James Agar (1814/15) -1881), born Knock Ollard and lived in Carlow, son of John Agar and Mary Bailey (d. abt 1821)daughter of John Bailey, "Methodist Divine."John then married Nancy ____.Two children, John and James by Mary, 5 by Nancy: Thomas Henry, Annie, Margaret, and Wm.
James Agar (1814/15-1881) married Eliza Whitaker in 1837 probably at Knockullard/Knock Ollard, Carlow.The couple had five children: Bessie, Mary Ann (1840), John (1844), James (1847) and Thomas Peter (1851).Eliza was the daughter of Benjamin Whitaker, and Mary Whitakker (with two ks, although it could be a misprint.)
James left for the U.S. about 1852.He purchased a small piece of land in Livingston, NJ and sent for his family to join him.The family sailed out of Liverpool on The Antarctica, but typhus or ship's fever ran rampant on the ship and both Eliza and her boy, James, died.(Bessie did not come and I know nothing of her.)
Mary Ann married William Spencer Ashby in NJ.She is my great great grandmother.
John married Grace Deyo.He worked in the hatting industry and invented a device to roll the brims of hats by machine and soon became very wealthy.He also served in the American Civil War and was a leader in the Grand Army of the Republic.Thomas was killed in an industrial accident in 1902 i Newark.Most, perhaps all, descendants are in the Ashby line.John had a son and he had a son, but the grandchild did not marry, so far as I can find out.Thomas had daughters and I haven't been able to trace them.
I am trying to connect this family of Agars with the wealthy old family (which uses the same first name) of Kilkenny.John Agar (1844-) recalled a big old house at Knockullard, and green hillsides.