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 John Eagar

John Eagar

Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 3 Mar 1864 (aged 40)
Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 9268921 · View Source
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John was the son of 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. 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.

When the ship Brooklyn arrived in California, the new settlers found that area of the country now belonged to the United States, taken in the war with Mexico. Within months of their landing, the town would be renamed "San Francisco."

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.

After a few years in California, John went to Utah with the Holmes/Thompson wagon company in 1848 and taught school in the Old Fort in Salt Lake City,Utah.

He met Sariah Anna Johnson in Salt Lake City and they married on the 1st of July, 1849, in her father's house in Salt Lake City.

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)

John was 41 years old when he died of tuberculosis.

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 John and Sariah's sons, William Walter, John T. and Joel S., went to Northern Arizona. The town they settled was named after them: Eagar, Arizona.

John is not buried next to Sariah; after his death, she moved away and married a second time. She is buried in Hurricane, Utah.

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To the
Of John Eagar
Who was
Born 13-July 1823
Cauga Co. N. Y.
Baptized 1844
Died 3 March 1864

Dear Brother John, May your Remains
Rest here in peace till that great morn,
When Michaels drum shall sound its strains
To awake the Church of the first born.
Amid that bright Celestial throng,
Thou'lt take thy place without
For thou hast faithful been on
As Husband, Father, Friend and Saint





  • Maintained by: For Emma
  • Originally Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
  • Added: 4 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9268921
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Eagar (13 Jul 1823–3 Mar 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9268921, citing Manti Cemetery, Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by For Emma (contributor 47059582) .