My grandparents on my father’s side were Daniel O’Hagan and Susan Conway. Details on the Conway side go back a little beyond my grandmother, but on the O’Hagan side the details are not reliable past my grandfather.
The Conways were from around the Dungiven/Drumsurn area, but the O’Hagans apparently were not, or at least not the branch that my grandfather came from.
He seems to have moved to the area sometime after he married Susan Conway, (probably around 1880-81) possibly to work land given to him by the Conways as a dowry or wedding gift of some kind or to work land that came into their hands from the Conway side of the family.
Daniel O’Hagan, my grandfather, was born in 1854 and died February 10, 1908, (buried in Drumsurn cemetery along with his wife) in Ballymacallion.
Daniel O’Hagan’s parents (my great grandparents on my father’s side) seem to have been (may have been) Charles O’Hagan and Rose Mullen.Charles O’Hagan seems to have been a cattle dealer, and my grandfather and one of his sons seem to have done something similar although my father's birth certificate says he was a farmer.
The 1831 census forErrigal Parish, show that there were a Francis Hagan, Daniel Hagan, Henry Hagan and Charles Hagan living in the area.There is no record of an O’Hagan birth in 1854 in the Errigal parish records, according to the microfilmed church records in the public record office of Northern Ireland, which have been checked by family members.However, it is possible that the priest in the local church simply did not record the birth, which was not uncommon at that time.On the other hand, he may have been born somewhere else.
Some older records (going back to the 1700’s) show people living in Errigal Parish, Coleraine, Altduff townland, called Haggan.In other cases, the name is listed as Hagan.My great grandfather is said to have had a farm here “on the side of a mountain”, but this is pretty vague and may be confused with the notion that my grandfather came from “the other side of the mountain” to live in Ballymacallion with his wife Susan Conway.
Griffiths Valuation of 1858 (?) shows that there were 7 families recorded as living in the townland of Altduff, some of which were O’Hagans.
Of my aunts and uncles, it appears that Henry, the oldest, (? Born 1881-1883?) may have come to Canada in 1924 or earlier and landed in Halifax.He moved at some point to Colorado and was married but apparently had no children.Date of death unknown, probably 1929 or 1930, either in Denver or in Butte, Montana.Worked in a silver mine, according to one source.It is not clear what he died of, or exactly where he is buried.
Mary Ann was the second child, born before 1886, died 1930, eldest girl, and married Hugh Mullen of Ballymacallion.She died in 1930, Sept 23, which would make her about 44 when she died.She had a daughter Ann, who married Bill King (in Ireland) .Peter King, their son, now lives in Toronto.
Peter, the third child, born December 31, 1886, Garvagh, Derry, died Sept 11, 1918 at Limavady, just short of 32 years of age and was apparently a cattle dealer.May have died ofSpanish flu?Had two daughters.
Rosetta was the 4th and married John Lagan and had 9 children.Lived in Kilhoyle, Drumsurn on the Lagan family farm.
The four children above were born in Garvagh, before Daniel and Susan moved back to Susan’s village.The next three were born in Limavady (Ballymacallion) after that.
Elizabeth, the 5th,born May 25 1895 died in 1963, married Richard (Dick) McCloskey of Garvagh district, who was born in 1888, and they emigrated to Canada in 1924.
Dan O’Hagan (my father) was the 6th..Born in November 1896.Came over to Canada in 1924, landed in Halifax, spent some time in the U.S., probably in Colorado, before returning to Canada.
Susan O’Hagan, the 7th and youngest, never married and lived for many years with her sister Rosetta Lagan in Drumsurn.She died November 11, 1984, of old age.
If any of this sounds familiar, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am particularly interested in any information that might overlap with my grandfather, Daniel O’Hagan, and indicate whether he had brothers or sisters,and anything that might lead to the name of his parents (my great grandparents) or beyond.
There is also more information on the Conway side of the family, which I can supply if anyone is interested.
Note also that my father and his sister Elizabeth (and possibly Henry, although this may have been a bit earlier) emigrated to Canada in 1924.I am relatively certain that there is no connection with any other O'Hagans in North America, but would be interested in knowing whether any of the connections in Ireland overlap at any point with what others are looking for.