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Brackenbury, Benjamin B.


27 Apr. 1827–8 May 1897. Farmer, blacksmith. Born in New London, Huron Co., Ohio. Son of Joseph Blanchett Brackenbury and Elizabeth Davis. Moved to Whitmer Settlement, Jackson Co., Missouri, by ca. spring 1832; to Wayne City (later Sugar Creek), Jackson and Clay counties, Missouri, winter 1833; to Arthur’s Mill, Clay Co., ca. 1835; to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, ca. 1836; to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, ca. Nov. 1838; and to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1839. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, before 11 Jan. 1840. Resided in Nauvoo Fourth Ward, ca. spring 1842. Moved to Warsaw, Hancock Co., by June 1844. Witness at trial of men accused of JS’s murder. Married first Phoebe Ann Allen. Member of Mormon Battalion, 1846–1847. Migrated to Salt Lake Valley, 1848. Moved to Green River, Utah Territory, by 1850. Moved to Ogden, Weber Co., Utah Territory, by 1852. Divorced wife, ca. 31 Mar. 1854, in Great Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory. Married second Sarah E. Kerr, 24 Nov. 1857, in DeKalb Co., Missouri. Moved to Denver, by 1863. Married third Mary Kelly, before 1870. Baptized into Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 14 Nov. 1869. Moved to White Cloud, Doniphan Co., Kansas, by 1870; to Independence, Jackson Co., by 1880; and to Kansas City, Jackson Co., 1887. Died in Caldwell, Canyon Co., Idaho.