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Benjamin and Edwin Eyre were the sons of James Eyre and Ann Naylor Eyre. Benjamin was born August 22, 1840, and Edwin was born April l6, 1845 at Derby, Lincolnshire, England.
Since their father was a farmer and shepherd, it was natural due to custom a: conditions at that time that the sons became tillers of the soil. They worked on their father’s farm and surrounding farms during their early teens and up to the time of their leaving England.Read more →
At a large coal-mining district in England, in the middle of the nineteenth century, the family of James Eyre was working very hard for a livelihood. The times were hard and the work paid little, but with faith and courage in their hearts, this family knew they would reach the top. Soon after the Mormon Church was organized, the missionaries began to go all over the world preaching the gospel. One of the first places they went was England. James Eyre heard about the restored church and became very interested. The missionaries urged all the new converts to come to Utah to live among the people of their own faith. The Eyre family worked very hard, saving every penny possible, so they could come to the new land.
Finally enough money was earned so that part of the family could go. James Eyre, his wife, and two sons, Edwin and Benjamin, were left behind, but soon had enough money to follow. Their money was little, so they rode on the lowest class deck on the ship, called the steerage. While on the sea, Mrs. Eyre became ill. Their hopes of her returning to good health were soon destroyed. Her body was buried at sea. Soon after it was lowered, the sharks devoured it.Read more →