Name: * James FEGAN
Given Name: * James
Death: ABT 1791 in Fannett Twp., Franklin Co., PA
Additional information on the Fegan family.
Change Date: 24 Feb 2008 at 00:00:00
James Fegan was born about 1748. He was allegedly born in Kent County, Maryland, although no record of him there has been found. He was married to Honora Timmons who had been born about 1750.1
On 4 November 1770 James Fegan, Taylor of York Town, York County, Pennsylvania stood bound to Daniel Ragan for 200 pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania, for the payment of 100 pounds due in eight payments, those being 10 pounds each of the first of October of 1772, 1773, 1774, 1775, 1776 and 1777, and 20 pounds each on the first of October 1778 and 1779, plus interest. To secure the debt, James Fegan sold a certain half lot on the West side of Water Street in the Town of York, now in the occupation of the said James Fegan, being one half of an undivided lot of ground which Herman Updegraff, Esquire, deceased willed to his wife Anna Ursula to be held by her during her natural life, the said will dated 19 July 1758. If James Fegan paid the debt [mortgage] then the above deed was void. The deed was signed by James Fegan and witnessed by Joseph Garretson and Wm. Leas. James acknowledged the deed on 6 February 1770. It was written in the margin that Daniel Regan on 20 March 1772 acknowledged that he had received the full sum of the deed of mortgage.2 No record was found of what became of this land.
On 2 May 1775, James Fegan and John McMillan were witness to a deed from Richard Blatchford of Warrington Township, York County who mortgaged a tract of land in Manahan Township to Richard Eggleston of Manahan Township.3 On the same date Eggleston sold the tract to Blatchford, with the same witnesses.4
In York County at the April 1776 Court term was the case of James McMullen vs. James Feagan and Daniel McCurdy on a Capias Debt.5 At the July 1776 term was the case of James McMullen assee vic vs. James Fegan and others on a summons debt.6
James was in Cumberland County by about 1775, when at the April 1775 Court Session was the case of The King vs. James Feagen for assault and battery. The case was continued to July 1775, then to January 1776, and then to April 1776, where is was to be continued to July 1776.7 The next court records after the April 1776 Court were in October 1777, so it is not known what became of the case. As there were cases against James in York County in 1776, and he did not appear in the tax lists for Cumberland County, he may have only been visiting there, perhaps seeing whether he wanted to move there, when the case for the assault and battery was brought against him.
James appeared in the tax list for 1778 for Fannet Township, Cumberland County as James Fagan.8 In 1778 he was listed with 37 acres of land, 1 horse, and 2 cows. James had not been listed there in the previous list, that being 1776 but there did appear a Hugh Feagan, in Fannet Township listed with 64 acres, 1 horse, 1 cow and 2 sheep.9
James continued to appear in Fannet Township tax lists through 1782. In 1779 as James Fegan he was listed with 100 acres, 2 horses and 2 cows.10 As James Feagin in 1780, he had 232 acres, 2 horses and 4 cows.11 For 1781 as James Fegin his listings were 230 acres, 2 horses and 3 cows.12 In 1782 as James Fegon he was listed with 236 acres, 2 horses, 2 cows, and 7 sheep.13 There are no extant lists for Cumberland County for 1783 and 1784, and in 1784 Fannet Township became part of the newly formed Franklin County.
On 18 May 1778 inhabitants of Path Valley in Cumberland County sent a memorial to the Executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania. They stated that their militia had received orders for four classes to march immediately to Camp. "The Indians (or rather the tories) is Murdering our Neighbours close by us, no further than Bedford, and what active men is of use here is Entirely Defenceless, for want of arms and ammunition." They requested the Council send them rifled gun and ammunition, and to order the militia back against the Indians, for if the men marched off to Camp, the women and children would fall a sacrifice to "Savage Cruel Barbarity." A number of tories had joined with the Indians to conduct them "to murder the Whigs (as they call us)." They asked for rifles, as muskets were of little use in woods against Indians. The memorial was signed by 55 men, including two men named James Fegan.14
A second Memorial of residents of Cumberland County was signed on 29 June 1778 by 53 men, including one James Fegan. They stated that the Indians had penetrated their borders, and they lived on the verge of said county, and that all beyond them had either fled or forted, so they were in immediate danger. They were in great fear, as there were repeated alarms of the Indians heading toward them. The harvest was near, and they were not able to both man the forts they intended to build and reap the grain at the same time. If they lost their crops, they could not subsist in forts. If they left the Valley, what they could take would not last them long, and the settlement at Carlisle would then be the frontier, which would be a detriment to the State. They wished to stay, and were asking for guards to join them, either to reap the grain, guard their forts, or scout the woods beyond them.15
James Fegan on 24 May 1779 was in Captain James Askey's Company of the First Battalion of the Cumberland County militia commanded by Colonel James Dunlap and a member of Class 8. On 10 April 1781 he was under the same officers, but it was called the 6th Battalion. On 17 April 1781 listed as the 8th Class of the 2nd Company of the 6th Battalion, they marched upon a tour of duty ordered by the Council on 14 March 1781. He was also listed as a member of Captain Askey's Company on 27 August 1781 and 14 August 1782. For those latter two dates, also a member of the same 8th class was a James McMullen.16 Whether it is the same James McMullen that sued him in York County is unknown.
In 1784, Fannet Township where James Fegan lived became part of newly formed Franklin County. On 14 December 1785 he had a warrant granted, that was surveyed on 15 November 1786 as 117 acres "in Ambersons Valley near the head thereof on or near the line between Cumberland & Franklin Counites." A note stated that the land was wholly in Fannet Township in Franklin County since the settlement of the County line.17 This tract was resurveyd on 10 November 1844 on the head waters of Conococheague Creek, Amberson's Valley, Fannet Township for Robert Rea as 109 acres and 154 perches, in right of warrant to James Fegin of 14 November 1785. A small part of the original was struck off of it.18
James Fegan on 12 May 1785 for 64 pounds, 12 shillings and 3 pence Pennsylvania money "sold" to David Elder and John Elder, Junior, 236 acres in Fannet Township that was adjacent to Barnabas Clark. Adam Turner had a warrant for the tract on 10 June 1767. Turner sold it on 18 September 1769 to Samuel Perry who sold it to Patrick Henry, who had sold it to James Fegan on 7 April 1778. The transaction was actually a mortgage, and if James Fegan paid the sum with interest within three years, then the transaction was void, otherwise to remain in effect.19
James died in Franklin County, his estate being appraised on 29 November 1791 by James Wodney and Barnabas Doyle and his widow Honora Fegan signed with her mark that it was a true inventory.20 Included in the inventory were 2 mares, 1 horse, a "philly," 6 cows, 3 heifers, 4 last spring calves, 11 sheep and 10 hogs. There was a variety of farm equipment, including a wagon, a saddle, ploughs, hoes, spades, and a pitchfork. There were two "falling axes" for cutting down trees, and a log chain for moving them. The household furniture included 3 beds, one chest, one dresser, 2 chairs, a loom, two pair of wool cards, as well as the normal various pots and hooks for hanging them over a fire, tubs, kettles, a coffee pot, 3 lanterns, a smoothing iron, a cutting knife and a hatchet. The total value of the appraisement was £88.17.17. His widow Honora was made administrator of his estate.21
A petition was presented at court on 13 June 1815 by his son James Feagan "one of the heirs and Representatives of James Feagan late of Fannet Township" showing that "the petitioners father died intestate before the year One Thousand seven hundred and ninety four leaving a widow to wit, Honor Feagan & issue ten children to wit, John Feagan the eldest son, Peter Feagan, Catherine Feagan who is intermarried with [blank] Harkins, Thomas Feagan, Elizabeth Feagan, Mary Feagan who intermarried with Victor Graham, Barnabas Feagan, Eleanor Feagan who intermarried with Robert Rhea, Nancy Feagan and the petitioner." He died with a "plantation or tract of land situate in Fannet Township, Franklin County, adjoining lands of James Riddle, John & Thomas Shields, & lands of the petitioner containing 200 acres or thereabouts also a tract of Wood land situate in the township aforesaid adjoining lands of Jacob Heage, and [unclear] knob containing one hundred and seventeen acres or thereabouts." He asked that the court award an inquest to determine whether the land could be divided between the widow and all the children without prejudice and spoiling the whole.22 A jury of twelve men decided that each tract would accommodate only one heir, the first tract being valued at $983.55 and the second at $117.23
On 5 March 1816 Peter Fegan and Bridget his wife of Cambria County, Pennsylvania sold to James Riddle of Chambersburg, Franklin County, counselor at law, for $90 all the right of Peter and Bridget out of the estate of James Fegan, late of Fannet Township.24
On 10 June 1817 the court "on motion of Mr. James Riddle rule on the heirs of James Fegan late of Ambersons Valley in the county and commonwealth aforesaid to appear at the court house in Chambersburg at an orphans court to be held on the third Tuesday of October next and then and there accept or refuse the real estate of the said James Feagan at the valuation thereof.25 Over the next several years there were several notices to the heirs to appear in court and accept or refuse the valuation. On 8 June 1819 the court showed that only James Fegan had appeared and refused the premises at the valuation and desired that it be sold. It was ordered by the court that the land be sold at public sale.26
James Fegan's widow Honora was living as late as 26 November 1820 when Barnabas Clark in his will left seven dollars to Honora Fegan, widow.27
John Fagan of Mill Creek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania sold on 30 March 1822 for $70 to Robert Rea Fannet Township, Franklin County, all his right in two tracts of land in Amberson Valley in Fannet Township in which he had claim as an heir of James Fegan, deceased. John claimed two shares.28
Thomas Fegan being one of the heirs and legal representatives of James Fegan, deceased, was entitled to one undivided eleventh part of a tract of land in Amberson Valley, Franklin and Perry Counties. Thomas and his wife Susan sold for $10 on 15 October 1825 to James Fegan his share. The residence of Thomas was not stated, but he and Susanna acknowledged the deed before a Judge in Mifflin County.29
1. Major J. C. Fegan, The Fegan Line 1782-1929: One of the Branches of the Fagan or Fegan Family Tree, (no location: no place, 1929), Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, Utah, microfilm1,017,041, item 6.
2. York County, Pennsylvania Record Book for Deeds D:322-323, FHL microfilm 0,022,097.
3. York County, Pennsylvania Record Book for Deeds F:276-277, FHL microfilm 0,022,098.
4. York County, Pennsylvania Record Book for Deeds F:324-325, FHL microfilm 0,022,098.
5. "Civil Court Records, York County Continuance Docket, April Term 1776," Codorus Chronicles, Volume 6, Number 2, (August 1989), 20.
6. "Civil Court Records, York County Continuance Docket, July Term 1776," Codorus Chronicles, Volume 6, Number 3, (November 1989), 14.
7. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Quarter Sessions Docket 5, 1772-1776, pp. 201, 211, 245 1/2, 266, FHL microfilm 1,011,065.
8. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1778 tax rates, Fannet Twp., p. 102, FHL microfilm 0,021,088.
9. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1776 tax rates, Fannet Twp., p. 101, FHL microfilm 0,021,089.
10. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1779 tax rates, Fannet Twp., p. 120, FHL microfilm 0,021,089.
11. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1780 tax rates, Fannett Twp., p. 89, FHL microfilm 0,021,089.
12. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1781 tax rates, Fannet Twp., p. 105, FHL microfilm 0,021,090.
13. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania 1782 tax rates, Fannet Twp., p. 108, FHL microfilm 0,021,090.
14. Pennsylvania Archives, 2nd Series, Volume 3:166-168.
15. Pennsylvania Archives, 2nd Series, Volume 3:185-186.
16. Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, Volume 6, pp. 62, 132, 407, 410, 424 and 442.
17. Pennsylvania Original Surveys, C66:1, FHL microfilm 1,004,904.
18. Pennsylvania Original Surveys, C66:2, FHL microfilm 1,004,904.
19. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Deed Book 1:261-262, FHL microfil 0,323,795.
20. James Fegan estate file, Franklin County, Pennsylvania estate file #203, FHL microfilm 1,465,869.
21. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket A:64, FHL microfilm 0,323,837
22. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket B:151, FHL microfilm 0,328,837.
23. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket B:194, FHL microfilm 0,328,837.
24. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Deed Book 14:593, FHL microfilm 0,323,804.
25. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket B:260, FHL microfilm 0,328,837.
26. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Orphans Court Docket B:317, FHL microfilm 0,328,837.
27. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Will Book C:532, FHL microfilm 0,323,865.
28. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Deed Book 14:594, FHL microfilm 0,323,804.
29. Franklin County, Pennsylvania Deed Book 14:595, FHL microfilm 0,323,804.
* Honora TIMMONS
- John FAGAN b: ABT 1771 in York Co., PA
- Peter FEGAN b: 1773 in Cumberland (now Franklin) Co., PA
- James FEGAN b: ABT 15 Feb 1775 in Cumberland (now Franklin) Co., PA
- * Catherine FEGAN b: ABT 1780 in Cumberland (now Franklin) Co., PA
- Thomas FEGAN b: in Cumberland (now Franklin) Co., PA
- Barnabas FEGAN b: 31 Aug 1782 in Cumberland (now Franklin) Co., PA
- Elizabeth FEGAN
- Mary FEGAN
- Eleanor FEGAN
- Nancy FEGAN