- 1827 Chauncey was born on 6 February at Venango, Pennsylvania
- 1843 He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- 1844 In the fall he went with his parents to Nauvoo, Illinois
- 1845 Early in the year he was ordained a member of the 12th quorum of Seventy. This was a distinguished position for him because he was only 17 years old.
- 1846 He assisted the first company in their exit from Nauvoo
- 1846 He left Nauvoo with his father's family in June
- 1846 Chauncey's father Alva and his brother Joseph died in Winter Quarters, Nebraska
- 1847 Chauncey's mother Sally died in Winter Quarters, Nebraska
- 1847 He was among the pioneer trek to Utah
- 1849 He explored southern Utah with Apostle Parley P. Pratt. They were gone two months.
- 1850 The census listed Chauncey with a household of five, real wealth of $1,000 and no personal wealth
- 1852 He was called to serve a mission to Siam, eastern Asia
- 1860 On the census he was listed as Chaucey with a household of 18, real wealth of $3,000 and personal wealth of $500
- 1863 He was called as Bishop over members in Weber county, Utah and served in this position until his death.
- 1863 He was called as a missionary to England, where he was president of the European mission
- 1869 May 10th, he participated in the driving of the "Golden Spike" ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah
- 1870 Chauncey died on 9 January in San Francisco, California
- 1870 He was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery
- 1911 A history of the West family, Francis West of Dusbury, Mass. and Some of his Ancestors and Descendants, was written by his son Joseph Alva West.
- 1965 A biography of Chauncey Walker West was written by a grandson Franklin Lorenzo Richards West. Franklin was the son of Joseph Alva West and Josephine Richards.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, May 10, 2009
On Saturday, May 9, 2009 the West family dedicated a new monument for Chauncey Walker West's family at the Ogden City Cemetery. Following the dedicatory service, the family gathered in Farr West at 1800 North 1800 West for a reunion. This was the first reunion of the West family.
The organization decided to keep the old monument standing and add the new monument on the same family plot. The original monument was "hit by a car over the weekend of April 27-29, 1973" - evidently vandals destroyed several monuments in the cemetery that night (see FHL 1672571 Ogden cemetery plat sheets).
Details about the effort to erect this new monument are posted at Chauncey W West Monument Fund Blog.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Joseph Alva West was born 12 September 1851 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Chauncey Walker West and Mary Hoagland. His parents moved to Bingham’s Fort, Weber County in 1855 and subsequently to Ogden, Utah, where Joseph went to grade school. He later became a student at Deseret University (now the University of Utah) in Salt Lake City.
During the winter of 1865, Joseph, along with a number of other young men in the territory, was called by President Brigham Young to learn telegraphy in anticipation of the proposed Deseret Telegraph Line that was to connect Paris, Idaho and St. George, Utah. Joseph served as operator in the Ogden office, beginning in 1866 and in the Provo Office.
In 1867, again at the request of President Brigham Young, Joseph was sent by his father to Salt Lake City to study surveying under Jesse Fox. By 1868, when just 18 years of age, Joseph had become so proficient that he was qualified to act as Deputy Territorial Surveyor. He was subsequently elected surveyor for the City of Ogden, and county surveyor for Weber County. He became a civil engineer during the building of several railroad lines, making extensive surveys from Salt Lake City through central Nevada to California, into Oregon and Idaho. He also surveyed prospective railroad lines south to Los Angeles including three lines through Death Valley. The Deseret Evening News of February 25, 1881 said of Mr. West, “Joseph A. West is said to be one of the best field engineers in the west.” He was the chief engineer for projected lines all over the west, many of which were built.
Joseph A. West was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was ordained an Elder on 17 Feb 1865. He was ordained a Seventy on 20 Mar 1869 and a High Priest on 21 Oct 1877. He served as a High Councilor in the Weber Stake for five years and as Superintendent of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association in Weber Stake. He was also the editor for several publications for youth in his community.
On 4 Mar 1873, Joseph married, Josephine Richards, daughter of Apostle Franklin D. Richards & Jane Snyder in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had eight children, the last of whom, Charles Henry, was born in 1890 in Ogden.
In 1882, Joseph was called to serve a mission to England and left home on the 22nd of April. In June of the following year, he was appointed President of the London Conference and traveled widely throughout the British Isles including portions of Europe during his tenure there. He is said to have ascended Mt. Vesuvius as part of his travels.
In 1885, he was nominated and elected to the legislature. During his tenure, he served as part of a contingent sent to Washington, DC to ameliorate the escalating tensions between the people of Utah, their appointed governor, and the United States Government. This was a difficult time for Utah as the notorious Edmunds Tucker bill directed at polygamous marriages in Utah was before Congress. During his time in Washington, DC, Mr. West appeared before the full judiciary committee of Congress and made a two-hour argument against this bill. An extensive report of this argument was carried in the Utah newspapers.
On 24 Feb 1888, Joseph West married Sylvia Ann Child, daughter of Warren Gould Child and Martha Jane Elmer. According to family records, they were married in Juarez, Mexico. Their first child was born in San Francisco, California in 1890. They had 10 children, seven of whom lived to be adults.
In 1889, Mr. West went to Oregon to work for the Sumpter Valley Railway as chief engineer. From 1889 until at least 1910, Mr. West lived in alternately in Baker City, Oregon and in Ogden, Utah.
In 1911, the year Joseph’s last child, Fred Lawrence Albert West, was born, he published a family genealogy and history entitled, “Francis West of Duxbury, Mass. And Some of his Ancestors and Descendants: Including the Descendants of Chauncey Walker West, late of Ogden, Utah, and Abraham H. Hoagland, late of Salt Lake City, Utah”. A link to a copy of this book is available in “Google Book Links”.
On 17 April 1926, Joseph A. West died. He is buried, along with other family members, in the Ogden City Cemetery in Utah.
Of Mr. West, it was said that, “Anyone meeting Joseph A. West face to face would know at once that he is an individual embodying the elements of what in this country we term a "square" man--one in whom to have confidence, a dependable man in any relation and any emergency. His quietude of deportment, his easy dignity, his frankness and cordiality of address, with a total absence of anything sinister or anything to conceal, foretoken a man who is ready to meet any obligation of life with the confidence and courage that come of conscious personal ability, right conception of things and an habitual regard for what is best in the exercise of human activities.” (Noble Warrum, ed, Utah Since Statehood, Volumes 1-4, Chicago, IL, USA and Salt Lake City, UT, USA: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1919.)
Monday, December 1, 2008
- Ogden City Cemetery, Plat A, Block 5, Lot 21
- Ogden City Cemetery, Plat A, Block 7, Lot 12-5W
- Ogden City Cemetery, Plat D, Block 7, Lot 12-4W
- Ogden City Cemetery, Plat A, Block 5, Lot 21
- Ogden City Cemetery, Plat E, Block 1, Lot 3-2E
- "Biography of Mary Ann Covington Stratton West" by Ruby Brown Clayson. This manuscript was found at the BYU Harold B. Lee Library in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Ruby was Mary Ann's grand-niece. We discovered this manuscript because of a comment added to an earlier blog entry about Mary Ann. This biographical sketch was originally submitted to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers by Ruby. The sketch is almost two pages long, typed, plus a title page.
- "Biographical information regarding the Brewer family ca. 1917-1972". The manuscript is located at the Church Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, MS9352. The collection of papers includes an exact copy of the biography found at BYU, except the title page was missing. Even though the title page was missing, we assume the sketch was written by Ruby Brown Clayson. (Note that this manuscript collection also included a six page biography of Chauncey Walker West titled, "A Biographical Sketch of My Grandfather West.")
- A second biographical sketch about Mary Ann Covington was found in the same manuscript papers as listed in item two above. The second sketch was titled, "A History Written by Marie West Belnap in 1972." This was a one page history about the life of her great-aunt, Mary Ann Covington. I believe Marie West Belnap was the daughter of Charles Covington West, and Charles was the son of Chauncey Walker West and Sarah Elizabeth Covington. (Please add a comment if you have additional information about this assumption.)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
On 10 July 1857 Chauncey married his fourth wife, Jeanette Nicol Gibson. Jeanette was born in the village of Paisley in Renfrew, Scotland, the daughter of William Gibson and Janet Nicol. Her parents were converted to the Mormon faith and received permission from the church to come to Salt Lake City. William Gibson kept a detailed journal, now in the archives at the Latter-day Saints’ library in Salt Lake City, in which he wrote:
In May 1853 I started with my family for the Valley in Capt. Clawson Company. Went by way Keokuk & then took the old Mormon rout through Iowa to Council Bluffs & from that over the Plains to Salt Lake City where we arrived the middle of Sept 1853. [Transcribed from the original handwritten manuscript, written in pen by William Gibson. The manuscript consists of three volumes in bound notebooks in the LDS Church Historical Department, Salt Lake City.]
Heber West (pictured below) was the only of Jeanette’s three children to survive to adulthood. Heber’s younger sister, Ada Ann, was born two years after him but died at the age of twelve in 1873 — a traumatic event for her fourteen year old brother. Jeanette delivered one other child, another son, David Gibson West, born 4 October 1864, but he died less than a year later in June 1865. Only two months later, Jeanette Gibson West died at the age of 25 on 4 August 1865. [The portrait of Jeanette Nicol Gibson shown here was painted posthumously. The original painting is now owned by my uncle in California.]
Heber and Ada were then raised in the Salt Lake City home of their uncle, John Sharp, a railroad contractor who was also from Scotland. They appear in the Sharp’s large household in the 1870 census. In 1880, Heber was still living in the same home. At the time of the census John Sharp was not at home (perhaps he was away on a mission) and the household was headed by his wife, Annie Gibson Sharp, Jeanette Gibson West’s sister. John Sharp was a major contractor on the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Also, Heber’s grandmother, Janet Nicol Gibson, was now living in this same family at this time.
About this time, Heber met Alice Clara Bell. She was the third of six children born to the brief marriage of Millard P. Bell and Harriet Leah Husbands. Alice was born in Salt Lake City on 29 January 1864.
Apparently he also suffered from a bit of a temper, for the following article appeared on page 3 of The Deseret News on Tuesday evening, 25 November 1890:
SHOT AND KILLED
A telegram was received in this city today by Hon. John Sharp, stating that Heber W. West, son of the late Bishop Chauncey West of Ogden, had been shot and killed at Pocatello last night. No Particulars were given. Pocatello was communicated with and the following message was received:
Pocatello, Idaho, Nov. 25 (Special to the Deseret News) - Last night while a dance was in progress at a saloon and dance house here, H. W. West, a machinist employed in the Union Pacific shops, was shot and instantly killed by Deputy U.S. Marshall Chas. Phelps.
It seems West was becoming noisy and was ordered off the floor by Phelps, this led to hot words and Phelps was knocked down by West. While on the floor, Phelps drew a revolver and shot West through the heart. The murderer made his escape but was captured by Sheriff Woodin at Eagle Rock, Idaho, at eleven o’clock this morning.
The deceased lived in this city for several years and was well known. He was employed in the machine shops of the Union Pacific Railway Company at Pocatello. He leaves a wife and two children.
As reported, Charles Phelps was caught trying to make his escape. He was returned to face trial, as The Idaho News newspaper noted four days later on 29 November 1890:
THE PHELPS MURDER CASE
Charles Phelps, United States Deputy Marshal, charged with the shooting and killing Heb West in the notorious dive, den and saloon, “555,” at Pocatello after midnight Monday night, is undergoing a preliminary examination before Judge Hopkins as we go to press. . . . Not more than one or two of the witnesses have been examined, but the general opinion on the outside is that Phelps will be held for the next grand jury.
Chauncey West’s Ogden Home
Chauncey West was appointed presiding Bishop of Weber County in November, 1855, a position that he retained until his death. That fall, Chauncey moved his family from Salt Lake City to Ogden. His home there occupied “almost the entire block in the very center of what is now the business part of Ogden City, between Washington and Grant Avenue and between 23rd and 24th Street. He built his home and a large barn on Main Street and planted almost the entire block into an orchard and a vegetable garden.” [Genealogical Journal, Utah Genealogical Association, volume 22, page 16.]
Note: the street names in Ogden have changed from what they were when Chauncey lived there. The attached map (taken from the 1884 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Ogden) shows the earlier street names: Third (for 23rd), Fourth (for 24th), Main (for Washington) and Young (for Grant).
His estate on that block included numerous buildings, fields, and orchards. In Ogden, Chauncey “entered the lumber business on a rather large scale . . . . [He also] built and operated a tannery and used the leather in making boots, shoes, harnesses and saddles. Also on 24th Street, he built a wagon and blacksmith shop. . . and had a meat market on the same street. Near the center of the block on 24th Street, he established a very fine livery stable, and across the street on the corner of Main and 24th Street, he built and operated a hotel called the Ogden House.” [Genealogical Journal, Utah Genealogical Association, volume 22, page 17.]
“By 1861 plays were presented in Chauncey West’s barn located at 2375 Washington Boulevard.” [Roberts & Sadler, A History of Weber County, page 186.]
According to family stories, the main house had a suite for each of his wives, each one with a sitting room and bedroom. Each wife had a small house of her own on the block occupied by Chauncey’s estate. These “sitting rooms” in the main house were in addition to those separate homes. The wives shared in the household chores on a regular basis, two or three each week working together doing the cooking, cleaning, washing, and so forth, for the large family. The dining room was especially large and on at least one occasion young Heber was chastised for riding his horse around the dining room table!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
- Margaret West, died 1848, aged 1 year. She was born 23 September 1847. Her mother was Mary Hoagland. The cemetery plat sheet listed her birth place as Green River, Wyoming and died at Salt Lake, Utah in 1849. Note that the year of death is different on the monument than it was on the plat sheet.
- Chauncey W. West, died 1895, aged 46 years. This was the first son born to Chauncey Walker West, so in many records he is listed a "Jr." His mother was Mary Hoagland. He married Sylvia Snow, daughter of President Lorenzo Snow and Sarah Ann Prichard. Chauncey and Sylvia had four children, three girls and one boy who was also named Chauncey Walker.
- A third child, named Josephine, daughter of Mary Hoagland and Chauncey Walker West was listed on the bottom section of the north side of the monument.
- Mary and Chauncey's children who lived to adulthood were Joseph Alva West and John Abraham West.
A transcription and added details about each person listed on this section of the monument:
- Josephine D. 27 Dec. 1862 A.5 Yrs. (daughter of Mary Hoagland. We do not have an exact date of birth, but if she died at age 5 as carved on this monument, her year of birth would be 1858.)
- Sarah E. D. 23 Feb. 1859 A. 9 Ms. (Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Covington. Born 23 May 1858)
- Victoria D. 27 Aug 1865 A. 11 Ms. (Victoria, born 16 June 1864, daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Covington.)
- Martha P., D. 1 Jan 1867 A. 2 Yrs. 11 Ms. (Martha Parmelia, born 24 January 1864, daughter of Martha Joiner.)
- David G., D. 6 Jun 1865 A. 8 Ms. (David Gibson, born 4 October 1864, son of Jeanette Nicol Gibson.)
- Ada A., D. 3 Oct. 1873 A. 11 Yrs. (Ada Ann, born 3 october 1861, daughter of Jeanette Nicol Gibson.)
- Eugenie D. 16 Aug. 1861 A. 11 Ms. (Eugenie aka Eugene, born 28 Aug 1860, son of Adaline Amanda Wright.)
- Juliette D. 9 Feb 1865 A. 9 Ms. (Juliette, aka Julia Etta, born in May 1860, daughter of Adaline Amanda Wright.)
- Lester D. Mar 1866 A. 4 Ms. (Lester, born in November 1865, son of Adaline Amanda Wright.)
- Adaline D. 14 Aug 1870 A. 10 Ms. (Adaline, aka Adeline, born in October 1869, daughter of Adaline Amanda Wright.)
- Cynthia A. D. 29 Oct 1867 A. 4 Ms. (Cynthia A., born in June 1867, daughter of Angeline Shurtliff.)
- Melissa J. D. 4 Aug 1870 A. 1 Yr 5 Ms. (Melissa J., born in March 1869, daughter of Angeline Shurtliff.)
- Orlander D. 13 June 1866 A. 11 Yrs (Orlander, born in July 1865, son of Mary Ann Covington 1841-1920.)
- Louisa D. 15 Aug. 1870 A. 22 Ms. (Louisa, born in 1868, daughter of Susan Hannah Covington.)
- David Loudon D. 24 FEB 1863 Aged about 36 Yrs. (not a member of Chauncey's family, have no other information about him)
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
On the south side of the West family monument in the Ogden City Cemetery is the burial information for Chauncey's nieces and nephews, children of his sister Adelia. Since the monument is being replaced by the West family organization in May 2009, we would like to include the descendants of the Hoagland family in the special dedicatory services. If anyone knows Hoagland family members who would be interested in the West family reunion and monument replacement, please forward this information on to them. The Hoagland children born to John and Adelia [West] Hoagland were:
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Elnora Amelia West (1887-1978)
Albertha Amanda West (1889-1954)
Albert Raymond West (1891-1911)
Clarence Josiah West (1893-1976)
Juanita May West (?-1967)
Albert died when he was 31 years old, on 19 April 1894 in Preston, Franklin, Idaho. He was buried 21 April 1894 at the Ogden City Cemetery.
Ten years after Albert passed away, his wife Julia remarried. On 21 December 1904 in Big Timber, Sweet Grass, Montana, Julia Amelia Anderson West married Oscar Benjamin Curtis and they had four children. See the Benjamin Kingman Curtis Blog include the Oscar Benjamin Curtis marriage post for more details about the Curtis family. Children:
Anita M. Curtis (about 1904- ?)
Oscar Andersen Curtis (1907-?)
stillborn male child (1908)
Jetta Lorraine Curtis (1910-1951)
At age 63, Oscar preceded Julia in death on 22 January 1921. Fifteen years later, Julia passed away on 27 October 1936. She was 70 years old and was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
- Margaret H. West (1847-1848)
- Chauncey Walker West, Jr. (1849-1894)
- Joseph Alva West (1851-1926)
- John Abraham West (1856-1925)
- Josephine West (1862-1862)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
- Deseret News, 29 August 1855, letter #1
- Deseret News, 5 September 1855, letter #2
- Deseret News, 26 September 1855, letter #3
- Deseret News, 24 October 1855, letter #4
- Deseret News, 14 November 1855, letter #5
"...Defeat is not the end for truly good men and women.
"Today I will share with you in brief form the story of 17 men who served the Church in a cause they considered a failure. The cause was the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to India, Burma, and Siam (Thailand) between 1851 and 1856. I first became aware of this great chapter in Church history when I wrote about it in my master's thesis. Recently, with many more sources and resources, I have rewritten the story of the mission: Nothing More Heroic: The Compelling Story of the First LDS Missionaries in India (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1999).""The elders who served were obedient. They trusted in the Lord and in their leaders. Among these elders several announced publicly upon their arrival in Utah that they were ready to accept any future assignments from their priesthood leaders. Elder Chauncey Walker West wrote:
"I feel grateful to my Father in Heaven that my life has been spared to mingle again with the saints in these peaceful valleys, and I now report myself on hand for duty whenever the servants of God call, for the Priesthood is my law. ["The India Mission: Letter No. 5," Deseret News 5, no. 36 (14 November 1855): 286]"
Britsch closed his talk by saying, "That we may learn to distinguish between what appears to be success and what is success in eternal terms is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."
Monday, February 25, 2008
The title of the manuscript is "Biographical information regarding the Brewer family ca. 1917-1972," MS9352. I obtained a copy in 1999 of the pages that answered the question about Mary Ann Covington.
The title page of the manuscript is a dedication written by the author, "To my three girls, I dedicate this book that they might know the things of the past and preserve the things of the present for the future" The book of papers included a six page biographical sketch of Chauncey Walker West, who the author states was his grandfather. Then on pages 137-138 was a biographical sketch of Mary Ann Covington Stratton West. The details in the sketch that answer the question about her relationship to Chauncey Walker West include:
Mary Ann Covington was born 31 March 1815 at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, the third child of Berrill Covington and Elizabeth Hodges.... She emigrated to Utah in 1847 in company of her husband, Joseph Albert Stratton.... They came to Utah in 1847 in Joseph Horne's company.... Mary Ann's husband died October 30th 1850 and in 1852 she married Bishop Chauncey Walker West and moved to Ogden three years later where she lived the rest of her life.... She was never blessed with children but she spent a life of service to her Church and her fellow man.
Mary Ann Covington Stratton West died on 5 Oct 1908. The second person by the name of Mary Ann Covington was born in 1841 and died in 1920. Both women were buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, located in Ogden, Utah. The second Mary Ann (1841-1920), had two children, Orlander West (1865-1866), and Milton Josiah West (1868-1937), both of whom were also buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Mary Ann Covington (born 1815) and Sarah Elizabeth Covington (born 1835) were sisters.
Mary Ann Covington (born 1841) and Susan Hannah Covington (born 1850) were sisters.
The two Mary Ann's were also related to each other, being aunt and niece. Their relationship comes through Josiah Covington, brother of Mary Ann (1815) and Sarah Elizabeth (1835). Josiah married Susan Freeman and had six children. Two of his daughters married Chauncey Walker West.
I am not a direct descendant of Chauncey, but I definitely have an ancestral connection. My claim to this great man comes through his fifth wife, Adaline Amanda Wright. After Chauncey's death, Adaline married Isaac Augustus Canfield. Adaline and Isaac had two children, a boy and a girl. Their son died in infancy and their daughter, Ella May Canfield, grew to adulthood, married William Rushmer Curtis, and had twelve children, one of which was my grandmother Ada Curtis.
When searching the ancestry of Chauncey Walker West and Isaac Augustus Canfield, the story comes full circle. By comparing their ancestry, we discover that they were first cousins. When I made this discovery, I understood why my grandmother Ada loved the stories about her "West" ancestors because they were her grandmother Adaline's ancestors through both of her husbands, Chauncey and Isaac. In addition, grandma Ada was named after one of her "West" cousins.
A lot of conflicting information exists about Chauncey's wives. Some have recorded that he had nine, and others have ten. After a considerable amount of research, including diaries and autobiographies located at the Church Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been able to completely resolve this confusion. The details that unravel this mystery will be included on this blog.