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George Prince

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Fordham, Cambridge, England
Death: Died in Escalante,Garfield,Utah,USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Prince and Mary Harrold
Husband of Sarah Prince and Frances Sephia Prince
Father of Richard Prince; Francis William Prince; Francis Prince; Mary Ann Jolley; William Prince and 9 others
Brother of Lucy Prince; Rachel Prince; William Prince; Richard Prince; John Prince and 6 others

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About George Prince

George Prince was born in England. He moved to South Africa at the age of 26 because the English government was giving away tracts of land to make new settlements. George was always looking for the restored gospel and knew he would recognize it when he heard it. In treasures of Pioneer History an experience of his is related as follows "One evening at the end of a hard day’s travel as he was making him 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 his that the Gospel had been restored and would be brought to him by 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."12 As George related the experience to his wife, she laughed calling his as visionary a man as Abraham of Old. Two years later as Billy, George’s son, was playing outside two men came up the path. Billy, upon recognizing the two men from his fathers vision ran into the house announcing the arrival of the men. The men were Mormon missionaries who taught and converted the Prince family. The Prince family immigrated to Utah in 1860 where they continued faithful in the Church.

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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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George Prince's Timeline

1705
1705
Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
1815
December 22, 1815
Fordham, Cambridge, England
1838
July 16, 1838
Age 22
Exning, Suffolk, England
1840
July 31, 1840
Age 24
Burwell, Cambridge, England
1843
June 3, 1843
Age 27
Grahamstown, EC, South Africa
June 3, 1843
Age 27
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1848
October 23, 1848
Age 32
Elephant Hooks, Cape Colony, South Africa
1850
November 15, 1850
Age 34
Elephant Hooks, Cape Colony, South Africa
1854
January 26, 1854
Age 38
Elephant Hooks, Cape Colony , South Africa