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Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 17 Jul 2005 4:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dugan, Duggan, Nolan, Burke, Beckett, Madden
I am looking to flesh out records and information for Duggan/Dugan family members living in Scranton, PA, in the late 19th century and in Philadelphia in the early 20th century. Sometimes the spelling of the name is given as Dugan and sometimes as Duggan. My family tends to use the Duggan spelling, though it appears not all of our relatives shared that tendency.

Henry Duggan, a mason, was born in Ireland in 1828 and, according to his naturalization papers, arrived in New York in January 1864. He settled in Scranton, PA, where he died on July 3, 1900. He was survived by his widow, Anna Devitt Duggan.

His obituary indicates that he had a sister, Katherine Burke, who lived in Dunmore, and several children, including Katie and Nettie Duggan, Agnes Duggan Beckett, and Mrs. John Nolan (Sarah/Sadie Duggan Nolan, from what I can tell). It appears that another daughter, Marie, died during the late 19th century, though I have only found her in one record, the 1880 census.

The obituary also indicates that he had a son, Bernard, living in Philadelphia in 1900. However, the 1880 census lists the son's name as Henry. Subsequent searches of directories and census records turned up a Henry Dugan of the right age (39) in the 1910 Philadelphia Census. It's unclear as to whether this is the right man. This Henry has a wife named Elizabeth and a brood of children.

As for Henry Duggan Sr.'s sister, Katherine Burke, she lived until 1912 and is buried in Dunmore. Records I've consulted suggest her parents were Bernard Duggan and Brigid Madden, though again I'm unsure as to the accuracy. I've also heard Katherine was born in Ballycastle, County Mayo, but I cannot verify that either. Scranton was full of County Mayo immigrants, though, from what I've read.

Any further information would be much appreciated.

Re: Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 2 Jun 2012 12:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
My name is Edward Dugan. Born and raised in Philadelphia. My father was from Gibbstown/Paulsboro area of New Jersey. He has a sister, Margaret. His father was killed in Philadelphia while lying under a car fixing it while a streetcar ran over his legs. IQ was marginal I gather.

Re: Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 2 Jun 2012 12:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Duggan/Dugan
Do you happen to know the names and birthplaces of your father's parents and grandparents? Is there any suggestion your family had links back to the Irish immigrant community in northeastern Pennsylvania?

Re: Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 3 Jun 2012 2:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sorry but I didn't even know my grandfather's bame (the one with the streetcar accident) I THINK they came from County Cork and he and his sister Margaret ended up in Gibbstown, New Jersey. My father and mother were divorced when I was about 6 and the only reference to NE PA was the fact he drove bootleg coal trucks down to Philly during the miner's strike. Not on subject but my first wife's family lived in Wyoming and had a drug store there for many years. Her maiden name was Stapleton.

Re: Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 3 Jun 2012 6:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Wow! That's some story about driving the bootleg trucks during the strike.

As for finding out family names, generally birth and death certificates provide a wealth of information, but I would warn you that the wait times and privacy regulations vary from state to state. New Jersey, for instance, needed a copy of a photo ID and proof of my relationship to the person in question, and the wait time for documents consisted of weeks, indeed months. The wheels turn a little faster in Pennsylvania, as I recall, but they still have restrictions.

Re: Henry Duggan/Dugan in Scranton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 3 Jun 2012 10:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
I suspect driving a bootleg coal truck may have been on the more legal things he did but I really don't know. He died of lung cancer in Gibbstown. I was a university president at the time and didn't have the time nor inclination to go to his funeral, which infuriated his wife at the time. Truth be told I don't have a lot of interest in my ancestors. I don't even allow my grandchildren to know where I live. Good luck with your search.
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