married Frances Kitchen in Salt Lake City, Utah on 10 October 1864. They were married by Judge Elias
Smith, First Probate Judge of the Utah Territory.
Frances Kitchen was born to John Kitchen and Elizabeth
Lund in Brigsteer, Helsington, Westmorland, England. She was
baptized on the 17 January 1831 in the Chapelry of
Helsington, Westmorland, England.
We do not know when Charles immigrated
from England to the United States. We have not
found records documenting his immigration into the
United States. Frances immigrated to the United
States in 1861. She left Liverpool, England in
April of 1861 on the Ship Underwriter arriving in New
York on 22 May 1861. Frances came to the
United States using the Perpetual Immigration Fund
having joined the Church on the 2 November 1858.
She was the only member of her family to join. It
must have been hard for her to leave her home and family
and come to a strange land. When she arrived in
the United States she made her way to Utah to live with
her mother's sister, Ann Lund Hunter and her husband,
Isaac Hunter and their family in Salt Lake City.
Isaac and Ann had joined the Church in February of 1852.
While living with the Hunter's, Frances, or Fannie as
the family calls her, met Charles. It is said that
he was a mining prospector and had come to Salt
Lake for supplies with his little burrow all the way
from Butte, Montana and sought lodging at the Hunter
Boarding House. We do not know what year this was
but it had to have been between 1861 and October 1864
when they were married.
After marrying, Charles and
Frances journeyed south to St. George, Utah where her uncle,
Wilson Lund lived. It was here that there first
child, David John Barker was born on 1 February 1865.
About a year later Charles and Fannie traveled back to
the Salt Lake Valley.
homesteaded 160 acres of land in the North Jordan area,
later known as Taylorsville, Utah. On
this homestead Charles built a comfortable log cabin for
his family. They remained on this land the rest of
their lives. It seemed the land responded to the
hard work of this couple. They had a fine orchard
of fruit trees, producing a nice variety of fruit.
Charles raised good crops on the farm and they soon
began to prosper. The Barkers lived in their log
cabin for several years. Family tradition has it
that Charles secretly put money in a pipe or can buried
in the yard.
day when he had saved about $2,000.00 he said to his
wife: "Lets build a nice brick house."
Fannie laughed and wanted to know where he thought
he would get the money. He said, "Oh, maybe
we could just dig it up in the yard." Which
is exactly what he did. They built a two story red
brick home about 1890 which stood until the late 1940's
when it was replaced by a beautiful modern home by a
grandson, Willard Barker.
They raised a family of four
children. The other three children were born to
Charles and Frances in Taylorsville. Elizabeth Ann
born 17 April 1867, Mary Agnes born 7 June 1870, and
Charles Willard born 3 January 1873.
Charles was not privileged to have an
education so he could not read or write. Fannie
had received some education in England and could read
It is said that Charles and Fannie were
a very devoted couple to each other. The weekly
trips into town, Salt Lake City, with a buggy and a good
team of trotting horses was something they enjoyed
together. One day early in December of 1904 when
they went to town it was cold and stormy. They
both caught cold and were sick. The home remedies
weren't sufficient to help them and the doctor was
called. Fannie passed away on the 20th of December 1904 at the
age of 63. Pneumonia set in for Charles and death
took him 17 days after the death of his wife, 7 January
1905. They are buried side by side in the
Taylorsville Cemetery, Taylorsville, Salt Lake, Utah.
NOTE: Thanks to Mildred June
Lindley for her help with this life sketch of Charles
and Fannie Barker. Mildred is a great
granddaughter of Charles and Fannie.
Children of Charles
Barker and Frances Kitchen
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child and their descendants.