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 George Prince, Jr

George Prince, Jr

Cape Town, City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
Death 7 May 1936 (aged 82)
Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Plot Row 20
Memorial ID 52874 · View Source
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The Life of George Prince, Jr.
George Prince was born 26 Jan 1854, at Capetown, South Africa. He was the son of George Prince Sr., and Sarah Bowman, who were among the early immigrants called by the Queen of England to go to South Africa to help settle and build up her possessions there.

It was at South Africa, where they were converted to the Mormon Religion. The first Mormon Missionaries arrived in South Africa July 22, 1837. When Grandfather Prince first heard the Missionaries talk, he knew it was the right Church and after he heard them, he began to make preparations to get ready to leave for America.

My father (George Jr.), was 6 years old when he came to Utah. They immigrated to America on the ship "Alacrity" a slow sailing vessel. They landed at Boston, Mass., after three months on the water. From Boston they went to Florence, Nebraska, where they joined a company of Mormon pioneers going to Salt Lake City, Utah. They were under the leadership of Capt. William Budge.

They arrived in Salt Lake Oct. 5, 1860 and settled in Kaysville, Utah where they lived for three years, then moved to Middleton, Washington County, Utah. Here George Jr. spent his childhood knowing the hardship of pioneering and the fear of Indians. I have heard tell of the good times they had going to the dances in Washington. They had to go barefooted, and gave squash or anything they raised in the garden for dance tickets. He said his mother once made him a suit out of a wagon cover, and he thought he was really dressed up for the dance.

George married Phebe Jane Boggs on 8 October 1874, and they were later endowed in the St. George Temple, Feb. 27, 1878. They were the parents of 15 children, and raised two grandchildren. I was the 10th child.

Father and Mother spent most of their summers in their earlier days on Cedar Mountain. They had a dairy and would milk cows and make cheese and butter for the winter. When they came home to Washington they would have barrels of cheese and butter. Mother told of one time they were on the mountain Father took awfully sick. She feared he would never get well. The nearest doctor was at Silver Reef. A young boy by the name of Middleton was the nearest neighbor. He volunteered to go see the doctor and get some medicine as none of their children were old enough to go. It was quite a ride to go horseback. Mother wrote the condition of him the best she could. When the boy came back the doctor had prescirbed egg nog and said to sponge him in cold water. Soon after, Israel Nielsen came to their place. He and the Middleton boy administered to him, and Father began to get better. He has had many faith healing incidents happen to him.

Father was always helping people who needed him in any way. He always hauled wood for the older people. I have heard Aunt Tilda Crawford and Uncle Joe Crawford, as everyone called them, tell how good father was to them. They said he would come by and see that their wood pile was getting low, and throw them some off some of his wood. They also said Father brought them flour when they wouldn't know where their next sack was coming from. They were an old couple everyone liked, and in those days they didn't get pensions like they do now.

I can remember Father sitting up with the sick many times. It seemed to me when anyone got sick or died they sent for him. He would wash and lay out the dead. I remember the time John Pearce was sick for a long time. He always wanted George Prince to stay with him. One time Father had been there most of the night, and then came home to rest. After resting he got up to shingle our house because it leaked so bad. It had been raining quite a lot at that time. He had just started to shingle when they sent for him to come back to Brother Pearce's house. That same day three or four men came by to finish the shingling. Someone had asked them to do it, knowing Father wouldn't be able to.

One time I remember a man by the name Daniels. They thought he had consumption, and when he died Bishop Calvin Hall ask some if they would help lay him out. Everyone was afraid of the disease. When Bishop came and asked Father if he would go and wash and lay him out, as there wasn't anyone who wanted to do it. Father said, "Sure I will go." Bishop Hall said, "Brother Prince, I knew I would count on you." He always depended on Father and told him so. In meeting one time I heard Bishop Hall say how Brother Prince never failed him in any sickness or death. Father wasn't a public speaker, but he was always willing to give his time or any donations and tithing. He was willing to do all the good he could.

Father was always good to Mother and his family. When any of us were sick, he was always ready to help, and was such a kind father.

In the Spring Father would go for two or three weeks on the range ride for the cattlemen while they were rounding up their cattle. Oh! how lonesome it was when he was gone. When we thought he would be coming home, we would watch the "old trail" that came down by the "Black Ridge." When we could see him coming, we would all go out to meet him, and be so glad to have him back home with us. Mother always seemed so lonesome when he was gone.

I have heard Father tell of working on the Canal, and all he had for his lunch was bread and molasses. He went through many hardships, but was as cheerful as he could be about it.

He was living in Washington, Utah, when he died, May 7 1936, at the age of 83. About three weeks before he died, he put in a garden. He was always noted for his fine vegetables he raised. All the time he was sick he kept worrying about the garden. He wanted to get out and take care of it.

George Prince Jr's schooling was in Washington. They lived in Middleton at the time, and he had to walk three miles every day.

~~history compiled by Susan (Prince) Prisbrey April 1965

He was buried on May 9, 1936.
His birthplace has also been written before as being at Olifantshoek (Elephants Hook), Cape Colony, South Africa.

George Prince
ST. GEORGE — Funeral services for George Prince, 82, of Washington were held Saturday at the Washington L. D. S. ward chapel.

George Prince was born in South Africa, January 26, 1854. He came to Utah with his parents, George and Sarah Bowman Prince. In 1860, having spent three months on the ocean, and traveling from Florence, Mo., with the last company to leave there in July, 1860. The family lived at Kaysville two years and came to Dixie in 1862. They settled at Middleton, and later at Washington, where they have lived since.

On October 8, 1874, he married Phoebe Jane Boggs. Fifteen children were born to them, eight of whom survive. They are Mrs. Geneva Everett, Baker, Ore.; John, Colfax, Wash.; Nancy Griffeth, Wendell, Idaho; Mrs. Evelyn Hall, Mrs. Susan Prisbey, Mrs. Sophia Hannig, Mrs. Zina Prisbey and Theodore, all of Washington, Utah. One brother, William Prince of Panguitch, Utah, and two sisters, Mrs. Susan Schurtz, of Escalante, and Mrs. Sarah Butler of Arizona, also survive, as well as 69 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.

transcribed from The Salt Lake Tribune - May 12, 1936

official source notes
1870 United States Federal Census
Name: George Prince
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1854
Age in 1870: 16
Birthplace: South Africa
Home in 1870: Washington, Washington, Utah Territory
Race: White Gender: Male

Post Office: Washington
Household Members: Name Age
George Prince 55
Sarah Prince 51
George Prince 16
Susanah Prince 14
Sarah Prince 11
Lucy N Prince 8
1930 United States Federal Census

Name: George Prince
Home in 1930: Washington, Washington, Utah
Age: 77
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1853
Birthplace: South Africa
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Pheobe Jane
Race: White

Household Members: Name Age
George Prince 77
Pheobe Jane Prince 74
Theodore P Prince 42
Winnie May Griffet 16
Frank M Pince 49
Zina Prisbrey 35
Pearl Prisbrey 1




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