Monday, August 26, 2013

WWI Draft Records - Two Hanleys

I have come across the World War I draft registration cards for 1917 and 1918 on the Family Search web site. Although I have not found a card for my Uncle Jim Eagan (I had previously looked at the actual cards at the National Archives), I did find records for two of my grandmother's brothers - Tim Hanley and Tom Hanley. The first is that for Tim Hanley:

Draft Registration WWI - Tim Hanley
Note from the registration card that Uncle Tim, who came to the US in 1912, was living at 116 Jefferson Ave. in 1917/18 - which agrees with Rochester City Directories for that time - and is a shipping clerk at Rochester Button on State Street.

The other is for Tom Hanley:

Draft Registration WWI - Tom Hanley
Uncle Tom Hanley, who came to the US from Ireland in 1910, was living at 136 Bartlett Street in Rochester which was the home of his brother Michael - again, this agrees with the Rochester City Directories. Tom was a billing clerk at Kodak on State Street.


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Eagans in County Cork, Ireland

My great-grandfather Patrick M. Eagan's death was noted in the Rochester, NY Democrat & Chronicle. The obituary noted that he was born in Cork, Ireland in 1828 and came to Albion, NY about 1840. Unfortunately, this does not specify where in County Cork he was born - in Cork City or somewhere in the county.

There are Irish census records available for only 1901 and 1911, about sixty years after he left Ireland. The closest we have as a census for an earlier period is Griffith's Valuation, a survey of Ireland for tax purposes. This survey taken for County Cork was done between 1851 and 1853 about ten years after Patrick left. I have looked at Griffith's Valuation in Cork for Eagans by that spelling and find only two, a Thomas Eagan and Michael Eagan. (In addition, there are about one hundred and ninety with the name spelled 'Egan.')  Is it possible that either Thomas or Michael are relatives of my great-grandfather?

Thomas Eagan occupied land in the Town of Youghal in the Parish of Youghal and had a house and small garden on South Cross Lane (just off Friar Street). The house and land was leased from the representatives of Joshua H. Bull who may be a member of the Bull family in Knockrea, Cork.

Michael Eagan occupied land in the Village of Clashavodig in the Parish of Little Island and on that land he had a house and garden. The land was leased from John Cantillon.

I wish this helped me but right now it is just a set of facts to be filed.