Simeon Cragun (1827 - 1874)

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Birthplace: Kanesville, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States
Death: Died in Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah Territory, United States
Managed by: Ryan Thomas Cragun
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About Simeon Cragun

Simeon Cragun (1827 - 1874), eighth child of Elisha Cragun and Mary Osborne, was born 13 August 1827 at Richland, Rush County, Indiana. He died 9 February 1874 at North Ogden, Utah Territory. He married Susannah Mower (1829 - 1899), daughter of Henry Mower and Mary Amik, in 1847 at Kanesville, Iowa, on 4 November 1817.

Marriage and Children

  1. Susannah Mower (11 July 1829 Strongtown, Pennsylvania - 16 June 1899 Pleasant View, Utah)
    1. Mary Mahala Cragun (1850 - 1850)
    2. William Henry Cragun (1851 - 1854)
    3. Wilford Elisha Cragun (born 4 December 1853) married Mary Ann Ellis
    4. Willard U. Cragun (born 7 November 1854) married Laura Shaw
    5. Wilson E. Cragun (born 14 October 1856) married Mary Hutchinson
    6. Simeon W. Cragun (born 13 October 1858) married (1)Mary Ann Clifford, (2)Blanche Blngham
    7. Wiley G. Cragun (born 6 October 1860) married Joanna D. Seaman

Church, Music, and Commitment to His Community

When he was about eight, Simeon Cragun moved with his family in 1835 to Eagle Township, Boone County, Indiana, to a land grant awarded to his father for his service in the War of 1812. Elisha Cragun and his family had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and were close friends with the Henry Mower, Sr. family who were also Mormons. Simeon Cragun married Susannah, a daughter of Henry Mower, Sr.

Simeon and Susannah made their way across the plains to the west. They traveled in Captain Foote's company of 100, arriving in Salt Lake City on 25 September 1850. They lived one year in Cold Springs, Davis County, Utah Territory, and then were among the first to settle in Pleasant View, Weber County, in 1852.

The closest schools was more than two miles away, and it was hazardous for the children to walk so far in bad weather, so Susannah taught the area's first school in a room of their home. Simeon was active in church and civic affairs, and a great lover of music.

Sources

  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah
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Simeon Cragun's Timeline

1827
August 13, 1827
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States
1847
1847
Age 19
Kanesville, (Council Bluffs) Pottawattamie Co. Iowa
1850
1850
Age 22
Kanesville, Iowa, USA
1851
1851
Age 23
bands of Platte River, United States
1852
December 4, 1852
Age 25
North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
1854
November 7, 1854
Age 27
North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
1856
October 14, 1856
Age 29
North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA
1858
October 13, 1858
Age 31
North Ogden, Weber, Utah
1860
October 6, 1860
Age 33
Pleasant View, Weber, Utah
1874
February 9, 1874
Age 46
Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah Territory, United States