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Ebenezer Beesley

14 December 1840–20 March 1906

Ebenezer Beesley was born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England on 14 December 1840. He moved to Utah Territory in 1859. He married Sarah Hancock in 1859 and Annie Frewin Buckeridge as a plural wife in 1869. He was president of the Beesley Music Company and leader of the Tabernacle Choir for several years. In 1893 he was persuaded to come to Tooele, Utah Territory, to lead the choir, and he taught music in the area as well. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 20 March 1906.[1]

  1. [1] “Ebenezer Beesley,” 1880 U.S. Census, 6B; “Funeral Services Today,” Salt Lake Herald, 2 Oct. 1907, 12; “Ebenezer Beesley Dies at Ripe Age,” Evening Telegram (Salt Lake City), 21 Mar. 1906, 6; History of Tooele County (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Tooele County, 1961), 121; “Ebenezer Beesley,” in Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1 (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 739–740; “England Marriages, 1538–1973,” FamilySearch,; “Ebenezer Beesley Sr.,” FamilySearch (Person ID: KWXH-69V), accessed 30 Oct. 2020,