John Bennion was born 9 July 1820 in Moor, Harwarden, Flintshire, Wales, United Kingdom to John Bennion (1786-1846) and Elizabeth Roberts (1790-1830) and died 1 September 1877 in Taylorsville, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Esther Wainwright (1817-1902) 12 February 1842 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.
Rush Valley Shootout
When John Bennion's prized mare Brown Sal was stolen in 1861, it led directly to a famous shootout between Mormon gunman Porter Rockwell and Lot Elisha Huntington (1834-1862). After stealing a horse from outside the bishop’s house, Lot Huntington—nephew to Brigham Young—fled to Camp Floyd where he met up with two other petty outlaws. An expert tracker, Rockwell followed the trail all the way to a Pony Express station in Tooele, arriving in the middle of the night. At sunup, the situation quickly escalated into a standoff. The outcome: Lot Huntington tried taking on Porter Rockwell and ended up shot clean through the heart. The shootout happened on 16 Jan 1862 in Faust, Utah (Rush Valley). At the same time Rockwell was able to take the notorious criminals Mormoni Clawson and John Smith.
- Source : Gunslinging General Authority (LDSLiving Magazine)
- Source : Utah Bloodbath at Faust - Friendship no longer mattered to the Mormon enforcer during a deadly shoot-out at Faust’s Station.
- Source : The Deseret News - Published 22-Jan-1862.
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