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 Keziah <I>Benson</I> Allen

Keziah Benson Allen

Birth
Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Mar 1901 (aged 76)
Hyrum, Cache County, Utah, USA
Burial Hyrum, Cache County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 53772191 · View Source
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Keziah was born March 10, 1825, in Clark County, Indiana, the daughter of Alva Benson & Cynthia Vail Benson.

As a young girl, she had been through the persecutions of the LDS saints in Missouri and again in Nauvoo, then suffered the hardships of crossing the plains.

She married William Clark Judy on March 22, 1847.

They had 1 child, William Alva Judy, born Dec. 2, 1847, in Pottawattamie Nation, Iowa. They crossed the plains, arriving in Utah in 1850, and located in Big Cottonwood, south of Salt Lake City.

A year later, her husband died and was buried in Salt Lake City, July 5, 1851. Keziah moved to Springville, and lived with her parents. While there she became acquainted with Ira Allen's family, and on December 1, 1852, married Ira Allen, in the Salt Lake Endowment House. Her little boy, William "Bill" Judy, was raised as a brother and was loved by all the Allen children.

In 1853, she and her husband, Ira, were called with a group of 100 families by President Brigham Young, to reinforce the colony at Cedar City, Utah. Here they lived for 4 years and struggled to build up their homes, then in 1857, the community of 100 families took the advice of President Young and moved their log houses and all their belongings up on the bench, due to the danger of flooding in the lowlands.

In 1860, Ira left Cedar City for Cache Valley, Utah. They explored the area and decided to settle about 4 miles east of Wellsville. In the spring of 1861, he brought the rest of his family to Hyrum.

Children included:
1)George Clark Allen (1853)
2)Albert J. Allen (1855)
3)Ethan Ira Allen (1857)
4)David Benson Allen (1859)
5)Hyrum Cache Allen (1861)
6)Doctor Jasper Allen (1864)
7)Frederick Ferranison Allen (1866)
8)John Vernon Allen (1868)

The last 4 boys all died of childhood diseases. John lived the longest; he died with diptheria when he was 8 years old.

Keziah was a weaver. Ira built her a loom and placed it in the northwest upstairs room, where she and her sister, Cynthia, kept the loom pounding all day long, weaving beautiful linsey cloth for dresses. They also wove a beautiful carpet for their large living room. Straw was first placed on teh floor, then the carpet was stretched over it and tacked down near the wall to make a soft and warm floor covering. They also planted flax down by the river. When blossoms appeared, it was pulled and tied in bundles and dried, then hackled until the husks fell away from the white fibers. These were spun into thread and woven into cloth for beautiful bedspreads and cloth for soft baby clothes.They wove thousands of yards of linsey cloth, them thousands of yards of carpeting. They charge 10 center a yard for weaving carpet, and the 3 wives set a goal to weave 10 yards a day.

Keziah passed away 3 months after her husband, Ira's death.


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  • Created by: Diana Hughes Barney
  • Added: 16 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53772191
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Keziah Benson Allen (10 Mar 1825–20 Mar 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53772191, citing Hyrum City Cemetery, Hyrum, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Diana Hughes Barney (contributor 47183901) .