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NameJohn Rogan
Birthabt 1838, County Armagh, Northern Ireland45
Birth MemoDates of birth for John Rogan vary as reported on located records. Most immigrants from poor families did not know their birthday or how old they were. It was not important to them. The “Resolution of Conflicting Evidence” gathers the various dates and discerns the one that seems to prevail.
Immigration20 May 1864, New York City, New York45,46
Naturalization3 Feb 1865, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania46
Naturalization9 Apr 1870, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania47
Death21 May 1894, Miners Mills, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania48,49
Death MemoOral History: John Rogan died 6 months before his youngest child was born. Edward J. Rogan was born 14 Nov 1894. This supports the Death Register entry and the Funeral Notice newspaper copy.
Burial23 May 1894, Plains Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania48
Burial MemoSacred Heart Cemetery was not established until 1899. Death Register indicates burial in Plains. Sacred Heart has no record of John's grave location. It is possible that John was buried in the St. Dominic’s Cemetery. St. Dominic’s church in Miners Mills maintained a cemetery for a while in Hudson, Plains Township. It is located just below St. Joseph’s Cemetery (heading toward Miners Mills). It is in total disrepair, and basically abandoned. Information about the cemetery and its location were secured from a local funeral director who has made arrangements for burials there.
Spouses
BirthFeb 1854, Brackwansha, Kilbelfad, Ballina, County Mayo50,51,52
Birth MemoTownland, Civil Parish, Poor Law Union, County, Country. Dates of birth for Mary vary. The “Resolution of Conflicting Evidence” gathers the conflicts and discerns the date of birth reported here. Place of birth is as listed here or Brackwanshagh, Kilbelfad, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. Previously thought that Knockmore, Ballynahaglish, Ballina, County Mayo was her place of birth. They are neighboring Townlands/Civil Parishes.
Death21 Aug 1937, Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania51,52
Burial24 Aug 1937, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plains, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania51,52
OccupationHomemaker
FatherPatrick Kelly (~1808-1873)
MotherBridget Barrett (~1814-1884)
ChildrenBridget (~1872-1952)
 Mary 'Mamie' (1876-1903)
 Patrick Joseph (1881-1918)
 John Aloysius (1883-1954)
 Sarah A. (1885-1961)
 Bernard F (1889-1918)
 Catherine (1892-1980)
 Edward J. (1894-1974)
Notes for John Rogan
Oral History from Patrick Rogan, son of Edward, son of John.
Edward Rogan told his family that his father, John Rogan, came from Armagh in Northern Ireland and that he came to this country with two sisters. Patrick, son of Edward, remembers is sister Ell telling about visiting relatives in the Scranton area.

December 23, 1992: Patrick Rogan secured a report from Mrs. Eileen Vallely, a researcher at the Armagh Records Centre in Ara Coeli, Armagh. The request to her was seeking a baptismal record for John Rogan born in Armagh in 1838. A summary of her reply: "I have searched for a baptismal record for John Rogan b. 1838 with out success. I wonder if the information you have on his date of birth could be incorrect. There are very few families called Rogan in Co. Armagh and the John I found … had two sisters older than him." I do not believe that this is our John Rogan. The details are not at all confirmed. Also, if John Rogan’s father was Francis and his mother Rose, I believe that at least 1 or 2 of his 9 children would have the name Francis or Rose or both. The information provided indicates that John Rogan was the son of Francis Rogan and Rose Gubby. It indicates that John was born 05-24-1831 and his two older sisters were Ellener (12-06-1826) and Cate (07-24-1828). The Baptismal record indicates a location of Parish Tynan. The date and location of John Rogan's birth have never been confirmed by any other source.

According to the Declaration of Intent to become an American citizen, John stated that he was born in 1838 and arrived in America in New York on the 20th day of May 1864. We are reasonably certain that this is our John Rogan because:
a. Michael Robinson sponsored him for admission to citizenship in 1870.
b. The 1870 Citizenship Admission document contained the same date of arrival.
c. On the 1870 census, John was boarding with Michael Robinson and his family.
d. John's son John was sponsored in baptism by Michael Robinson.

From the arrival date described above, Jim McKeown located information on a ships manifest as follows:
Name listed on manifest as John Grogan; Arrival Date: 20 May 1864
Estimated Birth year: 1834 Age 30 Gender: Male Farmer
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Place of Origin: Ireland
Ship Name: Wm Rathbone Port of Arrival: New York
Line 13 Microfilm Roll 240 List Number 408

Another review of the same manifest yields the following:
John Hogan age 23, traveling with Hugh Hogan 19, and Catherine Hogan 17. Hugh and Catherine have ditto marks for their last name. John is a laborer, no occupation listed for Hugh, and Catherine is listed as spinster.

Another John Hogan appears on Image (Page) 7. John Hogan, 24, laborer, traveling alone.

The John Hogan age 23 could be our John as much as the John Grogan and the other John Hogan except that at age 23 and traveling with 2 could-be siblings is catching. Age 23/laborer also corresponds with the age/occupations listed on the 1870 (30) and 1880 (40) census documents. It does not relate to the age 46 listed in the Luzerne County Register of Deaths, but it does closely relate to the newspaper article regarding his death in 1894 stating that "the deceased was 52 yrs. old." [Digital copies of these images are on file]

Filed Declaration of Intent to become citizen on Feb. 3, 1865 in Luzerne County, PA. This document states that John was born in Ireland in 1838. He arrived in New York on May 20, 1864. [Digital copy on file]

Admitted as a Citizen: Dated April 9, 1870 (signed as "X" his mark). John was sponsored by Michael Robinson. John lived with the Robinson family in Plains at the time of the 1870 census. The document was filed April 9, 1870. [Digital copy on file]

1870 Census: John Rogan, Age at last birthday: 30, Laborer, Born in Ireland, Parents of foreign birth, can read but cannot write, male citizen of 21 and upwards. Plains Township, Luzerne County, 9th of September 1870. Listed as living with Michael and Marion Robinson and their children Sarah and Winifred. There was another border: Stephen Gallagher who is 17 and born in Ireland.

1880: Third District of Plains Township: John 40, Miner; Mary 27, Keep House; Bridget 8, Mary 4, Ellen 1. See notes on Mary Kelly Rogan for information on this census document.

It is said that he lost part of an arm in a mining accident. Research of the Bureau of Mines Inspectors reports from 1886 through 1894 did not yield any record of such an accident. Detailed records were kept during the period for both fatal and non-fatal accidents. The labor unions were quite volatile during that period. It could be that the accident was the result of "extra-curricular" activities. Regardless of the source of the injury, it is said that he was never the same after the accident and died 6 months before his youngest child was born.

John died on Monday, 5/21/1894. Copy of Luzerne County Register of Deaths page 233. Born in Ireland, died in Miners Mills, buried in Plains. Occupation, name of parents, cause of death, duration of illness, are all blank. The record lists his age as 46. [Digital copy on file]

Newspaper article: date 5/24/1894 in the Plains Section: "The funeral of John Rogan who died on Monday night after a week's sickness, took place yesterday morning with high mass at Sacred Heart Church. Deceased was 52 years of age." [Digital copy on file]

Possibilities for Year of Birth:
1841 - Ships Manifest John Hogan (1) Laborer w/ could-be siblings Hugh & Catherine
1840 - Ships Manifest John Hogan (2) Laborer
1834 - Ships Manifest John Grogan Farmer
1838 - Declaration of Intent to become Citizen
1840 - 1870 Census (age 30 probably given by John himself since he was single at the time)
1840 - 1880 Census
1848 - Luzerne County Register of Deaths Page 233 (5-21-1894) - age 46.
1842 - Newspaper account of funeral (52 years of age).

Question: How sure are we that there were two sisters and that their names were Ellen/Ellener and Cate/Catherine?
Is the only source of this information the baptismal record obtained from the Irish researcher in Armagh, Ireland?
Could the fact be that he came to America with 2 siblings?

Mary Kelly Rogan was born in Feburary, 1854, in Knockmore, Ballynahaglish, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. She died on 21 August 1937 at the home of her daughter, Catherine Kelly at 73 Pringle Street, Kingston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
The Story
John Rogan was born in Ireland and immigrated in 1864 through New York to the Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe) area of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. By 1870 he was found in Plains township, Luzerne County. Soon after, he married Mary Kelly. Mary was born in Ireland immigrated about 1872. Her parents were Patrick and Bridget BARRETT Kelly. The exact date or where she lived after arriving is not known. In 1880, she and John were living in Plains Township in an area thought to be later identified as Miners Mills.

Oral History from Patrick Rogan, son of Edward, son of John.
Edward Rogan told his family that his father, John Rogan, came from Armagh in Northern Ireland and that he came to this country with two sisters. Patrick, son of Edward, remembers is sister Ell telling about visiting relatives in the Scranton area.

1870 Census: John Rogan, Age at last birthday: 30, Laborer, Born in Ireland, Parents of foreign birth, can read but cannot write, male citizen of 21 and upwards. Plains Township, Luzerne County, 9th of September 1870. Listed as living with Michael and Marion Robinson and their children Sarah and Winifred. There was another border: Stephen Gallagher who is 17 and born in Ireland.

1880: Third District of Plains Township: John 40, Miner; Mary 27, Keep House; Bridget 8, Mary 4, Ellen 1. See notes on Mary Kelly Rogan for information on this census document.

It is said that he lost part of an arm in a mining accident. Research of the Bureau of Mines Inspectors reports from 1886 through 1894 did not yield any record of such an accident. Detailed records were kept during the period for both fatal and non-fatal accidents. The labor unions were quite volatile during that period. It could be that the accident was the result of "extra-curricular" activities. Regardless of the source of the injury, it is said that he was never the same after the accident and died 6 months before his youngest child was born.

John died on Monday, 5/21/1894. Copy of Luzerne County Register of Deaths page 233. Born in Ireland, died in Miners Mills, buried in Plains. Occupation, name of parents, cause of death, duration of illness, are all blank. The record lists his age as 46. [Digital copy on file]

Wilkes-Barre Record Newspaper article: date 5/24/1894 in the Plains Section: "The funeral of John Rogan who died on Monday night after a week's sickness, took place yesterday morning with high mass at Sacred Heart Church. Deceased was 52 years of age."

Although the County Death Record indicates that John was buried in Plains, Sacred Heart Cemetery was not established until 1899 and the cemetery could not find any record of his burial. St. Dominic’s Parish in Parsons had a parish cemetery at one time. According to Blake Collins (funeral director), it is located in Plains Township above the St. Joseph’s Cemetery location off Hill Street and/or Cemetery Road. It is very overgrown and in disrepair. It is possible that this cemetery was formerly known as the Mill Creek Catholic Cemetery. As of February, 2008, his burial site has not been located. This cemetery is located in Plains Township.
The Story notes for Mary (Spouse 1)
ORAL HISTORY:
Marion O'Brien Roski (Daughter of Mary O'Brien Roski): Mary Kelly Rogan came to the U.S. in 1874 at age 16. She went to Scranton to work as a servant. Her daughter Bridget was born in 1874. Mary had an Aunt Mary Barrett and a cousin Katie Kinney/Kenney.

General: Somehow she ended up in Mahanoy City where Mary (Mamie) and Ellen (Ellie/Nellie) were born and baptised in 1876 and 1878. In the 1880 census the family was living in Plains Township. (At the time Miners Mills was not yet formed from Plains Township.)

Marion O'Brien Roski: Mary Kelly was at the home of her daughter Catherine Rogan Kelly when she died. Ordinarily she lived with her daughter Ellen Rogan O'Brien at 46 Main St. Miners Mills but the O'Briens and the McKeown's had rented a cottage at Stoddartsville for 2 weeks and Mary stayed with Catherine while they were gone.

Mary Rogan Roarty and Claire Rogan Parry (Daughters of Patrick Rogan): Mary Kelly Rogan had a brother John who stayed in Ireland. The family sent mail to Knock Moor Post Office, Ballina, County Mayo. There is something about "Roscommon" in this story. Roscommon is a bordering county to Mayo. Mary immigrated to US in 1874.

Patricia O'Brien Loughran (daughter of Bernard O'Brien): Mary was born in Ballina. Mary was born in Knockmore. There is a church across the street from the Knockmore Post office. This could be a source of early records.

Subsequent research confirmed Mary’s place of birth as Brackwansha, Kilbelfad, Ballina, County Mayo.

1880 Census: Living in Plains Township: John and Mary, with Bridget, Mary, and Ellen. This census information contradicts other known information regarding the ages of Mary and the children. Separate research is on going (File: EV Rogan Mary Kelly.doc) They are Family number 224. Family number 219 includes John and Margaret Barrett and their children Margaret, Edward, Mary, John, and Bridget. We do not know of a connection at this point.

1900 Census: Living in Miners Mills First Ward: Mary is a widow at 42, 9 children, 9 living, Born Feb. 1858; immigrated 1874, in this country 26 years, married 27 years. Children Mary 21, Nellie 19, Patrick 17, John 16, Sarah 14, Bernard 10, Kate 9, Eddie 5. Daughter Bridget married in 1891.

1910 Census: Living at 30 North St. Miners Mills PA; Son John aged 26 is named as Head of Household: Also living there are: Mary 60, Sarah 24, Bernard 21, Catherine 19, and Edward 16. Daughter Mary died in 1903. Daughter Ellen married sometime before 1905. Patrick was married in 1906.

1920 Census: Living at 29 N. Washington St. Miner Mills PA Head of Household: Also living there are: John Kelly and Catherine Rogan Kelly and their son John; Sarah Rogan and Edward Rogan. Mary's son John lived across the street at 28 N. Washington St. Son Bernard died in 1918.

1930 Census: Living with Michael (50) and Nellie (50) Rogan O'Brien at 46 E Main St in Miners Mills which is now the 20th ward of Wilkes-Barre City. The data indicates that Mary is 70, a widow, immigrated in 1873 and was a naturalized citizen. The O'Brien Children are Joseph 18, Bernard 16, Michael 13, Edward 10, and Nancy 7.

Stories:
Bob Kelly (Son of Catherine Rogan Kelly):
Mary Rogan had only one tooth left in later years but she could peel an apple in no time.

Mae Kelly Grady (Daughter of Catherine Rogan Kelly):
There were 2 large portraits hanging in the house while she was growing up. One was of Patrick Rogan and the other of Mamie Rogan. Patrick was handsome and Mamie was beautiful. In the portrait, she had her hair piled up like a Gibson Girl with a high neck white ruffled collar and a blue ribbon. Those pictures are lost now. A lot of the pictures that went to Claire Kelly Castle disappeared after she died in 1977. I wonder if there is a portrait of Bernard somewhere...

Mae Kelly Grady clearly remembers an Irish phrase Mary Rogan taught to her grandchildren. It is "How are you" in Irish. Phoenetically it is: Kay wilt thou? and the response is "gah mai."

Mickey O'Brien told Peggy (Hogan O'Brien) that while Grandma Rogan was living at the O'Briens, someone brought her a box of chocolate. She took them upstairs and ate the whole box. When the next person came upstairs, she said she hadn't had a piece of chocolate in months.

Marion O'Brien Roski: Grandma Rogan loved chocolate. She could eat a 5 lb. box. Even as she was older she always was busy. She often would rip the seams out of her dresses to keep busy.

Paraphrased/comments from conversation with Anne Grady O'Malley (daughter of Mae Kelly Grady) : The story remains: Mary Kelly Rogan lost 3 adult children: Mamie in 1903, Patrick in 1918, and Bernard in 1918. We have a tendency to look at these things as fact but we should also consider the devastating feeling that must have affected Mary. A daughter who shared much experience with her was lost at 24 yrs old. Two of her sons died within weeks of each other, both to the flu epidemic in 1918. Mae did not know Grandmother Rogan very well. She was senile as long as she can remember. This condition could have started after the 2nd and 3rd loss of a child.

In her later years, Mary lived with her daughter Ellen O'Brien. In her dementia, she frequently expressed that Ellen (her daughter) was her Aunt Mary Barrett. Whoever Aunt Mary Barrett was, she must have been special to Mary. A connection will probably come to light someday.

At the time of her death, Mary was temporarily staying with her daughter, Catherine Rogan Kelly, at 73 Pringle St. Kingston, PA. Her more permanent residence was with her daughter Ellen Rogan O'Brien, 46 East Main Street, Miners Mills, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The McKeowns and the O'Briens had taken a cottage at Stoddardsville for 2 weeks when Mary died.

Mary was a member of the L.C.B.A. (Ladies Christian Benevolent Association)
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