|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1855|
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1919|
Life Sketch of Charles:
Charles was in Australia with his brother Ebenezer and their dear friend from England, John Miles. They all heard of the Mormon church there. They all three traveled to Utah. Once in Utah the boys separated, Eb and John going to St.George, while Charley found his way to Filmore,Utah. While in Filmore, Charles was baptized, 18 April 1874. He then traveled to St.George to work on the Temple, where he remained until the St.George Temple was completed in Jan. 1877.
While in St.George he lived at the home of an English sailor named George Jarvis, Charles became very fond of these people. They were very kind to him. Charles and the family sang songs and he played the Flute, and enjoyed to take part in the singing, being a very good Bass. Charles was expecially fond of a daughter, Margaret.
Charles loved this family so much and took on their family name after he and Margaret were married, but used his own name also, thus-Charles Godfrey DeFriez-Jarvis. They were married 1 March 1878, St.George,Utah. Charles and his wife, Margaret left Utah and went to Snowflake, Ariz. Once there, Charles was chosen very soon to lead the church choir. He was a good musician, for those days because of his training in England, at school and at home. He played the cornet, flute, piccalo, and later, the violin. He had a good voice for singing and a really technical ear for music.
Charles also did dental work, especially extracting. In those pioneer days it was not possible to have the help of a dentist when someone was suffering from toothache—there just wasn't any. Apostle Francis M. Lyman was visiting the Arizona settlements, and being a dentist, brought along his roll of forceps for extracting. Charley saw it and talked with him about his work. Elder Lyman gave him some valuable instructions about the work, what kind of forceps to use for different teeth, and showed him how to pull with them. Charley soon bought the best set he could get, and they were very useful. He kept them shining bright and in a chamois skin roll, and took them wherever he went. Many a sufferer was indeed grateful.
Father had a gallery and office built near the drug store where he was ready to serve the public. He was a notary public, and U.S. Land Commissioner. About 1896 he decided to become a full-fledged dentist. He went to Salt Lake City and was employed by Dr. Stanley Clawson after working there a year or more, went to Chicago, and entered the Chicago Institute of Dental Surgery, staying until he received his Diploma.
Charles filled a mission at the call of his Church to his native England, 1902–1904. This had been one of the great desires of his life, and was a great satisfaction. He was also Postmaster of St. Johns for several years.
The last great accomplishment of his life, was going out with his team and wagon and camping with Albert while he superintended putting up the poles and line wire for the first telephone in the county, and installing the telephones. He stayed right on the job of line work from St. Johns to Springerville and Snowflake, and when it was done he kept the first telephone office in his gallery-office for a number of years. After that, he was clerk in the legislature in Phoenix about 1912, but had quite a bad illness while there, and was never very well afterwards, though he held the office of Deputy County School Superintendent under Brigham Y. Peterson, his son-in-law, most of his term of office, and continued his Notary Public and Land Office work up until a few months of his death.
Joseph George DeFriez (1821 - 1887)
Mary Ann Godfrey DeFriez (1822 - 1902)
Margaret Jarvis (1857 - 1934)*
Annie Prior Jarvis Oveson (1880 - 1968)*
Stella Jarvis Peterson (1883 - 1974)*
Charles Reuel Jarvis (1885 - 1972)*
Albert Jarvis (1892 - 1981)*
William Godfrey De Friez (1845 - 1918)*
Ebenezer Godfrey Defriez (1851 - 1937)*
Charles Godfrey De Friez Jarvis (1855 - 1919)
Frances Godfrey Defriez Jarvis (1859 - 1933)*
Saint Johns Cemetery
Maintained by: Shane Symes
Originally Created by: Bob Rohwedder
Record added: May 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19387634