In regards to the Hegarty family of the area around Clearfield County, Pennsylvania:James Edgar of the 1700's lived in England. He became dissatisfied with the government, so he moved to County Londonderry, Ireland. Here the family name was changed to Hegerty (reason unknown). This ancestor had severl sons and daughters, one of whom was named Joseph Hegarty, who at 22 years of age married and became the father of four sons and three daughters namely: David, Samuel, Robert, Joseph, Isabella, Susanna and Jane.
Robert Hegerty of this family was the father of Robert Hegerty the 2nd, who was the father of Jane Hegerty who wed Samuel Shoff, the sixth child of Christopher Shoff Sr. who was born in 1769 in Germany and came to America in early manhood..
This information was given to me in a letter my mother received from a relative who still lived around Madera, Pennsylvania.. I do not know how much of it is accurate?