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Chauncey Walker West, Sr.

Birthplace: Venango, PA, USA
Death: Died in San Francisco, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Alva WEST and Sally BENEDICT
Husband of Sarah Elizabeth West; Jeanette Nicol GIBSON; Jeanette Nicol West; Mary Ann West and Mary West
Father of Heber William WEST; Heber William West; Margaret H. West and Chauncey Walker West, Jr.

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Chauncey Walker West, Sr.

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

Chauncey Walker West (February 6, 1827 – January 9, 1870) was a Mormon pioneer and was a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah Territory. He was among the first Mormon missionaries to preach in Sri Lanka.

"...West was born in Venango, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. He and his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was 16. In 1844, he moved with his parents to Nauvoo, Illinois to join the gathering of Latter Day Saints. In 1847, West's company of Mormon pioneers left Nauvoo for Winter Quarters, Nebraska and then to Salt Lake Valley, arriving on September 29, 1847. Both of West's parents died along the way, and as the oldest child West assumed responsibility for his siblings..."

"...In 1852, West was sent on an LDS Church mission to Asia. West preached in India, Ceylon, and Hong Kong. With his companion Benjamin F. Dewey, West was the first Mormon missionary to preach in what is now called Sri Lanka (Ceylon)..."

"...he was present as a representative of the LDS Church at the golden spike ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah...."

"...West practiced plural marriage and had nine wives and 35 children.

West died during a business trip to San Francisco, California and is buried in Ogden, Utah.

The city of Farr West, Utah, was named to honor West's contributions to Weber County, Utah..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Chauncey W. West', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 November 2010, 05:31 UTC, <> [accessed 18 February 2011]


  1. Mary Hoagland 1829-1870
  2. Mary Ann Covington 1815-1908
  3. Sarah Elizabeth Covington 1835-1914
  4. Martha Joiner 1836-1909
  5. Jeanette Nicol Gibson 1840-1865
  6. Adaline Amanda Wright 1841-1876
  7. Angeline Almeda Shurtleff 1843-1910
  8. Mary Ann Covington 1841-1920
  9. Susan Hannah Covington
  10. Louise Mariah Musgrave
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Chauncey Walker West, Sr.'s Timeline

February 6, 1827
Venango, PA, USA
September 23, 1847
Age 20
Green River, WY, USA
August 3, 1849
Age 22
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
January 8, 1859
Age 31
Ogden, Weber Co., UT
January 8, 1859
Age 31
January 9, 1870
Age 42
San Francisco, CA, USA