|Name} Eagar, Thomas||Family History} Olson|
|Title}||Race} White||Sex} Male|
|Birth: Date} Fam 23 Apr 1898||Place} Springerville, Apache, Arizona|
|Marr.: Date} Exa 25 Sep 1918||Place} St. George LDS Temple, St. George, Washington, Utah (Link)|
|Death: Date} Fam 19 Feb 1972||Place} St. George, Washington, Utah|
|Burial: Date} Fam 22 Feb 1972||Place} Hurricane City Cemetery, Hurricane, Washington, Utah|
|Grave Marker} Yes||
|Parents: } Joel Sixtus Eagar & Nancy Alice Nutter Stanworth|
Household No.} 731
|1st Household No.} 731 = Sulphur Valley, Cochise, Arizona|
| Occupation 1} Sheepherder |
Occupation 2} Custodian
Occupation 3} Farmer
Occupation 4} Food processor
|Religion/Church} Latter-day Saints|
Total Number of} 1
|Notes: Thomas Eagar was born 23 Apr 1898 in Springerville, Apache, Arizona. His parents were
Joel Sixtus Eager and Nancy Alice Nutter Stanworth. He was the third of seven children of Joel and
Nancy. He also had step brothers and sisters from the first marriages of both of his parents.|
In the 1900 U.S. census, Thomas, 2, was living with his family in Sulphur Valley, Cochise, Arizona Territority. His father Joel was a farmer. His step-brothers from his mother Nancy's first marriage to John Maurice Hinton were John Samuel Hinton, 13, born in Nov 1886, George Luther Hinton, 12, born May 1887, William Hinton, 11, born Oct 1888, and James Maurice Hinton, 10, born Oct 1889. These four were eroneously given the surname Eagar, rather than Hinton by the census taker. His sisters were Nancy Lillian Eagar, 5, born in Jun 1895, Annie Eagar, 4, born Jun 1896, and Elizabeth Eagar, 10 months, born Aug 1899. The older children had been born in Utah; only Thomas and Elizabeth had been born in Arizona.
The family is not found in the 1910 U.S. census records as they were living in Mexico. According to family sources, three children were born in Colonia Morelos, Sonora, Mexico, a Mormon colony. These were Morelos Eagar, born in Jul 1901, Hazel Eagar, born Dec 1902, and Roxey Eagar, born Jan 1905, and died Sep 1905.
According to family sources, Thomas' father Joel married a third time to Emily Jane Lee in 1902, and had additional children. The family was forced out of Mexico around 1912. Due do polygamy, his parents went their separate ways.
In Sep 1918 when Thomas, 20, registered for the World War I draft, he was living in Hurricane, Washington, Utah, and farming for himself. He listed his mother Nancy Eagan, living in LaVerkin, Washington, Utah, as his nearest relative. He was described as being of medium height and build, with brown eyes and brown hair.
Thomas, 20, married Vera Hinton, 19, on 25 Sep 1918 in the St. George LDS Temple, St. George, Washington, Utah. Vera's uncle, John Maurice Hinton, had been the first husband of Thomas' mother Nancy. During the first thirty-two years of their marriage they lived in several different places in and around Hurricane, Washington, Utah. Immediately after their marriage they moved to Mountain Dell, 5 miles north east of Hurricane, where Thomas had a job making molasses. According to Vera's life story, Thomas' sister Elizabeth and her husband Harry Shamo, and Thomas's father, Joel Sixtus Eagar, were in Mountain Dell.
In the 1920 U.S. census, Thomas, 21, and his wife Vera, 20, were living on 3rd West Street, Hurricane, Washington, Utah. Thomas was a sheepherder, and they were renting a room from her parents, Thomas and Wilhelmina Hinton.
Thomas and Vera had two sons who died young. These were Dilworth Hinton, born 1920, died 1929, and Alden, born 1923, died 1926.
In the 1930 U.S. census, Thomas, 31, and his wife Vera, 30, were living at 146 Grave Yard Lane, Hurricane. They owned the home, valued at $950. Thomas was a sheepherder. They had two daughters, Barbara, 3, and Melba, 2.
In the 1940 U.S. census, Thomas, 41, and his wife Vera, 40, were living in the same home in Hurricane as in 1935. Thomas was a janitor for the local church. Their children were Barbara, 13, Melba, 12, Lenna, 9, Nedra, 7, and Delwin, 1.
During these years in Hurricane, Thomas had a variety of positions, jobs, and joint ventures. Besides being the church custodian, he was the Ward Clerk, City Treasurer, secretary of the Canal Company, and he farmed five acres of rented land. He ran the Church Welfare Cannery, and with Emil Graft and Clifton Wilson, built and ran a commercial cannery.
Thomas and Vera, along with Delwin, moved to Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada in 1955. In the Las Vegas, Nevada, 1957 City Directory, they are listed as living at 410 S. 14th, Las Vegas. Thomas was a gardener at the Desert Inn Hotel. In Sep 1958, they returned to Utah, settling in St. George.
Thomas had a variety of jobs upon returning to Utah. He worked for Dave Schmutz, taking care of turkeys and chickens on a ranch. Due to physical disabilities, he took early Social Security at age 62. For a time he was a school crossing guard, and was injured in 1963 while saving a girl from being hit. For this he eventually received a small settlement from an insurance company. About 1970, he took another custodian job with a seminary.
Thomas suffered a heart attack and died ten days later on 19 Feb 1972, in St. George, WAshington, Utah. He was buried 22 Feb 1972 in the Hurricane City Cemetery, Hurricane, Washington, Utah.
|Time of Birth}||Time of Death}||Fraternal/Social}|
|Confirm. Date}||Photos} Thomas Eagar|
|Immigr'n Date} N/A||Port} N/A|
|Education: Grade} Eighth or Top 2 Degrees}|
|Military: Service} for the State of}|
Cause of Death} Heart attack
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