George Painter by Joan Flamm Longhurst
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George Painter was born March 17, 1828 in Kempsford, Gloucestershire, England to William Painter, who was born August 26, 1787 in Kempsford and Mary Bowles, who was born September 2, 1787 in Castle Eaton, Wiltshire which is about five miles southwest of Kempsford. These communities bordered the Thames River, along with some other small communities. William and Mary had married in 1808 and were blessed with eleven children, of whom two died in early childhood. George was the tenth of these eleven children. When George was five years old his father passed away at the age of forty-seven and little more has been revealed about his youth. Little is known about their youth except that census records report the children's occupations as being farm laborers.
Somehow, in this area where he grew up he heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, because their church records show that he and his brother William, and his sister Jane Painter King were baptized June 14, 1851 by William E. Farley and confirmed June 16, by William Davis, in Castle Eaton, which was a branch of the Cheltenham Conference British Mission. These two brothers grasped the gospel readily and fulfilled callings, as records show that William was president of the branch.
They apparently were acquainted with the Herbert family from Castle Eaton because some members of that family were baptized in Dec. 1850. That was affirmed when George baptized John Herbert a day previous to their departure to a new land. John Herbert was the father of Eliza Herbert and Jane Herbert Truman, who had a little daughter named Mary Truman. The two families felt the spirit of emigration, inspired by the church leaders in Utah and made plans to travel to the land of Zion, in Salt Lake City, Utah. While John's last minute decision to travel with them was a pleasant surprise to Jane, Eliza and Mary, an event in the Painter family engendered sadness to George, due to the death of William's wife, Mary Werring and their newborn baby. While Williams journey was delayed, the rest of the group proceeded to Liverpool, and George, age
twenty-six, left this sad event, his mother, who was deaf, and age sixty-seven, and his remaining siblings and their families, to embrace the new gospel. He and the rest of the group proceeded to Liverpool, where they boarded the Marshfield, under the direction of John Taylor.
The saints had a three weeks delay at Liverpool, and were cared for by the government because the ship, which had previously been chartered for people who were going to Utah, was used for troops going there. As planned, the emigrants landed at New Orleans on May 29. Mary's account states that they set sail up the Mississippi river on the steamer Sam Cloven to St. Louis. John Herbert's death occurred on this journey, and is described in an application that Mary Truman admitted to the to Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers organization. Mary recorded: "they landed at New Orleans and set sail up the Mississippi River on the steamer Sam Cloven. my (sic) grandfather died during the voyage up the river and was buried on the bank of the river.(sic)a plank was laid from the boat to the bank of the river and the daughters were assisted to the grave, where the remains of their father was placed in a rough coffin, the (sic) grave was closed and they continued their journey to St. Louis". There were many passengers going to Utah that were affected by a cholera epidemic. Apparently John Herbert was among those whose life ended due to this epidemic. When they arrived in St. Louis they found a group preparing to travel to Utah. According to Mary, they paid their way across the plains with money provided by her grandfather, John. No records have been found that disclose which wagon train they traveled with, but they landed in Salt Lake City October of 1854.
Emigration records show that William Empy's Company, that had 43 wagons, arrived Oct. 28 along with several other companies that also arrived in October.
Their first home after arriving in Utah was in Bountiful, where Jane was able to procure employment working for Judge Holbrook as a seamstress. George also found employment with Judge Holbrook. On August 30, 1855, George Painter and Jane Herbert were married in Bountiful. George adopted Mary and Emeline Elizabeth entered into this union 7 August1856 and this same year William, George's brother, who emigrated from England arrived in Bountiful and apparently lived with them because he is listed as a member of their household in the 1860 census. After his wife and baby's death he was able to save enough funds to immigrate to Utah. He met and married Elizabeth Bradshaw in 1860. During this period of time Sarah Jane was born to George and Jane in March
1858, and Matilda was born in 1860. In January of 1861 George and Jane were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. The year 1861 brought some more changes into their lives when they, along with William and Elizabeth, moved to Wellsville, where William and Elizabeth remained. Catherine was born in Wellsville in 1862 and, shortly after her birth, George and Jane moved on to Logan, where they purchased some land, and undertook the difficult task of farming.
When the first settlers came to Cache Valley in the 1850's they found the winters very harsh. In 1859 four men found some good farming land on "the Island" the low part of town where the Logan River flows. By winter there were thirty-six families living there. In 1859, the Deseret News described Cache Valley as a farming paradise. The Painter's, as described in Matilda Painter Flamm's history, did not experience such fortune. She stated, "They had many hardships. Crickets ate their gardens, which were not always successful otherwise. The potatoes were so small that they could scarcely be distinguished from small rocks." While his wife, Jane, and some of their daughters helped to earn the living in the home, through their sewing and crafts, it was necessary that Matilda, the more sturdily built member of the females in the family, and their only son still a child, not old enough to help, worked in the fields. George had injured his back while obtaining wood from Logan Canyon, which required Matilda to do the work usually done by a man. Because of the crop situation, George and his brother William discovered that broom making was a good alternative, due to the fact that corn was a more successful crop. George grew broom corn, which he cured, and worked into a broom. He also raised hay and grain. George had many skills, and through the years used them to protect and provide for the family. Before and after moving to Logan he took his turn standing guard to protect the surrounding homes and cattle from the Indians. He assisted in building roads and according to Sarah Jane, which is recorded in her life story, he at one period of time, was also involved in some mining.
After settling in Logan, three more children were added to their lineage. George William was born 15 January 1864. However, he lived only 2 years. This was a significant date to Matilda because 19 years later she named her son, who was born January 15, 1883, George William Flamm. Joseph Herbert, being the only surviving son, was born 16 June 1867, and was named in remembrance of Jane's brother Joseph Herbert, who remained in England. Another daughter, Clarissa Alice, born in the year 1869 lived only one day.
George and Jane were dedicated to obeying the principles of the gospel and helping with the needs of the community. This is indicated in church records that show that George was also married to Elsie Bertleson Johnson, who had four children by another marriage. Information from ancestors who knew of them explain that a home was built for her and her boys and that George never dwelled in that home. She carried the title "Granny Johnson". The pious community of Logan was ideal for raising a good Mormon family. Their first home in Logan was built on the southeast comer of third west and first north streets. The family was able to witness much growth of the small community as it grew into a city. Up to this period of time gentiles were not settling in Logan because they didn't appreciate the rectitude of the vicinity. There were no saloons,and fines were established for using profanity and for selling alcohol. George's dreams were fulfilled as education became available and church edifices were built. In 1862 Logan Hall was completed, where religious gatherings were held. The Church Headquarters were aware of the fast growing population and sent Ezra T. Benson to Logan in 1864 to discuss the proposal to build a stake meeting house. Money was subscribed at that time and by 1877 their first conference was held. During the process of that construction ward meetinghouses were also being constructed.
The girls grew up and married and moved from the home. Mary Truman Painter, the first to be married, married George Cole, and they had enterprises in various locations including a lumber business in Logan. Emeline and Catherine married and remained in Logan then moved to Rexburg, where Matilda was living because Matilda married Jacob Henry Flamm, who was called as a counselor to Thomas Ricks to help settle Rexburg. Sarah married Orson Card, whose family settled in Cardston, Canada. They lived in Logan. Joseph, the only son, married Pauline Davies April 12, 1887 and they retained the parent's home and had a grocery business.
While the tabernacle was under construction, from 1865 to 1878, the temple was also being built. The temple was dedicated May 1884; lumber for the temple was milled in Logan Canyon. It was the second temple; St. George the first. George and Jane were among the many residents who were looking forward to, and being blessed by this accomplishment. It was worth the sacrifice for now temple ordinances could be completed for deceased family members. Temple records show that George and Jane were among those who submitted names for which this work could be done.
Education was in progress when the Painters arrived in Logan because school started March 13, 1860 with Edward W. Smith as the teacher. In the winter of 1865 a community building was built in Logan, which served as a schoolhouse, a church meetinghouse and for social activities. The first schoolteacher in that building was William George Cole, the father of George, who married Mary Truman Painter. Little is
written about which schools the children attended but a history written about Sarah Painter Cards states that her husband, Charles Ora Card was once her schoolteacher. Brigham Young College started in 1878, and classes were held in the City Hall, then in 1882 they moved to the basement of the Cache Tabernacle, and finally in 1884 the BYU building was completed and the college was discontinued in 1929. In the meantime Utah State Agricultural College, a land grant college started classes and the school board voted to close the BYU College and the building was used as a high school after that.
The Logan News printed a list of landowners on December 8, 1896, to be placed in the Utah Journal. George Painter was listed as a landowner on N part lot 5 block 1 plat D Logan Farm 1 acre. George Painter's life ended 31 December 1900 in Logan. Jane died three years later in Logan. They were both buried in the Logan Cemetery.
When George left his family to come to America he left his mother and seven living siblings. Sarah and Hannah were deceased when he emigrated and William came three years later, leaving six siblings in England. At the time of George's death all of his siblings had married, and all were deceased except Ann. In the year 1905 Matilda and her husband Jacob Henry Flamm decided they could leave their business dealings and travel to Europe to visit families in Germany and England. Henry Flamm's personal history indicated that they visited with relatives and obtained records from kin and returned home laden with records. Before returning to Rexburg they stopped to visit family in Logan, indicating that the spirit of family lingers when one has parents such as George and Jane.