Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jeanette Nicol Gibson

Jeanette Nicol Gibson

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 the beginning of January 1851 I & my family embarked with a Company of Saints at Liverpool on board the Ship George W. Bourne bound for New Orleans. When we arrived after a voyage of eight weeks I was appointed President of the Company. On arriving at New Orleans I charted the Steamer Concordia to take us up the River to St. Louis where we arrived after a quick trip of one week the latter end of March. [See National Archives Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820–1902, Microfilm 259, Roll 33, November 1, 1850–March 21, 1851]

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.]

William Gibson was, by trade, a wood and iron turner. He died in Salt Lake City on 5 June 1875. His wife, Janet (Nicol) Gibson, died there eight years later on 12 June 1883. (William is pictured at the left)

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.

Heber West and Alice Bell were joined in marriage in a ceremony held at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on Heber’s birthday — 8 January 1884. They made their home in the rough-and-tumble frontier town of Pocatello, Idaho, where Heber worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a master mechanic in the central roundhouse. He prided himself not only in his skill as a mechanic, but also in his style of dress, always careful to be resplendently attired. For their first breakfast, Alice prepared two eggs for Heb. He was a superstitious man, and asked her never again to serve him an even number of eggs. So from that time on he had three.

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:

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:

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’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

Top of monument, facing west

The two names on the top of the monument facing north are for two of Chauncey's children. Transcription and details include:
  • 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.

Bottom of monument, facing west

A transcription and added details about each person listed on this section of the monument:
Children of C.W. West
  • 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

Angeline Shurtliff's headstone

Angeline Shurtliff, wife of Chauncey Walker West. She was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, but not at the West family plot where other family were buried. We do not know who had this monument placed on her burial site, especially because both of her children, daughters of herself and Chauncey died in infancy. Perhaps she remarried after Chauncey's death and had other children by a second marriage who had this monument placed for her. The information on her monument reads:

Angeline Shurtliff
Wife of C. West
Feb. 8, 1843
Jan. 25, 1910

The information from the cemetery plat sheets on FHL microfilm 1672572 includes the following details:
Angelina West
Father: Elisah Shurtliff; Mother: Cynthia Noble; Husband: C. West
Born: Massa, Feb 8, 1843; Died: Roy, Utah Jan 25, 1910; Buried: Jan 27, 1910, Ogden City Cemetery. [Massa was an abbreviation for Massachusetts. Her death certificate is available online at FamilySearch Record Search and also the Utah State Archives website.]

The north side of the West monument

During the summer of 2003 I spent some time at the Ogden City Cemetery taking pictures of monuments and headstones for ancestors on both my lines and my husband's. This monument is for Chauncey Walker West, my 2nd great-grandmother's first husband.

The monument was destroyed several years ago by vandals one night. Evidently the damage was done by kids who drove their car into the monument, breaking it into pieces. An attempt was made to put the pieces back together, but the evidence of the damage is clearly visible. This view of the monument was taken from the north, looking south in the late afternoon. The writing on the stone book is worn, but the following was barely readable, the left side of the open book reads:

"Even __ from __ __ forth blessed __ are the dead who die in the Lord" D & C page 13

The right side reads: "Thou who asleep in Jesus __ God bring with __" I Thes

The section under the stone book and before the bottom section reads: "Erected by Joseph A. West as a tribute of affection to the memory of departed family this June 1879"

The bottom section of the north side of the West monument is etched with the details for Chauncey's death, and two of his wives. The inscription reads:

Chauncey W. West
Died 6th Jan 1870
Aged 42 Yrs 11 Ms 3 Ds

Mary Hoagland
Died 7 Aug 1870
Aged 41 Yrs, 6 Ms, 16 Ds

Jenette Gibson
Died 4 Aug 1865
Aged 25 Yrs 3 Ms 23 Ds

Joseph Alva West was the owner of the two adjoining lots where several West family members were buried. Joseph paid $200.00 for perpetual care for both plots (Lot 21, Block 5, Plat A and Lot 20, Block 5, Plat A).  The plat sheet states that there were no surface indications to show where each person was actually buried, but that the "monument called for 24 interments on this and adjoint lot 20-5-A. Our records show two adults and five children." The plat sheet also stated that additional information was taken from an old record book dated 1859-1887 and on page 276 there was an indication that Louisa West, age 1, and Adeline West were also buried in the area where the monument was later erected. (See FHL film 1672571 for the plat sheet cemetery record.)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

John and Adelia West Hoagland

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:
1. Alice Cornelia (died when she was nine years old and was buried at the West family plot)
2. Mary Adelia (died when she was seven years old and was buried at the West family plot)
3. John Aaron
4. Quincy Alva (died when she was seven months old and was buried at the West family plot)
5. Elizabeth (died when she was six months old and was buried at the West family plot)
6. Louis Gerald
7. George Quincey
8. Franklin Leo
9. Winnetta W.
10. Clarence Aaron