Descendants of Martin Reagan
of County Tipperary, Ireland

County Tipperary

Generation #1

Martin Reagan of County Tipperary, Ireland

Researchers have traced the larger Reagan family to Ballyporeen, County Tipperary. And, family history states that Martin was a relative of Ronald Reagan. The story is that this Reagan Family disavowed their relationship with Ronald Reagan not when he became a Protestant--he was raised Protestant by his aunt--but when he became a Republican. Great joke: lots of his Iowa descendants vote Republican.

Martin Reagan was born in 1830, reportedly in County Tipperary, Ireland. The Reagans as well as the majority of people in western Ireland suffered from the Great Famine. And, Martin immigrated by way of Liverpool, England on 2/20/1850 to New York aboard the Shennon.

In 6/1850 in Otisville, Orange Co NY, Martin married Mary St. Lebim b. 6/18/1830 County Mayo, Ireland. 

The hamlet [town] of Otisville is located within the town [township] of Mount Hope, Orange Co NY. And in the 1850s, Otisville was an industrial hub which supplied workers for the Delaware and Hudson Canal and the Erie Railroad's expansion west out of New York City. So, the question is "Why were Martin and Mary in Otisville when they got married?" Irish laborers were welcome.

From the records, we know that Mary immigrated 1/1850, probably to New York City. And, Martin immigrated 2/1850 to New York City. So, Mary and then Martin wandered around New York for about four months. Somewhere along the way, they met. And as they were considering marriage, an important question would have been "What kind of work could Martin do in America?" Why not the railroad?

Martin and Mary may have lived in Otisville NY for a year or so. Why so long? There were lots of Catholic Irish laborers in Otisville. And eventually, Otisville would have a Catholic Church.

From daughter Catherine's 1852 birth in New York and information in the 1855 Iowa State Census, we learn that the family migrated c. 1852 to Davenport IA. Martin worked as a laborer, and the family lived at the bottom of Cork Hill along the Mississippi River.

Martin died on 1/22/1863 in Davenport IA. Mary would remarry and live another 40 years. Mary, Michael Hopper and possibly Martin Reagan are buried in St. Marguerite's/Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport IA.

# Name Age/Gender From - To Ship Arrived
002 Martin Regan 20/M Ireland - USA Shennon 02-20-1850
1856 Iowa State Census: Scott County
PG   TWP  HN   Last   First      Age  Sex  Mar  Yrs  POB   Occup
==================================================================
174  DT   089  Ragan  Martin     26   M    M     4   IRE   Laborer
                      Mary       28   F    M     4   IRE
                      Catharine  3    F    S     3   Iowa
1860 Federal Census: Scott County, Iowa
DW#  FM#  Last    First     Age  Sex R  Occup.  POB
=========================================================
714  647  Ragan  Martin     27   M   W  Laborer Ireland
                 Mary       30   F   W          "
                 Catherine   7   F   W          New York
                 Thomas      3   M   W          Iowa
                 Mary A.    5/12 F   W          "
1870 Federal Census: Scott County, Iowa
DW#  FM#  Last    First     Age  Sex R  Occup.   POB
==========================================================
314  325  Harper   Michael  52   M   W  Laborer  Ireland
                   Mary     41   F   W           Ireland
          (Reagan) Kate     16   F   W           New York
          (Hopper) Bridget  15   F   W           Iowa
          (Reagan) Thomas   13   M   W           Iowa
          (Reagan) Mary     10   F   W           Iowa
 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Michael HOPPER   Self   M   Male   W   60   IREL   Laborer   IREL   IREL 
 Mary HOPPER   Wife   M   Female   W   50   IREL   Keeping House   IREL   IREL 
 Kate HOPPER [R]  Dau   S   Female   W   26   IA   Works At Tailoring   IREL   IREL 
 Mary HOPPER [R]  Dau   S   Female   W   19   IA   At Home   IREL   IREL 
 Mary Ann HOPPER   Dau   S   Female   W   22   IA   At Home   IREL   IREL 
1900 Federal Census: Rock Island County, Illinois
                                                      Dad  Mom
DW# FM# Last       First  Rel.       Sex R  Age  POB  POB  POB
===============================================================
32  39  Moss       Henry  Head       M   W  43   Mo   Ger  Ger
                   Katie  Wife       F   W  41   NY   Ire  Ire
        Hopper     Mary   Mother/Law F   W  68   Ire  Ire  Ire
        Cunningham Rosa   Servant    F   W  34   IA   Ire  Ire
Michael
Hopper
died
May 2, 1902
aged 
80 years
Mary
his wife
died
Dec 22, 1903
aged 73 years
Possible location  of
Martin Reagan's plot

    Children

    1. Catherine Reagan

1900 Federal Census: Rock Island County, Illinois
                                                      Dad  Mom
DW# FM# Last       First  Rel.       Sex R  Age  POB  POB  POB
===============================================================
32  39  Moss       Henry  Head       M   W  43   Mo   Ger  Ger
                   Katie  Wife       F   W  41   NY   Ire  Ire
        Hopper     Mary   Mother/Law F   W  68   Ire  Ire  Ire
        Cunningham Rosa   Servant    F   W  34   IA   Ire  Ire
1910 Federal Census: Rock Island County, Illinois
                                                 
DW# FM#  Last   First      Rel.    Sex R  Age  POB 
===================================================
194      Moss   Henry T    Head    M      52   MO
                Catherine  Wife    F      51   NY
1920 Federal Census: Rock Island County, Illinois
                                                 
DW# FM#  Last   First      Rel.    Sex R  Age  POB 
===================================================
75       Moss   Henry T    Head    M      61   MO
                Catherine  Wife    F      63   NY

    2. Bridgett Reagan

    3. Thomas Martin Reagan b. 7/17/1857 Davenport IA

    4. Mary Agnes Reagan

Research Note: The Fayr family is of interest; as they own the family plot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Michael and Mary St. Lebin Reagan Hopper are buried. Perhaps, they can answer questions about Martin and Mary Reagan.

1900 Federal Census: Scott County, Iowa
DW# FM# Last  First       Rel.  Sex Age  POB  
==============================================
252     Fayr  Mary        Head  F   32   Iowa
              William N.  Son   M   16   "
              Martin W.   Son   M   13   "
              Florence    Dau   F   10   "
              Agnes       Dau   F   10   "
1920 Federal Census: Scott County, Iowa
DW# FM# Last  First       Rel.     Sex Age  POB  
===================================+++===========
220     Fahr  William N.  Head     M   33   Iowa
              Clara       Wife     F   31   Iowa
              Martin      Brother  M   20   Iowa
Research Note:
The girls are gone. No further information.

Generation #2

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