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The O'Hourihane, Hor(ri)gan
Han(d)rahan, and Horan DNA Projects

DNA Test Kit # 171005


Most of what I know about Patrick Horrigan, the earliest Horrigan I have located, is on my family tree, Horrigan Family Tree (on ancestry.com). He was born around 1805, location unknown. He married Catherine Lynch in Gortnakilla, Caheragh parish, in February 1850. By 1853, time of the Griffiths Valuation, he was living in Dromnacaheragh townland, Aughadown parish. He died in Dromnacaheragh 23 Nov 1902 at the estimated age of 95. I believe Caheragh was Catherine's parish, not Patrick's. I found Horrigans living on Skeams East as early as the Title Applotments and know for sure they were related to us, so I think they came into the area, settled on Skeams, then when property became available after the famine, Patrick moved off the island and settled on the mainland. In the Tithe App., there were no Horrigans living in Dromnacaheragh. However, there was a John O'Driscoll and his family. They do not appear in Griffiths. When one of their children was born, Jeremiah Horrigan was a sponsor for the baptism. Jeremiah was one of the Horrigans living on Skeams whose connection to me I can confirm. I think when John's family died/emigrated during the famine, Patrick took over the homestead and was able to finally marry. How did he know about Catherine, however, since the parishes are not continguous? Perhaps because he had relatives in Caheragh? Possible.

Patrick and Catherine's third son, Denis, was born in 1858. He emigrated to US with his older brother, Patrick, in 1881 and settled in Buffalo, NY. I think they lived with their Aunt, Ellen Horrigan Desmond, upon arrival. Denis then married his cousin, Theresa Desmond, in 1886 and had their first son, John Timothy, on May 31, 1887. John married Viola Weaver from Humberstone (Port Colborne), Ontario. John and Viola had 10 children. One of them was my father, Edmund, born 1918.

  1. 1. Patrick Horrigan = Catherine Lynch, m. Feb-1850, were the parents of Denis Horrigan, b. 1858.
  2. 2. Denis Horrigan = Theresa Desmond, m. 1886, Buffalo NY, were the parents of John Timothy Horrigan, b. 1887.
  3. 3. John Timothy Horrigan = Viola Weaver, were the parents of Edmund Horrigan, b. 1918

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