History[edit | edit source]
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. 
In 1859 the area was renamed Willard in honor of Willard Richards. 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. Most were farmers, but some were merchants, carpenters, blacksmiths and school teachers. 
Location[edit | edit source]
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.
Maps[edit | edit source]
City Hall[edit | edit source]
- Willard City Business Office
80 W 50 S, Willard, UT
Resources[edit | edit source]
Biographies[edit | edit source]
The Willard Pioneer Cemetery residents have biographical sketches written about them by Merlene T. Breaggar Jones in the The Willard Pioneer Cemetery This book is about Willard's pioneers who passed away between 1854-1869.
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
The first pioneer cemetery was established in 1854 with 120 documented burials. 
- Willard Pioneer Cemetery Transcriptions
- Willard Pioneer Cemetery
- Willard City Cemetery also known as Willard Precinct Cemetery, Willard Cemetery
- Willard City Cemetery Transcriptions at Findagrave.com
- Willard City Cemetery, photos and transcriptions at BillionGraves
- Willard Markers
- Willard Cemetery ~ Utah Gravestone Photo Project ~Willard Cemetery
- Willard Pioneer Cemetery ~ Utah Gravestone Photo Project
- Burial Database
- Box Elder County Cemeteries
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Historical Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Societies, Museums and Libraries[edit | edit source]
- 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
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
- Marriage information may be located at the Western States Marriage Database searchable by bride or groom.
Death[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- 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.
Websites[edit | edit source]
Sources and Footnotes[edit | edit source]
- Jones, Merlene T. Braegger; Willard Centennial 1851- 1951 A brief history of the past one hundred years
- History of Willard Utah
- Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869
- Merlene T. Braegger Jones; The Willard Pioneer Cemetery
- Willard History by Merlene T. Braegger Jones
- Merlene T. Breaggar Jones; The Willard Pioneer Cemetery FHL 979.242/W1 V3j
- Merlene T. Breaggar Jones; The Willard Pioneer Cemetery