Dr. Charles Franklin West was born in Charing Cross, Kent County, Ontario on the 5th of July, 1854. His parents were John Harvey West and and the former Jane McDougall. He was the eldest of 3 children. His siblings were Harry who was born in 1857 and Jennie who was born in 1869.
Dr. West graduated in medicine from the University of Michigan in 1876. After graduating he started practicing medicine in Chatham, Ontario. Dr. West advertised his practice in the Chatham Business Directory of 1876-1877. His practice was located on Harvey Street near Wellington Street. According to the 1881 Census, Dr. West was living with his parents in the Town of Chatham.
He remained a bachelor until he was 48 years old. He married Mary Ann (Younglove) Sadler on the 28th of October, 1902, in Essex, Ontario. She was born in Michigan, the daughter of Edward Younglove and the former Almira Adams. Mrs. West was married to Frank Sadler on the 25th of August, 1887 in Michigan. She and Mr. Sadler had 3 sons, Frank (born in 1889 – died 14 May, 1893), Milard who was born in 1893 and died in the same year and Russell who was born in December of 1894. Mrs. West divorced Mr. Sadler in April of 1902.
Dr. and Mrs. West had a son, Charles Franklin West Jr. born to them in Detroit on the 23rd of September, 1903. The baby died 23 days later on the 16th of October, 1903.
Dr. West died on the 11th of May, 1907 in Detroit. At the time of his death Dr. and Mrs. West resided at 469 Lincoln Avenue in Detroit. He was buried in Chatham.