Our Bennett/Simpson Roots

A Distinguished Heritage

Alice Bennett

ALICE BENNETT (8 May 1848 –  21 Jun 1910) was born in Carterville, Iowa the daughter of James Bennett and Mary Ellen Pincock.

Alice Bennett King

Alice married Hyrum Smith King 1 Jan 1864 in Kaysville, Utah.  Alice and Hyrum had twelve children of record:

  • Mary Ann King (27 May 1864 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis Utah.  Married George Riley Bennett 1 Jan 1885 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.
  • Hyrum Smith King Jr. (19 Jan 1867 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.  Married Emily Edith Mason 23 Dec 1886 in South Hooper, Davis, Utah.
  • Joseph Smith King (21 Jun 1869 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.  Married Levenia Christensen 13 Dec 1894 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  • Alice Angeline King (23 May 1871 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis Utah.  Married Joseph Mack Bybee 6 Feb 1889 in Leeds, Canada.
  • Elizabeth Emiline King (18 Nov 1873 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.  Married William Richard Flinders 6 nov 1895 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  • Ellen Matilda King (11 Jun 1876 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.  Married Oscar Thomas Jones 17 Feb 1897 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  • Charlotte Isabell King (21 Oct 1878 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.  Married Walter Frank Blake 25 Mar 1903 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  • James Henry King (1 Apr 1881 – ) born in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.  Married Mary Ellen Patterson 11 May 1904 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.  Married Clara Johana Dorthea Youngberg 28 Jun 1916 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.  Married Susie Belle Singleton Thurgood 1 Sep 1943 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  • Enoch Marvin King (3 Feb 1884 – 8 Feb 1884) born in South Hooper, Davis, Utah.  Buried 10 Feb 1884 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.
  • George Riley King (11 Mar 1885 – 30 Mar 1885) born in South Hooper, Davis, Utah.  Buried 10 Feb 1884 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah.
  • Archa Williard King (8 Nov 1885 – ) born in South Hooper, Davis, Utah.  Married Leona Whitehead 19 Jan 1916 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
  • Olive May King (16 Aug 1889 – ) born in South Hooper, Davis, Utah.  Married Ralph Senior King 21 Dec 1911 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

Alice died 21 Jun 1910 in West Point, Davis, Utah.  She is buried in the Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis, Utah.

Life History of ALICE BENNETT KING (By Ruby King Hart, a granddaughter)

Alice Bennett King was the daughter of James and Ellen Pincock Bennett. On 7 February 1841, James and Ellen Bennett left Liverpool, England with a group of Latter-Day Saints aboard the ship Sheffield, bound for America.

Their first infant daughter had died at Leyland in Lancashire. They now had two sons and two daughters who set sail with them. The youngest was not yet one month old.

After an arduous ocean voyage, the ship sailed into the Gulf of Mexico and entered the mouth of the Mississippi River. Anchor was cast in New Orleans on the March 30, 1841. The trip up the river ended at Nauvoo on Sunday, April 18, 1841. Here, seventy days after leaving England, they disembarked to start a new life in America.

They settled in Nauvoo where James worked on the temple for three years. His trade was that of a wheelwright and woodworker.

With the exodus of the Saints from the “City Beautiful”, the family headed west to Carterville, Iowa, just east of Bluff City. Here James buried the baby they brought from England. She was six years old. This place became their home for five years. Being a wheelwright, James made the first wagons for “Kinghead and Livingston” in 1850, which took the first merchandise to Utah. Here at Carterville, (or Mosquito Creek, as it was called), their daughter Alice was born on May 5, 1848. She was the 5th daughter and 8th child of these English immigrants. With her family, she crossed the plains to Utah in Warren Snow’s Company in 1852. They arrived in Salt Lake City on October 10, 1852, and moved north to Kaysville, which was a settlement of just a few scattered houses. It was now almost 12 years since they had left their homeland.

In this new frontier home, Alice blossomed into young womanhood. Young Hyrum Smith King lived in the same general vicinity and came courting.  Love bloomed and they sealed that love in marriage on New Years Day 1864. They were endowed and sealed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City July 7, 1866.

Alice’s son, James, said of her, “My mother was a real home body and she spent most of her time there. She worked in the Relief Society and went to Primary a lot. She was always feeding company on Sunday. She made a lot of butter and took it to Ogden by horse and buggy where she sold it to regular customers for twelve and one-half cents a pound. She used to say, “Butter is a bit a pound and eggs a bit a dozen.” The butter mold was round and printed a pretty design of clover leaves on the top of each pound. She was very neat and fussy, and I never met a more pleasant woman than my mother was.”

Alice and Hyrum moved in 1881 from Kaysville to South Hooper, now West Point. Here she made her home until called by death, June 21, 1910 at the age of 62 years.
She taught Sunday School for about 5 years and worked a great deal in Relief Society.

She cut blocks and helped to make many quilts. She was a counselor to Mrs. Love in 1904. In 1905, she was made President of the Relief Society in her ward, which office she held for about a year. Due to ill health, she could not keep it up longer.

Before her health got bad, she was very helpful in community life doing all she could to help those in need. She especially helped in preparing bodies for burial as there were no undertakers. They used wet packs wrung from salt water to cover bodies to keep them from going dark. She also helped to line and cover wooden boxes with silk and trimming for coffins.

Grandma also did much work in the Manti, St. George, Logan and Salt Lake Temples. She washed and ironed the temple clothes and kept them ready for others to use for many years.

She was a very devoted mother and a good housekeeper as well as a good cook. Her grown children and grandchildren often called to visit on Sunday after Sacrament Meeting. If her table was not set, she would always see to it that everyone was fed and no one went away hungry.

Alice was a great lover of flowers and beauty. She always had an old-fashioned garden of all kinds and colors of flowers. Her windows were full of potted plants which filled the rooms with their fragrance, even in the winter.

It seemed that she was never blessed with great riches, but she always made the best of what she had.


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