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Gaffigan, John and Maggie

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Posted by jim carroll [] on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 12:20:01 :

I am also looking for information on the Gaffigans who had migrated to San Francisco, California, USA, sometime before 1879. John (possibly, Amos was a middle name) was born about 1857-1858; informants state he was the son of a Royal Horse trader also by the name of John who was married to Sarah Amos. There might have also been a son, name of John Amos Gaffigan.

Young John Gaffigan was born in Scotland while his parents were on a trip; but he was raised in County Tyrone, Ireland, according to now-deceased sources. A printer by trade, he naturalized as a USA citizen in 1879, according to immigration data supplied on a ship’s manifest in 1914; he was possibly a union leader and had operations in the East Bay, in the Richmond area,

He married Margaret “Maggie” Crenan (or Crennan). I have little information on her. They did, in 1914, reside on Diamond Street, San Francisco.

He returned to Ireland, probably to see his grandson Michael (b. 25 March 1914), because he was manifested on the Cameronia in 1914 for his return trip to the USA.

They had at least one daughter, Agnes Bridget, or “Aggie” who was born around 1889 to 1891. She left for Ireland to be married in 1912 to Mickey McCarroll, who was a publican/auctioneer on Main Street in Fintona before his death. Michael J. McCarroll had migrated to California, and had been naturalized in 1904. Their marriage took place in Dundalk at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

I was also told that John Gaffigan was friendly with the Thomas Carroll’s of County Tyrone, brother of Mickey. Kitty Daley, his wife, was supposed to have known Maggie from the old country, and she came from Newtownsaville.

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