Polly Benson History
From Aunt Mary B. Stewart - relating story heard from Polly Benson Bartholomew.
Grandmother said, that in all her experiences and trials as pioneers, with the Indians and hardships they went through in crossing the plains, nothing left them with such a terrible feeling as did the news of the Prophet and Hyrums martyrdom. She said, Besides the awful void in losing our beloved leaders, we felt the mob would never cease until they had killed us all.
Grandma was close to the prophet and Hyrum. Hyrum gave Grandmother Bartholomew
a Patriarchal Blessing in which he promised her that she would live as
long as she desired if she would faithfully keep the Word of Wisdom. Grandmother
told Aunt Mary the very last time she talked to her, which was a few months
before she died, that that blessing had been literally fulfilled. She
was then almost 98 years of age.