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The Kinkora Beagans

From

County Monaghan

To

Kinkora, Prince Edward Island

To

Ontario and New England

1795-1996

By

Allen and Clifford Beagan and Connie McCabe

A Maureen Beagan visited me at my place of business (Georgian Bay Creamery) in Parry Sound, Ontario sometime during the 1990's and told me she was from PEI and was married to a man named "Mason". By coincidence, this man's Great Grandfather (Doctor Mason) was the 'first doctor' in Parry Sound in the 1800's she told me.

I informed her I had a niece named Maureen Beagan living just down the street.

I would sure like to find out where that small 'pub' that George Mason is talking about? Maybe he was talking about my 'small dairy bar' in Parry Sound and maybe he is Maureens husband?

 

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Oct 2006

Hi Al

We met at the Archive in Glenelg a number of years ago. See that you have a web page up--- well done

i have prepared a new history of Glenelg on DVD and was interested to see Beagan connection at Dornoch. I believe the son James was a lot 14 Con 2 EGR Glenelg about 1885 about the time the parents passed away.

I did a look back

- here are some things to consider

Michael Beagan from County Kerry Ireland spent some time in Niagara area

- may have had brother or relative in Bentinck about 1850

possibly married twice- widowed when he came to Bentinck with at least one son John

- married Ann McParland whose father Barnie was on the Durham Road

she was quite a bit younger than Michael

McParlands and Beagans were on Con 14 Normanby about 1860-70

talk soon

rdc rdc@bmts.com

“Usually, when I move to a new place, I look in the telephone directory to see if there are any Beagans. I do this not necessarily to call them up but more to reassure myself that there are others of my bloodline who spend a goodly part of their lives being frustrated with having their last name misspelled and mispronounced. “ Joseph Beagan of Chicago


Hi Al my name is gerard beggan (beagan) I have just purchased a computer and linked up to the net. One of my first tasks was to look up the name beggan beagan and i found your site. I live at 1 Ross Drive Magheross Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan. Tel.No. 042 9661888. My father Joseph Beggan Magheranure wrote the letter to John Beagan which i have just seen on youre site . My grandfathers name was John Beggan born in the townland of cormoy Aghabog Co. Monaghan. I think that from memories i have of stories that my father told when i was a chield that we are related to the Philip Beagan of PEI If there is anything you thinh i can add to your site from this side of the atlantic please let me know Gerard Beggan beggangerard@eircom.net


BEGAN, FARREL North Cran (location) 12 1 10 (acres) (or land discription) at f8 1 3 ( amount of rent paid) for the life of Wiilam Ley or 23 years from November 1795, north aspect bad. ( Ley is a old scottish North Ireland family, it appears that he farmed lots of land on the Ker Estate, perhapes the person the lease was granted to had already left)

BEGAN, John , KIinturk ( location) 2 1 23 at f 12 5 2 Tenancy at will

BEGAN, Phillip, South Cran (location) 13 2 25 at f 9 0 9 for the life of WM. Ley or 23 years from November 1795 bad part set to Keeran. see Thomas Began below

Began, Thomas, South Cran (location) representative and son of Phillip Began, above. (tells me Phillip has either left the area or has died?)

This is list is a name of Tenant s living on the Ker Estate in Newbliss, County Monaghan Yhe Ker estate contained in total or in part the Parishes of Killeevan, Aghabog, Aghnamullen, BallyBay, Tydavent. The records are for the years 1790-1830, though it appears most were in 1817, by a watermark that appears on most papers. What I have is a copy of the index to the papers, the papers were given to the County Monaghan Museum to Archive in 1984 by a "law Firm" from Dublin. Rose Cranston Dcran41266@mediaone.net


1795 Philip Beagan of Kinkora is born in Ireland. Grave at St. Malachy's in Kinkora, lot 27.

BEGAN, Philip, Annaghbeg, Monaghan (Parish of Donagh) This is the way Philip is described his homeland in a published list of repealers of 1843.

Philip is the most documented member of this Beagan clan and its on the records regarding him and his children that form most of the assumptions that are necessary to even make a beginning in understanding who is who.

1802 Michael Bagan of Southwest Bedeque, is born in Ireland. 1861 census of Ontario provided by C.A.Beagan says 1801 but his gravestone says 1802.

Michael Bagan is at least a cousin but more likely a brother of Philp. There is only one reference to him in all of PEI. He is not in the 1841 census of lot 27 of PEI but 3 years later shows up as an appointed Repeal Warden for Southeast Boudeque (where Philip lives). Donagh, PEI is the home of my great-great grandfather John Beagan. There are no Michael Beagans recorded in Donagh untill John’s 3rd grandson Michael is born in Nov.28,1858. Coincedently or not, the god father of Michael is Peter Beagan who is never seen in PEI again. I suspect this is the same Peter who shows up in Ontario with Michael in the 1871 census as a 56 year old shoe maker. Another coincedence is Michael Beagan’s father Patrick was also a shoemaker.

1811 John Beagan is born according to the 1851 census of Ontairo. provided by C. A. Beagan.

Further along into this narative we will notice a deed to a John Beagan for the farm in lot 27, PEI that Philip later farms. Lot 27 contains the local of Bedeque , sometimes called Kinkora. This information just recently found certainly strenthens the possibility that the Ontario Beagans are tied into these PEI Beagans.

1815 Peter Bagan is presumed born in Ireland. 1871 census of Mountforest, Ontario provided byClifford Allen Beagan

Since there are leads being developed that this clan of Beagans may be connected to the Beagans of Donagh any references to Peter Beagan of Donagh will be included.

PEI

“While many of those Irish immigrants could not bring many possessions with them, and while some probably were poor, this destitution picture seems exaggerated. Of the 155 Irish who settled in Kinkora-Shamrock, only nine did not pay their own travel fare to P.E.I. The cost of a ticket at the time, about three pounds, was considered beyond the ability of the very poor. As tenants on the Mann estate they were paying their rent in cash: six pence per acre on farms ranging between fifty and one-hundred acres. And there is no record in the Mann Rent Books of them failing to pay. Our image of the poverty-striken Irish immigrant seem,, more appropriate for those who eniigrated after the devastating potato famine, which struck Ireland between 1845 and 1849.

The Irish historian, William Forbes Adams, notes that intense advertising for Irish emigrants by P.E.I. land lords began about 1817, but few were attracted until the late 1820s and early 1830s, most of whom were "richer" farmers." As for the image of religious persecution, it is true that Catholics in Ireland did not enjoy the same social and economic privileges the English did; and there was a long history of religious intolerance between the Church of England and the Irish Catholic Church. However by 1830 the Irish had their own schools, and had won the right to vote and hold public offices. No doubt the memories of the bitter ethnic and religious clashes colored the pictures the immigrants later gave to those who recounted their stories. The image of the Irish as persecuted people is, according to the Irish sociologist Desmond Keenan, an old patriotic one. Clearly, there were many economic and social conditions motivating those early immigrants. They were young families; in 1841 most had three or four children. Whether Irish or Loyalist they knew ethnic and / or religious discrimination. Land was scarce in Ireland, and the Irish suffered from increasing land rents and taxes."

The Anderson Road (where the Beagans farmed) was opened in 1832. The Irish settlement on it probably extended from the South West Branch of the Dunk River through what is now Kinkora and Shamrock. The road, though hilly, is straight and is the shortest route between Bedeque and Charlottetown. Table 1:1 contains the names of the settlers in that community in 1841, as well as the number of persons in each household and the earliest year, prior to 1841, when householders became registered as owners or leaseholders. (Note that the year of registration does not necessarily indicate the year of arrival on Prince Edward Island; in some cases several years elapsed before settlers registered their land). All the settlers were farmers; three have other occupatiotis as indicated; but only the wheel wright was not also a farmer.

 The settlement at Middleton is identified in the 1841 Census as: "South West, being on the South West branch of the Bedeque [Dunk) River" Older than the settlement at Kinkora, its first occupants were probably the four Wright families. These two settlements, Middleton and Kinkora Shamrock, were significantly different in size, ethnic origins, religion and economic conditions, as Table 1:shows.   The Irish settlement, though almost three times larger, had fewer native-born residents than did South West. It also was almost exclusively Irish and Roman Catholic, while South West had a variety of ethnic and religious groups. The economic differences between them were even more striking. The average size of a farm at Middleton was 118 acres, compared with only 74 in Middleton (sic) owned 41/2 times more land, and were cultivating more at Kinkora-Sliamrock. The Middleton settlement also contained a saw mill and a school, both on the Wright's property. These statistics suggest that the Middleton settlement was in a better economic position than Kinkora Shamrock. Its advantages probably resulted from earlier arrival; the land grant to the Loyalists; ownership of more land; and a smaller population base with only 3601 of its residents under tile age of sixteen, compared to 6807 under that age at Kinkora-Stiamrock. The larger number of horses at Middleton is also a strong indicator of economic success. Both these settlements were part of the estate owned by Mr. and Mrs. Vioratio Mann of Philadelphia, U.S.A. Mrs. Mann, formerly Isabella Searle, inherited the 10,000 acre estate from her father, Colonel James Searle. He had received this land, the northern half of Township 27 in Prince County, P.E.I., as a gift from the British Government in 1767, when the Island was divided into sixty-seven lots and given to soldiers, politicians and others favoured by the British Government!' Like most other absentee land owners Colonel Searle was slow to bring settlers to his estate. A map of the estate, dated 1825, shows only nine persons occupying 1750 acres of the 10,000 acre estate;" and they were located along the coast, at Seven Mile Bay. Settlement remained slow until the late 1830s.

The settlement of Maple Plains is situated in the southern half of Township 27, near the border with Township 28. A map of this part of the township, dated 1828, shows a dozen settlers in the western part of the township, but no settlers in the eastern part where Maple Plains is located! No Maple Plains is identified in the 1841 Census. However, in 1845 a new road was completed "from Tryon to the Anderson Road through the swamp on Lot 27!"' This road seems to be the road connecting Maple Plains with Tryon and Kinkora. An early name for this settlement was No Man's Land, which according to one source resulted from an error in surveying, which left a parcel of land in neither Township 27 nor Township 28, and therefore was no man's land. Its first school dates from 1865.

The final settlement considered in this study is Newton, which is situated in the southern part of Township 26, bordering on Middleton and Kinkora-Shamrock. Although a Newton or Newtown existed as early as 1831," it is not identifed in the 1841 Census. It's beginnings are unclear; but it is believed that Irish immigrants moved into that area, known simply as the "Back Woods", after the settlements at Kinkora and Middleton were made A new road, called the Monaghan Road was built in Township 26 in 1844; and, reference is made in 1857 to the "Monaghan Settlement" in Township 26. In his testimony before the Land Commission in 1860 Mr. A.E.C. Holland, a landlord in Township 26, referred to his Irish tenant.,; as "these Monaghans," and named John Smith, John McCarron and Hugh McEachern as tenants.Since these men or their descendants were later associated with the Newton settlement it seems probable that the following people listed in the 1941 Census for Township 26 were among the eary settlers of Newton.

With the exception of those at South West (Middleton), the majority of the immigrants to these five settlements were Irish. Two counties in Ireland are mentioned as their ancestral home: Monaghan and Armagh. About those on the Mann estate in Township 27 it is said: The majority of these people were tenants of the notorious Henry Westeura,* Lord Rossinore, and had been bordering on starvation at home where they eked out a miserable existence on farms of from two to seven acres, upon which it was barely possible to live, inuch less pay rent. Others again were from the parish of Tynan * * where was the celebrated "Bishop Estate" administered by a body of twelve Protestant clergymen.On this estate every worldly advantage and indulgence were offered the tenants provided they would send their children to the "Church School" Of course this temptation kept up a constant struggle between conscience and interest, and the staunch Catholics found their best safety in night." Henry Westenra, Baron Rossmore, lived in County Monaghan, according to: A General and flemidle and Baronetage of the British Empire John Burke. 1829. Third Edition. Tynan is located in County Armagh.

Co. Monaghan

1833 The Tithe Applotment Book for Aghabog Civil Parish in Co. Monaghan records two James Beggans jointly renting 4 acres of land in Crappagh Townlands. The adjacent 3 acres is rented by Philip Beggan. This info comes from Theo McMahon of the Monaghan Ancestry Society. 6 Tully, Monaghan, Ireland, I quote him; "A Patrick Began and a Philip Began are listed as being from "Annabeg" Co. Monaghan in the compilation of records "The Irish Settlers of Prince Edward Island" by Dr Brendan O'Grady of the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlettetown, PEI. dated 1991. It is my opinion that "Annabeg" is a corruption of Aghabog and that your ancesters most likely came from this location." Note the two McPhillips families also present.

One can further speculate that the Patrick Beagan seen in Charlottetown and Ft. Augustus records is the Patrick mentioned above and perhaps another brother of John, Michael, Peter and Philip. And than go a step further and speculate that the James Little, alias , James Beagan , of lot 31 is yet another brother.

PEI

These early Irish immigrants were not, however, the first to settle in Townships 26 art 27, Prince County, Prince Edward Island. The following note made by the census enumerator in 1841 suggests the settlement at Kinkora, identified as the Irish Settlement on the Anderson Road, began about 1833. "The Anderson Road Settlement, called by some, Irish Town, is on the new road from Bedeque to Chariottetown, called the Anderson Road.... Situated on the back end of the lot .... it has all been settled within the last eight years"

Nov.23,1833 John Beagan of lot 27 signs a lease with Issabel and Horace Mann for land in St. David’s Parish, Prince Co, PEI. The land begins bounded by a stake fixed in the division line between lots 26 and 27 than running South 142 chains to the division line of half of lot 27 than west 7 chains and 15 links, than North to the first mentiioned division line, Than East to the before mentioned stake. To be known as plot # 70 in the plan of township 27 and containing 100 acres. Lease and rental documents of PEI, Lot 27, lease #5.

This lost deed, found in August, certainly changes the makeup of the Beagans of lot 27. As the next entry shows Philip had been thought to be the first head of a household in lot 27. John Beagan, mentioned earlier, born in 1811, could be this tennant but he would only be 22 and Philip would be 38.

1833 This is the year Philip's lease begins on lot 27 according to the 1841 census.

Philip would be age 38 at this point and we have to assume he took over the lease that was in arrears by John Beagan and given up by John in 1841.

Aug.26,1837 The deed and lease to John Beagan’s farm in lot 27 contains a notation “ returned to H. Mann Aug. 26th, 1837.

Table 1:1 First Settlers At Kinkora / Shamrock

 Names

 Number In Household

Year of Registration

Philip Beagan & Ann Connolly

6

1839

John Brenan, Sr. & Alice Brenham

9

1835

John Brenan, Jr.

 3

Thomas Brenan

6

1835

Michael Cahill & Nancy Heffrin

5

Andrew Clear &

8

  The date of 1839 given above has no relavence as to when a lease actually began. The reference to Ann Connolly, Philips wife, is incorrect for 1839 because they didn’t marry till Aug.1840.

1839 An article in the spring issue of the Abegweit Review on page 67, "Philip Began from the north of Ireland arrived on lot 27 no later than 1839".

Bridget McCarvill was just twelve years old when site emigrated to Prince Edward island in 1841. Years later she told her grandchildren about that experience. She was in a group of mostly women and children who walked from the Charlottetown harbour where their ship docked to what is now called Kinkora, carrying their personal and household belongings - a distance of about twenty miles. Little Bridget's task was to carry a sack of oat bread loaves baked in Ireland as food for the journey. Tired from climbing the hilly road, she fell behind the others, and threw away a few loaves to lighten her burden. They eventually came to a clearing in the thick woods where her father and other men, who had come out from Ireland a year or so earlier, had built small cottages.

  Mrs. Mary (Monaghan) Johnston, a widow with four young children, also arrived in 1841. Her memories were of the unpleasant month long voyage on the ship "Margaret Pollock", on which twenty-nine people, mostly children, died from an outbreak of measles; and the ship being quarantined for several days in the Charlottetown harbor. The Johnston family settled near Middleton in Township 26.

Aug.3,1840 "#157 Philip Began widower, wed Mary Conolly, spinster, by Banns. Witnesses Terrance Conolly and Catherine Duffy ? . by M. Reynolds. "Recorded March 8,1841, Justice of The Peace Marriages CS88 P74 P712 Reel 1

Of all the entries on Philip Began this is the biggest surprise. The 1841 census shows Philip to have 1 female and 3 males under age 16. So this explains it, Philip is in his 2nd marriage. I don’t know who the witnesses are. There are no Conolly or Duffy farms nearby. Philip would now be 45.

Sep.27,1841 “Know all men by these present that I John Beagan, the lesee named in the within lease for and inconsiderstion of the arrears of rent now due by me under the written lease have surendered and yielded up to the said Horatio Mann and Isabella his wife all my right title and interest in and to the land and premises within mentioned together with this lease to hold the same to the said Horatio Mann and Issabella his wife Their heirs and asigns, during the remainder of the term within granted to me - Witness my hand this twentyseventh day of September One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fortyone.

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   Witness Henry Palmer

The only explanation for the confusion above is that John is probably a cousin or brother of Philip and after farming for 8 years decided to give up the lease and evidently Philip took it over. Looking at Lakes 1863 maps suggests that the 100 acres mentioned by both John and later Philip is the same property. The John Beagan of Ontario would now be 30 and could certainly have been the signer of this deed.

1841 The census of lot 27 shows Philip Beagon with one female under age 16, three males under age 16, one female is between 16 and 45 and Philip is between 16 and 45. All 6 paid their own passage. All 6 are Roman Catholic and all were born in Ireland. Eight years have expired from his 50 acre leasehold. the rent is increasing 6d. per acre per year and is paid in Island currency. His land is rated 2nd best and he has 1 bushel of barley, 200 bushels of potatoes, 1 horse, 1 neat cattle, 2 sheep, and 6 hogs. The census taker states the settlement is 5 miles from Bedeque and 26 miles to Charlottetown.

The grave of Philip says he was born in 1795, which would make him age 46 but this census says he is age 45 at most. The earlier mentioned John Beagan that surrended the deed to this farm is gone. Has he gone to Ontario? He can't be the John Beagan that shows up with a family in Donagh recorded by a 1849 bill of sale? That John in Donagh has a son Patrick born in 1825 when this John would be only 14 years old. The John Beagan Later of Ontario would be age 30 now. The 3 males under age 16 and the female under 16 are not known at this point.

1841 The birth of Michael Bagan according to his grave. Lot 27, cmt-1, stone 244.

The above is at odds with the census of 1881 of lot 26 which says he was born in 1843. I’ll go with the grave stone though they have been known to be wrong also. This is the first child born on PEI and the fact he is named Michael adds credence to the later Michael being a brother or cousin to Philip. Philip would now be age 46.

1843 Catherine McPhillips is born, she will later be , Michael's (Philip Beagan’s son) wife. Grave at St. Malachy in Kinkora, lot 27.

Oct.24,1843 The following is a partial list of the 223 people that attended a repeal meeting in Caharlettetown: John Little Esq., Phillip Little Esq., Patrick Began of Monaghan, John Costin, Waterford; James Duffy, Aghareagh (Aghabog), Monaghan; Patrick Fogarty, Waterford; Patrick Gaffney, Oulart, Wexford; John Kavanagh, Aghabog, Monaghan; William Keoughan; Barnabas McCarron, Knockaturly, Monaghan; James McCarron, Puilford ?. Monaghan; James McCarron, Monaghan; Peter McElroy, Tedavnet, Monaghan; Bernard McKenna; Miss Bridget McKenna, Donagh, Monaghan; Hugh McKenna, Monaghan; James McKenna, Monaghan brother to Hugh; Patrick McKenna, Monaghan; Peter McKenna, Donagh, Monaghan; Mrs Anne McKenna, Monaghan; Owen McPhillips; Edward Mullin; William Power,, Stradbally, Waterford; Patrick Treanor, Donagh, Monaghan; Patrick Treanor, Tehallan, Monaghan; Peter Treanor, Monaghan; John Wynn, son of William Wynn; James Wynn, son of William Wynn; Patrick Wynn, Puilford ?, Monaghan; Thomas Wynn, Monaghan; William Wynn, Puilford. The Register of Halifax, NS

The above name were put in bold to show those who will later be either married to Beagans or involved with them in Island records. .

Nov.6,1843 REPEALERS NAMED FOR TRYON SETTLEMENT, BEGAN, Philip, Annaghbeg, Monaghan (Parish of Donagh) BRENNAN, John, Geashill, King's; DEEGAN, Michael, Rathdowney, Queen's; DOYLE, James, Bannow, Wexford; KIERVAN, Patrick, Newbawn, Wexford; MacKAY, James, as above. Nov.6,1843 Halifax Register Marge Reid

 This is probably the most reliable source one could hope for on the homelands of Philip and his family. Phillip is 48.

1844 Andrew Kelly, later to marry Mary Bagan is born.

Mary Bagan will be one of Philip and Ann’s daughters.

Jan.4,1844 Michael Began, Patrick Murphy and James Fannan of South West Bedeque were appointed repeal wardens at a repeal meeting on Pownal st in Charlettetown at which John Little Esquire was a featured speaker. Colonial Herld

This is the first and last we see of Michael Began on Prince Edward’s Island. If he is the same Michael that shows up in Ontario he would now be age 42.

Feb. 19, 1844 "John McCardille, Widower, to An McCarrvill, Widow. Wit Philip Began and Michael M Carville. M. Reynolds" CS88 P73 C3 Reel 11 NEGHS (2nd reading)

Philip is now 49. There are many McCarville families in the area, the closest, 15 farms to the east on Anderson Rd. There is a McCardal farm just Northwest of Philip.

Dec. 29, 1844 “six week old of the lawful marriage of Philip Bagan and Mary Conlon sic. Owen McCarrvil and Catherine McCarrvil sponsors. M. Reynolds.” St. Dunstan's Register in Charlottetown

The above is all that remains of a torn page in St. Dunstan’s register. It probably refers to the entry below. Phillip is 49.

1844 Mary Bagan, later to marry Andrew Kelly and daughter of Philip Beagan and Ann Connoly is born. Grave at St. Malachy's in Kinkora, lot 27.

June 1845 "Warrent 285 issued to Philip Beagan "Being a sum allowed him for the care ____ _____ _____ of _____ Beagan _____ _____ of his passage for Ireland"" RG 8 Warrant Books

Warrent 284 Joseph Pope "Being a sum paid by him for the passage to Ireland of _____ (Bernard?) Beagan, a lunitic" RG 8 Warrant Books

Aug. 18, 1845 "Warrents drawn in 1845; Warrent 235 P. Beagan 5£, paid 9th of August 1845" Journal of the House of Assembly of Prince Edward Island

March 13, 1846 "Joseph Pope, being a sum paid by him for the passage to Ireland of Bernard Bengon, a lunitic" Legislative Asembly Journal, Appendex S, #124, item 284

March 13, 1846 "Philip Beagan, being a sum allowed for the care and maintenance of Bernard Bengon, to the time of his departure to Ireland'' Legislative Asembly Journal, Appendex S, #124, item 285

Jan.9,1848 Helen Beigan 2 weeks old, is baptized to Philip Beegan and Ann Connolly at St. Peter's, 7 Mile Bay. pp James McDonald. Dept of Health Records

Philip is 53.

County Cavan

June 23, 1848 "The following insolvents were then discharged:-- Thomas WILTON, Owen M'CULLEN, Patrick MALLON, Thomas GREY, Thomas ARGUE (not Mr. Thomas ARGUE, the spirited and respectable proprietor of the Dalton Arms, Bailieborough), Michael CAMPBELL, Bernard REILLY, Catherine REILLY, John WEIR, Eliza WEIR, Francis GOLERICK, Thomas FLOOD, John M'EVINEW, Thomas CUSACK, Andrew M'GUIRE, Terence M'GUIRE, Daniel HARE, Bernard BEGGAN, James CONNAGHTY, Michael SMITH, Richard BRADY, Joseph SMITH, Robert FLEMMING, Edward SMITH, Philip SMITH, Daniel COBEY, Michael SMITH, Jas. DALE, Patrick FITZPATRICK, Edward DONOHOE, Michael HANNIGAN, Mark M'GRATH, Patrick COYLE, and David M'MINN." ANGLO-CELT County Cavan Newspaper Transcription Project

PEI

June 30, 1849 " Philip Beagan paid 2-15-0 to work on road to wharf at Ward's Point." Road Letters and Ledgers RG 11, Series 1, Box 1 PEIPARO

May 9,1850 Bridget Bigan, 12 days old is baptized to Philip Beagan and Ann Connolly at St. Dunstan's. The sponsors were John Gooden and Ann Mulligan. pp Thos Phelan. Dept of Health.

Philip is now 55. There is a Goodwin farm next to the McCarvells and across from them a Mulligan farm.

Sept.10,1850 Land conveyance to Philip Beagan from Isabella Mann 43 acres. 10-10 this is listed in the index of land records but I can't find it.

1851 Ellen Beagan, Phillip and Ann Beagan’s daughter is born. !881 census of Michael Beagan of lot 26, PEI.

I think the above is a reference to Helen Beagan born in 1848, Philip is now 56 years old.

Oct 12, 1851 "Child's Full Name Elen Roberts

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 26 October 1851

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy M. Reynolds

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connelly

Church Name St. Josephs Parish

Church Location Kellys Cross

Record Book Number 2

Record Book Page 1

Entry Number

Notes Date of Birth: "14 days old"

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

Ontario

 

Beagan, James page 46

Beagan, Maurice page 691 "Farm Lanes of Bentinck http://www.bmts.com/~rdc/

 

1851 The Bernard McParlines' (she was referred to only as Mrs.) resided in a log house on Lot 63 Bentintk Twp. in Grey County (Ontario) as the 1851 Census records. They had a farm of 50 acres of which 7 3/4 acres had been cultivated. The remainder of the 50 acre parcel was described as wooded. They owned 2 oxen, 2 cows, 4 heifers, 7 pigs, 30 lbs. of butter and 2 1/2 barrels of pork. He was 55 yrs. of age - she was 58. Family History provided by Clifford Allen Beagan.

1851 The Michael Beagans' (Baggan) resided in a log shanty on Lot 49 Bentintk Twp. (Ontario) as the 1851 Census records. They also had a farm of 50 acres of which 7 acres was under cultivation - that is 3 acres of wheat ' 1 acre of oats, 1 acre of potatoes, 1 acre of turnips, and 1 acre of hay. They owned 2 oxen, I milch cow, 2 pigs, 20 lbs. butter, and I barrel of pork. . Family History provided by Clifford Allen Beagan.

From the "Smith's Canadian Gazetteer - 1846 Edition/Statistical and General

Information Respecting All Parts of the Upper

Province, or CANADA WEST" (Coles Canadiana Collection); it states that "many

of the new townships towards Owen Sound have, as yet, very few settlers in

them." Around 1845 a road (perhaps the Durham Road or maybe the Garafraxa

Road) was "opened by the government, from Arthur to Owen Sound." Bentick

Township is midway between Arthur and Owen Sound, near the town's of Durham

and Dornock, Ontario and where it is felt Michael Beagan (and the

McPharlands) originally settled. Fifty acre lots were given to settlers,

fronting on the road, with liberty to purchase (within a certain time) the

fifty acres in the rear. According to a return made in 1845, "...there were

settled on this road, within the first thirty miles above the town of

Arthur, a population amounting to 1, 111. Of these, 537 were Irish, 222

Scottish, 182 English, 84 French Canadian, 78 Anglo-Canadians, 8 Americans,

and they had under cultivation 2,500 acres of land." William Beagan, younger brother of Cliff

So sometime between 1844 when Michael was reported as a Repeal Warden in PEI and now, he has moved to Ontairo. He would now be 49.

1851 “A gent who appears to be a 40 year old brother, (John), of Michael is on lot 50 Bentinck Twp He also has 2 oxen, a heifer and 6 1/2 acres cleared. Family History provided by Clifford Allen Beagan.

The County seat for Grey County is Owen Sound and their first abode was Dornach on Highway 6, 15 miles south. Thats where Cliff and I fixed Michael Beagan’s (great-granddad) tombstone in the 1960’s; But it seems to me they shipped out of Thornbury on the famous “S.S. Whalebano” to Parry sound. Cliff and I saw the farm and the soil was so poor it is now a county forrest (Pine). Letter from Ross Beagan Nov.14,1996

PEI

Aug.2,1852 Ann Beagan, born 11 days earlier, is baptized to Philip Bagan and Ann Connolly at St. Joseph's, Kelly's Cross. The sponsors were Philin Mulligan and Rose Mulligan. pp M. Reynolds St. Joseph’s, Kelly’s Cross, Lot 29. CS88, P74, C3, Reel 17,

Philip is 57 years old.

May 30, 1853 "£42 -10 is placed at the disposal of Hon. William Lord for relief of the following persons; Nancy Murphy £2; Anne Maria Baker £2-10, Mary Haney £1-10; Catherine Murphy; Mary Connolly £1-10; Widow McCarvil £2; James Murphy £3; John Rice £2; Thomas M'Rae £2; Elizabeth Snow £3-10; John Dougherty £2; M'Mullin; Barbara Weit £2-10; Thomas Condon £2-10; Bridget Graham £2-10; Philip Beagan £2-10; Thomas Clear £1-10; John Crohan £1-10; Mrs. Andrew Morrison £1-10; Mrs. Treeman £2; and Martha Greenhan £2-10. Royal Gazette.

At first blush I assumed that Philip was on hard times to be receiving relief but I am now thinking this may have been some kind of crop failure. Notice the neighbors of Philip that also collected relief, as if they faced a common problem of some kind.

May 27, 1854 Child's Full Name John Connelly

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 3 June 1854

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy M. Reynolds

Father's Name Michael Connelly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Josephs Parish R. C.

Church Location Kellys Cross

Record Book Number 2

Record Book Page 35

Entry Number

Notes Date of Birth: "7 days old"

The above Michael is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillip's nephew.

Aug.4,1854 Catherine Bagan, 12 days old, is baptized to Philip Bagan and Ann Connolly at St. Joseph's, Kelly's Cross. pp Rev Barrnalal. Dept of Health.

Philip is now 59 years old.

Feb.12,1855 “Married of lot ____ is Nancy Shreehan in the presence of Philip Began and P.M. Murphy. St. Joseph’s, Kelly’s Cross, Lot 29. CS88, P74, C3, Reel 17,

Philip is now 60.

Sept. 30, 1855

Child's Full Name Elen Connelly

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 30 September 1855

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy M. Reynolds

Father's Name Michael Connelly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Josephs Parish R. C.

Church Location Kellys Cross

Record Book Number 2

Record Book Page 55

The above Michael is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillips nephew.

April 12, 1857 "Child's Full Name Mary Connolly

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 26 April 1857

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy M. Reynolds

Father's Name Michl. Connolly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Josephs Parish R. C.

Church Location Kellys Cross

Record Book Number 2

Record Book Page 79

Entry Number

Notes Date of Birth: "14 days old"

The above Michael Connolly is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillip Beagan's nephew.

Aug. 15, 1858

Child's Full Name James Began

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 15 August 1858

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy M. Reynolds

Father's Name Philip Began

Mother's Name Ann Connelly

Church Name St. Joseph's Parish R. C.

Church Location Kelly's Cross

Record Book Number 2

Record Book Page 95

Entry Number

Notes Date of Birth: "6 weeks old"

Aug.15,1858 James Bagan born 6 weeks earlier, is baptized to Philip Bagan and Ann Connolly at St. Joseph's in Kelly's Cross. pp M. Reynolds. Dept of Health.

One would normally assume this date is correct but in 1877 James gets married in Danvers MA and claims at that time to be 23 which would mean he was born in 1854. Philip is now 63 years old.

Aug. 29, 1858 "Child's Full Name Charlotte Roberts

Birth Date 28 August 1858

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 11 September 1858

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy James MacDonald

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name May Connelly

Church Name St. Peters R. C.

Church Location Seven Mile Bay

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 53

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

Oct.7,1858 Catherine McPhillips, oldest daughter of Francis McPhillips and Elizabeth Walsh, is born. Catherine married Daniel Augustus MacLeod and they are Ted Flanagan's grand-parents. Their daughter Sarah was Ted's mother. Catherine McPhillips Beagan was Catherine MacLeod's godmother. Another son, Edward McPhillips, born in 1845 who married Elizabeth Howatt, is one of Doris Flanagan's relatives. Francis McPhillips parents were Owen and Bridget McPhillips. The oldest son, Patrick McPhillips is listed as having been born in Ireland, his wife's name was Bridget ?. There may have been a sister Mary who was living with Patrick in the 1881 census. Note from Doris Flanagan.

1861 The census of lot 27, PEI records Philip in his 30th year of his 999 year lease with T. C. Pope. He has living at home with him a girl (1) and a boy (2) under age 5, there are four girls (3,4,5,6) from age 5 to 16 and a boy (7) and a girl (8) between 16 and 21. Phillip is 66 and Ann is between 45 and 60.

Girl number (1) is unknown at this time. James (2) is 3 years old. The girls from 5 to 16 would be Catherine (3) age 7, Ann (4) age 9, Bridget (5) age 11 and Helen (6) is 13 , the children between 16 and 21 would be; Michael (7) who is 20 and Mary (8) who is 17.

Wonder if girl #1 is the Ann Beagan that shows up in lot 22 married to Peter McKenna, ancestor of Lloyd McKenna of Moncton?

Ontario

1861 The following Census (1861) finds Michael (60 yrs.) and Anne (35yrs.) on the rolls of Normanby Township , (Ontario) with Daniel 9, Michael7, James 5, John 3, and Eliza 1. Two of the children attended school. . Family History provided by Clifford Allen Beagan.

PEI

Jan.24,1861 “On the 24th of January 1861 I have baptized Daniel, born the 13th of the same, of William Robert and Mary Conolly. Sponsors Michael Began and Catherine McPhillips. D. L. McDonald” Page 5, birth 3. St. Malachias register of Kinkora, Southwest Bedique.

Michael is 20 years old.

May 26, 1861 "Child's Full Name Bridget Connelly

Birth Date 26 May 1861

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 29 May 1861

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy P. McIntyre

Father's Name Michael Connelly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 8

The above Michael is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillip's nephew.

Oct.4,1861 “1861, on the 4th of October I have baptized Joanna, born on August 10th of the legal marriage of Patrick Canady and Ellen Walsh. Sponsors were Patrick Walsh and Marguerit Began. F. H.L. DeLangie“ Page 11, birth 29 St. Malachias register of Kinkora, Southwest Bedique.

This is the first showing of a Marguerit Began. I wonder if she was one of the children of the 1841 census that were on Philip’s farm before he was married. Another possibility is that Marguerit is Margaret Beagan from Donagh. If so this is the first record showing contact between the two Beagan families.

1862 Margaret is born to Michael and Catherine Bagan according to the census of lot 26, 1881.

She later marries Angus Morrisson in Peabody, MA.

Sept.14,1862 Michael and Mary Began are the sponsors to the baptism of 9 day old Alice, born to Alen McDonald and Sly McGenity at St. Malachy's. pp M. Reynolds

Michael is now 21 and his sister Mary is 18.

Sept. 21, 1862

Child's Full Name James Connolly

Birth Date 21 September 1862

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 28 September 1862

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy James McDonald

Father's Name Michael Connolly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Peters R. C.

Church Location Seven Mile Bay

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 67

The above Michael is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillips nephew.

1863 Lake's Maps records a P. Beagan as living on the main road thru Kinkora Village near the Middleton Post Office.

Jan. 13, 1863 "Child's Full Name Martha Roberts

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 18 January 1863

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy M. Reynolds

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connelly

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 16

Entry Number

Notes Date of Birth: "5 days old"

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

Nov.15,1863 Catherine McPhillips and Patrick McBride are the sponsors to the baptism of Elizabeth, born Oct. 25th to James Murphy and Catherine Duggan, at St. Malachy's. pp L. DeLangie.

Catherine McPhillips is 20 years old.

May 8, 1864 ".Child's Full Name Margret Connelly

Birth Date

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 15 May 1864

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy F. de Langie

Father's Name Michael Connelly

Mother's Name Cathrine Green

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 26

Entry Number

Notes Date of Birth: "1 week old"

The above Michael Connolly is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillip Beagan's nephew.

Nov.21,1864 Mary Bagan and Michael Wall are the sponsors to the baptism of George, born the 7th to James Summers and Mary Ann Braham, at St. Malachy's. pp L. DeLangie. b.52

Mary is now 20.

Dec 1 1864 "Child's Full Name William Roberts

Birth Date 1 December 1864

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 8 December 1864

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy F. de Langie

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connelly

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 31

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

July 4,1866 “On the 4th of July 1866 I baptize Mary Ann, born 21 of June of the lawful marriage of Allan McDonald and Alice McInnitty. Sponsors Norman MacDonald and Catherine McPhillips. Fr. L. DeLangie P.P.” Page 2, birth 121. St. Malachias register of Kinkora, Southwest Bedique.

Catherine Beagan (McPhillips) is now 23.

July 4,1866 ;Catherine McPhillips and Thomas McBride are the sponsors to the baptism of Mary Ann, born to Allan McDonald and Alice McGinitty at St. Malachy's. pp L. DeLangie b.121

I can’t explain the discrepancy between the two entries above.

Oct. 6, 1866 "Child's Full Name Henry Roberts

Birth Date 6 October 1866

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 14 October 1866

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy Patrick Doyle

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connolly

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 49

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

Oct.14,1866 Mary Began and Andrew Kelly are the sponsors to the baptism of Henry, born the 6th to William Roberts and Mary Conolly, at St. Malachy's. pp Patrick Doyle. B.132

Mary is now 22.

Feb.19,1867 Michael Began, son of Philip Began and the late Ann Connolly of Southwest Bedeque and Catherine McPhillips daughter of Owen McPhillips and Bridget Brady also of Southwest Bedeque were wed by pp Patrick Doyle at St. Malachy's. The witnesses were Patrick McBride and Mary Ellen Roberts. M.1

Michael is now 26 and Catherine is 24.

Mar. 5, 1867 "Andrew Kelly B. to Mary Began S. by Banns. Wit. Michael Wall & Ellen Began. Patrick Doyle PP" Justice of The Peace Marriages CS88 p74 P.712 Reel 3 1862-1871

May 21, 1867 "Child's Full Name Edward Connolly

Birth Date 21 May 1867

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 26 May 1867

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy Patrick Doyle

Father's Name Michael Connolly

Mother's Name Catharine Greenan

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 60

Michael Connolly is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillip's nephew.

Jan.11,1868 Child's Full Name Louisa Ann Began Birth Date 11 January 1868 Place of Birth Baptismal Date 13 January 1868 Place of Baptism Officiating Clergy P. Doyle Father's Name Michael Began Mother's Name Catharine McPhilips Church Name St. Malachys R.C. Church Location Kinkora Record Book Number 1 Record Book Page 70 Entry Number Notes

 Michael is 27 and Catherine is now 25.

Nov. 5, 1868 "Child's Full Name Edith Roberts

Birth Date 5 November 1868

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 15 November 1868

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy Patrick Doyle

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connolly

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 79

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

June 16, 1869

Child's Full Name Catherine Connelly

Birth Date 16 June 1869

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 20 June 1869

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy P. Doyle

Father's Name Michael Connelly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 86

The above Michael is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillips nephew.

Oct. 25, 1869 "Ellen Bagan, age 18, arrived at the port of Boston Oct. 26, 1869 on the S.S. Allambra. Born in PEI, last resided in PEI. List 4 RF" Boston Passengers 1848 to 1891 M277 National Records Center Waltham

Feb.24,1870 John Henry Began is born to Michael Began and Catherine McPhillips and baptized 2 days later at St. Malachy's. pp Doyle Dept of Health.

Michael is now 29 and Catherine is 27.

Child's Full Name John Henry Began Birth Date 24 February 1870 Place of Birth Baptismal Date 24 February 1870 Place of Baptism Officiating Clergy P. Doyle Father's Name Michael Began Mother's Name Catherine McPhilips Church Name St. Malachys R.C. Church Location Kinkora Record Book Number 1 Record Book Page 96 Entry Number Notes

Dec. 13, 1870 "Child's Full Name John Edward Roberts

Birth Date 13 December 1870

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 21 December 1870

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy Patrick Doyle

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connelly

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 101

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

 

Ontario

The 1871 Census finds Michael 66 and Anne 46 in the Township of Normanby, South Grey County, Province of Ontario. It is here we find the eldest son Bernard on the Roll for the first time and the family consists of Bernard 22, Daniel 19, Michael 17, James 15, Eliza Jane 14, John 12, Margaret 10, Patrick 7, Joseph 5, and Morris 3. Bernard and Daniel would have been the school children in the 1861 Census.. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

1871 The Census for West Gwillimbury Twp. 1861 - for Flos Twp. 1871 and Hagerman Twp. 1871 - 81 are on microfilm but are of poor quality in the reproduction. No trace of John seems to be available prior to the 1868 reference above. When he arrived in Canada isn't available at this time.Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

1871 The now 51. year old John and wife Mary 50 plus John 21, Johanna 16, Michael 13, Mary Anne 12, Bridgeth 10, Thomas 8 and William 2 are also on the roll. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

1871 A person referred to as Peter Bagan 56 and wife Jane 50 are found in the Village of Mount Forest - he as a Shoemaker. They in turn have John 26, Jane 18, Allace 17, Mary 13, Thomas 10, Hannah 10, and George 6. Probably a brother of Michael's also. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan of Ontario.

Conflict

In a letter from Bill Beagan (brother of Clifford and Ross) dated Oct. 15, 1999 he mentions the children of John Beagan and his wife Jane were Bridget, Jane, Daniel, Mary, Johanna, Thomas and Margaret. Bill Beagan 11 "A" Redwood Drive, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2S3 beagan@zeuter.com

1871 •line 108: BAGAN PETER 56 IRELAND RC IRISH SHOEMAKER 035 E 18 00 File///Wellington_03 http://www.archives.ca/db/1871/ 1871_Census_Search.html File/Fichier //Russell/Russell_01

•line 95: BAGEN JOSEPH 1 32 IRELAND RC IRISH LAB 076 G 2 1 17 File/Fichier //Bothwell/Bothwell_02

•line 100: BEGGIN GEORGE 45 O PS IRISH CARPENTER 003 E 1 14 08 File/Fichier //Halton/Halton_01

•line 31: AGGIN PATRICK 36 IRELAND RC IRISH SAWYER 038 F 1 6 01 File/Fichier //Huron/Huron_06

•line 143: BIGGIN JOHN 50 IRELAND NR IRISH F 026 E 1 32 02 File/Fichier //Prescott/Prescott_02

•line 30: BIGGIN PHILIP 1 83 IRELAND RC IRISH FARMER 075 B 1 17 10 File/Fichier //Grey/Grey_04

•line 137: BEAGAN MICHAEL 66 IRELAND RC IRISH FARMER 036 A 2 21 59 File/Fichier //Grey/Grey_05

•line 128: BERGAN JOHN 51 IRELAND RC IRISH FARMER 036 A 2 42 59 File/Fichier //Bothwell/Bothwell_02

•line 100: BEGGIN GEORGE 45 O PS IRISH CARPENTER 003 E 1 14 08 File/Fichier //Huron/Huron_06

•line 143: BIGGIN JOHN 50 IRELAND NR IRISH F 026 E 1 32 02

All the above is from the on-line 1871 census of Ontario

PEI

Oct.22,1871 Bridget Bagen dies and is buried at St. Malachy's in Kinkora. lot 27 cmt-1 stone 304.

Bridget, Phillip's daughter, was only 21 years old.

Child's Full Name Mary Alice Began

Birth Date 20 May 1872

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 21 May 1872

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy P. Doyle

Father's Name Michael Began

Mother's Name Catherine McPhilips

Church Name St. Malachys R.C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 116

Entry Number

Notes

May 21,1872 Mary Alice, born one day earlier, is baptized by Michael Bagan and Catherine McPhillips at St. Malachy's in Kinkora. pp Doyle. Board of Health.

Michael is 31 and Catherine 29.

May 29, 1872 "Child's Full Name Mary Alice Connelly

Birth Date 29 May 1872

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 30 May 1872

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy P. Doyle

Father's Name Michael Connelly

Mother's Name Catherine Greenan

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 117

The above Michael Connolly is Catherine Beagan's son, Phillip Beagan's nephew.

April 4, 1873 "Child's Full Name Ezekiel Roberts

Birth Date 4 April 1873

Place of Birth

Baptismal Date 16 April 1873

Place of Baptism

Officiating Clergy P. Doyle

Father's Name William Roberts

Mother's Name Mary Connolly

Church Name St. Malachy's R. C.

Church Location Kinkora

Record Book Number 1

Record Book Page 125

The above Mary Connolly is Catherine Beagan's daughter, Phillip's neice.

Ontario

1875 The Assessment Roll for Flos Township in 1875 shows John Madigan ((2) above) 42 years - Lot 27 Conc. IV. The deed for this property refers (7th February 1868 to John Madigan of the Township of Gwillimbury West in the County of Simcoe.

Note:;The Assessment Roll for the same Township in 1880 does not list John Madigan. It does, however, show James Madigan on 88 acres - Lot 15 Conc. III. .. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

 

PEI

Feb.22,1875 Catherine Bagen dies at age 19 and is buried in Kinkora. Lot 27 cmt-1 stone 304

Catherine was Philip;s daughter.

July 16,1875 John Henry Bagan is born to Michael Bagan and Catherine McPhillips and baptized on the 18th at St. Malachy's by Fr. Doyle.

Michael is now 34 and Catherine McPhillips is 32.

May 23,1877 ;James Bagan, a 23 year old attendant from Danvers wed Sarah A. Brogan, age 21, also an attendant living in Danvers. Both were born in PEI. James’s parents were Philip and Ann Bagan. Sarah’s parents were Andrew and Bridget Brogan. They were married in Peabody by The Rev. M.J. Masterson. Mass Vital records F63-M3 Vol 379, page 357.

“Aug.15,1858 James Bagan born 6 weeks earlier” that is the entry to James’ baptism which means he is actually 19 years old.

Philip is now 82.

Ontario

Early 1880’s Daniel (1852 - 1931) arrived in the Parry Sound District early in the 1880's. He wooed and wed Catherine Madigan (1858 - 1950). That union produced: “Mother on the other hand was born in Newcastle, England near the Scottish border and was Protestant. I think Dad married her for revenge and gave her 12 children, but she was very pretty. She didn’t , as most English , have a high regard for the lowly Irish and sometimes refered to us as “Colonials”, a tag that I didn’t like! She played the piano well and was “upper classish”. Her father was the black sheep of a prominent merchant family catering to the shipping trade, outfitting ships for long voyages, food, fuel, ropes, hausers, candles, ect.. He had 7 brothers and they paid their passage to Canada for Grandfather Edward or “Ned”. I never saw him as he died when I was an infant, although I was at the funeral in Ottawa.” Letter from Ross Beagan Nov.14,1996

Margaret Anne 1884 1913 the wife of Joseph Frederick Francis and mother of;   Catherine Josephine ;Mrs. Stanley Scarr October 13, 1908-1980

Georgina Wilhelmena;born June 8th, 1910, died in infancy

;Georgina Wilhelmena ;Mrs. Leslie Steeves August 9th, 1911-1988

2) William John;1888;1953 husband of Margaret Fitzpatrick

;no issue

3) George James 1890-1973 husband of Florence Watson 1896-1984

Dad and Uncle Jack were considered very tall men, a Madigan trait. both were close to 6’ tall and perhaps 175 lbs in their prime. Dad said he went to 3rd books i.e. 3rd grade I believe or it could have been 6th.; but I believe the former because they didn’t start school till age 10 because of the severe winters, usually no shoes, a long distance, plus of course farm chores. Letter from Ross Beagan Nov.14,1996

;1);John Hartley; 1916; 7) Marion Isabel 1928

;2);George Edward;1918; 8);Ross Sinclair; 1930

;3);Donald James;1920; 9);Clifford Allan; 1932

;4);Hilda Mae; 1922; 10) Robert; 1935-36

;5);Douglas Watson;1924-26 11) William Thomas 1937

;6);Constance Yvonne;1926; 12);Judith Audrey 1940-83

;Dad on the other hand was outgoing, agressive in business & regarded himself as a ladies man. All Beagans are handsome! he and uncle Jack were alwyas partners, first in a sawmill & than a Pontiac dealership. Dad was always dressed up & was the front man & a great talker & joined the Masonic Lodge. Uncle Jack was a 3rd degree Knights of Columbus. they hung on in the depression 1929 - 1935 & than lost the business. I remember them bringing the office desk and supplies home when I was 5. They came out with enough money; Uncle Jack bought a 400 acre farm (mostly bush) 15 miles North of Parry sound & dad bought a brand new 1935 International dump truck. He hauled cordwood , logs, cut ice in the winter on frozen lakes and in summer hauled gravel for highway 69 construction (now trans-Canada Hwy to Sudbury). He also began to booze badly & I lost a lot of respect for him. To his credit he never missed a days work & kept us fed and clothed. Letter from Ross Beagan Nov.14,1996

Uncle Jack was my hero (Dad’s only brother.) when he was 2 he told grandma”Buddy’s (brother) got his eye’s open, and he was called nothing but “Bud” ever since. If someone called him “George” I knew he wasant a friend or close aquaintance. I looked up to & loved Uncle Jack because he was so big. As a small child, my earliest recolection of him was being carried around by him at a fall fair &consuming a lot of soda pop from a tub of ice & he never seemed to run out of money! They had no children, but god used him greatly to help us. He would bring a 1/4 of beef, a 1/2 a pig, 3 -4 bags of potatoes ect. when times were real tough in the 30’s. he was a generous man & I determined very young to emulate him. I can see him yet smoking his ipe & not saying a word as he contemplated the floor. ;Letter from Ross Beagan Nov.14,1996

Family of George “Bud” Beagan

Some unusual traits from the Ontairo beagans.

1. Dad and uncle Jack always said “Aprile” as in “smile” for the month of April.

2. They also pronouced “none” as “none” as in bone.

3. Grandma refered to her calf as “up ferninst” (against) the barn.

4. You “dassn’t do that” corruption of “dare not”.

5. Uncle Jack’s favorite swear word was “by the Judas priest”. He lovingly called Cliff and I “Protestant whelps” or “Katzenjammer Kids”.

6. Uncle Jack laughed as though it were unlawful & made great heaves as he surpressed laughter.

7. All of us had heart attacks in mid 50’s & lived to 70’ or 80’s.

8. Most of us had bowel problems, so much so that Dad made us wash teacups with no soap as it made him loose. didn’t bother us though. Letter from Ross Beagan Nov.14,1996

Although we are some distance (in 1990) from Grey County one must always remember that our beginning depended on the industry of forefathers who left Ireland in deep of famine and broke ground for us in Grey County and Parry Sound District. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

 

PEI

Feb.10,1880 Philip Bagen dies at age 85 and is buried at Kinkora. Lot 27 cmt-1

stone 304.

 

1881 Census of lot 26 shows Michael, Philip's son, has moved to his own

farm and with him are his wife Catherine age 36, his sister Ellen age 30,

his brother James age 21 and his children Margaret age 19, Louisa A.

age 13, Minnie A. age 9 and John age 6.

1881 census of lot 26

Michael BEAGAN M Male Irish 38 Prince Edward Island Farmer Roman Catholic

 Jarvis BEAGAN Male Irish 21 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 Ellen BEAGAN Female Irish 20 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 Margaret BEAGAN Female Irish 19 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 Catherine BEAGAN M Female Irish 36 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 Louisa A. BEAGAN Female Irish 13 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 Minnie A. BEAGAN Female Irish 9 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 John Henry BEAGAN Male Irish 6 Prince Edward Island Roman Catholic

 

 

		Margaret is later married in Peabody, MA to Angus Morrisson and

she says her parents are Michael and Ann Bagan. The above entry says

she is the daughter of Michael and Catherine. It may be my mistake.

Michael is 41.

Ontario

1881 As the 1881 Census unfolds there is no trace of John who would be 61 and Peter who would be 66 years. They and their families could have been outside of the Bentintk, Normanby, and Glenelg Townships of Grey County. There had been migration to Western Canada referred to in some places as an exodus. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

 

1881 The 1881 Census finds Michael Beagan and Anne located in Glenelg Township, South Grey County, (Ontario) he listed as 80 years - she as 54. Children on the farm are - Bernard 33, Daniel 30, Michael 26, James 24, Elizabeth 21, John 20, Margaret 19, Patrick 17, Joseph 15, and Morris 12.

There were three spelling of the surname, Bagan (1851), Baggan (1861/71), and Beagan (1881). However, Michael and Anne's headstone is as Bagan. The McParline name eventually became McParland. These spellings were, no doubt, what the Enumerator "thought" he heard as reading and writing wasn't a talent. Daniel 1852 - 1931 was a capable scholar and used Beagan on titles to property in Hagerman Twp., Parry Sound District in the 1880's. The surname Beagan is associated, in Ireland, with these names, Behan, Beehan, Beaghan, O'Behan, Beagan, O'Beaghan, O'Behen, Behen, and Bahan. There is no mention of Bagan or Baggan. We have reason to be proud of our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and the great great grand parents. Let us hope that our children and grandchildren have as much reason to be proud of theirs. There is much to be thankful for - don't forget it. Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

 

Massachusetts

Sep.9,1884 Margaret Bagan of Peabody, a domestic, wed Angus Morrison a blacksmith of Peabody. Margaret was born in PEI to Michael and Ann Bagan. Angus was also born in PEI to Daniel and Catherine Morrison.

Married in Peabody by Rev. V. F. Porgialli. Mass Marriages F63M3, Vol 352,

page 357.

		Margaret would now be 22. Her father Michael would be 44 and

her mother Catherine in the 1881 census would now be 39.

 

Dec.10,1887 ;I baptize James William, born Nov.8th, mother Catherine Bagan, father William Bateman. Sp. Mary McAl???. PP J.C. Gallant. St. Dunstan’s Cathederal page 261.

 

Maine

Sept.12,1891 At Augusta, (Maine) Frank E. Nutter, age 23, of Danvers, wed

Louisa A. Bagan, age 23, of PEI. He was born in Palerimo and his parents

were C.T. Nutter And L.V. Nutter (Dotten). Her parents were Mich. Bagan

and K. McPhillips. The marriage was performed by J. S. Williamson of

Augusta. Mass Vital Records Vol. 435, Page 417, Index CS484,I79

	

		Michael is now 51 and his wife Katheryn is 46.

 

Dec.17,1895	Michael Beagan purchases 41 and 1/4 acres of farm land in lot 26

from the Commissioner of Public lands. The land is boarded on the north

by the farm of Margaret Hammell on the East by the farm of Patrick

McPhillips, on the South by Anderson Rd., and on the West by Heirs of

Thomas Hammill. The purchase price was $66.00.

 

		Michael is now 55.

		

May 18,1899 Andrew Kelly, husband of Mary Bagan dies at age 55 and is buried at St. Malachy's in Kinkora. lot 27, cmt-1, stone 246.

 

Mary would be age 55.

 

Sept.27,1900 Mary Bagan, Andrew Kelly's wife dies at age 56 and is buried with him at St. Malachy's in Kinkora.Lot 27, cmt-1, stone 246.

 

Jan.8,1901 The will of Mary Kelly of Ft. Augustus is filed. 15-372

 

Feb.15,1913 Michael Bagan makes out his will and leaves $$$ to his wife Catherine (McPhillips) and daughter Louisa Nutter of Waterville, Me.

 

Michael would be age 72.

 

Nov.2,1914 Michael Bagan dies at age 73 and is buried in St. Malachy's at Kinkora. Lot 27, cmt-1, stone 244.

 

Ontario

The Watsons'

 

	Donald James Beagan 1920

	George James Beagan 1890-1973

	Florence Eveline Watson 1896-1984

	Edward Sinclair Watson 1859-1936

	Mary Jane Anne Edgley Hartley 1862-1908

	

			

 

Their children -

 

  Hartley 28 January	 1886

  Florence 9 December 1896

  Lily	 16 August	 1899

  May 	 12 May	 1901

  Hilda	 30 April 	 1904

 

 

Following the death of Mary Jane in 1908 the family of Edward Watson

consisting of father, only son Hartley and four daughters including Florence

departed for Canada from England in 1910. After a short sojourn in the

Renfrew area they established residence in Depot Harbour in 1910/1911.

They moved to Parry Sound in 1913. Florence married George James

Beagan Dec. 28, 1915. That union of 58 years produced eight boys and

four girls, as follow:

 

 

John Hartley Dec.13, 1916	Marion Isabel Jun.	 23, 1928

George Edward Apr.9, 1918	Ross Sinclair	 Jul. 	 1, 1930

Donald James Apr.12, 1920	Clifford Allan Aug.	20, 1932

Hilda Mae May.4, 1922	Robert Feb. 10,1936

Douglas Watson Dec.26, 1924	William Thomas Dec.	1, 1937

Constance Yvonne Jun.6, 1926	Judith Audrey Nov. 17,	1940

Family History of Clifford Allen Beagan.

 

BUD

 

		He was a giant of a man whose massive frame filled the breadth

and height of any door whose knob he turned with bear-like paws, His

silver hair, always parted neatly, curved downward to the right temple and

across a forehead most often restricted to nobility. His charcoal eyebrows

met and mingled ominously above a patrician nose,, and his Jaw was

resolute and firm. He wore a vest with a watch and chain which seemed

to girdle his massive torso, and his trousers hung precariously on a pair of

police braces. His fine leather boots cut high above the ankles had

cries-crossed laces terminating on open eyelets near the tops.

 

		His mind was as massive as his body and was in total command of

situations both ordinary and impossible It was practical, critical, and

analytical in its inexorable advance against adversity which, more often

than not, was routed in disarray like an adversary in headlong retreat.,

And while he had the facility to surmount the most insurmountable tasks,

he also had the innate ability to recognize those things which were truly

impossible and to sensibly avoid them.. His mind was incisive in its

approach and decisive in its deliberations. His generalship was superb.

 

		He seemed to take me everywhere. my small hand caught up in his

gargantuan grip. Together we went places, saw people, and did things

most children including my own were denied. He was a simple man of

simple tastes, shoving aside all sign of pretentiousness. He taught us

practical things which he doomed vital and necessary. Most of his

teachings either were learned quickly or summarily re-taught. There was

no time for the inattentive student desirous of his Master's Degree in

practicality.

 

		,His greatness was in his scale of vavalues! Rather than wealth, he

chose to have a large family whose maintenance could have crippled a

lesser man. There was never a doubt in my mind that unencumbered by

us, he could have built empires.

 

		Being the son of a great man Is difficult indeed1 His standards

were so high that, in the end, I surrendered to the realization that having

expended every erg of energy in every fibre of my being, I could never

commence to wear the "Seven League Boots" in which he rode the strides

and blasts of a long and noble life.

 

Ross S. Beagan

Written after Dad’s passing, Dec. 1973

PEI

Oct.10,1930 Catherine McPhillips Bagan, wife of Michael, dies in Cambridge, Ma at age 87 and is buried with him at St. Malachy's in Kinkora Massachusetts

Nov. 1930 "Died: In Cambridge Mass on Oct. 11, Mrs Michael Bagan nee Catherine McPhillips, aged 85 years, leaving a son and two daughters. Buriel in Kinkora, P.E.I." Maple Leaf Magazine.

March 19,1938 Louisa A. Bagan died in West Sommerville, Ma., wife of Frank E. Nutter. Mapel Leaf 4/38

June 15,1941 A note in St. Malachy's church records of Feb,24, 1870 says John Henry Bagan, son of Michael Bagan and Catherine McPhillips of Kinkora married a 2nd time to Helen Buckley at St. Pauls Church in Cambridge Ma. Doris Flanagan ; John Henry would be 66.


July 15, 1996

18 Georgian Bay Ave.,

Parry Sound, Ontario

P2A 3B2

 

Allen & Lucille Beagan

I Cross Street

Sandwich, MA 02563

 

Hi Cousins:

I've been poring over the latest spreadsheet that you sent with mv family tree attached. I mentioned that my format was not all that readable and I offer the following corrections...

My Dads brother John (no children) died in 1953, Margaret (JoeFrancis) was bom in 1884-1913, my daughter Susan has no daughter named Jane, just "Kylie Jane", my brother William is married to Barbara "Dale", their is no Dale Beagan.

I am enclosing a copy of a letter I found that was sent to me by my brother "Daniel' whose proper name is Donald. It sheds more light on the family of my great grandfather "Mchael and Ann McParland. Bernard would obviously be Barney bom in 1849, my grandfather Daniel bom in 1852, Michael 1854 (where did he come from) James bom in 1856, Eliza Jane bom in 1857 is obviously Elizabeth, John bom in 1859, Margaret bom in 1861, Patrick bom in 1864, Joseph bom in 1866 (where did this guy come from) and Morris bom in 1868 who is Maurice on my list. Your Margaret Bagan (married to Angus Morrison). I cant believe she would be my grandfather Da-niel's sister. Although it would be quite a coincidence for two couples named Michael and Ann.

The Maureen Beagan from Charlottetown PEI who is married to a Mason (who is a grandson of the first Doctor in Parry Sound) small world isn't it. I don't see her family tree? Do you have it as well? She was the girl who introduced herself to me in 1994 and who subsequently mentioned your interest in the family tree to me.

I'm not hooked up to the Internet yet (too expensive in the boon docks) but will no doubt be on shortly via the Town network. Parry Sound will be going on line this fall (Sept) and I will contact you via that media as-soon-as-possible.

I've really become a Computer freak, I just loaded I 0,000 items of clip art in my "C" drive, and as founder of our "Olde Fire Hall Museum", I will enclose some of my handiwork.

Speaking of a small world, my daughter Susan was talking about her high school girlfriend who now lives in Cape Cod. I have no idea what her married name is.

Please keep in touch Al, and all the best from the Beagans' in Parry Sound to all the Beagans' in the State of Massachusetts.

  Cliff

  Clifford Beagan


Noticed on Rose web page you are searching for info on the Beagan Family. Our son-in-law is a Beagan. He and our daughter live in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada and his family- father and grand father and maybe g.g.g.father were born and raised there as well. His father, Ted, (Edward) died last year about age 75. I could quiz Paul, our son-in-law for more info if you feel there might be a connection. You mention 'the Miramichi' in you note in the guest book... I was born in Newcastle, N.B. on the Miramichi and left that area in 1949. I do not recall hearing the name Beagan in that area while I lived there. If you feel this is of any help, contact me.

Bud Boone


Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 17:41:29 -0400

From: "J.Gordon Dalziel" <dalziel@KWIC.COM>

Subject: VAUGHAN TWPS. ONT. CDA.

 

Hello Fellow Rooters:

 

I am in search of descentants of :

George KELLAM b. 1867 d. 1940

 + Mary Isabella WATSON b. 1875 d.1950

 

 Mary Isabella Watson was the 3 rd. Daughter of

  Walter Watson and Issbella Bryson , believed to have lived in the

  Vaughan Township ( 1845 to 1912 ) .

 

Any assistance in contacting this Branch as part of

 the Dalziel Family History Project would be appreciated.

J. G. DL.

dalziel@kwic.com

Researching " Dalziel " Family History

" As all GOOD genealogists know, there is no spelling mistakes,

  just variations that have occurred over time " - Author Unknown.

 

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Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 17:41:45 -0400

From: "J.Gordon Dalziel" <dalziel@KWIC.COM>

Subject: ONT. CDN. - VAUGHAN TWPS.

 

Hello Fellow Rooters:

 

I am searching for descendants of :

 

Arthur FARR b. 1872 d. 1839

 + Agnes WATSON b. 1871 d. 1959

 

Agnes Watson, was the 2nd daughter of Walter Watson, and

Isabella Bryson ( 1845 to 1912 )

belived to have lived in Vaughan Township.

 

Any information is appreciated as this Branch in

part of the Dalziel Family History Project.

 J. G. DL.

dalziel@kwic.com

Researching " Dalziel " Family History

" As all GOOD genealogists know, there is no spelling mistakes,   just variations that have occurred over time " - Author Unknown.


Hello,

  I've read much of your files. I was just curious about my heritage. My father and I have often considered researching our background.   I am Thomas A. Bagan (b. 3 June 65), my father is Howard A. Bagan (b. 30 Oct 98), his father was also Howard A. Bagan (b. 1889), his father was James E? Bagan, and his father was Philip.

  My Great - Grand Mother was Sarah Brogan. Her mother was a McQuaid My father recalls that James was dead before he was born and that James was from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. TommyB7790@aol.com

  We are spending Christmas together in my home in Ponte Vedra Fl. Please feel free to call us collect at (904) 273-4909, as I am trying to pick my fathers brains while he is here. Have a Merry Christmas. Tom Bagan


Dear A. Beagan:

 I have heard your name mentioned for a couple of years but have puttered away on more recent history since I still have relatives who are alive, and getting their stories is more important at this time, than spending time in the far reaches of history. But last night, I began to go through your site, and was amazed at the detail, and the blanks that began to fill in with respect to my family, the Ontario Beagans (Cliff A. Beagan is my uncle). I had not realized how much work had been done. What a wonderful thing you have done and are doing!

 I want to tell you a story that resulted because of a "good deed" and a "thank you". It relates to the Beagans/Beggans.

 Sometimes when we look for family, some piece of serendipity comes into the puzzle, and I am still not sure where this piece will lead ... perhaps nowhere .. however one has a feeling that no piece of information that comes to you is not without value. It is perhaps the "coincidence" or "serendipity" of the occasion that delights me. Two years ago, on a 500 km trip over to Ottawa, I encountered some cattle on the road and stopped at a not very friendly neighbour who grudgingly agreed to let the farmer know that his cattle had gotten loose. It was, I thought, the right thing to do. One year later, same time of year, I am on my way to my annual meeting in Ottawa, and at the very same place I had stopped the year before, my car began to slow down. Driving alone, I wondered if I had "drifted" a bit in my mind, and wasn't concentrating on my driving. Still the car slowed more and more and came to a stop at the end of a long laneway, the laneway of the farmer whose cattle had escaped the previous year. It would not start again. Well, donning tall Wellington boots, I headed down the long muddy driveway to ask if I might use the telephone to call a tow truck. The farmhouse was old .. there were a couple of brothers in their late 60's who ran the farm ... after I placed my phone call they offered tea ... I declined because I figured they had chores ... but they sat down with me at the kitchen table to wait for the tow truck. I felt at a loss to know what to talk about ... but figuring family, farming, and history were safe topics ... offered that some of my family had spent time in the Ottawa Valley, but had eventually moved west to the Parry Sound area. Long silences followed. So I started talking about Fitzpatricks and Watsons and Beagans. I was a little startled when one of the old men said "oh, that would be the Beagans that came in the 30's". At that time, I believed our family came in the mid-19th century so I disagreed with him, saying that they came in the 40's. He countered with "no, they came before the war" and I realized he was talking about Beagans from a different century. These Beagans came in the 20th century in response to a request from a parish priest who went over to Ireland, looking for farmers for this locality. I could feel goose bumps rising on my neck. What "chance" had brought me here and put me in a position where the farmers were "grateful" (I had told them about the cattle on the road the previous year, and their eyes lit up in recognition of the event). The farmer told me a bit about the family who had come, farmed, lost everything in a fire, all the children had been adopted, and there might just be a few still alive in the area.

 At this point, a large truck started honking at the end of the driveway. My broken down car was blocking his way to the farm, so I dashed out, moved my car (lo and behold, it NOW started), and then the tow truck (radiator leak) came and I had to continue on my journey. On the way back, I took a chance and visited the Catholic cemetery in Douglas, and in Killaloe,, 2 locations which the farmer had mentioned. I was disappointed to find nothing, but thought it quite possible that the children, having been adopted, would have taken on their adoptive parents names.

 Courtesy ... thanking people ... is important as you've mentioned in your opening statement Mr. Beagan. I had not really thanked the farmer, so when I got home, I looked up "Douglas" in the postal code book, realized it was just "General Delivery" so wrote a thank you letter to "The Brothers _______, General Delivery, Douglas" (describing the location of the farm on with respect to the village). I wrote a bit about our family over in Parry Sound, letting him know that what he had told me was important enough that I had started looking for that family myself. The farmer called back, quite excited and full of information. He had not realized I was that interested in them. So stopping my car to save some cattle ... with no thought of a "connection" ... and a "thank you note" have resulted in some information which may or may not be useful, but it is thrilling when you stumble on something ... a "gift" of information.

 Turns out the family that were invited by the priest from Douglas were "Beggans". Hugh and Ann had come out from Ireland, and had 7 children. Eventually they farmed up in around Cormac, Ontario. A variety of other "chance" events took me past Cormac, quite an out of the way place, and again through strange chance again (a gravestone I had missed,when I left the St. Anne's Cemetery appeared to have a tiny angel perched on a gravestone, and this ended up being the Beggan gravestone ... shivers again) ... The "angel" was a small ceramic figurine that made the gravestone, at my "leaving the cemetery" angle, stand out and made me walk back for another look.

 This lead me to believe that the Beggans, having recently (relatively) come from Ireland, probably carried the more likely name I should be searching for in Ireland ... if I ever got a chance to do the searching. In speaking to Mabel Beggan who lives in Pembroke, the wife of one of the children who was adopted after the death of the parents, she thinks her husband's family comes from Meath or Cavan which appears to be, from my not very detailed atlas, to be somewhat in the area of Monaghan.

 When I went into your site, and began to read all the material there, it made me more certain that this is yet one more (later arriving) branch of the Beagan/Beggans.

 There is a joy in winding through the labyrinth and making discoveries for one's self, so I will do that for a little longer, but have so enjoyed reading through your site.

 I don't know if you and my Uncle Cliff Beagan have been in touch a lot lately. I am surprised that he did not tell me anything about this site, though it may be that he thought I was interested in other branches of the family. He had taken me and my husband out a few weeks ago to look at some of the old homestead sites of my great grandfather Daniel Beagan and his wife Catherine Madigan Beagan farmed in Hagerman Township. (Again, chance that I should end up moving from Toronto, to the very township where my great grandparents farmed). This Daniel Beagan is a son of Michael Bagan who, your site suggests, left PEI and his brother Philip who remained there, about mid 19th century. I have been wanting to locate and photograph these sites which have pretty much returned to the wild ... before they become totally lost in the forest. As I say, I would like to work with my uncles while they are still here to show me places and tell me stories of relatives they remember themselves. Uncle Cliff has had some health problems lately, but really seemed to enjoy the ramble through grown up fields and encroaching forest ... We had passed many of the sites he pointed up on the back roads of Hagerman Township, but had simply not recognized them as old farms. One lovely thing though, is the number of rose bushes, now wild, that seem to be on all the old homesteads. I will watch for them, and other hardy garden plants that seem to have survived a century. They seem to lie there waiting to be recognized as "old gardens" ... by those who know what to look for and who take the time to look.

 Yours, in admiration ...Susan Beagan Patterson-Heder Waubamik (near Parry Sound), Ontario. mailto:theheders@zeuter.com


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