Today has dawned bright and dry in The Kingdom. It’s a “Good morning, God” rather than a “Good God, morning!” sort of day.
My story for you today was sent to me by Jim Horgan of Pennsylvania. Again it’s a story of an emigrant who prospered in the U.S. but who never forgot his Irish roots.
Andrew Joseph Horgan was born in Glenderry, Kerry on 5-December 1876 to John Horgan(1843-1921) and Johanna O’Sullivan (1842-1944) of Lisselton. Andrew was the 3rd of 8 children and emigrated to America in 1901. Ultimately, five of the eight children went to Pittsburgh and three remained in Ireland. Andrew arrived on the SS Cumric to Ellis Island on 23 April 1901 with his cousin Michael. He made his way to an uncle in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and found work at the Glenwood Shops of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He worked alongside his cousin Patrick (1877-1956), son of Michael Horgan(1850-1908) and Julia Savage (1850-?) from Tralee. On 12—April 1904 Andrew married Catherine Brosnan daughter of Daniel Brosnan (1830-1890) and Ellen Sheahan (1838—1917) from Islandanny, Duagh. In 1910 Andrew was promoted to supervisor, but left the B&O during the railway strike of 1911. He then went to work on the Monongahela Connecting Railway until his retirement. His sons, Andrew Jr. and Timothy worked on the same railroad for 40 years each. I am currently in my 37thyear on the railroad, and my son Patrick is a 4thgeneration railroad man, having started a few years ago.
Andrew and Catherine had the following children:
1 John (1906-1906)
2 Helena (1907-1918) died in the flu epidemic
3 Johanna (1909-1909)
4 Andrew Jr. (1910-1985)
5 Mary (1913-1985) married Andrew Stana, 1 child
6 Rita (1916-2001) Married Thomas Kerin 5 children
7 Timothy (1918-1974) married Ann Marie Roscoe 4 children
8 John (1919-1987) Married Erma Heiles 6 children
In 1939, Andrew Jr. married Helen Sheehan (1915-1985) the only daughter of John Joseph (Paddy) Sheehan (1881-1965) of Ballyheigue and Katherine Shine (1878-1953) of Gurtomasillihy, Moyvane.
They had 4 children, of which I am the youngest. In 1978, I married Bridget Creighan, daughter of William Creighan and Mary Teresa O’Donoghue, daughter of Denis O’Donoghue (1898-1974) of Duagh and Hannah Molyneaux (1903-1986) of Behins.
Andrew Horgan and Katherine Brosnan now have 91 descendants who were born in America.
Jim tells me that he has met some of his Irish cousins, but he is always happy to meet some more of his Irish family.