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McLane, Desdemona Wadsworth Fullmer


6 Oct. 1809–9 Feb. 1886. Seamstress. Born in Huntington Township, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Peter Fullmer and Susannah Zerfass (Zeters). Moved to Jefferson, Richland Co., Ohio, by 1830. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by John P. Greene, 1836, in Richland Co. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by ca. Feb. 1837; to Caldwell Co., Missouri, ca. Sept. 1837; to near Hawn’s Mill settlement on Shoal Creek, Caldwell Co., by Oct. 1838; and to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, by ca. 1839. Resided in household of JS, 1842, in Nauvoo. Joined Female Relief Society of Nauvoo at its organization, 17 Mar. 1842. Plural wife of JS, sealed in July 1843. Married second Ezra Taft Benson, 21 Jan. 1846, in Nauvoo. Migrated to Salt Lake Valley, 1848. Divorced husband, 21 Sept. 1852, in Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory. Married third Harrison Parker McLane, 3 July 1853, in Salt Lake City. Moved to Ogden, Weber Co., Utah Territory, by 1860. Divorced husband, 20 Aug. 1864, in Weber Co. Moved to Salt Lake City Sixth Ward, by 1870. Died in Salt Lake City.


Alternate Names

Fullmer, Desdemona Wadsworth

Benson, Desdemona Wadsworth Fullmer