Margaret Foutz Walker

Prepared by Aimee Walker—granddaughter Margaret Foutz Walker, daughter of Bishop Jacob and Margaret Munn Foutz, was born in Adams County, Illinois, on the 16th day of October 1839.  Her childhood was spent in that state until 1846, when the saints were driven west, making temporary stops at Garden Grove and Winter Quarters.

Elizabeth Foutz Walker

In 1834 a Mormon Missionary by the name of David Evans called at the Foutz home. The father was away to a Methodist revival, some distance from home and as travel was done by team and wagon, he would not return until the next evening. The mother heard the message and was told that the missionaries would hold a meeting in the neighborhood that evening. During the day she thought of the man and of the message several times. She told herself that she wasn’t interested in either, but when evening came she decided to go, just out of curiosity, she told herself. At the meeting she heard some things she had never heard before and they rang in her mind. The Elders would hold another meeting again the next evening, but she told herself she wasn’t interested and would not be there.

When her husband came home the next day, she told him what had happened but thought that they were not in sympathy with the doctrines the missionaries taught. He replied, “We will go to the meeting.” She tried to discourage him but he was determined to know what the men taught. Accordingly they went. The blood of Israel flowed in his veins and he knew the “Voice of the good Shepherd.” When the meeting was over he talked to the Elders, telling them he knew that their message was true, it was what he had been looking for and asked for baptism.

The next day he was to meet the Elders and be baptized, his wife tried every way possible to persuade him not to join this new religion. It was new, unpopular, and she even said it was a silly thing to do. This did not change his mind and on the February day in 1834 he was baptized. His wife was sure he had made a mistake and she would not be found doing the same thing but in six weeks the Spirit of God bore testimony so strongly to her spirit that she too knew the Gospel was true and David Evans baptized her. . . .

Emma Louise Davis

by Charles Walker from stories told by Pearl Cobbley Rodebuck Grandma Davis was born 17 October 1861 in Pleasant Grove, Utah in a little adobe house.  She was born of pioneer parentage.  Her Father, Joseph Davis, and her mother Harriet Shoell were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  They accepted […]