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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Verse Mapping Matthew 28:2 "Suddenly"

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Verse Mapping Hebrews 1:14 "Angels Ministering Spirits"

Monday, January 20, 2020

Proverbs 6:12-19

Proverbs 6:12-19 (KJV)  12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:12-19 (NIV)  12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 6:12-19 (NLT)  12 What are worthless and wicked people like?
They are constant liars,
13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye,
a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
14 Their perverted hearts plot evil,
and they constantly stir up trouble.
15 But they will be destroyed suddenly,
broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.
16 There are six things the LORD hates—
no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
A worthless - בְּ֭לִיַּעַל (beliyyaal, bə·lî·ya·‘al) - Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1100: Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness
[beli-without / yaal-profit] (some translations use the word "naughty" but it doesn't mean like a naughty child but means a person of naught or nothing)

a wicked - אָ֑וֶן (aven, ’ā·wen) - Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

with a perverse - עִקְּשׁ֥וּת (iqqeshuth, ‘iq·qə·šūṯ) - Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6143: Crookedness of mouth

These verses are describing a trouble-making, wicked, lying person who uses every artifice to lie and conceal their evil. Not only do their mouths speak lies, but even their body language is used to lie.

John 8:44-45 (Jesus speaking)  44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me!

But God is the God of Truth and He cannot lie!

Hebrews 6:18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Leviticus 19:11 You must not steal. You must not lie or deceive one another.

Exodus 23:1 You shall not spread a false report. Do not join the wicked by being a malicious witness.

Psalm 10:7 Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats. Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness by Don Wilton, 11/5/2013 on BillyGraham.org
"Bearing false testimony also carries with it the basic idea of fabrication, which, simply put, means to make something up. Exaggeration fits right in with God’s prohibition because any effort to stretch the truth is, in and of itself, a fabrication. When God said, 'You shall not bear false witness' (Exodus 20:16), He was definitively pointing to the heart of man. Not even a person’s creativity with the truth is acceptable to God.

"The verb to bear implies the act of carrying or transmitting something, while the adjective false describes content that is untrue. The speaking of an untruth renders what is said as unreal, thereby rendering it artificial and invalid.

"People can be greatly hurt by this malicious form of robbery. Bearing false witness robs the victim of the cloak of truth and is closely allied with God’s command not to steal."

Matthew 15:16-20 (Jesus speaking)  16 “Do you still not understand?” Jesus asked. 17 “Do you not yet realize that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then is eliminated? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander. 20 These are what defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile him.”

Jesus was the victim of false testimony. The Pharisees lied to Caiaphas the high priest, and the Sanhedrin, charging him with blasphemy (Matthew 26:57-68).

Why do people lie?

  • To cover their own misdeeds (the ever-ready fig leaf of concealment). They want to avoid punishment, embarrassment.
  • To maliciously and wickedly hurt someone else.
  • To make themselves look better than they are. They want some kind of reward or for people to accept and think highly of them.
  • To attain a feeling of control of their lives or over someone else.
  • They actually believe it themselves because they want it to be true, self denial and fantasy.

Because of pride, many will refuse to admit they lied or believed in a lie. They cannot accept they made a mistake or accepted a mistake as true. Some people, out of pride, will deny the truth with vehemence and all kinds of justifications. They will look for evidence that leads in the direction they choose to believe. For instance. When Jesus was arrested. He was brought before the High Priest and the Sanhedrin. Let's look in the room on that dark night...

Matthew 26:3-4  3 At that time the chief priests and elders of the people assembled in the courtyard of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they conspired to arrest Jesus covertly and kill Him.
Matthew 26:57-61  57 Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders had gathered. 58 But Peter followed Him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. And he went in and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking false testimony against Jesus in order to put Him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

Mark 14:55-64  55 Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but they did not find any. 56 For many bore false witness against Jesus, but their testimony was inconsistent. 57 Then some men stood up and testified falsely against Him: 58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple, and in three days I will build another that is made without hands.’” 59 But even their testimony was inconsistent. 60 So the high priest stood up before them and questioned Jesus, “Have You no answer? What are these men testifying against You?”
61 But Jesus remained silent and made no reply.
Again the high priest questioned Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 “I am,” said Jesus, “and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
63 At this, the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “Why do we need any more witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy. What is your verdict?”
And they all condemned Him as deserving of death.

The High Priest, Caiaphas, and his buddies (the priests and most of the Sanhedrin) were looking for evidence of blasphemy against Jesus. Even if they had to get people who lied and gave false testimony! Because of their pride, they would refuse to believe Jesus was actually their Messiah, whom their own Prophets foretold. They saw Him as a threat to their status quo. They were deeply entrenched in the system. They derived their power, control and money in the current system. They could NOT allow Jesus to disrupt that. But they also couldn't be seen as one denying the Jewish Messiah. So they looked for ways to smear Him and make themselves look right. They even brought in false witnesses. But their stories were inconsistent. It takes two witnesses to say the same thing in order to convict and they couldn't find two with the same story!

Perjury is the offense of willfully lying in a court after having taken an oath to be truthful. But people today seem to think nothing of lying under oath any more. They put their right hand on the Bible and swear to tell the whole truth and invoke the name of God. Considering God is Truth and He cannot lie, how dare they use His Name and swear on His Word and then lie!

There are spiritual leaders who would rather believe a lie and preach and teach a lie than to admit they were wrong. Their pride gets in the way. These are called False Teachers. Even when presented with the truth, they cannot back down because it calls them to be humble, admit they were wrong and repent. And men (and women) don't like to be humbled and they don't like to repent.

Matthew 24:23-24 (Jesus speaking)  23 At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

There are many who would gossip and slander others in order to propagate a lie. They lay the seed in the fertile soil of other's minds. Then they slyly and persistently water that seed with a flow of lies so that the ideas become firmly rooted in the soil of others' minds. They take every occasion to fertilize and water that seed they planted. For instance, the theory of evolution was Charles Darwin's theory. A theory is a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something; a principle that has not been proven yet; a speculative idea to explain something; a conjecture. Yet, scientists jumped on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as though it were immutable truth! Why? Because it was an explanation that left God out of creation. They no longer had to believe in God if they could believe in evolution. Since Charles Darwin's theory, every school has taught it constantly and consistently from kindergarten through higher education so that all students receive it as truth versus a theory of one man. Unless a student is taught the truth of God's Word, they will believe in evolution. They have had that lie planted and the seed tended until the majority of the educated world believes it as truth! They have concocted a whole lot of "evidence" in proof. Although some of that evidence has been proven to have been fake, scientists will still ask us to believe in the evolution theory. Even though they have no evidence of evolutionary development, they fill volumes of books up with their suppositions. Their pride is so involved, that they cannot except that they've been duped. They will not admit their failure and if anyone should question evolution, they are are derided, mocked and demeaned. There are Christians who are scientists, teachers, professors, etc. But many are afraid to come out of the closet on their beliefs on Creation because their peers would destroy their careers in order to protect their fantasy of life without God! They are afraid to speak out and say, "The Emperor is wearing NO clothes!" because they would be punished and mocked for being truthful.

Lies and deception work on a worldwide scale, as we've seen, but they also work very effectively in our daily lives. Has someone lied about you? Have you lied about someone else? Have you made up a whole scenario about something in your head that hasn't even happened? You are just so sure you are right and it's going to happen like you think it will happen that you've laid the seeds in the minds of everyone around you! Then it doesn't happen like you predicted. Can you admit you were wrong? Or will you stick to it and remain adamant because your pride won't let you admit you were wrong? Will you look for every way to justify your lie and to cover your misinterpretation? How many people did you tell this to? Would you go to each and set the record straight? Or would you take the deceptive way out by saying, "Wait and see" or even use your body language to suggest, with a coy smile and wiggling eyebrows, that it's not over and there is more to come?

I know of people who have determined a course of action based on what they believe is the right thing for them. They think they know their immediate needs and determine a way to meet their needs. Then they cover their decision with a prayer and tell everyone God is telling them to do this or that. They have a perceived need, they take a course of action which they believe will fill their need and then they bulldoze through and pretend it was God's Will. They are self deceived into thinking they were godly. They gave the appearance it was godly. But they were really just selfishly doing their own thing to meet their own perceived needs. It had little to do with God and a lot to do with self and self idolatry. I've found myself doing that a time or two and I'm sure you have too. Let's look a Bible story that shows this very well.

Genesis 3:1-6 (NLT)  1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

Eve was convinced that what she was doing was godly! But, in reality, she wanted to "be like God", i.e. be God. Satan wanted to be God, Adam and Eve wanted to be God. So do all of us sinful people. We can dress it up and convince ourselves we are godly when really we are just trying to BE God. It's idolatry, pride and self deception. We can even lie to ourselves to justify what we want to do. Denial and self deception to live out a fantasy.

In our verses today, the naughty person (one of naught, nothing, worthless), the wicked person, the villain, the troublemaker WALKS with a froward or perverse mouth. The word translated as "walks" means it is a course of life, a continual and habitual thing to have a froward, crooked or perverse mouth.

"The mouth, or speech, is the vehicle by which this person gives outward expression to the evil thoughts which are inwardly filling his heart." - Pulpit Commentary

It goes on to say that this troublemaker uses his body language to continue the deceit. A liar will use all the artifices they have to support their lie. They will look at you directly, open their eyes widely, lower their brow to suggest seriousness, use their hands, lean forward, even point the finger... but it's all fake. People can become master manipulators and liars, practised in the art of lying. Politicians are trained and tutored on how to use their words and body language to promote what they are saying. It's a fake front and can be very convincing because they are trained to make it look real. Whoa to them that continually walk in deceit and who artfully use their words and body language to convince others of their lies! The Bible says calamity shall come upon them suddenly and there is no remedy. They will face destruction and ruin.

How many politicians have you seen who were great at presenting a false front. But then they were revealed for who they really are and their name is mud! They lose their families, their high position, their reputation, their power!

You can't feel too sorry for them as they've been warned all along by God in His Word. Of course, we all have sinned and we all have experienced our own consequences for our sins. So we shouldn't hop on the bandwagon to tar and feather someone who has been caught. They should lose their positions of authority, but it should be done with firmness tendered with mercy as we are all apt to be in their shoes.

But these troublemakers sow discord. They create trouble, disagreements, mayhem, anger. They stir people up and keep the pot boiling. If that isn't a picture of politics and journalism today!!!! Not only do politicians deceive and lie and stir up trouble. But journalists love trouble because it sells their stories and their media. They know just how to twist and skew something to make it look like something it's not. They are lying, deceiving, trying to get people to believe something that isn't true. But they call it reporting. A person can comment to a reporter, "The grass is green today." But the reporter sees no excitement, no trouble and therefore his non-story won't sell his article or his media (newspaper, TV, radio, blog, podcast, etc). So he tries to artfully twist a simple statement in a way to cause trouble.

"The Republican candidate for President, John Doe, had this to say about his opponent, 'His grass is green today'. Therefore Doe indicated Smith is making a profit selling marijuana."

They know how to add, subtract, twist, distort and misinterpret in order to sell their article and their media. They stir up trouble. They live on drama. They can't have harmony because that doesn't sell papers.

Next God gives us a portrait of a wicked person.
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Proverbs 6:16-19  There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,

a lying tongue,

hands that kill the innocent,

18 a heart that plots evil,

feet that race to do wrong,

19 a false witness who pours out lies,
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a person who sows discord in a family.
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  • According to what you read in these verses is any lie acceptable? White lies? Crossed fingers lies?
  • Did you realize body language can be just as deceptive and lying as the words you say?
  • Have you lied at any time in your life? Then you have sinned. Thank God, Jesus forgives us our sins when we ask Him to and ask Him to be Lord of our life!
  • Are you an habitual liar? You need to look deep inside yourself and find why you do this. Try to identify the source and take it to God. Remember, repentance means you've changed your mind and you now see your sin as God sees it... In order to truly repent, you must come to the realization that it is sin and something that separates you from God. You must reach that point and then reach out to Jesus. You are not alone. Every one of us are sinners and must repent and ask Jesus to forgive us and save us. But it must be a real repentance. When you really see sin for what it is, you will be desperate to be saved from it. And Jesus is the only answer.
  • Have you ever perjured yourself in a court of law after swearing to tell the truth? No matter for what reason, God says lying is a sin. No sin has any justification. It is sin and therefore, only the blood of Jesus can wash it away. Repent and ask His forgiveness.
  • Is lying your way of covering up a deeper sin? Do you think that justifies lying? What is so bad in you that you must sin by lying? What have you done that is so bad that you feel lying is needed? For instance, let's say that you have embezzled money from the company's pension fund and you are lying to keep from being found out. You need to really take this to God. If you are afraid of being found out, then you shouldn't have done it in the first place. If you are found out, you shouldn't be mad at anybody else because you are the thief. The person who told on you, the policeman who arrested you, the judge who ordered you to jail... they are not the problem. Your own actions are the problem. You need to accept responsibility for your actions, you need to see the truth for what it is. You need to see your sin for the horror it is and get on your knees and cry out to Jesus! Have you been lying? Have you gotten mad at someone else for catching you in the lies? Have you attacked them because they exposed your lies?
  • Let's look at the portrait of a wicked person. I know you have a picture in your head that popped up when you read "haughty eyes". Journal about that. What kind of pride has "haughty eyes"? Why is it sinful?
  • If you notice, in this portrait, lying is mentioned TWICE! A "lying tongue" and a "false witness who pours out lies".  Think about why lying is an abomination to God and journal about it.
  • Being a false witness undermines our whole judicial system. How can a false witness hurt someone irreparably?
  • Can you think of examples of "hands that kill the innocent"?
  • God hates a "heart that plots evil". Yes, there are people who plot and plan, prepare and scheme to do evil. I was watching a true crime TV show last night and saw the story of a woman who created forged life insurance papers, forged checks and a forged will in order to get her husband's money. Then she shot him in the back of the head and claimed it was an accident as she pulled the gun out from under his pillow. And this was the 2nd time she'd done the exact same scheme because it worked for her the first time! She had killed 2 husbands for money. Come to find out, her husband had suspected her and had made a cassette tape, in his own voice, just 3 days before she killed him. In that tape he says he suspects she killed her first husband and that she was trying to kill him too. Can you think of other examples of intentional, premeditated, plotted evil?
  • What does it mean that God hates "feet that race to do wrong"?
  • Have you ever sown discord in a family? Have you ever whispered, gossiped, made a phone call and stirred up trouble within your own family, your own church family, your own community? That kind of insidious undermining is hateful to God. Making mountains out of molehills, blowing up stories, twisting words, looking for offense, easily taking offense, lying, gossiping... all these things can blow up the people who trust you and destroy a unity of family! A family unit is a strong force for God and can be a wonderful witness of God's family. So satan attacks families in order to destroy them so they are no longer an effective witness of God. God is the Father, we are His children. The loving relationship God has with His children can be reflected in a healthy family relationship here on earth. But a destroyed family reflects nothing but satan's handiwork. If you have been affected by a satan's destruction of your family; or, if you have destroyed your family or someone else's family, then it's time to let God redeem the situation. If you've been instrumental in the destruction, repent and ask for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to bring healing where you have sown hurt. If you've been hurt in a satanic attack on your family, pray and ask God to redeem the situation and help you to forgive and live in healing.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

H. Napoleon Prince and Elizabeth Huckabee

James Gist Prince, Jr. was born to James Gist Prince, Sr. (DOB Bet. 1827-1830 in Union County, SC; DOD 11/5/1862 in Richmond, Henrico County, VA) and Nancy Angelina Johnson (DOB 4/10/1834 in Union County, SC James Johnson, Jr. and Dosia Ray; DOD 6/8/1915 in Union County, SC).

James and Nancy Angelina Johnson Prince had 5 sons: H. Napoleon Prince, Collins Swede Prince, Clarence Rhett Prince, Ralston Loranzo Prince, James Gist Prince, Jr.

Ralston Loranzo Prince and his wife are buried at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Stan is descended from Clarence Rhett Prince.

1850 U.S. Census of Union County, South Carolina; Roll: M432_859; Page: 3B; Image: 256, Lines 20-28, "Milly Prince"
Milly Prince, 66 yrs old, F(emale), W(hite), Head, Born in SC
Samuel Prince, 29 yrs old, M, W, Planter, $1,500 Real Estate Value, Born in SC
Gist Prince, 20 yrs old, M, W, Laborer, Born in SC, Attended school
Elizabeth Prince, 30 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Martha Prince, 27 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC, Cannot read or write
Prussia Prince (sic, Precia Prince), 25 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Lucinda Prince, 22 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC, Cannot read or write
William Wilbanks, 21 yrs old, M, W, Laborer, Born in SC
Simpson Malone, 15 yrs old, M, W, Laborer, Born in SC

1860 U.S. Census of Union County, South Carolina; Roll: M653_1227; Page: 194; Family History Library Film: 805227, Lines 32-40, "Gist Prince"
Gist Prince, 33 yrs old, M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $2,000 Real Estate Value, $4,000 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Nancy Prince, 25 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Napoleon Prince, 6 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Colon Prince (sic, Collin Swede Prince), 4 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Clarence Prince, 3 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Ralston Prince, 5/12 mos old, M, W, Born in SC
William Prince, 75 yrs old, M, W, Farmer, Born in SC
Patsy Prince, 42 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Lucinda Prince, 35 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
William Easter, 23 yrs old, M, W, Farm Laborer, Born in SC
William Barnett, 18 yrs old, M, W, Farm Laborer, Born in SC
Leonard (blank ?), 16 yrs old, M, W, Farm Laborer, Born in SC

H. Napoleon Prince was born 3/25/1854 in Union County, SC. (Aka Poly Prince) His father enlisted in the C.S.A. SC 18th Infantry Regiment, Co. C. as a Private. He was admitted on 10/6/1861 to the hospital and died 30 days later on 11/5/1862. Nancy Angelina Johnson Prince had a newborn baby and couldn't go to get his body. Polly Sparks, a family friend, took the train and brought his body back by wagon. He is buried somewhere in Padgett Creek Baptist Church cemetery. He has a stone that was installed much later and by then, no one knew where he had been buried. Nancy Johnson Prince married Henry Burnett (DOB Abt. 1844 in SC; DOD After 1880 in ? ) and they had Thomas Malcolm Burnett. Although she had inherited land from her father and her 1st husband, she and her children were destitute after the War. After Henry Burnett died, they lived with her sister, Paulina Johnson who married James William Burnett (1833-1864). She had also lost her husband and had 4 children. Paulina Johnson Burnett died 3/7/1908 in Cross Keys, Union County, SC. Nancy was living with her children as they grew up. Nancy Angelina Johnson Prince Burnett died 6/8/1915 in Union County, SC.

1870 U.S. Census of Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: M593_1510; Page: 359A; Family History Library Film: 553009, Lines 37-40, "Nancy Prince"
Nancy Prince, 34 yrs old, F (emale), W (hite), Farmer, $600 Real Estate Value, $150 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC, Cannot read or write
Napoleon Prince, 16 yrs old, M, W, At home, Born in SC, Attended school
Collins Prince, 14 yrs old, M, W, At home, Born in SC, Attended school
Retty Prince (Clarence Rhett Prince), 12 yrs old, M, W, At home, Born in SC
Rawlston Prince (sic, Ralston Loranzo Prince), 10 yrs old, M, W, At home, Born in SC
Gist Prince, 6 yrs old, M, W, At home, Born in SC, Born in SC

1880 U.S. Census of Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 1242; Page: 454A; Enumeration District: 152, Lines 31-38, "Henry Burnett"
Henry Burnett, W(hite), M(ale), 35 yrs old, Head, Married, Farmer, Cannot read or write, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Father born in NC
Nancy A. Burnett, W, F, 45 yrs old, Wife, Married, Keeping house, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Malcum Burnett (sic, Malcolm Burnett), W, M, 9 yrs old, Son, At home, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Madora Burnett, W, F, 16 yrs old, Daughter, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
William Burnett, W, M, 13 yrs old, Son, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Ralston Prince, W, M, 20 yrs old, Son, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Gist Prince, W, M, 17 yrs old, Son, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Nancy Burnett, W, F, 65 yrs old, Mother, No occupation, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1900 U.S. Census of Cross Anchor, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll:  T623_ 1541; Page: 12B; Enumeration District:  86, Lines 95-97, "Thomas M. Burnam" sic, looks like Thomas M. Burnett but is indexed by Ancestry.com as Thomas M. Burnam
Thomas M. Burnam, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born July, 1872, 28 yrs old, Married 0 yrs (DOM 1900), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Weaver at cotton mill, Can read and write
Alma Burnam, Wife, W, F, Born March, 1880, 20 yrs old, Married 0 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Weaver at cotton mill, Can read and write
Nancy J. Burnam, Mother, W, F, Born April, 1835, 65 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, 1 child with 1 still living, Can read and write

1910 U.S. Census of Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1474; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0112; FHL microfilm: 1375487, Lines 14-18, "Clarence R. Prince"
Clarence R. Prince, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 52 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 33 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Miller/Farmer, Grist Mill, Can read and write, Rents farm
Alice E. Prince, Wife, F, W, 51 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 33 yrs, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Victor C. Prince, Son, M, W, 27 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Laborer on home farm
Nancy Burnett, Mother, F, W, 74 yrs old, Widowed, 6 children with 4 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Martha Briggs, Sister-in-law, F, W, 57 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

Napoleon Prince married Elizabeth "Betty" Huckabee (aka Elizabeth Huckaby). She was born 7/20/1853 in GA to Jesse Emmanuel "Manuel" Huckabee (aka J.M. Huckaby) and Mary Jane Sanderson. This family has been very hard to follow and I'm still missing pieces. But for all the hours and hard work I've put in trying to find them, I knew I needed to share it and save someone else all this work.

1860 U.S. Census of Fort Hembree, Cherokee County, North Carolina; Roll: M653_892; Page: 2; Family History Library Film: 803892, Lines 5-10, "J.M. Huckabee"
J.M. Huckabee, 33 yrs old, M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $200 Real Estate Value, $150 Personal Estate Value, Born in Buncombe County, NC
Mary J. Huckabee, 31 yrs old, F, W, Born in DeKalb County, GA
Eli C. Huckabee, 11 yrs old, M, W, Born in Jackson County, AL
Elizabeth Huckabee, 8 yrs old, F, W, Born in Fannin County, GA
Thomas G. Huckabee, 6 yrs old, M, W, Born in Cherokee County, NC
George V. Huckabee, 3 yrs old, M, W, Born in Cherokee County, NC

1880 U.S. Census of Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 1242; Page: 453C; Enumeration District: 152, Lines 4-7, "Poly N. Prince" (sic)
Poly N. Prince, W(hite), M(ale), 26 yrs old, Head, Married, Farmer, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Elizabeth Prince, W, F, 25 yrs old, Wife, Married, Keeping house, Cannot read or write, Born in SC (sic), Both parents born in SC (sic)
Minnie E. Prince, W, F, 4 yrs old, Daughter, At Home, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Sally A. Prince, W, F, 1 yr old, Daughter, At Home, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

Napoleon Prince and Elizabeth Huckabee had 9 known children:

1) Minnie Etta Prince (DOB 9/10/1876 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/17/1968 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC) married 1st James Ware (DOB Abt. 1862 in AL; DOD 1/14/1913 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL). They had:
     A) Lillian M. Ware (DOB 9/26/1902 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL; DOD 6/1991 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC) married Hinton Lee Baker (aka Henton Lee Baker) (DOB 6/26/1902 in Phoenix, Russell County, AL; DOD 9/9/1982 in Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC). They had Charles Lee Baker (DOB 8/25/1927 in GA; DOD 3/9/2017 in NC).
     B) Minnie L. Ware (DOB Abt. 1905 in AL; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .
She married 2nd Martin A. Wells (aka Martin A. Well) (3/30/1888 in NC; DOD Abt. 1960 in Six Mile, Pickens County, SC). No children.
She is buried at Silver Brook Cemetery, 1405 White Street, Anderson, Anderson County, SC.

2) James William Prince (aka Jesse William Prince) (DOB 10/8/1877 in Union County, SC; DOD 8/29/1960 in Greenville County, SC) married 1st Lola Robinson (DOB 3/29/1883 in NC; DOD 3/8/1929 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC). They had:
     A) Leila V. Prince (DOB 5/7/1904 in SC; DOD 3/1/1924 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC). She died of tuberculosis and was single.
     B) William Earle Prince (DOB 7/15/1906 in SC; DOD 7/18/1983 in ? ) married Myrtle Beatrice Phillips (DOB 8/6/1909 in Greenville County, SC; DOD 12/6/2007 in Greenville County, SC). They had William M. Prince (1930-1930), Wallace C. Prince, James Earle Prince, Sr.
     C) Bertha Lue Prince (DOB Abt. 1910 in SC; DOD ? in ? , she died before her mother died in 1929 but I couldn't find any death record so she may have died before they kept death certificates in 1913.)
     D) Jesse Hubert Prince (DOB 9/4/1911 in Greenville County, SC; DOD 2/13/1984 in Greenville County, SC).
Lola died of pneumonia and influenza and James William Prince married 2nd Minnie Gosnell (DOB 5/12/1895 in SC; DOD 9/15/1990 in Marietta, Greenville County, SC). They adopted Helen Prince (DOB Abt. 1924 in SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

3) Sally A. Prince (DOB Abt. 1879 in Union County, SC; DOD ? in ? ). I could not place Sally A. Prince definitively after her listing with her family in the 1880 U.S. Census.

4) Annie Prince (DOB 4/1883 in Union County, SC; DOD 2/5/1972 in ? ) married 1st ? Riddle. They had:
     A) William Clarence Riddle Prince (DOB Abt. 1906 in SC; DOD Between 1953-1959 in Greenville County, SC) married Inez L. Osteen (DOB 12/23/1910 in SC; DOD 11/1982 in ? ). I was unable to find any obituary or death certificate for William Clarence Prince but I found Inez L. Osteen Prince living with him in Greenville, SC in a City Directory in 1953. Then I found her in 1959 living alone in Greenville. I think he died between 1953-1959 but it's also possible that they separated or divorced and he died unknown to me.
     B) Roy Maxwell Riddle Prince (DOB Abt. 1909 in Williamston, Anderson County, SC; DOD 10/4/1975 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC) married Lillian Shelby Austin (DOB 3/9/1921 in ? ; DOD 1/15/2008 in ? ).
Annie Prince is living with her mother and siblings in the 1910 U.S. Census but she's listed as Annie Riddle and William Clarence and Roy Maxwell were listed with her as William Clarence Riddle and Roy Maxwell Riddle. But the boys later went by William Clarence Prince and Roy Maxwell Prince. She indicates two things: 1) she was married at the time of the census but her husband is not living with her and their sons, and 2) it was her 2nd marriage. So my question is who was she married to first? What happened to Riddle? Since the boys changed their names it might be assumed he deserted the family.
Annie married 2nd Oliver "Ollie" Clinton Kelly (DOB 11/20/1891 in SC; DOD 2/10/1944 in Greenville County, SC). No children. Oliver was previously married to Dessie Holcombe and they had Lowell O. Kelly, Louise Kelly, Ruth Kelly.

5) Irene "Rene" Prince (DOB 1/1879 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/30/1973 in San Diego County, CA) married George Tidiman Penland  (some had it as Pendleton but it was Penland) (DOB 11/15/1875 in Del Rio, Cocke County, TN; DOD 4/19/1947 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC). They had:
     A)  Andrew Neal Penland (DOB 2/1/1895 in SC; DOD 12/15/1962 in Columbia, Richland County, SC) married Nellie Boyter.
     B) Ernest Albert Penland (DOB 8/5/1901 in Rockingham County, NC; DOD 10/9/1981 in San Diego County, CA) married ?
     C) Ralph Christopher Penland (DOB 4/18/1906 in Laurens County, SC; DOD 11/4/1965 in Durham, Durham County, NC) married Sara Elizabeth Hovis.
     D) Fred Walker Penland (DOB 2/5/1909 in Laurens County, SC; DOD 6/23/1949 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC) married Gaither Victoria Holland.

6) Ira Prince (aka Irene Newell) (DOB 7/1885 in Union County, SC; DOD 4/3/1965 in Los Angeles County, CA) married Robert Clarendon Newell (DOB 4/21/1887 in SC; DOD 9/27/1963 in Orange County, CA). They had:
     A) Gerald Rhett Newell (DOB 8/1/1908 in SC; DOD 6/23/1981 in Orange County, CA) married ?
     B) James Homer Newell (DOB 6/17/1912 in Atlanta, GA; DOD 6/23/2001 in Los Angeles County, CA) married Alice Emily James.
     C) Robert Leonard Newell (DOB 6/9/1914 in Atlanta, GA; DOD 6/9/1982 in Los Angeles County, CA) married Dorothy Dolores James.
Ira Prince was VERY hard to follow as she was often referred to as Irene in records and she already had a sister named Irene. I wasted a lot of time looking for a woman MARRIED to an Ira Newell as that is usually a male name and she was referred to as Mrs. Ira Newell in family obituaries.

6) Clarence Cleveland Prince (DOB 8/7/1889 in Union County, SC; DOD 10/22/1961 in York County, SC) married 1st Eula Davis (DOB 1897 in Union County, SC; DOD 4/20/1929 in Selma, Johnston County, NC of Pellagra). They had:
     A) William Arthur Prince, Sr. (DOB 1/16/1914 in Greenville County, SC; DOD 10/23/1962 in Rock Hill, York County, SC) married Daisy Jennings.
     B) Sarah Aritta Prince (aka Sarah Arietta Prince) (DOB 7/2/1916 in Greenville County, SC; DOD 7/3/1965 in Rock Hill, York County, SC) married Cecil Crowder.
After Eula died, Clarence Cleveland Prince married 2nd Maude Zoa Bowen (DOB 9/28/1900 in NC; DOD 11/1983 in Laurens County, SC). They had:
     A) Loretta Prince (DOB Abt. 1934 in SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ?

7) Bertie Malvestia Prince (DOB 10/18/1889 in Union County, SC; DOD 5/10/1973 in Greensboro, Guilford County, NC) married James Joseph Arthur Wooten (DOB 1/27/1885 in SC; DOD 1/7/1947 in York County, SC). No known children.

8) Green Napoleon Prince (DOB 5/1892 in Laurens County, SC; DOD 7/31/1973 in Johnson City, Washington County, TN) married Susie Lee Johnston (DOB Abt. 1903 in AL; DOD 5/21/1941 in Muscogee County, GA). They had:
     A) Katie Mae Prince (DOB 5/13/1921 in AL; DOD 10/1991 in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, PA) married Neal Stewart Rote (DOB 1/7/1922 in Lewisburg, Union County, PA; DOD 9/6/2007 in ? ).
     B) Grady Ned Prince (DOB 1/17/1927 in AL; DOD 1/26/2009 in Clark County, WA) married Rose Mildred Christensen (DOB 3/19/1923 in Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE; DOD 9/9/2005 in Tacoma, Pierce County, WA).

Poly Prince died 2/13/1892 in Union County, SC and is buried at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church, 843 Old Buncombe Road, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA. Padgett's Creek Baptist Church was built between 1844-1848 and is still an historical church. A lot of the Prince family are buried there. I went years ago and took the photo of his gravestone. It was in bad shape then.

1900 U.S. Census of Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina; Page: 16; Enumeration District: 0080; FHL microfilm: 1241215, Lines 43-50, "Elizabeth Prince"
Elizabeth Prince, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born July, 1853, 47 yrs old, Widowed, 8 children with 8 still living, Born in GA, Father born in GA, Mother born in SC, Keep boarding house, Can read and write, Can read and write, Rents home
Annie Prince, Daughter, W, F, Born Apr, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA, Cotton mill laborer, Cannot read or write
Irie Prince, Daughter, W, F, Born July, 1885, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA, Cotton mill laborer, Cannot read or write
Clarence Prince, Son, W, M, Born Aug, 1887, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA, Cotton mill laborer, Cannot read or write
Berta Prince, Daughter, W, F, Born Oct, 1889, 10 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA,
Nepolion Prince (sic), Son, W, M, born May, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA,
George Penland, Boarder, W, M, Born Feb, 1879, 21 yrs old, Married 4 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cotton mill laborer, Can read and write
Rener Penland, Boarder, W, F, Born Jan, 1879, 21 yrs old, Married 4 yrs, 2 children with 2 still living, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA, Cotton mill laborer, Can read and write
Drew Penland, Boarder, W, M, Born Feb, 1870, 30 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cotton mill laborer, Can read and write
Andrew Penland, Boarder, W, M, Born Feb, 1897, 3 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Lillian Penland, Boarder, W, F, Born Oct, 1899, 7/12 mos old, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC

1910 U.S. Census of Griffin Ward 1, Spalding County, Georgia; Roll: T624_209; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0117; FHL microfilm: 1374222, Lines 19-25, "Lizzie Prince"
Lizzie Prince, Head, W(hite), F(emale), 57 yrs old, Widowed, Born in GA, Both parents born in GA,
Can read and write, Rents home
Green Prince, Son, M, W, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in Georgia, Weaver at cotton mill, Cannot read or write
Minnie Ware, Daughter, F, W, 33 yrs old, Widowed, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA, Weaver at cotton mill, Cannot read or write
Lillie Ware,  Daughter (sic), F, W, 7 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Annie Riddle, Daughter, F, W, 26 yrs old, 2nd Marriage, Married 10 yrs, 2 children with 2 still living, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA, Weaver in cotton mill
W.C. Riddle, Son, M, W, 4 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Roy Riddle, Son, M, W, 1 yr old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

I could not find Elizabeth Huckaby Prince in the 1920 U.S. Census.

1930 U.S. Census of Lando village, Lewisville, Chester County, South Carolina; Roll: 2192; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0023; FHL microfilm: 2341926, Lines 55-57, "James A. Wooten"
James A. Wooten, Head, Rents home for $6, Owns radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 45 yrs old, Married at age 35 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Overseer in weaving dept in cotton mill
Malvestia Wooten, Wife, F, W, 39 yrs old, Married at 29 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in GA
Elizabeth Prince, Mother (sic), F, W, 76 yrs old, Widowed, Can read and write, Born in GA, Both parents born in GA

SC Death Certificate #8077, Registration District #(unreadable), Registered #53, Elizabeth Huckaby Prince, DOD 4/11/1937 in Rock Hill, York County, SC
F, W, Widowed, DOB 7/20/1853 in GA, 83 yrs old
Occupation: Housewife
Father: John Huckaby, born in GA
Mother: Huckaby, Born in GA
Informant: C.C. Prince in Rock Hill, SC
DOD 4/11/1937
Cause of death: Uremia, Contributing causes were arteriosclerosis and myocarditis
Buried: 4/12/1937 in Union County, SC

ElizabethHuckabyPrinceobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC4 12 1937Pg7 -
The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 4/12/1937, Pg 7

Some of my sources for the children:

MinnieEttaPrinceWareWellsobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC12 20 1968Pg57 -
The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 12/20/1968, Pg 57

GeorgeTidimanPenlandobitTheIndexJournalGreenwoodSC4 21 1947Pg8 -
The Index Journal, Greenwood, SC, 4/21/1947, Pg 8

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Irene Penland
Social Security Number: 238-20-****
Birth Date: 22 Feb 1877
Issue year: Before 1951
Issue State: North Carolina
Last Residence: 92021, El Cajon, San Diego, California, USA
Death Date: Jan 1973

JamesWilliamPrinceobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC8 31 1960Pg6 -
The Greenville News Greenville, SC, 8/31/1960, Pg 6

LolaMayRobinsonPrinceobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC3 9 1929Pg13 -
The Greenville News Greenville, SC, 3/9/1929, Pg 13

AnniePrinceKellyobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC2 6 1972Pg39 -
The Greenville News Greenville, SC, 2/6/1972, Pg 39

RoyMaxwellPrinceobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC10 6 1975Pg10 -
The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 10/6/1975, Pg 10

1910 U.S. Census of Atlanta Ward 6, Fulton County, Georgia; Roll: T624_192; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1374205, "Robert H. Newell" (sic) and "Ira Newell"

1920 U.S. Census of Taft, Orange County, Florida; Roll: T625_228; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 122, "R.C. Newell" and "Ira Newell"

1930 U.S. Census of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: 148; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0431; FHL microfilm: 2339883, "Robert C. Newell" and "Ira Newell"

1940 U.S. Census of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: m-t0627-00417; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 60-367, "Robert C. Newell" and "Irene Newell"

California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Irene Newell
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 27 Jul 1886
Death Date: 3 Apr 1965
Death Place: Los Angeles

SC Death Certificate #61 015666, Clarance Prince (sic), DOD 10/22/1961 in McConnells, York County, SC (home)
M, W, Married to Maude Bowen Prince, DOB 8/7/1887 in Union County, SC, 74 yrs old
Occupation: Ret textile, Overseer of weave room
Father: Polie Price (sic), Mother: Elizabeth Huckbee (sic), Informant: Maude Bowen Prince
DOD 10/22/1961 at 5:15am
Cause of death: coronary occlusion
Buried: 10/24/1961 in Laurelwood, Rick Hill, SC

NC Death Certificate #18062, Registration District #4195, Local #644, Bertie Wooten, DOD 5/10/1973 in Oakhurst Nursing Home, Greensboro, Guilford County, NC
Former residence: 3903 Walke Ave, Greensboro, Guilford County, NC
F, W, DOB 10/18/1890 in SC, 83 yrs old, Widowed
Occupation: Domestic
Father: Napoleon Prince, Mother: Elizabeth Huckabee, Informant: Mrs. Ruth R. Wooten, 3903 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC
DOD 5/10/1973 at 6:20pm
Cause of death: cerebral thrombosis due to general arteriosclerosis
Buried: 5/12/1973 in Laurelwood, Rock Nill, SC

JamesArthurWootenobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC1 9 1947Pg5 -
The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 1/9/1947, Pg 5

1940 U.S. Census of Laurinburg, Scotland County, North Carolina; Roll: m-t0627-02974; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 83-5, "Green Prince"
Green Prince, Lodger (with Julia Brady), M(ale), W(hite), 42 yrs old, Single, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in Columbus, GA in 1935, Weaver in textile mill, $540 Income

1940 U.S. Census of Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia; Roll: m-t0627-00697; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 106-6, Lines 37-40, "Susie Lee Prince"
Susie Lee Prince, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 37 yrs old, Married, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in AL, Lived in Phenix City, AL in 1935, battery filler in textile mill, $620 Income
Katie Mae Prince, Daughter, F, W, 17 yrs old, Single, Attended high school 2 yrs, Born in AL, Lived in Phenix City, AL in 1935, switchboard operator for telephone company, $560 Income
Grady Ned Prince, Son, M, W, 13 yrs old, Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in AL, Lived in Phenix City, AL in 1935
Lottie D. Ivey, Lodger, F, W, 50 yrs old, Widowed, Attended high school 2 yrs, born in GA, Lived in same place in 1935, practical nurse in private homes

GreenNPrinceobitTheGreenvilleNewsGreenvilleSC8 1 1973Pg8 -
The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 8/1/1973, Pg 8

U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939
Name: Green N. Prince
Departure Date: 15 Mar 1919
Departure Place: St Nazaire, France
Arrival Date: 27 Mar 1918
Arrival Place: Charleston
Residence Place: General Delivery, Greenville, South Carolina
Mother: Elizabeth C. Prince
Military Unit: Company G. 118TH Infantry
Rank: Private First Class
Service Number: 1,311,366
Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number: 198

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Green Prince
Birth Date: 22 May 1892
Death Date: 31 Jul 1973
SSN: 25807****
Enlistment Date 1: 7 May 1917
Release Date 1: 1 Apr 1919

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Green Prince
Social Security Number: 258-07-****
Birth Date: 22 May 1892
Issue year: Before 1951
Issue State: Georgia
Last Residence: 37684, Mountain Home, Washington, Tennessee, USA
Death Date: Jul 1973

Georgia, Death Index, 1919-1998
Name: Susie J Prince
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 38
Birth Date: abt 1903
Death Date: 21 May 1941
Death Place: Muscogee, Georgia, USA
Certificate Number: 12543

Susie J. Prince
BIRTH 1903
DEATH 1941 (aged 37–38)
BURIAL Lakeview Memory Gardens, Phenix City, Russell County, Alabama, USA
MEMORIAL ID 119392778

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Proverbs 6:6-11

Proverbs 6:6-11 (NKJV)  6 Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:6-11 (NIV)  6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:6-11 (NLT)  6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
7 Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
8 they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

A sluggard is a person who is habitually inactive or lazy; an idle person; to be lazy, go slowly; an indolent and slothful person.

Sloth means reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness or a lack of effort; is one who makes no effort mentally, spiritually, and physically; apathy; inactivity; lethargic; indifferent to their duties and obligations; passive and inert.

Have you ever seen a busy lazy person? I mean, they make it their life's work to avoid working. They have all types of schemes and manipulations to get someone else to do the work for them. They use all their intelligence and shrewdness to get out of work! Yep, that's an habitually lazy person! Everyone around them has to pick up the slack because they can't rely on the lazy person to do their part. So those around a lazy person have to not only do their job but drag the other person behind them too. It's not fair.

King Solomon was a wealthy man and his children wouldn’t have to raise a finger for anything. But here is King Solomon advising his son not to be lazy. They had servants, money, armies, butt-kissers (excuse my language) who would have done everything for them. They wouldn't have to get out of bed. They didn't have to clothe themselves or bathe themselves. They didn't have to work a job or make their bed or take out the trash. But this father is warning his son about being lazy and a sluggard.

The title Groom of the Stool originates from the term “close stool,” which was the name for the king’s commode. A velvet covered stool with a hole and a door for removing the royal pot. It was portable and carried with the king so he had access wherever he was, in the castle or on trips. It was a prestigious position, the Groom was generally a nobleman not a simple servant. Because of the intimacy, he had the King's ear and had some influence. He was always with the king. This person likely worked hard to ensure his place in the king’s good graces, and this appointment allowed them to reap rewards. They were well paid. The duty was to assist the king/queen and then remove the contents of the privy pot. No king/queen would walk all the way outside to an outhouse. So chamber pots were used in the close stool. Some historians believe that the groom’s duties involved wiping the king’s bottom. If the king was handicapped, overweight, elderly then they probably did assist in his cleaning. Queen Elizabeth I employed a servant called Chief Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber, who temporarily replaced the Groom of the Stool.

But King Solomon is telling his son not to be so lazy. He should get up and get to work! Don't let other people have to do what you can do yourself. You need to pay your own way in this world.

I have heard of children who won't get up to get ready for school. Their mothers (fathers or guardians) have to keep going back to wake them up, get them out of bed, make them get dressed, find their book bags and homework, etc. It's not fair for a parent to have to do that when it's the child's responsibility. Going to their room to wake them up is one thing but to have to keep going back to get the child out of bed and dressed and ready is another. Mother should do her job and child should do their job. Mom wakes them up and sets out their clothes. Mom makes breakfast and drives them to school (or gets them safely to the school bus). CHILD should be responsible for their homework, their book bags, their supplies, getting their teeth brushed, putting on their clothes and being ready to go at the right time. I'm not talking about a child who is too young, but by 7 yrs old they should be able to get themselves together. What the child has done is to put all the responsibility for THEIR day on someone else (Mom, Dad). That's not fair. Mom and Dad don't receive any reward for their child being on time and homework done so why should they be the one doing all the work?

A wise parent will try to teach their child how to do things for themselves and to encourage industry and productivity. They need to learn chores, how to be responsible for themselves. In the adult world, there aren't a lot of people interested in the job of "Groom of the Stool" anymore. Nobody in this world wants to do everything for you and give you a free ride. So it's best to learn early while you are young how to take care of yourself and how to be a team player.

King Solomon says it's best not to be a sluggard and to take the example of the ants.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. All ant colonies have fertile males called drones, fertile females called queens. They are responsible for procreating. But there are also the worker ants, the soldier ants and other specialized groups. They operate as a team, collectively working together to support the colony. There are ants everywhere on the earth because they can live in nearly every environment. Because of their organisation and their ability to be flexible, tap natural resources and work together, they can live in different habitats. They have division of labor, ways of communication and an ability to solve common problems which makes them a good example of teamwork. They are active all year long in the tropics but in cooler regions, they are active in the warm season and survive the winter in an inactive state and therefore need stores to draw upon.

Ant hills are nests underground. Ants make extensive underground homes. Someone came up with the idea of pouring molten aluminum down an ant hole, letting it cool, then digging up the medal as a type of art. It shows the large and extensive system that we cannot see above ground. It takes a lot of work for tiny ants to make something like that.

And think about all that work lost when it rains or someone like me walks over it. I'm very allergic to fire ants and it's a curse here! So we are always looking for ways to kill them and end the ant nests. The ants just move over and start all over again. They never stop, they just start over. They don't have anyone making them do their work, they just do it.

I realize that there are people who have a lot of energy and they stay busy. A Type A personality who is always on the go. They seem to have their own motivation. There are people who don't have that much energy and stamina. They are born with a more lethargic temperament.

But that doesn't give us a license to give in and let everyone else do all the work. We should push ourselves to be productive and responsible, to do our share in this world. Being naturally lazy is not what's sinful. It's giving in to it and not fighting it. While you are lazing about and sleeping your life away, someone else is being productive and getting things done.

When someone has what you want, ask yourself if you worked for it like they did? Don't be mad at them and jealous if you didn't go after it yourself. Remember one of the Ten Commandments is, "Thou shalt not covet...".

My parents bought about 25 acres with my Dad's retirement money back in 1981. They allowed us to build our houses on the farm and helped us build them. We had to live in them while we built and finished them. Virtually camping out in them. It took us 3 years to build our original house from start to finish. We paid for it as we went and we did a lot of the work ourselves with the help of Dad and our brother-in-laws. The guys hadn't ever built anything so Dad had to teach them. We lived in an unfinished house for 3 yrs. It was only about 900 sq ft and I designed it myself so we didn't have to pay an architect. It was finished for 2 yrs and we wanted more square footage. So we more than doubled the square footage to 2400 sq ft. But we had to do it in stages and pay for it as we went. It took us 13 yrs to finish the add on and remodeling. So we lived in an unfinished state for 16 of the 19 years we lived on the farm. Meanwhile we were working and keeping the farm up. My husband worked a lot of overtime, went to school, took on side jobs and built a house! I helped all along the way. I worked, I did what I could in building the house and I kept the household running. We were able to purchase other land to add to the farm too. Each of us purchased other acreage. In the end we had 4 houses, barns and about 90 acres.

When I look back now on all that we did, it seems impossible. There was so much sacrifice, so much time, so much hard work. When we sold it we made enough to purchase a house that was very nice. We did extensive remodeling on it and then sold it and bought our "dream home" that was nearly 3,000 sq ft in a nice neighborhood. We had to downsize because our home was in the city limits and they built a brand new, humongous, state-of-the-art high school and the property taxes went up outrageously and we anticipate they will go up even more as they went way over budget. We had done a lot of hard work on that house but we recently sold it and downsized to a nice brick home of 1,700 sq ft and outside the city limits. None of it came easy. It was all hard work to build and maintain. I've mowed grass, cleaned house, done spring cleaning, washed windows, scrubbed mildew off of eaves, painted, removed wallpaper, put up wallpaper, etc just to keep our home nice. Stan has done far more with his skills, muscles and energy. So owning a house for us was never easy. We've had to make some hard choices and live with the results.

But I've heard someone say, "Why do they have the big house and I don't? It's not fair". I want to slap the sense in them! The person I'm talking about didn't have bad luck, they made their own bad luck. I.e. they spent their time partying, using their money on dope, cigarettes, liquor and women. They ended up paying lawyers and fines for DUIs. Their spouse left them and took their kids. They didn't pay their child support and then had to pay a lawyer and fines for non-payment of child support. They didn't go back to school to get a degree. They couldn't keep a job because of their partying. They wouldn't pay their bills and lost their credit rating so they couldn't get a car or rent a place. They ended up relying on everyone else to drive them around, buy their food, give them a place to sleep, etc. But somehow it wasn't fair that those of us who worked hard, sacrificed, raised their families, paid their taxes and bills had a nice home?!?

Unfortunately, that's the way a lot of people are now. They expect the taxpayers to pay for them to sit at home and do nothing. They expect the taxpayers to build them a nice place to live, to give them money for food, to give them a cell phone and color TV, to provide transportation and medical care. And not only do they expect it, they aren't grateful for it and many trash the very things they are given. Our government is punishing those who work hard and pay their way by taking their money away in the form of taxes to give to those who refuse to work and pay their own way. Don't get me wrong, if someone is truly disabled and elderly, they need the help and I'm not averse to that at all. But there are too many able bodied people who have grown up in the system and who know all the ins and outs to get free stuff from the government. They can be dumb as a post about working but smart as a whip about getting something for free. They are wiley, shrewd, and smart when it comes to getting government assistance and taking advantage of the system but can't lift a finger to go to work.

Be one who takes advantage of opportunities. Like the ants take advantage of the warmer season. "Make hay while the sun shines". Maybe you think you don't have any opportunities. Here in America we usually have opportunities. For instance, public school. A child can attend school through high school without having to pay for it. If you are financially unable, they will even give you free breakfast and lunch. There are school buses that come to pick you up if your family doesn't have a car. That's an opportunity every child can take advantage of. What you learn, no one can take away from you. So apply yourself and learn all you can. There are scholarships for those who have good grades and have applied themselves in school so you might can get a free college education. That's an opportunity! Maybe you have television. Instead of wasting your time on cartoons and Jerry Springer, watch shows on history, jobs (such as the Ice Road Truckers, Dirty Jobs, home improvement shows, etc), learning shows. That's an opportunity! If you have access to the internet check out podcasts and learning videos. That's an opportunity! If you can read, use the public library for reading free books! That's an opportunity! If you have a healthy body, strength, and can breath... that's opportunities! Use those assets to get ahead! That's an opportunity! Don't waste your time, your youth, your strength and energy, your assets. Use them and take advantage of the opportunities!

Do what is necessary to get where you want to be. Be diligent and persistent without someone holding your nose to the wheel. An ant is diligent and persistent and they never quit no matter what catastrophe wipes out their hard work. They just start again.

Some people can’t seem to connect the negative consequences they experience to the poor decisions they make. It's irrational. They will choose a poverty induced lifestyle rather than put forth the effort to do better for themselves. They will live in a hovel, a nasty mess, because they won't do anything about it. They have made the choice to live like that rather than exert the effort to make their home a better place. That is a choice they make. Even if you live in a tent, you don't have an excuse to be nasty! You can still take trash to a trash can, use a cheap bar of soap to clean yourself with or sweep a floor. I know there are people who may be physically unable to do things for themselves due to health problems and age, and I'm not talking about them. There are places in this world where it may be very difficult to live cleanly. But in America, there is rarely an excuse. You can go into a bathroom at McDonalds and wash your face and hands for free. You can get help in many ways. When I see people who are able to walk all over town pushing a buggy cart full of junk and able to stand for hours panhandling by the roadside, I have to wonder why they don't have the energy to work a job or to keep themselves and their habitation cleaner? Someone owned a piece of property on Main St. The property isn't worth much as it's just a massive ditch filled with scrub brush and trees. They've bought and paid for it and pay the taxes on it. But a couple of years ago some vagrants took up tent residence on it back in the trees. This group had made a filthy mess back in there. Trash everywhere and they were panhandling on the road. The owner had to pay to have bulldozers come in and clean out the vegetation so they could get rid of the vagrants. Their insurance was insistent, as was the city. So, at their own expense, they had to clean it out. The vagrants just walked away and I'm sure they took up residence somewhere else. But we were amazed at the filth they left. Shredded tents, human waste, trash! If they made the mess, why shouldn't they have to clean it up?

When you watch hoarding TV shows, you see people who are, or were, able to put the trash in the trash can and take the trash for disposal. They are able to empty their refrigerator regularly and wash their dishes. They are able to do regular maintenance in their home and hygiene for themselves but they simply don't. They are sluggards, slothful. They would rather live in the filth with the bugs and rats than clean up after themselves. It ends up making the home uninhabitable, destroys the surrounding neighborhood which lowers the other property values, and costs taxpayers for cleanup. How fair is that? I clean my house. I take out my trash. I vacuum and mop my floors. I make sure my yard is presentable. So how fair is it for the government to take my money and pay to clean someone else's house and yard up? It's not!

This is why God says that sloth is a sin.

Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins, aka cardinal sins or capital sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth).

Spiritual sloth
It's not just about being lazy and not getting a job.

Why is sloth a sin? Because a slothful person refuses to take the trouble to get to know God. They see spiritual things as boring and not worth the trouble. They are apathetic about their relationship with God. They no longer have any zeal and have lost their first love because they see it as too hard. They have an aversion to God and see the Christian life as laborious, boring, joyless. There is no joy in seeking God, but rather indifference, an inertness. They lack the power to move and have no motivation to seek God and follow His Ways. They don't want to spend any energy towards God.

A person who is a workaholic can still be slothful. They are slothful when it comes to God. They can bury themselves in activity and work so they can avoid God. In today's world there are a thousand things that can take our attention away from the Lord and we let them. From the time we wake up until we fall into bed to sleep, there is almost never a moment of silence or a time when we are not being bombarded by images, often flickering and quickly changing. We are constantly overstimulated and it's removing our ability to focus on God. We can't focus. We can't sit still in silence for one minute. We can't keep our mind still enough to pray. We can't understand what we are reading because our mind is jumping to something else. We get bored if we sit still without the TV on. Thought and meditation seems beyond our ability because we can't sit down, shut up and be quiet for even a minute.

Spending time with God requires quiet time. We must have time to dialogue with God in prayer without interruption. We must have time to read His Word without someone or something else clamoring for our attention. We need to concentrate. We need to have time to ponder, reflect, think and meditate on what we learn in His Word. We need some praise and gratitude time. We need to be able to get ourselves together and go to church and place our attention on God for that few hours each Sunday.

If we aren't doing these things, then we are being spiritually slothful. In today's world, all of this take effort. It means we have to get up and make the time for God. It means we have to force ourselves to concentrate and focus. It means we have to shut out the distractions and do it. This is overwhelming for Americans today. They may even make it to church on Sundays but they are just sitting there being spoon fed the Word. They aren't making an effort, they are passive. I can only feel sorry for the pastors who can't get their congregations to move in any way or direction. It must be so frustrating! No matter how much cheering and rah-rahing the pastor does on Sunday, the people just sit there and sleepily blink, watching their watch to see how much time they have left before they can get back in their car and go home.

When we decide that God is worth it, then we will begin to make the effort. It's not easy, but let me tell you... the more you spend time with God, the more time you want to spend with Him. Before long you look forward to that quiet time with Him. You begin to treasure your time with Him. You begin to be excited about what you are learning. It's no longer a duty or a chore, it's a wonderful time! But it starts with you having to make the effort. It will feel like all hell breaks loose when you try to have your quiet time. Satan doesn't want you to spend time with God so he will try everything to stop you. It will take all your effort to concentrate. But as you begin, you will find the Holy Spirit comes alongside and helps you so that your effort isn't wasted. Remember the children of Israel at the Red Sea? The Egyptians were coming and they had nowhere to go. They had to gather their families, pick up their bundles and walk to the shore and stick their foot in the water. Then the water dashed back and towered in walls on either side of them and they were able to walk on dry land to the other side! Make the effort and be consistent. Then wait for walls of water to part!

  • Define a sluggard and a sloth.
  • Have you been lazy at times? Was it fair to the others around you? Was it worth it?
  • Have you missed opportunities because of sloth? Did you not realize they were opportunities? Can you name some missed opportunities that you regret?
  • Look at the ant again and journal about their characteristics and how they work.
  • Have you been jealous, covetous of what others have? Do you realize how hard they work (and are working) to have what they have? Are you willing to do that? What kind of sacrifice and hard work are you willing to do?
  • Have you been relying on someone else to do the work so you can be lazy? Your parents, spouse, co-workers, classmates, friends, taxpayers? Put yourself in their place and journal how you would feel. How fair is it?
  • Have you been spiritually slothful?  Have you neglected God for other things? Journal what you think it means to be spiritually slothful.
  • Can you see why sloth is wasteful? Wasting our time and effort on passing worldly things with no value and no heavenly reward? 
  • Have you lacked motivation to spend time with God? How do you think you can get your zeal back, your motivation to propel you back into God's loving arms? He is always there, ready for you.
  • Can you trust the Holy Spirit within you to help you as you begin to make the effort?

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