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 Benjamin Burk Aiken

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Benjamin Burk Aiken

  • Birth 29 Feb 1828 New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 16 Nov 1909 Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Plot C_18_8
  • Memorial ID 18635729

Son of Samuel Ruggles Aiken and Nancy Lazell

Married Lavinia Noble, 6 Nov 1861, Smithfield, Cache, Utah

Children - Surbina Almeda Aiken m. William Scrowther, Fanny Lazelle Aiken m. John Roberts, Rachael Mary Ann Aiken m. Edwin Huntsburry, Harper Waterhouse Aiken never married.

History - Benjamin was a good man. The Aikens joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 1843 or 1844. They crossed from Massachusetts to get some free ($1.25) land in New York, Indiana and Illinois and came on from Nauvoo to Utah.

Benjamin was a body guard for the prophet Joseph Smith. His dagger is in the possession of a great grandson of Benjamin. Ben also made trips across the plains to help others.

In 1860 he came to Smithfield and built a log house on the east line of the Summit Fort. Three years later at the abandonment of the Fort, Ben moved across the road and built an adobe, two-room house.

Ben had his home ready to occupy on his marriage day. By that time Ben had acquired a few acres of good land, a team, a wagon, and a few cows. He was a good farmer and excellent livestock manager. He grew up in an environment where waste was a sin and sensible economy a virtue. Polka was not his choice of dance; the Blue Danube suited him in dance formation. Benjamin Aiken loved his home, his wife and four children.



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  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 26 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18635729
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Burk Aiken (29 Feb 1828–16 Nov 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18635729, citing Smithfield City Cemetery, Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .