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 Elizabeth <I>Walker</I> Grover

Elizabeth Walker Grover

Cheltenham, Cheltenham Borough, Gloucestershire, England
Death 15 Mar 1918 (aged 77)
Oakley, Cassia County, Idaho, USA
Burial Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot E-47-3
Memorial ID 135403 · View Source
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ID: 19999
Name of Deceased: GROVER, ELIZABETH
Year: 1918
Certificate Number: 020551
County of Death: Cassia
Date of Death: 03/15/1918
Date of Birth: 10/17/1839


For history and picture; see "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude"
Volume 2 p. 1158
Published by International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers Copyright 1998-4 volume Series
(It has a very strict copyright)

The Family of Emma Walker Grover
and their immigration

written by Julie Cannon Markham 2008

Emma Walker was the youngest child of eight in the family of Henry Walker and his wife Elizabeth Lewis. She was born in England in 1834. Her sister Elizabeth was three years older. Records seem to indicate that she had two half brothers, John and James, who were born about the same time as she and Elizabeth. Their mother was Isabella Dixon. There is not enough existing information to explain this situation, but death certificates and other records seem to verify that this was the case.
John and James Walker joined the Church in 1841. This was during the early missionary period of the LDS church in England. Records do not show when they sailed to America or when they crossed the plains. John came with his wife Ellen in the early 1850s. They were quickly called to serve a mission in New Zealand, where they had five children. After returning to Utah, they settled in Manti. Three of their children died of scarlet fever. Two daughters married, one having a son after her husband was accidentally killed. The little boy later died of croup. The other daughter had a large family.
James and his wife Margaret, both from the same part of England, did not marry until 1857, after they were in Utah. They also settled near Manti and raised a large family.
Emma and Elizabeth's mother emigrated to the United States and died in the 1850s in Philadelphia. It is not known if she was LDS or was heading to Utah.
Apparently with James and John in Utah, their father Henry and his wife Isabella decided to emigrate to Utah. Henry put his daughters Elizabeth, age 22, and Emma, age 19, on the ship Enoch Train, which left Liverpool in March of 1856. Also traveling on this ship was Elizabeth Walker, no relation, age 16.
Elizabeth was traveling with her mother Elizabeth Coleman Walker Birch, and her step-father William Birch and his married son James and family.
In April of 1856, Henry and Isabella boarded the ship Samuel Curling. Both ships were chartered by the LDS Church and were filled with LDS emigrants, most of whom were traveling on Perpetual Emigration funds and were under the direction of missionaries returning from Europe and the British Isles. Both ships docked in Boston, where the passengers traveled by train Florence, Nebraska. This is likely where Henry joined his two daughters. There they waited several weeks while handcarts were built. Henry and Isabella Walker, their two daughters, the Birch families, and young Elizabeth Walker traveled west together in the first handcart company under the direction of Edmund Ellsworth, a son-in-law to Brigham Young who had first crossed the plains with his father-in-law in 1847. It is important to mention that Thomas Grover was also in that 1847 company.
The trip west was fraught with difficulties, including problems with poorly made handcarts and issues with native Americans. Food shortages plagued the travelers. Early snows fell on the pioneers as they crossed the Rocky Mountains.
Shortly after the handcart company set out in the summer of 1856, a quick storm moved in, and Henry Walker was struck and killed by lightning. About two weeks before reaching the Salt Lake Valley, William Birch's son died, leaving three young children and a grieving widow who gave birth to a son four months later. William Birch suffered from frostbite during the journey, and he died from gangrene about the time his grandson was born.
The widow Isabella Dixon Walker was taken in by her son James. She lived twenty-five years in Manti, dying there at the age of 87. Probably through the intervention of Edmund Ellsworth, Emma Walker was introduced to Thomas Grover, who in 1856 was forty-nine years old. He had married four wives, although one had died and one had divorced him. He was the father of twenty-four children with a new child due by the end of the year. Thomas Grover had been a faithful member of the church, serving on the high council in Nauvoo and among the first settlers in Centerville, about twelve miles north of Salt Lake City. He married Emma Walker in October, taking her into his home with his two wives, Hannah and Laduska, who were sisters. In March of 1857, Thomas married seventeen year old Elizabeth Walker, the daughter of Elizabeth Coleman. It is easy to picture Emma and Elizabeth becoming friends during the ocean voyage and the trek across the plains. Likely Emma was instrumental in Thomas proposing marriage to her friend Elizabeth.
Emma's older sister Elizabeth married an LDS immigrant about this same time. The marriage ended quickly. She gave birth to a little girl at the end of 1857. A few years later she married Isaac Green. He adopted her daughter and they had a large family, settling in Wellsville, just fifteen miles from Farmington where Emma and Elizabeth Grover lived.
Emma and Thomas Grover had nine children, six of whom lived to adulthood. Elizabeth and Thomas Grover also had nine children during this same time period, five of whom lived to adulthood. In addition to these eighteen children, Thomas's two other wives had eight more children. By 1871, Hannah had divorced Thomas and married into another polygamous family, although she did not have any more children. A lovely photo still exists of Laduska, Emma and Elizabeth together.
Thomas Grover died in 1886. Emma remained in Farmington with many of her family members for about twenty-five years. Her sister Elizabeth Green died in 1908. After that Emma moved to Garland, Utah, to live near her youngest son Albert. Elizabeth Grover had moved to Garland much earlier, at the insistence of her son Walter. Elizabeth Grover died in 1918 while visiting her daughter in Idaho. Emma died in 1920 while visiting her daughter in St. Anthony.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 135403
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