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Capt Joseph Nathaniel Betenson

Capt Joseph Nathaniel Betenson

Torpoint, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Death 11 Dec 1910 (aged 86)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot D_80_4
Memorial ID 153203 · View Source
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Son of George Betenson and Lydia Prideaux.

Husband of Elizabeth Blank Pengelly, 15 Aug 1848, Torpoint, Cornwall, England.

Father of Joseph Arthur Betenson, Louisa Elizabeth Betenson, Clarissa Mary Betenson, Phoebe Nellie Betenson, Emma Avelena Betenson, Frances Haddy Betenson.

Joseph and Elizabeth converted to Mormonism, and immigrated to America, arriving on Feb 15, 1853. He and his wife made the Mormon migration to Utah in a covered wagon in Sept 1853. Settled in Salt Lake City. He was directed by Brigham Young to establish and settle Beaver County, Beaver, Utah in the 1850's. Joseph fought in the Black Hawk Indian War 1865 to 1867 as a Captain.

Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol. 5, p. 346

In October 1870, the Second Judicial District of Utah Territory, comprising of counties Beaver, Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield and Piute, was established with headquarters at Beaver. While the Judge and his family became permanent residents of the town, many others, as lawyers, jurors, witnesses, etc., flocked into Beaver and created a demand for rooming and boarding houses. This continued until Utah was admitted to statehood in 1896. During these years Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Betenson, who lived two blocks north of the Beaver Co-op, added a few rooms to their one-story adobe house to provide rooms and board for the court men, and for men who were interested in the mines in the vicinity.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, December 11, 1910 (Sunday)

Captain Joseph N. Betenson, a Utah pioneer of 1853, died in Salt Lake City.

Death Certificate




  • Maintained by: Carolee Gibb Grove
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 153203
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Joseph Nathaniel Betenson (15 Aug 1824–11 Dec 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153203, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carolee Gibb Grove (contributor 47648201) .