About John Eagar
"...John was born to Thomas Eagar and Lucy Buell.
Thomas Eagar was born Jan 1, 1792 in Auburn, New York and died June 9, 1841 in Sing-Sing, New York.
Lucy Buell was born Sept. 23, 1803 in Auburn, New York and died Dec 1, 1883 in San Francisco, California
In 1845, John was apprenticed to Samuel Brannan, who, at the time, was a newspaper publisher, who had recently joined the Mormon church in New York and was printing a periodical for the church. John, his widowed mother, and all his siblings also joined the Mormon church.
In 1846 Sam Brannan was sent by Brigham Young to take 234 Mormon immigrants on a six-month voyage around South America on the ship "Brooklyn" to what was then called "Yerba Buena" California. Within months of their landing, the town would be renamed "San Francisco." They were sent there to be a vanguard settlement of the Mormon Church in their relocation in the West. Brigham Young changed his mind and decided to settle, instead, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
John was the only one in his family to stay a member of the Mormon church; his mother and all siblings apostatized from the church.
During John's stay in San Francisco, he was employed as the associate editor of the California Star and also served as a clerk for Brannan. Records show that John owned property there in 1847 and his home stood upon what is now a city park in Oakland on Tenth Street.
John came to Utah with the Holmes/Thompson wagon company in 1848 and taught school in the Old Fort in Salt Lake City,Utah.
He married Sariah Anna Johnson in Salt Lake City on the 1st of July, 1849, in her father's house.
John and Sariah had eight children together:
- Anna Sariah Eagar (1850 - 1934)
- John Thomas Eagar (1851 - 1942)
- William Walter Eagar (1853 - 1941)
- Julia Hills Eagar (1855 - 1940)
- Joel Sixtus Eagar (1858 - 1947)
- Susan Elizabeth Eagar (1860 - 1900)
- Benjamin Franklin Eagar (1862 - 1884)
- Mary Elvira Eagar (1863 - 1883)
After John's death, Sariah was left a widow with eight young children. Her brother, Nephi Johnson, came from Iron County, Utah, with wagons and took the family to be near other family members including her father, Joel Hills Johnson.
About 1880, three of their sons, William Walter, John T. and Joel S., went to Northern Arizona. The town of Eagar where they settled was named for the brothers.
John is not buried next to Sariah; after his death, she moved away and married a second time. She is buried in Hurricane, Utah..."