I have just come across your message about Thomas Horan and his family, which I find most interesting. I too descend from a Thomas Horan of Ireland. Although I see no blood line connection between us, I find some of the similarities haunting.
My Thomas was probably born in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s. I have no dates for him. He lived in Loughrea County Galway Ireland. We know of two sons of his, Patrick, my ancestor and Thomas. Although we are not sure, we don’t believe his son Thomas ever married, and we believe he made one trip to the US but think he returned to Ireland.
My Patrick also studied in Maynooth. It is said he was to enter the priesthood, but for some reason did not. He came to WV roughly 1848 or 1849, probably first in Wheeling, then to Nicholas County, WV where he married Mary Duffy and reared a family of 11 children. He was said to be a very learned man, and was a teacher among other things. To the best of my knowledge, he was never a farmer. We know who all of his descendents are.
We have reason to believe that our Thomas was also involved with the Daniel O’Connell movement. His descendents have been carefully trained to believe the only good Englishman is a dead one. Isn’t it strange how long a hatred can exist?
Many of our Horan’s also have an outstanding ability for remembering things as well as an ability to tell wonderful stories. Did your people have stories about the two Bunyonesque giants Yow-You-Yim-Yim-Yerick and Groutine Castalook? They preformed amazing fetes in WV.
Our Horan’s were staunch Republicans and had little to do with horses or farms.
We have some names in common like Thomas and Emmet, and the one that started all of this. Recently I have uncovered a Tressie Horan in WV that I can’t account for.
No matter if there is no connection, I thoroughly enjoyed your story.