January 6, 2010
Perkins, Benjamin and Mary Ann Williams
Ben also was apparently well known for his love of dancing, especially Welsh jigs, which he performed for entertainment of the expedition company.
It is thought that Benjamin's wagon was the first to go down throught the Hole he helped create, although he did not drive it himself. He let Kumen Jones do that for him!! Actually, it seems he did not trust his team, and preferred to hitch Kumen's well-broke team for the job (http://holeintherock.info/pioneers/Perkins.htm).
Christmas journal written by daughter Mary Jane Perkins (Wilson): December 25, 1880
In 1891 Ben and Mary Ann and their children moved to Monticello. Mary Ann had 10 children. The seven that grew to maturity were Mary Jane, Iatherine, Naomi, Daniel B., John, Ruth, Alvira, and a foster daughter, Cordelia Thurston. Ben engaged in farming, freighting and road work. He was still active when death came at age 82 in Los Angeles, Calif. Ben was the father of two large families. Sarah Williams, Mary Ann's sister, became his second wife. Their children were Mary Ellen, Beatrice, Sarah, Gladys, Ione, Irene, Alberta, Minerva, Vilate, and Leonard. (Many are pictured below. Lell Perkins married Albert R. Lyman and after she died he married her sister Gladys Perkins.)
Benjamin is remembered for his loyalty to his Church and family, and for his love of music and his ability as an amateur entertainer, as well as for his practical judgment and boundless energy (Saga of San Juan.)
Photos & article in SJ Record
(More information about Sarah in Blue Mountain Shadows Vol. 23 pp. 21-24)