I hope other Horgan families check out my theory. I can bet that most families are having trouble finding out much early information, because they are looking in the worng place. I also believe you will find no record of your family before the mid to late 1820's. Check out, The Battle Of Carriganima, and The Whiteboys in Muskerry.A quote from this article:
"Denis Murphy, Timothy Hallahan, Richard Drummy and Edward Breen, five men who had taken part in the Deshure affray, except for the last named who was captured at Keimaneigh. They were all to be executed at Deshure crossroads.
Also in the car were the four men to be hanged in Carriganima – Daniel Murphy, Patrick Lehane, Thomas Goggin and Cronelius Lucy. Inside the car with them travelled Fr. Horgan, a man who had been parish priest in Clondrohid for fifteen years up till then; he was especially grieved at the situation as he himself was born in Carriganimma and he knew the doomed men personally. With him was Fr. Ryan of Macroom, while two other clergymen travelled in a chaise."
My theory is that the Horgan families of that area were allowed to get out of town because of their priest relative. I also believe that the ones leaving right after this happened were the most involved- going to Canada, Kerry, or the US. The ones leaving later, went to the Schull area and waited until they had proper paperwork before they left. I am proud to think that I might be related to those who fought tyranny with hardly any clothes on their backs. It was a desperate situation. Many of those Horgan's (Harrigan) that left in the 1830's and moved to New Brunswick are reatives of Bing Crosby. I found that the Lucey family web site has a list of families that married in. Many of them tie to our family. Maybe it's just a theory, but tythe records in 1766 show where the Horgan families were living in Cork. Cornelius was there. Please check this out and see if you agree. Thanks. Colleen