John Langan I (1832-?)

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John Langan I (1832-?) was born in Maghery Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1848, worked as an indentured servant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then returned to Ireland around 1864 with his wife and children: James, John, Edward, and Anne.




John was born in Maghery, County Donegal, Ireland in 1832. The year 1832 comes from the 1860 United States Census.

Emigration to USAEdit

He emigrated to the United States around 1848. He was employed as a domestic by the Grey (or Gray) family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. There are two Greys listed in the 1890 City Directory of Bethlehem: Jacob Grey who was a "railroader" who lived on Second Avenue in South Bethlehem, and Patrick Grey, involved with "confections" living at 522 Third Street in South Bethlehem. John returned to Maghery c1864 with his wife and children.


He married Catherine Gallagher (1831-aft1911) in 1852 at Saint Joseph's Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They are on Williams Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania census of 1860.


Emigration back to IrelandEdit

He then returned to Ireland around 1864 with his wife and the children: James, John, Edward, and Anne. He had an additional four children in Ireland. Some of the children returned to the United States and lived in Jersey City.

Research on John LanganEdit

  • Marion Langan wrote in 1999: "I would be glad to make contact with any relatives of the Langan's from Maghery, Co.Donegal, Ireland who went first to Pennsylvania and from there to New Jersey. From records it appears that there are numerous descendents in the NJ area having settled there after the 1860's."
  • Marion Langan wrote on Sunday, July 9, 2000: "I am a descendent of Edward Langan I, this branch of the family and also Bridget Langan's remained in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Seemingly the family members who returned to America lost contact after the death of their mother Katherine Langan (nee Gallagher). Although her death is questioned as having occured in PA, USA; I believe that she died in Ireland."



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