)*
  Lydia Standley Burnham (1846 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
ELIZABETH BENSON Mar 7, 1838 - May 4, 1919
Francis Cemetery
Summit County
Utah, USA
Maintained by: Leslie Mikesell Wood
Originally Created by: Patricia Atkinson
Record added: Jun 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19720410
Elizabeth <i>Standley</i> Benson
Added by: Leslie Mikesell Wood
Elizabeth <i>Standley</i> Benson
Added by: Leslie Mikesell Wood
Elizabeth <i>Standley</i> Benson
Added by: Leslie Mikesell Wood
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~with love~
- Leslie Mikesell Wood
 Added: Dec. 26, 2008
To a strong lady with love.
- Leslie Mikesell Wood
 Added: Jul. 4, 2008

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