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Charles 
Munns
1859 - post 1917


Charles 
Munns
, Munns, Charles, Bishop of the Garland Ward (Bear River Stake), Box Elder county, Utah, was born March 24, 1859, at Orwell, Cambridgeshire, England, the son of James Munns and Elizabeth Collis. His parents became converts to "Mormonism" and moved to Leeds, Yorkshire, where Charles was baptized Oct. 25, 1868, by John Jacklin, and later (March 4, 1874) was ordained a Deacon by William Sunderland. He worked faithfully as president of the Deacons' quorum in the Leeds branch until Sept. 10, 1876, when he was ordained a Priest by Elder E. W. Clark. Soon afterwards he emigrated to Utah, crossing the Atlantic in the steamship "Wyoming" and arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 3, 1876. He found a temporary home in the family of President John Taylor. Charles later found employment in the Flagstaff Smelters at Sandy and earned means, by the help of his brother, George C. Munns, to bring his father's family to Utah. They arrived Nov. 7, 1877, and settled at Lehi, Utah county. Here Charles was ordained an Elder Jan. 12, 1882, by Abel J. Evans. In 1884 (May 1st) he married Annie M. Austin (daughter of John and Emma Austin of Lehi), who bore her husband nine children, namely: Lettie Jane, Grace Emma, Archie Austin, John C., Alice, Frank William, Charles J., Annie and Clara. Brother Munns was ordained a Seventy Nov. 10, 1889, by William Gurney and became a member of the 127th quorum of Seventy. He filled a mission to Great Britain in 1899-1902. In 1902 he located with his family in Bear River Valley and resided for three years in Elwood where he was foreman on one of the largest sugar beet farms. He then moved to Garland where he acted as foreman of the so-called "North Farm," belonging to the Sugar Company, for three years. He was then advanced to his present postion, taking charge of reclamation work for the sugar factory. In 1910 (Nov. 19th) he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as an alternate High Councillor in the Bear River Stake. Later he became a regular member of the High Council, and held that position until Nov. 18, 1917, when he was ordained a Bishop by Apostle Rudger Clawson and set apart to preside over the Garland Ward. This responsible position he still holds. Utah Since State: Historical and Biographical. Volume II. The character of Bishop Charles Munns is indicated in the fact that his staunchest friends are those who have known him from his boyhood to the present time, who have had opportunity to become familiar with his record and to thoroughly understand his sterling worth. His calm demeanor is the outward evidence of an unruffled spirit that has its basis in integrity, justice and high principles. Bishop MUNNS was born in England, March 24, 1859, a son of James and Elizabeth (COLLIS) MUNNS. The family were converted to the Mormon faith by Brigham Young, Jr., Mark Lindsey and George Teasdale, who were on a mission to England. In 1876, Charles MUNNS came to America and made his way direct to the home of President John Taylor, who was anxious to adopt the bright British lad--first because of admiration for the boy and secondly because of the great kindness that had been shown by the MUNNS family to his son, William Whitaker Taylor, while the latter was laboring in England. President Taylor was desirous of having Charles MUNNS attend college and obtain an advanced education, but the boy was obsessed of the desire to bring his parents and other members of the family to the new world, so he kindly declined the offer of President Taylor and accepted work at the Flagstaff smelter at Sandy in order to earn the money necessary to bring his people to the United States. After three months spent in work at the Sandy smelter he contracted lead poisoning and was sent to a hospital. Following his recovery he returned to the smelter and there worked for two years, during which time he succeeded in earning enough money to bring his father, mother, brothers and sisters to the new world. The family settled on a farm near Lehi, from which they afterward removed to Brigham, where they lived for several years but later returned to Lehi, and there the father passed away in November, 1906, while the mother survived until June, 1918. For the last ten years of the mother's life she was blind, but such was her love for her Maker that she bore her affiliation with cheerful fortitude and accepted the will of the Almighty without a murmur. In 1880, Charles MUNNS took up work upon his father's farm and there continued until 1883, when he began working on the Southern Pacific Railroad. He acted as hostler, having in his care ten locomotives. In 1899 he was called to a mission to England, where he labored during 1900 and 1901 and during that period he presided over the Ipswich branch. In 1902 he came to Garland and accepted a position with the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, by which corporation he is still employed, holding now the responsible position of superintendent of reclamation work. In his church work Bishop MUNNS has filled every position to which he has been called and his earnest and faithful service is widely recognized. From elder he has advanced to the bishopric. He has been acting president of the Seventy, ward teacher, superintendent of the Sunday school for three years, a worker in the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, high counselor and bishop. To the last named position he was set apart in 1917. Under his guidance the ward has increased its blocks from twenty-two to forty-four and its teachers from thirty-six to seventy-two. Upon becoming the incumbent in this position there was but one missionary from this ward in the field. This number has now been increased to six and he has determined to have the full quota of ten in the near future. On May 1, 1884, Bishop MUNNS was married to Miss Annie Marie AUSTIN, a daughter of John and Emma G. Austin, of Lehi, and to them have been born the following children: Lettie, the wife of Victor L. Hansen, bishop of Elwood ward; Grace, the wife of F. O. Hams, a teacher of Springville; Archie A., a farmer living in Boxelder county and superintendent of the Garland North Sunday school, who was on a mission to Germany before the war broke out and was banished from one province after another until he had to leave the country; Alice, the wife of Fred L. Nye; Frank William, a farmer, who while serving on a mission to the British Isles in the early part of the war with Germany was arrested as a German spy but soon proved his innocence; Charles J., who served in the Aviation Corps of the United States army and has just been honorably discharged; and Annie, who passed away a few months ago. She was a girl of wonderful popularity and a musician of uncommon merit and her loss has been an almost unbearable blow to her parents, who, however, have met their affliction with Christian fortitude. In addition to his church duties and his secular activities in connection with the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, Bishop MUNNS with the assistance of his sons managed a farm of nine hundred and fifty acres, upon which he raised eighteen thousand bushels of wheat in one crop. His life has ever been actuated by the highest principles and most worthy motives and there is no one who more fully commands the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens than does Bishop MUNNS. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia Volume 3 Biographies Harker, Levi Hansen, Victor Lavan, third Bishop of Elwood (Bear River Stake), Box Elder county, Utah, was born August 24, 1881, at Bear River City, Utah, the son of Peter M. Hansen and Annie Andersen.. He was baptized Sept. 5, 1889, by his father; ordained a Deacon by Jacob Hansen; ordained a Teacher March 16, 1901, and a Priest March 15, 1902, by James Peter Christensen, ordained an Elder Nov. 5, 1904, by John D. Burt; ordained a Seventy Nov. 19, 1910, by Jonathan G. Kimball and ordained a High Priest Dec. 13, 1914, by Jos. F. Smith. In 1911-13 he filled a mission to the Northwestern States, laboring principally in the State of Washington, and presided at Spokane for one and one-half years. In his early youth Brother Hansen acted as a counselor to the president of a Deacons' quorum, was second assistant superintendent in the Elwood Ward Sunday school from June, 1901, to December, 1904, first assistant from December, 1904, to December, 1910, and superintendent from December 1910, to August, 1911, at which time be left for his mission. On returning (September, 1913) he was sustained as second assistant in the Stake Y. M. M. I. A., and was also chosen as one of the presidents of the 153rd quorum of Seventy, both of which offices he held at the time he was ordained a Bishop Dec. 13, 1914. He also acted as Ward clerk from 1906 to 1911. In 1905 (Nov. 22nd) he married Lettie Munns (daughter of Charles Munns and Annie Austin), who was born March 21, 1885, at Lehi, Utah. A pair of twins (Vernon and Vera) were born to them Dee. 3, 1906. Bishop Hansen is a farmer by occupation.

Born: Orwell, Cambs., England 24th Mar 1859 Baptised: Orwell, Cambs., England 1st Oct 1865 Leeds, Yorkshire, England 25th Oct 1868
Died: post 1917Buried:
Family:
Munns
  of Eastern England

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
Charles 
Munns
(
Austin
) 1859 - post 1917
2.
James 
Munns
(
Collis
) 1821 - 1906
4.
William 
Munns
(
Rayment
) c. 1770 - 1838
5.
Sarah 
Rayment
(
Munns
) c. 1780 - 1867
3.
Elizabeth 
Collis
(
Munns
) c. 1826 - 1918
6.
Matthews 
Collis
  (Colliss/Colice)
(
Wallman
) c. 1795 - 1870
7.
Anne 
Wallman
(
Collis
) 1801 - 1884

Siblings


1.
Emma 
Munns
1848 - post 1861
2.
Jane 
Munns
  (Muns)
1850 - post 1861
3.
Jonas Wallman 
Munns
1852 - 1852
4.
George C. 
Munns
1854 - post 1880
5.
Sarah Ann 
Munns
1857 - post 1861
6.
Louisa 
Munns
1862 - post 1880
7.
Elizabeth Ann 
Munns
1865 - post 1880
8.
Arthur James 
Munns
1868 - post 1880
9.
Henry Albert 
Munns
1872 - post 1880

Spouses



1. 1st May 1884
Anne Marie 
Austin
(
Munns
) ante 1868 - post 1890

Descendants
[ Options ]

a.
Anne Marie 
Austin
(
Munns
) ante 1868 - post 1890
1.
Clara 
Munns
2.
Grace Emma 
Munns
(
Harris
)
3.
Archie Austin 
Munns
4.
John C. 
Munns
5.
Alice 
Munns
(
Nye
)
6.
Frank William 
Munns
7.
Charles J. 
Munns
8.
Annie 
Munns
9.
Lettie Jane 
Munns
(
Hansen
) * 1885
9a.
Victor Laven 
Hansen
(
Munns
) * 1881
9.1.
Vernon 
Hansen
* 1906
9.2.
Vera 
Hansen
* 1906
Sources

Census

Timeline


24th Mar 1859Born Orwell, Cambs., England
1861Grandson in 1861 census (census) Orwell, Cambs., England
1st Oct 1865Baptised Orwell, Cambs., England
25th Oct 1868Baptised Leeds, Yorkshire, England
1st May 1884Married
Anne Marie 
Austin
(
Munns
) ante 1868 - post 1890
post 1917Died
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