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Howard Egan

Birthplace: Tullamore, King, Ireland
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Cause of death: pneumonia
Place of Burial: Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Howard Egan and Ann Egan
Husband of Tamson Egan; Catherine Egan; Nancy Ann Egan-Raleigh and Mary Ann Tuttle
Father of Howard Ransom Egan; Richard Erastus Egan; William Moburn Egan; Charles John Egan; Horace Adelbert Egan and 4 others
Brother of Eliza Egan; Mary Egan; Catherine Egan; Bernard Egan; John Egan and 5 others

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Howard Egan

Mormon Pioneer

"...Egan, Howard – (Captain of the 9th Ten) Born June 15, 1815, in Tullamore, King Co., Ireland, to Howard and Ann Meade Egan. He married Tamson Parsley at age 23 in about 1838. A sailor, he immigrated to America and received his naturalization papers in 1841 and the following year was baptized at Salem, Mass., where he was working as a rope maker. He traveled to Nauvoo Ill., where he was appointed a major in the Nauvoo Legion and became a member of the Nauvoo police force. During the trek west, Egan served as road scout and explorer. His journal records many of the day-to-day events of the trip. In the winter of 1849-50, he traveled to California to buy livestock and supplies. In 1860 he became a Pony Express rider and agent, and later served as a member of the Salt Lake police force and as deputy sheriff. He was a guard at the home of Brigham Young. When Brigham Young died, Egan was called on to guard his grave in Sal Lake City. In doing so, he contracted pneumonia and died March 16, 1878, at age 62..."


Birth: unknown

Death: Mar. 1, 1878

Rider for the Pony Express. Egan died in March of 1878, at the age of 63, after becoming ill while guarding Brigham Young's grave.

Cause of death: illness



Glenwood Cemetery


Sevier County

Utah, USA

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Howard Egan's Timeline

June 15, 1815
Tullamore, King, Ireland
April 12, 1840
Age 24
Salem, Essex, MA, USA
March 29, 1842
Age 26
Salem, Essex, Ma
March 25, 1844
Age 28
Nauvoo Hancock Il
August 12, 1847
Age 32
Winter Quarters Ne
August 25, 1847
Age 32