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Re: Mary Cadegan (Herne) (Callahan) O'Connor 1885, Brayton 1910
Posted by: Gene Lambert (ID *****8652) Date: January 12, 2003 at 09:14:39
In Reply to: Mary Cadegan (Herne) (Callahan) O'Connor 1885, Brayton 1910 by Gene Lambert of 100

The following obit was found on the NS-CAPE-BRETON-L site on rootsweb:
The Cape Breton Post Nov 11, 1907
Patík Cadegan Dies in Boston - Deceased Formerly Resided at Bridgeport, C.B. and it is stated that he was the first man to open a coal mine on the southern side of the harbor.
North Sydney, Nov. 10 - Word was received here of the death at Boston, Mass., of Patrick Cadegan, formerly of Bridgeport and probably one of the best known pioneers in the country at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. It is said that Mr. Cadegan was the first man to open a coal mine on the southern side of the harbor, now a beehive of the coal industry in Cape Breton, if not Canada. He was the owner of the famous Caledonia Mine and sold it for $13,000 to Mr. Poole, the father in law of Senator McKeen, who is said to have received $300,000 from the present owners, The Dominion Coal Company. Mr. Cadegan was among the forty miners who acquired the California Gold fever. He ran in the election in Cape Breton County with the late Alonzo White as his opponent. Mrs. R. H. Butts is a granddaughter of the deceased.

Patrick Cadegan was my GG Grandfather. He was married to the former Mary Ronan. They left Cape Breton for Boston in 1871. In 1877, they left Boston with a group of Irish Catholics and settled an area called Boston Valley and the town of OíConnor in Greeley County Nebraska. Patrick was still living in Greeley County in 1900 as he is shown as a widow on the census for Nebraska, Greeley County, Brayton precinct. He later moved back to Boston I believe to possibly live with children that remained in Boston when they headed west.

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