Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Benjamin Laws History

Born: February 10, 1825
Died: February 10, 1916

Benjamin Laws was the son of Edmund Laws and Mary Bowers Laws. He was born February 10, 1825 at Hockwold cum Wilton, Norfolk County, England. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Brandon, Suffolk, England on March 27, 1851 by Richard Smith.

On October 24, 1851 he married Mary Hart, daughter of William Hart and Frances Norton Hart. They arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 29, 1868. They received their endowments and were sealed to each other December 20, 1869. Mary Hart Laws was the mother of two sons, William Hart Laws and Robert Laws. She died March 25, 1881 at Johnson, Kane County, Utah.

On September 21, 1882 Benjamin Laws was married in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City, Utah, to Emily Nash. She was born September 19, 1851 at No. 1, Saint Peters Street, Walworth Surrey England. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, August 8, 1866. She died at child bed October 27, 1884. The child was named Benjamin Charles, and it died at birth.

On March 31, 1886 Benjamin Laws married Elizabeth Waterfall in Logan Temple. Elizabeth Waterfall was born at Deptford, Middlesex, England, January 16, 1842 or 1843. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints February 2, 1883 at the Whitechapel Branch, Middlesex, England and was married to Benjamin Laws in Logan, Utah, in 1886. She died October 8, 1911 at Richfield, Sevier County, Utah. She had no children.

In addition to the three wives named above, Benjamin Laws was sealed in the temple to the following women: Harriet Welfare, Sarah Bray, Nancy Shumway, Orilla Shumway, and Sarah Waterfall.

On September 3, 1912 William Hart Laws and family arrived from Mexico and made their home with his father Benjamin Laws at Richfield, Utah until Benjamin died February 10, 1916 on his 91st birthday.

Benjamin Laws had two brothers, John and Robert, and four sisters, Susan, Martha, and two named Elizabeth. This probably indicates that the first Elizabeth died in her infancy, before the birth of the second Elizabeth. The brother Robert died in New South Wales, Australia, July 1, 1881. Nothing at present is known about the other children.

Notes at the bottom of the page also list the following handwritten information:
Mary Hart
Born May 24, 1830
Brandon, England
Died March 28, 1881
Johnson, Utah Fern’s handwriting says “Bill”

Source: Copy of typewritten manuscript found in the genealogy book of Fern Laws Palmer, great granddaughter of Benjamin and Mary Hart Laws through their son, William Hart Laws. Word document was typed 1-27-06 by Deniane Gutke Kartchner, 3rd great granddaughter of Benjamin Laws through Fern Laws.

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