- Birth Date
- 24 January 1830
- Death Date
- 27 March 1905
The Knight family left Liverpool on 24 September 1848 on the “Sailor Prince” and arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ship manifests indicate that the Knight family as parents, James and Maria, and children, Charles (along with his wife and children), Oswell, and Mary. Prior to the family’s travels across the plains, James died of Cholera in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1849.
In Iowa, Oswell, Mary, and their mother joined with the Edward Hunter Company in 1850 and traveled to the Salt Lake Valley through the Perpetual Emigrating Fund.
Her brother Charles and his family joined the James Jepson Company in 1852 and traveled to the Salt Lake Valley.
She married in Utah in July 1851 to Ezra Taft Benson.
Find A Grave website has her first name as Olive but her headstone and all other documents as her first name as Mary.
Her obituary confirms that she came to Utah with Edward Hunter's company. It says that this pioneer company came to Utah in 1849, but they came in 1850.
- Age at Departure: 20