The Hogan Branch

Patrick and Johannah's son
John was born in Clogheen Parish, County Tipperary, Ireland around 1830. He probably farmed and may have done stonemasonry work as a young man in Ireland, and he owned a shillelagh which is in the possession of one of his great-grandsons.
Around 1848, John emigrated from Ireland to the United States, possibly landing in Boston. According to some accounts, he spent time in Boston working as a stonemason; at some point he relocated to Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio, where he married
Bridget Ahern in the summer of 1852. The wedding at Holy Cross Catholic Church was witnessed by Mary O'Hearn, Bridget's twin sister. Bridget was able to read and write English, but apparently John was not, as we have a public document which he has signed with his mark.  Both John and his brother Michael became naturalized U.S. citizens.

Bridget, a daughter of John Ahearn and Brigid Dunn of Knockanore Parish in County Waterford, was also an Irish immigrant and was born in 1828. She came from a large family that included a twin sister who seems to have immigrated and a brother James who danced and toured professionally in Ireland. She also had an older brother named Thomas, almost certainly the namesake of Sen. Tom Hogan, who was born in 1822 and may have emigrated to America. Her parents and other siblings may have immigrated as well.

John and Bridget's first child,
Mary Teresa, was born August 13, 1854 in Columbus. When Mary was 18 months old, the family traveled to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Part of this trek was by wagon and part was on foot; in the company of two other men, they walked the last 96 miles through frontier wilderness, making the trip in four days. Years later, one of the men revealed that Bridget had been "the best damn man of the bunch" and had refused to let them turn back after the first day. In fact, she had carried Mary herself the last day of the trek.

John and Bridget and the first four of their children were living in Chippewa Falls in 1860; sometime later, they filed a claim for a plat of land in nearby Eagle Point in Chippewa County, cleared it for farming, and built a home on it. They had nine children between the years 1854 and 1869.

Their oldest child, Mary Teresa (1854), married James Sheehy, a cotton grower who had immigrated from Clonmel, Tipperary, and the two settled in San Antonio and had 15 children.

Johannah, born about 1857, married Tom Sugars but died in 1883 at about the age of 26 two weeks after giving birth to their son Thomas Joseph (Joe), and only about two months after the death of John Hogan's mother (also named Johannah). In 1920, Joe Sugars was 36, single, and renting a dwelling in Troy, Montana where he was employed as a miner in a metal mine. His 41- year-old first cousin once removed, Joe Powers, was boarding with him and was also employed as a miner in a metal mine.

Joe Sugars was married for the first time in 1925 in Troy, Montana, at the age of 42. His wife was a 31 year old widow named Clair Barrett Webber from New London, Waupaca County, Wisconsin; her parents were Lucian H. Barrett, a school teacher who later worked as an editor, and Evangeline Minerva Russell. Clair had siblings named Charles W., Lucian H., and Verne L., and two half-sisters from her father's second marriage. In 1930, Joe was working in a gold mine in the Siskeyou Mountains in a forest reserve in southern Oregon and boarding with a prospector named Arthur Benedict.

Patrick Robert, born about 1859, worked in logging and lumber in Aberdeen, WA and died at the age of 92 on Christmas Day, 1949, three days after a fall on his porch. He was married to Etta Nauman and the two had six children: Harriette (1887), Gerald (1889), Mildred (1894), Ima (1896), Jeannette (1899), and Giles (1901). One of Pat Hogan's grandsons died of pancreatic cancer.

Michael Emmett, born about 1859, was a farmer in Aberdeen, WA who on May 21, 1890 married Catherine Burke, another first-generation Irish-American from Chippewa County, and lived to be 83. The marriage was witnessed by William and Amelia Hogan, Michael's brother and sister.

Catherine was the daughter of
Michael A. Burke and Mary Welsh, Irish immigrants who settled in Chippewa Falls, and had siblings named William, Susie, and Mary. Her father Michael Burke was a mall wright by occupation and a son of John and Cecelia Burke; he is buried at Hope Cemetery. Kate Burke Hogan died at the age of 44 in 1910 of pericarditis.

Michael and Catherine had four children who survived to adulthood: Blanche (1891), Raymond (1892 - a female), Mary Rose (1893), and William (1894). A daughter Mary born in 1896 died at five months, and another daughter was stillborn in 1898. Their daughter Raymond was the mother of Frank Hobi, a dancer with the New York Ballet; a descendent from the Hanrahan branch who is still living met him backstage after a performance that she attended with her aunt, the actress Mary Rehan.

We recently lost Michael E. and Catherine's granddaughter, Helen Harrington. Helen moved to New York when she was about 21 to be a playwrite. She was an intellectual, graduated from high school when she was 21, and even directed a small Shakespearean theatre group at that young age. She lived in New York the rest of her life and retained her love of the theater, the opera, and world events. (Her father, Rex Harrington, built Bing Crosby's first house in Hollywood when Bing was just getting started in the movie business.)

John Carol, born about 1862, obtained his law degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and practiced law in Aberdeen, dying on his 84th birthday in 1947. Read an article about John and his cousin James Sullivan, or the New York Times obituary of his grandson  Robert Burns Motherwell, the American Abstract painter.

John Carol married Lily Miles and had three daughters: Mary (1897),
Katharyn (1899), and Margaret. After Lily's death he married Elizabeth Benn.

William David, born in 1863, was engaged in mining for 50 years in Montana and Idaho and died of acute dilatation of the heart brought on by diabetes in 1934 in Grangeville, Idaho. William named the town of Orogrande, Idaho where he built and worked a mine that produced copper, gold, and other metals. (Another Bing story: William's son-in-law, Hugh Worthington, attended Gonzaga College in Spokane with Bing and used to go on rolls to the women's colleges with him.)

William married
Luella Deborde in Montana in 1900 when he was 37 and she was 20. She converted to Catholicism when she married William, but descended from two French Huguenots, James Deboarde and Michel Desloges. Click here to read about the Deloach family.

Bill and Luella Hogan had six children:
Helen (1901), Arthur (1904), Alice (1906), John (1910), Harold (1912), and Kathleen (1916). The family lived in Troy, Montana until 1917 and then relocated to Spokane, Washington; in 1920, William was working as the superintendent of a mining company and Helen was a cake maker at a cake factory. Two of William's daughters died of pancreatic cancer.

Amelia Bridget, born in 1866, married D. J. Manning, a farmer who established himself in Hysham, Montana, and who had grown up near the Hogans in Wheaton, Chippewa County. Like her brother William, she suffered from diabetes later in life. Her husband D. J. was the son of Thomas Manning and Bridget Flinn; Thomas, a son of Michael and Bridget Manning, was born in 1824 and died in 1902 of prostrate trouble and urethral fever, and his wife Bridget was also an Irish immigrant.

Amelia and D. J. raised five children in Montana: Irene (1991), Helen (1993), Martha (1995), David (1997), and James (1999).
David became the longest-serving state legislator in the history of this country, representing Treasure County in what he jokingly referred to as "the one cow, one vote state" Click here to read about some possible origins of the Manning name.

Sadly, John and Bridget's son James, born about 1868, died of typhus at the age of 18, leaving no heirs.

Thomas Stephen, born in 1869, became a lawyer and, as his nephew was to do after him, served in the Montana state senate. His wife Kittie Donovan was a first cousin to Amelia's husband D. J. Manning, so descendents of Thomas and Amelia are doubly related to each other. Kitty Donovan's mother, Mary Manning Donovan, worked as a companion to Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, Illinois before her marriage to John Donovan.

Tom Hogan was a friend of Buffalo Bill Cody but fell out with him when Cody decided to divorce his wife; Tom gave Mrs. Cody legal advice to help her retain enough to support herself. He was also friends with Gary Cooper's father, a Montana judge, and used to stay at the senior Coopers' home after their move to California, and worked once as an advisor on a Cecil B. DeMille movie about the oil business.

Tom and Kittie had seven children:
Ralph (1897), Emmett (1899), Mary (1900), Fred (1901), Ruth (1904), Maureen (1907), and Helen (1912).

By 1900, John and Bridget had moved into a home that they owned without a mortgage  on Spring and Rural St.'s in the city of Chippewa Falls, next door to John's sister Hannah and her husband John Long. Before moving there, they rented out their Eagle Point farm property to Dennis and Matthew Quinlan, sons of Irish immigrants Mike and Mary Quinlan. The Quinlans had raised Dennis, Matthew, and four other children on a farm at Eagle Point and Mike Quinlan's mother Jane lived with them as well.

Dennis Quinlan married Esther Powers, a niece of John Hogan. The rental agreement between John Hogan and the 30- and 28-year-old Quinlan brothers was witnessed by John's brother Mike and a man named James Lunney. Lunney was 30 and had grown up several doors away from a woman named Mary Hogan Clancy who may have been some relation to John, Mike, Hannah, Margaret, Joanna, and Mary Rose Hogan.

John Hogan is shown in the 1900 census as having been unemployed for 12 months from his profession as a mason.  He died of pneumonia on April 8, 1904, a year and eight months after his Golden Wedding Anniversary, at the age of 72; he had been ill for eight days and was buried at Hope Cemetery.

Bridget lived fifteen years longer and followed her children out west, dying in Aberdeen, Washington at the age of 91 on October 9, 1919. Her remains were returned to Chippewa Falls for burial next to her husband.

According to one of her great-granddaughters, "The only thing I know about Bridget Hogan is what my grandmother (Bridget's daughter-in-law) told me.  She said Bridget used to tell her to be sure and put out milk for the 'little people' or they would come and milk the cows dry.  She must have been quite superstitious and my grandmother (Luella Deborde) had no sympathy for that kind of thing."

A Powers descendent remembers that whenever anyone would dream about "Aunt Bridget", they were likely to die soon, so when someone would say, "I saw Aunt Bridget", it was cause for great concern.

Family lore has it that the night before she died, Bridget danced "The Rocky Road to Dublin" and packed her bags, saying, "I don't care where I do be going, as long as I be going."

Hope Cemetery is located at 418 N. State St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. John and Bridget and their son James are buried in Block B - Row 6 - Lot 7.





Bay Lough with rhododendrons
Clogheen town
Clogheen stream
The walk from Heathfield to Shanrahan
Knockmealdown Mountains
More Knockmealdowns
Rhododendrons of Clogheen
"You hear of the Limerick fairies, and the Donegal fairies, and the Tipperary fairies, and the fairies of two adjoining counties have their faction fights, just like the inhabitants themselves."

-- J. G. Kohl,
Ireland, Dublin, the Shannon, Limerick, Cork and Kilkenny Races . . . 1843
"The whole landscape a manuscript
We had lost the skill to read,
A part of our past disinherited;
But fumbled, like a blind man,
Along the fingertips of instinct."

-- John Montague, 'The Rough Field' 1972