john degnen was born 1805 ireland. known child, edward born 1832 manhatten ny.edward married margaret leahy born 1841 ireland. children of edward and margaret were,all brooklyn ny born, john francis 1856, william 1865, mary 1869, annie 1871 and margaret 1873. it is believed that the name was originally duignan. there is a john duignan in the manhatten ny directory around 1807. could he be the father of john degnen born 1805 in ireland? also what was the name of edward's mother?