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A Coogan Family of County Monaghan

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Last Update:
25 OCT 2017
















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Here is how the names above were connected in this tree:

1. Using, we have determined that there is a 99% probability that Owen "Trader" and Terrence "Farmer" are related. We performed the Y-DNA-37 test (36 out of 37 alleles matched) and connected Jim Coogan and John Michael Coogan (Pat Connor Coogan's husband) in 2006. Even with this discovery, there remains a certain degree of uncertainty about the exact level of connection between the lines (i.e., are they cousins or siblings?). The rationale for relationship assumptions is given below.

2. The parents of Owen were found in a record of his marriage in Montreal. The family name may have been Cooghan at the time of his arrival to Canada. Owen's 1843 marriage record and his 1885 obituary both recorded that he was a native of County Monaghan, Ireland.

3. In the 1855 New York State Census, a Patrick Coogan (age 60, widowed, resident of the US for 6 years) was recorded as living with Patrick Joseph Coogan at 13 North Front Street, Kingston (Ulster County), New York. We presume this was the "Patriarch" of the family but have not been able to determine the date or location of his death.

4. Owen and Patrick Joseph were always believed to be brothers by their descendants. Owen's son, James, kept constant contact with the children of Patrick Joseph, who James said were his 'first cousins.'

NOTE: The event which best verifies the family connections in this project was the ordination of William J. McClimont (the grandson of Patrick Joseph) as a Vincenzian Priest in the mid-1920s. His mother (Mary Coogan McClimont) was so proud that she took William on a trip to visit the Coogan relatives in Boston and Montreal. Following a 12 year missionary journey to China, William again visited these Coogan relatives.

5. Patrick Joseph, Michael Patrick, and James J. were determined to be brothers with the logic that follows:

         a. Michael Patrick's death certificate listed his father as Patrick.
         b. James was a resident of Patrick Joseph's hotel from 1858-1860.
         c. Felix Devlin (see below) was a co-resident with Patrick Joseph's children in Brooklyn [95 DeBevois].
         d. Felix Devlin was a witness to the will of Michael Patrick.

6. Hugh "Elder" was a close relative who also had dealings with Felix Devlin (Felix was sponsor to John, Hugh's son, at his baptism). His age determined his placement on this chart. His death certificate reported that his father's name was Patrick.

7. Hugh J. "Explorer" is known to be Terrence Francis' brother because of census records from Iowa. He also appears in the 1855 Kingston census as a resident of Patrick Joseph's hotel. These brothers were probably the source for stories that descendants of Patrick Joseph and Owen [Charles] told about "the Coogans who went west."

8. Terrence Francis could be a brother or cousin of Michael Patrick because the latter was (apparently) a witness at the former's naturalization in Ulster County, New York. This connection, which is very tentative, must be explored further.

9. From searches in the New York Passenger Lists, we have determined that there may be another sibling or cousin that should be included in the tree. We don't know his name, but he appears to have lived his life entirely in Ireland. If we are correct, it was his children who accompanied Hugh "Elder" on the Orient when it sailed to the United States in 1853. After they immigrated, however, we are not certain of their fate. There is a possibility that they settled in Brooklyn with Felix Devlin (see below).

Felix Devlin is a person of great interest in the development of this family tree. In 2015, we determined that Felix married into the Coogan family. As a result, his life intersects with the lives of our relatives several times in the period between 1850 and 1890. His origins are uncertain, but he may have come from County Tyrone or County Armagh, since his surname was common in those areas during the early Nineteenth Century.

The relationship between Felix Devlin and the Coogan family may have begun before their immigration to the United States, but the first indication we have of a connection comes from the 1860 Census: Felix (age 30, a charcoal dealer) was living in the 16th Ward of Brooklyn, New York, with his wife (Ann, age 34, born in Ireland) and children (Bridget, age 7; Mary, age 6; Peter, age 1; and James, age 5/12 - all born in New York). In the same household, a Bridget "Caugan" served as a domestic servant. Her age (20) and birthplace (Ireland) indicate that she might be the same person who arrived in New York with Hugh "Elder" in 1853 (see above).

On 17 MAR 1863, Felix and his wife, Ann (a Coogan), both listed with the surname "Develin", were baptismal witnesses for John Coogan, son of Hugh "Elder," at the Coogan family parish (St. Mary's) in Kingston, New York.

Felix may have been able to purchase a bar or saloon earlier in the decade, but he first appears as a barkeeper (in the vicinity of DeBevoise and Morrell Streets) in the 1869 Brooklyn City Directory.

In the 1870 Census, Felix (age 43, importer of liquors) appears again in the 16th Ward of Brooklyn. His family included his wife (Ann, age 40) and children (Bridget, age 17; Mary, age 16; Peter, age 12; James , age 10; and Annie, age 8). In the same home, Bridget "Cogan" (age 28) served as a domestic - but now she is accompanied by two older people: Morris (59) and Eliza (57) Maloney. We don't yet know if these are relatives.

The Devlin saloon was described in Brooklyn histories from that era as the home of the "Felix Devlin Light Guard").

Felix may have had to deal with several tragedies in his later years: Felix's wife apparently died in the mid 1870s and he had some difficulty raising his older children after that point. An article from the September 29, 1877 edition of the Brooklyn Union-Argus described the circumstances of how James Devlin (Felix's son) murdered someone and then robbed the family saloon as he made his escape.

Perhaps so they could assist him after these sad events (or to escape their own troubles in Kingston), the wife and children of Patrick "Innkeeper" eventually moved to Brooklyn and took up residence in the same building (95 DeBevoise) with Felix. The 1880 Census reported that he had become a real estate agent and lived with his children (Bridget, age 26; Peter, age 21; and Annie, age 18).

The last verifiable interaction between Felix and the Coogans was when he served as a witness to Michael "Stonecutter"'s will in Kingston. In the September 4, 1885 edition of the Kingston Daily Freeman, the wording of the article (below) seems to indicate that Felix died the same day as Michael "Stonecutter" after witnessing the latter's will. However, we believe this is a mistake - that it was actually Michael Coogan that was meant in the article.

A STRANGE COINCIDENCE: Michael Coogan, who died last Wednesday evening at Higginsville, called about 4 o'clock on the afternoon of the same day at the office of D. W. Sparling with two other gentlemen, and said to Sparling: "I wish to make my will, as life is uncertain." Sparling drew up the will, and it was signed by Coogan and witnessed by the two gentlemen, Thomas Grant and Felix Develin. Mr. Develin died about 8 o'clock on the same day.

It is more likely that Felix actually lived into the 1890s. A candidate certificate (which we have not yet ordered from the City of New York) has been found for a Felix Devlin, age 61, who died in Kings County on 04 JUN 1891.

We will continue to research Felix's life in an effort to verify family connections.

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