Scope and Content
Title: Walker, Spinning, and Durrell Families Papers
Date (inclusive): 1862-1955
1.2 linear feet
Abstract: A family history collection which contains correspondence, photographs, and
scrapbooks pertaining to the Walker, Spinning, and Durrell families, who are related by marriage. The
correspondence includes three letters from and one letter to Hiram Walker, while he was a Union soldier
in the U.S. Civil War and five letters from Hiram's daughter, Emma (Walker) Heron, while she was a
missionary in India.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as
many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-226
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Hiram Walker (1843-1921) served as a soldier in the United States Civil War. On December 31, 1865 he
married Sarah Charity Willis (1847-1920) in Ohio.
Their daughter, Emma (1866?-April 2, 1897), served as a missionary in India with the International
Missionary Alliance from 1891-1897. Circa 1894-1895, Emma married Donald Heron (d. January 30, 1896),
also a missionary with the Alliance in India.
Another daughter, Anna, married William Simpson Spinning on December 31, 1902 in Duluth, Minnesota. Anna
and William had two children: Marian Frances Spinning (1912- ) and Helen Margaret Spinning (1914-1983).
On May 22, 1938 Helen married Cordell Durrell (1908-1986). Cordell served as Professor of Geology at the
University of California, Davis from 1963 to 1976.
Christian Missionary Alliance. Nyack, NY: Christian Alliance, June 18, 1897, v. 28 no. 25.
Scope and Content
The papers contain correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia of the Walker, Spinning, and
Durrell families, who are related by marriage.
The correspondence series includes three letters from and one letter to Hiram Walker, while he was a
Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War and five letters from Hiram's daughter, Emma (Walker) Heron, while
she was a missionary in India during the 1890s.
Series 2, Scrapbooks, contains five scrapbooks compiled by Anna Walker Spinning and her daughter, Helen
Spinning which document three generations of the families.
Arrangement of the Collection
The Papers are arranged into five series: Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Photographs, Artwork, and Memorabilia.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online
public access catalog.
Walker, Hiram, 1843-1921
Heron, Emma Walker, d. 1897
Durrell, Cordell, 1908-
United States-History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
University of California, Berkeley--Pictorial works
Collection is open for research.
Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.
[Identification of item], Walker, Spinning, and Durrell Families Papers, D-226, Department of Special
Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.
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University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or
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