Looking for info on the ancestors of John Deegan ( Railroad Eng ) murdered by his brother Edward Deegan.
John ( originally from the Wheeling, VA. ) was married to Mary Brown. Their children are as follows: Edward Marie Blanche John
The article detailed below is from the Cleveland paper the
Cleveland Plain Dealer Thursday morning March 23,1911
BROTHER SHOOTS HIS BENEFACTOR
Fires Bullet into body of Man Who Gave Him Home For Two Years Past.
Walks weapon in Hand, to Street and Surrenders To Police.
Edward Deegan last night fired a bullet from a 38-caliber revolver into the body of his brother, John Deegan, 48 , 688 E.117th – st., who for the past two years had befriended him and given him a home. John Deegan lies at Eddy Road hospital where the doctors despair of saving his life.
After the body of his brother had toppled limply down the stairs into the arms of his wife, Edward with the weapon still in his hand, strode down the stairs and out the door looking neither to the right or left and took his way down St.Clair – av N.E. till he reached E. 105th st.
“ I have shot my brother, call a policeman” he announced to the fireman of engine house NO. 30, who gazed at him in astonishment. They called in Patrolman Murney of the thirteenth precinct to whom, the police say , Deegan repeated his confession. The officer took the man into custody and sent him to the station house at the same Time notifing Lieut. Felhaber.
The reason for the shooting is a mystery to the family and to the police. According to Mrs.Deegan’s story, Edward had been a wanderer for years, never content to remain long in one place. His trade of telegraph operator made it possible for him to Travel and he spent his youth in roving from city to city and town to town.
Two years ago Mrs. Deegan says, he came to Cleveland and secured work with the Western Union company. Anxious to have his brother settle down and have a home John Deegan offered to take him into his home.
Within the past few months the family say he had been morose and silent. Nothing was thought of this as it was thought the wanderlust was again coming upon him and that he would soon start on his travels again. A week age, Mrs. Deegan says, he began to act even more strangely than before and often muttered that detectives were on his trail.
Last night, after supper, John Deegan, who is a yard engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, lay for a while on the couch in the dining room, playing with his children. About 8 o’clock Edward had gone to his room. At 8:30, saying that he was tired and would have to get out early in the morning , John Deegan went upstairs to retire for the night.
His wife heard him make a remark to his brother as he went into the bathroom. Then there were two shots, close together. With a scream, Mrs. Deegan ran out into the hall, to see her husband standing at the head of the stairway, his face wet and white.
“He has shot me,” he grasped, and toppled over into the arms of his wife.
Fearing that her brother-in-law would come downstairs, she called her 14-year-old daughter, Marie, to her aid and they carried the wounded man to the house of Mrs.Esterly, 686 E. 117th-st.
Hogan & Co.’s Glenville ambulance was called and the wounded man taken to the hospital. The police are holding Edward Deegan on the charge of shooting to kill.
Cleveland Plain DealerSunday March26,1911 [ Death Notices ]
DEEGAN- John, aged 49 years, beloved husband of Mary Deegan. Thursday, March 23, suddenly. Funeral from St.Aloysius church 9:30 a on Monday. Friends invited.