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JAMES BENNETT

JAMES BENNETT (10 Oct 1808 – 14 Dec 1888) was born in Leyland, Lancashire, England the son of Thomas Bennett and Ann Parker.

James Bennett

James married Ellen Pincock 30 Jun 1833 in Chorley, Lancashire, England.  James and Ellen had 14 children of record.

  • Ann Bennett (5 Dec 1833 – 1834)
  • John Bennett (15 Dec 1834 – )
  • Mary Bennett (21 Jan 1837 – )
  • Thomas Bennett (7 Jan 1839 –  )
  • Hannah Bennett (10 Jan 1841 – 1847)
  • George Bennett (14 Mar 1843 – )
  • Ellen Bennett (21 Jul 1845 – )
  • Alice Bennett (5 May 1848 – )
  • James Parker Bennett (10 Feb 1850 – )
  • Elizabeth Bennett (15 Apr 1852 – )
  • William Henry Bennett (17 Jan 1854 – )
  • Charlotte Isabelle Bennett (7 Dec 1855 – 1864)
  • Martha Jane Bennett (12 Oct 1858 – )
  • Sarah Ann Bennett (22 Nov 1862 – )

James died 14 Dec 1888.  He is buried in the Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis, Utah.

History of James and Ellen Pincock Bennett

The year of 1837 was one of trial and tribulation for the newly organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Apostasy had broken into the ranks, and the feeling of opposition was so strong that people were in danger if they spoke in defense of the Church. It was evident that something must be done for the salvation of the Church. The answer came through the word of the Lord to Joseph Smith.

On Sunday, the 4th day of June, the Prophet approached Elder Heber C. Kimball in the Kirtland Temple and whispered to him, “Brother Heber, the Spirit of the Lord has whispered to me: “Let my servant Heber go to England and proclaim my Gospel, and open the door of salvation to that nation.” Elder Kimball was that day set apart for this great work in the British Isles, which was to be the first foreign mission of the Church.”

While the First Presidency were setting Elder Kimball apart, Orson Hyde of the Council of the Twelve asked in he might also have the privilege of assisting in that work. His offering was accepted and he was also set apart for the British labor.

On the 13th of June, Elder Kimball and Elder Hyde, in company with Elder Willard Richards and Elder Joseph Fielding left Kirtland for their mission to the British Isles.

The inspiration of the Prophet to send elders to Great Britain for the salvation of the Church was proven. In the few months that followed, members were baptized by the thousands. Many of them emigrated and became stalwarts in the Church.

Among these stalwarts were James and Ellen Pincock Bennett. James was born on October 10, 1808 at Leyland, Lancashire, England. He was the son of Thomas and Ann Parker Bennett. On June 30, 1833, he married Ellen Pincock who was born May 14, 1816 to John and Mary Marsden Pincock.  After hearing the Gospel and being convinced of its truthfulness, James and Ellen Bennett were baptized on December 29,1837 at Euxton, Lancashire, England.  James was baptized by Heber C. Kimball and confirmed a member by Orson Hyde.

In 1841, James and Ellen Bennett with their four little children left their homeland to immigrate to Zion. (Their oldest child, Ann, had died in infancy.) They set sail on the ship “Sheffield” which sailed from Liverpool, England, on Sunday, February 1,1841 with 235 saints aboard under the leadership of Hirum Clark.   They spent thirteen weeks on the water.  The family settled in Nauvoo where he worked for three years on the Mormon Temple.  He was a woodworker and wheelwright by trade.

James and Ellen Bennett received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple on January 31, 1846 and four days later in the dead of winter, the Saints started their exodus from Nauvoo. Like the other Saints, they had gathered to Nauvoo for the sake of their religion and through faith and hard work and diligence had built beautiful homes there.  Without sale or lease for their homes they bade them goodbye and put their earthly belongings in one or two wagons and started for the West. They traveled the almost trackless prairies in 1846 for Carterville, Iowa (east of Bluff City).  Here he left his family almost without shelter to get provisions for them, taking nearly everything they had to trade for bread to eat. When he left, his wife was sick with fever and ague, with which she had been afflicted for eight months.

Soon after he returned to his family, one of his children, a daughter, succumbed to the dreadful disease, blank canker, having contracted it by exposure.  He had to dig her grave and make her coffin himself.  Having finished this task, he carried her about one mile in the snow two feet deep to her final resting place.

He made the first wagons for “Kinghead and Livingston” in 1850, which brought the first merchandise to Utah.   He and his family crossed the plains to Utah in 1852 in Warren Snow’s Company arriving on October 10, 1852, on his 42nd  birthday. They at once settled in Kaysville, which at the time consisted of a few scattered houses.  He proceeded to make his home on the north bank of Webb’s Creek, which is one-half mile northwest of Kaysville near what is now the State Highway.  He lived there the remainder of his life.  He homesteaded a large tract of land around his home and also acquired a great deal of land in Syracuse on which some of his grand children and great grand children live.

He, being a cattle man and a farmer, was a hard working man and accumulated considerable means, of which he was very liberal for the building of the ward and church.  He was a firm believer in the Gospel and lived a true Latter-day Saint.

James Bennett was ordained to the Priesthood to the office of a Priest in 1840; an Elder in 1842; a Seventy in 1843; and a High Priest in 1869 for Edward Phillips (who was the first settler in Kaysville).

He was a very civic and progressive minded person, in so much that he built and operated a blacksmith shop, teaching all his sons the trade. He had learned the trade of wood work and wheelwright before leaving England. He is credited with operating the first store in Kaysville which was in his home. (Ellen measure material – by fingers -and sold it).  James assisted in the organization of the Kaysville Co-Op by transferring his stock to the Co-Op, in which he was a large stockholder.  Some of his stock was exchanged for stock in the Z.C.M.I and that stock is still held by members of the family.

When the first church in Kaysville was erected, James Bennett was the largest contributor.

In physical stature, he was about average with a height of approximately five feet ten or eleven inches, and weight of about 170 pounds. As the style in the early days, he generally wore a beard which came down and under his chin with the rest of his face smooth shaven.  His features were inclined to be pointed, with a marked appearance of intelligence.  As an individual, he was very broad in his judgment and firm in his decisions, never arriving at a hasty decision.  When he said something, he meant it and demanded obedience.

Although his character was firm, he never lacked characteristics of sympathy and refinement. He was very religious and sincere in his convictions.  At the age of 70, he and his wife with their youngest daughter, Sarah Ann, drove with team and wagon in November 1880 to St. George where he and his wife did temple work for his parents and grandparents.  The St. George Temple was the only temple dedicated at the time.  It took them nine days to make the trip to St. George.

He was a hard working man, and by energy and perseverance was able to accumulate a considerable amount of property before he died.  He was the father of fourteen children, eleven of whom grew to maturity and were at his bedside during his last hours.  At the time of his death, he was grandfather to eighty-eight grandchildren, and also had thirty-two great-grandchildren.  His death occurred at 10:50 p.m. December 14, 1888 in Kaysville, Utah.  He was preceded in death just 2 years, 6 months and 24 days by his good wife, Ellen Pincock Bennett who departed this life on April 20, 1886.

They were converts who were “but the very bones and sinews, and life blood of the Church.”   They were honest, loyal, hard working, and obedient to the authority over them.  Though they died before Utah was admitted to the Union as a State (1896), they and their family were pioneer immigrants who helped establish the State of Utah.

Written on James Bennett Headstone

We miss you when the morning dawns

We miss you when the night returns

We miss you here we miss you there

Dear father, we miss you everywhere

Weep not for me my children dear

I am not dead I’m sleeping here

For you see the same must be

Prepare yourself to follow me.

Written on Ellen Pincock Bennett Headstone

I heard a voice of Jesus say

Come unto me and rest

Lay down thine weary one lay down

Thy head upon my breast

I came to Jesus as I was

Weary and worn and sad

I found in Him a resting place

And He has made me glad.

An Additional Biography of James Bennett

(This history was taken from the funeral services of Sarah Ann Bennett Waiker and also from the life story of John Bennett).

The Bennett family from which James Bennett comes is of English descent;  his father, Thomas Bennett, Sr. was born in England in the 17th Century.  He married and became the father of several sons and daughters; one of his son’s, Thomas Bennett, Jr. married Ann Parker who is the father and mother of James.

James was born October 10, 1810 in Leyland, Lancashire, England. He married Ellen Pincock June 10,1832 in England and to this marriage fourteen children were born, five sons and nine daughters. James was a wheelwright by trade. In England, he became converted to the Gospel message as taught by Heber C. Kimball and was baptized with his family on December 29,181.7 at Lancashire, England.  The spirit gathering took possession of the Bennett family and they left England, the home of their forefathers for generations.  They set sail in 1841 on the sailing ship, “Sheffield” and after arriving on our Atlantic Coast, they came directly to Nauvoo, Illinois.   Here James Bennett worked three years on the Nauvoo Temple and with his family made Nauvoo, the “City Beautiful”, and their home until 1846.   Because of persecutions and mob violence, the entire Church membership began the costly and historical exodus of 1846.  They had to leave all their earthly possessions behind.

James Bennett and family crossed the Mississippi river on the ice in the dead of winter in 1846, moving westward to Iowa settling near Bluff City where he remained for six years. While living here a daughter died of Black Canker.  He made her casket and dug the grave himself carrying the casket to the burial ground, a distance of one mile, in two feet of snow.  During his residence in Iowa, he made wagons for Kinnard and Livingston which freighted the first merchandise to Utah.

The Bennett family crossed the plains in 1852 in Warren Snow’s Company, a caravan composed of covered wagons drawn by oxen.  They arrived in Salt Lake valley October 10, 1852 and traveled north from Salt Lake to Kaysville, Davis County, Utah where they settled.  At that time there were just a few pioneer homes in this community. Here James Bennett erected a two room house made of pine logs.  The roof was thatch covered with earth.   The floor was dirt and there was an open fire place where the cooking and heating of the house was accomplished at the one end of the cabin.

James was a hard working man and by energy and perseverance was able to accumulate a considerable amount of property before he died.  He was active in Church and civic affairs in Kaysville, Utah. In 1880, he, his wife Ellen, and daughter Sarah Ann, traveled by team and wagon to St. George, Utah which journey took nine days to complete.   While in St. George, the Bennett’s did work in the St. George Temple for themselves and their kindred dead.

He died December 14, 1888 in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah.

Letter from Thomas Bennett to James Bennett

January 24,1857

Euxton Lancashire

Dear Son,

We received your letter on the 20th inst and was glad to here that you were all well in health and wealth.  Thank God we are all the same at present me and your mother and your sisters Esther and Nancy and George your brother is all Living together at the same place as you left us Esther had two Children A Daughter and a son Viz Ann age 9 years James 7 but still unmarried.  Nancy has 2 Children Son and daughter.  Wm (William) 5 years of age Ellin 14 weeks still unmarried.  Ellin your sister and her family is doing very well. She has 4 namely Betty, Mary Ann, Ellin and James her husband is watchman at wooden Bridge Pincock railway they are Living at Daisy Hillcock.  Alice your sister She is married to James Wareing.  She is in good health.  They are Living at Euxtonburgh.  Samuel your brother is married and has 4 children Margaret, Mary, Thomas the Little one.  They are doing very well and is in good health they are living at Shaw Green he married Jane Smith.  John your brother is married to Alice the daughter of Wm (William) Heys Late of Eccleston.  They have one child and another in the box.  It is called Elizabeth Anne age 2 years they are doing very well and is in good health and living at Sparrow hall and working at the old mill.  It is filled with Steam Looms.

I wish you would send us word how provision in that country are saccording to our coin in this Country we get superfine flour at Ll..l2 per pack Common Ll..6..Potatoes from 6 to 10 schillings per load.  I should like to know how far you are from us.  I should like you to send us word to your best opinion what it would cost to come so far.

Michael Robinson and his family is all well and Richard is living at the farm that the Pencocks left and Robert is married to Bela Higham.  Michael is married but still at home.  John Bromly is dead six year ago.  Richard his son sends his best respects to you and hopes to be with you before long.  Well as I have stated welfare of our family it gives one great pleasure in begin able to say so good of them all Thank God for it.  There is better doing in England at present than there has been for many years past.  So no more a present.

From your Affectionate Father

Thomas Bennett

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6 thoughts on “JAMES BENNETT

  1. Antoinette on said:

    I am so happy to have found this site! These are my ancestors!!!!

    • Hi there,

      I am also a relative of the Bennett family. John Bennett, James’ brother married into the Heys family. I am a descendant of the William Heys, the father of Alice. Please contact me if you would like to share information.

      Cheers
      Joan

  2. Casey Hermansen on said:

    James and Ellen Bennett are also my ancestors! I have some of this info, but not all. Excited to have come across this site!

    • Hi there,

      I am also a relative of the Bennett family. John Bennett, James’ brother married into the Heys family. I am a descendant of the William Heys, the father of Alice. Please contact me if you would like to share information.

  3. Hello I just came across your site. I am a great grand daughter of Nancy Melvina Bennett Christensen. I see you have a picture of James Bennett. I would like a photo
    cope. Can you help me. Let me know how much I need to pay for the cope.
    Thank you
    Pamala

  4. Christine Bennett on said:

    George, the younger brother of James Bennett mentioned in Thomas Bennett’s letter to James is my grandfather’s grandfather. My grandfather was named George after him and his youngest son, my father was also named George. I live in Wigan, Lancashire, not too far from Leyland.

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