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The Link Between Tullamore And The Pony Express
Major Howard Egan
By Mike Flynn
Believe it or not, Tullamore hard a very close connection with the 'Wild West' in the person of Howard Egan. Howard was born in June, 1815 to parents Howard Egan (Sr.) and Anne Meade in the Meelahans, just outside Tullamore. Records indicate that he was baptised in Killeigh parish in September of the same year. He was sixth in a family of eleven children.
Unfortunately, tragedy stalked the family and was a constant companion when Howard Egan was growing up. He was only eight years old when his mother Ann died and this prompted his father to take his young fan1i1y overseas to Montreal in Canada in 1825, The youngest child, Margaret remained in Ireland with an aunt. Hardly had they arrived in Canada when Eveline, the youngest child died, Within a month, two more young members of the family passed away in the persons of eight year old Ann and fifteen year old Bernard. Further tragedy followed three years later when the father, Howard Sr. died at the age of 46. The orphaned children remained in Montreal and it is believed that Howard may have stayed with his sister Catherine who had recently married a John Ransom.
When he was around 15 years of age Howard took a job as a sailor and worked the Canadian waterways. When he was 23, he moved to Salem, Massachusetts and secured a job with Mr Chisholm as a rope maker. Howard married a 15 year old girl by the name of Tamson Parshley in December 1893 and they had two sons initially, Howard Jr. and Richard. Shortly after their marriage, Tamson and Howard converted to the Mormon faith in 1842 and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois to join the body of the Saints, Howard set up a rope making enterprise on Water St. in Nauvoo and the business thrived.
When Illinois State granted a charter to the city of Nauvoo to establish a university and create a military body called the 'Nauvoo Legion', Howard Egan was given the rank of Captain and served as a city policeman and personal bodyguard to church leaders who were targets for mobsters. The Mormon faith recognises plural marriage but the practice requires the permission of the leaders of the Church and the first wife. Securing this, in 1844 Howard married a second wife, Catherine Egan, a widow with four children. Tamson bore Howard another son the same year whom they named Charles but he died a year later.
See the Tullamore Annual 2018 to read the full article and much more