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Charles Denney, Jr.

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: September 11, 1937 (88)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Denney, Sr. and Mary Ann Denney
Husband of Lucy Denney and Sarah Ann Gold
Father of Lorenzo Denney; Hazel Isabel Denney; Laura Alberta Berrett; Abraham Brigham Charles Denney; Minnie Elizabeth Smith and 8 others
Brother of Elizaebeth Hannibal; Stephen Denney; Rebecca Jemima Denney; Jabez Denney; Henry Denney and 7 others

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About Charles Denney, Jr.

Biographical Summary:

"...Perhaps as this book may come into the hands of my children in years to come, it would be well to give a brief account of my father and mother before I proceed with my own account:

My Father Charles Denney:

My father, Charles Denney was born December 17th 1822 in York Street (afterwards called Central Street) City Road, London, County of Middlesex England, Gt Britain. His Father (Geo Denney) who was a Freemason, died when he was about 40 years of age, my father at the time being about 12 months old. My father’s mother died when in her 49th year, both died in London. His mother’s name was Sarah Day, previous to her marriage with George Denney. They were married at St. Pancras Church Euston Road London about 1810, my father had 1 brother named George and two sisters, the eldest named Mariah Ann, and the other Caroline Sarah, both sisters living at this date. The brother dying many years since. My father’s father was a carpenter and builder by trade, and was born in Aundle, Northamptonshire, England, he died in St. Luke’s Parish, London. My father’s grandfather died in Aundle. My father’s mother died in 1831 in York Street, City Road, where her husband, my father’s father died.

My father lived with his mother until she died in York Street, at her death he was sent to live at boarding school at Aundle Northamptonshire England. At the latter place he received a good common school education. At 14 years of age he was apprenticed to a silver smith, in Clerkenwell London, but the work appeared too heavy for him, so he was reapprentised to a watch maker in London.

After his apprenticeship, he worked for several houses in Clerkenwell, among which were Mr.’s Dunn, Gillauma, Benson, Bennett and others on Ludgate Hill + Fleet Str. London. After his marriage with my mother, Mary Ann Dangerfield, Sept. 17, 1847 (?), they lived in different parts of London, Napier Street, Rahiar street, Windsor Terrace Black Lane Kingslane, (where I was born) City Road, ---(?)ton Green, and City Garden Row, where I and they migrated from. They migrated in the year 1873 July 4th from Liverpool, bringing with them, Henry, Alfred, Willard David, and Arthur Jessie, Jabez about 20 years of age was left behind in London (he emigrated to Utah in 1884). They had 13 children altogether, their names in their proper order are as follows: Elizabeth, Charles (myself) Stephen, Rebecca, Jabez, Henry, Alfred, Mary Ann, Fredrick, Prince Joseph, William, Willard David, Arthur Jessie all born about 2 years after each other, Stephen, Prince Joseph, William, Fredrick, and Mary Ann, died in London, previous to my parents leaving London. ---(?)duard and Rebecca emigrated to Utah in 1871 arriving in the fall. My father died in Salt Lake City on the 30th of October 1875 in the 11th ward at 11 o’clock, and was buried in the north west corner of the new cemetery, on Monday about 4 p.m.

After my father and mother arrived in this city, which they did on the 24th of July 1873, they did not live very happy together, about the same as they had lived ever since they were married, and my father took to drinking worse than ever. This was his great failing, drinking aggravated his naturally impatient temper, and many cross words were used by both while living at Butcherville, Salt Lake City, Mother got a divorce from the probate court, from Father. This was on a Saturday, and on the following Monday she was married to her brother in law Charles West, this seemed to have the effect of sinking his spirit (fathers) or at least he said so. He lived with us till spring of the following year after which he lived in several parts of the city, occasionally working at his old trade, but kept drinking still more than before which finally killed him. He was book agent and treasurer for the Goswell Road branch for many years, also he held the priesthood, for many years, first, Deacon, then Priest, Teacher, and Elder which office he held at the time of his death in Salt Lake City, October 31st (?) 1875 in the old Mr. Larkins old house.

My Mother, Mary Ann Dangerfield.====

My mother was born in Napier Str. or College Lane, wyrnatts(??) street on August 11th, 1829, in London, England. Her father’s name was Thomas Dangerfield, and her mother’s name before her marriage Caroline Buckwell, both Baptists. My Mother had a moderate education and was brought up as a Baptist, she learned the trade of Fancy Box Making and millinery, besides other light trades businesses.

She had 4 brothers and 4 sisters 5 of whom grew up to manhood and womanhood. Their names were: Thomas, Amelia, Charles, Henry, Eliza, Jabez, and Martha, all born in London, England. She emigrated to Utah July 4th, 1873 and arrived in Salt Lake City Utah on July 24th 1873. Was not happily married to my father, divorced him + married her brother-in-law Charles West. In the 11th ward. Her father was a leather lace maker by trade, and was the first one to sell leather boot lace in England, both her father and mother were very good people, very kind and set a good example to all around.

Charles Denney My Own Account; dated Oct. 22, 1876

I was born in Back Lane, Kingsland Patriot Middlesex County England, August 11th 1849. I was raised for most part in St. Lukes Parish and attended St. Mathews school in City Road. At the age of 7 or 8 years, I used to run errands for my father, and worked with him at his trade, watchmaking, which trade I did not like. Soon after I was 9 years old I was baptized by Elder George D(?) Ferguson, in the Latter Day Saint meeting house (room) Holborn(?) London and confirmed by my father the same night. I was ordained a deacon on the 13th of February 1866 under the hands of Elder Andrew Harvey, President of the Goswell Road Branch London. (Ordained an elder in the Endowment House Salt Lake City April 25, 1870 by W.H. Folsom.

At the age of nine I first went to work with my grandfather at no. 20 Forston Street, London England, where I remained till I left for America which was on the 24th of May 1866 on the ship American Congress, which sunk about 6 years after. During the time I was working at my grandfather’s I saved a great deal of money, with some of which I bought the materials and Father made my watch, which I have at date of writing. I also saved up money to pay for my emigration, which was between five and six pounds, about 30 dollars, in American gold coin, half of which I changed in New York, the other I changed on the plains. My Grandfather was very kind to me, also my grandmother, who also gave me lots of money. My grandfather was a leather boot lace maker and had worked at that ever since he was 6 or eight years of age, till he died, at the age of 68 years. I learned the trade in all its branches – cutting, rounding, finishing, tagging, both tin + wire etc. When I first went to work for my grandfather he gave me 1 shilling per week, besides furnishing my boots, he then raised my wages to 1 shilling and six pence or 35 cents, then to 2 shillings, then to half crown, 3 shillings, 3 + 6 pence and to 4 shillings, and when I told him that I was going to leave for Utah, he felt bad and said he would give me 12 shillings per week and the next year would give me 1 pound per week. While I was working in my spare time I used to amuse myself making all manner of toys, pumps, ships, wagon for a Guinea pig which I had a harness for the pig etc.

Meetings + Schools

I was very fond of going to meeting and to Sunday School, very seldom missing either.

Conduct + Singing

I generally had a pretty good character for good behavior and general good conduct. I was very fond of singing, I attended a great many practices and belonged to several choirs, singing in concerts and in meetings under Geo. Careless, Bro. Richan and John Nankerville and Geo. Joseph Adams and others.

Emigrating to Utah

I left London, or rather home, no. 32 City Garden Row, City Road London about 4 p.m. May 23, 1866, and went down to the London docks and went on board the American Congress, a very fine sailing vessel. I was sea sick for about 3 weeks straight ahead, I really thought that I was going to die, but about 3 weeks after we started, Bro. Ino Nicholson, one of the presidents of the vessel, gave me about a tablespoonful of brandy, and I began to mend from that time. I helped to serve out the provisions on board the ship. We used to have some good times on board, singing, dancing, and we had pretty good weather, very little storms, and a generally prosperous voyage, landing in New York on July 4th 1866 or rather 5th. I had my bunk on the 2nd deck. On board I got acquainted with a number of boys, one whose name was Robert Pike, who was drowned soon after leaving New York as he was passing from the steamer to the shore, he was much respected by all on board, his body was found about 2 days after the saints left the New Haven steam boat station, where he was drowned. We left New York on the afternoon of the 5th and arrived at the New Haven Steam Ship Station by the next morning, stayed there that day. In the afternoon we took the cars for St. Joseph, MO, which occupied about 6 days. We arrived at St. Joseph early in the morning and were to leave about 7 or 8 o’clock, upon one of the river steamers for Wyoming, Nebraska. While the men were unloading the luggage from the cars to the steamer Bro. Riter and myself went into town to buy some provisions for those who had none to last them 2 days on the boat, the length of time the steamer took to travel from St. Joseph to Wyoming, and while we were gone they had finished loading the luggage, and while we were returning to the boat we heard the steam boat whistle, and when we came in sight of the landing, saw the steamer about half a mile on her journey up the river and we were left behind. We made the best we could of it, and went back to where we had bought the 40 loaves of bread and got them to take them back and spent most of the day there. We found that the folks that kept the store were apostates, they had been to Utah and had gone back dissatisfied. While in St. Joseph as it is called, I visited one of their meeting houses with a young boy who went to act as a deacon, and clean up the house. It was in this place that I first tasted gum, the boy gave me a piece. On the 2nd day I visited the market place and bought some mutton and potatoes which the store keeper where we bought the bread kindly cooked for me, to take with us on the boat. The first night after arriving in St. Joseph, I slept in a wagon box on some hay. The next night we went and slept on the steam boat, so that we would not be left behind again and on the 2nd day after in the afternoon we reached Wyoming, where I found my luggage, a box and a sack which contained all that I possessed in this world, consisting of some clothing, a few tools, etc. I stayed in Wyoming that night, and the next afternoon started on the journey across those long, dreary, desolate plains, about one thousand miles to our destination.

I was in one respect more fortunate than many others, some of them having to stay in Wyoming 5 or 6 weeks. On the next afternoon day after my arrival in Wyoming, one of the brethren asked me if I would not like to go on, I told him yes, and he told me to get my luggage and get into a wagon that was just ready to start and after they had taken my box from me, as being too heavy to take along and putting all my things into my sack, I started on my journey with about 500 others in about 60 wagons, across the plains. Here I knew scarcely anybody, almost an entire stranger in a strange land, yet I did not feel discouraged, but still desired to go on to the valleys of the mountains. On the first afternoon we traveled about a mile, just to say we had made a start and then camped for the night.

The first evening we camped, the captain of the company, Bro. Halliday of Alpine or American Fork Utah Co. Utah, called the camp together and held a meeting, instructing the saints in regards to their duties, the dangers of the people, in leaving the camp, and giving good, kind, fatherly advice etc. We then had prayers and retired for the night. We used to have prayers every evening, previous to retiring, about 8 o’clock, which I think I never missed. I enjoyed good health, the whole journey through, although I did not have as much food as I could have eaten.

It must have been about the 14th of July 1866, when we left Wyoming for Salt Lake City. We traveled the old road, that is the road the pioneers traveled, I think or at least the one traveled by the saints for a number of years previous to this time. As I did not keep a journal of course I must depend on my memory for what I write now.

In the wagon that I was put in, there was (2) two families, Bro. And Sister Balmforth and six children, and Bro. + Sister Isaac Woods no children, making eleven in all. On our wagon cover our teamaster wrote the name “Weber Sal”. And that is what our wagon was known by. Our teamster’s name was Joe ---? From Weber, a pretty good kind of man, but rough like the rest of the teamsters. On another wagon was “Pony Express” to Salt Lake, “Pikes Peak or Bust by Golly”, and another one “The Mountain Boy”. The Pony Express was driven by Mart Lenzi or as he used to be called, “Pony” because he was a short stumpy sort of a fellow and full of fun. Another wagon was driven by Tom Brown, which was loaded with coal oil for the old tabernacle, and the theatre. Most of the wagons had some church freight in them in addition to the emigrants and their luggage. There was nothing particularly exciting in our journey. But well I remember the first death that took place on the plains, the scene I shall never forget. I think it was about 2 weeks after we started on the plains and I think it was a sister. A rough box was made somewhat in the shape of a coffin, with no lining, or anything of that kind, the grave was dug on a hill a little way from the side of the road, and the train was stopped for noon, she was buried in the afternoon the train went on, almost as though nothing had happened. We had about 6 deaths on the plains, all buried alike. On the road here and there we would see a piece of wood about the size of a picket, stuck up, it was the “tomb stone” of some weary emigrant, who was tired of the long and weary journey by the ox team and had taken his last long rest or perhaps a toil worn saint, who with his handcart had given up under what might be considered one of the most wearisome and laborious journeys ever undertaken by man or woman in this or any other generation. Another tombstone would mark the last resting place of some loved son or daughter who over taken by cholera or other disease incident to the plains had bid their parents or brothers and sisters go on while they weary of the march, laid down for their last long sleep. In other places nothing but two cross bones of oxen would mark the grave of the sleeping traveler, with his or her name written on the bones. These land marks were not touched by the travelers but left all alone in the solitude of death, with none but the eye of that all seeing God, who does not let even a sparrow fall to the ground without His notice to watch over them. Others were not so fortunate, if it might so be called, as to have even a box to be laid in, but had to be rolled in a blanket, and in that way were buried. Here and there might be seen holes in the ground about 10 or 15 feet down from the graves, which were made by wolves, who in their desperate hunger had burrowed into the graves and feasted on the remains of some buried traveler. But let us leave this dreary scene and take another view of the long march.

As we traveled on day after day, we would see herds of buffalo, deer and other wild animals that inhabit this great American desert. Some of our team masters would take their rifles in hand and perhaps be fortunate enough to kill one, then the most favored ones in camp would get a small piece of this fresh meat, which was considered quite a luxury, others would shoot rabbits and etc. The principle food I got was flour and bacon, one pound of flour per day was all I was allowed and about one pound of bacon per week. The flour I used to make into dumplings and the bacon I used to fry. On one occasion I had a treat in the shape of a couple of rabbit’s heads, which I cleaned and boiled, and thought I had a feast.

As we journeyed up the Platte river I used to go fishing and would cook what I caught for supper. I used to do all my own washing as I did not know anyone scarcely that I thought would do it for me. I enjoyed good health all the way acrossed the plains. One night in particular I must speak of as being the first that I ever passed in the open air, in the pouring rain. There was no room in the wagon for me and I had to walk about the whole of the night as I could find no place to lay down in. The rain poured down very hard and I was dripping wet through the whole night. I thought the morning would never come, we could get no fire and I could get no shelter. But I felt that it was all right. The teamsters would used to have some good times, at night they would have their dances and songs, games etc. but I felt too strange to try to join in with them. The night herders used to sleep in the wagons during most of the day and watch the cattle at night and protect the train from Indian raids while the others slept.

The train which started out ahead of us from Wyoming was attacked by Indians and a number of their oxen were driven off, so that they had to leave a great part of their luggage behind, we passed the same spot 2 days afterwards and saw their luggage, but as we were heavily loaded, we could not take any of their luggage along. There was nothing connected with our journey very much different to what all others who traveled the same way experienced. One night however I must write about, as it seemed to me at the time the longest night I ever saw. In the afternoon it commenced to rain and continued to do so until dark. It was now bed time, but I had no place to lay my head, the wagon then containing its 10 persons was too crowded, and the ground was soaking wet, and I had but 1 knotted quilt for bed clothes. I laid down under the wagon for a short time but was soon sopping wet I could do nothing else but walk around all night in the rain and I thought the morning would never come. At about 6 o’clock the rain quit and I gathered some “Buffalo Chips” dried cattle dung and made a fire and dried myself as best I could.

One young woman acted very kind to me on one occasion (I think her name was George before she was married) and I must never forget it. She told me if I would carry her some water and some “buffalo chips” she would wash my shirt and quilt for me. I carried the water and “wood” for her, then she told me that her mother said she could not do it, so I had to do it myself. The way I washed my shirt was like this- I would go into the water with it on, then after I had splashed about awhile and rubbed my shirt I would lay it on the bank to dry while I went into the water again so you see I was clean myself and had a clean shirt to put on.

When we had got a good way on our journey a Bro. Meeks took me to drive a team for him for about 2 weeks, till we arrived on this side of Green River, when he took a different road and I left him. When at Weber a person wanted to hire me, but I wanted to come on to Salt Lake, so I didn’t stop there.

It was on the night of the 25th of September 1866, that we made our last camp out. Early next morning, we were up and doing. This place I think must have been what is called Hardy’s Station. The most of us boys put on some of our Sunday go to meeting clothes and started off to walk to the city ahead of the train. But it seemed like a tremendous long walk in Parley’s Canyon we met several parties who had come to meet their friends and relatives, but I thought I had no one to meet me, so I journeyed along till I came to the mouth of the canyon, I shall never forget my feelings as I looked upon the city of Salt Lake from the bench at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon, it seemed so beautiful to me. I walked down the road till I came to a place between the cotton factory of President Young and what is known as Smoot’s Factory. About a mile ahead of me I saw a couple of teams and I said to myself, “I’ll rest here till these teams pass me, then I will proceed on my journey”. So I sat down by the road side till the first one, a horse team came up, the man who was driving it asked me if I knew a boy in the train which was coming into sight, by the name of Charles Denney. I replied, “I’m the one”. He said, “Jump on and I’ll take you home.” But he did not tell me his name, and I did not know him. In a little while I found out that he was my brother-in-law- David Wm Leaker, and the young woman who was riding with him was my cousin, Caroline West and she gave me a couple of nice ripe peaches, the first I had ever tasted in my life. In a few minutes Uncle Jabez Dangerfield came up with an ox team , they were going to the canyon for wood, for firing and fencing. Leaker took Caroline down to the Brigham Young Factory and then came back and brought me to town.

From town we went over to Mr. Little’s farm on the other side of Mill Creek , 6th ward where my sister Elizabeth and Annie Leaker were staying for a couple of days with Aunt and Uncle West. Three days after arriving in the valley I made my first trip to the canyon with Bro. Leaker for firewood. After that I helped him on the farm digging potatoes, mending fences etc. My next job was herding cattle and horses over on the farm for about 6 weeks, and then more canyon work.

About this time was the trouble with the Indians in San Pete and I enlisted in the militia of Salt Lake County 3rd regiment, C. Crow captain of the company, but I did not go to San Pete, I worked around home which was at Bro. Leaker’s, till the 13 of May 1867 when I got work at the Deseret New Office. I. A. Thompson was foreman at the time. I went as devil and received $6 a week, I used to attend Sunday School in the 11th ward a Bro. Thompson was superintendent at the time. I went through the different branches of the printing office and on --- ---- ---- was apprenticed for three years and was to receive $250 for the first year, $300 for the next and $350 for the next year. At the end of my apprenticeship I worked by the piece and have continued till the present Jan. 8, 1877 at type setting 50c per 1000 ems is the present price. The price was formerly 75c, it was reduced to 65c then to 60c, afterwards to 50c. When Mr. Thompson gave up the job of being foreman he was succeeded by Mr. Samuel Roberts, from London and he was succeeded by a Mr. Joseph Bull who I think without exception was the most disagreeable man I ever knew, I really believe that you could not find a man more generally disliked anywhere, he was ridiculed of all the boys in the office and none of the men had any regard for him, he had the great misfortune of thinking he knew it all, when all around could see his ignorance and knew that he scarcely knew anything. He had one gift however, that of being able to talk a person “to death almost” which perhaps made up for his other deficiencies. When I first went to the office there were working there Bro. A. Carrington, Editor, Wm Shires, and Geo. Reed, Clerks, Mr. I. A. Thompson, Foreman, Wm Price, or Billy, as we used to call him, Sime dead, Theodore Smith, John Priestly, John Evans, Wm Fuller, Samuel Roberts, Ephraim McMillan + Larson Pratt, Compositors, Richard Mathews, Machine Foreman, and Archibald Freelavin, Pressman, Joe Thorpe, Office Boy, and Myself. There have been a great many changes since that time to the present. A new building has been built, a large amount of machinery has been brought and many improvements made in various ways.

Marriage etc.

I received my endowments May 25th 1870 and was ordained an Elder the same day by Elder Romney, ordained a Seventy March 31, 1876 by Seventy Jos. H. Felt, ordained a High Priest Nov. 30, 1919. I had tried to spark one or two girls up to this time, but of course, like many others I could not find one that suited me, till on the first of May 1871 I thought I would go to Lindsey’s Gardens. I left work about ½ past 4 and went in my work clothes up there. There was quite a crowd playing Copenhagen, and I saw a girl there, with such beautiful golden hair, a fair countenance and plump form, light eyes and rosy cheeks standing round the ring, (her name was Sarah Ann Gold) there being a number of girls + boys there that I was acquainted with. I joined in the game, and this very girl came and as is the way of playing the game, touched my hand and I had to catch her. I lost no time I assure you but caught her before she could get out of the ring, and of course I kissed her. That was how it commenced, so of course the time came to go home and I accompanied her as far as her place where she lived at Mrs. E. L. Sloan’s 20th ward, another girl went part way with us, Annie Tremaine, was her name, but she left and joined her beau and so left us alone. I asked her (Sarah) if I might see her again and she said “Yes”. Next evening I went to her place. She was outside with some other girls and one or two boys, and one of the latter as I thought, used her rather roughly, striking her, and I remonstrated with him and struck him and came near having a fight, although he was much larger than myself. We agreed to meet on Sunday evening next and so continued our courtship. I should have stated that it was on this same Sunday night that I popped the question and well she did not say no. We kept company in this way for one year and about seven months. About a year before our marriage, Susan Sugden emmigrated from England, and with Sarah’s consent, I became engaged to her also, all of us to be married at the same time. But Susan, after a time backed out of the engagement and married a man named George Cole. Sarah Ann and I never quarreled during the whole of our courtship and scarcely any since. We were married on the 2nd of December, 1872 at the Endowment House Salt Lake City by President Daniel H. Wells and had our likeness taken the same day (50 years after on the same date we had our likeness taken in Murray Utah). My sister Rebecca was married the same day to Joseph W. Taylor, they were married about ½ past 3 and we were married at ¼ to 4 p.m. Sarah Ann had one brother who was married, Cyrus Gold and two who were single, Joseph and Francis, besides several cousins, all being in the city. We had a good time at our wedding. Had a dance in the old school house till midnight and then supper at Leaker’s and kept up the party until 3 or 4 in the morning at their house.

About the month of August 1872 I commenced to build this house in the 11th ward, which is exactly 6 blocks east of the city hall, and finished it excepting painting it by the middle of November. It was then one story high, length of building, 30 x 16 outside, rooms 9 ½ ft. high. In 1874 I had the roof taken off and another story built, making four rooms in all and a cellar. I bought the land it stands on from a Brother Adams who lived at Alpine City, Utah County, Utah Territory, and paid him $250.00 for it, 25 rods, 5 x 5 rods and had to sell a cow + calf that I had to help get it.


Laura Alberta Denney was born Oct. 2, 1873 in her father’s house about a quarter past 5 p.m. Blessed Oct. 19, (about) by Bp. McRae, Baptized in the Endowment House Oct. 3rd 1881 and confirmed Oct. 23 by Bp. McRae in the 11th ward school house.

Abraham Brigham Charles Denney was born in the same house (NOV?) 24th 1875 about 20 minutes past 7 p.m. X his mark Feb 26, 1877 Died Feb 22, 1878 at five minutes to one past noon.

Minnie Elizabeth born Dec. 26, 1877 at 12 noon in same house, blessed 1st Thursday in March (7th) 1877 by Bp. McRae as mouth + councilors. Her name was written + date Dec. 25, 78. Baptized in the Endowment House by Br. Jos Lotham Feb. 2 1886, confirmed Feb 4 1886 by Wm A. McMaster in 11th ward Fast Meeting.

Jessie Louisa, born at 11:55 p.m. Feb. 22 1880 in same house, blessed by Bp. A. McRae March 21, 1880.

Lorenzo (Lucy’s) born Jan 18, 1882 Died Jan. (Feb?) 18, 1882, burried Jan (Feb?) 19, 1882 next to Charley’s grave in S.L. Cemetery.

Franklin Gold Denney (son of Sarah Ann + Charles Denney) was born at 5 p.m. March 12, 1882, in 11th ward. Sis. Dunbar attending, present Lucy Flowers Denney and Aunt Eliza West. He was ordained a Deacon, under the hands of Bishop Phillips + councilors + others, his father, Charles Denney being mouth, on June 4th 1893 about 10 o’clock p.m. Sunday

Hazel Isabel, Daughter of Charles Denney + Lucy Flowers in 11th ward S.L.C. June 11th, 1883

Naomi Ann Denney daughter of Sarah Ann + Charles, born in 11th ward S.L.C. Tuesday Jan. 19th, 1886 baptized April 30, 1894 by John Cartinight(?)

Caroline Ruth born 15 minutes after Naomi, born 15 minutes after Naomi, Jan 19,1886 baptized April 30, 1892 both blessed the 1st Tuesday in March 1886.

Samuel Joseph Denney born March 17, 1888 in Union Ward S.L. County, he was blessed Sunday April 22, 1888 in the hands of Bp. Phillips + councilors , & Charles Denney mouth.

John Denney son of C. + S.A. Denney born in Union ward on Sat. May 9, 1891. Sis. Carrie Johnson + Dr. Ellis Shipp attending. Blessed Thursday June 4, 1891 by Bp. Phillips + Councilors + C. Denney the latter being the mouth.

Wilford Edison Denney son of Chas. + S.A. Denney born in Union Ward S.L. County July 5th at 5 min. to 6 a.m. 1893, Sis. Fones attending, he was blessed on Thursday Aug 3, 1893 by Bp. Phillips + Council, James S. James + others, C. Denney being mouth.

Henry Independence Thompson Denney born July 4, 1897 in Union S.L. County died Feb 1, 1898. Buried in S.L.C. Cemetery.

Sarah Ann Gold (Denney)

Was born on the 11th of April 1854 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Her father’s name was Joseph Gold, and her mother’s maiden name Sarah Thompson, her mother died September 25th 1860 and was burried at Fillongley, Warwickshire, England, they did not live very happily together. After the death of her mother, Sarah Ann went to live with her Aunt, Elizabeth (Kennell) Thompson and Uncle Joseph Thompson, she being then , 6 years, six months, and 14 days old, she emigrated to America on the 30th of June, 1868 on the steamship Minnesota, arrived at New York about the 13th of July 1868 and Ogden + Salt Lake City Aug. 20th 1868 and in a few days after went to Weber Canyon to work for Bishop Rowlens of Cottonwood on the railroad, remained there about three weeks then came to Salt Lake City, her cousin, Mary Ann Butler in the 16th ward, then went to live at John Paul’s a butcher, at Butcherville, afterwards to Stringham’s in 8th ward, then to 20 ward school, was then living in Maser’s house, then moved to Payne’s house 12th ward with her brother Cyrus, then hired out a brother E.P. Sloan’s family 20th ward and stayed there till she got acquainted with C. Denney. Later lived with Bro. And Sis. Sadler of the 17th ward, then w(?) Henry Sadler + wife married from Sis – Fox 17th ward next to Apostle Woodruff. Was baptized for Jane Collie (dead) in Feb. or March, 1873 and sealed to C. Denney for her the next Monday. Also on May 19th 1875 baptized for Elizabeth Hazelwood, sealed to C. Denney on following Monday, Emily Jenn(?) sealed to C. D. on following Mo. And Mary Collie Jane’s Mother, who was sealed to her husband, C. Denney being proxy (both being dead) on 24th of May 1875.

My wife, Sarah Ann Gold Denney, died at her new home residence on Union Avenue, opposite 5th East Street in Union Preci S.L. Co. Utah, on May 18, 1925 at 11:45 a.m. Surrounded by all her children and Charles Denney her devoted husband + some friends from wha(?) Drs. Hosmer, Alley _ C.C. Jensen said was extreme blood pressure. She died without a struggle, conscious almost to the last, but could not speak. She has gone to the paradise of God, Heaven has no better Saints than her. She was a counselor and member of the Relief Society for many years, and President of the Religion Class some years ago.


Lucy Flowers was married to me in the Endowment House Salt Lake City, on April 24, 1876.

Lorenzo Denney (Lucy’s baby) born January 18, 1882, he died one month later Feb. 18, 1882 and was buried in S.L. Cemetery next to Charley’s grave the 19th at 5 p.m.

Hazel Isabel Denney (Lucy’s baby) was born June 11th 1883 in 11th ward s(?) at our house.

We agreed to separate some years later after I came out of the prison where I served 6 months for unlawful cohabitation, with hundreds of my brethren, because we would not agree to abide by the anti polygamy law which we believed was unconstitutional, polygamy being part of our religion.

From Aug. 11, 1876

Not having kept any particular account of day and date up to this time I thought for my own benefit and for the benefit of others, perhaps it would be well to keep an account of each day as it transpired and after stating a few other things will commence at date of writing Feb 26, 1877, I held the office of Seventy 23rd quorum a teacher in the 11th ward, Sec of the 11th ward Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association, leader of the ward choir, for the Sunday School. Assistant Sec. Of the Bee Keepers Society and several other minor offices. Have been ward teacher for about 6 or 7 years, attended Sunday School regular for about 10 years, been a member of the ward choir about 9 years, I stood my first year guard in the 11th ward to guard against robbers + rowdy U.S. Soldiers with bro. Wickens, Hy Coulam, Geo. Coulam, Hy Tuckett and others. May 13, 1875 and continued every 12th night for 2 months

I was baptized in the Endowment House May 19th 1875 for the following persons, Mr. John (?) Collie, Arthur Merlish (1844) Mr. Biner (1868) Charles Castle, Wm. Newborn, James Heabold, James Up(???) James Pyper, James Briscol, Wm. Sackley, James Bartlett, Charles Couard, Geo. Roberts, Frank Evans, Mr. Brittle of City Garden Row, Wm Vincent, dito (Garden City), Mr. Padman (dito), Geo Denney G Grandfather, Geo Denney grandfather Geo Denney Uncle. Benjamin Denney, Edward Fitzgerald and was confirmed for them on the same day (see journal of Aug. 14, 1894 for more baptism On Sunday morning Sept. 17th, 1876 at 8:20 I baptized my brother Willard David Denney, and Charles, Jessie West, son of Aunt and Uncle Charles and Eliza West in City Creek Canyon, this was my first attempt at baptizing.

I was appointed leader of the 11th ward S. S. Choir the latter part of May or early in June 1876, when Bro. Joliez Taylor was called on a mission to England. On March 18, 1877 was appointed Treasurer of the S.S. General donations.

Commenced studying the Spanish language about May 1875.

About Nov. 26th I was baptized into the United Order.

Nov. (?) 1876 traded for a cow, traded her off for another cow and on Nov 9 bought the cow we have at the date of writing June 17, 1877

Jan. 1, 1877 Bought a red heifer from Sis Johnson 11th ward for $10.00 and on June 13th 1877 sent her to herd at point of Mt. West Mr Hy Le Chimmer had my brand made C.D. 2 ½ in. and recorded on June 4, 1877 on right shoulder and branded calf June 6, 1877. Also bought a cow of Mr. Samuel House..."

SOURCE: Biography of Charles Denney born August 11th, 1849 in London, England, eldest son of Charles and Mary Ann Dangerfield Denney; Written in Salt Lake City, January 1st 1875; Retrieved from

Charles wrote the text to the Mormon Hymn #150, 'O Thou Kind and Gracious Father'

In 1886, Charles was jailed together with hundreds of others for 6 months for unlawful cohabitation under the anti-polygamy laws. Upon release from jail, he separated from his 2nd wife, Lucy.

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Charles Denney, Jr.'s Timeline

August 11, 1849
London, England
October 2, 1873
Age 24
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
November 22, 1875
Age 26
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
December 26, 1878
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
February 22, 1880
Age 30
Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,Utah
January 18, 1882
Age 32
March 12, 1882
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
June 11, 1883
Age 33
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, United States