Are you still open to discussions on tidbits of information on the three Gatens Lads that came from Ireland via Scotland?In January, 2011, I bought into Ancestry.com for a year of research on my various family names and am particularly interested in our shared early Gatens family.I have read your correspondence with Renee (Gatens) Ramirez (2010) and thought I would share a few things I have learned.
Sorry!This got long.Hope you find it interesting.
MacGettigan is likely the early Irish version of our Gatens name.
Here is just one of the references I have collected:
"The surname Gatens is a variant of the names Gaitens or Gattins.Both these names are synonyms of the Irish surname MacGettigan.This surname is an anglicization of the Gaelic sept name 'Mag Eiteagain'...The earliest reference to the name occurs in 1132.In that year Diarmid Mac Eitigen was Chief of Clan Diarmada in what is now Derry.The sept originally was found in western parts of what is now the province of Ulster.However, they were later to settle in Donegal.The synonyms Gaitens and Gattins are both from this region while MacEttigan is a variant which was numerous in Ulster."(From The Historical Research Center.)
McGettigan would work better in Scotland.But do you know for sure that this is the name that our Gatens boys used when entering the US?I have researched entries to the US in the various spellings of the Gatens name - no luck - but not MacGettigan or McGettigan.I will try those names next.
Things that I have learned:
1856 Iowa State Census – James and Mary Gatens with sons James 2 and Edward 1 (both born in Ohio) are living in Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa.Living with them is Cornelius 23 and Ellen 20 Gatens.Is Cornelius the “Neil” that several Gatens researchers have referred to as the fourth possible brother?Cornelius is not listed as a son of Dominick Gatens and Mary Boyle.Is he a cousin of the lads?
1860 United States Federal Census – James and Mary Gatens are now living in Gower, Cedar Co, IA.Ellen Gatens is still living with them but Cornelius is gone.Mary has had a new son named Cornelius 3.It looks like the older Cornelius, who was born in 1833, has died and that James has named a son after him.Patrick 1837 and William 1849 each named one of their sons Cornelius.Was this a way of honoring a missing brother or cousin?
James Gatens Obituary:
"James Gatens was born in Donegal, Ireland and came to this country in 1849, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio.He came to Gower Township, Cedar County, Iowa in 1855.He spent the rest of his life there.He was honored and esteemed by all who knew him.He was a good citizen, kind husband and father.His memory will be treasured as a sacred legacy by his children."(Source is the Tipton Conservative, Vol. XXIV, No. 43, dated Wednesday, 14 December 1898, p. 4.)
Question:If James came to the US in 1849, he must not have traveled with Patrick and William (who was born in 1849).Patrick and William must have traveled at another time.But when and how did they stay in contact with James?
1880 United States Federal Census – Patrick Gatiens(sp) 45 is listed as living as a boarder with WM. 31 and Hannah Gatiens 24 and their three children Julia 3, Patrick 2 and Torrence(sp) 2m old.Home in 1880 was Pocatalico, Putnam, West Virginia and birthplace was Scotland for both Patrick and William and both work as miners.
1900 United States Federal Census – Jane E. Gatens 38 is a widow living in Cable Creek, Kanawha, WV, with 4 children, Sarah13, Susan 8, John 5 and Joseph 3.
1900 United States Federal Census 1910 United States Federal Census 1920 United States Federal Census – The widow Hannah and grown sons Patrick, Arthur and Cornelius are all living on the same street in Pocatalico, Putnam, WV.The men are all coal miners.
Alicia (Eymil) Rodondi (Anne Irene (Gatens) Eymil, John Henry Gatens, James Gatens, Dominick Gatens)