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A Century Ago - Reflections on 1900

The Duggan Family of Barclay Mountain and Athens

Submitted by (Jim Duggan)

The picture "Duggans.jpg" is my "Bridge" to the Barclay mountain. The photo appears to have been taken about 1903, either in Bradford City, McKean County, PA or perhaps on Hayden Street in Athens, Bradford County. In this photo is my immigrant Great-great Grandfather, James Duggan, My Great Grandparents William H. Duggan and Minnie Hughes, and their children including my Grandfather, Walter D. Duggan (and some of their grandchildren.) As a child I knew five of the people pictured, and through them this photo is a tangible link both to the turn of the century, and to the Miner who brought his family from the mines of Wales to a better life in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

My Great-great Grandfather is on the right: James DUGGAN was born 12 Oct 1828 in Carmarthen, Wales, UK. He died 18 Nov 1905 in Sayre, Bradford, PA and was buried Nov 1905 in Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens, Bradford, PA. His wife, Betsy JONES died in childbirth at 42 and is buried on Barclay Mountain. James was one of last to leave Barclay because of grave being there, and wanted to be buried next to his wife. He refused to let the family move the grave to Tioga Point. Listed in British Census and birth records as a Coal Miner James and his family left Liverpool Dec 1863 on Screw Steamer "City of London" arrived in New York 15 Jan 1864. Ship carried 219 on main deck, 36 in cabin. Listed on Main Deck were James Duggan, 34 - Weaver, his wife Eliza, 30 and three children William 11, James 9, and Ellen 4.

Directly to the left in the photo is William H. (the 11 year old when they immigrated) and to his left Minnie Hughes, listed as the buyer of the family home in Bradford City in 1898. Minnie daughter of David W HUGHES-60 and Susan EAMES FORREST- was born 13 Mar 1857 in East Smithfield, Bradford, PA. She died 13 Dec 1935 in Bradford, Mckean, PA. The other in the picture are their children: James W DUGGAN born Sep 1875. William H DUGGAN born Nov 1877. Eleanor May DUGGAN was born 13 Jan 1881 Harry DUGGAN born Sep 1888 Arthur J DUGGAN Dec 1890 in PA. The first to attend college, he died of influenza in France in 1919 and is buried in Chatillion, Sur Seine, Cote D'Or, France. My grandfather Walter Damrosch DUGGAN born 19 Apr 1892 and Emerson DUGGAN born 4 Jul 1897 . also in the picture are James W.'s wife Lois E LARAWAY, (daughter of Watson W LARAWAY and Emma B) And their two oldest children Ardis DUGGAN born 1901. And Hubert DUGGAN was born 1902.

James, William, Eleanor May, Harry and Arthur were all born in Barclay. Walter D. was born in Anita, a small mining town in Jefferson County, and Emerson was either born in Anita or Bradford City. 

I sort of shorted Minnie Hughes in the description I sent with the photo. She is another bridge story in her self, representing the merging of the wave of immigrants with the earlier colonial families. She is about 46 at the time of the photo, and had bought the family's house in 1898 for $1650 down and $15/mo for 110 months. Her father David W. Hughes was another Welshman from an earlier wave of immigrants. Listed as a tailor in the 1850 Wells Twp census, he had moved to Smithfield married Susan Eames Forrest by 1858 when Minnie was born. Susan's Grand-parents were early settlers of Bradford County (Joshua Eames in 1802 and David Forrest in 1814) and trace back through Vermont to early Massachusetts settlers.

Just thought you would appreciate a bit more about the under-reported female sides.

Regards. Jim Duggan in Cary NC