Obituary of Benjamin Franklin Barrus


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B. F. Barrus A Grantsville Pioneer Called In Death

B. F. Barrus of Grantsville passed away last Monday morning August, 29 at 2 a.m. after an illness of several weeks.

Benjamin F. Barrus was a pioneer of Grantsville, having arrived here in 1853. He was the oldest son of Emery Barrus and Hulda Nickerson Barrus was born in the State of New York May 30, 1838. His parents moved to Nauvoo, III., in 1840, they endured the hardship and trials of the early day saints and finally crossed the plains arriving here in 1853. In September 1861 he married Lovina A. Steele, who with the following named children survive him: Emery Barrus, Orlando Barrus, Albert Barrus of the Star Valley Stake Presidency; Mrs. Agelia Cline, Mrs. Luella Millward, all of Fairview, Wyoming and Aldo Barrus of Sugar City. Five children have preceded Brother Barrus to the spirit world. He is survived by three brothers and two sisters. His posterity numbers 76, including 55 grand-children and 15 great-grandchildren.

In 1862 he was called to cross the plains to the Missouri river to help bring up the poorer Saints. He performed a mission to the Eastern States in 1872 and 1873. He was the oldest ward teacher in Grantsville in point of service. In 1890 he was set apart as a Patriarch by Elders F. M. Lyman and M. F. Cowley.

Funeral Services over the remains of Patriarch Barrus were held in the Grantsville Second ward chapel Wednesday. Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. Bishop John W. Anderson presiding at the service. The following being the speakers. Joshua R. Clark, A. K. Anderson, James L. Wrathall, Thomas Williams, W. E. Rydalch, Dr. B. W. Black and Bishop J. W. Anderson.

The following hymns were sung, "Come Come, Ye Saints", "Do What Is Right," "When First the Glroious Ught of Truth", and a solo by Mrs. Uzzie Barrus, "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go."

The opening prayer was offered by A. V. Millward and the benediction was offered by W. T. Brown.

Internment was at the Grantsville City cemetery, where the grave was dedicated by R. R. Judd.

The four sons and Chancy Barrus, a brother, and a grandson were the pallbearers.



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