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George Washington Clyde
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1825
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1899
Heber City
Wasatch County
Utah, USA

Son of George Washington Clyde and Cynthia Davis

Married Jane McDonald, 30 Sep 1851, Springville, Utah, Utah

Children: Georgiana Clyde, George David Clyde, Sarah Jane Clyde, James William Clyde, Robert Clyde, Edward "D" Clyde, Mary Lorinthia Clyde, John Clyde, Cynthia Sophia Clyde

Taken from the Wasatch Wave Newspaper 1899-03-24

Gone To His Reward

George W. Clyde, One of the Pioneers of This Valley, Passed Away

Friday afternoon, surrounded by his family, Geo. W. Clyde passed from this life into that much talked of but little known land of the hereafter. He had been suffering for some time from heart trouble but up to a few days before the last it was not supposed he was so near the end of his earthly career. Representative J. W. Clyde, one of his sons, arrived from Salt Lake just a short time before his father's death.

The funeral services were held in the Stake House Sunday afternoon. The hall was well filled with friends of the deceased, who had assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Patriarchs John Duke and Thomas Hicken and President John M. Murdock of the High Priests quorum spoke words of escalations and encouragement to the bereaved wife and family.

After the services a long line of vehicles loaded with mourners relatives and friends, followed the remains to his last resting place in the silent city. The Heber brass band was present and rendered several appropriate selections both before and after the services and led the procession to the cemetery. Mr. Clyde was the founder of our brass band organization and has done more to create and maintain it than any other person. He started out soliciting subscriptions to purchase instruments in 1885 and succeeded in raising $87 with which the first instruments were bought and ever since that time he has been a faithful worker for the benefit of that organization. In the death of Mr. Clyde we have all lost a stanch friend, and noble critic and a good neighbor.


Little is known of the life of Geo. W. Clyde. Although he was an easy conversationalist, yet he was seldom known to sing his own praises or to dwell at any length upon the achievements of his own life. He was born July 8, 1825, at Ogdensburg, St. Lawernce Co. in the state of New York. His grandfather immigrated to America from Devrey, Ireland about the year 1760. He took an active part in the revolutionary war and was wounded in the battle of Bunker Hill. So dearly did he love his general, George Washington, that he named his eldest son Geo. Washington Clyde, the same name was given to his grandson who is the subject of this sketch.

"Uncle George" as he was often called, was the eldest of a family of eight children, six sons and two daughters. When he was but four years old an incident occurred which separated his boyhood days from the fireside of his own parents. Death came to the home of his father's sister, Fanny Davis, and took away her only child. Little George was permitted by his parents to go and live with Aunt Fanny to help to reconcile her in her fate. Mrs. Davis became so attached to her little nephew that she was reluctant to allow him to return to his parents. She was permitted to retain the child until he was eventually weaned from his own parents and yearned only for the fireside of his uncle and aunt, Soloman and Fanny Davis.

In 1835 a Mormon elder came into the neighborhood by the name of Heber C. Kimball and succeeded in making converts of Mr. and Mrs. Davis and of his own parents. One year later they all dispersed of their belongings which they could not take with them, and immigrated with a little company of saints to Missouri traveling the whole of the distance with ox teams. On this journey, Uncle Solomon died leaving Aunt Fanny with but little George to break the silence in her quiet home. He became much attached to his aunt and shared with her much hardship and privations during their stay in Missouri and Illinois. In the fall of 1838 they started with a little company of saints for the west and happened to pitch their tents on, Camp Creek, a few hundred yards below Hauns Mill on the very day of the "Hauns Mill Massacre" being eyewitnesses to the whole scene. In 1843 Mrs. Davis married a man by the name of Colton. George did not take kindly to his new uncle and left the home of Aunt Fanny immediately after her marriage.

After plodding around alone for a time he finally came to Nauvoo to the home of his parents. His father died in the fall of 1844 leaving his mother in lowly circumstances with a large family to provide for. They left Nauvoo at the time of the exodus of the saints but were unable to come at once to Utah. In 1850 Mr. Clyde and his brother William succeeded in getting to Salt Lake City where by almost desperate effort, they succeeded in working themselves into a team consisting of two yoke of oxen, a wagon, and sufficient provisions to last their widowed mother and her family in their journey to the valleys of the mountains.

During the summer of 1851, George stayed in Salt Lake City trying to provide a home for his mother and her family, while William took the outfit spoken of and went to Green River where he met his mother and brought her to her new home in Salt Lake City.

In 1851 Mr. Clyde moved to Springville and was married to Jane McDonald. In 1860 they moved with their little family to this little valley where they have since resided. He took an active part in the Blackhawk and Walker Wars, and though he was not one of the first to settle Utah, yet no one will dispute his being a pioneer in every sense of the word.

His life has been a quiet one, but by his industry and untiring zeal, he has been a great factor in subduing the dessert wastes of Utah and making it possible for succeeding generations to live in peace and plenty. He never aspired to public life although he held many offices of trust. He was one of the few successful farmers in this valley and leaves behind him sufficient of this world's goods to provide for his widowed wife in her old age.

Mr. Clyde was the father of nine children, forty-one grand children, and two great grand children. Had he lived until July 8th, next, he would have been 74 years old. All who knew him can say alike that he has gone to his grave without an enemy and through the vistas of the future his memory will be handed down to succeeding generations that of a good and honest man. 
Family links: 
  George Washington Clyde (1798 - 1844)
  Cynthia Davis Clyde (1806 - 1879)
  Jane McDonald Clyde (1826 - 1903)
  John Clyde (1853 - 1898)*
  James William Clyde (1855 - 1937)*
  Sarah Jane Clyde Hatch (1858 - 1908)*
  Robert Clyde (1860 - 1922)*
  Mary Lorintha Clyde Willes (1862 - 1940)*
  Edward Delbert Clyde (1864 - 1917)*
  Georgiana Clyde Neibaur (1866 - 1888)*
  Cynthia Sophia Clyde Luke (1868 - 1927)*
  Sophia Clyde Luke (1868 - 1927)*
  George Washington Clyde (1825 - 1899)
  William Morgan Clyde (1829 - 1919)*
  Almon Davis Clyde (1834 - 1898)*
  James Heber Clyde (1840 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Heber City Cemetery
Heber City
Wasatch County
Utah, USA
Plot: A_385_7a
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Linda Tadd
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
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George Washington Clyde
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George Washington Clyde
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George Washington Clyde
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