Margaret F. Feehan1

(December 1857 - 26 December 1936)

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Relationship2nd great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Weygand
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
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Some Background

Margaret F. Feehan was also known as Maggie Finn.3
FatherNicholas Fehan2 (10 Sep 1811 - 4 Nov 1883)
MotherCatherine (Kate) Roche2 (c. 1825 - 23 Jun 1902)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildMargaret F. Feehan was probably born in December 1857 in Ireland. Or England. Her place and year of birth varies with the country and age she gave at the time of various life events: she appears with her parents on an 1880 U.S. census and gives her age as 21 (making 1859 her birth year), and England as her place of birth; her 1884 marriage registration indicates she was born in 1862 ( she said she was 22 yrs old) and gives Ireland as her country of birth; the 1900 U.S. census explicitly says her birth was in England (her parents born in Ireland) in Dec of 1862 - which, however, would be after she appeared on an 1861 cenus in Surrey, England. The 1861 Census in England entry has a Margaret "Fane" living with Nicholas and Catherine Fane and gives her age as 3 years old, born in Ireland.4,2,5
BrideShe married Edward Francis Harrigan, son of Edward Harrigan and Bridget Cooney, on 1 May 1884 in Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts,- probably. The registry gives their names as Edward Harrigan and Margaret Finn, and this was the first marriage for each. Margaret's age is given as 22, Edward's age is given as 21 and his occupation is given as "crucible worker." He was probably employed at one of the silver factories located in Taunton... most notably Reed and Barton.
Margaret's parents are named as Nicholas and Kate; Edwards parents are named as Edward and Bridget.6,7
DeceasedShe died on 26 December 1936, in Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.8
InterredShe was buried in Saint Francis Old Cemetery, Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Section 2, Lot 323. Margaret's grave marker indicates she was born in 1863 (and the source, findagrave.com, indicates she was born in England). However this is inaccurate as she was listed in the 1861 census of England and Wales in the household of her parents with the age of 3 years and as having been born in Ireland; Her daughters Florence and Lillian are shown on the same grave marker with their parents.8

Children with Edward Francis Harrigan:

Immigrant Ancestor

In 1865 or 1875, Margaret F. Feehan arrived in United States of America. According to the Family Tradition story, her father was a gardener in England. Various years have been given for her immigration... but the family tradition story is that she came to the United States as a young girl. Census returns give different years: 1900 shows 1865... she was about 3 years old; 1910 shows 1875... when she would have been 13 years old. She could be considered a "young girl" at either of those dates. Later census returns: 1920 shows 1880... 18 years old (and that she became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1887); and 1930 shows 1884 when she was 22 years old. The last two dates would seem to disagree with the idea that she was a young girl at the time of her immigration. And she married in 1884.5,9,10,11
In 1871, Catherine (Kate) Roche and Nicholas Fehan arrived. If this year was indeed the year they came to the U.S., it could explain the absence of a 1870 U.S. Census return for the family, as well as the lack of an 1871 Cenus return in England.
There is no direct evidence of which of their children accompanied them, but in 1900 Catherine was living with their daughter Mary and Mary's family, and Catherine and Mary said they had come to the U.S. in 1871 (so did Mary's husband John Murphy and one of their sons).
Nicholas' and Catherine's youngest daughter, Margaret, was living with them at the time of the 1880 U.S. Census (when she said she was 21 years old) and she probably came with them as well. Various years have been given for Margaret's immigration... but the Family Tradition story is that she came to the United States as a young girl. Census returns give different years for both Margaret's birth and her year of immigration - with variations of up to 4 years: the 1861 census for her whole family in England shows her to have been born in 1858, the earliest date yet found for her birth; the 1880 U.S. census indicates 1859; her own 1900 census entry shows she was born in 1862 and immigrated in 1865... but the 1862 birth date is not possible (that 1861 census in England and the 1880 census in the U.S. disprove it) so she would have been about 6 or 7 years old in 1865; her mother's (and sister Mary's) 1900 census shows they immigrated in 1871, and Margaret would have been about 12 or 13 years old; Margaret's 1910 census return shows she came to the U.S. in 1875... when she would have been about 16 or 17 years old. She might be considered a "young girl" at any of those dates, especially 1865 or 1871. Later census returns: 1920 shows 1880... about 22 years old (and that she became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1887); and 1930 shows 1884 when she was probably at least 26 years old. The last two dates would seem to disagree with the idea that she was a young girl at the time of her immigration. And she actually did marry in 1884, (according to town records) when she said she was 22 years old (but may have been 26 years old or older). The 1871 date seems the most reasonable one to be connected with the idea of her being still a "young girl"... about 12 years old... probably 13 years old.
Just to complicate things further, in 1910 Mary said she immigrated in 1870... but that would still be consistent with Margaret having been a young girl of about 11 or 12 years old when she immigrated.12,13,4

Residences and Censuses

She appeared on the 1861 Census of Common Side Road, Mitcham, Surrey, England, in the household of her parents, Nicholas Fehan and Catherine (Kate) Feehan.4
She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, in the household of her parents, Nicholas Fehan and Catherine (Kate) Feehan. Margaret's age is given as 21 years and her birthplace is shown as England.13,14
She and Edward Francis Harrigan appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, at 33 Grove St., enumerated 1 June 1900. Edward and Margaret were renting their house. They had been married 16 years and Margaret had borne 7 children of whom 5 were living at the time of the census. Edward was working as a laborer. Their children Clara, Edward, Helena, Annie and Margaret were listed as living with them.15
She and Edward Francis Harrigan appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, at 105 East Water St., enumerated 3 May 1910, Edward and Margaret were renting their house. They had been married 26 years and Margaret had borne 8 children of whom 6 were living. Edward was working as a laborer at the Gas House... and had worked the entire previous year. Their daughter Margaret (19 years old) was working as a chain maker in a jewelery shop; both Ann (17 yrs) and Clara (16 yrs) also worked in a jewelery shop´... Ann was a button maker and Clara was a press hand. Their children Margaret, Annie, Clara, Helena, Edward and Grace were listed as living with them.16
She appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, at 13 Purchase St., enumerated 12 January 1920. Margaret, a widow, was renting her home.. Her children Margaret, Annie, Clara, Edward and Grace were listed as living with her. On this census Margaret indicates she immigrated in 1880 and became a naturalized citizen in 1886 (or 1887 - the entry is not written clearly but looks as though a 7 was written over the 6 in the year). The older girls were working as packers in local factories, Grace was attending school, and Edward was a printer in a printing shop.10
She appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Taunton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, at 99 School St., enumerated 7 April 1930, Margaret was renting her home for $25 per month. The family apparently did not own a radio at the time of this census. On this census Margaret indicates the year of her immigration was 1884, and that she was a naturalized citizen.. Her children Annie, Clara, Edward and Grace were listed as living with her, Annie and Clara were still at their jobs as packers, Edward was a printer (not a veteran), and Grace was a telephone operator at a grocery store.11

Sources - Citations

  1. [S450] Unknown author, “Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639 - 1915,” Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family Search: ( familysearch.org ); Accessed: 22 Aug 2013, HMH1-VRS-450 (2) Gives full name.
  2. [S481] Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah: Holbrook Research Institute, 27 3 1911). Facsimile edition, accessed online at ancestry.com 12 Sept. 2013, No. 111, Edward Harrigan, Margaret Finn.
  3. [S450] Unknown author, “Massachusetts, Births and Christenings”, HMH1-VRS-450 (1) Shows mother's name as Maggie Finn.
  4. [S484] Nicholas Fane household, Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861, Surrey, England, population schedule, Common Side Road, Mitcham, Enumeration District 4 Croydon - Mitcham, Household Schedule No. 119; Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England: The National Archives. Class: RG 9; Piece: 452; Folio: 46; Page: 20; GSU roll: 542640 1861 England Census (database online) ancestry.com, Shows family name as "Fane" - names parents and children with places of birth, ages and occupations.
  5. [S445] Edward Harrigan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, population schedule, 33 Grove St, Taunton Ward 3, Enumeration District 222, Page No. 186 A, Sheet No. 10, dwelling 132, family 219; Washington: National Archives. , Her census entry shows she was born in England and both parents as having been born in Ireland.
  6. [S481] Massachusetts Vital and Town Records, No. 111, Edward Harrigan, Margaret Finn; names, events, dates, relationships, locations.
  7. [S445] Edward Harrigan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, Her census entry shows they had been married for 16 years.
  8. [S210] Find A Grave, online at findagrave.com; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources, Memorial# 114684365; photo.
  9. [S446] Edward Harrigan household, 1910 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, population schedule, 105 East Water St, Taunton Ward 6, Enumeration District 280, Page No. 455, Sheet No. 19 A, dwelling 282, family 377; Washington: National Archives. , gives year of immigration as 1875.
  10. [S447] Margaret Harrigan household, 1920 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, population schedule, 13 Purchase St., Taunton Ward 5, Enumeration District 193, Page No. 84, Sheet No. 19 A, dwelling 220, family 338; Washington: National Archives.
  11. [S448] Margaret Harrigan household, 1930 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, population schedule, 99 School St., Taunton Ward 3, Enumeration District 3-221, Page No. 197, Sheet No. 10 A, dwelling 123, family 223; Washington: National Archives.
  12. [S489] John Murphy household, 1900 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, population schedule, 117 Washington St, Taunton Ward 3, Enumeration District 223, Page No. 198 A, Sheet No. 4, dwelling 44, family 72; Washington: National Archives. , shows names, relationships, birth dates, and places.
  13. [S486] Nicholas Fehan household, 1880 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, population schedule, 111 Washington St., Taunton Ward 3, Enumeration District 121, Sheet No. 28, dwelling 188, family 303; Washington: National Archives. , shows names, relationships, birth dates, and places.
  14. [S488] The Taunton Directory - 1880 (Boston: Sampson, Murdock, & Co., 1880), the 1880 city directory names only Nicholas.
  15. [S445] Edward Harrigan household, 1900 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.
  16. [S446] Edward Harrigan household, 1910 U.S. Census, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.
Last Edited14 Feb 2019

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