Lucy <I>Walker</I> Kimball

Lucy Walker Kimball

Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Death 1 Oct 1910 (aged 84)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot B_15_14_3E
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Daughter of John Walker and Lydia Holmes

Married Joseph Smith, 1 May 1843, Smith's Store, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Heber Chase Kimball, 8 Feb 1845, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Children - Rachel Sylvia Kimball, Lydia Holmes Kimball, Willard Heber Kimball, Joshua Heber Kimball, Anna Spaulding Kimball, Washington Heber Kimball, Eliza Kimball, Franklin Heber Kimball, John (Don) Heber Kimball

History - Lucy's father was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832; her mother two years later. They left Vermont with the family in 1834 for the West where they found a small branch of the Church in Ogdensburg, New York, who were some of Brother Kimball's converts preparing to go West. My father was induced to remain with this branch until 1837. During the year 1835 the children who were eight and upwards were baptized by Elder Abraham Palmer. They were full of faith, having been taught to pray by their parents. (End of quote.)

In 1838 the Walker family along with members of the Ogdensburg branch removed to Missouri, passing through Kirtland, Ohio, which had just been evacuated by most of the Saints. Before crossing the line into Caldwell County, Missouri, the small company of Saints, traveling in wagons, was surrounded by a mob, consisting of about forty men with painted faces, who searched the wagon, took away all the arms and ammunition and ordered some of the women and children out into the snow, among whom was Lucy's mother. The company then continued the journey until they reached a point within five miles of Haun's Mill, where they formed a camp. Father Walker then proceeded to the mill to counsel with President Joseph Young and others who were stopping there temporarily. This was on October 30th, 1838, the memorable day on which the massacre took place. During the shooting Lucy's father was wounded in the arm. After much suffering and sadness, the Walker family settled in Nauvoo where they became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and lived with his family for a number of years. May 1st, 1843, Lucy was married by Wm. Clayton to the Prophet Joseph as a plural wife.

After the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith she lived with her eldest brother, William. With other Saints she traveled to Winter Quarters in 1846, then in 1848 arrived in the Valley of Great Salt Lake. We again quote from her journal:

Since 1845 I have been the wife of President Heber C. Kimball, by whom I have had eight children, four sons and four daughters. I have lived in the same house with other members of his family; have loved them as dearly as my own sisters, until it became necessary, as our children grew up around us, to have separate homes. Every mother has her own mode of government, and as children grow in years, it is more pleasant to have them under the immediate dictation of their own mother. I can truthfully state, however, that there is less room for jealousy where wives live under the same roof. They become interested in each other's welfare; they love each other's children; besides, in my experience, I find the children themselves love each other as dearly as the children of one mother.

In sickness it has been a pleasure to minister to those in need. I will say here, too, that it is a grand school. It is needless for me to say anything in regards to the life and character of President Heber C. Kimball. He lived in the hearts of the people called Latter-day Saints, and his acts and works are known abroad. As time passed on he seemed to appreciate more than ever his wives and growing children. His last words to me were that he had been agreeably pleased in my course of life; had appreciated my example as a wife and mother; that none had excelled me in the home life. Wherever my lot had been cast, there he had found a place of peace and rest. "Let me now thank you kindly for every kind word, for every kind act of life, and when I am gone, which will be but a short time, you shall be blessed and find friends. I leave my peace and blessing with you. May the peace of Heber ever abide in your habitation." These words were more precious to me than gold. (End of quote.)

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 10, p. 390

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