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George Lake, Sr.

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Pike Co., Illinois
Death: Died in Colonia, Dublan, Galeana, Chilhuah, Mexico
Cause of death: pneumonia
Place of Burial: Colonia, Dublan, Galeana, Chilhuah, Mexico
Immediate Family:

Son of James Madison Lake, Jr. and Philomela (Polly) Lake
Husband of Louisa Ann Garner; Sarah Jane Lake and Mary Edda Crosby
Father of Olive Ann Henderson; Jas. R. Lake; George Lake; Rhoda J. Lake; Joesph A. Lake and 8 others
Brother of Almeda Sabra Almeda Lake; William Bailey Lake, Sr.; Pvt Barnabas Lake; "Clara" Lake Taylor; Jane Maria Taylor and 4 others
Half brother of Julia Lake; Lawrence Lake; James Madison Lake, III; George Lake; Dennis Lake and 5 others

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About George Lake, Sr.

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George Lake, son of James Lake Jr and Philomela Smith, was born 15 Sep 1838, near Pittsfield, Pike, Illinois. George had three wives. He married Louisa Ann Garner in 1860, Sarah Jane Hill in 1862 and Mary Edda Foster in 1868. George fathered 32 children with his three wives.

Son of James Lake and Philomela Smith

Married Louisa Ann Garner, 13 May 1860, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Olive Ann Lake, James Bailey Lake, George Amasa Lake, Ermina Jane Lake, Chauncey William Lake, David Edmund Lake, Rachel Louise Lake, George Ephraim Lake, Hyrum Lake

Married Sarah Jane Hill, 4 Oct 1862, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - James Richard Lake, Rhoda Jane Lake, Esther Ann Lake, Sarah Ellen Lake, Joseph Alvin Lake, Harvey Lake, Clara Lake, Barbara Lake, Barnabus Lake, Benjamin Franklin Lake, Alonzo Ellis Lake, Lydia Catherine Lake, Cyrus Lake

Married Mary Edda Foster, 7 Dec 1868, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Philomelia Lake, Samuel George Lake, Moroni Charles Lake, William Bailey Lake, Jacob Alma Lake, Mary Ellen Lake, Sabra Lake, Willard Lake, Ida May Lake, Nephi Lake, Ammon Lake

History - George Lake, son of James Lake Jr and Philomela Smith, was born 15 Sep 1838, near Pittsfield, Pike, Illinois. George had three wives. He married Louisa Ann Garner in 1860, Sarah Jane Hill in 1862 and Mary Edda Foster in 1868. George fathered 32 children with his three wives.

During the last part of 1874 and 1875 the U.S. Marshals had an indictment for his arrest for practicing plural marriage. He had to flee by going into the mountains. President Brigham heard about his condition. He met with President Young at night through the back door. George Lake. He was assigned to go to Arizona to the Little Colorado Mission. Mary Edda went with him to Arizona. George presided over Lake Camp at Obed, Arizona. He wanted to be reunited with his family, so he wrote Louisa Ann and Sarah Jane requesting them to join him in Arizona. His wife, Sarah Jane arrived in the fall of 1877. Louisa Ann chose to stay in Idaho with her family there.

Samuel George Lake was born to Mary Edda, 12 July 1876, in Obed, Arizona. He was the first child born in Obed. January 27, 1878, George was called as Bishop of Brigham City, Little Colorado Stake. George was called on a short mission to the Verde Country. In the winter of 1881, they moved to Forest Dale, Arizona. They lived in very hard conditions. April 1883 they were forced to leave Forest Dale.

George went to Mexico without his family in January, 1885. His first job in Mexico was cutting meat in a meat shop. He was able to bring his family to Mexico in the Fall of 1885. The settled in Chihuahua, locating near La Ascension while waiting for land to be bought. They lived there for a time in the wagon box that they had traveled in.

George was set apart as a Doctor by Apostle Erastus Snow, to practice medicine among the Lamanites, Mexicans and our Mormon people. He was very well-known among the Mexican people. They would say "God first and then Lake".

In 1888, George bought land which became Colonia Dublan. He was appointed as agent to purchase land and within a year he bought about five hundred acres for the families fleeing the United States. During the first years in Colonia Dublan, they lived mostly on cornmeal mixed with water. The only store was six miles away.

Prior to 1889, the church members of this met in George's home, under the direction of his father-in-law, Charles A Foster.

The land in Colonia Dublan became the most productive of the Mormon Colonies. Eventually, Dublan had a flour and gristmill and a large cooperative department store. By August of 1896, Dublan had 40 families, 300 souls.

March 23, 1898, George Lake died in Colonia Dublan. He died of pneumonia at the age of 59 years. He was lovingly called Dr. Laquna by the Mexicans as he served his mission as a doctor to the Mexican people and the saints in the Colonies. He was buried in Colonia Dublan, in the Galeana District of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

George Lake had a very strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many leadership positions in both the church and the community. He sacrificed his time, talents and every thing he owned for the building up the Kingdom of God. Serving to his fullest, he always did what was asked of him by those in authority. He was the father of 32 children with only 16 living to marry. He left to his large posterity a heritage of faith, courage, and good will to me.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, James Lake Company (1850)

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George Lake, Sr.'s Timeline

September 15, 1838
Pittsfield, Pike Co., Illinois
May 13, 1861
Age 22
Ogden, Weber County, Utah
Age 24
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Age 37