James William Covington
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James William Covington was born 24 July 1879 in Orderville , Kane County, Utah the third of 13 children born to John Thomas Covington and Elizabeth Adams. James lived in Orderville most of his youth years where his father was a farmer and sheep man. His father was a polygamist having 3 wives. Elizabeth was his second wife. In his late youth his father moved his mother's family to Torrey, Wayne County, Utah, where James worked at farming and herding sheep, both for his family and others. On the 19th of November 1899 he was married to Mary Elizabeth Billingsly at St. George, Utah and they made their home in Torrey where James continued to herd sheep. Two sons were born to this union, Riley William Covington and Deward George Covington. They were divorced and Mary took the two boys and went to California and James never saw his sons again. These boys assumed the name of their step-father-Cullum. On the 13th of December 1905 James married his first cousin Effie Elizabeth Stewart - their mothers being half sisters. This marriage took place in the Manti Temple at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah and they made their home in Torrey until James took a sheep herding job in Idaho. Effie then moved to Loa, Wayne County, Utah to be near her mother. To this union was born two daughters, Effie Elizabeth Covington (Lizzie) and Ellen Catherine Covington. After James' death in 1908 Ellen Catherine was reblessed and the name Wilma was added in honor of her father and she was known as Wilma throughout her life. James came home after Wilma's birth and told his family that he was going to purchase a farm at Thomas, Idaho and move his family there during the winter. James returned to Soda Springs, Idaho area to the sheep herd and it was while there he died of an accidental gun shot wound. His herding companion had gone to town to see his family and to get supplies and upon his return found James dead. His faithful dog was standing guard over his body and the dog would not let anyone near. This was October 8, 1908. As James was bleeding to death he wrote notes to his wife and daughters telling what happened and expressing his love for them. James body was returned to his family in Utah where funeral services were held and he was buried in the Loa City Cemetery. James had a love for music and played the guitar and sang. He was a kind and gentle man with a great capacity to love all he knew. He was a good husband, father, son and brother and was greatly missed. He left us with a rich heritage.