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Charles C. Rich 

Family Association

Dedicated to the family history, community and genealogical research of the Charles C Rich Family.

About us

This is the place for descendants of Charles C Rich to share information about family events, genealogy, history, etc.

If you have any photos, we will soon have a way for you to submit them online.


Welcome to the Charles C. Rich Family website

This site is intended to be a place to find or share information and to allow the cousins to connect.


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Charles C. Rich

Scholarship Applications 

Education was important to Charles C. Rich. In his honor, this year two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two of his descendants to help with college expenses. One scholarship is for a first or second year student, and the other is for a third year on student.

If you know of a qualifying descendant who may be interested in applying for the scholarship please let them know about this opportunity. 

Applications will be accepted between May 1-June 30, 2019, and the recipients will be announced by August 1, 2019.


CC Rich Scholarship Application 2019.pdf

Charles C. Rich

Project Grant Application


This year we will be awarding two $500 Project Grants. The two $500 project grants are open to any descendant of Charles C. Rich, regardless of age. Our goal is to motivate descendants to choose something that will be of value in some way to the members of the family and preserving our heritage. The project needs to be related to the heritage of Charles C. Rich or his wives. Some ideas are: a service project, genealogy research, traveling to and documenting a site, collecting and consolidating DNA results, writing a script or working on a video about the family, or something you build, sew, quilt, crochet, paint or draw that could be put on display. 

Who is eligible to apply? 

 Any descendant of Charles C. Rich, of any age!


How to apply:

Email the completed application from the following page to Subject line: Rich Project Grant, by midnight on June 30, 2019. Applications will be accepted between May 1-June 30. Late applications will not be accepted. A confirmation email will be sent to all applicants. If you have any questions please send those to the email address above.

Project Grant 2019.pdf
Application for the Project Grant

Charles C. Rich Video from the Reunion

There is a copy of the video that was created for the reunion about Charles. You can watch it there or download it.


Link to the video on Google Drive


The wind was a bit loud at times, so the script is attached below. 


Script for Charles C. Rich Film 2018.pdf

Join us for the Cousin Luncheon

Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 am at Maddox Restaurant in Brigham City, UT

1900 S Hwy 89, Perry, UT 84302, USA
Please RSVP to 
Colleen Killpack 435-720-1179


Make plans for the CC Rich Family Reunion 2021

Save the date: August 6-7, 2021

To be held at "This Is The Place" State Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Ways to stay in touch

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Look for the "Charles C. Rich Family Association Group"


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Which family(s)?
  • 1st - Sarah D. Pea
  • 2nd - Eliza Ann Graves
  • 3rd - Mary Ann Phelps
  • 4th - Sarah Jane Peck
  • 5th - Emeline Grover
  • 6th - Harriet Sargent

    This biographical sketch adapted from Utah History Encyclopedia.

  • Born 1809 Northwestern Kentucky
  • Baptized 1832
  • Married Sarah D. Pea 1838; later practiced Plural Marriage; Fifty-one children
  • Original member of Council of Fifty 1839
  • Ordained Apostle and sustained to Quorum of the Twelve 1849
  • Died 1883 Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho

     Charles Coulson Rich was born in northwestern Kentucky to Joseph and Nancy O'Neil Rich on 21 August 1809. Pioneers of the early agricultural frontier, the Rich family moved to southern Indiana in 1810 and on to Tazewell County, Illinois, in 1829. Charles received a basic education and training as a cooper, but spent most of his early life working on the family farm. In 1831 he heard about the Mormon Church and was baptized the next year. Between 1832 and 1838, Rich continued farming and served several short missions for the church. In 1834, he joined Zion's Camp and travelled to Missouri

     In 1838 Rich married Sarah DeArmon Pea (1814-93), and the couple settled near Far West, Missouri, until driven to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1839. Elder Rich served as a counselor in the Nauvoo Stake, sat on the Nauvoo City Council, and was one of the original members of the Council of Fifty. After the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1844, Rich rose to the rank of major general in the Nauvoo Legion.

    As a church leader, Elder Rich followed the doctrine of plural marriage, taking three additional wives in 1845: Eliza Ann Graves (1811-79), Mary Ann Phelps (1829-1912), and Sarah Jane Peck (1825-93). Before leaving Nauvoo in 1846, he married Emeline Grover (1831-1917); and in 1847 at Winter Quarters he took Harriet Sargent (1832-1915) as his sixth wife.

    In 1846 General Rich helped organize the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo. After a winter at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, Rich was named military leader of the 1847 Emigration Company, which followed Brigham Young's Pioneer Company into Salt Lake Valley in October 1847. On the 5th of October, Nancy Rich, the mother of Chas. C. Rich, died; she was the first adult of the Saints who died in the Valley. The family soon commenced to get logs from the canyons to build houses, and while this was being done they lived in their tents and wagons. Elder Rich served as a counselor in the Salt Lake Stake presidency and as a member of the Council of Fifty. He opened a farm in Centerville in 1848 and the next year, at age thirty-nine, was named to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

     In October 1849 Elder Rich accepted a call to assist Amasa Lyman in supervising Mormons in California. Between 1851 and 1857 he and Lyman established a relatively prosperous economic colony at San Bernardino, which served as a way-station for immigrants traveling to Utah via the Spanish Trail. Recalled in 1857, Rich moved back to Centerville. He represented Davis County in the territorial legislature and served as aide to General Daniel Wells of the Nauvoo Legion during the Utah War. Between 1860 and 1862 Rich joined Lyman in England to oversee the Mormon Church's European Mission.

    After a one-year respite in Centerville, Elder Rich accepted Brigham Young's call to colonize the Bear Lake region against the threat of non-Mormon settlement. In September 1863 Elder Rich led his party from Franklin, Idaho, into Bear Lake Valley, settling at present-day Paris, Idaho. In 1864 Rich moved his six wives and thirty children to Paris and began a twenty-year struggle to maintain the colony in the face of severe winters, poor harvests, delicate Indian relations, and isolation. In 1864 Brigham Young honored Rich by naming Rich County, Utah, and the town of St. Charles, Idaho, after him.

    Between 1864 and 1872 Elder Rich represented Rich County in the Utah territorial legislature, until it became clear that most of the Bear Lake settlements were in Idaho. He remained an active Democrat in local politics and, as a Mormon apostle, supervised both the religious and secular lives of Bear Lake settlers. Elder Rich was organizing the colonization of Star Valley, Wyoming, before being partially paralyzed by a stroke in 1880. He died three years later, on 17 November 1883 at the age of seventy-five, the father of fifty-one children and grandfather of eighty-five.

    Although Charles C. Rich spent relatively few years in Utah proper, he was a major figure in the settlement of Utah and in the social and political history of "Mormon Country."

    Utah History Encyclopedia (primary source)
    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p.102
    Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.271
    Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
    2005 Church Almanac, 63