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Charlotte Jenkins Cole

BIRTHDATE: 9 Aug 1824

Worchestershire, England

DEATH: 14 Aug 1905

Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah

PARENTS: Thomas Jenkins

Hester Bruton

PIONEER: 3 Oct 1850

SPOUSE: John Cole

MARRIED: 25 Aug 1843

Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois

DEATH SP: 20 May 1909

Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah



Rachel, 17 Jul 1844

Charlotte J., 6 Oct 1846 (died in infancy)

William Edward, 3 Jul 1848

Joseph J., 26 Jun 1850

Mary Elizabeth, 13 Dec 1852

Lydia Ann, 5 Oct 1854

John Heber, 18 Mar 1857

ThomasRichard, 9Novl859

George Amos, 19 Nov 1863

Sarah Melissa, 22 Apr 1866

RobertFranklin, 6Junl868

Charlotte's mother died when she was about four years old. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her father, sister, and two brothers.

They came to America in a sailing vessel and while they were on the ocean, they got into a whirlpool for over five hours. The ship's captain feared they would be stuck here going round and round until food and water ran out. The Saints on board the ship knelt in prayer for deliverance. A giant tidal wave rose in the ocean and swept the ship out of the whirlpool. They were on the ocean six weeks.

Charlotte came to Nauvoo and went through many hardships. She was well acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. She attended the first Relief Society meeting at Nauvoo and joined the second meeting.

She had her Patriarchal Blessing given to her from Hyrum Smith. She was in Nauvoo the night Joseph and Hyrum were assassinated. She was present when the mantel of Joseph Smith rested on Brigham Young till his whole being was changed and his voice was like that of the Prophet Joseph.

Charlotte married John Cole in Nauvoo, and her first child was born there. They were able to receive their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple. After they were driven from Nauvoo, they went to Winter Quarters and remained for one winter. Her second child was born there, in a covered wagon, and lived only two weeks.

They moved to Council Bluff, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. They lived there for five years where her third child was born. While crossing the Plains Charlotte's fourth child was born in Nebraska. They arrived in Salt Lake City October3, 1850.

In January, they moved to American Fork where the next three children were born.

In 1859, they moved to Willard where they lived the rest of their lives. Charlotte died in Willard, Utah, at the age of eighty-two.

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