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Benjamin Franklin Dewey

1829– 1904

Born in Westfield, Massachusetts; baptized in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, in 1847, his parents previously having joined the Church; member of vanguard pioneer company that entered Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young in July 1847; traveled to California in 1849 in same company as GQC; returned to Utah in 1850; called on mission to Siam (Thailand) in 1852; prevented from entering that country because of government regulations; labored instead in Calcutta and Bombay (Mumbai), India, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka); returned to U.S. in September 1854 in company with Chauncey West; in later life employed as a miner; died at Chloride, Arizona. (See Jenson, BE, 4:698; Britsch, Nothing More Heroic, 305; GQC journal, Sept. 7, 1854.)