I have information from the 1870 census from the area of Hazleton (Luzerne County) PA showing a McGeehan family with a son named Patrick. This family is almost certainly the family of my great-grandmother, Bridget McGeehan who married Patrick HIGGINS in (Dec.?) 1870.
The census shows the following individuals:
Head of house: Catherine, born abt. 1828 in Ireland.
Bridget, born abt. 1853
Daniel, born abt. 1854
Anthony, born abt. 1856
Patrick, born abt. 1858
Grace, born abt. 1860
Ellen, born abt. 1862
Edward, born abt. 1864
All of the children are shown as being born in PA.
There is a good possiblity that this McGeehan family has connections to a Boyle family, but I have no specific proof of that as yet.
If you think you may have connections to this family, or to any Higgins family in the area of Drifton, Freeland, or Hazleton, PA I would love to hear from you.