William Kirkham, the first born of George and Sarah Russon Kirkham, was born in Lehi, Utah, May 2, 1876 and it was in Lehi he spent his young days and youth and received his early education in the Lehi schools. He attended church regularly and kept a strict adherence to the Word of Wisdom. He advanced in the Priesthood to the office of Seventy.
He loved to tell the story of the time as a boy, his Father took him with his sisters Rachel and Eliza and Brother George E. to the top scaffolding and to the statue of the Angel Moroni of the Salt Lake Temple when it was being dedicated in 1893, his father being a member of the Tabernacle Choir then and had permits for them.
He was a well known Lehi Real Estate Operator. He served as mail carrier to Pelican Point and Cedar Valley, Utah County, for thirty years, making life long friends.
He held the office of Seventy in the Lehi Second Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and served as a missionary for two years in the Central States Mission under President Samuel O. Bennion.
He married Emily May Hoggard 18 Jul 1897 in Provo, Utah, daughter of George Hoggard and Mary Alice Eldredge. She was born 19 April 1880 in American Fork, Utah, and died 6 Feb 1950 in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah; their marriage being solemnized in the Salt Lake temple.
William passed away 6 Sep 1953 in Lehi, Utah at the age of seventy seven and was buried in Lehi.
Children of William and Emily
William Leon Kirkham
Leda Myrl Kirkham Goates
Cleo Kay Kirkham Beagley