Albert Henry Koyle and Charlotte Louisa Jones
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Albert Henry Koyle & Charlotte Louisa Jones
Written by Their Daughter, Grace Koyle Harmer – Late 1950s
Albert Henry Koyle was born at Spanish Fork, Utah on January 21,
1867 to John Hyrum Koyle and Adlinda Hillman Koyle. Albert was
the third child born to this couple. Albert had but 6 years to enjoy
the love and guidance of his father. Four months after his father’s
death (14 June 1873), his sister Nancy was born. This made six children.
Albert had two half-sisters, also.
John Hyrum Koyle was in the process of building a home for his
wife and family when he met with a very serious accident and
was killed. He was crushed getting the last load of rock to put on
the foundation of his basement.
The loss of John Henry Koyle was greatly felt as he had helped to
pioneer Spanish Fork. The family was used to many hardships,
and many sore trials with the Indians. Relatives and friends were
very good to Albert’s mother, Adlinda, and helped to finish building
Albert was forced to make his own way at a very early age and
through the years of growing up, he was very kind and considerate
of his widowed mother and his siblings.
Albert’s brother and sisters were Electa Adlinda, John Hyrum,
Nancy Fidelia, Ellen Jane, Nancy Emily and two half-sisters, Barbara
and Agnes Lewis.
Albert had a grandfather, Silas Hillman, who was a school teacher
and a Counselor to Bishop Steven Markham. Silas Hillman
was also a Utah State Legislator who did much for the community.
He played an important role in the life of Albert and his
brother and sisters.
Adlinda, Albert’s mother, loved the Gospel and taught it to her
children. She was a diligent worker in her church and was a
counselor at the time of her death. Her son John filled a mission
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Albert met Charlotte Louise Jones at age nineteen years and
courted her for three years. Albert and Charlotte were married
October 14, 1890. Their first home was in Leland, Utah. Albert
had worked diligently and had a home and farm ready for his
new bride. Here they raised a number of their children. They had
many joys and some sorrows while living in Leland. Albert also
was a produce man, making many trips to Eureka and the vicinity
around that area.
It was on September 27, 1898 that a great sadness came to them.
Their little son, Samuel David, was drowned in the canal nearby.
The canal ran between their house and the farm. David fell
through a loose board on the bridge. Charlotte was there alone.
She jumped into the deep canal and rescued the child, but was
unable to save his life. Albert was away and Grandfather William
Benjamin Jones went to take the sad news.
Albert had made camp for the night and two different times he
heard a wagon turn around in the same spot. Each time he got
out of bed, he found nothing there. When Grandfather Jones
brought the sad news, he turned in that very same spot Albert
had heard the noise.
Albert returned home and little David, not yet 2 years old, was
buried in the family plot at Spanish Fork. This left a vacant chair
and was felt by all the family.
Things went along pretty smoothly and then Albert was stricken
with a serious illness. He was unable to work for quite awhile.
This posed a hardship on the whole family. Each had to share and
do all they could until their father gained his health back. Charlotte
spent many nights without sleep trying to keep her family
and take care of her husband. At this time, they had six children,
a short time later, their 7th child was born. As soon as Albert
gained his strength back, things were fine again.
Albert and Charlotte sold their farm and home and bought a
large ranch east of Salem. Here they went into the sheep business,
having a very large herd. The children went to school and
all participated in church and community.
During the time they lived at Salem, they were blessed with 4
more children. Also, while living in Salem, their son Ben became
very ill with the flu. Albert had left home early one day and while
he was gone, Ben took a turn for the worse. Charlotte had done
everything she knew. He was unable to breathe and started going
Ellen was a very small child and said: “Oh, Mother, What’s wrong
with Ben?” Charlotte grabbed the bottle of consecrated oil and
anointed his head. He raised right up and was able to breathe
normally. Charlotte worried after, if she had done wrong. There
was no way to call anybody holding the Priesthood because they
lived 2 ½ miles from neighbors and Albert had gone away. Charlotte
knew that only through her great faith and that bottle of
consecrated oil, the boy’s life was saved. Albert and Charlotte
Albert & Charlotte Koyle, 1899
had many faith promoting incidents happen to them throughout
In 1912 they sold their farm and sheep and moved to Spanish
Fork. Shortly after, their daughter Grace was born, being the fifteenth
child. After three years, they sold their farm and moved
into what is called the River Bottoms in Spanish Fork. Here they
bought a large herd of dairy cattle. They lived there for a while.
Albert was stricken with pneumonia and lay ill for quite awhile.
The health of the family had been about normal for everyone
else, having the usual diseases such as the measles, chicken pox,
whopping cough and all childhood diseases.
Charlotte was taught many things while living with her father
and mother (William Benjamin Jones and Mary Morgan Jones),
her mother being a midwife. She made 3 different kinds of salve.
One recipe was given to her mother by a very dear friend in Wales
when Charlotte’s mother knew she was coming to America. This
good salve saved many a large doctor bill for Albert and Charlotte.
The doctor was only called in when there was serious illness.
Charlotte doctored many serious burns, infections, cuts
with her salves. Albert soon recovered from pneumonia with
such a good nurse as Charlotte. They also used faith and prayers.
Family prayer was always a part of the life of Albert and Charlotte.
It was one of the things my father could do.
A short time after Albert recovered from pneumonia, they
bought their farm back and moved back east of Salem. Here Albert
owned a large farm and many acres of range land. He planted
a large orchard and went into the dairy business on a large
scale, with a small herd of sheep. Charlotte also made a hundred
pounds of butter each week. She always had a good market for it,
mostly in cash.
In 1920 or 1922, their daughter Ellen was called on a mission to
the Central States. This brought a lot of joy into their home. It
seems that a missionary adds a lot to the happiness of any family.
The influence for good is felt by everyone.
Charlotte, being a very good seamstress, sewed for all nine girls
and made many socks for her family. She was a good organist
and she knew how to tat, knit and crochet. She made many a
pretty doily and such to brighten up their home.
Albert had a real good sense of humor and was loved by all who
knew him. He had many friends, was honest and kind and believed
in turning the other cheek. Many a time Albert took his
children sleigh riding and Charlotte would heat up the bricks to
keep their feet warm. Albert had a large number of horses, some
ponies and some work horses. It was always fun for our friends
to come to our house because there was always an extra pony for
them to ride.
By this time, Albert and Charlotte had a number of grandchildren
and how they loved to come and stay for a week or two in the summer.
Albert had a small reservoir of water and in the summer, we
children would swim in it. In the winter, we would ice skate on
it. We had a nice hill to sleigh ride on and a ball diamond. There
were enough of us that we had a lot of fun. We were only allowed
to play after our work was done and Albert always said he had the
best children. He tried to teach them to do an honest day’s work
Albert and Charlotte bought Albert’s mother’s (Adlinda Hillman
Koyle) lot in Spanish Fork on 1st East and 2nd South. Here they
built a home. Albert and Charlotte were getting along in years and
so decided to retire. They rented their farm and moved to this new
home. Here Albert and Charlotte had about six years of happiness
together. Then Albert passed away on August 8, 1935 after a short
illness, he being a High Priest at the time of his death.
This great loss was felt very much by Charlotte and the whole
family. Charlotte was especially grateful for a large family and the
love they gave her during these last years while a widow. Charlotte
lived to bury two more sons and two sons-in-law. She was
a widow for twenty-one years. She was self-supporting and did
much for her family and friends and the Church.
Her Bishopric was very good to come and see her and administered
to her in her last hours of life here on earth. They expressed
a deep love and appreciation for her. Charlotte was 85 years of
age. She had two grandsons serving in the mission field for the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bliss Harmer and
Albert and Charlotte left a large posterity numbering 15 children,
52 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren when she died on
October 16, 1956.
Father and Mother (Albert
and Charlotte) loved the Gospel
and tried to instill it in the
hearts of their children. Many
are holding responsible positions
in the church and serving
their country, some paying
the supreme sacrifice of
life for their country.
Albert and Charlotte felt it a
great privilege to live in this
choice land of America where
they could raise their family.
They were buried in the family
plot at Spanish Fork, Utah.
Children of Albert Henry Koyle and Charlotte Louisa Jones:
Johanna – b. 1891
John Hyrum – b. 1892
William Jones – b. 1894
Albert Benjamin – b. 1895
Samuel David – b. 1896
Mary Fidelia – b. 1898
Adlinda – b. 1899
Nancy Emily – b. 1901
Charlotte Louise – b. 1902
Sarah Ellen – b. 1903
Silas Henry – b. 1905
Joseph Franklin – b. 1907
Barbara Agnes – b. 1908
Margaret Elizabeth – b. 1911
Cecelia Grace – b. 1912