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Walker, Charles L., 1832-1904

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1832-1904

Biographical History

Charles L. Walker (1832-1904) was a Mormon poet, hymn writer, and pioneer southern Utah.

Charles Lowell Walker was born in Leek, Staffordshire, England on November 17, 1832. When he was a young boy, Walker and his family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and immigrated to the Salt Lake Valley.

He married Abigail Middlemass Walker on September 28, 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shortly after their marriage, Brigham Young called Charles L. Walker to the "Cotton Mission," which was to move south and settle Saint George, Utah. Charles and Abigail left Salt Lake City on November 17, 1862 and arrived in Dixie on December 9, 1862. Together they had eight children.

Walker took a second wife, Sarah Smith (1858-1932), on January 12, 1877 in Saint George, Utah. She also bore him eight children.

Walker wrote hymns and poetry and worked with many other Mormon men constructing the St. George Temple from 1871-1877. He wrote the hymn "Dearest Children, God Is Near You." He also kept journals during the construction of the St. George Temple and witnessed the first baptism for the dead performed in that temple in January, 1877.

Walker died at age 72 on January 11, 1904 in Saint George, Utah.

Citation

His The diary of Charles L. Walker, 1980: t.p. (Charles L. Walker) introd. (Charles Lowell Walker; b. 11/17/1832; d. 1/11/1904; pseud.: Mark Whiz)

FamilySearch, Sept. 4, 2014 (Charles L. Walker; b. Leek, Staffordshire, England on November 17, 1832; m. Abigail Middlemass Walker (1842-1931) on Sept. 28, 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah; d. Jan. 11, 1904 in St. George, Utah)

UPB files, Sept. 4, 2014 (Brigham Young called Charles L. Walker to the "Cotton Mission," which was to move south and settle St. George, Utah; Charles and Abigail left Salt Lake City on November 17, 1862 and arrived in Dixie on December 9, 1862; they had 8 children; took a second wife, Sarah Smith (1858-1932), on January 12, 1877 in St. George, Utah; also bore him 8 children; wrote hymns and poetry and worked with many other Mormon men constructing the St. George Temple from 1871-1877; he wrote the hymn "Dearest Children, God Is Near You;" also kept journals during the construction of the St. George Temple and witnessed the first baptism for the dead performed in that temple in January, 1877)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Charles L. Walker history of the St. George Temple, 1939

 File — Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 8222
Scope and Contents Contains a 32 page handwritten copy of the history of the Mormon temple in St. George, Utah by Charles L. Walker. The subject material is dated 1871-1877, but Walker's oldest daughter, Zaidee Walker Miles, copied the content in her own handwriting in 1939. The history begins with a meeting on April 15, 1871 where a letter was read from President Brigham Young that announced a temple would be built in St. George. Walker includes details about the temple construction, workmen, and...
Dates: 1939

Charles L. Walker poetry, date of production not identified

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8222
Scope and Contents Contains 132 typed poems on 161 carbon pages in a hard bound volume. The volume includes humorous parodies, lighthearted poems written for specific individuals, and somber eulogies. Some poems are religious or patriotic in nature. The publication has no date recorded however, many poems are individually dated 1801-1903.
Dates: date of production not identified

Charles L. Walker and Zaidee Walker Miles papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8222
Scope and Contents Materials include poetry and histories of Walker and his wife Abigail Middlemass Walker. It contains an undated bound volume of typed poetry on carbon paper by Walker, Walker's history of the St. George Temple copied by his daughter Zaidee Walker Miles, and a brief unbound biography of Abigail Middlemass Walker created by Zaidee Walker Miles. Materials dated 1939-1943.
Dates: 1801-1943