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Hart, Monaghan, Dorsey, Doolin in Centralia, Ashland, and Mt. Carmel PA
Posted by: Eileen Cizewski (ID *****3160) Date: January 10, 2003 at 07:39:31
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I am searching for information on my Centralia/Ashland ancestors. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Hugh Hart came from Ireland some time before 1860. During the 1860 Conyngham Township, Columbia County PA census, he is shown residing in what appears to be a boarding house owned by Pat and Grace McDonald. Hugh is listed as a miner, aged 27, who was born in Ireland.

Also listed in this boarding house is Sarah Hart, age 20, born in Ireland. I suspect that Sarah is the sister of Hugh. They are not listed together, but quite a few names apart. Hugh will later have a daughter named Sarah, most likely named for this sister.

Between 1860 and 1870, Hugh Hart married Catherine Monaghan, who was born in Ireland, and was likely residing in the vicinity of Conyngham Twp. when they met.

In the 1870 Conyngham Township, Columbia County PA census, Hugh Hart is listed as age 50, working as a laborer in the mines, born in Ireland. Listed as his family are:
       Catharine, wife, age 47, born in Ireland
       Mary, daughter, age 7
       William, son, age 4
       Catharine, daughter, age 1
       Sallie (Sarah), daughter, age 9/12       

1880 census for Butler Township, Schuylkill County, which neighbors his previous residence, Hugh’s family is listed as follows:
       Hugh Hart, age 50, miner
       Kate Hart, age 50
       Mary Hart, age 17
       William Hart, age 13, laborer
       Kate Hart, age 12
       Sarah Hart, age 9

1890 directory for Butler Township shows the Hart family as follows:
       Hart, Catharine. William 24 laborer, Kate, Mary.

Hugh’s daughter Kate married Daniel Henry Doolin, who is the son of James Doolin and Ann Kennedy. Daniel was born and raised in Ashland PA, which also neighbors Butler Township. Daniel and Kate had 4 children:
       William Doolin, born Apr. 1893       (died WW1 of influenze)
       Ann Doolin, born Nov 1894
       Marie Doolin Brennan McDonald, born 1902
       Daniel Hugh Doolin, born May 18, 1905

Daniel Hugh Doolin married Madeline Martina Long, the daughter of Edward Long and Magdalena Wertz. Daniel and Madeline had 4 children:
Catherine T. “Kitty” Doolin Madden Silvestri, born 1927
William M. Doolan, born 1929
Ann Marie Doolin Gaughan, born 1935
Daniel Joseph Doolin, born 1939

Ann Marie Doolin, my mother, married Donald Gaughan, of Centralia. Their children include:
Joseph W. Gaughan
Daniel P. Gaughan
Coleen A. Gaughan Hulse
Joleen E. Gaughan Leggett
Donald D. Gaughan
Eileen C. Gaughan Cizewski


Another of Hugh and Catharine’s children, Sarah, married John Dorsey, of Strong PA, which is located outside of Mount Carmel. John Dorsey is the uncle of the Fabulous Dorseys, Tommy and Jimmy, of the the Big Band Era. Sarah and John Dorsey owned a tavern outside Mount Carmel, and had 4 children, but I believe only one of them survived beyond childhood age.
1930 census records show them as:
       John J. Dorsey, age 60, proprietor
       Sarah Dorsey, wife, age 57
       Mame Moore, daughter, age 42 (Mary or Marie)
       Sarah Moore, granddaughter, age 19
       Kathryn Moore, granddaughter, age 18
Their residence was at 234 Girard St., Mount Carmel Twp. John Dorsey and Sarah Hart were married in 1889, in Ashland. It is recorded in the records of Northumberland County.

If anyone can provide information regarding the family of Hugh or his bride Catharine Monaghan, I would greatly appreciate it. Who are Hugh and Catharine’s parents? Siblings? What counties in Ireland did they come from? Why? When? How?

I am hunting for pictures, additional family members, stories, burial sites, anything at all! Also, I wish to locate descendants of Sarah Hart Dorsey, William Hart, and Mary Hart.

Please contact me with details at

Thank you,

Eileen Cizewski
Stillwater PA

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