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Charles L. Walker and Zaidee Walker Miles papers

Charles L. Walker and Zaidee Walker Miles papers

Dates: 1801-1943

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.

  • Extent: 3 folder (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Walker, Charles L., 1832-1904. -- Miles, Zaidee Walker, 1863-1951
  • Call Number: MSS 8222
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Charles L. Walker and Zaidee Walker Miles papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8222; Charles L. Walker and Zaidee Walker Miles papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8222, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was created by Zaidee Walker Miles and donated to the repository by her grandson, Lawrence O. McCracken, in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lawrence O. McCracken; 2013.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Immigration and American Expansion; Poetry--Mormon authors; Mormons--Utah--Washington County--Biography; Mormons--Utah--Saint George--History; Walker, Charles L., 1832-1904; Miles, Zaidee Walker, 1863-1951
Genre / Form
Literature; Biography
Processing Information
Processed; Anne Wiederhold; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Walker (Charles L.) and Zaidee Walker Miles papers
Finding Aid Author
Anne Wiederhold
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-15 09:38:30 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

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.

Biographical History

Zaidee Walker Miles (1863-1951) was a schoolteacher and author in Saint George, Utah.

Zaidee Walker Miles was born on September 4, 1863, in St. George, Utah, to parents Charles Lowell and Abigail Middlemass Walker. She trained as a teacher, and taught school in Saint George. After the death of her sister, Ida, in 1897, she married her brother-in-law Arthur Frederick Miles on May 17, 1900, in St. George, Utah. Together they had three children. Miles was interested in family history as well as the history of Saint George, where she grew up. She was involved in The United States Works Progress Administration (WPA), and wrote stories of the settlers of the area.

Miles died on May 25, 1951, in St. George, Utah.

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