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Mary Lowry, Chief Walker's Choice for a Wife ~ Deseret News Feb. 8, 1855.

Chief Walkara
Although there are other photographs claiming to be of Chief Walker,
 this is said to be the only one that is positively documented as him. 

On March 13, 1850, Manti Bishop Isaac Morley baptized Walkara. Membership in the LDS Church, however, did not change Walkara's basic nature. He traded on the membership when it was convenient. His ties to the church, he concluded, entitled him to two things - priesthood "medicine" and a white wife. Several years passed before Walkara and three other Indians were ordained elders in the church priesthood organization.

He was not so successful in obtaining a white wife. At one juncture, he decided that Bishop Lowry's daughter, Mary, was a good choice. He dressed to the nines and went to the Lowry home when he thought Mary would be alone and placed a blanket, some moccasins, a beaded headband and other items on the table, followed by a crude proposal. He offered her furs and cowhides with hoofs and long horns - even a "white man's teepee."

Terrified of antagonizing the chief, Mary blurted that she was promised to another man. The name that came to mind was her brother-in-law, "Judge Peacock," who had married her twin sister. Walkara, according to several accounts, plunged his knife hilt-deep into a table and said he would take the matter to Brigham Young.

Young, in fact, promised Walkara that if Mary "is not already married, you may have her." Young knew what the chief did not - that Mary and her brother-in-law had rushed to Nephi immediately and wed. With polygamy in full sway, it was a logical solution to the problem.

The Walker War ended through an understanding personally negotiated between Young and Walkara during the winter of 1853 and finalized in May 1854 in Levan, near Nephi, Utah. In his contemporary work Incidents of Travel and Adventure in the Far West (1857), photographer and artist Solomon N. Carvalho gives an account of the peace council held between Walkara, other native leaders in central Utah, and Brigham Young. Carvalho took the opportunity to persuade the Indian leader to pose for a portrait, now held by the Thomas Gilcrease Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although immediate hostilities ended, none of the underlying conflicts were resolved. Walkara died in 1855 at Meadow Creek, Utah.

At his funeral, fifteen horses, two wives, and two children were killed and buried along with him.

Mary Artimesia Lowry Peacock
Birth: Mar. 14, 1834
Clay County
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1910
Sanpete County
Utah, USA

OBITUARY: The Manti Messenger, Friday 22 April 1910:
Death of Mary L. Peacock.
Mary Lowry Peacock wife of late Judge George Peacock died in Sterling Sunday after an illness of several weeks, at the home of her son John L. Peacock. She was one of the oldest settlers in that place and was the mother of ten children. She was a sister of John Lowry, a Manti pioneer now a resident of Springville. She was born in Missouri in November 1834 and came to Utah with her parents in 184?. The funeral was held from the Manti Tabernacle Wednesday and a large crowd of friends and relatives attended.

Family links:
  John Lowry (1799 - 1867)
  Mary Wilcox Lowry (1802 - 1859)

  George Peacock (1822 - 1878)*

  Daniel Movell Peacock (____ - 1895)*
  John Lowry Peacock (1855 - 1918)*
  George Peacock (1857 - 1909)*
  Brigham James Peacock (1858 - 1920)*
  Susan Lucretia Peacock Richards (1861 - 1961)*
  Clarence Abner Peacock (1864 - 1918)*
  Rosabella Peacock (1866 - 1867)*
  Ariel Aroldo Peacock (1870 - 1910)*
  Delroy Lynn Peacock (1874 - 1933)*
  Mary Luella Peacock Tennant (1879 - 1902)*

  Sarah C. Lowry Peacock (1820 - 1892)**
  James Hazard Lowry (1825 - 1913)*
  Hyrum Madison Lowry (1827 - 1847)*
  John Lowry (1829 - 1915)*
  Abner Lowry (1831 - 1900)*
  Susan Lucretia Lowry Petty (1834 - 1859)*
  Mary Artimesia Lowry Peacock (1834 - 1910)
  George Moroni Lowry (1836 - 1865)*
  Sarah Jane Lowry Higgins (1839 - 1875)*
  Elizabeth Eunice Lowry (1841 - 1846)*
  William Mahonri Lowry (1844 - 1846)*
  William Alexander Lowry (1854 - 1854)**

*Calculated relationship
Manti Cemetery
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Plot: Lot 12 Block 14 Plat B

Maintained by: Scott Keele
Originally Created by: vaunamri
Record added: Mar 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34944943
Mary Artimesia <i>Lowry</i> Peacock
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Mary Artimesia <i>Lowry</i> Peacock
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Mary Artimesia <i>Lowry</i> Peacock
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 Added: Apr. 22, 2011

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