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William Moronia Behunin
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Birth: May 28, 1833
Richland
Oswego County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1855
Moab
Grand County
Utah, USA

Parents:
Isaac Behunin 20 Oct 1803-10 May 1881
Meribah Morton 16 Mar 1804-06 Jul 1834

Was killed by the indians while on the Elk Mountain Mission. He was just 21years old.

Elk Mountain Mission
In April 1855, forty one men under the leadership of Alfred N. Billings were called to establish a mission in the Elk Mountains.
They left Salt Lake City May 7, 1855, arrived at Grand River June 11 and selected the site for a settlement. By July 15, they had built a fort 64 feet square, with stone walls, 12 feet high, 4 feet at the base and 1 1/2 feet at the top.
Three of the pioneers, James W. Hunt, Edward Edwards and William Behunin were buried within the enclosure, which was located about 800 feet from this monument.

Sept. 23, 1855, things finally escalated to the point where one of the missionaries, James W. Hunt, was shot and killed by Ute called Charles (a son of Chief St. John), about a mile from the fort. A fierce gun battle then ensued at the fort, and two more missionaries who were returning from hunting in the mountains (Edward Edwards, and William Behunin) were also ambushed and slain. Two or three Utes were also killed and several were seriously wounded during the fight at the fort. The hay and cornfields surrounding the fort were also set ablaze by the attackers.


(Information has been gathered from several sources, so some of it may not be correct)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Isaac Behunin (1803 - 1881)
  Maribah Morton Behunin (1804 - 1834)
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph Behunin (1825 - 1825)*
  Emily 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)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Maintained by: Kimberly
Originally Created by: Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
Record added: Feb 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18065656
William Moronia Behunin
Added by: Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
 
 
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Dear Uncle, You are not forgotten. ❤️
- Kathryn Jackson
 Added: Dec. 1, 2016

- Kimberly
 Added: Oct. 6, 2007
May You Forever Rest In Peace
- Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
 Added: Feb. 25, 2007
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