James Hegarty 27
- Born: Abt 1851, Ireland 25
- Marriage: Minnie W. Shannon in 1873 in Schull, Cork, Ireland
- Died: 26 May 1898, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA about age 47 701
- Buried: 30 May 1898, Riverside Cemetery, Scriba, , NY 63,421,702
Belle Radcliffe owns a copy of a paper with the following written on it:
Protestant Episcopal Immigrant Port Chaplaincy, Room 227, No. 22 State Street, New York. June 10, 1891.
Rev. and Dear Sir:
I desire herewith to commend to your Pastoral Care and Fatherly Good Offices, James Agarty [I can't read it], just arrived from Ireland as member of the Church intending to settle in Rochester, N.Y. I am Rev. and Dear Sir, Faithfully yours, (Rev.) Thomas Drumm, M.D., Port Chaplain, Protestant Episcopal Church. To the Rev. Episcopal Clergyman Nearest Address
To the Person Receiving this Card
And belonging to the Church of England, or of Ireland, or of the Episcopal Church of Scotland
You will please present this card as soon as possible to the Episcopal Clergyman whose church is nearest your new residence. He will become your pastor and friend. While you remain in New York you are cordially invited to the Port Chaplaincy Rooms, 22 State Street (opposite Castle Garden). We shall be happy to give you any information or advice; or, if necessary, to aid you in finding employment. `
We cheerfully and freely furnish conveniences for reading, letter writing, etc., etc. On Sundays and other days we give lists of open churchs, in any of which you may thank God for your safe passage, and ask grace to lead a holy and useful life in your new home.
We also hold special religious services at the Port Chaplaincy Room, to which you are affectionately invited.
(Rev.) Thomas Drumm., M.D. Port Chaplain, Protestant Episcopal Church." Further research has found that Rev. Thomas Drumm was chaplain in NY beginning in 1887.
In the 1853 Griffith's Valuation, there are a pretty large group of Hegartys living in Aghadown (34 mentions either as tenant or landowner in G's Valuations). William was in the townland of Bigmarsh, map ref. #1, sheet 141, tenant of Robert Tighe. Anne in 1853 was a tenant in Aghadown with a landlord Denis Driscoll, townland of Ardraly, sheet 141, map ref. 8; Robert was a tenant of Robert Tighe's also in Bigmarsh townland (1853), sheet 141, map ref. 2; Bridget in 1853 was a tenant of Robert Tighe in Bigmarsh, sheet 141, map ref. 3; Timothy was a tenant of Robert Hegarty, townland of Bigmarsh, sheet 141, map ref. 4; Daniel was a tenant of Robert Tighe in 1853, townland of Bigmarsh, sheet 141, map ref. 6; Daniel again, and in 1853 was a tenant of Robert Tighe's in Bigmarsh, sheet 141 map ref. 7; Cornl. (Cornelius?) was a tenant in 1853 of Robert Tighe in Bigmarsh, sheet 141, map ref. 10; Daniel has more -- he's a tenant of Robert Tighe's in 1853 in Bigmarsh, sheet 141, map ref. 12. Margaret was a tenant of Rev. Mr. Brennan in the townland of Gneeves, sheet 141, map ref. 1; Denis Minihane was Margaret Hegarty's tenant in Gneeves townland in 1853, sheet 141, map ref. 1; Jeremiah Heg. was a tenant of Hugh Lawton's in the townland of Kilkilleen, sheet 140, map ref. 6 but also 7. (Left off at Daniel, 2nd from top.)
Note that even if this is not OUR James Heagerty, according to The Catholic Journal dated 11-22-1890, Schull was still in the throes of poverty and its results. "The little town of Schull, Cork, was the scene of a pitiful but striking demonstration recently. An immense procession of laborers, small farmers and women, headed by Father O'Driscoll, of Goleen, and Father O'Connell of Schull, passed through the town on their way to the workhouse, a more ragged, distressed, or half-starved crowd could hardly be imagined... 'We feel it, therefore, an imperative duty to call upon the Government to take effective measures, whilst there is yet time, to prevent the deplorable consequences that, more especially in the poorer parts of the county, must inevitably follow from so large a failure of that crop on which the people mainly subsist..." (nyshistoricnewspapers.org)
The 1875 County Cork city directory lists a James Hegarty, landholder in Skibbereen; a Jeremiah as landholder in Aghadown, (and he also was elected to the Board of Guardians - some type of health organization, p. 465 County Cork city directory. (See "Baptism" of James) Listed as "Hegarty Jeremiah, Kilsarlaght, Aghadown." Also listed is John Shannon, Mohona, Aghadown also on the Board of Guardians with an elected position. Some are appointed, some elected ). Hegarty & Wolfe, drapers in Skibbereen; Miss Kate Hegarty, a grocer & vintner in Skibbereen; and many others with the name and spelling of Hegarty, but they're scattered all over County Cork which happens to be the second largest county in Ireland as far as mere size. These are the most possible Hegartys. My research has shown me that a Jeremiah was born in 1845. Could he have been a brother to James? The same records show a brother James born in 1851 (same birth year as our James).
In the Guy's Cork Almanac of 1884, his entry for Schull under the topic of "Summer Resorts" says, "Schull, Goleen, RockIsland, Crookhaven, etc. (Roaringwater bay), west of Skibbereen. This interesting but remote part of the coast is all that could be desired as a sea-side residence; accommodation not first-class; boats and boatmen numerous; living cheap. Skibbereen ... Three good hotels at Skibbereen ... excellent sea and fresh water fishing." Living in "Aghadown - Skibbereen is Chas Hegarty, Kilsarlaght, Thos. Shannon, Lissaclarig, Matthew Sweetnam.
On a separate note, I also found a Patrick & Ellen Hegarty and a Catharine Hegarty who registered baptisms in Oct. 1868 at the Catholic church in Aughadown. (http://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000634759#page/30/mode/1up) (Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI). (Also found a couple Hegartys in the 1823 baptismal record - http://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000634756#page/11/mode/1up) There are many more Hegartys in these records. Additionally, in the "Guy's Postal Directory 1914 for County Cork Ireland, I see a John Hegarty, grocer. There's also a John Sweetnam and a Thomas Sweetnam listed as landholders in the parish of Aghadown. There's also a Rev. Geo B. Sweetnam, rector. No Shannons at all. No Hegs in Skibbereen; no Shannons either. (http://www.failteromhat.com/guy/aghadown.php)
BURIALS IN IRELAND
There are 3 Hegartys buried in the Aughadown Upper Graveyard -- Andrew (d. 1952), Michael (d. 1868), and another Michael (d. 1962).
A William Hegarty died 7-17-1885 in the workhouse in Schull and is buried in grave of old church, Schull. Another William Hegarty is also buried there (d. 1907) from Ballyrisode, Goleen, age 85, he was a farmer, widower, and his daughter Lizzie was a dressmaker.) Ditto Maria Hegarty (d. 1935). A Robert Shannon (d. 1944) is also buried in grave of old church, Schull.
There are Hegartys buried in Bawnaknockane cemetery in Ballydehob -- Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Barty (all semi-current).
HIS PARENTS ... OTHER RELATIONS?
On the same registry page, a few lines down from the listing for Thomas Shannon and Mary Willis in 1839 is the registration of a James Hegarty and an Ursela Shannon. I have no idea if that's a note of consequence, but James Hegarty's only daughter was named Ursella (variety of spellings), which was not a common name. I have this page printed out and stored in the Hegarty folder. Both the Shannon/Willis and Hegarty/Shannon marriages were Catholic and in the diocese of Cork and Ross -- wrong? Both Catholic & Church of Ireland have dioceses.
I found a will for a John Hegarty who was a blacksmith living in/on "Bridgetown in the town of Skibbereen in the parish of Abbey Straweny, east division of West Carburry and county of Cork." He left everything to his "cosen," John Sullivan of Gu..thanaclohy. It's dated 1-11-1866. John died on the 18th of January, 1866, a "widower without child, grandchild, or descendant of such parent, brother, or sister Grandparent, aunt, nephew or niece, great grandparent or great nephew or niece heir surviving..."
I found another will for John Wholey of 52 North St., Skibbereen who paid for the funeral expenses of his grandmother Mrs. Catherine Hegarty out of his estate. Will dated 3-3-1895.
In the "Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874", I find a Widow Hegarty who borrowed $ during the famine but she was Lowertown. Others who borrowed were Dan'l Hegarty of Gubbeen, Ellen Hegarty (a drake), of Ardmanagh in April, 1845. Also Jer'h Hegarty of Coolydu[?] in 4-1843; Mary Hegarty of Glown in 5-1843; Pat. Hegarty of Glown in 1-1843; Patrick H. of Glown in July, 18 __; Susan (a housekeeper) in 1842 of Lowertown; and a Will'm H. (a shoer) in 1842.
I found a "Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885" showing a parcel of land rented to James Hegarty and others with the name of McDonald in Carrigeenaveagh. Includes house, outbuildings, gardens, etc. in 1857.Leased for 300 years. (!) Property was later sold in 1876. Also listed for same property under name of "James Hegarty, Esq." (!) are the names of JP and Patrick H. and the grounds included a conservatory, gardens, pleasure ground, situated at "Buxton Hill and Sunday's Well-road".
HIS RELIGION ...?
On a free findmypast.com weekend, I found a Denis Hegarty in the "Ireland Catholic qualification & convert rolls, 1701-1845" record. In the time of Oliver Cromwell, the British Protestants confiscated property and lands belonging to Irish Catholics. Some Irish converted in an effort to maintain their property. If you did convert, you had to sign a register stating such and your property would have been returned. This same law prohibited Catholics from holding public office, voting, or marrying someone outside the church. Denis was from near Skibbereen, from Ballywholehane, and a farmer. Dated 8-31-1796. (Place is not on Googlemaps, but spelling is correct if I do a general Google search.) There was also a Jeremiah "Hagertie" in Rosscarbery who did the same thing in 1796. Jeremiah was a farmer from Bohanagh. Bohanagh is east of Rosscarbery and Rosscarbery is east of Skibbereen, which is east of the town of Schull.
The information below about the Oswego Starch Factory was copied from the Mahar family web site. I thought it interesting to hear their facts about the factory and the connection to Oswego, and then also Rochester.
James Hegarty worked in the starch factory during the time of the 1880 census. Also, the Kingsford brand of starch was advertised in the Irish Times newspaper in Ireland, with reference to Oswego, NY in the ad.
"...Third Ward of Oswego, an area of the city with many laborers and craftsmen; most of Irish descent. The Third Ward was also the home of the Oswego Starch Factory, the largest producer of starch in the world. Established in 1848 by Thomas Kingsford, the factory it produced 6,000 tons of starch in 1862 and employed 500 workers. Kingsford was an Englishman and inventor who developed an innovative process to make starch. The City of Oswego was originally founded as a military outpost. The name comes from a Native American word for "pouring out water". During the era of Thomas Mahar's emigration to the New World, Oswego was a much more important port than it is today. Located as the eastern most port on Lake Ontario, it served as an important transportation center for goods in and out of New York State in the first half of the 19th century. Several early Mahar/Maher/Meagher men found in Oswego are shown in occupation connected to shipping. The building of the Erie Canal prevented Oswego from even developing into a major port and until the Oswego Canal connecting the city to the Erie Canal rejuvenated the city's economic climate. One of the great problems with researching in Oswego has been that most people left the city for larger urban hubs, like Syracuse or Rochester. The devastating economic problems of present day New York has caused an even further decay in the city's stability."
A different web site said this about Oswego and their starch factory: "long before the Civil War Oswego starch was known throughout the length and breadth of the land.... By 1879, 140 starch factories sprouted up throughout the United States causing the production of corn starch to more than double between 1869 and 1904. The Oswego factory produced 35 tons of starch per day and employed almost a thousand people on 17 acres. T. Kingsford & Son had everything onsite needed to complete the entire process of refining the corn right down to the packaging. The 17 acre plot included a foundry, machine shop, fire brigade, and facilities to produce wooden and paper boxes.
The Oswego based factory is credited as being the first U.S. corn refining company to attain mass production of corn products for a global market, one of the first companies to use extensive advertising, the first to have large export trading and the first to use automatic machinery in a factory setting. The 2.5 billion dollar industry was pushed along by demand for corn starch by both manufacturers and consumers. Due to its low price, corn started to be used in the development of laundry soaps, corn syrups (used in candies), baking, brewing and vinegar industries.
During the 1890's, profits started to drop; smaller factories were purchased and consolidated by larger companies trying to regulate output while maintaining profitable prices and lowering production costs. Along with railroads, petroleum, and sugar refineries the corn refining business fell on hard times. Imported tropical starches, such as sago, tapioca and arrowroot, became popular and less expensive. 1900 brought new experienced engineers with the best machinery and factories that have sustained the past 100 years and are still in production today.
Kingsford has remained in business since it's inception in 1848, and has been passed down through six generations. The company expanded to work on a variety of steam engines, boilers, and pumps. Today you may recognize the Kingsford name on barbeque products such as lighter fluid and charcoal. " (http://www.cortland.edu/outdoor/raquette/kc_history.html)
To see pictures of the starch factory, go to http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyoswego/towns/cityoswego/starch.html
Here is what I found in the Riverside Cemetery in Scriba, NY (just outside Oswego):
James Heagerty d. May 1898 age 50 a resident of Chicago Lot 321 Section O
Thomas J. Heagerty b. Oswego 31 Oct 1879 d 20 Nov 1881 Lot 321 - sec O
Miss Orsilla Anna Heagerty b. Oswego 3 April 1874 d. 3 Oct 1889 Lot 321 -Sec O (parents James and Minnie Heagerty)
A James Heagerty owned the lot.
I will look for obituaries in a month or less when I return from my trip. There may not be much, as obituaries were not as common then.
Hope this helps a bit.
The records at the center only are until 1910. After that you need to contact the cemetery. You may find other Heagertys in the lot.
You can call the cemetery caretaker, Fran Loomis at (315)343-7691 or write to him at Riverside Cemetery, 4024 Co. Rt. 57, Oswego, NY 13126
I found a James H. Haggerty living at 555 26th St.Chicago in the city directory for 1892. If I assume this is he, then that shows their arrival in Chicago was in or before this year.
My current theory (2014) is that he and son James Herbert left New York state for Chicago after the deaths of Ursula and John. This would have happened between 1889 and 1892. (James is still listed in the Oswego city directory as a clerk -- a grocery clerk (?) -- in Oswego in 1890-1891 so that window of time is lessened.) They maybe went to Syracuse, where James the father, with James the son, set out for Chicago. Minnie died in Albany, so my guess is that she split from the family after having been beaten by husband James. Both Jameses lived with Minnie's brother (probably) in Chicago. James the father died in Chicago soon after arrival.
I called (8-5-08) the town clerk of Scriba, NY for info about the burial permit of James Hegarty. Her records only go back to 1937, but she gave me Charles Young's phone #. He's the historian for Scriba. Charles found the death date and suggested I call Justin White at the County Records Center at (315) 349-8460. I talked to him before our trip to Ireland and he told me about the Hegartys in the Oswego City Directory. He said some owned a grocery. Justin had nothing, but said Pierce Funeral Home was in charge. Pierce was bought by Dane-Cullinan Funeral Home. I called Chris Dane at (315) 343-5120. He asked that I email him with the request & he'd get back to me. email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also try FultonHistory.com for scanned copies of the Paladium Times local newspaper. Chris Dane didn't have anything to add. A Mr. James Heagerty appears in the Paladium Times several times. He was an owner of a confectionery/fruit/tobacco store in Oswego. Could this be our guy? No, because that James H. lived at 45 E. Bridge in Oswego in the same year that we know our James H. to live on Ellen Street because of Ursula's obituary -- unless this James H. was his father. However, the James that owned the grocery stores was Catholic. Grocery store James and our James were approximately the same age, and both had boys named James, also about the same age. One set was Catholic; the other, Protestant. The Catholics were the prosperous and well liked ones. Our Protestants were in trouble with the law for hot tempers.
I asked about the church they belonged to in Oswego. I asked that they look into the records for that time period & tell me what they found. Here is their reply. 'Hi Ellen,
I just wanted to let you know that we've looked into your request. The Church of the Resurrection did used to be called Christ Church, and in perusing the records we have here at the church, we were unable to find the records you were requesting. There does seem to be a lapse in some of our records, however, so that could be why we were unable to locate those records. I wish you the best of luck in your searches, and apologize that we're unable to help you more in your endeavors.
Address of that church: 120 W. Fifth St., Oswego, NY 13126. (315) 343-3501. Office hrs for the church are M-Th 9:00-1:00.
In March, 2010, I ordered the Chicago Daily News and looked in there for an obit for James. The Daily News was the paper preferred by Irishmen of the day. No obit appears.
I borrowed the book, "One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Christ Church Oswego, NY Oct. 1947" from the SUNY College at Oswego; Penfield Library, Oswego. The book mainly talks about who was head of the church at different points in the church's history, what the vestments looked like, who donated each item within the church (no one of interest donated), and some items of general historic interest, such as when women got the right to vote in the church (1916), and when pews were no longer for sale (1892). Copies of the more pertinent pages are in my file under "Hegarty."
THIS JAMES HEGARTY IS NOT THE SAME JAMES HEGARTY THAT OWNED A FRUITS & CONFECTIONERY IN OSWEGO, NY. (Is it his father? See above.) That J.H. is listed separately in the city directory for the same year that our J.H. is living on Ellen St. in Oswego. The other one lived at 45 E. Bridge. More Heagertys - Jeremiah - also worked at fruits & confectionery during the same year and lived with a Wm. H., who did fruits, oysters and confectionery at 178 W. First --Jeremiah and Wm. were Catholic. Also in the same house is another James H., who was a clerk. Published in "Searching For Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Place in The Boston Pilot 1831-1920" is this notice: Of Jeremiah Hagerty, who left parish Affadown, co. Cork, in May, 1847, and when last heard of was boarding at the house of Timothy Shean, in Oswego, N.Y. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by his distressed mother, Catherine Hagerty, Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa." See below for more about Jeremiah.
There are about 400 entries for Jas. Heagerty in the Oswego newspapers (www.fultonhistory.com) but most of them are advertisements for fresh shipments of oysters, berries, fresh fish, etc. that were for sale at Heagerty's.
I'm so happy you were able to come to Oswego and track your ancestors a bit. It's also nice you were able to get to Breitbeck Park; the lake is so amazing. ...
One resource here is the Oswego Records Center. The man who works there is Justin White. He is very knowledgeable about Oswego and surrounding towns, cemeteries, etc. He can help do house research, cemetery research, naturalization records. He knows a fantastic amount of Oswego History too. The number is 315-349-8461. The Center is open from 9 to 1, so give him a call.
The City Clerk's office has birth, death and perhaps marriage records. The woman there are friendly. I just walk in and request a death certificate and get it in five minutes. They must do them by mail also.
And of course there is the County Clerk.
Also, have you joined the Oswego Rootsweb mailing list? Someone on there might be able to talk to you more about Oswego genealogy. I have lived here for 40 years, but as many people do, focus my family history on other places.
Please feel free to ask me local knowledge questions. I'm not sure I can answer, but you never know!
Hegerty doesn't appear in the Oswego 1870 census, so maybe they arrived between 1870 and 1874, the time of Ursula's birth.
Today 8:33 PM
You wouldn't happen to know if James had siblings? I'm chasing the branch that has Jeremiah and Catherine/Catharine as the starting point. Jeremiah died in 1892. The US Census 1860 - 1880 placed them in the 2nd Ward of Oswego. Also a listing for Jeremiah on 178 W. First
I have a couple of headstones from the St Paul Cemetery in Oswego, that were identified as "Hagarty"
Today 9:48 PM
I guess it's possible that James (b. about 1851) could have been related to Jeremiah, but is St. Paul a Catholic cemetery? If so, I question if they're brothers because James was a Protestant and is buried in Riverside Cemetery as opposed to the Catholic one. We have proof that at least in 1891 he was Protestant. He attended Christ Church, Oswego (now Church of the Resurrection). I've been unable to determine when he arrived in NY. Did you know the Paladium Times is available online? That's an old local newspaper for the area.
Today 10:25 PM
St Paul is the Catholic Cemetery, so out is any direct relationship between the two. Because of their location in Oswego, I haven't been able to find any transit information from Ireland/England to the USA. Although some information I did come across mentioned movement across the lakes from Canada into the upper reaches of New York.
So I have been checking for a Canadian port, but not having much luck there either.
So if James was Protestant, he probably came from either County Donegal or Derry - where the Oh'Eigceartaigh family originates from. I found an excerpt from The Book of Kells - wherein the family name is mentioned.
I also had some information from my uncle who said there was a dispute or family fight of some kind and the family split. Some opting to stay in the original lands, while others went south to County Cork.
Thanks for the info on the paper, I'm making trips up to Oswego - every so often.
Today 10:28 PM
Oh! The family story is that our branch came from County Cork. Can you share more details?
Today 10:40 PM
Thats all I have, right now... I have been using the information from my family as a basis for my search - nobody that I have talked with has the complete picture of the family tree.
I have been piecing together stuff since 2005 off and on
There is a pawn shop called Heagerty's Hot Spot in Oswego. Address: Heagerty's Hot Spot
202 W 1st St
Oswego, NY 13126
Note to self: I see on Ancestry that there is an Irish Records Extraction Database for a James Hegarty w/ a spouse of Ursula Shannon, Cork County. Maybe Minnie's name was really Ursula, which is why they named their daughter that. Also note that a John Hagerty from Oswego who was a private in the 21st calvary in the Civil War. Enlisted 1-1864, killed on picket duty, Shenandoah Valley. Also a Wm. "Haggerty, soldier, buried in Mt. Hope, Rochester, NY who enlisted in Oswego, NY, is listed in records as "soldier found dead. Description list in pocket. Next to his name is written "supposed to be," in other words, they could be wrong. Buried, records say, in Public 5/24/1910. "Reported to GAR box #274." http://www.lib.rochester.edu/IN/RBSCP/Databases/IMAGES/MtHope/disc1/00000528.pdf
Names of Oswego newspapers: Oswego Daily Times, Oswego Morning Herald, Paladian Times, ...
Oswego Morning Herald, date unknown, has an ad as follows: "Heagerty Who has all the oysters in the city for the past week has a full supply again today."
In 1880, the population of Oswego County, NY was 77,911. Ancestry lists 74 people with the last name of Hegarty in Oswego (city) alone in that year. (Various spellings). So nearly 1% of the county's population were Hegartys! In 1875, there were 66 Hegartys in Oswego proper.
A James (Jas) Hegarty and a James Hegarty Jr. arrived 6-10-1891 in New York on the ship Majestic from Queenstown, Ireland. James was a laborer. Father was born abt 1848. Destination Baltimore. No sign of Minnie, although there was a Minnie "Hagerty" boarding at 85 Spencer in Rochester, NY in the 1888-91 city directory. She was a "fitter."
Note - Ancestry has a book called Chicago Irish Families, good for obits.
Note to self: The city of Oswego is different than the town of Oswego. Both are in NY. He lived in the CITY. Another note: In talking with the caretaker at the Scriba cemetery, there is a Thomas Hegarty buried in the same lot #, Section D. Unsure of Heg spelling.
Note to self, again: There are "Hegarty"s buried in the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, St. Patrick in Goleen, Kilmoe, Church of Ireland cemetery. (Can be seen at www.corkgen.org/publicgenealogy/cork/placesalmanac/skull/
Your inquiry was forwarded to The Archives of the Episcopal Church. According to the Directory of Social and Health Agencies of New York City, 1907, The Protestant Episcopal Immigrant Port Chaplaincy was for the, "care of members of sister churches in foreign lands, who arrive at Ellis Island; to commend them to the pastoral care of clergymen where they intend to settle; to guide and protect the inexperienced and in special cases to render charitable care and assistance." It appears this organization was run out of the Diocese of New York. The Archivist for the Diocese, Mr. Wayne Kempton, may have additional information on the Chaplaincy. His contact information is located at:
I hope this information is helpful.
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Comments / Questions: We own a piece of paper that might have served as a reference from the chaplain at the Protestant Episcopal Immigrant Port Chaplaincy at 22 State Street, NYC, dated 6-10-1891. It was signed by Rev. Thomas Drumm, Port Chaplain. It belonged to my great great grandfather. Would the port chaplaincy have had a membership, or was it just a service group? Is there anything you might suggest as to why he would have had that if he'd already been living in New York for a few years? This was the one thing we own from that relative, so it must have meant a great deal to him. Thank you for your time.
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Hi Mr. Kempton.
We own a little card signed by Rev. Thomas Drumm at the Protestant Episcopal Immigrant Port Chaplaincy at 22 State Street, NYC, dated 6-10-1891. The card apparently was to commend its holder to the care of clergymen where the holder expected to settle. It belonged to my great great grandfather. Would the port chaplaincy have had a membership, or was it just a service group? Is there anything you might suggest as to why my relative would have been given that card if he'd already been living in Oswego, New York for a few years? This was the one thing we own from that relative, so it must have meant a great deal to him that he kept it the rest of his life. I'm trying to piece together a timeline of when this relative arrived from Ireland or whether or not he was born here, where he was married, and whatever happened to my great great grandmother (whether she went back to Ireland via the New York port in June of 1891). The existence of this card is confusing because I believe they were living in Oswego, NY from the 1870s through at least 1889. Thank you so much for your time. I hate to bother you with this, but I've searched every other avenue without success.
Answer to my email:
The PE Immigrant Port Chaplaincy was conducted by the Seamen's Church Institute
and the State Street building was on the waterfront and their main headquarters
I believe. It is likely your ancestor passed through that port in 1891. Was he
aboard any ships in his career?<BR><BR>In any case, you should contact the
Archivist for the Seamen's Church Institute for more information. Here is the
Hunting.<BR><BR>Wayne Kempton<BR>Archivist / Historiographer<BR>Episcopal
Diocese of New York<BR><BR>
Have checked NY probate records 1629-1971, NY Western District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1966, up to p. 50 of NY probate records 1629-1971, Oswego Cty, Administration bonds 1896-1900.
No Hegartys in 1914 Chicago phone book. No Jas. Hagerty or Haggarty. Ditto for 1915. In 1916, there are two Haggertys: one is James A. at 3331 S. Union. The other is James B. at 2119 Springfield Ave. There are no James Hagertys. None with the Hegarty spelling. In 1917, there are again no Hegartys. No James Haggerty. No James Hagerty. Next avail phone book at Newberry is for 1922. In that one, we find James H. Hegarty living at 3520 W. 62nd (Gramps) with phone # of Republic 2669. At the Haggerty entry, it says See also Hagerty, Haggarty. No James H. Haggerty and no good addresses. (Work done by me in about 2008.)
No will found in Oswego County records for the period for any Hegartys (variant spellings) other than a Mary Heagerty in 1891 and a William Heagerty in 1913. Source: NY Probate Records, 1629-1971, Oswego Will Index 1816-1915. (Ancestry) Mary's obit (date unknown, found via fultonhistory.com) reads: "Miss Mary Heagerty, a former well-known resident of Oswego, died Saturday at her home in Lakewood, O., (sic) after an illness of several months. Born in Oswego, she was a daughter of the late James and Rose Burns Heagerty, prominent First Ward residents. Her father operated fruit stores in East Bridge and West Bridge streets. Miss Heagerty was educated in St. Mary's parochial school and the public schools here and was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic church in which she always retained a great interest. While in good health, Miss Heagerty was a frequent visitor to Oswego, where she had many friends. She is survived by a sister, Miss Laura Heagerty, and a brother, James Heagerty, both of Lakewood, O. Funeral and burial took place today in Lakewood."
My letter to the current Protestant Episcopal Immigrant Port Chaplaincy dated 3-27-2014 -- This question is for your historian or archivist, please.
I'm interested in finding out if the Port Chaplaincy ever worked with the U.S. State Dept. to help establish the year in which someone immigrated to the U.S. in order to prove a person's citizenship? We own a copy of a letter of introduction from the Protestant Episcopal Immigrant Port Chaplaincy at Castle Garden dated 6-10-1891 and we'd like to know if this photocopy was given to my grandfather in the 1960s when he needed to establish his heritage in order to get a U.S. passport, or if this copy of the letter of introduction is part of our family history. We would very much appreciate any help you can give and we thank you very much.
Your inquiry was automatically forwarded to The Archives of the Episcopal Church.
It is unlikely that the original of the letter of introduction was saved, and we would guess that your grandfather made the copy to preserve the original copy (although we are presuming that it is a manuscript copy for that date). Clergy letters of introduction were often used to vouch for a person's reputation and honesty. It is possible that such a letter might accompany his application for citizenship, but we doubt that the priest would have worked directly with the immigration department in the matter.
I hope this information is helpful.
With best wishes,
Note to self: I checked the NY Probate Records at FamilySearch and there was no will for Hegartys or Shannons.
Also checked Administration Bonds 1896-1900, Administration Orders (I don't see an index for, but came across a Surrogate's Court order "in the matter of the Administration of the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Jane E. Shannon" for son Edgar E. Shannon. Image 75/345. Dated 7-11-1898, Lived in Oswego. Also a John A. Shannon's, Image 147/345.). I checked Administration orders 1896-1905 through the beginning of the yr 1902, image 212/345. Nothing in Appraisal Records.
I found Mary Heagerty in the "New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 Oswego Cty Will index, 1816-1915 on FamilySearch.com. Says Date of Probate was 2-5-1891, executor of the estate was Jeremiah Heagerty. Book S, page 373. (Image 63/153) Could this be Minnie? No. I found the will and it says her husband was Jeremiah. (She made an X for her name.) The 1880 census has Jeremiah Heagerty living with children Catherine, Wm., Margaret, Ellen, and Jeremiah the son. This obviously isn't our Minnie. (www.fultonhistory.com has an article about Jeremiah having been b. in 1845.) (Book called Genealogical & Family History NY available through FultonHistory.com says Jeremiah was the son of Wm. Heagerty, born in Ballylongford, Ireland, Nov. 1, 1845.
In the same record listing, I see a William Heagerty with a date of probate of 12-8-1913 with Wm. H. Heagerty as executor. Book 9, page 62. Image 64/153.
No Hegs in Common orders 1868-1877 vol. 1 or 2 or 3. Nothing in Decrees, Orders 1896-1904. Nothing in Dower records 1831-1880.
In Estate Index, 1846-1916, there is a William "Hagerty"with stuff in box 2 package H. Image 127/288. Also a Thomas "Hagerry" box 14, package H image 130/288. MINNIE HEAGERTY, BOX 8 PACKAGE H. Image 133/288. Paperwork recvd 6-19-2014.
Also Mary Heagerty, box 9 package H Image 133/288. And a Bartholomew Heagerty, box 15 package H, image 133/288. And a William Heagerty, box 23, package H. Sent $30 to Oswego Surr. Ct., 25 E. Oneida St., Oswego, NY 13126 on 6-2-14.
In Final settlements 1856-1888 vol 1-2, nothing. In Final settlements 1886-1894 vol. 1, nuttin'. In Final settlements 1888-1890 vol 3-5, nothing. Final settlements, 1896-1916 vol. 2 has nothing. Guardianship appointments 1831-1852 - nothing. Guardianship bonds 1890-1896 - no Guardianship bonds 1896-1911 - no Guardianship index - no, either copy 1 or 2. Guardianship records 1896-1909 vol 1 - no. Guardianship records 1896-1910 vol 2 - no. Letters of administration 1883-1889 vol J, Letters of administration 1887-1895 vol 1-- MINNIE HEAGERTY 436 Image 11/459.
(not found in this book. I need vol. 2, which doesn't appear in the listings. Drat!) Letters of administration 1893-1909 vol 1-2 - nothing. Letters of administration - ltrs of testamentary 1825-1849 vol a-b -- nothing. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1849-1864 vol C-E -- no. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1863-1868 vol F -- no. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1866-1877 vol G-H -- no. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1875-1883 vol H-I -- no. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1881-1888 vol I-J -- no. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1888-1895 vol J-L -- There's a Mary Heagerty on 294 (image 14/646) (see image 194/646 for the letter itself. Dated 2-5-1891. Mary named Jeremiah Heagerty as Executor of her will. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1896-1902 - vol 1 -- no. Letters of admin - Ltrs of testamentary 1896-190-4 vol 1-2 -- no. Letters of guardianship 1852-1894 vol 3-5 -- no. Letters of guardianship 1895-1916 vol 6-8 -- no. Minutes 1834-1848 -- this is 580 pgs handwritten so I didn't read it. Time period probably not pertinent anyway. Minutes 1848-1865 -- again, hand written, 820 pages. No index. Has something to do with estates, with the estate person's names at the top. Still time frame isn't quite right I figured so I didn't scour. Proceedings 1896-1908 -- More of the same, it looks like. It has the name of the person's estate at the top (handwritten), then the dates of the estate proceedings listed. No index of names. In chronological order?? No. Some guardian issues handled, too. I've looked at the first 131 pgs/820. Looking for Jas Heg. or a Shannon. Then I stopped and ck'd the Proceedings index 1896-1900 vol 1-2, 3 and didn't see anything so I gave up on the Proceedings 1896-1908. Skipped Sales records. Surrogate record sales 1865-1896 vol. 4 -- nothing. Testamentary index 1837-1893 -- In 1891 there is a Mary Heagerty listed. (See Mary as wife of Jeremiah, above.) That's the only one. Will index 1816-1915 -- nope. Letters of Admin 1887-1895 vol. 1 (image 414/459) shows a Bartholomew Heagerty to be on page 661. (No p. 661 shown)
A James Hegarty arrived and settled in Oswego, NY. Then he sends for his son, James from Ireland. This son James is married to Minnie Shannon, having married in Ireland around 1873. Minnie and James have sons James Herbert and Thomas John and their first-born, Ursula. James and this son come together and arrive in NYC on 6-10-1891. Minnie and Ursulla arrive at a different time, yet to be discovered. This would explain the James Hegarty living on Ellen St. in Oswego prior to the port chaplaincy letter having been written, and then how James and James the child arrive in NYC on 6-10-1891.
1827 -- A Jas. Hegerty is living in the township of Keelbronogue in the parish of Skull, in the county of Cork in 1827. (Source: 1827 tithe applotment books, online through the national archives of Ireland. The next line in the tithe book is a John Willis and a Phil Willis. Minnie Shannon's sister Ellen married a "Wills" -- maybe the same family?
1851 -- Ad seeking Jeremiah Hagerty. Mother Catherine was looking for him. He was supposedly living in Oswego, boarding w/ Timothy Shean. Home used to be Cork, Parish Aghadown, [now spelled Aughadown on Google maps]Barony of Carbery West, E.D., Poor-Law was Skibbereen. Left for U.S. in May 1847. Also -- an Ellen Hegarty appears in the Ireland Prison Registers, 1790-1924 available to be viewed at a Family History Center. The details are that she was a prisoner in 1889 in Cork County, a resident of Skull, age 38, which would make her birthdate around 1851. She was charged with larceny of cattle.
1855 -- Ad seeking Michael Heagarty, age 28 from Skull, Cork, Barony of Carbery West, W.D.; Poor-Law of Skull. Figured to be in NYC in 1849. Otherwise, Peasant Hill KY in 1853. Left Ireland in January, 1849 to port of NY. His mother, Jane Heagarty was looking for him. Ad ran 5-19-1855.
1869 -- 5-31-1869 -- A James Hegarty was an "associated cesspayer" in Cork. (I think a cesspayer is like a jurist or else someone who helps determine a settlement in a court case.) To see a copy of the case, look in the file where I have a printed copy of the case.
1870 -- In Census -- We find brother "Jerry" (Jeremiah?) Heagerty in Oswego as a Laborer in an Elevator, b. in Ireland, living with wife Catherine, 2 servants, and 6 children. Spelled Haggerty. No James. [It turns out that Jeremiah is brother to a different James Heagerty living in Oswego. See 4-14-1910 article below.]
1874 -- Ursula born -- in NY?
1877 -- James born -- in NY?
1879 -- Thomas born
1879 -- July 30, 1879 -- Syracuse NY Daily Standard -- "James Heagerty vs. Thomas Hart. Order dismissing complaint granted and certified to Oswego county. W.A. Poucher for defendant."
1879 -- 10-30-1879 Daily Times "Mr. J. Heagerty has opened a fish and oyster market on West Bridge street in the Merchant's Hotel block."
1880 -- Living in Oswego according to census
Jan-June 1880 - O. Palladium "From the Scene of Distress -- The Clerk of the Ballylongford Relief Committee in Oswego -- What He Says About the Destitution -- Jeremiah Heagerty, cousin of Jeremiah Heagerty of this city, arrived yesterday from Ballylongford, county Kerry, Ireland, which he left May 3, sailing from Queenstown in the steamer City of New York May 9, and arriving in New York May 12. His father is a prominent Ballylongford merchant and Jeremiah was clerk for Richard Rahilly steamer agency. In that district many merchants, farmers, hotel keepers, etc. failed and most of the inhabitants suffered from the famine. A committee consisting of Fathers O'Sullivan and Horgan, magistrates W.C. Hickey and J.C. Hewson and Dr. Rice, was appointed for the distribution of the Mansion house, New York Herald and Duchess of Marlborough funds. In a tenement house in the village were stored the meal and other provisions secured with these funds. The committee held weekly meetings when the suffering people would apply for aid, giving the committee a statement of their condiiton, number in family, etc. The committee gave them tickets, upon which they got the provisions from the storehouse. Often they would come in a rush, saying their children had no breakfast, or no supper, or complaining of sickness. But they did not suffer as much as did the poor of Galway, Killarney and other places. They got only a small portion of the Constellation's cargo -- about ten stories of flour. Most of her cargo went to Connaught. Mr. Heagerty was clerk of the relief committee and was in charge of the supplies." And this from the Oswego Daily Times 10-19 (?)-1890 "It will be heard with regret that Mrs. Jerry Heagerty is very low with little prospect that she will live the day out. The prayers of the congregation were asked for her at St. Paul's yesterday. Mrs. Heagerty has been a great sufferer for a very long time."
1881 -- Thomas dies in NY
1881 -- Oswego Palladium Dec. 15, 1881 -- "One Family's Troubles. James Gillespie, formerly of this city, a railroad yard master in Chicago, was killed recently. Two sister of his wife, Mrs. James Heagerty and Miss Burke went to Chicago a few days ago to bring his family to this city. Tuesday a postal card was received saying they would start Tuesday night. But Tuesday night a despatch came announcing the death of the youngest child. It is said Mrs. Gillespie is unable to get her husband's last month's pay, $90, he having failed to sign the pay roll before his death." Don't know if this is our Mrs. Jas. Heg.
1882-1890 City Directory, Oswego lists the following Heagertys: Bartholomew, Daniel, Daniel, Delia, Dennis, Dennis, Dennis, Emma, Etta, James, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Johanna, John, Mary, Michael, Michael, Nellie, Patrick, Stephen, Timothy, William, William. -- SO, ONLY ONE JAMES HEAGERTY. No "Hegarty." But the idea of one Jas. Heagerty is challenged when, in 1890, the one Mrs. Jas. H. goes to visit her sister Angel. See below. To confuse things further, there is an Oswego City Directory labeled as "1882-1890" at the fultonhistory.com web site (no clearer date shown) that lists James "Haggarty" at 184 Ellen. There is also a Johannah "Hagerty" (one g), a Michael Haggerty listed directly below James. Michael is a laborer living at 38 Varick street. Then it says, "Haggerty see also Heagerty."
1882 -- Oswego Morning Express 7-17-1882 "Finest Quality Strawberries, 15 cents per quart to-day at James Heagerty's East Second and Bridge Sts." (See 5-23-1885 note)
1883 -- Oswego Morning Post 1-9-1883 -- "Last evening Mrs. Heagerty, who lives on the corner of East Schuyler and Tenth and one half streets, was arrested on complaint of her husband for being drunk. She was locked up in the county jail."
1884 -- Oswego Times and Express 9-10-1884 -- "Fine Fruit. James Heagerty, corner East Second and Bridge streets, has a magnificent display of the finest fruits of the season including a stock of Crawfords which are of first quality. Give him a call." (See 5-23-1885 note)
1884 -- Nov. 17, 1884 -- Palladium -- "Catherine Heagerty was convicted of public intoxication. Sentence was suspended to see if her family could not devise some plan to keep her sober. She is an old offender and as she has money to pay fines she escapes without punishment and immediately gets drunk again." (don't know if/how related but this is funny, sort of. Catherine, daughter of Jeremiah?)
1884 -- Oswego Times and Express -- 12-23-1884 -- "James Heagerty at his neat fruit and confectionery store, on the corner of East Second and Bridge streets, is doing a rushing business and with good reason, as he has an elegant assortment in all lines including fine imported nuts, choice confectionery, fruit, oysters and prime cigars. He is making a special drive on Florida oranges, which he is selling at 10, 25 and 40 cts per dozen. Look over the stock in getting ready for the holidays."
1885 -- Oswego Daily Times 3-14-1885 -- "Fine Confectionary Store. Look into James Heagerty's store, corner of East Second and Bridge street if you want anything in the line of fine confectionery, fruit, nuts or candy. It is the "boss" place."
1885 -- There is proof that a James Heagerty was selling fruits in Oswego at the corner of East 1st and Bridge Streets on 10-10-1885. A W. [later learned that was William -- see Oswego Daily Times 8-29-1917 when they were selling the equipment from his store through his estate] Heagerty was also selling fruits at W. 1st St. (Oswego Daily Times) "James Heagerty has a fresh supply of plants and cut flowers daily. Smoke the "J.H.", the best five cent cigar." - 5-27-1885. Jas. still selling in
1885 -- Oswego Times Express 4-18-1885. Story about Stephen Heagerty probably sexually abusing little Jenny Watson. Heagerty posted bail. "... 'Rush, [father of Jenny] for God's sake, don't expose me. I have been a friend of yours. I don't want to be exposed. Watson caught him by the throat and choked him and struck him in the face twice' ...He testified that he saw Heagerty go to the privy and a little while after he came out and took Jennie into the privy and locked the door... case was then adjourned to this morning." (Stephen gets in trouble again in 1904, charged in a bar fight involving a pool cue and a knife.)
1885 -- Oswego Times and Express 5-23-1885. "Flowers and Plants at James Heagerty's. James H. Heagerty has a beautiful display of flowering plants etc., at his fine store on the corner of East Second and Bridge streets. All kinds of choice plants at the very lowest prices. Stop at Heagerty's and look over the display." My interest is in the fact that the middle initial of H signifies that this may indeed be our relative. However, that theory proves to be wrong when we read of the death of James Heagerty of East 2nd and Bridge St. on 4-14-18-1910.
1885 -- Oswego Daily Times-Express 7-17-1885. Jerry Heagerty's address. "Suit for Damages. Mr. Thomas H. King as attorney for Mrs. Jerry Heagerty, has commenced an action against the city for damages arising from the overflow of the sewer which leads from West Sixth and Mohawk down through Oneida street to Lathrop and the overflow of which comes out on the surface near Mrs. Heagerty's house, and which is not only annoying but dangerous to the health of the inmates of Mrs. Heagerty's house. It is claimed that one of the children is ill from this cause. The amount of damages has not been fixed."
1886 -- selling confections, fruit, oysters. Palladium-Times of 2-22-1941 mentions Heagerty's fruit store "once loomed up so strong" next door to the old Palladium office. About 3-30, 1886 --"Go to James Heagerty's, corner of East First and Bridge streets, for fruits of all kinds. An unusually large and fine stock to select from." On the same day, an ad ran for "W. Heagerty, West First street, ...stock of bananas, oranges ..."
1887 -- Introduction letter probably written by Rev. Drumm saying James just arrived from Ireland & is looking to settle in Rochester, NY.
1888 -- Received citizenship in Oswego, NY
1888 -- 11-1-1888, The Palladium. "James Heagerty is placing in a new floor and completely overhauling his East side establishment preparatory to turning it into a cigar store."
1888 -- 11-10-1888 Oswego Palladium "James Heagerty has been a busy man this past four weeks, overhauling his store on East Bridge street, preparing to start a first-class cigar store. He is now fully equipped with an excellent line of tobacco and cigars."
1889 -- Living on Ellen St., Ursula dies on Oct. 4, 1889. This is the year in which an Ellen Hegarty was a prisoner in Cork County as a resident of Skull. (See 1851). She was charged with larceny of cattle.
1889 -- Oct. 12 (?) Oswego Palladium -- "Jerry Heagerty has resumed the manufacture of candy, and now all the candy in his establishment is made upon the premises." So Jerry must be related to James ... brothers?
1889 -- Nov. 11 Oswego Palladium -- "For Sale. The stock, fixtures and lease of store corner of East Second and Bridge streets. This is one of the best locations in the city and a good opportunity for a person of limited means to engage in business. Inquire of James or W. Heagerty." Who was W. Heagerty? A brother? W = William (see below). When William died, his obit lists brothers Jerry and John of Oswego . Obit in Syracuse, NY Post Standard 12-3-1913 but he died in Oswego where Jerry and John lived.
1889 -- Nov. 23, 1889 -- Oswego Paslladium -- "For your fruits, oysters and confectionary, call at William Heagerty's little store, on the corner of East Second and Bridge streets."
1890 -- Feb. 24, 1890 Oswego Daily Times -- "F.C. Lalonde has purchased the stock and fixtures of the Heagerty confectionary store, corner of East Second and Bridge streets. He has facilities for the manufacture of assorted candies and will keep them constantly in stock."
1890 -- July 4, 1890 -- Oswego -- Police Court Before Hon. C.N. Bulger, Recorder. July 14: The adjourned case of James Heagerty, charged with assault in the 2nd degree upon Frederick Ott, was called this morning. Heagerty and Ott are neighbors on Hart street and there has been frequent quarrels between the families. Mrs. Ott was sworn and testified that her husband went over to Heagerty's and remonstrated with him about interfering with the witness when she was passing. Ott started back home and he was overtaken by Heagerty, who struck him on the head with a base ball bat four or five times. Heagerty, in cross-examining Mrs. Ott, tried to make it appear that Ott had called him foul names. Mrs. Ott could not remember anything of the kind. An adjournment was then taken until Monday. Mr. E.B. Powell appears for the people."
1890 --July 17, 1890 Oswego Daily Times. James Heagerty has an article on cold storage in The American Garden. (book, mag?)
1890 -- O. Daily Times About 9-11-1890 "Sept. 9, 1890 -- "Police Court. Before Hon. C.N. Bulger, Recorder. Sept. 8; Saturday night there was a tremendous row at the house of James Heagerty, a middle aged man, who lives on Hart street, and who, on several occasions, has figured in police court on charges of assault, generally on his wife, and who was not long ago, held to bail to await the action of the grand jury on a charge of assaulting a German neighbor with a ball club. The quarrel Saturday night between himself and wife culminated in an assault upon her and her screams brought out a large crowd. When the police came they found the woman with a bad contused wound on the forehead and subsequently it was discovererd that she had several other cuts on the head, add that she was bruised about the body. Heagerty was taken to the police station and gave bail in the sum of $1,000. This morning he cooly admitted that he had whipped his wife, but did not think she was much injured. As he wanted time to get counsel, an adjournment was granted until Thursday and the bail taken Saturday night was continued."
1890 -- Between April-Sept., 1890. Oswego Daily Times. "Police Court." -- The case of James Heagerty who is charged with refusing to support his family, was called this morning. Mr. Heagerty stated that he has never at any time refused to support his family and was now ready to do so. They had a pass book at a good grocery and could get anything they needed there. He also said there was plenty of wood and that a fourteen-year-old boy who was at home ought to be able to cut it. At the same time, he was willing to send them coal if they wanted it and would provide necessary medicine. Mr. Heagerty says that he has had a great deal to contend with and asks that the public suspend judgment until they know the facts in the case." [So with the word "send" in this article, can we glean that he is living separately from his family at this time?]
Sept. 12, 1890 -- "Mrs. James Heagerty, wife of our well known fruit dealer, returned last night from an extended trip to Cleveland, Ohio, where she has been visiting her sister, Mrs. William Angell, whose husband is engineering the steamboat Elsworth." -- Does this mean that THIS Mrs. James Heagerty is a different person than Minnie, because THIS Mrs. Heagerty seems to have been out of town on Sept. 8 of this year. (See above.) On top of that, a Mrs. William Angell doesn't appear in Minnie's probate records.
Dec. 13, 1890 -- (Palladium) "New Fruit Store Opened. T.C. Donahue, for many years with Mr. Heagerty, has opened a fruit and confectionery store, 47 West Bridge street. Everything brand new; a full line of choice fruits and confectionery of all kinds. Oysters and fish. Give him a call."
1891 -- Proof (?)of two James Hegs (Sr. and Jr.) arriving via ship on 6-10-1891 in NYC. Letter of Introduction from Chaplain.
1891 -- 10-16-1891. Oswego Daily Times. "Police Court. Before Hon. C.N. Bulger, Recorder. Oct. 16 -- James Heagerty, a boy, was convicted of being engaged with other boys in a disorderly assemblage on West Seventh street and the sentence was $15 or 90 days. Committed." [Can't tell if this is James Herbert Heagerty, but JHH would have been 14 at the time.]
1892 -- Jas. H. Haggerty appears in Chicago directory -- not sure this is he.
1892 -- Oswego Daily Times -- Jan. 19 "A Business Change. Mr. J. Heagerty, West First street, has sold his retail business to Messrs. Henry and Wallace Halliday. They took possession this morning. Henry Halliday has been salesman for the firm of A.S. Coan and Co., Syracuse, and Wallace Halliday is a well known resident of this city. Both gentlemen are energetic business men, and Mr. Heagerty warmly recommends them to his former patrons. Mr. Heagerty will devote his entire attention hereafter to his wholesale fruit and vegetable business." This could be Jeremiah Heagerty.
1892 -- Oswego Daily Times Sept. 5, 1892 -- "Died." Heagerty - In this city Sept. 4, 1892, Jeremiah Heagerty, aged 62 years. Funeral Tuesday from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Hennessey No. 18 Catherine street at 9 o'clock and at St. Paul's church at 9:30 o'clock. Friends are invited. (Catholic)
1893 -- Mr. J. Heagerty is still selling food in Oswego. Jeremiah?
1893 -- 2-13-1893 Oswego Daily Palladium (not sure this is the right James Heagerty). "Strayed and Died. Old Mr. Mattison Lost His Way in the Cold... Yesterday morning at 7:40 o'clock Mrs. Hanora Collins, of 132 E. 11th st. was going with some milk to Bartholomew Heagerty's in East Seneca; between Eleventh and Twelfth streets. Near the house of Mr. Heagerty a shallow creek runs north. It is crossed in Seneca street by the sidewalk. As Mrs. Collins approached the creek, she saw lying in it, near the East bank, the body of an old man. ... He was apparently dead. Mrs. Collins hurried to the house of the Heagertys, whom she apprised of her discovery. James Heagerty went to the creek and examined the body. It lay on the left side in about three inches of water, which had flooded a thick layer of ice. A second coating of thinner ice had frozen about the man, indicating that he had laid there several hours. Mr. Heagerty broke this last ice away and lifted the body out on the bank of the creek. Then he went for Coroner Vowinkel ..."
1893 -- June, Oswego Daily Times reports a Master Herbert Heagerty attended a wedding in Oswego but he was an out of town guest from Syracuse.
1894 -- Minnie dies in Albany March 6 but by now James is in Chicago. [Requested microfilms 6-19-14 and 6-20-14 from Bloomington library. They were received from the Oswego Public Library. I searched them for an obit for Minnie but found none.]
1894 -- Oswego Daily Palladium 7-9-1894 -- City Tax Sale. Notice is hereby given ... the undersigned will sell at public auction ... the following parcels of residential ... for local taxes ... (some text illegible). ... Military Lot No. 7. Lot 40, sub 5, $1177, assessed to James Heagerty.
1894 -- Reference in Oswego County Messenger that says "In 1894 the Heagerty produce company handled 60,000 bushels of pears."
1894 -- Oswego Daily Times 9-4-1894 -- Died. Heagerty -- In this city, Sept. 4, 1894, Frances Joseph, son of Edward and Kittie Heagerty, aged 5 months and 23 days. Funeral Wednesday, from parents' residence, corner of East Fifth and Oneida streets at 2:00. Friends are invited."
1894 -- Daily Palladium 5-31-1894 -- "A Growing Industry. How the Heagertys Have Developed the Fish Trade - Four Thousand Pounds of Fresh Fish This Morning - A Big Lobster. Many find displays of fish have been made at Heagerty's market but nothing that could compare to that put out this morning in anticipation of tomorrow's trade. It has been a subject of comment for some time that Heagerty's fish trade was growing to unusual proportions and this morning a Palladium reporter happened to be in the market when the day's supply came in. There was 4,000 pounds in all and this will just about supply the retail trade for tomorrow. ... First there were 100 live lobsters, including a monster which "Jim" Heagerty named "Tip," after New York's ugly elephant and chained him to a barrel in front of the store. The lobster weighed eight pounds and attracted a great deal of attention.... Mr. Heagerty virtually controls the Lake Ontario fisheries this year, which for so long a time have been in the hands of the Buffalo Fish Company. This enables Heagerty to supply his trade direct from the nets. The retail market is under the management of Mr. James Heagerty, and he devotes most of his time to the fish. The enormous retail trade that has been built up is the result chiefly of his attention ... While the reporter was in the market he saw Mr. Heagerty dress half a dozen fish in less than as many minutes. ... It is an interesting operation but is so deftly and quickly done that one can scarcely follow it in detail. Not only the Heagertys themselves, but the people of Oswego, are to be congratulated on the development of this industry. The market affords advantages that few cities possess and our citizens are not slow to appreciate them." SO, EITHER THERE IS MORE THAN ONE JAS HEG IN OSWEGO, or our guy isn't in Chicago after all. Will need to research how I think he's in Chicago in 1894.
1894 -- Daily Times, Watertown, NY -- May 15, 1894 -- "Mr. J. Heagerty, of Oswego, is in Watertown today. Mr. Heagerty has a large wholesale and retail fruit house in Oswego, and is one of the firm of Heagerty & Carr, fruit wholesalers of this city."
1894 -- Sept. -- Minnie's will is probated in Oswego court. (See 12-4-1894 below)
1894 -- Syracuse, NY -- Dec. 1 dateline Syracuse NY Evening Herald -- "Heagerty-Andrews. At St. Marys church [Catholic] this morning occurred the marriage of Mrs. Elizabeth Andrews of Sterline to "Jerry" Heagerty, the well-known fruit and commission merchant of this city. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Fournier in the presence of only the immediate families of the contracting parties. After a wedding tour to the metropolis Mr. and Mrs. Heagerty will return to Oswego to reside."
1894 -- Dec. 4, 1894, Oswego Daily Palladium. "To Rent -- Offices Neal block, No. 144 Water street, ... No. 184 Ellen street, $4 per month."
1895 -- Feb. 1, 1895, Watertown NY Daily Times "The partnership herertofore existing between Heagerty & Carr, wholesale dealer in fruits, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. John H. Carr will continue the business, collecting all bills due the firm and paying all obligations of the firm. Watertown, J. Heagerty, John H. Carr" Any connection to the Oswego James Heagerty?
1896 -- April 20, 1896 -- James is living in Chicago, according to the NY Land Records entry (see Events part of James' file)
1896 -- A Mr. Heagerty is on the Education Committee (presently called School Board?), called Commissioner - Oswego Palladium 3-3-1896. Also commissioner in 1889. This must be a different one. Our guy's in Chicago.
1896 -- Buffalo NY Courier -- "Poor Stephen Heagerty of Oswego, who was injured in the railroad yards last night and had his right arm amputated at the Cleveland Ave. Emergency Hospital ... expected Heagerty would recover."
1896 -- 12-27-1896 Syracuse NY Evening Herald -- "James Heagerty, brother of "Jerry" and James Heagerty, is visiting here, after an absence of eighteen years."
1897 -- 2-2-1897-Oswego Daily Times -- James Heagerty buys "Heagerty's" in Oswego and renames it "Heagerty's Fulton Market." He'll be selling "fruits of all kinds -- domestic and tropical -- confections, nuts, etc., will be his staple stock. He will continue the fish trade and will receive supplies of fresh and salt water fish daily. Mr. Heagerty has hosts of warm friends who will be pleased to know he has engaged in business for himself. Mr. 'Jerry' Heagerty will devote his attention hereafter solely to his wholesale store."
1897 -- 7-17-1897 -- The Catholic Journal out of Rochester -- "The Schull [Ireland] National Teachers Association has the following on the roll of members. Mr. J. Hegarty, O'Donovan, Tucker, Lehane, Sweetnam, ... Mrs. Hegarty ...
1897 -- 8-25-1897 - Daily Palladium - Mr. Heagerty is President of the school board.
1898 -- 5-2-1898 Oswego Daily Times "Obituary. Michael Heagerty. Michael Heagerty, an old and respected citizen of the First Ward, died at his home, 65 West Eighth Street, Saturday afternoon after an illness of only two weeks. Mr. Heagerty was born in Ireland sixty-eight years ago and came to this city when a young boy and learned the ship carpenter trade at which he worked for many years. Mr. Heagerty was a brother of Mrs. Thomas King who died some five weeks ago in this city. The deceased leaves a wife and six children, James, Nellie, Anna, Jennie and Margaret. The funeral will occur at 9 a.m. tomorrow from St. Mary's church." Father to OUR James? No, because I find this Michael on 8th St. as a ship carpenter in the 1880 census living with son James, who is aged 2 (so he was born in 1878 when our James was born in 1851.)
1898 -- Elder James dies in Chicago on May 26
1900 -- 6-16-1900 The Palladium. "John McCarthy's Home in Hart Street Was Destroyed. Fire was discoverd shortly before four o'clock this morning at the home of John McCarthy in Hart street. An alarm was sent in from box 42, but before the department could arrive the house was nearly gutted. Mr. McCarthy works in the Kingsford factory and arose at 3:00 this morning to go to work. He left a light burning in his home and as this was the only fire in the houme, it is supposed that the lamp exploded. Mr. McCarthy's family escaped. The house was owned by James Heagerty, of Chicago. Because of its being outside the water limit the blaze was extinguished with great difficulty. The loss upon the house is estimated about $1,900. It is not known that there was insurance on the place. Mr. McCarthy's furniture was destroyed. He had a small amount of insurance."
1900 -- 11-3-1900 O. Daily Times. Steve Heagerty charged w/ assault in the 3rd degree for beating up a man who he said took his newspaper.
1900 -- 10-2-1900 O. Daily Palladium. "Successors to James Heagerty, West First street, will open tomorrow with a full line of fish and oysters..." In a separate article, same page. "Today Mr. Heagerty and family left for Binghamton, where the former has purchased the fru...a.d market business that has for years been conducted by Hollister Brothers in that city. For thirty years or more the Heagertys have been in the retail fruit and market business in Oswego, and the delicious ices made by them have a State reputation...he is one of the most agreeable business men that ever stood behind a desk. Fish and fruit will be Mr. Heagerty's specialty for the present, he having arranged to get fresh every day for his market Lake Ontario white fish, bass and trout." Other articles indicated the exact address was 87 E. First St.
1901 -- 10-24-1901 -- Watertown Daily Times "Oswego Buyer Perchasing Missouri Apples. Jerry Heagerty, the well-known Oswego fruit buyer, has been for some weeks in Missouri buying apples to be shipped to Oswego for cold storage. The first lot has arrived -- six carloads of 250 barrels each, or total of 4,000 bushels. He expects to ship 30 or 40 more cars for winter delivery to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other points. The fruit is chiefly Ben Davis with some Huntsman, Roman Beauty and Jonathan. The fruit comes 1,250 miles in six to seven days."
1903 -- Syracuse Journal 12-2-1903 " Pulaski. Heagerty Creditors Meet. Pulaski, Dec. 2 -- Before Referee in Bankruptcy Nation B. Smith yesterday afternoon was held the first meeting of creditors of Jeremiah Heagerty, who was recently adjudicated a bankrupt. Proofs of claims were filed and Attorney L.W. Baker of Oswego was appointed as trustee. For more than a quarter of a century Heagerty was engaged in the fruit business in the city of Oswego, where was located an extensive cold storage plant. He was manager of the Heagerty Fruit company. The bankrupt's liabilities are scheduled at $6, 916.35; assets nominal. The security of the secured creditors consists of stock in the Heagerty Fruit company. Frederick A.J. Dunwick of Pulaski is an unsecured creditor for $95.50." (found through Fultonhistory.com with a search of died Heagerty)
1905 -- Michael J. Heagerty, 20 yr old son of Dennis, No. 86 E. 10 1/2 St., Oswego died. Services at St. Paul's, Oswego. Typhoid pneumonia. Dennis also had a son, William (1912 O. Palladium). (St. Paul's is Catholic)
1907 -- Mention in O. Palladium of Miss Mary A. Heagerty of Binghamton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Heagerty, "formerly of this city," having written & published a song.
1910-- 4-14-1910. Oswego Daily Times. James Heagerty Dies in Binghamton, Telegram This Afternoon Announced Death of Fromer Well Known Oswegonian. A telegram was received here this afternoon from Binghamton announcing the death of James Heagerty, formerly a well known business man of Oswego and who for the past twelve years has been a successful business man in Binghamton. Mr. Heagerty was at one time engaged in the fruit and confectionery business at East Bridge and Second streets and later in West First street two doors South of the Times office. The family moved to Binghamton about twelve years ago. Mr. Heagerty was a man of genial disposition and kindly heart and a host of friends will learn with profound regret of his death. He is survived by his wife, four children, the Misses Mary, Stella and Laura Heagerty, James Heagerty all of Binghamton and by four brothers, Jeremiah, William, and John of this city and Thomas Heagerty of Chicago. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. J.V. Lee and Miss Nellie Heagerty both of Binghamton. The remains will be brought to Oswego for burial."
1910 -- 4-15-1910. Oswego Daily Times. "James Heagerty's Body to be Brought Here. Funeral Will Occur in Binghamton Tomorrow Morning. The funeral of James Heagerty, formerly of this city, who died yesterday afternoon at Binghamton, will be held from his late home in that city tomorrow morning and from one of the Catholic churches. The remains will be brought to Oswego for burial in St. Paul's cemetery. They will arrive herer on the D.L. & W. train at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow and the funeral will be held direct from the train. Mr. Heagerty was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks and the bearers will be selected from members of those organizations in this city. The Binghamton Republican says: 'James W. Heagerty, one of the best known business men in Binhamton, died at his home, No. 65 Carroll street, yesterday afternoon about 2:30 o'clock, aged fifty two years and five months. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 6:30 from the house and at 7 o'clock from St. Mary's church. The body will be taken to Oswego leaving Binghamton at 8:30, via D.L. and W. for burial." A follow up article appeared the next day, showing who the pallbearers were. No names that mean anything to me.
1913 -- Obit for William Heagerty in Oswego Daily Palladium Dec. 2. "William Heagerty, the well known liveryman, died at an early hour this morning at his home in West Oneida street after an illness of some weeks. The end was not unexpected. Some days ago the physicians told him that death was only a question of days, and he prepared for the end, arranging his business affairs, etc. Mr. Heagerty was born in Dunkirk, NY, about fifty-eight years ago. Forty years ago he came to this city and for fifteen years was an engineer employed on the D., L. and W. railroad. With his brothers Jerry and James, he kept a fish market at the corner of Bridge and Water streets for a number of years, and was afterwards with them in West First street. When the latter business was sold out he went with his brother Jerry to the Heagerty cold storage plant, where he remained for a number of years, and about a dozen years ago went into the livery business and has been very successful. Possessing a cheerful, sunny dispostion and personality, Mr. Heagerty had the esteem and respect of all who knew him. Besides his widow he is survived by a son and daughter, J. Harvey Heagerty and Miss M. Jessica Heagerty; also two brothers Jerry and John Heagerty, of this city."
About William, from a book, "Genealogical and Family History NY" (pub. year unknown) (found on fultonhistory.com using a search of "died Heagerty" :
William Heagerty was a native of Ballylongford, Ireland. In 1851 he came to this country, with his family, at the time of the great emigration caused by the famine in Ireland. He landed at Quebec and came to Dunkirk, New York, where he found employment in the railroad business, and became foreman of his section. He died in 1869. He married in Ireland, and had seven children.
(II) Jeremiah, son of William Heagerty, was born in Ballylongford, Ireland, November 1, 1845, and came to this country, with his father, when he was six years old. The family came to Buffalo, New York, from Quebec, where they first landed, and located finally at Dunkirk, New York. He attended the public schools at Dunkirk, but at the age of ten years he began to work for a living as water boy for the section hands on the railroad at Dunkirk. At the age of sixteen he entered the employ of L.L. Hyde, for whom he worked for five years. He entered the employ of the Merchants' Union Express Company, December 10, 1866, and continued for two years, leaving to accept a position with the American Express Company, in the service between Buffalo and Albany. After five years in this position he accepted the agency of the Wescott Express Company. In 1871 he started in business on his own account in Oswego, in a fruit and confectionery store. His business flourished and he is one of the leaders in this line of business in the city of Oswego. He has a cold storage plant in Oswego, with a capacity of fifteen thousant barrels, erected in 1894, and the only plant of its kind in the city of Oswego. In recent years the capacity of the building has been tested to its limits.
He is a member of the Elks, of Oswego; of the Knights of Columbus; of the Catholic Men's Benevolent Association. In politics he is independent. He is a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. For two years he filled the office of commissioner of public works, and was chairman of the board. Mr. Heagerty is a citizen of public spirit and substantial worth, of liberal views, upright, industrious, enterprising, and highly respected by his townsmen. His career is another fine illustration of the success in life of those who start with no advantages. He is a typical self-made man.
He married (first), in August, 1867, Mary Donovan, who was born in Ireland, in 1845, died in 1888. He married (second) Elizabeth Hickey, born in Sterling, New York, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hickey. Children of first wife: Catherine V., born in Dunkirk, 1869; William J., born in Syracuse, 1871; Margaret, born in Oswego, 1873; Helen, born in Oswego, 1875; Jeremiah, born in Oswego, 1879. Child by second wife: J.J., born December 16, 1895."
1914 -- Oswego Daily Times, 12-1-1914 "Mr. Heagerty Patents New Barrel Press. Intends to have appliance manufactured in Oswego. Jeremiah Heagerty, president of the Heagerty Cold Storage Co., has been granted a patent on an improved barrel press. Application for the patent was made in August, 1911, but papers were not issued by the government until November 24, 1914. It is presumed that the delay was caused in the patent office to permit investigating other press patents to see if any infringement was being made.
Mr. Heagerty says the new press will permit the pressing of fruit in a barrel without injury to the fruit. The new press is a double acting screw with right and left thread. The idea came to Mr. Heagery one day while in the country inspecting orchards. So far as known there is nothing like this press on the market.
According to the inventor the press will be made in Oswego at the plant of the Oswego Tool Co. It is being used exclusively at the Heagerty plant and has met with pronounced success..."
1915 -- Buffalo NY Courier -- Dateline Oswego, Dec. 2, 1915 -- "Fire of unknown origin virtually destroyed the Heagerty block here today with an estimated damage of $50,000. The heaviest loss was sustained by the Devoe Haver Co., manufacturers of chemicals."
1916 -- J. Heagerty Fruit Co. cold storage warehouse on W. First and Cayuga streets, Oswego was sold to Christian J. Wolthers of Newark, NJ. -- source: Ice and Refrigeration, Vol. 51 and Industrial Refrigeration, Vols 50-51 - Google books.
1918 -- Syracuse NY Daily Journal -- Dec. 12 -- Soldiers' Friends Ask Assistance of Congressman. Luther W. Mott Asked to Ascertain the Fate of Many Oswego Boys. Dateline Oswego, Dec. 11 -- "The aid of Congressman L.W. Mott has been sought to obtain trace of several Oswego boys ... Mr. Mott has also been asked to cable Gen. Pershing to ascertain if possible, whether or not Corp. Charles Culleton has been killed, as reported (officially) and of James Heagerty, of the Fifth Ward, member of the Twenty-Third Infantry, who has not been heard from in several months..." (no direct relation that I'm aware of, just interesting) (More research finds that this James was a mechanic, and he WAS killed in action.)
Interesting side note: Syracuse NY Daily Courier 6-20-1875 "Sad Intelligence. Yesterday morning our young townsman, Mr. T.J. Heagerty, of the firm of Pierce & Heagerty, clothiers, received the painful intelligence that his youngest brother, in Oswego, was dangerously ill. It being too late to catch the morning train Mr. Heagerty after the expiration of about an hour, asked by dispatch the condition of his brother. The answer came "No better" and was almost immediately followed by the very sad message "dead." Tuesday last Mr. Heagerty was called to Oswego to "mourn with those who mourn" the death of a beautiful child of two summers, the daughter of an older brother, Mr. Jerry Heagerty. At that time his bright little brother was apparently in perfect health. But two days finds him again summoned to the court of death. Mr. Heagerty left for Oswego last evening to comfort the widowed mother, brothers and sisters, also to assist in the necessary arrangements for the funeral which is anticipated to occur Sunday. The numerous acquaintances and friends of the family, who until quite recently resided in Syracuse, will deeply sympathize with them in this sudden and very sad bereavement."
Interesting side note: Sometime w/in the Jan-Jun 1881 time frame, Schull, Ireland was the scene of thousands of people gathered to protest, wrecking the police station and post office, tearing down telegraph wires, and cutting of the road. Bridges were pulled down between Schull and Ballydehob. Five hundred soldiers were sent. All this was "A proclamation has been issued declaring that all assemblages to obstruct the process of law will be forcibly dispersed. Other proclamations place Kings county under the arms act and three more baronies in the county of Meath under the coercien act." Father Murphy was arrested.
Interesting side note: From Troy, NY Daily Times 9-19-1890 -- "William O'Brien's Opinion. Signed by the President. The Tariff Conference. (...) London, Sept. 19 -- It is supposed that the ostensible grounds for Mr. O'Brien's arrest are to be found in a very plain speech that he made on last Sunday. He addressed an assemblage of peasants at an insignificant village in county Cork named Schull. He spoke upon the failure of the potato crop, and spoke of the gloomy outlook which Ireland must face this winter. Warming to his theme he said: "For tens of thousands of small farmers throught Ireland it will become a question this winter whether they are to have food or their landlords."
Comforted with such an alternative, he thought there should be no hesitancy as to a choice. He advised the tenants on every estate to meet and consult as to what proportion, if any, o ftheir rent ehey could honestly pay. When the question had been determined they should all abide by the decision. If the farmers, he said, should give to the landlords money which was needed to buy bread for their children the Irish leaders would not dare to appeal to the world to come to the rescue of such a nation of slaves. But if tenants would absolutely refuse to pay a penny of rent until every family that tilled the soil was placed beyond the reach of starvation, then if the government evicted starving people from their poor homes it would be swept out of existence by a torrent of English indignation and the whole civilized world would send money and assistance for the benefit of the tenants."
More Schull news: From NY Evening Express 8-31-1847 A lengthy letter to the editor of gratitude from the Irish people to the Americans for sending food to help with the famine efforts. Within the letter is this: "Every Irishman who wants a home, looks, seeks, and finds it in America. She, last of all, offers her that allegiance which is due the power which rules this country, but which the powers which he does not acknowledge. Nay, they doubt, and do not believe this fact, -- take cognisance of, proud sister England. Although we have got over the worst and most extreme portion, the climax of the famine of 1846-47 - a famine unparallelled in the history of the world, we did not surmount the difficulty, without, as you may suppose, a fearful loss of human life. The most exaggerated statements which you may have seen in the public press, certainly do not come within the horrors of the reality of the sufferings endured in Schull, Skibireen, Co. of Cork, ... The districts which suffered most were wild and mountanous ... (But) the chief cause is, that the immense quantities of Indian meal stowed in this country and in England, in the midst of an unparalleled famine, has, by a decree of Providence, became putrid, and in most cases unfit for human food. They are now obliged to throw it out of their stores in quantities. Others sell it for feeding cattle, at 4 pounds, 10 shilling per ton, the corn which, in the Spring, they refused 15 pounds per ton for, to feed Christians..." (signed) William Dignan
Wrote to http://www.irelandxo.com/ireland/cork/skull/message-board/hegarty-shannon-did-minnie-hegarty-go-home-skull. Wrote the following:
My great great grandfather was James Hegarty (about 1851 - 1898). He married Minnie Shannon (b. about 1854) in Skull (Schull) Ireland in 1873. (Or her legal name may have been Ursula.) Somehow or other they ended up living in Oswego, NY. James worked for the Kingsford Corn Starch plant there. (May have been a mason) He and Minnie had 3 children: Ursula, James, and Thomas. Only James lived to adulthood. The 2 other children are buried in a public cemetery in NY (not a Catholic one). The father James is buried with the children but I would like to know whatever happened to Minnie. I suspect she moved back home in the period between Oct., 1889 and May, 1898 but that's only a guess. She may have had a brother named William Shannon (b. about 1854, and also a worker at the Kingsford plant) and there may also be another family member named "Margh," (b. about 1856). From the time they came to the U.S., James was Episcopal. From Oswego, NY James the father and James the son moved to Chicago, IL. I don't know if Minnie went with them. I would love to find out more about either the Hegarty or the Shannon branch, and to find out what became of Minnie. Have tried all the usual sources. Can anybody out there help me break through my "brick wall"?
Wednesday 19th September 2012, 03:26AM
I am looking at a Hegarty family from Queenstown in Cork. Here is some recent info I found, note the last Hegarty was born in Skull, not sure if any connection for you?
Birth Records for
County Cork, Ireland: page 2
RESOURCES: FHL Films (see individual records in table)
Home Ireland County Index Page
NOTE: All records are from Civil Registration.
HEGARTY Bridget F 12 Oct 1871 196, Queenstown, Cork Patrick HEGARTY Ellen MANNING Cork, Ireland 255838 1871-1872 (This is my great grandmother, I have matched with her birth certificate and know that her mother was Ellen Manning before she married Patrick)
HEGARTY Margaret F 17 Dec 1869 233, Queenstown, Cork Patrick HEGARTY Ellen MANNING Cork Ireland 101204 1869-1872 (I think this is a strong match for Bridget's sister)
HEGARTY Patrick M 21 Feb 1874 Skull Dispensary, Cork Ellen HEGARTY Cork, Ireland 255898 1874-1874
(Possibly this Patrick is another sibling of my g grandmother, so I will now be looking at the Skull area!)
Good luck in your search
Wednesday 19th September 2012, 05:47PM
Next time, check www.irelandxo.com and go to Aghadown (Cork) to see if there was a reply to my message board reply about Hegartys in Skibbereen area.
SEARCH FOR OBIT
Was there a proper obit in the Oswego paper? I checked the Oswego Daily Times, but a newspaper for an appropriate date to check is not shown in Fultonhistory.com. I checked the Oswego Palladium for May 30, the date of the funeral, but I didn't see anything. However, it's possible not all pages of that issue are shown on the site. Six pages were searched. I then searched the Palladium beginning on the date of his death. Copies of the that day's papers begin on page 7, continue to page 8 and then the next image is for May 27, page 1. No deaths found in that part of the paper. I checked all available pages (several are missing) between the dod and the burial date. No mention of him, although other obits appear.
Noted events in his life were:
• Birth. I looked in the National Library of Ireland online Catholic Parish Registers for Schull East Baptisms beginning in January 1850 through December 1852 for James' birth. Baptism doesn't appear.
I found a John, son of John Hegarty & Catherine Donovan in Jan., 1850. In Aug., 1850 I found a Michael of William Hegarty and Honora Driscoll. In April 1852, I found a Johanna of Cornelius Hegarty & Margaret Regan.
Looking in the Catholic records for Schull East Births, I find a Mary of Cornelius Hegarty and Margaret Regan in Mar., 1849, girl of John Heg. and Mary Driscoll in Apr, 1849.
• Baptism: Roman Catholic, 27 Jan 1847. 703 James, son of James and "Cathe Whooley". Sponsors were Jerh Whooley and Mary Murray. Recorded in the "Parochial Area of Skibbereen (Creagh and Sullon)" I looked up what Creagh and Sullon meant. Creagh was a topographical part of Skibbereen. Don't know about Sullon.
Interestingly, I found James' brother, Jeremiah, who was baptized on 3-5-1840 in Aughadown but with an address of Gurthnam (same parents, but listed as James Hegarty and Cate Wholey). Sponsors were Jeremiah Wholey and Eliza Wholey of the diocesan area of Cork & Ross. So! These were possibly the 2 Catholic brothers, James and Jeremiah Hegarty, who landed in the grocery business in Oswego, NY. If so, the way these 2 are connected to our James Hegarty of Oswego is through geographical proximity? All come from Aughadown? Theorizing here ...
Found another brother, Daniel, son of James Hegarty and Kate Hooly (sic). Sponsors were Tim Whooly and Mary Keating. Daniel was baptized in 1835.
Another one! Peter, son of James Hegarty and "Kate Whey". Same place as all the other baptisms. Peter was baptized in 1837. Sponsors were -- Hegarty and Kate Coter.
And a sister, Mary, daughter of James Hegarty and Cate Wholly. Sponsors were Jerh Mahony and Nel McCarthy. She was baptized in 1832.
Another daughter - "Cathn", daughter of James Hegarty and Cathn Whooly. Sponsors were Chas McCarthy and Mary Whooly. December 18, 1843.
Another one -- Ellena, daughter of James Hegarty and (!) Maria Whooly. Baptized on 5-1-1836. Sponsors were Laurantius Regan and Cath Regan.
Another daughter -- Cat, daughter of James Heagerty (sic) and Mary Wholly. Sponsors William Carthy and Julian Minahane. Baptized 5-17-1829. She must have died young and they recycled the name in 1843.
• Baptism: Roman Catholic, 28 Jul 1850. 704 Son of Patk and Mary Hegarty in diocese Cork and Ross, County Cork, alternative parish names Creagh, Creagh and Sullon, Rath, Skibbereen and Rath, Sullon
• Alt. Birth, 1848. 38
• Alt. Name: James Hegarty, 1900. This spelling was used by his son on his marriage certificate line stating his father's name.
• Alt. Name: James Haggarty/Heagerty, May 1898. 702 The cemetery records show the cemetery lot as being owned by a "L. Heagerty" but his headstone reads James Haggarty. Don't know who L. Heagerty could be.
Spelled "Hagerty" on the Offical Death Record notice in the Chicago Tribune 5-28-1898.
• Immigration, 19 May 1873 ?, New York, , NY, USA. 705 Many Irish immigrants arrived via the US through Canada to avoid the trouble and delay of US immigrant inspection. No records were kept of these arrivals into the U.S. until 1894.
A James Hegarty, age 23, arrived on 5-19-1873, sailing from Queenstown, Ireland & Liverpool, Eng., arriving in NY on the ship Adriatic. He was from Ireland, and a laborer travelling alone in steerage. No evidence of his wife/future wife Minnie Shannon
A second possibility is that he arrived in NY, again w/out any accompanying family, on 5-16-1870. This James "Hagerty" was also a laborer, riding in steerage. This guy was born in 1852 but he was British, not Irish. This ship, the Idaho, also shipped out of Liverpool & Queensland.
A 3rd possibility -- a James born about 1850, an Irishman, spelled "Haggerty" who arrived in NY 4-29-1870 on the ship Anglia out of Moville, Ireland. He was also a laborer.
I've narrowed down the options to these if I think he sailed from Ireland directly to the U.S. If I think he went to Quebec, there is a James "Hegarty" who sailed from Londonderry on May 12, 1871. This James was a laborer, unmarried, age 20, an Irishman.
There are many more options if you consider a larger window for his birth date.
The librarian at the Oswego, NY library (Edward Elsner) looked up the Hegartys in the Boyd's Oswego City Directories. The first "Heagerty" that appears in any of the city directories is a James in the 1872-73 (published in 1872). This entry (p. 144) states "Heagerty James, express agent, 87 E. First, bds. 67 E. Mohawk. Two James Heagertys appear in the 1874-75 Boyd's Oswego Directory (published in 1874 in Oswego) on p. 159. The entry reads:
"Heagerty James, 9 Arcade Block, boards 67 East Mohawk
Heagerty James, laborer, house Ellen near Hart." [Evidence online from Oswego Morning Herald that 9 Arcade Block housed a grocery. Dated 1879, "Oysters, oysters, oysters! National brand of oysters received fresh daily from Baltimore at Young's, No. 9 Arcade Block". Couple that with the ad Oswego Morning Herald, date unknown, as follows: "Heagerty Who has all the oysters in the city for the past week has a full supply again today."]
• Occupation: laborer, 1874-1875, 1875-76, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 706,707
• Residence, 1 Jun 1875, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 707 Living in this house are Fred & Matilda Oot (German), James "Hagerty", wife Mary, and daughter "Oscelane." The house is made of plank, valued at $2,000. Oscelane was born in Oswego. James has not been naturalized and is listed as an alien. The Oots can only read and write German.
(This Fred "Oot" is spelled "Ott" in the newspaper when Hegarty hit him over the head with a baseball bat. And "Oscelane" is Ursula.)
• Residence, 1874 through 1 Jun 1880, 184 Ellen Street, Oswego, Oswego, NY. 25 Living here at the time of the 1880 census were James "Hagerty" wife Minnie, daughter Ursula, sons Herbert and John. He also appears with this spelling in the city directory for this year. But listed as borders are Wm and "Margh" Shannon. William is listed as the same age as Minnie. Could that have been a twin brother of hers? (Or Irish twins?)William worked in the starch factory, as did James. Also living on Ellen Street (60 Ellen) is Wm. E. Shannon, age 58 and his wife Marcia, age 53. William was a carpenter. William was born in Connecticut, and Marcia was born in NY. I don't know if the 2 families are connected, other than the Shannon last name.
James also appears with wife Minnie in 1882 living at 184 Ellen... the first time house #s are used, no occ. listed. In 1888 city directory, he's listed as James "Haggarty, same address, no occ. listed." So far I find no evidence of the family after this date. (as of 6-2009)
In the 1874-75 Oswego City Directory, this James Heagerty appears for the first time. He joins a different James Heagerty who boards at 67 E. Mohawk who is somehow related to Jeremiah Heagerty because they share the house. Jeremiah sells fruits, fish, and oysters at 9 Arcade Block. This James has no occupation listed in 1874, but previous years has him working at the fruit & veg store with Jeremiah.
There is also a Michael H., a ship carpenter, and a William Heagerty who works at a fish market.
In the 1875-76 Directory, he's listed as his house being on West Hart near Ellen... That leads me to believe he was living in the house behind the main house. This second house on the same lot faces Hart, but because it's technically part of the lot that faces Ellen, it could be that he's sometimes listed as living on Ellen. In this year he's listed as James "Hagerty."
In the 1877-78 Directory, he's spelled his name "Heagerty" and is still in the house on Ellen near Hart. The town of Oswego had a population of 2,977 in 1875. -- source for that fact is the 1895 Landmark Book, Oswego County, NY.
• Employment: Laborer, 1877. 127
• Employment, 1880, Starch Factory. 25 Worked in a starch factory.
Kingsford's Oswego Starch Company had an exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair. Their brochure says the following: "The factory has been seven times enlarged to accommodate its growing business, until now twenty acres afford scant room for this great establishment and its adjuncts of box shops, storehouses, machine shops, cooperage, carpenter shops, and other out-buildings. These structures are all ample, commodious, and superbly strong, built for specific use and equipped with every needed appliance. The main factory buildings, 1245 x 200 feet, front the Oswego River, which furnishes unceasing water-power through fourteen immense turbines, giving over 1200 horse-power. Auxiliary to these are ten great engines with a capacity of nearly 900 horse-power. Fourteen large boilers furnish power for the engines and supply steam for the forty-three miles of pipes necessary in drying the starch and warming the works. Six thousand tons of coal are consumed annually. Great pumps with a capacity of 4,000,000 galls. per day force pure water through more than ten miles of pipes and gutters in the manipulation of the starch. Twenty-four runs of the finest burr stones, and six trains of great iron rollers run ceaselessly night and day in grinding the corn; thirty-two automatic machiens pack and weigh the starch at the rate of 96,000 packages per day...."
• Employment: Mason, 1886, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 127
• Citizenship, 26 Oct 1888, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 708 Belle Radcliffe owns the original citizenship paper. Last name is spelled "Heagerty" and he renounces allegiance to the Queen of the Kingdom of Great Britain. He is listed as James "Hagerty" (or Heagerty??) but he signed his name "Hegarty" on the signature line. Witnesses: Wm. A. Reid and George H. Hunt. He lived in the city of Oswego. There is no mention of where he came from on his citizenship papers. [Note, in 1880 George Hunt was living on Liberty St. in Oswego with his parents and siblings. He was a clerk in a store, having been born in Connecticut of Irish parents. He was 21 in 1880. I don't find Wm. A. Reid living in Oswego in 1880, but there's a William Reid (no middle initial) living in Redfield in Oswego county in 1900. His occupation wasn't listed for some reason. This record does not appear in Ancestry's records!
However, Wm. and his father appear in the 1875 NY census, as does George Hunt.
• Residence, 1888-Oct 1889, 184 Ellen Street, Oswego, Oswego, New York. 709,710
• Religion: Member of Christ Church (Episcopal): Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 711 In 1877, the church was located at West Cayuga corner of West Fifth Street. Rev. W.R. Parker, pastor. (Source: 1877 city directory for Oswego) The Catholic church was at the corner of West 6th and Cayuga.
In a google search of the reverend's name, I find a Rev. W.R. Parker as pastor of a Methodist church in Toronto, Canada.
• Residence, 1890-1891, 184 Ellen Street, Oswego, Oswego, New York. 127
• Occupation: Clerk, 1890-1891, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 127
• Burial, May 1898, Scriba, , New York. 702 Last named spelled Haggarty on tombstone.
Buried in Lot 321, Section O., Riverside Cemetery, age 50, a resident of Chicago. Spelled the name "Heagerty" in the records, but the headstone is spelled Heggerty. Cemetery isn't in the town of Scriba; it's outside Oswego.
• Legal: Beats neighbor Ott, 9 Jul 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 339 Oswego Daily Times April-Sept. 1890 -- July 9; "Last night James Heagerty got into a controversy with a German neighbor, Frederick Ott, and the trouble ended in blows, Heagerty using a good sized base ball bat. Ott was badly cut about the head. Heagerty pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned until Monday. Bail was fixed at $600 which was furnished."
Note that Frederick Ott, 50 years old in 1892, "who is said to have been a commercial traveler, committed suicide in New York yesterday by strangling himself." -- article in Oswego Daily Times 9-13-1892. Same Frederick Ott?
• Legal: Beats neighbor, 1st day grand jury on Ott case, 9 Jul 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 339 Page 1. " Police Court. Before Hon. C.S. Bulger, Recorder. July 9: Last night James Heagerty got into a controversy with a German neighbor, Frederick Ott, and the trouble ended in blows, Heagerty using a good sized base ball bat. Ott was badly cut about the head. Heagerty pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned until Monday. Bail was fixed at $600 which was furnished."
• Legal: Day 2 grand jury of Ott trial, testimony, 14 Jul 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 339 Police Court Before Hon. C.N. Bulger, Recorder. July 14: The adjourned case of James Heagerty, charged with assault in the 2nd degree upon Frederick Ott, was called this morning. Heagerty and Ott are neighbors on Hart street and there has been frequent quarrels between the families. Mrs. Ott was sworn and testified that her husband went over to Heagerty's and remonstrated with him about interfering with the witness when she was passing. Ott started back home and he was overtaken by Heagerty, who struck him on the head with a base ball bat four or five times. Heagerty, in cross-examining Mrs. Ott, tried to make it appear that Ott had called him foul names. Mrs. Ott could not remember anything of the kind. An adjournment was then taken until Monday. Mr. E.B. Powell appears for the people."
• Legal: Bail for Ott case, 21 Jul 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 712 "James Heagerty, charged with assault in the second degree upon Frederick Ott. Elected to give bail and await the action of the grand jury. Bail was fixed at $500.
• Legal: Beats his wife, 8 Sep 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 339 Mon., Sept. 9, 1890 -- "Police Court. Before Hon. C.N. Bulger, Recorder. Sept. 8; Saturday night there was a tremendous row at the house of James Heagerty, a middle aged man, who lives on Hart street, and who, on several occasions, has figured in police court on charges of assault, generally on his wife, and who was not long ago, held to bail to await the action of the grand jury on a charge of assaulting a German neighbor with a ball club. The quarrel Saturday night between himself and wife culminated in an assault upon her and her screams brought out a large crowd. When the police came they found the woman with a bad contused wound on the forehead and subsequently it was discovererd that she had several other cuts on the head, add that she was bruised about the body. Heagerty was taken to the police station and gave bail in the sum of $1,000. This morning he cooly admitted that he had whipped his wife, but did not think she was much injured. As he wanted time to get counsel, an adjournment was granted until Thursday and the bail taken Saturday night was continued." This was on page one, column 2. Thursday would have been 9-11-1890.
To see the article, try www.fultonhistory.com with a search of "Police Court AND 'James Heagerty' - all of the words.
• Legal: Spousal abuse, 10 Sep 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 339 "The Heagerty Case" -- "In regard to Mrs. James Heagerty, who is claimed to have been badly injured by her husband. Dr. Bulger, who attended, said to-day that the woman had not left her bed and was very nervous and excited, although her injuries were not of a dangerous character. Complaint is also made by Mrs. Heagerty, that her husband is not providing for her and that she has no money to purchase medicine or food. There appears to be unhappy relations between husband and wife as aside from their quarrels, both are regarded as estimable people. It is hoped their difficulties will be arranged in an amicable manner."
• Legal: Refusal to support family case, 11 Sep 1890, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 339 Sept. 11, 1890 -- "Police Court. Before Hon. C.N. Bulger, Recorder. -- The case of James Heagerty who is charged with refusing to support his family, was called this morning. Mr. Heagerty stated that he has never at any time refused to support his family and was now ready to do so. They had a pass book at a good grocery and could get anything they needed there. He also said there was plenty of wood and that a fourteen-year-old boy who was at home ought to be able to cut it. At the same time, he was willing to send them coal if they wanted it and would provide necessary medicine. Mr. Heagerty says that he has had a great deal to contend with and asks that the public suspend judgment until they know the facts in the case." [That 14 year old boy would be James Herbert]
• Residence: Bought Minnie the house on Ellen St., Oswego, 27 Sep 1890, Ellen Street, Oswego, Oswego, NY. 713 In the land records' Grantee Index (image 218/567) the final entry on the page is dated 1894 (year estate went to probate), Minnie W. Heagerty is shown as Grantee and DeLeon F. Hall was the Grantor. "Libr." (a column heading meaning Volume 217) is shown as number 217, page is 275. I found where she purchased the house on Ellen St. under New York, Land Records, 1630-1975>Oswego>Deeds 1894-1895 vol 217-218, image 285/1139.
• Employment, May 1892. 714,715 Note that the Kingsford Starch Co. in Oswego, NY sustained immense damage by fire in May of 1892. Many of the elevators and warehouses for the company were distroyed. One early estimate showed losses at one million dollars. However, I can't find evidence of the fire in any papers on this side of the ocean.
The NY Times ran an article on 5-12-1902, telling of how the Kingsford Company proposed to move their corn starch operation to Chicago, in the heart of corn country. The plan was to move in 1903. Saving on shipping costs would be enough to cover the cost of the new Chicago facility. The company employed about 800 people, and closing it would have meant a considerable loss to Oswego. The city of Oswego made efforts to keep it located there.
There was another fire with damage estimates (in UK pounds) of 200,000 pounds. The London Daily Mail of 2-2-1904 said the plant was destroyed.
• Employment: laborer, 1892, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85 Not sure this is our guy, but I think so. Listed in directory as James H. Heggarty. Also a side note: There was an 1892 New York Census taken. In it, there are several James "Hagerty"s living around the state. None seem to be he.
FOR SURE THOUGH HE WAS LIVING IN CHICAGO by 4-30-1896 because we have a receipt for a bicycle for either this man or his son, "James Hagarty," for $33.50 for a Eureka Bicycle, black, #13617. (It was probably the son, just because of the age of the rider being more apt to be a young person.)
• Residence, Sep 1894, 366 State Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 333
• Travel: From NY to Chicago?. I wonder if he/they arrived in Chicago via the Chicago Limited, a train running from Chicago to New York city via the Lackawanna Railroad and the Michigan Central Railroad. The train left NY at 2 pm and would arrive in Chicago 24 hours later. I don't have the years in which it operated.
• Legal: Disposition of Oswego house?, 20 Apr 1896, Ellen Street, Oswego, Oswego, NY. 713 This is the deed that was drawn up after Minnie Shannon Heagerty's death regarding the Ellen St. house. The entire deed has large X's drawn through it, apparently because something was wrong with it, or it failed to go through for whatever reason. The text ends abruptly midsentence with no explanation. It can be found on FamilySearch's site: New York, Land Records, 1630-1975>Oswego>Deeds 1895-1896 vol. 221-222 Image 574/1140.
Wilbur H. Selleck as Sheriff to James Heagerty
This indenture, made this twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and ninety-six between Wilbur H. Selleck as Sheriff of the County of Oswego of the first-part, and James Heagerty of Chicago, Illinois of the second part: Whereas, at a special ?? of the Supreme Court of the State of New York held at the Court House in Oswego, N.Y. on the 13th day of March one thousand eight-hundred and ninety-six it was among other things ordered, adjudged and decreed by the said Court, in a certain act(?) there pending in the said Court: between Hewey E. Carrier for plaintiff and Charles E. Davis as Administrator of all and singular of the goods, chattels and credits of Minnie W. Heagerty, deceased, Deleon F. Hall, Francis E. Hamilton as trustee of Herbert Heagerty, [Both Deleon and Francis Hamilton lived in Oswego. They may have been attorneys.] and James Heagerty and Herbert Heagerty sole heirs at law and next of kin of Minnie W. Heagerty, deceased. That all and singular the mortgaged premises mentioned in the complaint in said action and in said judgment- described on such part thereof as might be sufficient to discharge the mortgage debt in said action, the expenses of the sale, and the costs of the action as provided in sections 1626 and 1676 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and which might be sold separately without material injury to the parties in(?), be sold at public auction, according to law and the course and practice of said Court, by or under the direction of the said Sheriff of Oswego County: that the said sale be made in the County where the said mortgaged premises, or the greater part thereof, are situated; that said Sheriff give public notice of the time and place of such sale, according to law and the practice of said Court, and that the Plaitiff or any other party in said action might become a purchaser on such sale; that the said Sheriff execute to the purchaser or purchasers a deed or deeds of the premises sold. And Whereas, the said Sheriff in pursuance of the order and judgment of the said Court did, on the twentieth day of April one thousand eight-hundred and ninety-six sell at public auction at the court house in the City of Oswego N.Y. the premises in the said judgment mentioned, due notice of the time and place of such sale being first given, agreeably to the said judgment; at which sale the premises hereinafter described were struck off to the said party of the second part for the sum of seven hundred ninety one and 44/100 ($791.44) dollars, that being the highest sum bidder for the same. Now this Indenture witnesseth that the said Sheriff, the party of the first part to these presents, in order to carry into effect the sale so made by him as aforesaid, in pursuance of the judgment of said Court and in conformity to the Statue in such case made and provided, and also in consideration of the premises, and of the said sum of money so bidden as aforesaid having been first duly paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath bargained and sold, and by these presents doth grant and convey assets the said part of the second part. All that tract in parcel of land situate in the seventh ward of the City of Oswego, County of Oswego, and State of New York, known and described as subdivision lot no. five (5) of lot forty (40) of the Yarick Tract. Subdivided for William Drier in 1869; said subdivision No. five being bounded on the north by the southerly line of Ellen Street; west by the eastern line of Hart Street; South by subdivision four (4); and east by subdivision six (6); said subdivision five (5) being sixty six and 8/12 (66 8/12) feet in width front and rear, and one ///
This is where the text ends.
• Residence, May 1898, 325 S. State Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 38 This address is right near the Harold Washington library. Address of the library is 400 South State. Right across the street from DePaul's law school. Street # may have changed. There currently isn't a 325 S. State.
I found that there was a store at 325 S. State in 1895 at that address. The basement rental went for $40/month. This is under "To rent - Stores. South Side. To rent - by E.A. Cummings & Co., 108 Dearborn-st.
325 State-st., large basement, per month... 40.00". " (E.A. Cummings was a real estate agent.)
Women's doctor's office at 201 to 211 State;
Dear Ms. Woods:
It's difficult to pin down exactly what was there [at this address] in 1898, but I can give you some information. This section of State Street is between Congress and Harrison (in the post-1909 street numbering system, it is roughly equivalent to 505 S. State.)
The Elite Directory for 1898, which lists only addresses regarded as upscale, does not include that portion of State Street. A search in the Tribune for that address between 1895 and 1900 did not bring up any useful hits.
There was a map in the 1894 book, If Christ Came to Chicago, that indicates saloons, brothels, pawn brokers, etc. on Clark, Custom House Place, and Dearborn just south of Harrison http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/6341.html . It's a little further south and west than the State address you are looking for, but as you can see by looking at a modern map, it was not far away.
The Sanborn fire insurance map for 1906 (the closest date that we have for this area), shows this as a block of stores. The Folly Theater is in the middle of the block--however, this theater does not show up in the classified listing for theaters in the 1900 city directory, so probably wasn't there in 1898. The State Street Hotel is at the end of the block, but also does not appear in the 1900 city directory.
So, basically, my best guess would be that it was a commercial district, probably with some apartments or rooming houses on upper floors of the stores, and adjacent to the vice district. It may have come down in the world somewhat between 1898 and the map showing 1906, but I would say that it was definitely not a wealthy area in 1898.
Chicago History Museum Research Center
A Google search of the area found a Swede looking for employment as a coachman at "318 to 324 So. State, Room 6." Also found a store a t 306 S. State for low rent in 1895
• Death, 26 May 1898, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 38,716 Report of death in Presbyterian Hospital
Name of deceased (in full) Jas Hagerty
sex m color w born in Ireland
Age 50 years __months __days. Lived in IL __ years.
Died on the 26th day of May, 1898, about 12:30 p.m.
Widowed. Occupation: laborer
Removed to Hospital from 325 So. State St. Ward 12 (crossed out)
Place of Burial: Oswego NY. Undertaker M Mc(either Mc or M) Laughlin, address 418 W. 12th St. (so the undertaker's first name begins with an M, and then there's the second M which may be part of McLaughlin or else it's a middle initial M with the last name of Laughlin. Address on 12th St. is the address of the undertaker.) Date of burial is May 30, 1898.
Cause or causes of death:
Chief & determining: Acute Lobar Pneumonia -- 14 days
Contributing & consecutive causes --
Miocardial Degeneration -- 14 days
Witness my hand this 27th day of May, 1898, signature of James B. Herrick 751 Warren Ave., Chicago.
Wikipedia has an entry for James Herrick. (1861-1954) He discovered, in 1904, sickle-shaped red blood cells, a disease known for many years as Herrick's syndrome and is now known as sickle-cell disease. He also found the mechanism of "myocardial infarction" -- heart attack. He's commemorated in an annual award and a memorial lecture at Rush. He'd opened a private practice in the Chicago area, taught at Rush College, and on staff at Presbyterian Hospital from 1895 to 1945. Presbyterian Hospital was built in 1883.
The fact that James died in a hospital and was being treated by a well known doctor leads me to believe he was somewhat wealthy. Plus he has a nice tombstone and was shipped back to NY, a costly venture no doubt.
• In the News: house on Ellen St. burns down, 16 Jun 1900, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 340 June 16, 1900 -- Oswego Palladium "Fire this Morning. John McCarthy's Home in Hart Street was Destroyed. Fire was discovered shortly before four o'clock this morning at the home of John McCarthy in Hart street. An alarm was sent in from box 42, but before the department could arrive the house was nearly gutted. Mr. McCarthy works in the Kingsford factory and arose at three o'clock this morning to go to work. He left a light burning in his home and as this was the only fire in the home, it is supposed that the lamp exploded. Mr. McCarthy's family escaped. The house was owned by James Heagerty, of Chicago. Because of its being outside the water limit the blaze was extinguished with great difficulty. The loss upon the house is estimated about $1,900. It is not known that there was insurance on the place. Mr. McCarthy's furniture was destroyed. He had a small amount of insurance."
• Probate. I didn't find any evidence of any probate paperwork for Mr. Hegarty.
James married Minnie W. Shannon, daughter of Thomas Shannon and Mary Willis, in 1873 in Schull, Cork, Ireland. (Minnie W. Shannon was born in 1854 in Ireland 25,707 and died on 6 Mar 1894 in Albany, Albany, NY 38,717.)
Ancestry.com shows a James Hegarty marrying a Minnie Shannon in Schull, (An Scoil) Cork, Ireland in 1872. If they married in Schull, www.ireland.anglican.org website shows that those original marriage records should be "held by the Representative Church Body Library, Churchtown, Dublin 14." +353 1 492 3979 Closed weekends, open M-F 9:30 a.m. to 1 pm and then opens again from 2-5 p.m. Aghadown records of baptisms, marriages, and burials were burned in 1922. Burials after 1881 should exist. Marriages after 1840 should exist. Baptisms after 1881 for Derry and after 1765 for Cork should exist.
I used to believe they were married in NY rather than Ireland because Minnie shows up in the 1880 census as living with her parents in New Haven, Oswego County, NY... same one? Now I suspect not.
"Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958," Index, FamilySearch.
Also shows up in Ireland Marriages 1845-1958 Transcription via findmypast.ie but no new info. Same info as above.
Were they married in the Catholic church, or the Church of Ireland? Don't know, but process of elimination says C of I because if it's right that they were married in Schull, their names should be in the Catholic marriages books for either Schull East or Schull West, and they're not there.
Through www.johngrenham.com, I looked at the Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland for the time period of this marriage in Schull West and they're not listed although I see other Hegartys listed (the record spans multiple years.) Don't see any Shannons. Names I see are Michael, Maria, Bridget, Mary, Ellen, & Kate Hegarty; lots of Donovans, and other names I see and recognize are Regan, Minihane, Cullinan, and Driscoll.
Through the National Library of Ireland website, I looked at the Catholic Parish Registers for the time period of this marriage in Schull East. Names I recognize are Sweetnam, Heg's include a Timothy, John (whose father was John but town is unreadable but not Ballydehob,) Mary (whose father was William from Ballydehob) and Margaret(from Ballydehob whose father was John), a Margaret whose father is Michael, and a PatrickHegarty from Kaleo?. No Shannons. Much of the writing is so faint that it's illegible. I also looked at Schull West - more unlikely anyway because it's farther away from the Shannon farm. No luck.
I hear (as of 7-1-2017) Minnie Shannon married James Hegarty of Lissanoohig, son of James Hegarty. I find a James Hegarty in Lissanoohig in the Griffith's Valuation for the year 1853. That's County Cork, Barony of Carbery West (East Division), Union of Skibbereen, Parish of Abbeystrowry, Townland of Lissanoohig, Place name of Lissanoohig.
James is the tenant of land owned by Rev. M.F.S. Townsend. I printed Griffith's page and it should be in the file. Also living in Lissanoohig (5 lines above Hegarty is Samuel Swetnam (sic)). No other familiar names on that page. Use map reference 3, sheet 141 to find on map provided. (Go to http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml?action=doNameSearch&familyname=hegarty&firstname=&offset=20&countyname=CORK&parishname=&unionname=&baronyname=&totalrows=696&PlaceID=0&wildcard=on)
Also in 1853, I find a Griffith's Valuation of a James Hegarty as tenant with a landlord of Mortimer Hourihan. This one is in the same barony, union, and parish as stated above, but in the townland of Drummig. Use map reference 4, sheet 141 and also 132 to find its location. I see no dwellings on this T shaped piece of property.
The Hegarty farmhouse in Lissanoohig is about 8 km away from the Shannon farm according to Google maps. The current farmhouse where the Heg. farm used to be may be a newer building.