|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1833|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1906|
Charles Henry John West was born in Old Street St. Lukes London Town, Middlesex County, England on the 12th of January 1833, and was the third son of John West and Lydia Johnson. His brothers and sisters were John Francis, John, Benjamin, William, Lydia, Elizabeth and Maria. By age 16 his brother John had joined the LDS Church. After some investigation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charles and his soon to be wife Eliza Dangerfield, were baptized on October 16th 1849 by John Hyde and confirmed by Orson Pratt. They married over a year later on December 25th 1850 at St. Andrews Church Holborn. Charles was ordained an Elder and asked to serve a mission. This was Charles' first time away from home. After two weeks he asked Orson Pratt, his mission president for a release, feeling he was unprepared to serve. Charles recorded: "I shall never forget my feelings being there in the presence of an apostle. I felt I had not done my duty, first of all for getting married before starting on my mission and secondly for not relying more on the arm of the Lord."
Charles found employment with William Cooper and Company who were stationers. His job was that of cutter and folder of paper for notes and letters. He was paid by piecework, which amounted to about fifteen to seventeen shillings a week. Charles worked at this job for eight or ten months. But one day his employer called him into his office and said, "My head warehouse man is leaving. I'd like you to take the job and the pay will be fifteen shillings a week." Charles took this job and after his days' work assisted his father-in-law in the making of leather bootlaces.
His young wife Eliza was busy at home working at the trade of fancy box making. Charles and Eliza continued to attend their church meeting. Charles says, however, "On account of my not continuing my mission, I, with my brother John, were suspended from our church office for a short time. After a while by my good conduct I regained my former position as Elder.
I continued at my employment and attended to my duties, and felt while doing so the Lord was blessing me all the time." Charles still worked for William Cooper, who had advanced his salary. Charles was loyal to the church for he said, "I continued doing all I could to promote and build up the kingdom in outdoor preaching and singing, acting as a Sunday School teacher, delivering tracts, paying tithing and other calls. If I donated any amount--the Lord always opened up the way so that I never felt the loss but gained a blessing." This young family had many good times together.
The West family had a great desire to gather with the Saints in Utah but found that saving so much money for the trip was very difficult. They shared their home with the elders, many stayed with them. Charles loved to sing and gave his children a love for music. An elder was staying with them named John Brown. He was full of faith and advised Charles and Eliza to send some of the children ahead of the family, but they thought that they could not do that. A friend of the family by the name of James King and his wife came to visit my parents and mother told them of what Elder Brown said. Then, they said let us take six year old Anna with us as they were going that year. They said they loved her and would take good care of her. They did not have any children of their own. After a time Charles and Eliza talked it over with Elder Brown and he said, "send them by all means and I will promise you if you keep faithful you will follow the next year."
They decided to send ten year old Caroline and six year old Ann. The King family agreed. The family would save their money and try to follow in the coming year. They had to barrow five pounds to get everything the two girls needed before they left. The family worked even harder to save for the trip after that and on June 1st 1863 they left for Utah. The Dangerfield grandparents also made the trip to Utah at this time. The saints arrived in the New York harbor July 18th 1863. While crossing the plains Mary Ann got sick and did not get better and Jabez was run over by a wagon but it healed. They traveled for 10 weeks by wagon. After reaching Salt Lake they attended a conference and then went to Provo to get Annie and Caroline. Mary Ann would die a week later on October 22nd 1863. Charles wrote: "We had done the best we could and did not feel like murmuring, yet the loss of our daughter sent a gloom that seemed more than we could bear. What had we done, we reflected, that our child should be taken from us? What sin had we committed? While pondering over these things in our mind, a tall gentleman came in without knocking. He sat down on the only chair we had, and commenced conversing with us. In his conversation he seemed to know our history. He comforted us in our trouble and blessed us. He was with us about one half to three quarters of an hour. During the time we both felt a heavenly influence, and all our troubles ceased and we felt happy. When he left he stepped backwards toward the door, opened it and went out. I followed directly after, but could see nothing of him. He was very gray and his beard came down to his chest. Next day I went to Bishop Miller to thank him for his kindness in helping us to put away our dead, also to thank him for sending us a teacher, whom we thought was a very good man. I described the teacher to him (as I thought) giving him full particulars. He said, ‘Brother West, we have no such teacher as you describe. You have been blessed with the visitation of one of the Nephites, that was to remain on the earth."
Charles started by making molasses and was paid in potatoes and carrots as well as molasses. The family had difficulty making enough to keep from starving even though they gleaned the fields for 20 bushels of wheat. The family moved to Heber City (then called Provo Valley) but found it very cold. The family continued to be extremely poor while a new baby Mary Rebecca was born in 1866. They survived on boiled wheat. The following summer Charles farmed and hauled wood near the Jordon River. He was forced to move again when the river flooded his land.
Charles and Eliza taught school next but they continued to be very poor. In 1868 another daughter died of diphtheria. Charles bought a very fine building lot from Bishop McCrea and worked at many odd jobs such as helping a mason and plasterer and digging wells to earn a living for the family and make payments on the lot. He worked to build the Union Pacific. Charles worked for Brigham Young doing all manner of chores, sometimes in the garden, the orchard and the harvest fields for two dollars a day. When a street railway was started, he left President Young's employment so that he could earn more money. Charles worked with pick and shovel on Main Street making grade for ties. He also worked on South Temple Street from the Deseret News Building west to the railroad station. They lived in a log house while trying to build a better one. The home was eventually finished. On April 12th 1870, not long after the family moved into the new home, another son was born to Eliza and Charles. He was John Henry West, but he only lived a few hours. At this time Charles paid of his debt to the Perpetual Emigration Fund by helping to build the Tabernacle and the Assemble hall on Temple Square. At this time he also joined the Tabernacle Choir. He was then hired as clerk for the Knowlden Grain Company. In 1872 another daughter was born their joy was brief and she died a few months later. In 1873 their 11th and last child was born. Although this child, William Joseph was sickly his sister Caroline nursed him to health, Eliza being unable to feed him due to her own health problems. Charles would marry his wife's sister Mary Ann Denney in 1874 to help her care for her children. Her two year old would die in 1875. In 1886 Charles purchased some land about two and one-half miles from Peoa, called Oakley. Charles and his second wife Mary Ann Dangerfield Denney would be married over thirty two years in polygamy but he and his first wife Eliza Dangerfield were married 55 years. He worked long and hard to care for his family and lead them righteously in the gospel. Charles died on October 12th 1906.
1. Caroline Eliza West Wright/Larrabee was born December 5th 1851 in London. She married Thomas Henry Wright on February 8th 1869 but he died May 27th 1881 and she married Thomas Jefferson Larrabee on September 27th 1898. Died May 10th 1931 in American Fork, Utah.
2. Thomas Charles West was born October 9th 1853. He married Margaret Eliza (Maggie) Felt on November 9th 1874 in the Endowment House. Died June 25th 1898.
3. Ann Lydia West NeVille was born May 1st 1856. Married Joseph Hyrum NeVille on May 5th 1873 in the Endowment House. Died July 14th 1930 in Byron, Wyoming.
4. Jabez William West was born May 22nd 1858. Married Jessie Janet Hoggan on January 20th 1881 in the Endowment House. Died May 31st 1925.
5. Mary Ann Young West was born May 11th 1860. She died October 22nd 1863.
6. Eliza Alice Draper was born April 6th 1862 and married George Henry Draper on November 25th 1880 in the Endowment House. Died May 5th 1919.
7. Mary Rebecca West was born January 9th 1866.
8. Charles Jesse West was born February 22nd 1868. Married Elizabeth May Newman in 1891. Died May 14th 1929.
9. John Henry West was born April 12th 1870.
10. Fanny Elizabeth West was born June 7th 1872.
11. William Joseph West was born August 29th 1873 and married Maud Elizaabeth Houston June 6th 1906 and was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple October 10th 1906. Married Dorthy Adeline Auton September 30th 1940 after the death of his first wife.
Eliza Dangerfield West (1832 - 1915)
Caroline Eliza West Wright Larrabee (1851 - 1931)*
Ann Lydia West NeVille (1856 - 1930)*
Jabez William West (1858 - 1925)*
Charles Jesse West (1868 - 1929)*
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: SWheelwright
Record added: May 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37505845