Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sanborn: #8 George Benjamin Sanborn and #9 Sarah Jane Smith. Part 2 of 4.


It is unknown when George Benjamin Sanborn arrived in Paradise, Utah. According to the 1880 census, and this picture from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, Utah Pioneers Book Publish Company Publishers, 1913, p. 1171, he was a blacksmith.

1. George F. Sanborn disappeared after deserting from a Maine Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Records from the Department of the Interior, Bureau of pensions, show that he never filed for a pension and his Maine family didn’t know what happened to him.

2. George Benjamin Sanborn arrived in Paradise, Utah, by 1874. According to his descendants, he never talked about his family and life back in Maine, other than saying he was only fifteen years old when he went into the Civil War. And he did that in behalf of a married brother who was drafted. He said he looked much older than his age. The reason he gave, his Utah family, for not filing for a disability pension, was that he served for his brother. George Benjamin had a leg injury. During his life he suffered from bouts of yellow fever.

If he was George F., and had deserted, he would have needed a plausible reason for not filing for a pension. It can’t be proved that George F., and George Benjamin are the same George Sanborn because three different names were given for George Benjamin’s mother. It may be significant that they are combinations of the name of George F.’s mother, Sarah Jane Benjamin, and his two aunts, Rebecca Benjamin Cobb, and Elizabeth Sanborn Trafton.

George Benjamin Sanborn’s mother’s name varies on the following records:
Sarah Rebecca Cobb—Record of Ward Members to 1940 in Paradise Ward
Elizabeth Cobb—live self endowment record 1874
Jane Benjamin—Ward records in Salt Lake, Ogden, Utah, and Pocatello, Idaho wards the family lived in.

3. George F. Sanborn could have taken BENJAMIN (his mother’s maiden name) as his middle name, eventually coming to Paradise, Utah to make a new life as George Benjamin Sanborn.

Could George Benjamin Sanborn's February 21, 1864 baptismal date in the Paradise Ward records mean he was baptized before traveling to Utah? His reason for coming to Utah was not passed on in his family.

Act of June 27, 1890.
Declaration for Dependent mother's Pension.


Five children were born to George Benjamin and Sarah Jane Smith Sanborn while they were living in Paradise, Utah.
George Benjamin, 1878
Laura Ellen, 1879
William, 1881
Joseph, 1883
Eva 1885 (Eva died 14 Nov 1885 in Salt Lake City, Utah)
The Polk Directory, beginning August 1, 1885, for Salt Lake City, Utah, lists: Sanborn George B., machinist D. & R. G. W. Ry. Shops, r. 728 S. First West
The Crofutt’s slc [Salt Lake City] directory 1885-86, lists: Sanborn G B., blksmith, re 728 w First South
Work on the railroad will dictate where the George Benjamin and Sarah Jane Smith Sanborn family lives for the rest of their lives.
(To be continued.)
From family research done by Marlene Sanborn Silotti. She spent the fifty years I knew her gathering information about this family, and shared it with me. War Records, Department of the Interior.

1 comment:

  1. There were five children born to George Benjamin and Sarah Jane Smith Sanborn in Paradise, Utah. The first one, however, was Sarah Jane, born November 21, 1876. Eva, who was born in 1885, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 15, after their move there.

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