History: Charles Benjamin Harper

CHARLES BENJAMIN HARPER

Charles Benjamin Harper, the son of Elizabeth Phipps Brand and Benjamin Harper, was born November 21, 1848, at Saville St., Hackney, London, N. E. The family moved several times during his early years. Including these places in order: Bath Grove; an unknown location; Garden Place; Walworth Road, on the south side of the Thames, where Alfred was born. Next they moved to Leather Lane, Holborn, London, E. G. Here Charles was baptized at the age of eight. The next move was to Southampton St., Camberwell, which was also on the south side of the river. They moved to Saint Leonard’s Street, Bromley By Bow. This was their last move before coming to America.

His first school experience was at a Dame School which he attended at the age of six or seven. Their cost three pence (four to six cents) per week. Following this he attended a larger public school which he had no clear remembrance. At Leather Lane he attended “Baldwin’ Garden National School” for boys only. However, a girl’s school was also maintained and once a week the girls joined the boys for singing practice. The name of this school was decidedly a misfit because there was no garden nor even a playground. When they moved to Southampton Street he worked in his father’s store. While they lived in Bromley he attended the “Priory Street National School” for three months where he was head boy. He was now at the end of his formal schooling for at the age of fourteen he left school to work in his father’s oil shop. However, he did attend the “Saint Michael Night School” for a short period of time.

For his work in the store he received six shillings, (about $1.50) per week and paid three shillings to his mother for board.

He worked for his father until he was about seventeen years of age. At this time his mother desired to immigrate to Utah but his father was not very favorable to the idea. So she decided to send her eldest son, Charles, to America, in the hope that she could use this as an inducement for her husband to emigrate also. The father made no objection, so on May 5, 1866 Charles left England on the sailing vessel “Caroline”. His parents accompanied him to the London docks. His passage was paid to the frontier and he had eight or ten $2.50 gold pieced with which to face the new life.

During the six weeks of ocean voyage many amusing and some near tragic things occurred. The ship was heated by upright stoves. One day a pig which was being carried as part of the food supply got loose. It took refuge under the stove. In trying to get the pig out the stove was very nearly upset. Should this have happened very serious consequences from fire might have follow.

On June 11, 1866 the ship arrived in New York but the passengers were not allowed to leave the company. They went up the Hudson River by steamboat and over to New Haven, Connecticut. There they took the train to Montreal, thence to Toronto, and on to Sarnia. From there they crossed to Detroit and went on to Saint Joseph, Missouri. Here they boarded a steamboat and proceeded up the Missouri River for two hundred miles to a landing called Wyoming, Nebraska. At this place the eighteen year old Charles joined Chipman’s Wagon train and the long wearisome trek began.

The train left Wyoming on July 13 and reached Salt Lake City on September 15, 1866. Each day was full of hardships. Charles walked every step of the way, tired and often hungry. For the food allowance was not too plentiful. Each person was allowed 1 ½ pounds of flour a day. 1 pound of bacon a week, a little molasses and dried fruit given every two of three days, and a little saleratus to raise their bread. No sugar, tea, nor coffee was given to boys. This food was little enough for an active, growing boy and he and his partner, Joe Ellsmore, often picked up the up the burned crusts which the independent teamsters had discarded. At the Sweetwater Joe Ellsworth sold his shirt for some dried currants, rive and jerked, dried beef which he shared with Charles. At Coalville, Utah they went into the fields and raked barley for which Charles received about a half bushel of potatoes. A woman of the company traded some baby clothes for some beef and some of this she exchanged for some of Charles’ potatoes.

The train arrived in Salt Lake City soon after breakfast on Saturday, September 15. That same night Charles, in company with Fred Fowlkes, a teamster, left Salt Lake City for Pleasant Grove where Fowlkes resided. They spent the night camped along the Cottonwood just north of the present location of the Murray smelter.

After his arrival in Pleasant Grove he went to live with John Baker on what is now the Annie Holman property. As a climax to his first meal in this city he had his first real taste of native black currant pie. In return for his work he received his board, clothes and lodging. During his first Christmas season in Utah he went to Fountain Green for a load of coal. His breakfast on Christmas morning consisted mainly of frozen bread. He returned to Nephi in time for dinner which he ate at the home of Pete Sutton. The main course of this well-remembered meal consisted of pork sausage.

He remained with John Baker until March 1, 1867 when he went to work for Thomas Wooley for $150.00 a year plus his board and lodging. Out of this first year’s salary he paid his tithing, his temple donation, and his debt to the emigration fund. On March 1, 1868 he rehired to Wooley for $25.00 a month plus board and lodging.

His parents left England on Tuesday, June 30, 1868, arrived in New York on July 12 and in Pleasant Grove on August 20, 1868. They went to Lindon and made their home there. Charles went to live with them, boarding himself. During the summer of 1869 he farmed on share for Mr. Wooley. That fall in October he went to Eagle Valley, Nevada to help run a shingle mill. At that time Eagle Valley was supposed to be within the boundaries of Utah. He returned in February 1870 and in the same month shortly after his return he became engaged to Harriet Gibbons.

That same month he met with an accident from which he never fully recovered. In company with Joseph Olpin he went to Grove Creek to chop Balsam logs. There he caught in a snow slide which pinned his against a tree. The tree probably saved his life but his knee was twisted and as a result he walked the rest of his life with a decided limp which grew worse as he grew older.

On December 11, 1871 he and Harried Gibbons were married in the Endowment House by Joseph Fielding Smith who later became the President of the Church. They were accompanied by their mothers and the entire trip was made by horse and wagon.

They settled in a small rock house on property which he had bought on Locust Avenue. In this house were born six of their nine children. In 1885 he built a large home just south of his first home on the same property. Here he lived until his death.

On May 10, 1895 he left on a mission to his native country where he served until 1898. All this time his wife supported the family and kept him on his mission through hard work.

His life in the church and community was most active. He served for many years as secretary of the Sunday School before the ward was divided. At various times he served as City Councilman, Justice of the Peace, member of the school board which was instrumental in securing a high school building for Pleasant Grove, and as president of the Pleasant Grove Canning Company. At the time of his death he was a High Priest.

His wife died on October 30, 1922 after a lingering illness. During the later years of his life he devoted himself to the care of his nursery and to the enjoyment of his hobbies; chief of which ware his flowers, a notable library, and a fine shall collection.

He died very suddenly at his home of a heart attack on Sunday morning, October 29, 1933, less than one month before his eighty-fifth birthday.

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

JAMES ROWLEY HISTORY, HANNAH BARROWS CHAPTER:
by Historian, Luella Jones Downard

Historical facts are so hard to find on the life of James Rowley that I am trying to secure a history of each of his four wives, hoping in this way to enrich the few facts that we will be able to find and perhaps add a few new facts and more detail in the history.

Last issue I gave a short history of his daughter, Zuriah Rowley Lyman, to take the place of a history of her mother and James Rowley’s first wife, Mary Shirlock. This filled in nicely the Mary Shirlock Chapter of his life.

Eva Hill a descendant of Hannah Barrows and her first husband, Isaac Nelson, has been a wonderful help to me. She has diligently sought and searched to secure most of the following information (She also gave us a picture of Hannah Barrows, a negative has been mane – anyone wishing a copy, please contact me and one can be obtained).

Hannah Barrows was born, 19 December 1826, in Bolton, Lainshire, England. Her father was Joseph Barrows, and her mother, Marie Besswich.

The next fact we have is that on 4 December 1857 a daughter, Ellen Nelson was born to her at Winter Quarters, (Indian Territory), Iowa. When Ellen Nelson received her Endowments, she gave her father’s name as Isaac Nelson and her mother’s as Hannah Barrows. This is all we know of Isaac Nelson, though a great deal of searching has been done.

In the current Sunday School Genealogical Lesson Book, by Archibald F. Bennett, chapter 41, “Searching in Scotland”, page 243, a partial genealogy is given of Peter Muir Fife. It states that he joined the Church in Scotland and emigrated to America, joining the Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1846 he joined the Mormon Battalion.

It is said that Hannah Barrows and Peter Muir Fife had known each other in England, however, we do not know when she migrated to be America or when she joined the Church, or what her circumstances were when her daughter Ellen Nelson was born. It appears that she did not raise Ellen, as Eva Hill reports that the Fife Family Genealogist knew nothing of Ellen’s birth.

We do not know the date of Hannah’s marriage to Peter Muir Fife, but she was sealed to him 10 October 1849. The first of their five children, Maria Fife was born 26 June 1849 in Salt Lake City.

Peter Muir Fife and Hanna Barrows were never happy in their marriage – the trouble seems to have originated from the great difference in their ages, he was twenty one years older. She left him at one time, taking all of their children but he overtook her and they all went back to him, later she left him again and returned to the home of her parents in Kanosh, Utah, leaving all of her children. These children were cared for by her oldest daughter, Maria, until their father married again.

Eva Hill states that her father remembers Hannah Barrows, His Grandmother and tells of how she used to visit then and that she always talked broken in an English dialect.

It is not known when Hannah Barrows married James Rowley. They were sealed 16 November 1867. Their first child, James Rowley Jr. was born 23 April 1861 in Deseret, Millard, Utah. Her last child by Peter Muir Fife was born 1 December 1858 at Hamilton’s Fort, Iron, Utah, Elizabeth Fife.

Hannah and James had the following children in addition to James Jr.; Abigail Rowley, born 22 May 1833 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; Sarah Rowley, born 17 October 1865 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; Joseph Rowley born 2 July 1868 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah.

She lived in Fillmore for forty years raised her family there and died there at the age of seventy-eight.

Her name is on the rolls of the Relief Society there.

If there are any more stories of her life in Fillmore, we would like very much to have them, surely someone knows of her life there. She must have taken some part in Church, community or social life. Please if any of you know even the slightest thing about her or her life at any time, let me know so that we can tell something of her long life and service to her loved ones.

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 1, 2017

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  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • David Arthur Sperry – 49

This Day In Our Family History; December 1, 2017

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  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kindgom
  • Phoebe Sperry – 280
  • Joy Sperry – 275
  • Mary Lamont – 276
  • Henrietta, Monroe, New York, United States
  • Robert Sperry Lunt – 24
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Mary Elizabeth Enlow – 192

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 1, 2017

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  • 1957
  • December

This Day In Our Family History; December 2, 2017

Removed Sealed to Spouse for Samuel Blakesley and Hannah Potter in 1650

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  • Wellington, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Edna Viola Nelson – 8
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25
  • Grace Viola Harper – 26

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 2, 2017

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  • April 1
  • 1823
  • Hanley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • October 30
  • 1843
  • Glasgow, Lanarakshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • June 7
  • 1901
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • July 14
  • 1824
  • June 14
  • 1886
  • January 18
  • 1845
  • October 13
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • November 7
  • 1847
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • May 22
  • 1868
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • June 23
  • 1880
  • SGEOR – Saint George Utah Temple; Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States
  • January 31
  • Spring Glen, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • February 23
  • 1849
  • October 3
  • 1883
  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
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  • 1851
  • 1852
  • September 26
  • 1853
  • 1881
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  • 1925
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  • 1856
  • 1859
  • April 4
  • 1858
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  • 1878
  • 1943
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  • 1919
  • September 21
  • 1951
  • July 24
  • 1860
  • February 16
  • December 11
  • 1864
  • October 10
  • 1888
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History; December 3, 2017

Removed sealed to spouse in 1650 for Samuel Blakesley and Hannah Potter in The Mesa Arizona Temple

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  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • ARIZO – Mesa Arizona Temple; Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 3, 2017

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  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 4, 2017

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  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • Henry Melvin Sperry – 52
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118

This Day In Our Family History; December 4, 2017

Deleted endowments for Nels Rosenquist Nelson, they were completed December 11

Added correct parents for Joseph and Moses Mansfield under sealed to parents on this day. Their parents are: Richard Mansfield and Gillian Drake

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  • Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Alfred Lunt – 40
  • Priscilla Pitt – 41
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Florence Thora Harper – 76
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • John Francis Gibbons – 163
  • James Robert Gibbons – 164
  • Henry Gibbons – 165
  • Sarah Gibbons – 166
  • Elizabeth Gibbons – 167
  • John Gibbons – 162
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 163

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 5, 2017

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  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 5, 2017

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  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • James Wood – 247
  • Ann Amos – 248
  • Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Lydia Wood – 251

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 5, 2017

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  • 1853
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  • 1855
  • 1856
  • November 11
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  • December 15
  • February 23
  • 1957
  • 1857
  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
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This Day In Our Family History; December 6, 2017

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  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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  • Esther Olpin – 130
  • David Webb – 129
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 6, 2017

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  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1695

Samuel Bishop and Hannah Yale were married

Samuel Thompson and Rebecca Bishop were married

1823

Tamazine Lunt completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1852

Hanna Nelson was born in Efveröd, Kristianstad, Sweden to Nils (Neils) Olson and Karma Palmgreen Anderson. She was the 2nd of 5 children, and the 1st of 2 daughters, born to the couple

1857

Elizabeth Phipps Brand was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1868

Eli Batchelor and Elizabeth Lunt were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Endowment House, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Elizabeth also completed her endowment ordinance at the same time

1931

Vonna Ensign was born

1933

Sarah Bennett completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1956

Edith Farnell completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1969

Rachel Mansfield completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

This Day In Our Family History

1723

Hannah Potter died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1788

Joseph Phipps died

1843

Mary Curnock was buried in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1847

John Thompson Rowley was born in Barony Colton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom to Ralph Nephi Rowley and Mary Ann Thompson. He was the 2nd of 9 children, and the 1st of 7 sons, born to the couple

1868

Sarah Wild Cole completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint

1888

Charles Enoch Abbott and Sarah Elizabeth Sperry were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Manti Utah Temple, which is located at 200 East 510 North in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

1900

Harriet Wood died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1909

Lillian Lunt, age 8, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1920

George Arthur Lunt, age 8, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1929

Don Owen Lunt was born

1954

Ronald Steven Smith was born in Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States to Donald Eugene Smith, age 27, and Grace Harriet Rowley, age 26. He was the 4th of 5 children, and the 2nd of 2 sons, born to the couple

1969

Ann Purnell completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1981

Ralph Alcorn Rowley and Elaine Carlton were married

This Day In Our Family History

1748

Hannah Orpin was buried

1757

John Curnock died

1852

Harrison Sperry Sr and Mary Moseley were married. Harrison also completed his endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the same day

1868

James Edward Lunt was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1897

David Arthur Sperry  completed his endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1902

Elizabeth Phipps Brand died at the age of 79 in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States

1927

James Henry Atchinson died at the age of 73 in Hillsboro, Hill, Texas, United States

1937

Alfred and Shedrack Lunt were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1953

Sarah, Ann, Esther, Phebe, Priscilla, Susanna, Thomas, Elizabeth, and John Curnock Jr; Hester Mallett; William, Daniel, and Eliza Olpin; Henry and Jane Orpin; Jane Webb; Mary; and Priscilla Wheeler were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Ann Wheeler; John, Thomas, Margaret and Robert Curnock; and Mary Olpin were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1965

Emma Della Sperry was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) which is located at 630 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

1966

Minnie A. Burton died

1967

Emily Louisa and Harriet Miller were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

This Day In Our Family History

1641

Hope Potter was christened in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1703

Moses Mansfield died

1868

John Gardner Blackhurst was born

1922

Mary Alice Price died

1939

Inda Marie Batchelor died

1968

William Alcorn was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, James Alcorn/Allcorn and Nancy Tudor

Calvin King Knighton and Grace Harriet Rowley, age 40, were married in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1978

Phebe Wright was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, John Wright and Ann Perry, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Los Angeles California Temple, which is located at 10777 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States