Patrick & Catharine HOGAN - Part 1 - the early years
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Patrick Hogan and his family have been hard to research for several reasons:
I have found no document stating Patrick's year of immigration, but I reckon it was around 1846-47. The first reported date of activities in New York is Mar 24, 1849, when his first child, George W. Hogan was born. (This birth date was not certified at the time of birth, but was as reported years later to the de la Salle Christian Brothers on George's application for entry to the order.) One assumes Patrick met/married Catharine Donohue roughly a year before, but this is nothing but a guess.
Baby George was reportedly born in New York City, which at that time consisted only of Manhattan. The location was most likely true, since another 1849 event sets the Hogans in Manhattan. On Nov 1, 1849, Patrick filed his Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. citizen in Manhattan's Superior Court. Unfortunately, there was no home address or further information on this form, which must precede by 2 years an application for citizenship. So we can place the Hogans in Manhattan, and probably downtown, since that was the only settled area, but we can't pinpoint their location near a particular church.
The next dated evidence I have found of the family's location was recorded June 21, 1857 when Patrick Hogan witnessed the naturalization of shoemaker George B. Hogan (brother? cousin?) at Court of Common Pleas in Manhattan. George lived and worked on E. 18th Street, while Patrick was a west-sider, living on 8th Avenue--no street number or cross street given. (Note: as an artisan/merchant, George was relatively visible in city directories, and easy to follow. Patrick was not.)
That leaves a blank between 1849 and 1857, during which time at least two more babies were born: Thomas (reportedly in 1851) and Anna (reported variously between 1853-1857). Someone attempting to connect the dots would assume the Hogans lived in Manhattan during that period. However, one item casts some doubt on this. Anna's death certificate (1925 in Hackensack) states that she was born in Whitestone, New York on March 19, 1857. This date is dubious, and the information itself may be wrong but it does raise a question of location that I hope to resolve some day. (It has been documented that the Hogan family did, indeed, live in Whitestone, Queens, but not until 1871, when Anna was in her teens. I have found no trace of an earlier Whitestone stay, a fact that doesn't rule it out.)
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The primary source of information about Patrick Hogan's family was a paragraph written by Patrick's grandson Gus Hogan, who wrote the following on a piece of scrap paper, probably during the 1960s.
This drawing by Richard [this line was crossed out]There were a few inaccuracies in this paragraph, but most of what Gus wrote was accurate enough to make this a major cornerstone of the research.