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Charles Rich

Charles Rich

Male 1833 - 1914  (80 years)

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  • Name Charles Rich 
    Born 18 Jun 1833  Rackwick, Hoy, c 24/6/1833 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Mar 1914  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA b 19/3 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I486  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Thomas Ritch,   b. 27 Feb 1793, Rackwick, Hoy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1876, Rackwick, Hoy and Graemsay Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Barbara Rich Thomsen,   b. 30 Sep 1792, Rackwick, Hoy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1839  (Age 46 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 18 Jan 1820  Rackwick, Hoy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabella Burt,   b. 28 Jun 1841, Rumford, Muiravonside, Stirling Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1926, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1865  SaltL Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Thomas Rich,   b. 25 Apr 1866, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1935, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA b Murray 5-5 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     2. John Burt Rich,   b. 15 Oct 1867, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1888, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)  [natural]
     3. Peter Joseph Rich,   b. 30 Jul 1869, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1869, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     4. Lorenzo Isaac Rich,   b. 7 Aug 1870, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1956, Salt Lake City buried Taylorsville Memorial Park Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     5. Margaret Ann Rich,   b. 24 Jun 1872, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1876, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)  [natural]
     6. Thomas William Rich,   b. 11 Aug 1873, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1964, Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah b 30-11 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [natural]
     7. Adam Alexander Rich,   b. 3 Dec 1875, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)  [natural]
     8. Junis Alma Rich,   b. 31 Jan 1878, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     9. Peter Windsor Rich,   b. 2 Apr 1881, Taylorsville, Utah, USA c 15-5 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1944, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA b 2-10 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • went to USA Salt Lake City
      per "Hoy - the Enchanted Isle" by John Bremner 1965 published 1997
      He worked aboard a whaling vessel and then, as he got older, begain working aboard a freighter vessel sailing between China and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It was aboard this vessel that Charles converted to Mormanisim.
      During one of the voyages he was in discussion with the Captain of the freighter and his first mate William Stakes. The Captain was Catholic and Mr Stakes was a Latter Day Saint. Charles and 2 of his shipmates converted to Mormanism and borrowed a Mormon Bible from the first mate. When they docked in Port Elizabeth they contacted the LDS Missionaries and were baptised. They worked at various jobs until they raised enough money for the trip to the USA.
      It was this conversion that lead to to his immigration to the USA and specifically to Salt Lake City.
      He sailed on 22nd Feb 1860 and landed in Boston Mass. in May of 1860. He travelled west to Salt Lake City (about 2,500 miles) in a covered wagon with a team comprising of an Ox and a Horse. He arrived in Salt Lake City on 6th October 1862 just 15 years after the first Mormon settlers arrived.
      He was employed as a plasterer and worked at that trade for some time. He became aquainted with a Mr Jesse Fox and through him became interested in farming.
      He met Isabella Burt in Salt Lake City and married her in the Salt Lake endowment house on 12th August 1865
      at USA 1880 census at North Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah
      at USA 1910 census at Bennion, Salt Lake, UT
      INFORMATION FROM MEL RICH AUGUST 1999.
      they were the parents of 8 boys and 1 girl the family also raised Lucy Ostler as their own.
      Charles Rich was called on many times to adminster to the sick. During the terrible epidemic of Scarlet Fever and Diptheria he went to care for the sick, help lay out the dead and dig graves through the deep snow and frozen ground.
      He was an ardent temple worker. He would leave home at 3.45 and walk into Murray to catch the 6.00 street car to the temple where he would do ordinance work for one name a day. He would then walk home each night. He would walk to the street car trather than ride a horse to avoid leaving the horse at Murray all day out doors in the cold.
      His wife Isabelle would participate in the sealings whenever possible. She was crippled with Rhumatisim and unable to participate in other temple ordinances.