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John J REGAN went to Rochester, New York, became a home builder and made concrete sidewalks. He left sisters and brothers in the Dunmanway area of Cork.

His cousins, John and Hannah, also lived in Rochester. John was a motorman on streetcars but around 1927 he purchased a farm outside the city where he worked everyday with his sister. They had sheep, horses, a dog and a cat. He still owned the farm through 1940 according to a city directory. Some time in the 1940a or 1950s John and Hannah pined for the Ireland home. He gave up his US dual citizenship and returned to Co Cork. John and Hannah may have lived in the USA for 40+ years.

John J REGAN is my great-grandfather.  His wife Elizabeth died ten years before him. John J died in 1931. One of his children is my mother, Elizabeth (Betty). I am interested in connecting with relatives.  I was in Dunmanway once. I took a bus by myself to get there from an hour away,and walked all over town, all day. It was a great day.

Patricia TROY Demers

Tuesday 15th November 2016, 01:27PM

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  • Dear Patricia

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Do you know if John married Elizabeth in the US or in Ireland?

    Best wishes

    Clare Doyle

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    Clare Doyle

    Monday 21st November 2016, 04:33PM
  • John J REGAN came to Rochester, NY USA single.  He met Elizabeth HESSLINGER in Rochester and they married there in a Catholic Church.

    John REGAN and his sister, Hannah, were cousins to John J REGAN.  They both returned to Ireland after 50 yrs in the States but apparently not all arms were wide open welcoming them back. They'd been gone a lifetime almost, and what I heard about a sad letter John wrote to family still in Rochester was ...sad..   I understand they went back to a townland near Dunmanway.  I tried to find their graves in the Dunmanway cemetery there, next door to the Church; lno luck.



    Patricia TROY Demers

    Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 01:56PM
  • Hi Patricia 

    Have you managed to locate John J Regan's death record to see if it includes any further information about where he was born. It should be registered in the State John died in. Also does his marriages record to Elizabeth provide anything further? 

    Let me know if you have already tried these avenues.

    Do you know or can you guess when Hannah or her brother John died?

    Best wishes


    Genealogy Support 

    Clare Doyle

    Friday 25th November 2016, 09:27AM
  • I haven't seen John J Regan's death certificate, however,a  cousin who has done research on the line says he was from Dunmanway and she has been back there to visit. I wanted to find my own Proof - haven't found much. She says she has met cousins.

    Hannah and John, cousins of John J - Hannah wrote letters to a cousin in Rochester NY, and they were recently shared, addresses and all. They returned to Ireland as I recall about 1941.  Very informative. 


    Pat Demers

    Patricia TROY Demers

    Thursday 2nd February 2017, 10:15PM
  • Dear Pat:


    Many thanks for your responses on your thread.

    You had mentioned that John Regan was born in Dunmanway.  There are several baptism entries for a John Regan born in that parish and I have copied them for you to look at below.  They are available through  This is a free website that is making all birth,marriage and death records available.  AT the moment, it is a work in progress.  The Cork RC Church records are on the site as are Dublin, Kerry and other counties.  The Civil site has a better selection. 

    Baptism entries:

    1. 29 November 1958  John Regan Dunmanway parish. 

    Name    JOHN REGAN
    Date of Birth    N/R N/R N/R
    Address    N/R
    Father    MICK REGAN
    Mother    JULIA SULLIVAN
    Further details in the record
    Sponsor 1    DAN HURLEY
    Sponsor 2    MARY DONOVAN
    Recorded Parochial Area    DUNMANWAY
    About the record
    Book Number    Page    Entry Number    Record_Identifier    Image Filename
    N/R     N/R     N/R     CR-RC-BA-148944     cork & ross.dunmanway.p4805.00659

    2.  John Regan of Dromdeega, Dunmanway 28 June 1857

    Name    JOHN REGAN
    Date of Birth    N/R N/R N/R
    Address    DROMDEEGA
    Father    JOHN REGAN
    Mother    ELLEN HURLY
    Further details in the record
    Sponsor 1    JOHN HURLY
    Sponsor 2    CATH HURLY
    Recorded Parochial Area    DUNMANWAY
    About the record
    Book Number    Page    Entry Number    Record_Identifier    Image Filename
    N/R     N/R     N/R     CR-RC-BA-148684     cork & ross.dunmanway.p4805.00655


    John Regan of Moriagh, Dunmanway 5 March 1845.

    Name    JOHN REGAN
    Date of Birth    N/R N/R N/R
    Address    MORIAGH
    Father    DANL REGAN
    Mother    HONORA FARREL
    Further details in the record
    Sponsor 1    DS FARREL
    Sponsor 2    MARY FARREL
    Recorded Parochial Area    DUNMANWAY
    About the record
    Book Number    Page    Entry Number    Record_Identifier    Image Filename
    N/R     N/R     N/R     CR-RC-BA-146064     cork & ross.dunmanway.p4805.00591


    It is quite possible that it is one of the above. 

    You will note that in bold, I have noted the Catholic Parish Register where these records can be accessed through the National Library of Ireland.  Their website address is:,


    It would apoear from your thread that John and Hannah Regan returned to Ireland and died there.

    If so, it might be possible to look for their civil death record through the Civil Records side of the Irish Genealogy website ( 

    In addition, you might also have a look at the headstone transcriptions which are online through the Historic Graves project.  They can be accessed at:  There are a number of graveyards that have been surveyed in the Cork area.  As it appears that you have an address where John and Hannah returned to in Cork, that may assist you.

    Lastly, there is a West Cork graveyard database that you might consider searching.  Their website is:

    The best of luck with your research, and if you have further questions, please contact us. 


    Kind regards,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Friday 3rd February 2017, 04:09PM
  • Hello Patricia,

    John and Hannah Regan are cousins to my great grandmother Ellen Regan who was born in Bandon and moved to Rochester with some of her siblings. Ellen Regans parents are Daniel Regan and Mary Corbett. John and Hannah had a farm on Butcher Road in Parma, New York after moving out of Rochester after many years. My dad said they probably moved back to Ireland after 1940 but he really did'nt know for sure. Can you give me more information on John and Hannah that you referenced in letters that you might have. This would be very helpful in my Regan research. Thanks.

    Sincerely, John Toal


    Friday 26th May 2017, 06:58PM