George Ault (1871 – 1878) – The Drowning of Little Georgie

sunset-wheat-field-856983-mobileCroppedWhile John and Rachel Tirrell Ault were living in Deseret, Millard Co., Utah their son, little Georgie, wanted to go to Cedar Fort with his uncle, Reuben Coles.  His mother said, “I need you, I can’t spare you.  Ride a little way with Uncle Reuben and then walk back.” Georgie went with his Uncle over the river, then Georgie came running back to his mother very frightened.  He told her he had seen a man all dressed in white, who had looked at him. Georgie said, “I was scared Ma.” His mother said she was so frightened when he told her this that she felt like her hair was standing on end. Later Georgie and his sister, Rachel, went out to the river to catch some fish for supper. While there, their father called Rachel. After telling Georgie to sit still, she ran to her father. When she came back there was no sign of little Georgie. Rachel ran on down the river and told her brother Jack, who was in swimming, what had happened. He jumped out and ran 2 miles bare naked to get a Hales boy who was an excellent swimmer and diver. The Hales boy went to the river and right to the spot where the body of little Georgie was held by willows. Mr. Hales came with his wagon and took the family and the body, to his home in Oasis, Millard Co., Utah and that is where George Ault was buried. The women stayed up all night to make the burial clothes while the men made the casket. The body was laid out on a sheet covered plank with Georgie’s faithful dog lying underneath keeping watch. (By Ina Calton Gilbert, Contributed by Susan Gilbert to in 2013. Used by permission of Susan Gilbert. Photo from LDSMediaLibrary) #AncestorClips

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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2 Responses to George Ault (1871 – 1878) – The Drowning of Little Georgie

  1. Not the only loss John and Rachel experienced, either. So sad.

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