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William Moburn Egan



William Moburn Egan

Birth: 13 June 1851, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1 block north of Temple

Father: James Monroe (biological father); Howard Egan (adoptive father).
Mother: Tamson Parshley
Death: 17 April 1929, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Died at age 77.
Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Section E-7-7
Wife #1 Ruth Nicholls (7 Feb 1840 – Apr 1921.)
They married 7 Feb 1886.
Wife #2 Lula Mazona Winnie (8 Aug 1882 – 10 Jul 1947.)



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Brief History


William Moburn Egan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 13, 1851, the result of an affair between Howard’s wife, Tamson, and James Monroe, a school teacher who had previously been employed by Emma Smith, Brigham Young, and many of the Mormon Church authorities in Nauvoo for the instruction of their children. It is a credit to both Tamson and her husband, Major Howard Egan, that they raised this child as their own.  Howard named him “William Moburn Egan.”  In later years, William worked with his brothers, Howard R. and Ras Egan, helping to publish Pioneering The West.  He also compiled extensive genealogical records for the Egan family and for the Monroe family of New England.  After his death, many of his papers became part of the Yale University Library collection.

William Moburn married Ruth Nicholls on February 7, 1886.  After her death he married  Lula Mazonna Winnie.  Lula was born August 8, 1882 and died July 10, 1947.  She was buried under the last name of Hammerstrand, indicating she had remarried. William Moburn is not known to have had children.

  • • Baptized by Henry Grow June 3, 1869
  • • Confirmation by Luther Twitchel June 3,1869
  • • Schooling commenced at Mowsley’s Academy
  • • Graduated from University of Utah
  • • Ordained an Elder by Smith 1871
  • • Ordained a Seventy by Alex Gillespie March 28, 1890
  • • Ordained a High Priest Rodney Badger 1911
  • • Patriarchal Blessing by Albert W.Davis May 6, 1916
  • • Mission to Eastern States. Went May 4,190?
  • • Returned from Mission April 11, 1905
  • • Vocation: Bee Keeper, Printer, Carpenter, Real Estate
  • • Height: 5-7-1/4.  Weight: 150 lbs
  • • Color of Eyes: Blue. Color of Hair: Brown
  • • General Condition of Health: Rheuymatic
  • • Specially interested in Genealogy, Science and Theology



William M. Egan’s genealogical record books, available on microfilm at the Family History Library:
Egan Family Record Book (FHL #1598329 Item 1) also known as William M. Egan Temple Record Book
Monroe/Munro TempleRecord Book (FHL #1598329 Item 4)

1874 Gazeteer of Utah and Salt Lake City Directory, compiled and edited by Edward L. Sloan, ‘Salt Lake Herald’ Publishing Company, Publishers (Family History Library – US/CAN Ref Area 979.2E4S)

Early Utah Journalism, by J.CecilAlter, Utah State Historical Society, 1938, p 387

Provo Utah Industrialist Monthly, 1887-1888, Wm. M. Egan, Editor; D. P. Felt, Mgr.


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