I have a John Agar of Knockullard (Knock Ollard) County Carlow. Died in Ireland, no date, but late 18th Century I would guess.He had a son, John, who had a farm on the side of a mountain at Knock Ollard (Knock means mountain, so maybe it was Ollard.)Episcopal (Church of Ireland). "A man of set principles and could not be moved from his opinion."(How many Irishman have been so described in genealogies?)
Two wives, Mary Bailey, daughter of John Bailey, "a Methodist divine."and Nancy (no last name) By Mary he had James and John; by Nancy he had Thomas, Henry, Annie, Margaret, and William.
John and Mary had a son James,as above. His mother was Mary Bailey and she died when he was six (1821).James was a nailmaker in Carlow.Some connection by blood to a Henry Burgess.James married Eliza Whitakker, or Whitaker.James emigrated "about 1850" to the U.S., settling at Livingston, NJ (west of Newark), where he acquired 20 acres of good land.
He sent for his family about 1852 (some disagreement over the exact date; his oldest surviving son said 1852) and they sailed from Liverpool.Sadly, the ship was infected with typhus, carried by fleas, and James' wife and oldest son, also James, died en route."His grief was beyond bounds."
Surviving children were John, Mary, and Thomas.James married again, Eliza Wade, no issue.Descendants of all three children.John Agar became very wealthy, having invented a autmatic hat brim roller. I think he had but one child, Dudley.Mary married William S. Ashby, a progressive farmer, and had a large family, including my great grandmother.Thomas had a growing family when he was killed in an industrial accident in Newark.
This family is probably related, possibly even the Henry is the same.