Thomas Walker (b. 1838)

Iron County Record, January 1914

One By One the Leaves Are Falling - Inevitable Overtakes Two More of Cedar City's Early Settlers

In the death of Thomas Walker, who departed this life on Friday, January the 20th, Cedar City loses one of its familiar land-marks.

Thomas Walker was one of the first pioneers of Cedar City, coming here in the year 1851, with his parents, Joseph and Betty Smith Walker. He endured many hardships incident to the settlement of a new country and took an active part in the trouble with the Indians in the years 1860-62. From an early age he showed himself to be possessed of those qualities which go to make up the hardy pioneers of our great West. He was ever courageous and ready to respond to the call of duty.

He was born at Low Moor, Yorkshire, England, on Christmas day 1838. He with his parents emigrated to this country in the year 1849 and was one of the company that crossed the plains with ox teams that same year. He spent a little less than two years in the northern part of the state and answered the call to settle Iron County and assist in the erection of the iron works that were contemplated at that time.

He was married in the year 1862 to Charlotte Chatterley, who with eight children, six sons and three daughters, are left to mourn his loss. He early embraced the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and remained staunch to his faith to the end.

Funeral services were held in the tabernacle on Sunday at 3:00 PM when a large gathering of his old friends and relatives met to pay their last sad respects to an honorable life well spent. The speakers were Bro. John Parry, Bp. Henry Lunt, Bp. W. H. Corry, Bro. Henry Leigh, and Bp. Foster. Appropriate music was rendered by the choir.

submitted by Kathie Marynik