George Heber James 1883 -
George Heber James was born on
Christmas day, 25 December 1883, to Joseph Henry James and Mary
Eliza Bloomfield. He was born in the town of Wilford (now called
Heber), Navajo County, Arizona, and was the third of fourteen
children. His father was the Bishop there.
On 6 March 1885, Heber's parents and his mother's family left to
go colonize in Mexico. They settled in Colonia Diaz. There his
father was also in the Bishopric.
Their first home there was a wagon box set up on planks, to keep
out the snakes. It had bows with a cover to keep out the rain.
After they had been there long enough to make adobe bricks (made
with mud and straw), Heber's father built them quite a nice
Heber's father always provided him with plenty to do, as they
had many kinds of farm animals and chores. They went hunting
when meat was needed to eat.
In 1893 Heber moved to Colonia Dublan with his family, then back
to Colonia Diaz in 1894.
In 1904 Heber met Sarah Loraina Nelson in Colonia Fernandez (Hop
Valley). They went to parties, school, and Church together. He
was religious and thrifty, and worked to save enough money so
they could make the long trip to Utah to be married in the
On 3 October 1907 they were married for time and eternity in the
Salt Lake Temple. They even had a honeymoon trip, going to San
Bernardino, California to visit his half-sister and her husband.
They returned by way of El Paso, Texas, then to their home in
Colonia Pacheco, which was located just across from Sarah's
parents' place. Heber worked in a sawmill and farmed for a
living. They also spent some time in Hop Valley and Temosachic.
Heber loved music and played the guitar, harmonica, and other
instruments. He rigged a setup so he could be a one man band. It
held his harmonica, and had a pedal that when he tapped it, an
attached drumstick would beat a drum. He had a guitar strap for
his guitar so his hands could be free to play other instruments.
He was fun to be around.
A daughter, Sarah Vinetta, was born to them on 6 December 1908,
in Pacheco. Heber did not have very much time to spend with his
little family, as he became suddenly ill. Some thought it was
from the results of the typhoid fever which he had earlier, but
Sarah thought since it happened so suddenly it was possibly a
George Heber James died 23 August 1910, at the age of
twenty-three. His son was born just a month after he died, on 24
September 1910, and Sarah named him George Heber, after his
Sarah said, "That is what I couldn't understand, why he had to
die so young. His Patriarchal Blessing said he was to go on a
mission, but my father explained that he was on a mission,
because he was just the type that was needed on the other side
and that is why he had to go."
George Heber James was buried near Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The following is the text of the Patriarchal Blessing given
to George Heber James:
Nov. 1st 1903
A blessing given under the hands of Patriarch Chas. Pulsifer
upon the head of George H. James, the son of Joseph H. and Mary
Bloomfield James. Born Dec. 25th 1883, Wilford, Arizona.
Brother George, I lay my hands upon your head, and confer upon
you a patriarchal blessing.
Thy lineage is of Joseph, which is a son of Jacob. Thou art
entitled to all the blessings of the new and everlasting
covenant. For you have been permitted to come upon the earth in
the gospel dispensation.
Therefore be diligent, and faithful, for the Lord has a great
work for you to do. Prepare thyself by treasuring up wisdom,
and knowledge. For the time is near at hand, that you shall have
need of it in teaching the gospel unto those that are in
darkness, for you shall receive the Holy Priesthood, and be able
to minister in all the ordinances of the gospel. Lay hands upon
the sick, and through thy faith raise up the afflicted, and
drive out the destroyer, and many shall listen unto thy
teachings. For you shall be able to speak their language
fluently and many shall be converted through thy testimony. For
your guardian angel will go with you to be a constant shield and
protection as he has been in the past and deliver you from the
hand of the destroyer who has sot to cut your usefulness from
the earth. The Lord has a companion in store for you who will be
a help and comfort and benefit and assistant in your labors. For
there is a great work in the holy temple required at your hands,
minister the ordinances for and in behalf of thy numerous dead
relatives. These blessings are for your aid and guidance for I
seal them upon thy head by virtue and authority of my holy
Patriarchal calling and seal you up to come forth in the morning
of the first resurrection in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.