The Hogan Name
Name in Gaelic: O hOgain [Descendant of Ogan, a diminutive of og meaning young]
Hogans, one of the principal families of Munster, are descended from Croscrach, the son of Lorcan, King of Thomond and the uncle of Brian Boru [d. 1014], one of the most celebrated of all Irish Monarchs. Chiefs of Croich Cian, the Hogans held sway over a considerable territory in the northeast of the ancient Kingdom of Thomond, encompassing most of the present day barony of Upper Ormond, County Tipperary. They erected fortified residences in the parishes of Ballylusky and Ardcrony, north of Nenagh. Soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the late 12th century, a branch of the sept migrated eastward to County Kildare, where in the year 1253, they founded the Dominican friary at Athy. Another family who settled in Clare, gave their name to Ballyhogan in the parish of Dysart. Today in Ireland, the majority of the surname are found in or near the Hogan’s original homeland in Tipperary and neighboring Clare and Limerick as well as Cork. In the latter county, bearers of the surname may be of Corca Laidhe lineage. Seated in southwest County Cork, their ancient ancestor, Luighaidh Laidhe, was the grandfather of Luighaidh Mac Con, 3rd century King of Ireland.
Our Hogan line comes from Mullagh, in County Clare.
PATRICK HOGAN was the first of our line of whom I have found evidence. Patrick was born about 1817 in Mullagh, Clare, Ireland. To give you some point of reference, in the year Patrick was born, James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States of America took office.
From what I have been able to gather, Patrick’s parish in Ireland was Kilmurry-Ibricken. Patrick married Honora Sexton in Ireland. Together they had at least one child – John Hogan was born in County Clare about 1846.
I hate to be vague about Patrick and Honora, but I have not yet uncovered any documents to confirm much of the information that I suspect to be true. I believe that Patrick came to America following their son John and settled in Binghamton, Broome, New York. They may have had a total of five children: Michael (b. 1845); John (b. 1846); Patrick (b. 1850); Mark (b. 1855); and, Mary (b. 1855).
If my speculation is correct, Patrick died before 1879 in Binghamton, New York. The 1880 US Federal Census lists Nora Hogan, age 55 – widow, living at 23 Dickenson Street, Binghamton. It lists her as the head of household. Living with Nora are children Michael (35) – a shoemaker; Patrick (30) – working in a hoe factory; and Mary (25) – “at home.” That census record also lists them as having been born in Ireland.
1. John Hogan, the first of our line to leave Ireland and settle in America, was born about 1846 in Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland – probably in the parish of Kilmurry-Ibricken. Before leaving for America, John married Mary Lawson on 20 July 1866, in Mullagh. The IGI record, Batch #7728307, Sheet 69 shows John Hogan and Mary Lawson married on 20 July 1866 in Mullagh, Clare, Ireland. After John found a job in America and was settled, he sent for his family to join him.
Nowhere is it recorded why John decided to leave his home in Ireland, but it is not unreasonable to believe that the Irish Potato Famine had something to do with the decision. The potato famine began in 1845, and although it lasted only about six years, it reduced many native Irish to subsistence living. History records that over a million men, women and children were killed by the famine. During that time, over a million others fled the country in an effort to find a better life for themselves and their families. By the time John and Mary were married, they could probably look forward to raising their children at a subsistence level as tenant farmers. With the Anglo-Irish – often absentee – landlords in charge, the native Irish could be evicted from land that their families had farmed for generations with no other reason than the whim of the landlord. Add to that fact that the most fertile soil in Ireland was well North and East of County Clare and we can be pretty sure that the potato famine played at least some role in John’s decision to leave Ireland.
Again, the absence of verifiable records leads me to some speculation about John Hogan. If I am correct, in 1880, John was living with his brother Michael on Murray Street in Binghamton and made his living as a laborer. The US Federal Census lists Michael (age 35) married to Mary (age 35) and brother John (age 34) living at 51 Murray Street, Binghamton – this was in the predominantly Irish Immigrant neighborhood known as “the Patch” in Binghamton’s first Ward. Michael made his living working in a hoe factory.
Based on this information, we can assume that John left Ireland for America sometime between 1866 and 1880. Since he was living with his brother, we can also assume that he had not sent for his family until 1880 or after. If this is true, the first three of the children born to John and Mary were born in Ireland. There seems to be a gap in the birth of their children, Mary born in 1875 and the next child, Florence, not born until 1880. This too, adds credence to the speculation that John traveled to America after 1866 and before 1880. Further, it would seem that we can narrow that time frame to a time after 1875. We can also speculate that he sent for his family some time in 1880.
JOHN HOGAN, was born about 1846 in Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. John Hogan was the first of the Hogan line to venture to the United States of America. After he found a job and was settled, he sent for his family to join him in America.
John Hogan married Mary Lawson the daughter of ____ Lawson and____ ______ .
1. Murt Hogan , b. 1873, married (1) B. Callaghan, (2) Mary Casey in 1899.
2. Mary Hogan, B. 1875.
3. Peter Hogan, born about 1875 in County Clare, Ireland, married Mary Morrissey.
4. John Hogan, b. 1883, married Anna McCarthy.
5. Margaret Hogan, b. 1885, married Edward Early.
6. Elizabeth Hogan, b. 1887, married _______ Edwards.
7. Edward Hogan, b. 1888, d. 1888.
8. William Hogan, b. 1893.
9. Florence Hogan, married Ray Talada.
10. Kate Hogan,
PETER HOGAN was born in County Clare, Ireland. He married Mary E. Morrissey. In the 1914 Binghamton City Directory, Peter Hogan is listed with his wife, Mary, living at 2 Mygatt Street in Binghamton, New York. He worked in a factory the made hoes on Clinton Street in the City of Binghamton. Family tradition holds that Peter had a significant hearing loss as a result of the machinery in the hoe factory. The 1917 Binghamton City Directory lists Peter Hogan and his wife, Mary, as living at 4 Mygatt Street in Binghamton, New York.
1. Helen Hogan, married Howard Davis. (NOTE: Howard Davis was the Republican Broome County Clerk for many years).
2. Edward Michael Hogan, born on 22 January 1899, in Binghamton, Broome, New York died 4 August 1992 at the Vestal Nursing Home, Vestal, Broome, New York. He is buried next to his wife at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Riverside Drive, Johnson City, Broome, New York. He married Clara Louise Trevethick on 2 June 1923.
3. Joseph James Hogan, b. 1901, in Binghamton, New York; d. 1979, in Binghamton, New York. He married Grace O’Brien.
4. Richard Hogan, b. 1904, in Binghamton, New York; d. 1965.
5. Margaret Hogan, b. 1906 in Binghamton, New York
6. Gerald “Buck” Hogan, b. 1910, in Binghamton, New York, married Mary D. Danek, the daughter of William Danek and Cora ______. Mary D. Danek was born about 1908 and died on 16 July 1996 and is buried in Calvary Cemetary, Johnson City, Broome, New York.
7. John Hogan, b. 1910 in Binghamton, New York, d. 1979.
8. Paul “Rusty” Hogan, b. 1913, in Binghamton, New York d. 31 Oct 1993 in Quincy, Massachusetts, married (1) Roberta Sejan, (2) Agnes ________.
9. Mary Hogan, born 1917 in Binghamton, Broome, New York. She married Arthur R. Donovan.
EDWARD MICHAEL HOGAN, was born on 22 January 1899 in Binghamton, Broome, New York. He spent his childhood living with his parents on Mygatt Street in Binghamton. This area was referred to as “the Patch.” He was baptized in St. Patrick’s Church, Binghamton, Broome, New York. He married Clara Louise Trevethick, the daughter of Arthur Trevethick and Martha Jane Barnes, on 2 June 1923. Edward Hogan joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Ottawa, Ontario on 31 August 1918. He served in Siberia – guarding the men building the Trans-Siberian Railroad; and was discharged on 23 June 1919 because he was “medically unfit.”
Following the war, Edward Michael Hogan worked as an “advance man” and/or “billing agent” for vaudeville. His job was to post bills at businesses and “advertise” for coming shows at cities throughout the northeastern United States. Edward Hogan worked for many years as a specialty leather cutter for the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory in Johnson City, New York; he eventually retired from EJ’s with a pension. Edward Hogan purchased from EJ’s, a new home at 36 Chrisfield Avenue, Johnson City, New York where he raised his family. He sold this home to his son, Robert Arthur Hogan about 1955 after Robert built him a brick home at 45 Ackley Avenue, Johnson City, New York.
Edward Hogan died in the Vestal Nursing Home, Vestal, New York on 4 August 1992 and is buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Riverside Drive, Johnson City, New York next to his wife with a shared headstone.
1. Edward Patrick “Ted” Hogan, b. 22 Apr 1925 in Johnson City, New York. He married Ellen Mertz about 1953. Uncle Ted died June 2003 in Sidney, New York.
2. Martha Jane Hogan, b. 10 Nov 1927 in Johnson City, New York. Aunt Martha was named after her grandmother, Martha Jane Barnes.
3. Robert Arthur “Red” Hogan, b. 9 Apr 1929 in Johnson City, New York. He married Doris Helen Coleman, the daughter of Clayton Wesley Coleman and Minetta R. Worden, on 10 Apr 1948.
ROBERT ARTHUR “RED” HOGAN was born on 9 April 1929 in Johnson City, Broome, New York. Red married Doris Helen Coleman, the daughter of Clayton Wesley Coleman and Minetta Rendle Worden, on 10 April 1948. Red graduated from Johnson City High School. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1946 to 1948; plus an additional year in 1951. He worked as a bricklayer along with his father-in-law, Clayton Wesley Coleman and his brother-in-law, Douglas Gay Wood. After a back injury, Red became a vocational education teacher in the Broome-Tioga BOCES. He received a Bachelors degree in Vocational Education from SUNY at Utica/Rome in 1980, and a Masters Degree in Vocational Studies from the same school in 1981. He then received a Masters degree in School Administration in 1982 from the University of Scranton. Red Hogan enjoyed golf, politics, cooking, and re-modeling his home. Red died on 20 June 2013 in Fort Myers, Lee, Florida.
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