Willard, Utah

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Willard had its beginning in 1851, when several companies of settlers were sent out from Salt Lake City. Nineteen people located on North Willow Creek, seven miles south of where Brigham would soon be. Two years later, the settlement was moved to a better site, two miles farther south, and the name North Willow Creek was given to the new settlement. A fort wall was built to protect them from the threat of Indian attacks. [1]

In 1859 the area was renamed Willard in honor of Willard Richards.[2] Willard received her charter as a city in 1870. The town site encompasses seven square miles, being three and a half miles long and two miles wide.

Most of Willard's first settlers were mostly of Welsh, English, Scottish and Dutch descent having come in the overland companies from Nauvoo, Illinois.[3] Most were farmers, but some were merchants, carpenters, blacksmiths and school teachers. [4]


Willard is located in south-eastern Box Elder County. It is bordered on the east by the Wasatch Mountains, on the west by the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, on the north by Perry and on the south by Farr West and Pleasant View. Utah Wikipedia. Seven miles north is Brigham City; and Ogden is thirteen miles to the south. To the west are salt flats and the fresh water Willard Bay, created in 1964.


City Hall

Willard City Business Office
80 W 50 S, Willard, UT



The Willard Pioneer Cemetery residents have biographical sketches written about them by Merlene T. Breaggar Jones in the The Willard Pioneer Cemetery [6]This book is about Willard's pioneers who passed away between 1854-1869.


Willard Precinct Cemetery.jpg
The first pioneer cemetery was established in 1854 with 120 documented burials. [7]

Church Records


Historical Newspapers

Societies, Museums and Libraries

  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
    2148 Grant Avenue
    Ogden, UT 84401
    ph: (801) 393-4460
  • Historic Willard Society
    156 North 200 West
    Willard, UT 84340
  • Willard Library
    80 West 50 South
    Willard, UT 84340
    Phone: 435-723-2261

Vital Records




  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Obituaries
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records.  Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.  A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.  For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.


Sources and Footnotes

  1. Jones, Merlene T. Braegger; Willard Centennial 1851- 1951 A brief history of the past one hundred years
  2. History of Willard Utah
  3. Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869
  4. Merlene T. Braegger Jones; The Willard Pioneer Cemetery
  5. Willard History by Merlene T. Braegger Jones
  6. Merlene T. Breaggar Jones; The Willard Pioneer Cemetery FHL 979.242/W1 V3j
  7. Merlene T. Breaggar Jones; The Willard Pioneer Cemetery