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 Charles Dean

Charles Dean

Audley, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough, Staffordshire, England
Death 19 Sep 1897 (aged 68)
Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Burial Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 146509 · View Source
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Charles Dean was born March 11, 1829, at Audley, Staffordshire, England, the son of Thomas Dean and Betty Darlington. His father died when he was very young, leaving his widow and seven small children, Eliza, Martha, John, Matthew, Charles, George and Hannah.

At the age of seven, he went to work in the coal mines. (I remember when I was a child, I asked mother what the black spots were in Grandfather's face. She said he had been a coal miner and had been hurt and the coal was embedded in the skin and never removed. The skin had healed over, leaving the black spots.)

We know very little about his childhood, only that he shouldered his responsibility early. He must have played, cried as other children do. It is sure he must have sung many songs for I remember so well the wonderful songs he used to sing. He loved to mingle and associate with young people because it was a characteristic of his later life. He also loved to dance.

When he was fourteen years old, he heard the Mormon elders preach, and was convinced that they had something better than he had known and soon became converted and was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There was no branch near so he was unable to advance in the Priesthood. After the Elders left, he never ceased to long for more knowledge of the truth. Little is known about his courtship and marriage. He married Mary Cope, daughter of John and Hannah Statham in England.

In the year 1860, when he was thirty-one years of age, the gospel came into his life again. Grandfather was thrilled at hearing the gospel again. When he returned home, he told grandmother the gland tidings that he had again heard the elders preach and was as thrilled as before. She was not deeply impressed as she was a Wesleyian Methodist. The Wesleyians were very strict observres of the Sabbath and when grandfather had the elders come to his home on the Sabbath, they brought guitars and played and sang. She was unhappy, but she soon learned that good music was a part of her husbands religion and so his enthusiasm helped her to see as he did. On June 2, 1860, they were baptized into the LDS Church. Charles and Mary and family came across the ocean on the ship "Underwriter" arriving in America about June 1, 1861.

They came to Woodruff in 1872. He and his boys made the dobbies and built the front part of the house in which they lived and is still standing. He and his sons contributed much toward the erection of the dobbie homes in Woodruff and in Evanston, Wyoming.

He was taken ill in March, 1892 and the decline was sure and steady until the end. He was perfectly resigned to his death and met it without fear. He was truthful and honest and among his last requests he desired to owe no man; even the funeral expenses were to be set aside before he was laid in the grave. He passed away September 19, 1896, at his home in Woodruff, Utah, surrounded by his large family. The funeral services were held in the Woodruff Ward Chapel and he was buried in The Woodruff Cemetery.

**Written by May Dean Brown, granddaughter and taken from the book "The First 100 Years in Woodruff".

***The headstone lists year of death as 1897 while this history lists it as 1896. I would like to know which is correct if anyone has any additional information.




  • Maintained by: A.Bell
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146509
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Dean (11 Mar 1829–19 Sep 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146509, citing Woodruff Cemetery, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by A.Bell (contributor 46518784) .