3.17.2014

William F. Neagle of Waterford, Ireland

The Neagle surname, commonly spelled Nagle in both Ireland and in records in the United States, may have derived from the Norman surname de Angulo. Nagle is the Cork form of the name whereas the Leinster form is Nangle, and the Gaelic form is de Nogla. That being said, nothing of William's family prior to their arrival in New York is known except that his parents John Nagle and Ellen or Helen Croty, were said to have married in there in about 1855.

Attempting to locate passenger records for that time period, one John Nagle of Ireland left Liverpool on the 3rd of April 1854 aboard the ship, Star of the West, and arrived in New York. Of the name Croty (more typically spelled Crotty), there were three men who arrived at the Port of New York by this name: William Crotty, age 21, laborer who embarked at Cork, Ireland aboard the ship Adirondack and arrived the 11th of April 1846; Francis Crotty, age 27, an engineer who embarked at Liverpool aboard the ship Oxford and arrived in New York on the 15th of April 1847; and R. Crotty (male) who was age 22 and embarked at Liverpool aboard the ship Friendship and arrived in New York on the 24th of May 1847.

What is known of John Neagle, emigrant to New York, was taken from his obituary and states in part that he was born in Waterford, Ireland on the 17th of March 1833 and came with his father to America when twenty years of age. He settled in New York and was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Croty in 1855 and they became the parents of eight children - five boys and three girls, James the oldest, having preceded him in death in 1887 and daughter Julia having died in infancy.

An 1860 census matches information which indicates John and Ellen were living in Key Port, Monmouth Co., New Jersey with their two sons James and Thomas. The birth record of their daughter Mary (as having been born in this county in 1861),  supports speculation that this is the same family. Enumerated next to them is the family of Thomas and Mary Neagle who were also from Ireland and were the parents of four children. It should be noted that both families' surnames were spelled as "Nagle" as was the common spelling in Ireland as previously noted.

At the time the 1870 census was taken, John Neagle was listed as a railroad boss who was born in Ireland, but by at least 1878 he is listed as a farmer. Among the tax payers of 1878 there was also a Saloon Keeper, A. Nagle in Chatsworth; John Nagle in Owego Township, and another farmer named Joseph Nagle in Cayuga. In the 1880 census for Chatsworth, Livingston, IL - John Neagle was again listed as a farmer who had been born in Ireland.

John was last enumerated in his daughter Mary Braddock's 1900 household. He died 11 January 1908 at Mary's home near Watseka, Illinois. Although John's obituary states he was buried in the St. Patrick Cemetery in Chatsworth, Livingston County, Illinois, there is either no headstone that remains or no inscription that was found. However, a white tiered stone which was read with some difficulty by Vera Gerwick of the Lexington Genealogical & Historical Society in Illinois has record of an Ellen Nagle, wife of John who was buried there. The inscription indicates she died April 12, 1885 at the age of 51 and that she was a "Native of Kil, McThomas Co., Waldcord, Ireland." This information is supported by the 1910 Barnes Co., ND census for record of her sons William and John, who indicate their mother was born in Ireland.

The children of John Neagle and Ellen (Crotty) were:  James Neagle, born about 1857/1858 in New York and believed to have passed away in 1887; Thomas Neagle who was born about 1859/1860 in New York of which nothing further known; Mary Neagle who was born 24 Dec 1861 in Raritan Twp., Monmouth Co., New Jersey, and married Oscar E. Braddock, the son of John H. & Sarah (Fuller);  Ella Etta Neagle, who was born 26 April 1865 in Schenectady, NY, and married Elmer A. Knight who was the son of Marshall B. and Althea (Tillitson); John Neagle, who was born about 1865/1866 in New York and was listed in the household of his brother William Neagle in 1910 Baldwin Twp., Barnes Co., ND and appears to be listed living in Chatsworth, IL 1920 ED #22 in the household of Peter Kurstenbasch; William Francis Neagle, of whom further; Richard J. Neagle who was born in November of 1869 in Chatsworth, Livingston, IL and married Elizabeth (Smith) Knapp; and Julia Neagle who was born about 1874 and died in infancy.

William F. Neagle, my great-grandfather, was the first of their children to be born in Illinois. Although his obituary information indicates he was born this year, a look at the census images list him as age three in 1870 and age twelve 1880.  Also, following the birth order of the older siblings it would suggest he was born in 1867 rather than 1870 as is listed on the burial records.

"Raking Hay" at Neagle's North Dakota Farm
According to his obituary, William came to North Dakota in 1892.  It's possible he is the same William listed in the 1900 household of James & Matilda Elliott, landlords from Canada and of Irish descent. This family was residing in Hope Twp., Steele Co., North Dakota and were listed as dwelling #76. This William was listed as born Nov 1871 and states he was single, age 28 born IL both parents born in Ireland, which matches all other information.

About four years later he married Clara Anora Danforth, the daughter of Albro Benvard Danforth and Eunice Matilda (Short), in Valley City, Barnes Co., North Dakota on 28 Nov 1904.   They were enumerated in the 1910 in Baldwin Twp., Barnes County, ND with children Helen, Gladys, and William's thirty eight year-old brother John. He was then enumerated in 1920 Baldwin Twp., Barnes Co, ND census as head of house with wife Clara and children William, Helen, Ruth, Constance, and Mildred.

Just four days after his youngest child turned eight, William died suddenly on 30 Oct 1925.  He was laid to rest at Hope Cemetery along with other family members.  His widow Clara continued to reside on the farm and was head of household in the 1930 census. In about 1936 she went out to Arizona where her son-in-law V.W. "Dave" and daughter Connie had gone to work on the dams along the Verde River and lived with them off and on in Phoenix until her death on 08 Dec 1959. She was laid to rest at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.

All of William and Clara's children have now passed.  Their sixth child, and my grandmother, Clara "Constance" passed away at age ninety-nine in August of 2012 and was laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetery in the city of Glendale, Arizona.  A tribute to this hard-working, strong, and courageous woman can be found on my previous blog: "C. Constance Neagle, Ninety-Nine and Counting."

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1 comment:

Debi Venneman said...

Patti, I stumbled across your genealogy while searching for a different part of our family in the New York area. I was looking for my moms side Tripp/Taylor but found "Crofoot" in your history.There is a Mary Angeline Crofert or Crofoot on my fathers side that we haven't been able to gather info on. She was born in Michigan in 1863 and died in Idaho in 1944. My mothers grandmothers maiden name was Davenport, Hester Olive(r)? b Hamilton Montana 1897 her father..Sherman Andrew Davenport, b Indiana 1864, His father Andrew Davenport...no info about him at all. We have Andrew's wife as Martha H Andrews...no info on her either. My great gramma Hester named her youngest daughter "Annabelle" so I'm wondering if "...belle" might have been from a relative she had known.???? My grandmother was "Bonnie Louise Pearsall" b 1918 in Lewiston Idaho. Just some curiosity. One place you might look for the "Oliver" name is in the Orofino and Stites area of Idaho. My gramma Hester's 2nd husband was Jesse Oliver. I think they have been in Idaho since the Gold Rush of 1864 in Idaho.