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Louisa Aurelia Hollingshead

George Heap

  • Born: 14 Mar 1850, Kanesville, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Marriage: Louisa Aurelia Hollingshead on 9 Nov 1875 in Parowan, Iron, UT
  • Died: 11 Apr 1927, Parowan, Iron, UT at age 77
  • Buried: 10 Apr 1927, Parowan, Iron, UT

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George was the eldest child of Mary Ward and William Heap. The Ward and Heap families were converts to the Latter-day Saint Church from Shuttleworth, England. William Heap had married Hannah Ward in Englandand together they had sailed for America with a company of Saints; but Hannah died of cholera when they reached New Orleans and was buried onthe banks of the Mississippi River. Later William married Barbara and Mary Ward, both sisters of Hannah, who had left him three little sons to rear. They continued on their way to the Valley, but having to wait over at Council Bluffs to secure additional supplies, lengthened into two years. It was there in a wagon box that George Heap was born to William and Mary 14 March 1850. Barbara too had her first child at Council Bluffs.

When the Heap family reached Salt Lake they were sent on to Parowan, Iron county. George was just two years old when they reached there. The family remained in Parowan two years, then went with other families who were sent to settle San Bernardino, California. When the call came for the Mormons to return to Utah Territory at the time of the Johnston arm yepisode, Mary and her family returned to Parowan. The fear of marching armies was soon dispelled, but a new fear arose. The Indians were peaceful at times and at other times antagonistic.

After a particularly dry, unyielding season, the meager crops were harvested and carefully stored away against the ravages of the long, hard winter ahead. One evening, while the children were playing in the yard, George was stolen by Indians and taken away to their camp. How dark and damp the pit into which he was thrust he did not at first realize. There was no visible sign of ventilation and nothing but dirt walls to beat his hands upon. His screams for help could not be heard. George could not understand why he had been stolen or what his fate might be and his fears mounted as the long hours dragged by. At last a ray of light startled the child, then a ladder was lowered, and a chilled, hungry, frightened little boy was carried from the pit and returned to the security of his home. Only after he was warmed and tenderly cared for did George learnt hat his mother had sacrificed every bit of her winter's supply of food to buy his freedom from the Indians. \emdash Ila L. Bauer


George married Louisa Aurelia Hollingshead, daughter of Nelson Stoyell Hollingshead and Mehetable (Heta) Thornton, on 9 Nov 1875 in Parowan, Iron, UT. (Louisa Aurelia Hollingshead was born on 25 Oct 1859 in Parowan, Iron , UT, died on 28 Mar 1895 in Parowan, Iron , UT and was buried on 31 Mar 1895 in Parowan, Iron , UT.)

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