George Prince

George Prince

Fordham, East Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Death 22 Jan 1906 (aged 90)
Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA
Burial Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA
Plot 366
Memorial ID 118154 · View Source
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Son of Richard Prince and Mary Harrold

Married Sarah Bowman, 10 Oct 1837, Exning, Suffolk, England

Married Frances Sephia Wilkins, 1 Feb 1877, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol. 6, p. 270

George Prince was born in England on December 22, 1815. He lived there with his family until he was twenty-six years of age. At this time the English government was giving away tracts of land in South Africa to all married men as a means of making settlements, so Mr. Prince took advantage of this offer and moved his family to South Africa. During this time these humble, prayerful people were always looking for the Restored Gospel. They belonged to no religion but felt they would know the true religion when they heard it.

When they arrived in South Africa they located about three or four hundred miles inland from the Cape of Good Hope, but inasmuch as the Capitol storehouse was located there, it was necessary to travel by ox teams for days at a time from their homes to the Cape for goods. It was while George Prince was making one of these journeys with his negro helpers, that a message was sent to him by way of a manifestation.

"One evening at the end of a hard day's travel as he was making his rounds to see that everything was all right for the night, someone called him by the name of ‘George.' He turned and beheld a personage clothed in a long white robe, who told him that the Gospel had been restored and would be brought to him b two men, warning him to heed their teachings and accept them. He was told that he would know the men immediately upon seeing them. The gathering of Israel was also explained to him and urging that it should be done speedily lest part of his family be left behind. When he returned home he related the incident to his wife.

"One afternoon, sometime later, as the couple sat in the shade of their house, they saw two men coming up the walk. Mr. Prince arose, saying to his wife, ‘Sarah, these are the two men,' and went forward to meet the Mormon Elders. The Elders made their home with this family for sometime teaching the Gospel in that vicinity. Among their first converts was the family of George Prince."

A few years later, at a great sacrifice, George Prince sold his property and came with a company of immigrants to Utah in 1860, where he continued to be a faithful worker in th Church until his death which occurred in 1905 in Escalante, Utah. He was ninety years of age. His wife. Sarah Bowman, preceded him in death several years. — Sophie W. Shurtz

Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol. 6, p. 271

The Daughters of Utah Pioneer files indicates that a son, Richard, born May 26, 1846, at Green Point, South Africa, came to Utah in 1856. He married Ann Cooper. He died August 15, 1927 at Middleton, Washington County, Utah. It is believed that he left South Africa with William Walker, the missionary.

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