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Re: Peter, Patrick, James Gahagan, McLean Co, Illinois 1850-60s
Posted by: Don Ramsey (ID *****0708) Date: December 27, 2004 at 11:39:54
In Reply to: Re: Peter, Patrick, James Gahagan, McLean Co, Illinois 1850-60s by Peter Nelson of 155

Peter Nelson, you can email me at dnrmsy@aol.com if you would like more detail. My brother and sister and I have been tracing the Gahagans from St. Paul Kansas. My mother was Mary Esther Gahagan Ramsey,b 19 July 1912 d 7 Mar 2004, daughter of Joseph Peter Gahagan b 23 Mar 1886 d 23 May 1981, son of James F. Gahagan b Mar 1859 d 28 May 1931, son of Peter William Gahagan b 1834 in Ireland d 21 July, 1877 in Osage Mission KS (now St. Paul KS). James F was a younger brother of Mary Ellen Gahagan Rhodes. The family story is that when Peter came to Kansas after his wife Catherine died, he left Mary Ellen with her uncle Patrick and his wife Margaret. 1870 Federal Census has Patrick and family in West Township of McLean Co, IL LeRoy post office and brother James and wife Julia in Towanda Township. That census would suggest that James F was with uncle Patrick and his wife at that time, but doesn't indicate residence for Mary Ellen. Patrick and James stayed in IL. St Mary's Cemetery Index at McLean County Museum of History, page 82 indicates Patrick and James are buried there. Peter bought land east of Osage Mission, KS in 1871/72(?) and brought John, James with him and left youngest daughter Maggie at St.Ann's Academy in Kentucky. In January of 1877, Peter married Elizabeth Dillion(a widow with 6 grown children)In July, while returning home from a trip to town, they both drowned while crossing the Neosho River. They are both buried in St. Paul KS Cemetery. Probate records in Neosho Co indicate he owned land in Bloomington IL at the time of his death. McLean CO records show land indentures fro Peter and Patrick on the same day, buying land in McLean Co from Hamilton Hoosier(sp) Feb 19, 1868. County also has declaration and order for citizenship for Peter Gahagan Aug 18, 1860 and October 10, 1865(sp seems to be Gahayan) Mary visited brother James F and his wife Jane and family sometime 1910-1920 and family album has a picture of Mary and her younger sister Maggie (c. 1910) My mohter was visited by Owen Vernon Shaffer Jr who had also collected quite a bit of research on the Gahagans. My guess from records he had is he was your uncle (?), one of 4 children of Ina Mae Rhodes and Owen Vernon Shaffer, and Ina Mae Rhodes was one of 3 children of Mary Ellen Gahagan and Jeremiah J. Rhodes. St. Mary's Cemetery Index says they are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bloomington. This is the index that also lists Patrick and James as the son of Peter William & Catherine (names of parents for Peter not listed, but his age is contemporary with Patrick and James). Your information that Mary Ellen was born in Philadelphia in 1854 with parents Peter and Catherine (Burns) from Kings County and Queens County in Ireland is the first information I have for them before Bloomington. Plan to try carrying the search to Queens county (Laois County), Ireland Will update if I discover any additional information. Don Ramsey



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