Adeline Brooks Andrus Benson
In Donald Benson Alder and Elsie L. Alder, comp., The Benson Family: The Ancestory and Descendants of Ezra T. Benson (The Ezra T. Benson Genealogical Society, Inc., 1979), 47–59
Adeline Brooks Andrus was born
Adeline first heard the gospel when she as a young girl,
and when her sister’s husband, Ezra T. Benson, came to
At that time, Adeline was being courted by a young man, but he could not accept the Mormon faith, and so they parted. Adeline was small and frail but strong in her faith.
When Adeline arrived in Nauvoo, she found her sister, Pamelia, who had been married to Ezra T. Benson 12 years before in 1832. Adeline was welcomed into her sister’s home.
Adeline had been in Nauvoo only a short time when she asked Patriarch Hyrum Smith for a blessing. Pamelia and Ezra T. Benson accompanied her. It was at this visit that the new law of celestial marriage was explained to her; she was told that it would not be an easy life.
Adeline Benson lived in Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph
Smith and his brother, Hyrum Smith, were returned from
When the attic story of the temple was finished, Ezra T.
Benson took Adeline there on
Windsor, Hartford Co.,
Autobiography of Ezra T. Benson
That fall Apostle Benson returned to
Adeline Benson and Sister Hendricks were camped at
The animal crawled steadily through the rocks and towards them. Sister Hendricks said she had heard if a person would sing, and animal would not bother them. Both women took their babies in their arms and started to sing. When they stopped singing, the animal would get up and start towards them again, but while they continued singing, the animal would lie down quietly. They sang for two hours, and all at once the animal was gone.
When the men returned, they examined the tracks left on the ground and found them to be those of a large mountain lion. Adeline had a cow tied to the back of the wagon, and when the lion appeared, the frightened cow broke loose and ran away. They didn’t find her for six months.
Adeline was a participant in the Indian Placement long
before it was a program of the
Nellie was in love with her foster brother, Frank Andrus
Benson, but when Frank brought his bride home to live with Adeline, it was too
much for Nellie. She left and went to live with another of the Benson families.
She didn’t live long after Frank’s marriage. She is buried in the northeast
corner of the Benson plot in
Living in dwelling No. 227 in the 1880 census of
Adeline Benson white female age 67, widowed, Housekeeper
Frank Benson white male age 26 farmer
Nellie Benson Indian female age 29 Servant born in
Apostle Benson had told the people to give the Indians what they asked to keep peace. They would demand flour, beans, salt and sorghum. One evening during a visit of the Indians to the tabernacle square, Adeline was alone with her two young boys, George Taft and Frank Andrus Benson, when a drunken Indian with his face covered with war paint came to her kitchen window and pressed his nose against the window pane. The boys were terrified, but Adeline, the pioneer woman that she was, went to the glass and shook her fist in the Indian’s face and made him understand that she was not afraid. The Indian stood there looking at them for a while, nose pressed to the window, then he turned and walked to a pile of wood a short distance away and sat down, moved his head back and forth as Adeline continued to watch from the window. Finally, he arose and walked drunkenly away.
Adeline was only a fraction over five feet tall, and really no match physically, but with the spiritual strength with which these hardy pioneers were blessed. She was always neat and clean. She wore a black dress with a clean white collar on it and her hair was brushed and arranged nicely. Adeline lived the last seventeen years with her son, Frank Andrus Benson and family.
Journal History of the Church 20 Apr 1898, p. 3: “Sister Adeline B. A. Benson, widow of the late Apostle E. T. Benson, and one of the pioneers of 1847 (not the first company) died today at Logan; born Windsor, Connecticut, 18 Mar 1813, baptized by E. T. Benson at Westfield, Massachusetts, 15 Aug 1843; went to Nauvoo the next month. Married Elder Benson by Patriarch Hyrum Smith 27 Apr 1844; left Nauvoo, crossing the Mississippi on ice, 27 Feb 1846; arrived in Salt Lake City 2 Oct 1847; lived in Salt Lake City 12 years and 6 months when she moved to Logan where she resided till her decease, having a spotless reputation and leaving 2 sons, 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.”