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.

In the fall of 1847 they crossed the plains in Captain A. O. Smoot’s Company.  Although Margaret was only eight years of age, she walked nearly all the way.  One of the most thrilling experiences she had was hunting for bones and skulls of buffaloes, on which former companies had left messages to point out the trial.  On arriving at Salt Lake City they located at the old fort, where camp Douglas now stands and in the spring of 1851 the family moved to Pleasant Grove.

During the winter of 1857 she was married to Henson Walker and was blessed with one son, Ezra Foutz Walker.

She gave her time and talents to the Church and had a firm testimony of the Gospel.  She held office in several of the organizations of the ward, serving s president of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association.  From 1876 to 1883 and in the Relief Society she visited the sick and helped to prepare the dead for burial as she was especially gifted as a seamstress.  With her needle she made many temple aprons and temple suits, besides doing all the sewing for husband and child and her sister Elizabeth’s seven children, (Elizabeth did all the cooking for both families and Margaret did the sewing, making home spun suits, remodeling, knitting stockings from home made yarn and sometimes making a little extra money for herself by selling gloves which she made from tanned deer skin).  Later when her little grandson, Ezra Brown Walker, was left motherless, she dressed him as a “Little Lord Fauntleroy” for he wore hand embroidered collars and cuffs and beautifully made suits.  She expressed her art in her needlework.

Margaret was quiet and reserved in temperament, very neat and precise in everything she did and the care she took in her personal appearance was manifest in the fact that she was the only little girl her company who wore her sunbonnet all the way across the plains to protect her sensitive fair skin from becoming so tanned.

Her ambition led her to work beyond her physical strength; in fact her health was greatly impaired by filling the mission of motherhood.

She resided in Pleasant Grove until 1890, when on January 19th she was relieved of mortal suffering to go back to her Heavenly Father.

At the present time she had one son, six grandchildren and seven great grand children.

(From the files of Mary Jean Caldwell.)

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  1. I am looking for an Ezra F. Walker who served a mission to Tennessee between 1885 and 1887 and was wondering if Margaret’s only son might be him. I’m trying to track down a story that Elder Walker figured in and would like to discuss it with any of his descendants who might know something about his mission service.

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