Betsy Ann (Benson) Lee

Betsy Ann (Benson) Lee (1814 - 1889)

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Betsy Ann "Betty" Lee formerly Benson
Born in Fabius, Onondaga, New York, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Pulaski, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Transcribed from the Polly Benson Bible

Benjamin Benson's Family Benjamin Benson was the son of Stetson Benson, who was the son of William Benson. He was born on Thursday, August 3, 1773, in the state of New York, U.S.A.. He was married to Keziah Messenger on the 15th day of December, 1795 and died on the 8th day of October, 1846, (He was 73 years, 8 months and 5 days old) , in Mendo, Adam's Co., Illinois. Keziah Messinger, the daughter of Joseph Messinger, was born December 4th, 1778, in the state of Connecticut, U.S.A.. She died in Springville, Utah County, Utah, on the 10th day of March, 1857, being 78 years, 3 months and 6 days old.

  1. Joseph, the first born, was born March 31st, 1797, in the state of New York.
  2. John Price. was born on Tuesday, February 27th, 1798, in the same state.
  3. Alva was born on Friday, December 13th, 1799, in the same state.
  4. Rhoda was born on Tuesday, February 8th, 1803, in the same state.
  5. Lewis Barber. was born on Tuesday, December 6th, 1804, in the same state.
  6. Elizabeth was born on Wednesday, August 17th, 1808, in the same state.
  7. Jerome Messenger. was born on Monday, November 5th, 1810, in the same state.
  8. Electa was born on Tuesday, September 8th, 1812, in the same state.
  9. Betsy was born on Tuesday, March 31st, 1814, in the same state.
  10. Polly was born on Monday, February 18th, 1816, in the same state.
  11. Alford Benjamin was born on Monday, April 7th, in 1817, in the same state.
  12. Lovina Keziah was born on Tuesday, November 27th, in 1818, in the same state.

Mormon Benjamin Benson

"Betsy's father was Benjamin Benson. He married Keziah Messenger, Betsy's mother, about 1795, probably in Saratoga County, New York. Betsy had 11 siblings, all shown above. Benjamin Benson was a millwright and lived many places where he built mills. About 1811 they settled in Bath, Steuben County, New York, and about 1818 he built a log raft and floated his family down the Ohio River to Clark County, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky. He built mills there and converted to Mormonism in 1833. After the many trials of the Mormons, he died in Mendon, Adams County, Illinois on October 8th, 1846, leaving his large family. His widow, three sons and three daughters crossed the plains with the Mormons to Utah."[1][2]

Biography of Betsy Ann Benson

So we can see that Betsy grew up in the early Mormon faith. She is listed as a member of The Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1848, as a child.[3] At the age of 24, Betsy had already married James Henry Lee, in Quincy, Illinois.[4] James Lee, emigrated from England in 1828. James was a saddle and harness maker. As far as we know, James was the son of James Lee, Sr. and Mary Lee, of Bristol, St. George Brandon Hill, Gloucestershire. (However, this still needs more research)[5]

Betsy Lee, born in New York, age 36 years, was living with James in Honey Creek, Adams County, Illinois with three children;[6]

In 1860, Betsy was living in Keene, Adams County, Illinois, with her husband, James and daughter Elizabeth, who was 8 years old.[7]

By 1870, Betsy and James had relocated to Auglaze, Miller County, Missouri, where James was following the saddle and harness trade. James was 65 and Betsy was 55.[8]

Living in Liberty, Pulaski, Missouri, James was following the trade of harness making.[9]

In a letter, penned by James Lee, to his brother-in-law, who was married to Betsy's brother, Alford, James, now living in Richland, Missouri, states that they were in common health, but that he had quit farming because Betsy had been "ailing". The letter was dated May 15, 1888. Betsy died a year later, on December 21, 1889, at the age of 76. She is buried in the Manes Cemetery, Pulaski County, Missouri.[10]

James Henry Lee remarried at the age of 84, to Mary E. Lee, and lived until he was 96 years old.


  1. Benjamin Benson; 19 May 2013; on FamilySearch
  2. Benjamin & Keziah (Messenger) Benson, Bio Items; on file courtesy of FamilySearch
  3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1848
  4. 1840 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  5. Bristol, England, Select Church of England Parish Registers, 1720-1933
  6. 1850 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  7. 1860 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  8. 1870 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  9. 1880 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  10. Courtesy of Find-A-Grave

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