Ordination to High Priest and Patriarch

Ordination of Wm H. Walker

Salt Lake City May 20, 1892

Under the direction of President Wilford Woodruff Elder Wm H Walker a seventy, was ordained a High Priest, and a Patriarch under the hands of Presidents George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, the latter being Spokesman, as follows,

Bro. Wm H Walker we the servants of God lay our hands upon your head by the Authority and Power of the Holy Priesthood and Apostleship in us vested and Ordain you a High Priest, in the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latterday Saints, and we also ordain you a Patriarch and set you apart to act in this the Salt lake Stake of Zion and we confer upon you all the keys, rights, power, and authority pertaining to this Holy Priesthood and calling. You are not called to travel abroad, to bestow Patriarchal Blessings, except in this Stake of Zion; but where ever you are, you are authorized to confer Patriarchal Blessings upon all those that desire or request you to do so, and especially to Bless your family. We ask God to bless you with the inspiration of the spirit to enable you to determine the Lineage of those whom you Bless. We seal upon you all these blessings, in the name of Jesus Christ and by the Authority of the Holy Priesthood

Amen

Joseph F. Smith  

The National Reunion - John Walker Family

John Walker, born 1794, in Peacham, Vermont was a direct descendant of Robert Walker, born 1607, near Manchester, England. Robert is believed to be the first person with the Walker surname to arrive in the America's via the Winthrop Fleet of 1630. The John Walker Family Organization, through various volunteer efforts attempts to document the Walker Family as we organize reunions, encourage publications, and maintain this website. We invite all descendants, relatives of any kind, and other interested parties to attend the National Reunion to be held in Brigham City, Utah on August 28-30, 2020.

This reunion is also the 200th Birthday of William Holmes Walker, the eldest son of John Walker, and we're having a birthday celebration on the opening night of the reunion. All are invited!

The reunion will be structured to accommodate the widest possible range of budgets. Most of the activities are free of charge (upon registration) and children are welcome. Meals and optional excursions will be offered at cost. An entire reunion package will be provided for those with the means to support both the reunion cost and as a fundraiser for the organization. 

Details about the agenda are still under review, but we have reserved the meeting and hotel facilities. The activities planned may be adjusted based upon the number of attendees, but the guiding principle is first come first served. Accordingly, we ask you to consider making your reservations early.

Online registration is now available, plese visit the Reunion Registration Page. All reservations, tickets, and documents, such as maps, agendas, guides, and last minute notices will be provided online (to the extent possible). We will utilize our Facebook page, Instagram, a profession event planning portal, and this website to share information. Please subscribe to the reunion email service to receive monthly updates.

We would appreciate a few volunteers to help with the reunion planning, please let us know if you can help - in any form. Be assured that the days of arm twisting or "guilting" family members into taking on Family Organization responsibilites is long past. We want those attending to come and enjoy the opportunity to reconnect, collaborate, and celebrate our heritage.

Please visit the reunion page for a complete itinerary.

TIME

DESCRIPTION

VENUE

NOTES

$

10:00 – 6:00

Check In – Registration

Conference Center

All day welcome

F

12:00 – 1:00

Catered Lunch - Genealogists

Hive on Main

By Invitation

P

1:00 – 4:00

Branch Reporting & Story Boards

Conference Center

15 Min per Branch

F

4:00 – 6:00

Historic Tour of Downtown Brigham City

Historic Downtown

Free with optional purchases enroute

F

6:00 – 7:00

Catered Cast Iron Chicken Dinner

Bill of Rights Plaza

Ticketed Event

$

7:00 – 8:00

Old Fashion Square Dance

Conference Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

TIME

DESCRIPTION

VENUE

NOTES

 

8:00 – 9:00

Continental Breakfast

Conference Center

Ticketed Event

$

9:00 – 11:00

Family History Breakouts & Sharing

Various Locations

By Branch

F

11:00 – 6:00

Branch Excursions & Recreation

To Be Determined

Free & Paid Options

 

6:00 – 7:00

Mix & Mingle

Farmers Market

Next Door to ACC

F

7:00 – 9:00

Formal Dinner & Concert/Talent Show

Conference Center

Ticketed Event

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

TIME

DESCRIPTION

VENUE

NOTES

 

8:00 – 10:00

Fresh Peaches & Local Fruit Breakfast

Conference Center

 

$

10:00 – 12:00

Family History Keynote

Conference Center       

    TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cost Key - F=Free, $=Cost, P=Cost Provided by Us

  • Branch Reports: Historic summaries of each of the descendants of John Walker's children. 
    • Although we're celebrating William Holmes Walker's 200th birthday, we would like to have a greater degree of participation from the other family lines.
  • Excursions: Site visits to as many historic sites as possible.   
    • Buildings, cemeteries, and historic sites significant to the various siblings located within a reasonable drive. 
  • Local Food : Utah's Famous Fruit Way will provides a smorgasboard of local food
    •  We'll have plenty of food options - local eateries, caterers, and prepared on site options
  • Historic Tours: Brigham City has one of America's most beautiful historic downtowns
    • We'll have an interesting walking tour and an optional driving tour of the local bird refuge 
  • Entertainment: Here's looking at you kids! 
    • Music acts, poetry, storytelling, and theatrics - please come prepared to share. 
  • Mix and Mingle Activities: We'll have a variety of activities that will allow you to mix and mingle
    • A Farmers Market, Square Dancing, great local museums, and a walkable downtown with amazing shops

Please use the contact us form on this site to volunteer or call 801-452-7967. If you are a Facebook User, please follow our page @walkerfamily.org.

The online reunion registration is now online. Please visit Reunion Registration page.