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  1. Violet_dargan says:

    My name is Violet Dargan.  My grandfather George Edward Louis Cummins is the nephew of the famous Jockey Thomas (Tommy Corrigan)  My Great Grandfather Robert Cummins married Thomas (Tommy) Corrigan’s sister Annie Alice Corrigan,  Annie and Robert Travelled to London from Ireland was married and a few days later they boarded the Indus and travelled to Australia to join the rest of the Corrigan family. 

    • Hi Robert,

      Just looking at Notable Corrigans.The most famous Canadian Corrigan is General Arthur Corrigan who changed his name to Currie. Lead the Canadian Army in WWI. His tactics changed the way the Allied fought and won the war. Pierre Burton did a great job on him in his WWI book. Can’t think of the name of it.

      Also, Corrigan is also strongly associated with DNA results Celtic marker R1b-L513. I’ve just written a book called The Tribe Within available for FREE on Smashwords.com about this tribe if you are interested.

      Love your website!


  2. Patrick Corrigan says:

    My name is Patrick Corrigan. My Mum (Eileen) and my Dad (Patrick) moved from Blackwater in Co. Wexford to England during the economic war of the 30s, when the british government stopped buying farm produce from Ireland due to the movement for a free Ireland.They married in Retford in Notts, and eventually settled in Plymouth in Devon. 

  3. Marianne says:

    Message for Robert Corrigan,
    What a great site you have! I am very excited about having come across it. We share the same ancestors. My great maternal grandmother, daughter of Mathew and Helen Dayle was Ellen Corrigan married to John Alexander Kemp of Montebello. She married John Alexander Kemp. I have just started working on Ancestry.ca about a month ago, but found it impossible to pursue the Corrigan line as I did not have enough information.

  4. Paula Corrigan says:

    Looking for in-laws beginnings  Ireland? in New York yes,in Dayton,Ohio,Yes..connection         first mounted policeman inDayton,OH Edward Corrigan.Anyone with answers anywhere?

  5. Mcdonam says:

    I’m looking for descendants or relatives of Thomas Corrigan and his wife, Mary Duffy. Thomas was my grandfather. He was born in ~1902 and came to Canada in 1926 from Downpatrick Co. Down. He lived in Brantford, Ontario. Mary and her two children were left behind in Ireland. Thomas started another lineage here (!) – until he was found out and was marched back to Ireland in 1929 by the power of the state.Thomas likely had a brother who settled in North Bay, Ontario. Anyone have any info?

    • James Orr says:


      I was wondering if you got my earlier message as we share the same grandfather!

      James Orr

      • Mcdonam says:

        Hi James,

        Thank you very much for your response. What a surprise! I must say I didn’t give my posting much thought after I posted it. I really didn’t expect a response and I haven’t checked this site in over a year.

        Wow! I’ll have to digest this and get back to you. My mother (Thomas’s daughter) is still very much alive and well so this could be the story of her long lost father and siblings . . . so many years later . . .


        • James Orr says:

          Dear Melissa

          Yes, quite a surprise. Though that’s a bit of an understatement.

          So glad to hear your mother is alive and well and I appreciate how you will want to approach this carefully.

          Perhaps it’s best to continue this over email as this public forum has maybe served its purpose.

          My email address is lorca123@btinternet.com.

          Please feel free to get in touch.



          • bowportes says:

            I emailed you with ancestry information at the lorca123 email address, but haven’t heard back. Perhaps it was flagged as junk mail or spam. Can you confirm that you received the message?

    • James Orr says:

      Ok, I guess my earlier message didn’t go through.

      Thomas Corrigan and Mary Duffy had two children before he went on his Canadian adventure. One was my mother, called Maeve who died two years ago. She was born in Killyleagh Co Down in 1926 and lived there all her life. Her sister was Una.

      When Thomas came back/was chased back he took his Irish family to Co Cork. He worked there for a couple of years before going to London to work for Ford. He lived there and is buried in Hornchurch. Essex. He died in 1968.

      He has 5 other children in London some of whom are still alive. Maeve and Una stayed on in Killyleagh and were reared by sisters of Mary Duffy.

      Have lots of details and photos. I am Maeve’s son and remember some Canadians called Corrigan visiting as a child. Perhaps they were Thomas’s brother’s family.

      Be great to find out more. Yours is the missing link and strangely some of my cousins met up at weekend and were discussing whether the rumours of the bigamy story were a fantasy. Now we know it is true!

      Best wishes

      James Orr

    • bowportes says:

      I believe the Thomas Corrigan to which you refer is my wife’s great-uncle. If so, he is the younger brother of Hugh Corrigan, father of Eileen, Rosemary, Joe, Ray, and Elizabeth (my wife’s mother). . I have worked on their ancestry and have some information. Do you know anything at all about Thomas’ ancestors or family members (siblings)?

  6. Alan Corrigan says:

    Remembrance Day, is upon us once again and I want all Corrigans to remember that many of our name lost their lives in the two Great Wars. Our brothers, died in the fields of France and we honour them and regret their loss. They came from all parts of the World and their source of stock was Ireland’s fair land. We shall never forget them.  

  7. robert corrigan says:

    message for mary o brien of blackwater i now live in spain would to know if you ever completed the family tree of corrigans in blackwater and the uk .my e mail robertxerox@gmail.com robert corrigan in espania

  8. Marianne Fournier says:

    Corrigan Clan of Montebello, New and different information for Robert Corrigan –
    I just received a letter written to my mother, Pearl Kemp, December 27th 1973, by my uncle, John Henry Kemp (son of John Collin Kemp and Ellen Corrigan).  He is unsure of dates and names.
    He writes that Judith Partland (his great grandmother) came to Canada, circa 1825 or earlier, a widow, with seven (7) sons. the eldest being about 18. She was sent to Montebello on a farm of the Papineau Seigneurie, neighbour of the Kemps. Four sons stayed in Canada. Matthew, Jimmy was neighbour to Matthew, the other (name unknown) on neighbouring farm where Caron, then Henri Thomas lived. The 4th (name unknown to him) must have stayed on the other farm near Lavictoire where Michel (father of Sigman) lived.

    Three (3) were recruted by an Irish priest to go to the States, a small village near Chicago (circa 1830). The family never heard from them again.

    I don`t know how reliable this informtaion is, but Uncle Henry was the eldest of the Kemp family, born in the 1890`s, Maybe you can comment on this. Thanks!

    Marianne Fournier (descendant of Matthew Corrigan)

  9. Angelo Havoc says:

    my grandfather on my mothers side’s last name was spelled “crUson” could this have been a typographical error of the spelling “cuRson”? I know that documents were often difficult to read having read a fair share of census reports for my fathers geneology. I just can’t find anything on the name crUson but keep getting redirected to cuRson. you can email me at: ajward21985@gmail.com thanks a ton 🙂

  10. rebecca says:

    I have traced my family to the earliest member I can find, being Patrick Corrigan born 1808 Ireland. His son Felix Corrigan born 1833 Tyrone Ireland married and relocated to Scotland 1861? The family remained in Scotland until early 1940s when a William Corrigan and his family moved to Manchester England. It has proven difficult to find more specific detail related to the Irish Corrigans so far but finding this site has been really interesting!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Rebecca. Just saw your posting regarding the corrigan family. The Felix corrigan you mention is my great great grandfather. I have lots of info on the family if you are interested. William who moved to Manchester was my grandfathers brother. Other corrigan a remained in Scotland and coatbridge in particular

  11. Vance says:

    Looking for any link to the McDonnell family in Co. Longford. I know a Corigan woman married a McDonnell man and had a child James McDonnell who married Mary Connell. These folks are my Great x4 grandparents. They lived in Drumlish Parrish Melkagh. Any leads to follow would be appreciated on either the McDonnell or Corrrigan side.

  12. Pat Varey says:

    Hi, I’m looking for anyone with connections to the Corrigan and Queenan family from Ireland (Co LOngford) who settled in Wigton Cumbria in the 1850s. Patrick Corrigan married Catherine Queen (or Queenan, not sure) and had children in the town. Of their 6 children, Joseph Corrigan was my great grandad. He married Jane Askew of Wigton and they had around 9 children, one of whom was Catherine Corrigan my grandma. She married Isaac Law in 1920. Would love to hear from anyone who has info on the line.

  13. My computer repairman is a corrigan with no clue as to where his ancestors originated from, only that they were Irish. As we live in Maine I assume his relatives migrated from Canada. My Irish roots are well established. Mother born in Logorrough Swinford County Mayo. Daddy Kilconlea lower Road Abbeyfaele, County Limerick. I would like to establish the county he is from. His name is Steven Corrigan. That’s all I have to go on. Pleas write if you can narrow down the search: 1010 Sanford Road, Wells, ME 04090-6005. Tel 207-641-2600

  14. Kevin Corrigan says:

    Hi, I’m seeking information of my father’s family. He (Stanley Corrigan) and his twin brother (Herbert Corrigan) were born June 1930 in Belfast (we’ve been told they came from County Tyrone). His mother (Martha Corrigan) left Ireland for the UK alone with her two boys sometime in the early 1940s. There’s never been any mention of my Grandfather or any other relatives, apart from an uncle who apparently owned a farm in County Tyrone, and the whole episode has been somewhat cloaked in mystery ever since. I do recall once hearing that my father had an aunt & uncle who both died when their corner store was bombed. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

  15. John Vogt says:

    My name is John Edward Vogt II. My great-great-great-great grandfather, Jeremiah O’Toole. The following research was compiled by my uncle Brian Corrigan of Texas: Jeremiah O’Toole born 1790 in Ireland and died August of 1840, Victoria County Probate Records, Vol. 1, pp.132-133, but different sources state he died 2-26-1841 (originally of Sligo, Ireland and immigrating in 1825 to New York) first rode to Texas by horse back with his son-in-law, James O’Reilly, from New York City in 1826, scouting the area which later became the John McMullen and James McGloin San Patricio Colony ( “Texas Lore” by Patrick M. Reynolds, Volume 3, page 10). (See also: Vol.1, PP.162-163, “Refugio”, by Hobart Huson, The Rooke Foundation, Inc., 1953). Jeremiah O’Toole (also spelled “O’Tool”, “Toole” and “Tool”—he, Jeremiah “Toole”, also served as an alderman on the city council of Victoria, Texas beginning Jan. 14, 1840: “300 Hundred Years in Victoria County”, The Victoria Advocate Publishing Co., Victoria, Texas), had a grocery store in the Irish part of town depicted in the movie,” The Gangs of New York”. It was three years later he, his wife Mary Burk O’Toole, and their four younger children, all born in Sligo, Ireland, (1) Martin, died 8-15-1897 at age 90 and is buried in the Old Corrigan Ranch “Campo Santo” Cemetery, with no issue–Martin remained a bachelor and had gone to South Africa and the California 1849 Gold Rush before dying on what became the old Corrigan ranch and being buried there—he (Martin “Tool”) also operated, beginning May 1, 1843, a ferry, per a contract awarded him by the city of Victoria, across the Guadalupe River in Victoria “at the approximate site of the present Goliad highway bridge on South Moody Street”: “300 Years in Victoria County”, pp. 451, 458), (2) Michael (no issue, according to pg. 203 of “The Forgotten Colony San Patricio de Hibernia”, by Rachel Herbert Bluntzer—-who I had the pleasure of meeting and giving her a ride in my car from her home in Corpus to her niece’s house in Corpus Christi, Texas, the niece is Geraldine McGloin, widow of attorney J. Patrick “Pat” McGloin—direct descendant of Irish Empresario, James McGloin) “served in the Army of the Texas Republic from June 1st to September 2nd, 1836, for which either he or his heirs received bounty land of 320 acres in 1838, and it was paid to him or his heirs in 1846” (footnote 19 on that same page 203 states Victoria County Probate Records Vol,1, August term 1838 provide Michael died in 1837 without issue), (3) John (no known issue—probably died in late 1835 or early 1836 in Matamoras, Mexico as a Republic of Texas captured soldier from Fort Lipantilan, i.e., Mexican Prisoner of War—see p. 202, “The Forgotten Colony”, supra), and (4) Ellen (born 2-2-1825, Sligo, Ireland, died 4-11-1907), arrived from New York at St. Joseph’s Island on the “New Packet” in the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas (Coahuila and Texas) in July, 1829. Jeremiah O’Toole’s brother Dominique (“Dominick” or “Dominic”—see “The Forgotten Colony, pg. 200 for a reference to Dominique) is also listed as a passenger on the “New Packet”. There is no record of what became of Dominique O’Toole. Jeremiah O’Toole and his wife Mary Burk O’Toole also had a married daughter, Mary Ann O’Toole O’Reilly (died 6 Nov 1849 with predeceased child and one surviving daughter Mary O’Reilly—Victoria County Probate Records), who came to settle in Victoria, Texas with her husband James O’Reilly. (See Vol 1, pg. 123, “Refugio, A Comphrensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal times to 1953” by Hobart Huson, LL.B, Refugio, TX, published in 1953 by The Rooke Foundation, Inc., Woodsboro, Texas, which provides that “The Toole family landed on St. Joseph’s Island in July 1829, then got up to Mesquite Landing and, after stopping at Nicholas Fagan’s for several days went to Refugio Mission” citing in footnote 34 the source of this information as : “Martin Toole Deposition, in Welder-Lambert Lawsuit.” This account is also cited on pg. 108 of Keith Guthrie’s “Texas Forgotten Ports from Corpus Christi to Matagorda Bay”, Eakin Press, 1988, Austin, Texas. On page 107 of this last book, it states that the Mesquite Landing was just below where the San Antonio River runs into the Guadalupe River—that Mesquite Landing’s Spanish name was “El Muelle Viejo” or “the old wharf”, and above the landing was a swampy area called “Bayou de los Mosquitos”. On pg. 108 this book provides, citing Vol. 1, pg. 561 of Hobart Huson’s “History of Refugio County”, as follows: “During this colonial period”, i.e., of the 1829 landing, “the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers were considered navigable by seafaring vessels. The boats went up the San Antonio as far as the Carlos Ranch—a distance of perhaps thirty miles from Mesquite Landing.”). (The O’Tooles are listed in the “1795-1995 Mission Nuestra Senora del Refugio Bicentennial Celebration” as members of the Power and Hewetson Colony and settlers of Refugio: “Dominick Toole, ‘Elinor’ Toole, James Toole, Jeremiah Toole, John Toole, Michael Toole”). Michael and John O’Toole were both killed during the Texas revolutionary war with Mexico. (“The Forgotten Colony”, pg. 203, by Rachel Bluntzer Hebert, Eakin Press, 1981). Jeremiah (died Feb 26, 1841) and Mary O’Toole, along with their sons John and Michael, are buried in Memorial Square in Victoria, Texas. (All the tombstones were knocked over in 1865 by African-American Union soldiers during the civil war, as related to me in May 1999 by Gladys Arnold, Victoria Historical Society). Ellen O’Toole married Andrew Gable (Goeble—spelled variously as “Gable”, “Gabble”, and “Goebel”), having one daughter, Andrea (later Mrs. Nicholas Dunn, 12-3-1846 to 12-29-1929, Alice, Texas—who was raised from infancy as a “Corrigan”, not knowing until she married, and had to obtain her prerequisite birth certificate, that John Corrigan was her stepfather: according to Alberta Hall Holm [Mrs. Dion Holm, Jr. of Victoria, Texas] daughter of Teresa Dunn and Albert Hall, and, granddaughter of Andrea Gable, born Victoria, Texas 3 Dec 1846–died Beeville, Texas 24 Dec. 1929, buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas). Ellen became widowed in November 1846, and met John Corrigan while she was making purchases at a store where he worked in Victoria, Texas in 1847. They married March 23, 1848, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, downtown Victoria. John had lived in Minane Bridge, Knocknamanagh House, County Cork, Ireland. The name “Knocknamanagh House” is on the stucco fence out front, and Corrigan surnamed relatives (Mary Corrigan, widowed wife of Donald Corrigan, her son Edmund Corrigan and her daughter Sheila Corrigan—her son Paul, an accountant, lives in Dublin) still live at the same location today using stationery with “Knocknamanagh House” printed thereon. (My mother, Mary Langan Corrigan, my wife Beth and I visited there on April 4, 1990). John Corrigan’s parents were “Mic” or “Mac”, I believe it was “Mic” for Michael, and Johanna Corrigan sent letters to their son John in Texas from Knocknamanagh House, Minane Bridge, County Cork, Ireland on January 15, 1847 (the father’s), and November 3, 1854 (the widowed mother’s). These letters were published, in non-joined type rather than the original cursive handwriting, on pp. 208-212 of “The Forgotten Colony”, supra, which erroneously has the handwriting interpretive spelling of “Knocknamara” County Cork Ireland, instead of “Knocknamanagh” on the first letter, and “Minanac Bridge” instead of “Minane Bridge” on the second letter. On April 3, 1990, an off duty Irish Postal worker drinking beer in “Corrigan’s Pub”, then in old downtown Cork City, wearing his postal uniform of, I believe, light blue pants with matching blue shirt, sauntered up to me, my wife and mother on April 3, 1990 while we were drinking Irish beer at our table there, asking in a pleasingly soft Irish accent, “You’re from America, aren’t you? Have you found your Irish relatives yet?” I proceeded to show him the old letters from “The Forgotten Colony” (when published in 1981, the original hand written letters were in the custody of Eileen Corrigan Heard, daughter of John Martin Corrigan and granddaughter of John and Ellen O’Toole Corrigan, but they are now with John Claude Heard of Beeville, Texas according to Leah Jane Corrigan) and he immediately proclaimed “That’s ‘Minane Bridge’ not ‘Minanac Bridge’, and it’s only 20 to 30 minutes from Cork City…”). This Irish postman thought that “Knocknamara” must be in Northern Ireland. However, in actuality both letters were from the same location of Minane Bridge, County Cork, Ireland, as my mother, wife, and I discovered when we visited the Corrigan’s in Minane Bridge, Knocknamanagh House on the following day of April 4, 1990. We were told “Corrigan’s” had been living there for over five hundred years. We were also the first known “Corrigan’s” to return to the old homestead since John Corrigan left Ireland for America in approximately 1836 or 1837. It was apparently from Knocknamanah House, Minane Bridge, County Cork, Ireland that Patsy’s great- great grandfather John Corrigan embarked from Ireland to New York City in 1836 or 1837, working in a grocery store and, shortly (possibly) thereafter, moved to Texas. He later joined the Mier Expedition in the Republic of Texas and luckily drew a white bean saving him from execution in 1842. (The Forgotten Colony, supra, page 208). John Corrigan is buried next to his sister Honora Corrigan Leahy, Mrs. William Leahy (mother of Michael and Phil Leahy, she died in 1860 after coming to Texas in 1854, see p. 209, “The Forgotten Colony”—Sacred Heart Catholic Church death records in Mathis, Texas—the original Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church was on the old Corrigan Ranch, near Skidmore, Texas—interestingly, the only Catholic Church in the small Irish County Cork town of Minane Bridge is also named “Sacred Heart” and many “Corrigan” tombstones are in the cemetery next to the church). John Corrigan and his sister Honora Corrigan Leahy are buried in the “Old Cemetery on the Hill” in San Patricio, Texas—not the cemetery next to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, but a little further north up the road from St. Patrick’s, take a left onto Fitzgerald St., also called San Patricio County Road 21, and the another left onto the first dirt road, which will take you to “The Old Cemetery on the Hill”. John Corrigan’s tombstone still stands stating he was age 51 years, 8 months and 2 days, but the birth date is listed as March 5, 1815, with death being Oct 7, 1861 (this would make him only 46 years old, so the correct date of death had to be as stated, but the date of birth was probably March 5, 1810, being 51 years, 7 (rather than 8) mos. and 2 days of age at the time of death). His sister , Honora Corrigan Leahy, has no standing tombstone. Ellen O’Toole Corrigan is buried on the Old Corrigan Ranch, Campo Santo, Skidmore, Texas. (See, “Texas The Country and its Men”, pp. 564-565, with Ellen’s picture on p.564, by L. E. Daniel, published in Austin? in 1924?). The Sacred Heart Catholic Church that used to be on the Corrigan Ranch had a painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was restored and is hanging in the Catholic Church on the main highway in Skidmore, Texas. The church records, including all the first baptismal records of the Corrigan Ranch Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which are of all the children of John Corrigan and Ellen O’Toole Corrigan, are in the first vol. of records in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mathis, Texas.

  16. Nick Austin says:

    I am doing deep historical research into the Milesius Invasion of Ireland 586BC and would like to make contact with any Clan Corrigan member who has had a Big Y DNA test recently to compare with other Milesius clans. regards Nick

  17. Tom Corrigan says:

    There’re Corrigans in Thailand! Argh!

    There is a tradition in my family to name the first born son John Corrigan. Is this a theme that runs through other families too?

  18. corrigou says:

    Sorry for my english .
    My name is CORRIGOU and i live in Britanny ,the west part of France.
    As we can find in Britanny many churchs build by irish monks ,do you know the possibility to be in the same clan?
    The older ancester of my genealogy is in 1650 in the village of Saint Fregant in Bitanny near the sea .
    Thank you

  19. Christina says:

    Would anyone know if Carrigaun a derivative of Corrigan> thank you

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  21. Marion Brooks says:

    I am looking to find where Parrick Corrigan born 1816 married Hannah McCarthy born 1814 immigrated to Canada in 1935. settled in Lot 31 on P.E.I. Where did they come from in Ireland.?

  22. Peter Michael Corrigan Jr. says:

    My great grandfathers we’re apart in some form or way of the Easter Rebellion. On my McKenna side my great grandfather was in prison in Northern Ireland (which county I can’t recall) for being involved in the Eastern rebellion.
    My Corrigan great-grandfather from county cork was one of the many arrested in Dublin and scheduled to be hung by the Black and Tans under Sir Michaels authority. Johnathan Corrigan was however born in America ( presumably New York where we are located) and was thus an American and an Irish citizen. Pas the family story goes if he didn’t have an American citizenship he would be hung the next day with Michaels and the rest of the Irish rebels.

    If anyone knows anything more of this Id like to know. My family is primarily in queens though we’ve spread out a little over the century.

  23. Tiffany says:

    Hi, I am currently trying to find my ancestors that were Irish born but have hit a stopping point. Looking for any information on an Elizabeth Mary Corrigan born around 1890 who married Frederick Clemett (1897-1974) in the USA. They had three or four kids Margaret, Catherine, William, and Joyce? I can’t seem to find out Elisabeth Corrigan’s parents. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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