County Cork to Ramsay Township in 1823
also Catherine Ann O'REGAN from County Cork
also possibly John RAGAN ML# 264 on the McCabe List
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
October 27, 2001
I read with interest your emails to Elaine today. As you can see by my subject
line I am presently researching the Regan family. My ggggrandfather (Daniel) came
over on the Stakesby with 6 of his children and lived in the Pakenham area. My own
grandfather married a Teresa Coughlan from Maynooth and they ran the Lake St Peter
post office from 1925-1927. In your data base do you have an connection to either
of these families. I have been in contact with Regan family members who live in
Renfrew. But, and there is always a but, of the children who arrived, I have 2
daughters Mary and Katherine and 2 sons John and James that I have very little
information on. I look forward to hearing from you.
E-mail Allan Lewis
Note: Carol Bennett's Book The Peter Robinson Settlers has some information on
the early Regan family who came from Mallow, County Cork. See bibliography.
October 28, 2001
From St. Michael's, Corkery:
1. Brown, Thomas s/o Brown, Fredrick and Regan, Anne was born on 6/6/1839
Sponsors: William Mckay & Anne Powell
2. Driscoll, Johannah d/o Driscoll, Dennis * and Percy, Catherine was born on 6/1/1848
Sponsors: O'Regan, Daniel & McCauliff, Alley (* of Ramsay Twp)
3. Lennon, Elizabeth, d/o Lennon, Michael and Regan, Margaret was born 2/9/1865
Sponsors: Regan, Michael & Connors, Margaret
4. Moran, John s/o Moran John and Devine, Mary was born 11/29/1838
Sponsors: McColligan / Colligan, James and Regan, Bridget
5. Regan, James s/o Regan, Bernard and Morris, Mary was born 6/5/1845
Sponsors: Curran, Morgan & Curran, Catharine
6. Regan, Michael, s/o Regan, James and Heffington, Sarah S was born 4/25/1864
Sponsors: Regan, Jno & Heffington, Margaret S (could this be Skeffington?)
1. Regan, Michael son of Regan, John and Condon, Janet of Perth married on 2/8/1866
Paul, Agnes (18)d/0 Paul, John & Blais, Sarah
Witnesses: Black, James & Paul, Martha
both families from Dalhousie
June 29, 2002:
I was recently on your web page, " Some Early Births in Huntley
Township, 1837 - ? " and found many names of my ancestors. Some of these
ancestors I already have lots of info on from some of my other cousins
doing research. There are a few that I would really like some more info on
if you could?
Elizabeth Lennon 2/9/1865
James Regan 6/5/1845
Michael Regan 4/25/1864
I'm coming to Lanark Co. in August for a week and was wondering if
you could tell me were I might be able to go and find the original
documents on these individuals? Thanks much for any help you can provide.
Yours Truly. . . . . . . . . . .Christopher H. Bay
June 29, 2002:
Thanks for your e-mail:
Here's the info you requested - from the registers of St. Michael's Church
in Huntley Township, Carleton County:
1. Lennon, Elizabeth
daughter of Lennon, Michael and Regan, Margaret
was born on 2/9/1865 and baptized 3/7/1865 by Father Vaughan
Godparents were: Regan, Michael & Connors, Margaret
(Note: in the old church records, you may find Lennon spelled as "Lenihan")
2. Regan, James
son of Regan, Bernard and Morris, Mary
was born on 6/5/1845 and baptized on 7/8/1845 by Father Smith
Godparents were: Curran, Morgan & Curran, Catharine
3. Regan, Michael
son of Regan, James and Heffington (spelling?), Sarah S
was born on 4/25/1864 and baptized on 6/14/1864 by Father Vaughan
Godparents were: Regan, John & Heffington, Margaret S.
These Regans may have come from Mallow in County Cork with the 1823 Peter
Robinson settlers on the ship "Stakesby".
You may be able to find the original farm in Lanark Township. Also, there
are probably Regans buried in the cemetery at Almonte (Ramsay Township,
There are two books which also may help:
The Peter Robinson Settlers, by Carol Bennett and also "Once Upon a Country
Lane" by Garfield Ogilvie. You might be able to borrow them on inter-library
loan. The details regarding these two books are at:
A visit to the Parish Priests in both Corkery and Almonte may also be
I'll also put this e-mail onto my web site and you may hear from others
researching these families (maybe a descendant who lives here).
... Al Lewis
July 6, 2002:
Dear Mona, Chris and Al,
HI! I'm Marcia Ragan Thompson of Hammond, NY originally from Canton, NY. My
Great, Great Grandfather was John Ragan. I believe but haven't stumbled on the right
document for proof, that this John is the son of Daniel Regan who came over on the
Stakesby in 1823. I haven't found out who John's parents were. In 1850, he is
registered in the Book of Aliens, in St. Lawrence Co. as having been 18 or younger
when he came from Ireland. He bought land in Canton, in 1852, (I have the deed)and
more land in 1856 and 1872. There is a John on the NY Census in 1830 in Oswegatchie
Township (which is near Prescott,Ontario,Canada but I lose him until I find him in
the book of aliens in 1850. He is approx. 46 years old when he bought land. He
married Ellen Moore, but I don't know when and in 1858 my Great Grandfather
John was born. In 1860, a son Micheal was born. Michael dies before the 1870 census.
At the time that John registered in 1850, a Michael also registered as a resident of
Canton. James in Norfolk, NY along with Jerimiah and Daniel and Patrick?? Daniel
Regan was married twice. John, James, Daniel, Mary and Kathreen's mother was Judy
Carney of Mallow. Patrick's mother was Julie Greer. I have no idea what happened
to Daniel. That is what I was looking for tonite when I found your site. I hope
that I have found the answer. I have much more info on the family as there were
eight or ten in John's and my grandfather Stephen had eight or ten more:) My father
was Bernard F. Ragan. I saw a Bernard on the list from St. Micheal's. Corkery.
Could I have possibly found the connection?? Please stay in touch. thanks for all
the great info I've enjoyed all of it.
July 6, 2002:
According to The Peter Robinson Settlers by Carol Bennett, "Daniel was a
widower when he came to Upper Canada. In 1826 there were seven people in the
family including John, a landowner in his own right, who resided with his father".
In 1823 the family consisted of Daniel 48, John 18, James 17, Mary 14, Katherine 12
and Daniel 8. They lived on West Lot 22, Concession 4, Ramsay Township.
Marcia: I tried to reply to you by e-mail directly but my message was returned ... Al)
July 11, 2002:
Thank you very much for looking up the info I requested. While going
through it I made a couple of conclusion that you may be interested in. I
believe that Sarah S. Heffington is actually Sarah Skiffington and the same
for Margaret S. Heffington - Margaret Skiffington. I assume you are looking
at hand written documents? I know these can be very difficult to read at
times. Sarah and Margaret where both sisters to my great grandfather James
Skiffington. My records show James Regan and Sarah Skiffington as husband
and wife. Thanks again this info helped me fill in a few gaps.
Yours Truly. . . . . . . . . . .Christopher H. Bay
also on July 11, 2002:
Hello once again Al. My email address is now firstname.lastname@example.org and this may be
why you haven't been able to get Marcia's reply to connect. I would like to respond to
Christopher and Marcia.
Daniel Regan came to Canada with the Peter Robinson Settlers in 1823. Daniel had been
married twice. The first marriage was to Judy Carney and they had 4 children. John
b.1805;James b.1806;Mary b.1809;and Catherine b.1811. After Judy died he married Julia
Greer and had 2 more children Daniel b.1815 (my gggrandfather) and Patrick b.1821.
I have the children of Daniel and Patrick pretty well documented. The first of his
children have been somewhat more difficult. John his first son was married twice and
the Eganville Leader has his second wife dying in the state of Michigan.I have the
names of 4 of John's children Edward (from his first wife) and Grace,Sarah and Michael
from his second wife. Family indicte they may be in the Kingston or Elgin county area
but I have not been able to make a connection yet. Mary his first daughter died in
Almonte according to Bryan O'Regans research. From family I have been told that James
married in Dalhousie but to date I have no other information. Catherine I haven't been
able to find at all. However in the St Michael's Corkery information I see a Catherine
Curran as a witness to # 5 James Regan's birth and I wonder if this is the elusive
Catherine.From the documentation she is probably the wife of this Morgan Curran?
Catherine's brother Daniel married a Johanna Curran,who was my gggrandmother. Of course
I am only assuming at this point.
Also in #6 of St Michael's records there is a reference to a James Regan married to a
Sarah Heffington and again is this James my James Regan. I believe that Sarah's name
should be Skeffington. In the 1881 census there is a Sarah Regan age 41 living in
Gananoque,Leeds South,Ontario and it states she is a widow. Family have indicated to me
that me that James was married in Dalhousie and may have connection to the Regans in
the Kingston area. To date I have not been able to connect with any Regans in the area
and there are many there. Al do you have any connection to the Kindston area? (Unfortunately, no ... Al).
Sometimes it is so difficult when one is trying to do this from a distance.
Thank you Al for allowing this family documentation to be on your website and
hopefully we can keep the dialogue going with everyone looking for Regans.
Note: There is also a Skeffington page on this website. ... Al
July 12, 2002:
This family of Daniel Regan might not be connected to my Skiffington/Regan
families. My Sarah Skiffington was married to James Regan, son of John Regan
and Janet Condon. My James Regan was born circa 1832 and he had at least two
brothers and one sister that I know of:
George, born June 1837 and married on June 7, 1860 to Helen Fair. (He died in
Margaret Ann, born Aug. 28, 1834 and married to Michael Lennon (they also
went to Michigan)
Michael is another possibility: Married to Agnes Paul.
Although I do not have the Town of Perth Census here, and am not especially
concerned with the Regans, except as connected to my Skiffingtons, I did find
a John Regan on the 1817 Census for the Town of Perth. There are most
definitely two Regan families living at various times in Dalhousie Township,
Village of Lanark, Town of Perth, Darling Township, etc. I do not think they
are all related.
I kind of doubt if the Pakenham Regans are connected, but you never know.
As to the records for St. Michael's R.C. Church in Corkery, I think that the
Parish Priest there did have some of the records for Dalhousie and
DarlingTownships. I believe that sometimes the Priests rotated at different
times and these Townships may or may not have come under the charge of St.
Michael's. Also, my James Regan was born in Scotland, as per Census records.
July 19, 2002:
Hi again Al: (Thanks to Sandra Rattray for the following also)
John REGAN ... note( This may be John RAGAN from King's County , ML# 264) ... Al
The Diary of Father John McDonald (Catholic Priest for Perth from c. 1823 -
1837) gives the names of some of the Regans, including John, Lot 4, Conc. 4,
Township of Dalhousie. This needs to be looked at by individual researchers
because there is some doubt as to the interpretation of the handwriting, as
well as the fact that Father McDonald was a Scot, more accustomed to the
Gaelic language, and mispelled the Irish names of his constituents. He is
also listed on another Lot in Dalhousie so the original microfilm should
probably be consulted. It is available at the L.D.S. Church or Algonquin
College in Perth. Also the Smiths Falls L.D.S. Church has this - it is a very
tough read - some parts missing and very difficult to follow. I have a
publication here translated by Duncan W. (Darby) MacDonald in 1985. This was
distributed by the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the O.G.S. in Brockville. Will
check names if you like, but as I said, subject to interpretation
July 22, 2002:
Hello again to all.
These Regans sure are an elusive lot. I will attempt to share what I have
gathered about John Regan.He married Catherine Farrell May 15, 1831 in John the
Baptist Church Perth Ontario. Catherine was the daughter of John Farrell and
Margaret Hughes. Catherine was the widow of Michael Doyle. They had one son
Edward b. March 19,1837 in Elmsley. Then family tells me that Catherine died
and John married Jennet Condon in 1838 and they had 3 children . Grace baptised
1839;Sarah baptised 1841 and Michael baptised 1843. all in Dalhousie. I do have
records to prove the first marriage and Edward's birth. According to
Brian O'Regans' chronological account of "some of the Regans of the Ottawa Valley"
he states John was issued free grant deed to E Lot 19 Concession 5 Ramsay
on December 03, 1835.Brian states that John bought west lot 22 Concession 9
Pakenham Township on October 21,1876. I have not found Grace or Sarah but did
find Michael son of John Regan and Janet Condo of Perth married to Agnes Paul
on February 8,1866 (from the original Corkery Records) In the Protestant Marriages
of Perth and Area there is a George Regan son of John and Janet married to Helen
Fair. And so the puzzle goes on and on.
It would certainly make one question whether we do have 2 Regan families living
in the same area? Sandra any help you could give me would be much appreciated.
In the meantime I will continue to search. Thanks for your interest....Mona
January 27, 2003:
e-mail address for Marcia Ragan email@example.com It appears the .com is not on
the above address. Maybe that is why I haven't heard from anyone?? Marcia
I fixed it today (Jan 27, 2003 ... Al) ... Sorry
June 12, 2005:
Catherine Ann O'REGAN
Looking for Catherine Ann O'Regan to Qubec from Cork approx. 1861.
Children Katherine, Patrick, John, Peter.
Please add to site.
... Reg Volk