Christopher Roberts

9 Mar 1836 - 26 Mar 1909

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Christopher Roberts

9 Mar 1836 - 26 Mar 1909
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Christopher Roberts was the son of John and Ann Pool Roberts, born 9 Mar 1838, at Serin, Flintshire, North Wales. He joined the Church in his native land, was baptized in Kello, Durham County, England, in Jan. 1857 by his brother, Peter Roberts, and confirmed by William Jones. Christopher and his el
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Christopher Roberts


Smithfield City Cemetery

376-424 E Center St
Smithfield, Cache, Utah
United States


May 13, 2012


April 16, 2012

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Christopher Roberts Biography

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Christopher Roberts was the son of John and Ann Pool Roberts, born 9 Mar 1838, at Serin, Flintshire, North Wales. He joined the Church in his native land, was baptized in Kello, Durham County, England, in Jan. 1857 by his brother, Peter Roberts, and confirmed by William Jones. Christopher and his eldest brother Peter were the only ones of their family to join the Church. They remained true and faithful Latter-day Saints to the end of their days. He was left without a mother at a very early age. His father was a poor man and when Christopher was but nine years of age, he started to earn himself a livelihood. He had a hard life; some of his task masters were hard and cruel to him and expected more of him than a small boy of his age was able to do. He finally drifted over into England. There he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was convinced that it was the Gospel spoken by the Apostle John in the 14th Chapter of Revelations. He continued to work in England until he had saved money enough to take him to Zion. Before he left for America, he had a great desire to visit his father in Wales. He also had a sister, Jane and two brothers, John and Nicholas. He had a desire that they too should hear the Gospel. He went to his old home arriving there early on a Sunday morning. It was a custom of his father’s family to read a chapter from the Bible on Sunday morning, then leave the Bible open at the chapter he had just read while he offered up a prayer. When Christopher came to the door very quietly, he hesitated and listened. He could hear his father reading from the Bible. He waited until the reading ceased and the prayer was ended, then he knocked timidly on the door. His father came to the door. When he saw who was there he said “Be gone with you. I have been informed that you have joined those despised Mormons. I want nothing to do with you.” Christopher felt very sorrowful. He lingered around the neighborhood that day. He was on one side of the street and saw his father and sister go up the other side to church and return. That was the last he ever saw of his family in Wales. He left that evening and in a few days set sail for America. He sailed from Liverpool early in Dec. 1863, touching at New York on 24 Dec. 1863 and landing at Philadelphia, PA, 1 Jan. 1864 where he labored on a farm until about the month of June 1864. He then proceeded to the frontiers. He drove six mules in a freight train across the plains and landed in Salt Lake City, 1 Oct. 1864. On this journey he met and traveled with the family of his future wife. In the fall of 1865 they moved to Smithfield, Utah. Five children were born to them. At the birth of the last one, Catherine, the beloved wife and mother passed away. On 9 November 1875 he married Katherine Kunz in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City. One child, Rachel, was born to them. In the winter of 1869, while coming down the Smithfield canyon with a load of wood, the load tipped over on him and he lay pinned underneath until he was almost frozen to death. While in this position, not being able to move and in terrible pain, he breathed a prayer for deliverance, and through the miracle of a vision he saw a searching party organized and coming to his aid. The party that rescued him from being crushed and frozen to death consisted of David Heaps and Nathan Smith. At this time his feet were badly frozen and for a time it looked as though they would have to be amputated. But by the help of the Lord and Katherine’s skillful treatment, only three toes had to be amputated. Christopher had the gift of healing. While he lived in Smithfield, he was sent for from one end of town to the other to administer to the sick. He always was kind and sympathetic—always much concerned for those in distress. He continued to live in Smithfield with only an interval of a few years when he tried dairying in Bear Lake County. He assisted in building the Sale Lake and Logan Temples and the Logan Tabernacle. He was ordained an Elder 16 May 1868 by Robert Meikle at Smithfield and a High Priest 27 Oct. 1895 by Bishop George L. Farrell also at Smithfield. He received a patriarchal blessing from Patriarch C. W. Hyde 2 June 1867 in which he received remarkable promises. He died 26 Mar 1909 at the age of 73. His second wife preceded him in death, having died 7 July 1907. His life was characterized by public service, good habits, faithfulness to his family, his God and his religion. He was blessed with the qualities that make a consistent Latter-day Saint, a good neighbor and a good citizen.

Life timeline of Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts was born on 9 Mar 1836
Christopher Roberts was 4 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
Christopher Roberts was 24 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Christopher Roberts was 27 years old when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring the freedom of all slaves in Confederate territory by January 1, 1863. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Christopher Roberts was 39 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Christopher Roberts was 51 years old when Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory, but he lived for several years in his father's hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
Christopher Roberts was 57 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Christopher Roberts died on 26 Mar 1909 at the age of 73
Grave record for Christopher Roberts (9 Mar 1836 - 26 Mar 1909), BillionGraves Record 1081486 Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States