Charles Rich1833 - 1914 (80 years)
Name Charles Rich Born 18 Jun 1833 Rackwick, Hoy, c 24/6/1833 Gender Male Died 16 Mar 1914 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA b 19/3 Person ID I486 My Relatives Last Modified 16 Oct 2019
Father Thomas Ritch, b. 27 Feb 1793, Rackwick, Hoy , d. 15 Feb 1876, Rackwick, Hoy and Graemsay (Age 82 years) Relationship natural Mother Barbara Rich Thomsen, b. 30 Sep 1792, Rackwick, Hoy , d. Abt 1839 (Age 46 years) Relationship natural Married 18 Jan 1820 Rackwick, Hoy Family ID F326 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Isabella Burt, b. 28 Jun 1841, Rumford, Muiravonside, Stirling , d. 22 Aug 1926, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA (Age 85 years) Married 12 Aug 1865 SaltL Lake City, Utah, USA Children 1. Charles Thomas Rich, b. 25 Apr 1866, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 3 May 1935, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA b Murray 5-5 (Age 69 years) [natural] 2. John Burt Rich, b. 15 Oct 1867, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 4 May 1888, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Age 20 years) [natural] 3. Peter Joseph Rich, b. 30 Jul 1869, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 5 Oct 1869, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Age 0 years) [natural] 4. Lorenzo Isaac Rich, b. 7 Aug 1870, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 16 Apr 1956, Salt Lake City buried Taylorsville Memorial Park (Age 85 years) [natural] 5. Margaret Ann Rich, b. 24 Jun 1872, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 2 Sep 1876, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Age 4 years) [natural] 6. Thomas William Rich, b. 11 Aug 1873, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 26 Nov 1964, Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah b 30-11 (Age 91 years) [natural] 7. Adam Alexander Rich, b. 3 Dec 1875, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 30 Mar 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Age 3 years) [natural] 8. Junis Alma Rich, b. 31 Jan 1878, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA , d. 16 Apr 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Age 1 years) [natural] 9. Peter Windsor Rich, b. 2 Apr 1881, Taylorsville, Utah, USA c 15-5 , d. 27 Sep 1944, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA b 2-10 (Age 63 years) [natural] Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 Family ID F325 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- 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.
- went to USA Salt Lake City