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Joseph Chatterley

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Bury, Lancashire, England
Death: September 07, 1853 (46)
Cedar City, Iron, UT
Place of Burial: Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bourne Chatterley and Ann Agatha Chatterley
Brother of Margaret Chatterley; John Chatterley; Helen (Ellen) Wood; John Chatterley; Sarah Ann Chatterley and 1 other

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About Joseph Chatterley

I,Joseph Chatterley was born in 1807 in St Mary, Bury, Lancashire, England. Around 1845 my family was first introduced to the restored gospel by Mormon Missionaries. My father John Bourne Chatterley, several of my siblings, and my wife Nancy and I became convinced of the truthfulness of the gospel. I was baptized in 1847 at age 40. We had four children at the time ranging in age from 4 to 12 years. Some of our good friends in England also came into the church at that time. James Corlett, a printer with whom I did much business and his wife Catherine and their 4 children also joined the church at that time; however Mr. Corlett died of meningitis prior to our journey to America. After we had made our preparations and assisted the Corletts in the disposal of their property in preparation for their journey we left our home in England to join the Saints in Zion. My Father John Bourne Chatterley also came to Utah and settled in Cache County. My mother died in England 4 years earlier of asthma near Radcliffe Bridge in Pilkington at age 73. We set sail from Liverpool, September, 1850 on the ship North Atlantic commanded by Captain Brown. After almost eight weeks of rough traveling we landed at New Orleans. From there we traveled up the Mississippi by steamboat to St. Louis where I was occupied in building wagons for crossing the plains. I completed 14 wagons during our several months stay in St. Louis.

We left St. Louis early Spring 1851 in the John Brown company. There were 60 wagons in all, which were divided up into companies of ten. As it was spring time we did not suffer the hardships of some of the later emigrants, although it was a long, tedious journey and we had many discouraging experiences. Occasionally, a stop would be made to hunt game. On one occasion I and Brother Brown, went hunting out some distance from camp when we came upon a group of boys from our camp. My Son Morton (age 10), and James and Tom Corbett and some other boys had five or six Sioux Indian boys, about their own age, in the creek trying to make them wade down the stream where it was quite deep. We sent the boys back to camp and let the Indian boys get out of the water, then we started on our way again. However, we had not gone very far until we were overtaken by a small group of Indians on horseback who immediately began firing upon us--the bullets whizzing by too close for comfort. We thought we were surely doomed but we ran as fast as we could. We happened to be where there were numerous mounds of loose gravel and sand which were difficult for the Indians‘ ponies to surmount. The Indians soon became discouraged and turned back. I suppose that they were shooting at us more to frighten us than anything else; but at this time Indians were still hostile and troublesome to emigrants.

Being a wheelwright, my time during our journey was pretty well taken up in the evening helping the men fix their wagons and keeping them in good condition. We arrived in Salt Lake Valley the latter part of September, 1851, just a year from the time we left our home in England. On arriving in Salt Lake City, we were called to settle in Southern Utah and help develop the iron mines in Iron County.

In the following winter Nancy and I made the long trip by team to Salt Lake City to report the progress of the iron mines. We were accompanied by Catherine Corlett who became my second wife on 21st of February, 1852, the ceremony being performed by President Brigham Young in the Endowment House. On returning to Cedar City, I set to work to build a gristmill.

Joseph Chatterley was accidentally shot in the arm while crossing the Big Creek on September 3rd. Blood poisoning set in and He died September 7, 1853. He was the first to be buried in the Cedar City Cemetery. The grist mill was only partially completed at his death. James Bosnel was joined by Erastus Snow in finishing the mill which was incorporated into the first woolen mill in the area.

Contributed by Gus Curtis Pendleton Note: First person to be buried in Cedar City Cemetery

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Joseph Chatterley's Timeline

1807
April 17, 1807
Bury, Lancashire, England
May 10, 1807
St Mary, Bury, Lancashire, England
1853
September 7, 1853
Age 46
Cedar City, Iron, UT
September 1853
Age 46
Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, United States