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Ebenezer was born in the eastern part of New York State, joined the Mormon Church during the early persecutions of the Saints, his father being baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Mississippi River. They immigrated to Utah in 1850 in Captain Brown’s company and located at Brown’s Fort now Ogden, Utah.
Ebenezer, president of the South African Mission from 1857 to 1861, was called at the April conference, 1857, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to fill a mission to Europe. He arrived in Liverpool Aug. 4, 1857, and he was appointed Aug. 22, 1857, to labor in the Cape of Good Hope Colony, South Africa. He sailed for Africa Sept. 29, 1857.
He broke his leg while he was in the California gold fields; he then traveled across Nevada in the heat of the summer in a wagon. He died in Plain City as a result of the infection in his leg.