George H Webb

6 Jul 1852 - 2 Nov 1917

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From England to America -1887 George Henry W ebb and Lucy Hodges .. And ye are called t o br ing to pass the gathering of m ne e l ec t; f or m ine e l ec t hear my voice and har den no t their hear t s. ' D & C 29 : 7 Totnes, Devonshire, England was the birth place of George Henry Webb on 6 July 18
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Laketown, Rich, Utah
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George Henry Webb and Lucy Hodges

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From England to America -1887 George Henry W ebb and Lucy Hodges .. And ye are called t o br ing to pass the gathering of m ne e l ec t; f or m ine e l ec t hear my voice and har den no t their hear t s. " D & C 29 : 7 Totnes, Devonshire, England was the birth place of George Henry Webb on 6 July 1852. His father's name was Richard Stoyle Webb, and his mother was Susannah Stoyle. He had five older sisters. He grew up as a child in Totnes and later moved to Bristol, England. In Sparkford, Sommerset, England on 11 Dec. 1848, Mary (Polly) Hodges was born to William Hodges and Elizabeth Sweetman - the second child.Later there would be 9 children in this family, the youngest beingLucy born25 Oct.1865.The first born wasa brother, Nathaniel Morris Hodges, being 1 1/2 years older than Mary. At about 16 years of age, Nat (as he was called) was drawn to a Mormonmissionary meetingbyhiscousinHarryFrost.His interestin the Church createdfamily dissension."Conditions became so intolerant that the family told him if he insisted on this way of life with such devotion, he would have to leave home. " "Nat loved his sister Mary (Polly) most devotedly ...However, after the disagreement about his religious affiliation, Nat made a prediction to her at this time." He writes: "When I was baptized, Polly deplored the step I had taken with all the anguish and grief of her loving and generous, but mis-guided soul. The bond of sisterly and brotherly affection was always very strong between us, but her mind had become filled with prejudice against the people of God -- through the false accusations and foul slanders of our enemies, who have always been exceedingly energetic in this part of the country. one time when she was speaking against my religion and my going to Utah, I predicted that I should yet live to see her join the Church. I baptized Polly, twenty years later in England when I went to England on a mission in 1883-1885." This baptism occurred just 4 days before Nat concluded his mission and left to return to Utah, u .s .A. .A.s recorded in his Missionary Diary: "May 12, 1885 Tuesday. Fine Day ...I afterwards went to Hennisons Baths and baptized my sister Polly, Sister vowels and Joseph Hames. Elder Rex and Call helped me to attend to this administration. Elder Call confirmed Joseph Hames. Elder Rex confirmed Sister Vowels, and I confirmed my sister Polly. (The above series of quotes from History of Nathaniel Morris Hodges by Elizabeth Hodges Packer.) -George Henry Webb married Mary (Polly) Hodges the 25th April 1875 in Bristol, England. They had a daughter Elizabeth (Lilly) born 24 April 1876, a son Richard William born 24, June 1878. During these few years of their married life the Mormon Elders visited their home and preached the Gospel to them. George and his wife, Mary, many times defended the missionaries and took them into hiding. George Henry Webb was baptized and confirmed on 15 October 1878, by D. s. McFarlane. He was willing to accept callings and responsibilities, and the minutes of the Bristol Branch council Meet; of 31 August 1879 were signed by George Webb as secretary. (LDS Manuscript Histories, C.R. vol. 1123-1137). on 2 October 1880 another son was born and they named him Archibald George Henry. on 11 August 1882, a son was born - Nathanial Hodges Webb. Later a little girl was born, but she died at birth. George Webb continues his activity in the Branch and on 13 April 1886, he was "appointed to preside over the Bristol Branch" replacing William Irwin who was emigrating to Utah. (LDS Manuscript Histories, ibid.) . The following Sunday, 18 April 1886, trouble occurs. As reported in the Millenial star, Volume 48:266 - "The afternoon meeting was visited by anti-Mormons, about 400 strong, who whooped and yelled outside the meeting house, some coming in and interrupting the meeting. Three police constables were present but were powerless against so many. No one was injured but the meeting was dismissed. A summons was served on the ring leader of the disturbers. On April 30th the trial of the rioters was held. They were fined forty shillings and cost of the court. The trial lasted four hours. Truth was triumphant and the officers of the law acted entirely without any partiality. " Although harassment was not unusual, what a responsiblity to deal with "trouble" at the first meeting as presiding leaderl During these early years of their membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-saints, George and Mary (Polly) were desirous of and making preparations for emigrating to Salt Lake City, Utah, the gathering place of the Saints. In February of 1887, instructions were coming forth for those members planning to leave during the next few months. The following article appeared in the Millenial Star, Monday, Feb. 28, 1887: "Emigration.---The time is drawing near for the emigration to commence. We wish to impress upon the minds of the Elders that no one should be sent to this office with a view of emigrating unless they have sufficient means necessary to take them through to Utah, and some little to spare, or they will be liable to be sent back from New York as paupers. It is far better that they should be stopped here, and we wish it distinctly understood that they will be liable to be stopped, as we have no means to assist them at the office.We are continually called upon to know if we will not forwardpeopletoZion .strangerscallandconfesstheir willingness to fight for us if we will send them; we are not engaged in this business.The Saint, who have been converted, gather because it is a commandment of God, who said:"And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect, for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts ."Again, "But verily, thus saith the Lord, let not your flight be in haste, but let all things be prepared before you ."This is the wise counsel given. Therefore, let the saints learn to be economical and keep the commandments, be faithful in their duties and not rob God, but pay their tithes and offerings. Leave off bad habits, keep the word of Wisdom, and seek the fellowship of the Holy Ghost; then there will be no need of artificial stimulents to ruin health and pocket, but a joy unspeakable will be experienced, and the Lord will open up the way for them to gather, for He helps those who help themselves, and prove to Him they are in earnest.Again, all monies sent to this office from relations or friends in Utah for the emigration of the .Saints in the European Mission, or to assist them in their emigration, can only be used for that special purpose. If they are out of employment, it is the privilege of all Saints to prayerfully and diligently seek for labor, and the Lord will provide. Faith is the first prinicple of revealed religion, and it is written "The just shall live by faith."so then, in all kindness we say, have faith and show your faith by your works." The Millenial star, March 28, 1887 published additional preparation information: PREPARATION AND MANAGEMENT OF LUGGAGE "All boxes should be well corded. sacks are good for some kinds of luggage. All luggage should be plainly marked with the owner 's name, and the name of the place of destination . Much inconvenience has been caused by persons putting Ogden upon their baggage when they were destined for Logan, salt Lake City, or some other place. In addition to the name of the town, UTAH, U .S.A., should be also marked upon each piece. Marking should be done with paint or with lamp-black and oil upon the box or sack. When this is not practicable, pieces of leather may be used, securely fastened on with tacks or strong twine; paper is useless. Boxes should not be covered with canvas, unless arranged to open as readily as if uncovered. When baggage is examined at New York, by the customs officers, covers are liable to be ripped and taken off, and there is no time to replace them. In ·some instances the addresses have gone with the covers, leaving the trunks open to the danger of being lost. Luggage wanted on the voyage should have the word "Wanted" marked upon it. As a rule, luggage is safer and better in the hold. Emi9rants, on their way to Liverpool, or those in charge of companies, should see that their luggage accompanies them. where changes occur on the railroads, care should be taken to see that the luggage is transferred from one train to the other. This matter should not be left either to chance or the railroad porters; some one of the party should, with his own eyes, see that each article is duly transferred. It will save much labor and trouble to those who assist the emigrants on their arrival here, if the latter will, so far as practicable, book to LIME STREET STATION. Those who wish to be met at the station, should duly inform us of the time of their expected arrival in Liverpool and the name of the station here. on arrival, emigrants should remain with their luggage. In case there is no one from this office to receive them , someone in the company should at once notify us .of their arrival. We repeat, the others should remain with their luggage. AMOUNT OF LUGGAGE ALLOWED We desire it to be specially noted that adults are each allowed 150 pounds or 10 stones and 10 pounds, of luggage free; and those between 5 and 12 are allowed 75 pounds, or 5 stones and 5 pounds, free. No free luggage is allowed to those under 5. All extra luggage will be charged 8 cents, or 4 pence per pound, from New York to Ogden. No one will be permitted to take any luggage over these amounts, unless they have money to pay for its transportation from New York; as it will not be paid for by this Office nor by Elder James H. Hart, New York. OUTFIT The outfit needed, for each person, for the voyage is a bed and bedding, (which they are advised to bring with them so far as they have them), tin plate, tin basin, knife, fork, spoon, water­ bottle and some soap. All of these articles and any others needed can be obtained, at the cheapest rates, through this office. Emigrants coming from a distance, should provide themselves with some food for use in Liverpool. A light box or basket, for provisions, to serve from New York to Ogden, will be found useful. A shallow box or basket, to stow under the seat, is better than a deep one. Estimated time, with stoppages, between those two points, six days. The foregoing instructions apply equally to every company of the season. The foregoing instructions are expected to govern the conduct of all who intend emigrating this season. Being derived from long experience, and calculated to administer to the comfort, safety, convenience and general welfare of emigrants·, we urgently request that they be adhered to in every particular.11 Of further interest as to the preparations that were necessary the following rates were quoted in the Millenial star, Monday, March 28, 1887: •• • 11The fare for Members of the Church from Liverpool to Salt Lake City, Utah -£ 13, 3s. Children between 5 and 12 years, half the above rate; between 1and 5 years, o( 1 17s Gp. Emigrants must also provide themselves with about twenty shillings each adult for expenses from New York to Ogden." As I have researched, the nearest I can find for the rate of the English pound in U.S. dollars was for 1889 (two years after George Henry Webb left England) . The pound was then equivalent to $4.88 in U.S. money. There are 20 shillings in a pound and 12 pence in a shilling. Assuming the value did not deviate too much from the summer of 1887 to 1889, the adult fare from Liverpool to Salt Lake City was about $65.00 for George Henry Webb and for son William $32.50 . It can't be accurately determined the fare for Archibald since he is listed on the ship passenger list as 4 years o'ld, but he was actually almost 7 years old -- at which age was he charged? It would have been at least slightly under $10.oo if charged at the age 4 rate. Using the above formula, the total fare cost equals $107.50 for George Henry Webb and his two sons, to travel from Liverpool to Salt Lake City. The counsel to have 20s for cross country expenses would add another $4.88 and that should be at least doubled for 1 adult and 2small children - bringing the total to $117.26. In 1887, this was a considerable amount of money in terms of U.S. dollars. There also would have been the expense of travelling from Bristol to Liverpool, a distance of about 100 miles, and as previously mentioned they must provide their own food for use in Liverpool. The financial burden was heavy, and there must be provisions for those left in England - his wife and two small children. Having known all this preliminary information and with the necessary finances, it was decided that George would take the two children Richard William age 9, and Archibald age 7 and go to America. Mary was not well and she and her sister Lucy, and two children Elizabeth (Lilly) Susan and Nathaniel would go to the seaside for Mary to recouperate. After George Henry was settled and established in Utah, he would send for M·ary and the other two children to join him. "The names and ages of parties who intend to emigrate with the June 18th company, should be forwarded to this office or to the conference President of their District, no later than June 11th." (Millenial Star, Monday May 30, 1887). George Henry Webb and his two sons left Liverpool on Saturday, June 18, 1887, aboard the ship S.S. Wisconsin, of the Guion Line. ' This was about 3 weeks after Mary (Polly) had given birth to a son, John, who died shortly thereafter. What anguish she must have felt as her husband and two of her children left to travel halfway around the world. In 1887 this distance must have been beyond her comprehension. Although mileage distance remains the same, today's traveler steps aboard a jet plane and makes the trip in 8 to 10 hours. Her hope of a letter would take weeks to materialize. Then consider her physical weakness after childbirth in 1887 -- hardly comparable to childbirth of the l990's. She would draw on the courage and strength granted by her Heavenly Father. To quote Charles Dickens as he described the "Mormon" emigration, they were ... "the pick and fiower .of England. A very fine set of people... difficult to find people with so much beauty and so much strength and capacity for work." (Dickens, Uncommercial Traveler 1863.) The Edinburgh Review for January, 1862 makes the following report regarding the emigration of the saints to America: "...Conducting the emigrants from Europe was as patriarchal as the church itself. As the emigration season came round, converts were brought from every branch and conferences to Liverpool by the Elders," who saw them on shipboard in vessels chartered for their use. Not a moment were they left to the mercy of "runners" and "shipping agents .11When on board, the companies, which in some cases amounted to more than one , thousand per ship, were divided into wards, each ward under its president, or bishop, and his two counselors, and besides these there were the doctor, steward, and cook, with assistants. Regular religious preaching service was observed daily, and council meeting as occasions required . Morning and evening prayers were observed; and occasional entertainments, concerts, and dances were enjoyed by the passengers and the officers of the ship as well ." (quoted fro m The Restored Church by William Edwin Berrett, p. 279). "The Fourth Company of emigrants, per S.S. Wisconsin, Elder Quincy B. Nichols, President, arrived at New York on Tuesday (June) 28th. (Millenial star, Vol. 49, 1887 p. 428). As was customary, President Quincy Nichols sent a letter of report back to President George Teasdale of . the British Mission (This letter is dated June 6, 1887, but is incorrect.The ship padn't left until June 18th and according to the above notice it arrived on June 28th - ----perhaps the month on the letter should have been "July".) President George Teasdale: " New York, June 6, 1887 Dear Brother,--haste to drop you a line to acquaint you with the incidents of our sea voyage and safe arrival on American soil. At Queenstown we took on 110 souls, thus swelling our number to 646 all told. one day's sailing from Queenstown, one of the firemen died, and on the following day, June the 20th , he was consigned to a watery grave, after a short ceremonial, the purser officiating. The weather has been delightful, and the sea everything desirable. But notwithstanding the lovely weather, we have nearly all experienced the unpleasant sensation of sea-sickness. There was always one of the Elders, however, prepared to assist the sufferers and administer comfort and consolation. The ship' s crew were all affable towards our people. I certainly can give the surgeon, J. Hannay, a better recommendation than was given the doctor on the s.s. Nevada, as Dr. Hannay did everything in his power to alleviate the sufferers under his care, and the purser is a gentleman in every respect, as is also the captain. There were several· anti-"Mormons" on the steamer who made themselves very obnoxious with their abusive treatment of the Elders, but it had a good effect among the more intelligent, and I believe the course we pursued left a good impression among all who observed our conduct. We landed this morning at 7:30 and was met by Brother I.E. Hart,son of BrotherJas. H. Hart.We had no trouble in passing the custom officers.We leave at 3 p.m. for Norfolk. There has been nothing thus far to mar the happiness of our journey, and we all feel grateful for the blessings of God bestowed upon us. There were seven more Saints who joined us here in New York and will go with us to Zion. Kind love from all the Elders. We pray for your continued prosperity. Yours in the fellowship of Christ, Q. B. Nichols, J. Quayle11 To quote from Mary McKinnon's history of George Henry Webb: "They were coming to America for the Gospel ...They crossed the United states by train not too long after the golden spike days. While crossing the state of Nebraska, Archibald, age 7, said to his father, "my Mama is dead". "Oh! no my dear boy your mother is alright and after we get to Utah and find a home and I get work, we are going to send for your Mother and your sister and brother, and we will all be together and happy again .11110h, but Mama is dead", replied Archibald. The day · our father and his two small boys got off the train in Evanston, Wyoming there was a cablegram stating the death of his wife, Mary." Her obituary as listed in the Millenial Star, Monday July 18, 1887. DIED "Webb.--at Bristol, July 5, 1887, of kidney disease, Mary Webb, wife of George Webb.Her husband went to Utah in the May company of this year's emigration, and she was to go out in the next company to join him." (The May company is an error.He did in fact leave with the June 18th company as verified on the ship passenger list.) Although it was not granted that Mary live to emmigrate to America, she was a faithful convert and left a posterity that would 'love and honor her. After the death of Mary, her sister Lucy took care of the details for her burial, cared for the children, disposed of the store, and whatever affairs needed attention. Lucy Hodges had been baptized on 14 March 1882 by Mark Bearger and confirmed on 19 March 1882 by George Webb. She was valiant in the faith and willing to accept responsibility. At a Bristol Branch Council meeting on 8 August 1886, she was appointed to be "Star Agent". (LDS Manuscript Histories, C.R. vol. 1123). Now at the age of twenty one, she had accepted the challenging responsibility of emigrating to America with two small children. "The 5th company (for 1887) -- The S.S. Wisconsin sailed from Liverpool on Saturday last, Aug. 27th, carried over 400 of our people enroute to the gathering place of the ·saints •.." {Millenial star, Aug. 29, 1887). Lucy (age 21) Lilly (age 11) and Nat (age 5) left Liverpool for America aboard the S.S. Wisconsin on Aug. 27, 1887 and arrived in New York Sept. 8, 1887. They each carried 2 pieces of baggage. (Passenger List for ship - National Archives, wa. D.C.) The following letter was written back to the British Mission headquarters regarding this trip aboard the s.s. Wisconsin which arrived in New ·York, Sept. 8, 1887: star, Sept. 26, 1887.) (Published in the Millenial New York, Sept. 7, 1887 President George Teasdale: Dear Brother,--we are pleased once more to have the opportunity to write a few lines to you to inform you how we are all getting along. After leaving Queenstown, all that day and the next was quite pleasant, but on the 30th ult., it became a little rough, which lasted about three days. Many of the Saints suffered somewhat with sea­ sickness. On Thursday evening, the 1st inst., a very interesting affair happened; President Hart was invited into the smQking room of the fist cabin by a number of gentlemen to give them an account of the principles of the Gospel, which he accepted. The saloon was crowded to hear him; he was asked a great many questions which he answered to their entire satisfaction. The captain of the vessel came in two or three times during the meeting, at one. time he testified before all that were present that the Saints were the best passengers he had to take across the ocean; the most quiet and orderly people he had to do with. He said he had had the pleasure of taking a good many companies of Saints over. Of course any one speaking a good word for the poor, despised "Mormons," must be accused of being one of them, which was the case in th].s instance, but the captain told them he was no "Mormon", in fact he didn't know that he was anything, all he wanted to say was to speak the truth of the people, no matter to him what their religion was. In the meeting there was present one infidel and one Jewish Rabi; the latter tried to condemn plural marriage, but President Hart proved to all present that the learned Rabi had not studied the laws of Moses nor his Jewish Bible.After the meeting was over, the entire company gave President Hart a hearty, unanimous vote of thanks. At about 3 p.m. on the 3rd inst., we encountered a severe storm, which lasted several hours.One lady (not belonging to our company) fell and }Droke her leg. About half past two o'clock on Sunday morning, we had a new passenger come on board; Brother James cotton's wife, Emily, of the Ashton Branch, Liverpool District, was delivered of a fine boy, both mother and baby are doing first-rate. Of course, the father is doing as well as can be expected under the existing circumstances. We are pleased to say that the Saints have been able to attend to morning and evening prayers regularly every day; we held two meetings on Sunday, the 4th inst. The speakers were very much blest with the good Spirit of the Lord, and all that were present seemed to enjoy the same blessing. We are happy to state that the Saints, as a general thing, are feeling well. On the morning of the 6th inst. our little stranger was blessed, President Hart being mouth, it was named Edward Wisconsin Cotton. Thesamedaywaspresentedtothecaptain,by President Hart, the following : --- TESTIMONIAL totheCaptainandOfficersoftheS.S. Wisconsin, Sept. 6, 1887. We, the undersigned, return to Captain E. Bently and Officers of the s.s. Wisconsin, in behalf of the. company of the Latter-day Saints, their sincere and heartfelt thanks for their kind and generous treatment of them during their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Ever praying the God of Heaven to bless both you and your's, We remain your obedient servants, John I. Hart, President of company, J.C. Nielsen, counselor, F. Theurer, counselor, c.J. Thomas, Secretary. We arrived at sandy Hook at about 3-30 p.m. on the 7th inst.; got into dock at New York at 5-30 p.m.; met our friend and brother, Elder Hart, the Church Emigration Agent, and several other friends from home .. we leave New York tomorrow at 3 p.m.· so far our journey has been a prosperous one; the Saints having got along the best kind and feel splendidly. We return to the Lord our grateful thanks for His preserving care over- us during our voyage across the mighty deep, and pray that we may be blest with a safe and speedy journey across the continent to our destination. Withkind regards to yourself and all at "42", we remain your brethren in the Gospel of Peace,John I. Hart, President, J. c. Nielson, counselor, F. Theurer, counselor, c. J. Thomas, Secretary. Quoting from a history of Elizabeth ·susan Webb McKinnon (Lilly) written by her daughter Lillian Devine: "Mother was about eleven years of age when they set sail for their new home. She was very ill on the ship and they used to wrap her in a blanket and put her up on the deck thinking that the sea breeze might revive her . She was so weak and so sick that she couldn 't sit up. There was a young man on the boat who used to come and sit down on the deck beside her and put his arm around her shoulders so that she could lean against him. She told this story of the young man several times and seemed to really appreciate his help. soon after Lucy and the children arrived in salt take, Lilly and her brother Arch got jobs at the old Walker Brothers Dry Goods store at Third south and Main. They worked all day, six days a week. Mother said they used to run upstairs and downstairs all day. Apparently they took money to the cashier and brought the change back to the cler1t. For this six day week they each earned the huge sum of fifty cents which they gave to Grandpa to help with the family expenses." George Henry Webb married Lucy Hodges (sister of his first wife, Mary) on 6 July 1888 in the Logan Temple. Quoting from a letter to Melba Hatch from Mae McKinnon, Sept. 22, 1963: "Yes my dear, it is different or seems that way to think our father had his first wife sealed to him the same day he married my mother (Lucy} . They had their endowments the first day and the marriage and sealings the second day. Aunt Gladys was telling me Aunt Lilly can remember them all going to Logan in a covered wagon .. She was about 12 years of age at the time." Lucy now becomes mother to her already loved in that relationship, Throughouttheremainderofher children. 1 niece and 3 nephews whom she and would now love as her own. life, she gave birth to 11 The life of George Henry Webb and Lucy Hodges continued as they resided briefly in several locations, finally settling for the remainder of their life at Laketown, Rich County, Utah. The information herein is in addition to the history of George Henry Webb written by his daughter Mary (Mae) Webb McKinnon in September 1963. Hopefully, you have a copy of that history which tells of the life of George Henry Webb here in America. May you now enjoy it with new insight after reading of the preparation, trials, sacrifice, sorrow, and joys related to the trip FROM ENGLAND TO AMERICA - GEORGE HENRY WEBB AND LUCY HODGES . compiled and written by - Melba L. Moffat Hatch FROM ENGLAND TO AMERICA - 1887 George Henry Webb and Lucy Hodges References 1)History of George Henry Webb by Mary (Mae) Webb .McKinnon, Sept. 1963 2)History of Nathaniel Morris Hodges by Elizabeth Hodges Packer. 3)LDS Manuscript Histories, C.R ..Vol. 1123-1137 4)Millenial star, Vol. 48:266 Millenial star, Feb. 28, 1887 Millenial star, Mar. 28, 1887 Millenial star, May 30, 1887 Millenial Star, Vol. 49, 1887, p. 428 Millenial star, July 18, 1887 Millenial Star, Aug. 29, 1887 Millenial Star, Sept. 26, 1887 5)Uncommercial Traveler. 1863, by Charles Dickens 6)The Restored Church by William Edwin Berrett, p. 279 7)Passenger List for S.S. Wisconsin, National Archives, wa. D.C. 8)History of Elizabeth Susan (Lilly) Webb McKinnon by Lillian Devine

History of George Henry Webb

Contributor: finnsh Created: 4 years ago Updated: 4 years ago

HISTORY OF GEORGE HENRY WEBB by Mary (Mae) Webb McKinnon (Eldest daughter) September 1963 George Henry Webb was born in Totness, Devonshire, England 6 July 1852. His father's name was Richard Stoyle Webb, a shoemaker. His mother' s name was Susannah Stoyle. He had three sisters older than he. George Henry Webb grew up as a child in Totness, Devonshire, England.When he reached manhood he went to Bristol England.He first worked as a helperin an undertaking establishment 1then later as an apprentice for cabinet making.At the age of 24 years he married Mary Hodges, daughter of William Hodges and Elizabeth Sweetman.They were married at Unity chapel, Whipping cat Hill by Reverend William John Morgan, 25 April 1875, and the witnesses were Annie Hodges and Joseph Irwin.To this marriage was born a baby girl namedElizabethSusan(nickname - Lilly), 24 April1876 Bristol, England.A son was born 24, June 1878.His name was. Richard William.He also was born in Bristol England and was named after his two grandfathers, Richard Stoyle Webb and William Hodges. During these few years of their married life the Mormon elders visited their home and preached the L.D.S. gospel to them. our father and Aunty Mary many times defended the missionaries and took them into hiding. They were still living in Bristol, England. George Henry Webb embraced the gospel and was baptized October 15, 1878 and on October 2, 1880 another son was born and they named him Archibald George Henry. on August 11, 1882 another son was born. His name being Nathanial Hodges. Later a little girl was born. She died at birth. And, on May 26, 1887 another son John was born. He died soon after birth. Our Aunt Mary not being too well our father sent her to the seaside to recouperate and he and his two children Richard William, age 9 and Archibald, age 7 set sail for America, U.S.A. and to the state of Utah. They were coming to America for the gospel. They set sail in the beginning of June 1887 and crossed the United States by train not too long after the golden spike days. (Note:sincethedeathofMary McKinnon,thereis new information regarding the sailing to America in a history written by Melba L. Moffat Hatch titled From England to America - 1887). While they were crossing the state of Nebraska, Archibald, age 7, said to our father "my Mama is dead". "Ohl no my dear boy your mother is alright and after we get to Utah and find a home and I get work, we are going to send for your Mother and your sister and brother, and we will all be together and happy again.11"Oh, but Mama is dead", replied Archibald. ·The day our father and his two small boys got off the train in Evanston, Wyoming there was a cablegram stating the death of his wife, Mary. she having died from complications of childbirth, passed away July 5, 1887. My father and his two sons came on to Laketown, Utah for he having one brother-in-law, Nathanial Morris Hodges and three sister-in-laws {Susanna Hodges Eldredge, Martha Hodges Evans, and Katie Hodges Eppich) . His two sons, Richard William and Archibald lived with his sister-in-law Susanna Hodges Eldredge. She lived in Meadowville about five miles from Laketown, while my father worked as a carpenter. Lucy Hodges Webb was born in Bristol England (Gloucester} on October 27, 1865 to William Hodges and Elizabeth Sweetman. She was their youngest daughter of nine children . She joined tha L.D.S. Church at the age of 17 years in Bristol, England. March 14, 1882 she was baptized. She came to America in the fall of 1887, a few months after our father, bringing with her his two children Elizabeth Susan {Lilly} and Nathanial Hodges. She married our father, George Henry Webb, the 6th of July, 1888. They lived in Paris, Idaho where my father worked on the stake Tabernacle. Then they moved to Randolph, Utah where their eld_est son, Albert Leslie was born March 31, 1889. . Times were not too good for there was ·not too much building going on. In the year May 6, 1890 a baby girl was born. She was -named Mary after his first wife and she was nicknamed Mae . (Author of this writing).Not too many months after she was born they moved to Salt Lake City where my father thought he could get employment as a carpenter. They were members of the seventh ward · in Salt Lake City. I have heard our sister Elizabeth (Lilly} say what hard times they nad.He worked some at Salt Air and my sister Gladys said she can remember hearing him say he would stand in water up to his waistline building the tressel work. And later he worked on the Salt Lake Temple . Mrs. Mary Ann Smith, who is now living and is 94 years of age told me not too long ago that her husband, John smith and our father worked until 12:00 the Saturday night before the temple was dedicated Sunday, April 6, 1893. Another daughter was born by the name of Gladys Veneta the 2nd day of January 1892.And another son born March 30, 1893 not many days before the dedication of the temple.His name was Frank Clifford.Soon after they moved from Salt Lake City back to Laketown where my uncle Nathanial Hodges had a grist mill.He planned on building several buildings and for my father to do the work.In the year 1894 another son was born September 23.His name was Raymond.He was born in the house across the street from the old grist mill which is located at the mouth of the old Laketown canyon.My sister Gladys can remember when they lived there and so many rattle snakes made their home in the canyon along with bobcats and coyotes. July 9, 1896 another little blue eyed baby girl came to join the family, and was given the name of Nellie. Not too many months November 2, 1900. She was given the name of Lula. Saturday, July 5, 1902 our mother took suddenly ill. Dr. west · of Paris, Idaho was called, but he having a seriously ill patient in Paris couldn 't come to our mother until the next morning.A stillborn baby boy was born.As the hours passed our mother became very ill.we children were all sent across the street to Sister Jane Robinsons. About 4:30 that afternoon the Doctor said, "I have done all that can be done.There isn 't much blood left in her body. Our last hope is to continue keeping the hot bottles around her body. "our dear mother opened her eyes and s&id, "Oh ! George remove the bottles. If I have got to die, Jet me die in peace." A few moments later we little children were called to her bedside, excepting our brother Leslie. He was herding sheep for Joe Hodges. I was 12 and carrying my little sister Hattie the twin, and Gladys was 10 and carrying our younger sister, Lula who was just a baby. We all circled around and kissed her and as we did so she opened those big brown eyes and smiled such a sweet heavenly smile.· She then closed them and was soon with her loved ones beyond. I have an account of the funeral which I am having typed off for which I think you will all appreciate . "A very. sad occurrence befel our little community on Sunday. Mrs. Lucy Webb, wife of G. H. Webb, who seemed on Saturday, till the evening shades appeared, in the enjoyment of her usual health and sunny disposition, was taken suddenly ill. Dr. West of Paris, as soon · as possible in response to telephonic summons, attended the lady in her childbirth. She gave birth to a son, still born, and soon after, at about 5 o'clock p.m. , of Sunday departed this life. The deceased was in her 37th year and was the youngest of N. M. Hodges• six sisters. She was a native of Bristol, England, wher.e with all of the family then alive, she embraced the gospel and contended earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints and from that time until her death she honored in her life and labors. She was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom, varying from two to fourteen years of age, are left with the greatly bereaved husband to mourn her demise. She emigrated to Utah in 1887, and with the exception of a temporary residence in the 7th ward in Salt. Lake and Randolph, this county, has resided with us here . A strange coincidence is that she died on her husbands and her wedding anniversary and on the 50th anniversary of his birth . The whole people are full of SYlJlpathy for 'the striken family and manifested it by their great kindness which Bro. Webb desires to thus publicly gratefully acknowledge during the death and burial preparations of the deceased. The funeral services were held and largely attended by our home people and many friends from Randolph, Garden City, Round Valley and Meadowville, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Added to the appreciated rendering of "Through Deepening Trials", after that my father moved his family in the town of Laketown into a new home he had built. It wasn't completed. It had three rooms and a basement. But our mother was thrilled and so happy even if you could see through the walls from one room to the other for the lath did not have any plaster on the walls. The following winter was very, very cold. our father would sometimes be away from home working in the neighboring towns such as Garden City, Paris, Idaho and Randolph. My brother Leslie was telling me not too many months ago of the time when our mother was alone that cold, cold winter. She got up and had the fires burning in both the coal stoves and soon had it comfortable enough for her little bunch of hungry mouths to eat and when she went to cut the bread it was frozen so hard she couldn't cut it. She sat down and cried. This seemed very unusual for our mother was a happy cheerful and very courageous personality. In the spring of 1898 another beautiful blue eyed baby boy was born May 1, 1898. As little children we were all so happy to have such a beautiful blue eyed and golden haired brother.His name was Arthur.One day my aunt and I came from Meadowville to see my brothers and sisters and my mother.My Mother said to me, "how would you like to select the name for your little brother?"I being but 8 years of age just couldn't think of a name nice enough. I finally chose the name Arthur.My mother was very pleased and said, "you know your birthday and his both come in the same month." That summer and fall my aunt and I would come over from Meadowville and visit real often and we all had such good times. Winter began to come, the snow and cold weather would nip our cheeks. The first week in February our dear little Arthur became very ill. Having no doctors very close by, my Mother started putting flaxseed poultices on his back and little chest because he couldn't get his breath. The seventh day he became worse and my sister Gladys said our mother was so worried and she would cry so and said, "Ohl Gladys dear, get a pan, put some hot water in it, put it on the stove so we can have the poultices real hot". And the first thing Gladys could find was my mother's silver tea pot which she highly prized and of course Gladys did as she was told and my mother being so overcome with excitement and worry didn 't notice, and within minutes the tea pot melted a.way. And not too long after that our dear little brother died in our mother 1 s arms and his little spirit j'oined the angels above. This was sorrow for us all but it about broke our mother' s heart. I was nine years of age and I can remember· going to the funeral and watching and looking at our dear mother. She was so white and those big brown eyes never she a tear. It seemed as though she was so overcome with grief she couldn't cry. The following September a pair of twins were born. A little girl and boy. The little boy died not too many hours after birth. They were born September 30, 1899. The boy's name was Heber and the little girl's name was Hattie Gertrude. Not quite fourteen months later another little girl was born "Guide MetoThee",and"Nearer MyGodtoThee '1 consolatory remarks were made by Elders E.G.Lamborn, Joe Weston, James Kearl and Joseph Irwin . At the grave N. H. Hodges being the head of this worthy family of Latter Day Saints, dedicated the remains of his bloved sister to the keeping of the Lord and His Heavenly angels. She was beloved by all.May Heaven comfort and bless the dear ones now called to mourn .11 This was surely sorrow for our father and we children. our mother died on our father's SOth birthday and their wedding anniversary which was July 6, 1902. Our sister (Lilly) Elizabeth came from Randolph and kept house for my father and brothers and sisters who were left. She stayed for three years but would often go to Randolph where most of her friends were. Our father had a telephone installed in the house so when he was at work he could call up and inquire how the family were getting along. My sister, Gladys was the next eldest girl at home. She was 10 years of age and here are some of the incidents she can remember. ....... ..· (this next part is written by Gladys) I know many times he had to leave the town in which we were living to go on different jobs and I can imagine the many anxious moments he spent in wondering how a bunch of young, quarreling kids were getting along to care for themselves. On Saturday or Saturday night we would all look longingly forward to his return home. When seen, we would all rush toward him with outstretched arms and greet him with a warm hug and kiss. Then the tales of woe would begin; one youngster had a long story to tell on the other, until the stories had gone the rounds. Then his only reply would be, "well, upon my soul, I don't know what I'll do ." Oh, yes, I must relate the '*night of the bath". Every Saturday night, as regular as clock work, papa would haul in the old, round wash tub which hung on the outside kitchen wall, fill it with warm water and start putting us from the youngest to the oldest through a process, which to some of us seemed a most terrible ordeal, but despite tears and more - tears, we were given the works. After we were all snugly tucked in bed, he would get on his knees and mop up the spluttered kitchen floor. You would think from all this, his ·days work was done, but no. Before laying is weary head upon his pillow, he would sift about six or eight large sifters of flour in the bread pan and mix a large batch of dough, which would be baked on Sunday to help stay the appetites of the hungry brood. Time was passing by and I was getting older . So, when in my early teens he used to want me to help him trim caskets. He was the one person who did this sort of work for all the surrounding communities whenever a death occurred. During these times I had some very interesting associations with him, even though we were engaged in what always seemed to me a most morbid task. I would ask him many silly questions, one of which was, "Papa, which of your two wives did you like the best?" and his curt reply would be, "Oh, my girl, don't ask such foolish questions". He seemed to be quite amused with me for having such a horror of everything pertaining to death and casket making, and I know at night especially, I would never venture near the shop where one always seemed to be in the making. I did this sort of thing over the years until I was about 18 years old.I then left home to come to Salt Lake to go to school. This was quite a time of adjustment for me because I would get terribly homesick for him and all at home.I would come home every summer though, and he and I did many jobs together.He was very thorough and particular in everything he undertook to in working with him as I did, I should have learned partly anyway, the art of doing things well.I know this saying of his impressed me, "if anything is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well." I do feel grateful indeed that I was blessed with such a good father and one who tried his utmost to instill within the hearts of all his children, every good principle of liv:ing. He not only taught by precept but by example also. As I think back upon his life I do so admire him for the strength, courage and fortitude he put forth in rearing and keeping his family together. I do cherish his memory. This is the account of our father's funeral: In Memorian - November 1917 In the beginning of his fortieth year of membership of the L.D.S. Church and his 31st year of residence in this intermountain region, mainly in Laketown, Elder George H. Webb age 65 1/3 years and a native of Totness, Devonshire, England, responded to the summons of the angel of death at his home here at about 2 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 1917. He had for several years been afflicted with hardening of arteries of the heart which troubled him quite frequently especially while walking. With this exception he regarded himself as in good health and down to almost the hour of his decease, followed his vocation as carpenter and builder and engaged in other activities. on the 2nd he went up for his mail as usual and on arrival at the Post Office informed the Post Master that he was in great pain and desired to go home. A wagoner passing kindly hauled him home, the afflicted man being able to get into and out of the wagon unassisted. For three hours following his home arrival and preceeding his decease he suffered great pain. In his departure our ward and precinct loses one of its best and most useful citizens. He was an active teacher, in which capacity he labored faithfully and long, during his residence. Many of the local hoes will remain as fine examples of his conscientious and expert handicraft. He supervised and actively engaged in the wood work of our ward chapel and also in the Robinson Mercantile Institution building, and also did much of the artistic work in the stake tabernacle at Paris. For several years he served as school trustee, Justice of the Peace, President of the Elders Quorum. Marriedin 1875 and 1888 respectively Mary and Lucy, sistersofthelateN.M.Hodges.Oftheformer marriage,the wifehavingdiedin 1887in Bristol, England on the same day as her husband with two of their sons arrived in Evanston, Wyoming enroute to Lake Town, their present surbeing Mrs. Malcolm McKinnon of Randolph, Messrs. Nathaniel Webb, Principal of Tooele High School, Archibald of Salt Lake and Richard William of Laketown. Of the sons and daughters of the second marital union there remains A. Leslie, of Round Valley, Frank in military training, but granted a furlough to come to his father's funeral and Raymond, Mrs. Ernest McKinnon of Randolph, Gladys, Nellie, Lula and Hattie . 210 people were in attendance at the funeral services held in the ward chapel in the a.m. of Tuesday. The choir rendered appropriate sacred songs, a quartette sang between the discourses. Consolitory and Eulogistic addresses were delivered by Wm. Rex and Edwin o. Lamborn, Joseph Irwin and Bishop George H. . Robinson. The invocation and benediction were pronounced by Bishops John Gray and Lehi N. Earley of Round valley. At the cemetery the choir sang and Elder Joseph Hodges of Logan offered the dedicatory. May the blessings devine rest upon his suddenly bereaved family and all who by his decease are called to mourn. By Mary (Mae) Webb McKinnon September 1963

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George H Webb was born on 6 Jul 1852
George H Webb was 9 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
George H Webb was 22 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
George H Webb was 36 years old when The Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern United States, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confining some people to their houses for up to a week. The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. The storm, referred to as the Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Snowfalls of 10 to 58 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15 m). Railroads were shut down, and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. Railway and telegraph lines were disabled, and this provided the impetus to move these pieces of infrastructure underground. Emergency services were also affected.
George H Webb was 46 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
George H Webb was 56 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
George H Webb died on 2 Nov 1917 at the age of 65
Grave record for George H Webb (6 Jul 1852 - 2 Nov 1917), BillionGraves Record 117664 Laketown, Rich, Utah, United States