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Ebenezer Bryce

1830 - 1913

Ebenezer Bryce
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Ebenezer Bryce

Mormon convert who gave his name to Bryce Canyon (Utah, USA). Born in Dunblane (Perth and Kinross), Bryce became a ship's carpenter. He was one of a large number of converts to the Church of the Latter Day Saints who left Scotland for Utah in the mid-19th century, arriving in the USA the age of seventeen. He married Mary Park in Salt Lake City in 1854 and the couple had moved to southern Utah by 1862. They settled in Pine Valley (Utah) in 1875, where Bryce built what is now the oldest Mormon chapel still in continuous use. They soon moved the short distance to the Paria Valley below the spectacular Bryce Canyon, which was designated a National Park in 1928.

Bryce and his large family moved to Arizona in 1880, where the settlement of Bryce is named in his honour. It was here that he died and lies buried in the local cemetery.

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