Charles was born in Johnsonville, near Wellington.
He married Hannah Cootes (born in Otaki) in Otaki in 1885. She died three years later.
He married Maraea Rikihana in 1899.
They had six children.
Charles is described as a settler in the Otaki area from 1890 through to 1911, then 1914 at Manakau & 1919 at Weraroa.