George Honeyfield Colfax County, New Mexico

George Honeyfield, the owner of a ranch on Johnson's mesa, his post office being Bell, in Colfax County, was born in Dorsetshire, England, in 1841, and came to the United States in 1862, locating at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the coal mines. He was also similarly employed in Allegheny, Armstrong and Venango counties, and in 1871 removed to Trumbull County, Ohio, where he followed farming and mining and also worked at the mason's and plasterer's trades. In 1887 he removed to Blossburg, Colfax County, New Mexico, and a few months later took up a claim on Johnson's mesa, where he has since resided. He was one of the first men to make a permanent location there, and put in his first crops in 1886. He has contributed in substantial measure to agricultural progress and now has one hundred and sixty acres planted to grain and potatoes. His political support is given the Republican Party, but he has never sought office.

In 1864 Mr. Honeyfield was married to Rebecca Saville, of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. They have reared eight children: Charles, of Raton, New Mexico; William and John, who are living on the mesa; Mark, also of Raton; Sarah, the wife of Henry Windier, of the state of Washington; Eliza, the wife of D. L. Strine, of California; Liney, deceased wife of Alexander Heck, of Raton; and Lizzie, the wife of Irving Shirley, living on the mesa.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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