Family Newsletter nr 28 .....August 1997

Date sent: Tue, 29 Jul 1997
Subject: Re: George Nelson Duggan

Sorry, I don't have any info for you. However, Lyman might be able to help. Good luck.

At 7:24 PM 7/28/97, JONATHAN GUSHEN wrote:

My name is Jonathan Gushen and I am researching information on George Nelson Duggan who was belived to have been in Ireland near the mid-1800's His son was George Nelson Duggan II who was born near Jackson, MI on 9-6-1881 and married Ethel Millard.

They had 4 children: George Nelson Duggan III, Lillian, Velma and James. Velma was my grandmother and was born 4-30-1921 and died 7-13-1958 in Detroit, MI.

I you have andy information to share or are interested in recieving information please contact me at

Date sent: Mon, 28 Jul 1997
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Subject: Duggans of Nova Scotia [ Aylesford]

Hi Paul

I am researching DUGGANS in N.S.,primarily in HALIFAX and surrounding counties and a 1792-3 poll tax list shows a Daniel DUGAN IN Aylesford. Is he any connection to your family? There were five others shown, Hugh-Falmouth, James&Patrick-Prospect, Thomas&William-Halifax.My line would appear to be those in Prospect. Could you provide me with the name oft he church in Aylesford?

Hope we can share some info. ED ROGERS.

Date sent: Sat, 26 Jul 1997
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Organization: Project Management Institute Midwest Chapter
Subject: Duggan Book

Lyman, It's been a long time since I've communicated with you, but I've been waiting until I had some news about the Duggan book I've mentioned. It has finally arrived!. The book is entitled "From The Cottage at Duggans Cross: with An Account of The Allied Heffernan Family". It was written by Rebert E. Nichols, Jr. Professor of English at Purdue Univesity, Hammond, Indiana. Duggan was the maiden name of Mr. Nichols' mother. Unfortunatly, Mr. Nichols passed away before the book was finalized and printed. His wife and children finished the process with the printer.

I haven't had much time to read the book since I've received it - I am working on a Master's Degree and any discretionary reading time goes to the text books. It begins in the middle meaning it traces the lineage of several Duggan Imigrants both forward and backward from the time of their emmigrating to the U.S. in 1850. As I've mentioned this book is of interest to me because it does include my lineage as described to me by my father.

I purchased 3 copies of the book (one for each of my children when they get older). They cost $15 apiece, and I would guess they were printed on a limited run. If your interested, I would be happy to loan you a copy provided I get it back. If upon your review you find you would like to purchase a copy I could put you in touch with Mr. Nichols' widow.

Keep in touch, your cuz John E. Duggan St. Charles, IL (Reply to

Date sent: Sat, 26 Jul 1997
Subject: Duggan newsletter

What an interesting collection of information. I had no idea that there were that many people with the Duggan name floating around on-line. My family came from Nova Scotia (McGrath Cove and Prospect) My father came to the state in 1925 in search of work and we have been here ever since. I would be interested in hearing from any of my Canadian cousins.

George Duggan

Date sent: Sat, 26 Jul 1997
Subject: Re: Duggan newsletter

Hi Lyman,

I'm in Northern California. I got to the Dugan homepage yesterday, but haven't had much time to check it all out....there's so much there! I need to write to my cousin in Pennsylvania & get all the family tree information that he's gathered. How do I submit it to you when I get it?

Slainte, Lisa

Date sent: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 22:04:50 -0700
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Subject: John Dugan

Hi Lyman,

I'm lost!

>From what I can figure, the following is as far as I >can get in my family tree.

My name is John F Dugan and my wife is Kathleen Patricia (James) Duganof Peabody MA.
I have two sisters Mary Monica Gleason and Marsha Ann Alexson.( name changes due to marrage).
We were all born in Brookline Ma.
My son's name is Paul Michael Dugan(born Peabody MA).
My father is Robert Eugene Dugan born Boston MA 1929, married to Mary Rhodedina Campbell of Cape Breton N.S. Canada.
My grandfather was Vincent Dugan born Nov 6 1906 and married Margret Winston.
He had three sons and one dauther:

-Robert Eugene Dugan,
-John William Dugan,
-James Dugan and
-Phillis Dugan.

I beleive he also had two bothers and three sisters, Alfred, William, Veronnica, Marie and Helen.
The daughters (I think) were connected with the "Daughters of the Revolution".
I also beleive that my great grandfather (Vincents Father) was John William Dugan born in Boston (no date) and married Helena White of PEI Canada.
Possibly tied to an Edward Dugan that settled in Boston in 1821.

Any information you might have would be greatly appreciated an dthis is the best inforamtion I have.

Thanks and hope to hear from you.

John Dugan at

Date sent: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 21:09:55, -0500
Subject: Re: Dugan Family ....Pittsburgh.


Thank you for the prompt reply. As I mentioned I am just starting this "search". Some years ago a cousin did some initial work and I have a copy. However, it is far from complete, but here goes:

Maureen (Nee: Myers) McGowan b. 28 Apr 1944 in Arlington, VA

Mother: Esther Regina Richards - m. Steven T. Myers in Pittsburgh, PA 12 May 1926 b. 19 Mar l904 in Pittsburgh, PA d. 08 Jan 1995 in Alexandria, VA

Offspring: Daniel Raymond Myers (b. 03 Aug 1937) Eileen Patricia Myers (b. 28 Oct 1939) Maureen Lois Myers (b. 28 Apr 1944)

Grandmother: Katherine "Kit" Dugan - m. Richard W. Richards in Pittsburgh d: ? b. 08 Jun 1877 in Allegheny, PA d. 1906 in Pittsburgh of typhoid

Offspring of Katherine Dugan and Richard W. Richards:

Lyda May Richards Edmund Kiernan Richards Esther Regina Richards Wilson Richards (b. 1906, d. 1906 from typhoid contacted from Katherine Dugan)

Great Grandfather: John Dugan - m. Lydia Murphy (b. 22 Apr 54 in Virgina, d. Oct 1921 b. ? (died at age 45 ?) in Pittsburgh. m: ? d. ?

John Dugan & Lydia Murphy offspring:

Katherine (b. 1877) Frank (died at 27, date of birth unknown) Charles (died in a fall down an elevator shaft as a young man) John (went West; never heard of again) Thomas (stayed isolated from family; little known about him) Lydia (moved to Clarksburg, W.Va) Cora (married Patrick Minahan; widowed and remarried) Marjorie (b. 06 Sep 1990) Viola (also stayed isolated from family after marriage to James Wilkinson)

I'm afraid that is as much information as I have and as you can see it is short on dates. My parents were older when I was born and all my grandparents had already passed away. During WW II my parents moved from Pittsburgh to the Washington, DC area where I was born (the only member of my family not born in the Pittsburgh area), so I never had much contact with relatives. Other family names on my mother's side include Murphy and Booher (English ?). I understand the family goes back many generations in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh). My next task is to write for records from the county clerk.

Do you publish your newsletter in "hard copy"? If so I would like to receive it and would be happy to pay any money required. Thanks again for the prompt reply.

Maureen McGowan

Date sent: Mon, 14 Jul 1997
From: Mark Doan <>

I received the Duggan Newsletter today. Thanks.

Since I last wrote, I've found some new information. Although my great-grandparents, Thomas and Mary (Reed) Duggan were married in Dalto-in-Furness England, I recalled stories about the Isle of Man.

The marriage certificate (of which I have the original)provided important information. It states that Thomas Duggan's father was James Duggan. Researching the Isle of Mann indicates that Thomas Duggan, son of James Duggan, was christened 22Nov1862 in Onchan Parish, Isle of Man. James Duggan married Elizabeth Corrin 22Nov1857 in Onchan Parish, Isle of Man.

I know a little more now. If this helps anyone, please let me know. I will continue my research and continue to update.

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Subject: geneology - Michigan
Date sent: Sun, 13 Jul 1997

Just wanted to let you know (or remind you) that there is a large group of Dugan's in mid-Michigan. Will let you know details when I next get a chance (and a baby is due soon, will include). Thanks!

Date sent: Sun, 06 Jul 1997 22:00:32 +0000
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Subject: "Irish Men of Learning"


Do you consider your name to be derived from the old O'Duigenan ???

I came across an old book that has a few chapters about that family, and found it interesting. It lists both Duggan/Deegan/Dugan as present dayversions of the name

"Irish Men of Learning" by Father Paul Walsh

I believe it weas published around 1947.

If youa re interested, and can't find it anywhere, I can xerox the chapters of interest for you. I'd love to find a link back to these guys (they were chroniclers, historians and scribes)

Mike Deigan

Date sent: Sun, 4 May 1997
Subject: Re: Geneology

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for your E mail re- Sibley Family. Most of my information came from the book "The Sibley Family In America, second edition, vol. 2, copyright 1982, by James Scarborough Sibley. Library of Congress Card Number 82-80582.

My Wife's grandmother was Bertha Ray Sibley daughter of Marshall Benton Sibley of Many, Louisiana. My mother-in-law Lona Mae Duggan and her cousin Herbert Rance Sibley both do genealogy and I got lots of information from them. Infact they both had copies of the Sibley Book. Any information missing from my work was because the Sibley Book probably didn't include it. If you need more information on a source I would be happy to look further for you.

I am interested in your dates, etc. to complete my files. I would be happy to share anything I have with you. If you need addresses of individual Sibley Family members I would have to check with my mother-in-law to see if she has anything.

Hope I have been helpful.

Tony Pickett 19822 Caroling Oaks Court, Humble, TX 77346 281-852-2135

Date sent: Sun, 06 Jul 1997 06:57:41 -0500
From: Becky Hargett <>
Subject: Duggan - Sibley

Lyman, The data looks fine.

Most of the "private" dates came to me that way. Most of my non-Sibley & non-Shufflin info came from Anthony Pickett, who created FTM #5154. I believe his mother-in-law is a Duggan. I'll find the e-mail he first sent me & forward it to you.

The only additional information on Mary Duggan that I have is as follows:

Her first husband, Robert K. Sibley (my gg grandfather), was killed at the Battle of Mansfield, LA during the Civil War. She "married (2) George Addison and had two children, Sid Addison and Eddie Addison. Sid Addison had a son, Fred Addison." Source: _The Sibley Family in America_ by James Scarborough Sibley. Vol. 1 pg 789.

I hope this sheds some light. I would like to have dates for Mary Duggan, her parents' names & siblings.


Date sent: Wed, 11 Jun 1997
From: eric hawthorneduggan <>
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Subject: Genealogy Duggan Family

Hello Lyman. just got your homepage and very intertested to see such a wealth of information about the Duggan family. My name is Eric H Duggan son of Henry Fred Duggan son of Thomas Duggan . Father born at the "Hundred house" near Builth, Wales late 1800's. Thats about all I know at present but will start going thru your lists to see if can go back further . My interests similar to yours ???? Sailing, dogs,outdoors in general. Glad to hear further from you. Oh also ham Radio altho not on air at the moment. glad to hear further from you .

Eric Duggan Vancouver Island near Nanaimo BC. 73'

From: "Emer Duggan" <>
Date sent: Wed, 30 Jul 1997
Subject: Family History ...Limerick Duggans

Hi there, I was just surfing the web and I came accross the Duggan page. Very interesting. My name is Emer Duggan. I'm 22 and I live in Dublin, Ireland. My Father is Michael and is from Limerick. His Father was John Duggan and comes from a long line of Limerick Duggans but I am not sure of the dates. My uncle does have a lot of the Duggan Family history available so I'll see if I can get it and send it on to you. As far as I remember it covers dates etc. and goes back quite a bit :-)

Keep up the good work!

Regards, Emer Duggan

Dear Elmer,

It is a pleasure to hear from you! We love to see family data from Ireland as we are all trying to make the connection. Your data will be gratefully received by all. I look forward to hearing from you again

your cousin, Lyman Duggan

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From: Nick Nielson <>
Subject: James Duggan
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997


My great-grand mother's maiden name was Jane Dougan. Her father, James Dugan, was born around Newcastle in Northumberland,England abt. 1869. His parents were Robert Dugan and Jane Storey. Robert was born in 1829 in Kilsyth,Stirlingshire,Scotland. His parents were James Dugan and Mary Smith. James Dugan was born abt. 1800 in Donegal County, Ireland. All these Dugans played the bagpipes and were well known for how well they played them. Family tradition says that before they were in Donegal they came from around Kilronan,Roscommon. They were descendants of the O'Duigenans who was a very learned family of Irish history. If anyone knows more about this family, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Nick Nielson from: soccermeister

Date: 97-08-02


The July-August 1997 issue of IRELAND of the Welcomes has a 2-page write up on DUGGANs. It's written by John Gresham, author of "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" and "Clans and Families of Ireland".

It says "...The surname arose simultaneously in a number of areas, including Cork, Roscommon/Galway, Wexford, and Fermanagh." Those in the north descend from O Dugain of Inishkeen, Co. Fermanagh, "but Dugan and Dougan are well-known Scottish names. In 1890 Doogan was most common in Antrim, Armagh, and Donegal, while Dugan was frequent in Antrim and Down ."

Both Duggan coats of arms are shown, though the crescent moon version has greater prominence.

Several prominent Duggans are cited, including

-poet John O'Dugan (d. 1372) of east Galway,
-Bishop of Clonfert Patrick Duggan (1813-1896) of Galway,
-Church of Ireland Bishop (1970-1985) Dr. John Coote Duggan of Offaly,
-Irish nationalist Eamonn Duggan (1874-1936),
-Cork businessman Noel C. Duggan (b. 1933), and
-George Chester Duggan (1887-1967) - a prominent civil servant in both Northern Ireland and in Dublin.

Early in this century an Alfredo Duggan of Argentina (from Wexford Duggans) died quite wealthy but with no heirs, causing quite a flurry of publicity. Eventually, in 1944 a 72-year old nephew from Rosslare inherited several million pounds.

It's an interesting article.

Happy genealogy!

Bob Duggan in Atlanta

Please document your Duggan Genealogy and send it to me for publishing and for the Archive. When you have new data, dates etc., let me know and it will be published and archived too. These Archives will be available for many years to come...hopefully forever. For this reason, it is a good idea to include your mailing address so that interested parties can contact you years into the future.....cousin Lyman Duggan

Search the Archives
Many People ask me to search for a relative so I have set up a system that makes things easier until we have a site search engine.

The file "Dug1-16" contains all issues 1 through 16.
The file "Dug17-25" contains all issues 17 through 25.

Once the file (over 250Keach) is loaded, you may use your Web Browser's Find or Search command to search for a particular name of interest.. You can click on the file you want above and it will load for you.

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