Major Howard Egan Family Foundation

Sailor Rope Maker Captain in Nauvoo Legion Bodyguard to Joseph Smith Mormon Battalion Envoy Captain of the 9th 10 of the original 1847 Pioneer Vanguard Company Gold Rush Trading Post Owner Trail Blazer Cattle Drover Major in Utah War Pony Express Rider & Superintendent of Line from Salt Lake to California Stage Station Owner Friend & Missionary to Indians Salt Lake City Policeman Bodyguard to Brigham Young
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Writings about Him

Writings About Major Howard Egan

The following is only a small sampling of works, all or part of which, are about Major Egan:


Books (all or part of which are about Major Howard Egan)


Alter, J. Cecil.  James Bridger: A Historical Narrative. Salt Lake City, Utah: Shephard Book Company, 1925.

Ashton, Wendell J. J. Voice in the West. New York: Duel, Sloan and Pearce, 1950.

Bagley, Will. So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. History of Utah. San Francisco, California: The History Company, Publishers, 1890.

Banning, William, Banning, George, and Banning, George Hugh. Six Horses. New York: The Century Company, 1930.

Benson, Joe. The Traveler’s Guide to the Pony Express Trail. Helena and Billings, Montana: Falcon Press Publishing Col, Inc., 1995.

Berrett, William E., and Burton, Alma P.  Readings in Latter-day Saint Church History. Vol II: Salt Lake City, Utah: The Deseret Book Press, 1955.

Burton, Richard F. City of the Saints. New York: Harpers and Brothers, Publishers, 1862.

Clayton, William. William Clayton Journal. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1921.

Daynes, Kathryn M. More Wives Than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840-1910. Illinois: University of Illinois, 2001.

Egan, William M. Pioneering the West, 1846-1878: Major Howard Egan’s diary: also thrilling experiences of pre-frontier life among Indians, their traits, civil and savage, and part of autobiography, inter-related to his father’s. Salt Lake City: Skelton Publishing Co., 1917. (Full text available at link, above.)  (Full text also available at:  Pioneering the West.)

Egan, Howard. Son of the Mist: The Hunting Career of Howard Egan. USA: 2013.

Evans, John Henry. Charles Coulson Rich: Pioneer Builder of the West. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1936.

Ford, Thomas. History of Illinois. Chicago: S. C. Griggs and Company, Publishers, 1854.

Frank, Esshom.  (Compiler).  Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Pioneer Book Publishing Company, 1913.

Ghent, W. J. The Road to Oregon. New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1934. (A Chronicle of the Great Emigrant Trail.)

Glass, Robert and Brooks, Juanita (eds.).  A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee, 1848-1876. 2 Vols.  (The Huntington Library, San Mario, California). Los Angeles: Anderson Ritchie and Simon Company, 1955.

Hafen, LeRoy R. and Ann W. Journals of Forty-niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1954.

Hanley, Mike, with Lucia, Ellis. Owyhee Trails: The West’s Forgotten Corner. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1973.

Jensen, Andrew. Biographical Encyclopedia. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Deseret News Press, 1936.

Lee, John D. Mormonism Unveiled: Life and Confession of the Late Mormon Bishop, John D. Lee. New York: W. H. Steele and Company, 1877.

Linn, William Alexander. The Story of the Mormons. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1923.

Neff, Andrew Love. History of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Deseret News Press, 1940.

Pack, Mary. The Romances of the Pony Express. Omaha, Nebraska: Published by Union Pacific, N.D.

Remy, Jules. A Journey to Great Salt Lake City. 2 Vols. London: W, Jeffs, 15 Burlington Arcade, 1861.

Roberts, Brigham H. A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1930,

Smith, Joseph. History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vol. VI: Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1949.

Smucker, Samuel M.History of the Mormons or Latter-day Saints. New York: Miller, Orton and Company, 1857.

Stegner, Wallace Earle. The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail. USA: First Bison Book Printing,1992.

Sullivan, Marlene B. Brigham’s  BoysSpringville, Utah: CFI, an imprint of Cedar fort, Inc., 2009.

Tucker, Pomeroy. Origin. Rise and Progress of Mormonism. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1867.

Tullidge, Edward W. History of Salt Lake. Salt Lake City, Utah: Star Printing Company, 1886.

Twain, Mark (1885), finished by Nelson, Lee.(2003). Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians, USA: Council Press, 2003.

Tyler, Daniel. A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion: In the Mexican War. Privately Published,” 1881.

Warthen, Robert L. The United States V. Howard Egan: the First Murder Trial in Utah Territory. USA: 1993.

Wharton, Gayen and Tom. It Happened in Utah. USA:  Morris book Publishing, LLC, 2007.

Whitney, Orson P. History of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah: Cannon and Sons, 1882-1892.

Wilson, Elijah Nicholas. The White Indian Boy: The Story of Uncle Nick Among the Shoshones. Amsterdam: Fredonia books, 2001.


Articles (all or part of which are about Major Howard Egan)


Benson, Kenneth S. “On the Trail of the Overland Stage.” Improvement Era, 1931.

Blanthorn, Ouida. A History of Tooele County.” Utah Centennial County History Series, Utah State Historical Society, 1999.

Cannon, KennethL. II. “’Mountain Common Law’: The Extralegal Punishment of Seducers in Early Utah.” Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 51, Number 4, Fall 1983.

Egan, Howard R. A Boy A Bronk And A Bag Of Mail.” Improvement Era, 1943.

Egan, Howard; Smith, George A.; and Snow, Zerubbabel. “’Mormonism’!: Indictment for the Murder of James Monroe.” 39, South Castle Street: R. James, publisher, 1852.

Hartley, William G. Howard Egan, the Elkhorn Skirmish, and Mormon Trail Emigration in 1848. Mormon Historical Studies, Spring 2000.

Jensen, Jerrold S. The Common Law of England in the Territory of Utah.” Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 60, Number 1, Winter 1992.

Little, James A. From Kirtland to Salt Lake City.” Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1890.

Tom, Gary and Holt, Ronald. The Paiute Tribe of Utah.” Utah State Division of Indian Affairs & Utah State Division of History, Salt Lake City, 2003.

Wilson, Pearl D. A History of Juab County.” Utah Centennial County History Series, Utah State Historical Society, 1999.


Thesis (all or part of which are about Major Howard Egan)


Drake, J. Raman. Howard Egan: Frontiersman, Pioneer and Pony Express Rider, Master’s Thesis, BYU Department of Religion, 1956.  (Copy of Thesis also found here: Howard Egan: Frontiersman, Pioneer and Pony Express Rider.)

Egan, William Monroe. William Monroe Egan papers, 1851-1918. Yale University.
Notes and summaries:  William Monroe Egan, son of Howard Egan and his wife Tamson Parshley, was a cattle driver. He edited two journals, Our Deseret Home and The Utah Industrialist. He married in 1886 and moved to Provo.  William Egan’s papers includes a diary of his 1863 cattle drive from Salt Lake City to Carson City, Nevada, memoirs of his childhood in Salt Lake City (WA MSS 157) family letters, papers, photographs, and materials relating to the publication of Howard Egan’s diary (WA MSS 158). The collection also contains William Egan’s works, “Brigham Young,” (WA MSS 159) “Native Utes of Utah,” “Pony Express,” and “Pioneering and biography of Major Howard Egan and sons” (WA MSS 160).
Available on microfilm.  Withington, M. C. Catalogue of Western Americana Manuscripts 157-160. William Monroe Egan Papers.  Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
This collection covers:  Egan, Howard, 1815-1878. Egan, Wm.M. (William Monroe), b. 1851. Young, Brigham, 1801-1877. Egan, Howard R. (Howard Ransom), 1840-1916. Mormons History 19th century. Mormons Utah. Cattle trade Utah. Pony express. Salt Lake City (Utah)
Related Materials:  Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Box 1603A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520.
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Hansen, Peter O. Hansen, Peter O. Diary, 1849. 1818-1895.12 p., Brigham Young University – Harold B. Lee Library.
Notes and summaries: Mormon pioneer and church leader. Typescript copy of a first person account of overland travel from Iowa to Utah during spring and summer, 1849 with the Howard Egan Company of Wagons. The copy of the diary was made by Alice B. Heagy, 1979.
This collection covers: Overland journeys to the Pacific. Egan, Howard, 1815-1878.
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Internet Articles (all or part of which are about Major Egan)


Biographies of the original 1847 pioneer company, Church News on line, Oct. 14, 2009.

Major Howard Egan: One of the earliest Mormon pioneers and oldest Pony Express rider, Standard-Examiner (online), June 26, 2010.

Synopsis of Major Howard Egan.

The Pony Express Stations of Utah in Historical Perspective, US Department of the Interior.

Some Insect Foods of the American Indians: And How the Early Whites Reacted to Them, The Food Insects Newsletter, November 1994.

Section 111: Historical Background, Gospel


Newspaper Articles (all or part of which are about Major Egan)


Deseret News, Salt Lake City, 1908.

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, 1954.

Nauvoo Neighbor, Nauvoo, Illinois, 1845.

Salt Lake Daily Herald. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1878.

Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, 1935.

Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, 1944.

Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, 1934.

St. Louis Republican, St. Louis, Missouri, 1849.


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