Thursday, August 8, 2013

Searching for Patrick Egan

There is nothing like a trip to Ireland to stir my genealogy pot. The Dooley family’s Irish immigrants are:  William Dooley, Ellen Hart, Patrick Egan and Margaret Harrington. Today I delved into Patrick Egan for his death certificate may hold a clue to his origin.

Patrick Egan is my husband’s great, great grandfather. His death certificate reports that Patrick died on 31 July 1920 in the Oak Forest Infirmary of Bremen Township, Cook County, Illinois.  His burial took place on 3 August 1920 in the Calvary Cemetery located in Evanston, Illinois.

Interestingly, his death certificate reports Patrick Egan’s birth as 17 March 1843 in the County Altane. This birth information really caught my eye as Patrick claims his birth date to be on St. Patrick’s Day! I chuckle at the coincidence!


County Altane also caught my eye as well for there is no such county in Ireland. Patrick was an elderly, sick man. Perhaps some miscommunication took place during the admitting process. A search of Irish towns beginning with A and sounding like Altane/Altone yielded results. The town of Athlone, County Wesmeath has possibilities.

The Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837 report three Egan families living in the town of Athlone, County Westmeath in 1824. Peter Egan and two Egan families resided in St. Mary Parish.


If Patrick Egan’s birth date of 17 March 1843 is to be believed, the Egans of Athlone may be kin. St. Mary’s Parish may offer clues to the Egan clan of Athlone. Now to locate St. Mary’s church records!

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