Hi, John, Maureen and Ann,
The mention of County Longford in the heading of your posts caught my attention.
According to a copy of his marriage certificate, my grandfather's father, "Thomas Ward, born in Birmingham, England", married "Eliza Egan, born in Co. Longford, Ireland", in Brooklyn, New York, on 7 Apr 1850. The witnesses were said to be "Patrick Campbell" and "Mary Tedwith".
Based on other evidence, I think that Mary's last name was misread by the person who copied the record, and it was actually "Ledwith". As you probably know, there is (or used to be?) a place called "Ledwithstown", near Ballymahon, in Co. Longford. I also think that "Eliza's" full name might have been "Ann Elizabeth Egan". I know that Eliza (Egan) Ward died about 1870, in either Brooklyn or New Jersey, but no death record has been found for her as of yet.
I now have reason to think that Thomas Ward's father, Patrick Ward, was related in some way or other to a Ward family that lived for many years in Drinan (townland, near Ballymahon, Co. Longford). A "James Ward" was listed as a resident of that townland both in the Tithe Applotment Books (1826) and in Griffith's Primary Valuation (1854), and in Valuation Lists for many years after that. A "Peter Egan" is also listed as a resident of Drinan in 1854; and Peter Egan, Luke Egan and Andrew Egan were listed as residents of "Main Street, Ballymahon Town".
I admit that this is only based on "circumstantial evidence", but I wonder if "Eliza Egan" was related to the family of Peter Egan of Drinan? And so I also wonder if any of you have anything in your files which might prove that relationship? Or do you, or anyone else, have any information about the members of an Egan family from Co. Longford who were living in Brooklyn in 1850? Or about any connections between your Egan's and the Ward family of Drinan, Co. Longford?
I will be grateful for anything that anyone may be able to provide.
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