Mount Carmel in Kane County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Meribah Morton Behunin and Elmina Tyler Behunin
Mormon Pioneer, Early Utah Settler and
Credited with the naming of Zion Canyon
Early Mormon Pioneer
Isaac Behunin was born October 20, 1803 in Richland, New York to Albert and Nancy Lord Bohanan (Bohannon). He was involved in the thrust westward, frontierism and the religious revival of early America. In addition to being a farmer, he helped build the Erie Canal as well as other canals during the "Canal Craze" of the 1800s. He married Meribah Morton in 1823 and joined the Mormon Church in 1833. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Kirtland, Ohio to join the main body of the church. Meribah died in Kirtland, leaving Isaac three small boys to raise; Philo, Isaac M. and William. He married Elmina Tyler in 1834, and over the following 19 years they had nine more children. He knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and at times served as one of his body guards. He helped build the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples. In 1840 he was ordained an Elder and later a Seventy and High Priest. He served a short mission to Iowa. He and his family suffered the losses, hardships and persecutions of the "driving of the saints" through Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa from 1833 until 1850 when he migrated to Utah.
First Settler of Ephraim, Utah
Isaac and his family were sent
Gave Zion Canyon Its Name
Isaac was one of the early settlers in the Upper Virgin River Area. He settled at Northrup at the forks of the Virgin River in December 1861 with two other settlers. They lived in close proximity to a large clan of friendly Perrusit
Meribah Morton Behunin
Meribah Morton was born March 16, 1804, to Isaac and Nancy Morton in Williston, Vermont. The Mortons retained their Vermont property, but due to harsh winters between 1810-1820, they moved with a general exodus to upper New York. On December 28, 1824, at the age of 19, she married
After Meribah and Isaac married, they moved back to Williston for about two years, where, according to a family story, Meribah gave brth to twins who died in infancy. In 1826 they returned to Richland where three sons were born: Philo M. in 1828, Isaac M. in 1831, and William M. in 1833.
Meribah quick-claimed [sic - quit-claimed] her Vermont property to her mother in 1832. She and Isaac joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in 1833 and moved with the Saints to Kirtland, Ohio. On July 8, 1834, Meribah died in Kirtland due to unknown causes. She was only 30 years of age. Speculation is that her death was due to health problems, coupled with the hardships of frontier life.
Elmina Tyler Behunin
Elmina Tyler married Isaac Behunin October 1, 1834, at the age of 23; he was 31 years of age. The third of eleven children, Elmina was born to Andrew and Elizabeth Cummins Tyler on April 23, 1811, in Soponias, Cuyuga, [sic - Sempronius, Cayuga County] New York. She was the sixth generation of Tylers in America, and her progenitors were among the first immigrants from England.
Elmina was the first of the Tyler family to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). In the winter of 1833, she was baptized in Lake Erie through three feet of ice.
Elmina, a hearty pioneer woman with stron religious convictions, endured the hardships of the "driving of the Saints" from Ohio to Utah. During the 46 years of her married life, she moved and setup households at least a dozen times in frontier communities under very adverse conditions. She died September 29, 1883, at age 72 and was buried in Ferron, Utah.
Dedicated October 2, 1993 by Fenton Moss
Erected 1993 by Isaac Behunin Memorial Committee.
Location. 37° 14.787′ N, 112° 39.978′ W. Marker is in Mount Carmel, Utah, in Kane County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (U.S. 89) and the road to Mount Carmel Cemetery, on the left when traveling north on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is immediately southwest of the historic c.1923 stone church. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Carmel UT 84755, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Settlement of Long Valley and Mt. Carmel / Dr. Priddy Meeks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cemetery at Orderville (approx. 2.4 miles away); United Order Industries (approx. 2½ miles away); Old Rock Schoolhouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Orderville Bell (approx. 2.6 miles away); Glendale (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Berry Family (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Isaac Behunin Grave Site. (Submitted on February 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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