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I'm searching for Eagan's/Egan's from County Clare.  Per our ancestor John Eagan's stories he immigrated at age 17 from County Clare and that's about all the family history we have being passed down concerning Ireland/his immigration.   We believe he immigrated in 1845/46 via Liverpool, possibly with family members, Jane age 13, John age 11 and there was another Eagan on the ship rooster, Keenan in his 20s.   We have no parent names for John or any relatives he may have had in America or of where he went after he arrived in America until he shows up in Ohio in the early 1850s, marries, has 2 children, wife and daughter dies.  He remarries and resides the remainder of his life in Indiana. 

I would appreciate any contact with any Eagan/Egan in Ireland or others searching for a John Eagan who sounds similar.  Thanks!

m eagan

Monday 21st May 2012, 12:39PM

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  • Hi there,

    Co. Clare has many parishes. Do you have any additional clue to where their exact place of origin might be? Have you checked family documents, such as letters and bibles, etc.?

    Clare County Library has an excellent website where you should be able to find lots of useful links to County Clare. You can access it here:

    If and when you do find out an exact place of origin, I can then recommend some church records for you to check. In the meantime, there are other sources you can start looking at.

    Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 however. You can access the website here:

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38). Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    Have you tried checking the Ellis Island records ( or the Castle Garden records ( Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at, this could be a good place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin.

    Have you tried checking for John's records in Ohio? There might be more clues there.

    You might find this link about the name Eagan interesting:

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Wednesday 6th June 2012, 10:47AM
  • First off I need to correct myself.   Per my gggrandfather he immigrated at age 17 which would be 1839 not 45/46. 

    We have no clues whatsoever on family in Ireland for John, nothing was ever passed down that anyone is aware of.  We "believe" we found the passenger list, but we can't be 100% certain this is him, other than we've not found another who matches age 17 with a birth date 1822. 

    I will print out your reply and look into the sites.  I believe we have searched a few of them.  We have no idea on exact location in County Clare.  We know there is family descended from his oldest daughter in Ohio, but getting them interested enough to work with us to find if they possibly have some clues it frustrating.  

    Thanks for your reply.  m eagan

    m eagan

    Wednesday 6th June 2012, 09:14PM