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Benjamin Burk Aiken
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Birth: Feb. 29, 1828
New Salem
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1909
Smithfield
Cache County
Utah, USA

Son of Samuel Ruggles Aiken and Nancy Lazell

Married Lavinia Noble, 6 Nov 1861, Smithfield, Cache, Utah

Children - Surbina Almeda Aiken m. William Scrowther, Fanny Lazelle Aiken m. John Roberts, Rachael Mary Ann Aiken m. Edwin Huntsburry, Harper Waterhouse Aiken never married.

History - Benjamin was a good man. The Aikens joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1843 or 1844. They crossed from Massachusetts to get some free ($1.25) land in New York, Indiana and Illinois and came on from Nauvoo to Utah.

Benjamin was a body guard for the prophet Joseph Smith. His dagger is in the possession of a great grandson of Benjamin. Ben also made trips across the plains to help others.

In 1860 he came to Smithfield and built a log house on the east line of the Summit Fort. Three years later at the abandonment of the Fort, Ben moved across the road and built an adobe, two-room house.

Ben had his home ready to occupy on his marriage day. By that time Ben had acquired a few acres of good land, a team, a wagon, and a few cows. He was a good farmer and excellent livestock manager. He grew up in an environment where waste was a sin and sensible economy a virtue. Polka was not his choice of dance; the Blue Danube suited him in dance formation. Benjamin Aiken loved his home, his wife and four children. 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Ruggles Aiken (1803 - 1896)
  Nancy Ann Mason Lazell Smith-Aiken (1795 - 1859)
 
 Spouse:
  Lavinia Noble Meikle (1839 - 1900)*
 
 Children:
  Fanny Lazell Aiken Roberts (1862 - 1933)*
  Sirbina Almeda Aiken Scrowther (1864 - 1947)*
  Harper Benjamin Aiken (1866 - 1944)*
  Mary Ann Rachel Aiken Huntzbery (1868 - 1923)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Calvin Lazell Smith (1821 - 1855)**
  Samuel Ruggles Aiken (1827 - 1847)*
  Benjamin Burk Aiken (1828 - 1909)
  Samuel Livingston Aiken (1859 - 1943)**
  John Archibald Aiken (1862 - 1926)**
  James William Aiken (1865 - 1927)**
  Charles Henry Aiken (1867 - 1938)**
  Sarah Jane Aiken Thomander (1869 - 1904)**
  Joseph Hyrum Aiken (1871 - 1937)**
  Lorenzo Wilson Aiken (1873 - 1951)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Smithfield City Cemetery
Smithfield
Cache County
Utah, USA
Plot: C_18_8
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Mar 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18635729
Benjamin Burk Aiken
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Benjamin Burk Aiken
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 Added: Mar. 26, 2007
 
 
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