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Walker and Pratt families papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3191

Scope and Contents

Collection includes diaries, biographical information, genealogies, and other materials related to the Ann Agatha Walker Pratt family created between 1848 and 1974. Notable items include Ann A. W. Pratt's journal and a handwritten poem by Parley P. Pratt.


  • 1848-1974


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2025; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Walker and Pratt families papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Ann Agatha Walker (1829-1908) was born June 11 in Leel, Staffordshire, England to William Gibson Walker and Mary Goodwin Walker. Her family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she sailed to the United States with Elder Parley P. Pratt and John Taylor in 1847. She maried Parley P. Pratt on April 28, 1847, at Winter Quarters, becoming his tenth wife. Ann became the first milliner in Utah when she arrived in Salt Lake, having learned the trade from her mother. Ann and husband Parley, an apostle in the LDS Church, had five children before his murder in Arkansas; Agatha Pratt (1848-1914), Malona Pratt (1850-1913), Marion Pratt (1851-1852), Moroni Walker Pratt (1853-1911), and Eveline Pratt (1856-1917). Ann later married Joseph Harris Ridges, with whom she had two children: Louise Ridges (1861-1865) and Wilford Owen Ridges (1866-1935). She died June 25, 1908, at her home in Ogden, Utah.


6 folders ; (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Organized into two series: 1. Ann Agatha Walker Pratt papers, 1848-1974. 2. Walker and Pratt families papers, 1848-circa 1866.

Custodial History

In 2005, Ann A. Croft allowed BYU Special Collections to photocopy the originals. The originals were then returned to the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ann A. Croft; 2005.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Walker and Pratt families papers
Rose Frank
2011 June 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States