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Jane Horton Bench
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1844
Warwickshire, England
Death: Aug. 5, 1929
Sanpete County
Utah, USA


Jane Horton (Bench) was born to Maria and Edmund Horton.

George married Jane Horton on December 19, 1863 in Salt Lake City, Utah and they began to build a home. The front wall was made of stone, broken with a hammer. More time and patience was required in putting up the side and back walls of the house since they were made of rock which George painstakingly laid one on top of another, building into the walls.

In the early 1880's we can picture the Bench family, seven girls and three boys, scampering through the high-ceilinged rooms or gathering around the long table in the big kitchen eating freshly baked bread, recently taken fromt the large oven in the black, coal stove. Fresh milk, with thick cream, yellow pats of butter and jars of plum preserves were brought from the cool earthen cellar. A trap door in the one corner of the kitchen was lifted with a rope handle and opened to the stone steps that led to the cellar.

With the constant demands on the meager income of the Bench family, George realized that added funds were needed as well as more work to keep his sons and daughters busy, to teach them the important habits of industry, honesty and thrift.

The Bench House" location was such that it could be commercialized and made into a rooming house and a public eating place. Jane was an excellent cook and the older girls could help her. The younger ones could wait on tables and take care of the guest rooms. The "Bench House" was a vital part of the community as many wedding, funerals and plays were performed in the house. George loved to perform in these plays.


A large gathering of friends assembled at the Bench House on Tuesday evening, the 19th last, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Bench. At 6 o'clock the party sat down to a sumptuous dinner, prepared in a style which none know better how to do than mine host Bench and his lady.

After dinner ran an hour was spent in social chat after which a very entertaining and lengthy program, consisting of music, recitations and addresses, was carried out, in which all present took a lively part.

The hours sped quickly and pleasantly by till midnight, when luncheon was served after which the members departed, wishing their host and hostess many more anniversaries of happy wedded life, in which the MESSENGER heartily joins.

Among those present were the following: Mr. George E. Bench and wife, Aaron Squires and wife, George Scott and wife, William Luke and wife, Peter H. Anderson and wife, William Tuttle and wife, Robert Johnson and wife, Ezra Shomaker and wife., David Shand and wife, Mrs. J. C. Brown, Mrs. Martina Bench, Miss Frances Bench, Mehsrs R. C. Watkins, H. Blumenthal, C. J. Besore, L. A. Luther.

-Manti Messenger, December 22, 1893, transcribed by Rhonda Holton 
Family links: 
  Edmund Horton (1807 - 1886)
  Maria Horton (1814 - 1886)
  George Edward Bench (1843 - 1918)
  Eliza Jane Bench Squire (1864 - 1933)*
  Esther Bench (1867 - 1925)*
  George Edward Bench (1869 - 1924)*
  Arthur "Frank" Bench (1871 - 1937)*
  Arthur Frank Bench (1871 - 1937)*
  Emma Lillian Bench Hall (1874 - 1940)*
  Mary Ann Bench Lauber (1876 - 1950)*
  Ella Maria Bench Cox (1879 - 1965)*
  Clarice Isabel Bench Larson (1881 - 1960)*
  Wilford Edmund Bench (1883 - 1954)*
  Jennie Maud Bench Cox (1886 - 1969)*
  Jane Horton Bench (1844 - 1929)
  Elijah Horton (1850 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
Manti Cemetery
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Plot: Lot 14 Blk 14 Plot B Grv
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: May 26, 2007
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Jane <i>Horton</i> Bench
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