Sophrona Clark Walker

By Eva C. Thorne Fage–granddaughter

Sophrona Clark Walker was born July 14th 1829 in Chautauqua County, New York.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Phylinda Carpenter Clark.  They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in their native state and came to Utah about 1851.  They settled in Pleasant Grove and lived on the lot on which the Alhambra Theatre now stands.  Sophrona’s mother was the first woman to be buried in the present Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Sophrona was educated in the public schools of her hometown and she was also an accomplished seamstress.  She was married to Henson Walker about 18552 in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City.

She taught school for a number of terms and she, like all other pioneer women, did all kinds of work, spinning, weaving, etc.  She was a teacher in the Sunday School and a faithful attendant at church service.  She was a gifted singer and was a member of the ward choir for many years.

She was a model housekeeper and a good cook.  She always took great pride in her quilting and patchwork, designing patters and doing fancy quilting and patchwork of birds, feathers baskets, and flowers.  She always raised her own garden and her fruit for canning.  She was the mother of four girls:

Martha born 5 May 1853 married Austin S. Mayhew in the year 1868, being only 15 years of age.

Cordelia Phylinda born 29 September 1855 married Robert Thorne on 13 May 1872.

Medora born 10 October 1856 and died 25 March 1864

Susan born 20 October 1860 and died 26 Oct 1860

At present Sophrona has posterity of 145, 16 grandchildren, 97 great grandchildren, and 32 great-great grandchildren.

She was a faithful Latter Day Saint and taught her children the principles of the Gospel.  She was an honest, upright, and modest woman.  She died at the home of her daughter, Cordelia, at Lindon, Utah on 3 September 1900.

(From the files of Mary Jean Caldwell.)

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