|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1815|
County Offaly, Ireland
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1878|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Son of Howard Egan & Ann Meade
Married Tamson Parshley, 7 Dec 1839, Salem, Essex, MA by Rev. Matthew Hale Smith
Children- Howard Ransom Egan, Richard Erastus Egan, Charles John Egan, Horace Adelbert Egan, William Moburn Egan, Ira Ernest Egan
Married Cathrine Clawson, 1844
Married Nancy Ann Redden, 23 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Children- Helen Janet Egan & Vilate Louise Egan
Married Mary Ann Tuttle, 1849
Children- Hyrum William Egan
Howard Egan was born in Tullamore, King's County (now Co. Offaly) Ireland June 15, 1815 to Howard Egan and Ann Meade. His Grand Father's name was Bernard and his Grand Mother's name was Betty. After the death of his Mother, when about eight years of age, 1823, with father and eight other children, he left Ireland. He was the fourth child and the first son, there being ten in the family. The last two being twins, one of whom was left with an aunt in Ireland.
The family went to Montreal, Canada and settled there. Howard's Father died in Montreal in 1828, leaving six orphan children. Howard went to sea and followed the life of a sailor until grown when he settled in Salem Mass., and worked at rope making. In 1838 he became acquainted with Miss Tamson Parshley, who was born July 27th 1824 at Barnstead, N. H., being the tenth child of Richard Parshley and Mary Caverly. They were married Dec. 7th 1839, he being over 23 years of age and his wife a girl of 14 years and four months.
Their first son Howard R. Egan was born April 12th 1840, also the second son R. Erastus Egan March 29th 1842, in Salem. In Oct. 1841 he was naturalized as an American Citizen, and in 1842 he and his wife were converted to "Mormonism" by Elder Erastus Snow and baptized, moving to Nauvoo the same year. He became one of the Nauvoo Police, and the Prophet Joseph's guard, who said "he felt safe when Howard Egan was on guard." He was also Major in the Nauvoo Legion.
Egan would go on to make his mark in Nevada, as well in Utah. In 1859 Egan and George W. Chorpenning established a stage station at Schell Creek Nevada for Majors and Waddell. However, when the Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company's "Pony Express" was established, Egan became the superintendent of the Salt Lake Division. He was to make his legend with the Pony Express. By breaking over 300 miles of trail, founded by Egan, navigating a shorter route through the middle of Nevada he left his mark. Egan Canyon, Egan Station, are places named after the great Scout.
Egan died in March of 1878, at the age of 63, after becoming ill while guarding Brigham Young's grave.
Pioneering the West contains many errors, mainly because the authors did not want it generally known that Tamson Parshley was pregnant when they married. The marriage intention was publishing 1 Dec 1839 (see Salem, Mass. Published Vital Records). The couple was married 7 December 1839 by Rev. Matthew Hale Smith, Minister of the First Universalist Church in Salem (notice published in the Salem Observer). Tamson was born 27 July 1824 see her death certificate)
Mormon Battalion members
Catherine Reese Clawson (1804 - 1860)
Nancy Ann Redden Raleigh (1825 - 1892)
Tamson Parshley Egan (1824 - 1905)
Mary Ann Tuttle Gardner (1830 - 1910)*
Richard Erastus Egan (1842 - 1918)*
Helen Jeanette Egan Irvine (1847 - 1924)*
Horace Adelbert Egan (1847 - 1862)*
Vilate Egan (1849 - 1866)*
Hyrum Egan (1850 - 1888)*
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Mar 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25514985