Distant Hegarty aunts and uncles

There was really no family memory of having relatives in New York, but since I’ve moved here I find them fairly often. I’ve known for awhile that my great-grandfather’s sister Julia Hegarty King (1869-1935) is buried on Staten Island. She turned up in a New York  death index on Ancestry.com and I sent away for her death certificate. Today I took advantage of the glorious fall weather and drove out to Ocean View Cemetery to see her gravesite.

Julia shaved a few years off her age once she got to the United States. So there she is with her husband Thomas. Carroll McLoughlin was Julia’s son-in-law. The surprise bonus of going out there is the discovery that Eleanora (Hegarty) Hughes is there too: she’s Julia’s sister and another great-great-aunt. I didn’t even have a death date for her until now.

In Massachusetts, my Hegarty relatives are mostly concentrated in the Cambridge/Somerville area of Middlesex County. I’ve long wondered why my great-grandfather chose that particular area. Today I found one possible reason: he had an uncle already living there. (Most immigration happens in chains; people go where they already know someone.) Since I pushed back that next generation, I’ve been able to better identify which Hegartys are mine. The FamilySearch matching engine brought forth a Massachusetts death certificate for a 3X great-uncle Jeremiah Hegarty, who died in Cambridge in 1905. He was the uncle of the women buried above and of my great-grandfather. So that’s who my great-grandfather knew in Cambridge. I suppose the next question is about who Jerry knew, but I need to actually work on things for my job for a while now.


2 thoughts on “Distant Hegarty aunts and uncles

  1. Cecelia Costigan July 14, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Hi Emily,
    I happened upon your site, and wanted to email you and introduce myself.
    I am Cecelia Costigan, my Dad is Tom Costigan, son of John Costigan, known as Johnny the Light!He is my Grandfather.
    My Dad owns the home you have pictured. It was passed down from my Great Grandfather Charles to my Grandfather John, who passed it to his son, my Uncle Joe, who then passed it to my Dad. Normally, my Dad spends the summer til October in Harbour Main, but was not there in September ’16, due to back surgery.
    My Dad will be 90 in November.
    My great great Uncle Nick LaCour was my Grandmother Agnes’ brother. Agnes was married to Charles. They are my Grandftaher John’s parents. Uncle Nick was instrumental in the architecture and building of the Church and the Alter. You may have seen his name imprinted on the railing.
    I haven’t had time to sit and read all of your entrees, but will do so.
    How great is it that you are able to visit Newfoundland and spend time in harbour Main, the home of your Grandfather.I have spent much time in harbour Main, possible sleeping in your Grandfathers room! It is a wonderful place, I have many special memories. All in all, I have been there easily 50 times over my years. I am 56. My Dad left Harbour Main and came to Quincy MA when he was only 20. He fought in the Korean War, came home after his service and met my beautiful Mom. They were married for 45 years. She passed away in 2003.
    My email is dmcauliffe@beld.net. Please feel free to email me at any time.
    I feel so great to have stumbled on your site, and “finding” another wondeful relative… as we know, the Costigans are truly wondeful people.
    Enjoy the rest of the lazy days of summer, God Bless.


  2. Emily July 26, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Hi Cecelia! It looks like we are 3rd cousins! Thank you so much for reaching out! I will email you soon.


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