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Isaac Behunin
Birth: Oct. 20, 1803
Oswego County
New York, USA
Death: May 10, 1881
Washington County
Utah, USA

Spouse #1:
Maribah Morton
Married 28 Dec 1824 Willistown, Chittenden, Vermont
Sealed 18 Feb 1852

Joseph Behunin 1825-1825 (Twin)
Emma Behunin 1825-1825 (Twin)
Philo Marshall Behunin
Isaac Morton Behunin
William Moronia Behunin

Spouse #2:
Elmina Tyler
Married Oct 1834 Erie, Pennsylvannia
Sealed 18 Feb 1852

Andrew Ira Behunin
Alma Moses Behunin
Polly Behunin
Nancy Maribah Behunin (Higgins)
Mosiah Stephen Behunin
Hyrum Smith Behunin
Elijah Cutler Behunin
Elmina Persilla Behunin (Stevens)
Benjamin S Behunin

Isaac Behunin is credited with giving Zion Canyon its name.

Told by:


(at the age of 83 years)

This history touches briefly the lives of Alphius Behunin (or Bohannon) an Irish soldier in the British Army, Alphius Albert Behunin II, and his wife Nancy Lords, Isaac Behunin, and his wife Elmina Tyler.

A similar history has been found with the following citation:

Source: L.D.S. History Library g.s., call# 1320828 project and roll# XLIB7-102#2752

Alphus Behunin I was born about 1737 and probably in Ireland. He was an Irish soldier in the British Army. He married an Irish girl, and they sailed to America [about 1756-57]. Shortly after his arrival in America he set sail back to Ireland to get furniture to furnish his house. The ship he was on was lost at sea. There is no further record of him. To Alphius I, and his wife was born a son whom they named Albert Alphius Behunin II.

There is a tradition that Albert Alphius II fought in the Revolutionary War, under General Washington for 7 1/2 years. He fought also in the War of 1812 under General Putnam for 3 1/2 years. He married a girl by the name of Nancy. Nancy lost her life while crossing the St. Lawrence River. Her body was found frozen in the ice the next spring in Lake Ontario.

Albert Alphius Behunin II was a fisherman on Lake Erie, and he told his son Isaac Behunin, who told his son Elijah Cutler Behunin, who told his son Isaac Martin Behunin of a band of Indians, a friendly tribe who lived around Lake Erie. The men were about 9 or 10 feet in height and very raw boned. They weighed about 250 lbs. The women of this tribe were about 8 feet tall. These Indians were all very fleet footed, and could run down deer and other wild animals. The other Indian tribes around there were so jealous of them that they killed them all off.

Alphus II built a nice frame house near Richland, Oswego Co., New York. He and Nancy were parents of eight children. Our ancestor, Isaac was born in Richland, Oswego Co., N.Y. in 1803. He married Meribah Morton, of Vermont on 28 Dec. 1823. They had 5 children. Meribah died after the last son was born. They joined the church in N.Y. and followed the saints to Kirtland, Ohio. Isaac met and married Elmina Tyler in Kirtland on 23 Oct, 1834. They followed the saints to Nauvoo, Illinois. After the saints were driven out of Nauvoo, Isaac and Elmina came to Utah, arriving in October 1850. Isaac Behunin helped build the Kirtland Temple and at one time was a bodyguard to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Isaac Behunin fought in the Walker War of Utah.

(Information has been gathered from several sources, so some of it may not be correct)
Family links: 
  Alpheus Albert Bohannon (1756 - 1823)
  Nancy Lourdes Bohannon (1774 - 1822)
  Maribah Morton Behunin (1804 - 1834)
  Elmina Tyler Behunin (1811 - 1883)
  Emily Behunin (1825 - 1825)*
  Joseph 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)*
  Zilpha Bohanan Smith (1796 - 1883)*
  James Behannan (1797 - 1882)*
  Isaac Behunin (1803 - 1881)
  Alpheus Albert Bohanan (1815 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Carmel Cemetery
Mount Carmel
Kane County
Utah, USA
Created by: Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
Record added: Jul 16, 2005
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