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Benjamin Covey
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Birth: Mar. 9, 1792
Glenham
Dutchess County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 13, 1868
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Son of Walter Covey and Sarah Hatch

Married Sarah (Sally) Vanderhoff, 1815, later divorced

Married Almira Mack, 23 Oct 1836, Kirtland, Lake, Ohio

Married Diana Cole, 21 Jan 1846

Married Phoebe Cowles, 21 Jan 1846

Married Elizabeth Shimer, 21 Jan 1846

An Enduring Legacy, Volume Three, p. 123

Benjamin Covey, son of Walter and Sarah Covey, was born in Frederikstown, Dutchess County, New York, March 7, 1792. He married Almira Mack, October 23, 1836, at Kirtland, Ohio. Almira was born in Turnbridge, Vermont, April 28, 1805, a daughter of Stephen Mack and Temperence Bond Mack. Her grandfather, Solomon Mack, owned the farm where Joseph Smith was born. She was a first cousin to the Prophet and was the thirty-sixth member of the new Church.

Almira and Benjamin endured persecution inflicted upon the Saints. Three times their homes were burned by angry mobs. Their first child, Enoch, was born in Caldwell County, Missouri, August 26, 1837. Their second son, Joseph, was also born there just prior to the family being forced to leave their home under the exterminating order of Governor Boggs. Their third son, Almon, was born in Nauvoo on June 20, 1841, and died April 29, 1842. Hyrum, their fourth child, was born in Nauvoo on August 6, 1843.

Charged with high treason against the state, and with robbery and murder, Benjamin was arrested and incarcerated in the Liberty Jail with the Prophet Joseph, Hyrum and several others. They were later released for lack of evidence against them.

After the Prophet and Hyrum were martyred, and the Saints left Nauvoo, Benjamin, Almira, their three sons, and Temperence Mack were among those leaving. They crossed the Plains in the Lorenzo Snow Company, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley September 20, 1848. After their arrival, Benjamin began farming and pursuing his vocation, shoemaking.

Benjamin, chosen to be the first bishop of the Twelfth Ward, was set apart February 22, 1849. He served seven years, until in 1856 when he was called to help settle Carson City, Nevada. Upon their return to Salt Lake a year later, the Covey family again settled in the Twelfth Ward. Benjamin died there March 13, 1868, at the age of seventy-six.

After her husband's death, Almira lived in the homes of her three sons, assisting with the children in Enoch's home after his wife died. On March 12, 1886, Almira died at the age of eighty-one. Up to the time of her death, she held the distinction of being the oldest living member of the Church, having been baptized by David Whitmer and confirmed by Joseph Smith. Mary Lancaster Quist 
 
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 Spouses:
  Phoebe Cowles Leavitt (1796 - 1850)
  Dianah Cole Covey (1819 - 1847)
  Almira Mack Covey (1805 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  Enoch Covey (1837 - 1902)*
  Joseph Covey (1839 - 1916)*
  Hyrum Benjamin Covey (1843 - 1921)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: C_14_11_5W
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Mar 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35177502
Benjamin Covey
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Benjamin Covey
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