Descendants of 'unknown' MEEHAN (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


2. Eleanor (Ellen) MEEHAN ('unknown' ) was born about 1818 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died after 1900 in possibly Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Ellen and Laurence farmed in the townlands of Cleigna (Clegna), Derrygirraun and Cloongreaghan in the Cootehall area of Co. Roscommon.

It has been suggested that Ellen was closely related to - perhaps a sister of - Winifred Meehan from Cootehall who married Thomas Logan.

And could Ellen have been related to Margaret Meehan who married Patrick O'Hara, nephew of Ellen's husband, Laurence?

Eleanor married Laurence O'HARA, son of Laurence O'HARA and Mary MCDONAGH, in probably early 1840s. Laurence was born in 1815 in Co. Sligo, or Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1885 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  4 M i
William O'HARA was born about 12 Jan 1845 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Jan 1845.

Sponsors at William's baptism were William O'Hara and Maria Bambrick.
  5 M ii
Patrick O'HARA was born about 28 Feb 1847 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 28 Feb 1847.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Laurence O'Hara and Anne Meehan.

It has been suggested that Patrick emigrated to the United States in 1865 at the age of 16 and settled in Oregon where in 1882 he married Jennie Siferte. However, there seems to be no evidence whatsoever available to prove that the Patrick in Oregon is our Patrick above, especially as the Irish county or parish of origin of the Patrick in Oregon appears to unknown to his descendants. There is no documented connection, as far as I can see, between the Patrick in Oregon and our Patrick above. Any help in establishing a connection would be most welcome.
+ 6 F iii Eleanor (Ellen) O'HARA was born about 23 Apr 1849.
+ 7 F iv Margaret O'HARA was born about 10 May 1851. She died on 28 May 1940.
  8 M v
John O'HARA was born about 12 Sep 1852 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Sep 1852.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Michael O'Hara and Margaret Meehan.
  9 F vi
Bridget O'HARA was born about 2 Feb 1854 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 2 Feb 1854.

Sponsors at Bridget's baptism were Patrick O'Hara and Catherine O'Hara.
  10 M vii
Laurence O'HARA was born about 28 Mar 1856 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 30 Mar 1856. He died before 24 Sep 1860.

Laurence and Elizabeth were twins. Laurence must have died before the age of five because another son of Laurence and Ellen's, born in September 1860, was also named Laurence.  

Sponsors at Laurence's baptism were Laurence O'Hara and Winifred Hunt.
  11 F viii
Elizabeth O'HARA was born about 28 Mar 1856 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 30 Mar 1856.

Laurence and Elizabeth were twins.

Sponsors at Elizabeth's baptism were Patrick O'Hara and Maria Parthalan.
  12 M ix
Charles O'HARA was born about 17 Jun 1859 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 17 Jun 1859.

Sponsors at Charles's baptism were Thomas Moran and Eleanor O'Hara.

It is possible that Charles emigrated to the United States because a 1920 census record has been located for a Charles O'Hara who is listed in the household of Joseph Richard Lavin (who would have been his first cousin twice removed) and his wife, Margaret (née Connolly), in District 4, Queens, New York.
+ 13 M x Laurence O'HARA was born about 24 Sep 1860. He died on 12 Jan 1928.

3. Winifred MEEHAN (caution: exact realtionship to Ellen not verified) ('unknown' ) was born in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died.

It is fairly certain that Winifred and Ellen were related. They may have have been sisters but we are by no means sure. Based on the list of sponsors at the baptisms of Winifred's children, she (and Ellen?) possibly had other siblings named Eleanor, Lucy, Charles, Margaret, Bernard and Bridget.

Winifred married Thomas LOGAN. Thomas was born in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He died.

It is thought that Thomas may have farmed in the townland of Derrygirraun in Cootehall (Ardcarne). There is an entry in Griffith's Valuation for a Thomas Logan in Derrygirraun, and neighbours of his included Meehans who were probably related to Thomas's wife, Winifred Meehan. Another neighbour was Laurence O'Hara who would marry Ellen Meehan who it is thought might have been a close relative of Winifred.

Based on the list of sponsors at the baptisms of his children, Thomas possibly had brothers named Michael and Joseph.

According to the marriage record of his son, John, Thomas was a "surveyor" rather than a farmer.

They had the following children.

  14 M i
Joseph LOGAN was born in Oct 1844 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 6 Oct 1844 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died.

Sponsors at Joseph's baptism were Michael Logan and Eleanor Meehan.
       
Joseph married Anne MCGAVRAN, daughter of John MCGAVRAN, on 8 Feb 1869 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Anne died.

Witnesses to the marriage of Anne and Joseph were Martin Havaghy and Catherine McGavran. On the marriage certificate, Joseph's address is given as Glooria (near Boyle) and Anne's is Drinchivne. However, I have been unable to find the Drinchivne townland/parish in any Roscommon townland list, although there is a townland called Drumshannagh near Boyle. Perhaps this is where Anne was from. I have also seen Anne's surname given as McGovern and McGauran.
  15 M ii
James LOGAN was born in Sep 1846 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 21 Sep 1846 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at James's baptism were Charles Meehan and Winifred McDermott.
+ 16 M iii John Joseph LOGAN was born in Jan 1849. He died in 1905.
  17 M iv
Thomas LOGAN was born in Oct 1851 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Oct 1851 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Thomas's baptism were Bernard Meehan and Bridget Meehan.
  18 M v
Peter LOGAN was born in Aug 1854 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 20 Aug 1854 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Peter's baptism were Charles Meehan and Lucy Meehan. According to his marriage certificate (1886), Peter was a member of the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) and lived on Abbey Lane (presumably in Boyle or Cootehall). Witnesses to the marriage were James O'Hara and Ellie Duignan. A 1911 census record was located for a Peter Logan, a 54-year-old Roscommon-born RIC pensioner who was living with his wife, 42-year-old Longford-born Kate Agnes, on Carrick St., Kells, Co. Meath. Although our Peter's wife is believed to have been born in Co. Roscommon, it is likely that the Peter from the census is our Peter above. According to the census, Peter and Kate Agnes had been married for 24 years and had no children.
       
Peter married Catherine (Kate) Agnes MCPARTLAND, daughter of Myles MCPARTLAND and Catherine CARTY. Catherine died.

On their marriage certificate, Kate's address is given as Rockingham (near Boyle) and Peter's is Ardagh (also near Boyle). Kate was a sister of Anne, wife of Peter's brother John.
  19 M vi
John LOGAN was born in May 1857 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 6 May 1857 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

There is a baptismal record for a John Logan, born 1857 to Thomas Logan and Winifred Meehan (sponsors were Joseph Logan and Margaret Dolan). However, Thomas and Winifred already had a son named John (born 1849) who married Anne McPartland in 1877. One could suggest that perhaps the John born in 1849 died as a child and it was the other John who married Anne. But according to the marriage certificate of John and Anne, John was aged 27 which ties in with being born in 1849. If it had been the younger John who married Anne, he would have been only 19 at the time which would have been very unusual. Perhaps both Johns went by both their first and middle names. It is not known what the middle name of the younger John was.
+ 20 F vii Elizabeth LOGAN was born about 1859.
  21 M viii
Charles LOGAN was born in Jul 1860 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 15 Jul 1860 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Charles's baptism were Timothy Regan and Bridget Meehan.
  22 F ix
Anne LOGAN was born on 15 Apr 1863 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 23 Apr 1863 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Sponsors at Anne's baptism were James Connel and Mary Hayden.

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