CHARLES DEAN AND MARY COPE DEAN(1)

 

Charles Dean was born in Audley, Stafford, England, March 11, 1829. He was built like the average Englishman. Not too tall, wore a six shoe, had chin whiskers and mustache, blue eyes, which had a way of snapping at you when he was not pleased at things. He had a strong personality which was made dear by the spirit of kindness, of love, of mercy, and of charity, which he possessed. All his thought and actions were in the direction of truth and the uplifting of mankind. He died the 19th of September, 1896, in Woodruff, Utah at the age of 67.

Mary Cope was born in Kingsgrove, England, November 12, 1834. She was stocky built, weighing around two hundred pounds, with a merry oval face, and snapping bright eyes. She wore her hair parted in the front, combed smoothly down with a bun in the back. She had a way of always appearing neat. No matter what the price of her clothes, she always looked well dressed.

Charles Dean often spoke of the mines in England. They lived in one of the many unpainted company houses in the mining town. There the dust hung in the air and turned the green hills to grey. The mine shafts were so low he had to dig the coal out on his hands and knees.

Mary Cope was clerk in a grocery store. She was very successful along that line in Utah.

They were converted To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Brother Charles Penrose and went to Utah with him.

They crossed the ocean in a sailing vessel which had to depend on the wind and waves for traveling power as there was no steam or electricity in those days. They were thirty days tossing with the wind and waves from Liverpool to New York. They had passage in the steerage among the poorest of the poor. The steerage is where the cattle were kept.

From New York to St. Joseph, Mo it took nine days of travel; then three days up the river on a boat sleeping on the decks at night. Then eleven weeks on the plains; driving ox teams and those who were able to walk walking.

After coming to Utah, they obtained a small one-room log cabin on the Jedediah M. Grant farm. Charles Dean often told of his experiences here. The house faced the East and at these times they had severe wind storms which blew things to pieces. In one of these storms the wind was coming from the East, the clouds had settled low like a pillar on the mountain, and as the wind increased, he knew something was going to happen. He fastened the door with the little latch on it, no lock. They piled heavy objects against it, thinking they were safe. The wind began to screech and howl and blew everything loose on the house. It finally blew the door open, sending objects every which way. The snow came tumbling in all over everything. They tried to close the door; but because the wind was so strong they couldn't. They were in this condition all day long.  They lived there ten years; then moved to Woodruff, Utah. The home in Woodruff was built of adobe and after sixty-eight years it was still being lived in (It has since been torn down).

Mary Cope Dean was the financier of the family. The grandchildren always felt sorry for Grandpa as he always went to her for money.

She won the respect of all by her unselfishness, sweet disposition, and her devotion and consideration for all. She possessed one of the strongest characters and noblest personalities that can be found in mankind. The children she brought into the world without the help of a doctor were in the hundreds.

She had to economize most of her life and only in her last years was she comfortably situated. She died in Woodruff, Utah at her daughter, Betsy's place at the age of 75 from a heart attack.

She kept a store and tavern which she ran mostly by herself. She had a wonderful endurance and never seemed to tire as long as she had work to do. She was always the first up and the last to bed at night.

She was a strict disciplinarian and her children always knew when she told them to do something, she meant it. She was a wonderful housekeeper and homemaker. She took pride in polishing her stove every morning. She used to say the stove and floor were where the people looked first. One of her grand daughters remembered the great, black stove and the warmth from the open oven door on shivery mornings. The grand daughter also remembered coming home from school, stiff with the cold, and warming her hands over the lids or sitting on the oven door warming her body.

There were always brothers, sisters, and grandchildren there to enjoy the wonderful meals cooked on the dear, old, black range. The table niche reached from one end of the long room, which was kitchen and dining room, to the other, with all the grandchildren, brothers, sisters, Charles, and Mary around it. In the evening after supper the grand children played so quietly while their Grandpa (Charles Dean) read the paper and Grandma (Mary Cope Dean) sat knitting. The old clock would tick and when it was nine o'clock, Grandpa would fold his paper and lay it on the table and turn his chair towards the center of the room. Each one found a chair and turned it in a circle or knelt by someone while he prayed. He was a lengthy petitioner, when it came to prayers. Many a time the grand children would snicker over things or thoughts that popped into their heads while the prayer lasted.

Charles and Mary Cope Dean were strict tithe payers, devoted church members, honest truthful, and took great care in fulfilling their promises.

On the Fourth of July or other great occasions a bowery was built back of the church, which was much too small for a large meeting. The bowery was constructed of posts placed upright with willows placed on top for the roof. The seats were rough lumber. Here the children loved to come and inhale the fragrance of the green bows that formed the roof and feel the breeze as the wind blew through the open sides. Charles Dean would smile and say, "Now you will have to keep still and listen, or the seats will remind you." Often this proved true with the slivers they received. Here we would sit without a back to lean on while they read the Declaration of Independence and sang the Star Spangled Banner. This had very little meaning to the children, and how they longed for it to end so they could have pink lemonade, hardtack, or rock candy.
 

Children of Charles Dean and his wife Mary Cope.
 

1. John Cope Dean, b. 1 Jan. 1853 md. Elizabeth Howard.

2. Thomas Dean, b. 22 Jan. 1855 d. 9 May 1858.

3. Joseph Dean, b. 4 Jan. 1857 md. Janette McDonald.

4. Charles Cope Dean. b. 11 Apr. 1859 md. Ellen Frazier.

5. Underwriter Dean. b. 23 April 1861 Died on ship.

6. Betsy Jane Dean b. 24 Aug. 1862 md. Wm. Longhurst.

7. Mary Hannah Dean b. 5 Aug. 1865 md. John Cornia.

8. Eliza Cope Dean, b. 12 Jan. 1868 md. Wm. Neville.

9. George Cope Dean, b. 14 Nov. 1870 md. Alice Quibell.

10. William Cope Dean, twin b. 14 Nov 1870 d. Age 21 from Diphtheria.

11. David Cope Dean, b. 18 July 1873 md. Mary Cox.

12. Sarah Emma Dean, b. 16 Feb. 1876 md. Joseph Christensen.

1. Life Sketch of Charles Dean and Mary Cope, Author unknown. 1