George Halls, Bishop of the Mancos Ward, Colorado, was born October 18, 1846, in the parish of Orsett, County of Essex, England, the son of John Halls and Susannah Selstone. His parents being quite poor, George had but little schooling, having to begin working for wages when yet very young. His parents became converts to "Mormonism" when George was six years old. (1852) His father died in 1861 and in 1862 George left his native land with his mother for Utah, crossing the Atlantic in the ship "Wm. Tapscott" and the plains in Horton D. Haight's company.