BIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN VAN CURA PACK
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Benjamin VanCura Pack was born 11 June 1867 to John and Ruth Mosher Pack in Kamas,Summit, Utah Territory. His father John Pack first married Julia Ives 10 October 1832 in Watertown, Jefferson, New York. Their first child, Ward Eton was born in 1834. Shortly after, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1836, migrating to Kirtland, Ohio in the spring of 1837. Her sister Lucy Amelia was born on 24 Ju 1837. They left Kirtland in the spring of 1838 and went to Daviess County, Missouri. They had some very horrible times in Far West and Daviess County. His father was threatened many times by mobs but was able to get away without harm. They were finally driven out of Missouri and went to Nauvoo, Illinois in April 1840. George Caleb was the third of eleven children born to John and Julia on 6 November 1840.
Benjamin’s father was acquainted with Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He was called on 8 October 1844 to be the Senior President of the Eighth Quorum of Seventies. John and Julia were in Nauvoo when Joseph and Hyrum Smith were slain in the Carthage jail by a mob. They received their ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple with Parley P. Pratt officiating. John then took a second wife, Nancy Aurelia Booth and was married on 21 January 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. They left Nauvoo on 8 February 1846, crossing the Mississippi River and camped on Sugar Creek with many of the Saints. They had no shelter but their wagons in the dead of winter. They stayed there until the 1 March 1846.
They started for the Rocky Mountains. His father drove a horse team most of the way. They were at Cutler’s Park on 1 August 1846. John and Julia’s oldest daughter Julia died on 30 August 1846. They moved down with the camp to Winter Quarters. Her father left with the vanguard group going to the Rocky Mountains with Brigham Young leading the group. During his absence Julia gave birth to Don Carlos on 22 August 1847 at Winter Quarters. His father returned in the fall of 1847. On 1 April 1848 they left Winter Quarters and started for the Salt Lake valley in the Heber C. Kimball Company. There were 703 individuals in the company with 225 wagons and several cattle. Several companies were traveling west and often camped near each other.
William Clayton was in the company guard. They had a run in with the Omaha Indians and had to leave Elk Horn sooner than expected. Thomas Ricks was severely wounded and he helped bring him back to camp. On 15 June they had passed over the Pawnee Missionary Station. They had a tremendous rain and wind storm on the 16 June. The 17th they moved across the river with several hundred herd of cattle, sheep and other animals plus 100 yoke of oxen. They stopped on Sunday and rested and had Sabbath meetings. It was stressed by Brigham Young “that they were moving to the west to build up the Kingdom of God.”
On 30 June they killed their first buffalo which would bring them fresh meat. They recorded that 1 July they were 383 from Winter Quarters. On July 7th they brought 4-5 more buffalo to their food supply. By 15 July they had passed Chimney Rock. Atthis point they divided two camps into eight companies. They also sent three men to the valley for more teams and instructed them to meet them at Green River.
They recorded “that on 18 July Heber C. Kimball’s Company had crossed over the Platte River.” They were at Independence Rock 13 August. They crossed the Sweetwater on 19 August and had reached South Pass by 21 August. On 12 September they were near Fort Bridger. By 18 September they were at the top of the mountains and crossed Echo Creek. They stopped on the east bank of Weber River to rest and the women washed their clothes.
On September 21st they camped at the steep mountain (Big Mountain). As they came down the mountain through Emigration Canyon they were overjoyed to see the valley dotted with log and adobe cabins. They arrived in the Salt Lake valley 24 September 1848 which was a Sunday and they camped at Pioneer Square.
They first settled in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory. On 22 August 1849 Eleanor Philotte was born to John and Julia. Shortly thereafter, her father, John Taylor, and Curtis E. Bolton were at a conference held 6 October 1849 when they were called out of the audience to go on a mission to France and would be gone three years.
Their fifth son, Erastus Frederick was born 17 June 1853. In the spring of 1856 her father was called on another mission to Carson Valley to help settle that valley. It was a year of famine and people had to dig roots to help out with their provisions. They harvested only twenty-two bushels of wheat for the whole winter. Her brother Merrit Newton was born 1 May 1856. Her mother would put his cradle under the willows while she gleaned wheat to feed her starving family.
Julia stayed with her son Ward’s wife while the rest of the Saints moved south because of Johnston’s Army. Ward’s wife was very sick. She died on 19 May 1858. The next day 20 May 1858, Julia gave birth to a fourth daughter, Sedenia Tamson. When she was two weeks and two days old, they started south. After a few weeks they were able to return to their homes. She gave birth to their seventh son, Joel Ives on 9 September 1860. He was only eleven years old when he died from being kicked by a horse.
His father entered into plural marriage and had a total of eight wives. While they were in Nauvoo, he married Nancy Aurelia Booth on 21 January 1846. They had two children, a boy and a girl. He married Eliza Jane Graham on 21 January 1846. They did not have any children. He also married Ruth Mosher on 21 January 1846 in Nauvoo. They had nine children, four girls and fiveboys. He married Mary Jane Walker 15 September 1852 and they had eleven children, seven girls and four boys. He married Jessie Bell Stirling 16 January 1864 and they had seven children, two girls and five boys. He married Lucy Jane Giles 2 May 1865 and they had three children, two girls and a boy. He married Jane Robison in 1870. There were no children from this marriage. She was married to his brother Rufus Pack but he died in 1866, so John married and took care of her. John Pack and his wives had a total of 43 children.
John and Ruth had nine children, four girls and five boys. The first two children were born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory. Silas Mosher was born 20 October 1849 and Catherine DeVala was born 8 June 1853. From there they moved to Bountiful, Davis,Utah Territory where the next four children were born. Irving James was born 16 April 1855; Orson Parley was born 2 November 1856; Ursula Vilate was born 22 August 1858; and Yoma Zenith was born 2 March 1860.
They moved to Woods Cross, Davis, Utah Territory where John Ambrose was born 2S eptember 1862. Their last move was to Kamas , Summit, Utah Territory where Martha Mary was born 13 March 1864 and Benjamin VanCura was born 11 June 1867.
Benjamin was baptized on 1 January 1884 at the age of 16. He was endowed on 28 April 1898 in the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah at the age of 30. He married Margretta Lemon on 10 November 1903 in Kamas, Summit, Utah at the age of 36. She was born 9 February 1881 in Kamas, Summit, Utah to John Know and Jane Elizabeth Burbidge Lemon S. She was 22 when they married. They were sealed 19 October 1910 in the SaltLake Temple. He was 43 and she was 29.
They had seven children, three girls and four boys, all born in Kamas, Summit, Utah. Norma was born 5 June 1904; Ruth M. was born 5 August 1905; Theron V. was born 5 June 1907; Virginia L. was born 18 December 1909 and died 18 April 1911;Hugh Lemon was born 2 February 1912; Joseph Benjamin was born 30 November 1915;and Lynn Ambrose was born 22 October 1918.
Benjamin died 17 July 1943 at the age of 76 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Margaretta died 20 August 1963 at the age of 82.