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REAGAN

Introduction

An account of the Canadian branch of this Reagan family, from which we draw heavily, has been given in Harvest of Memories: Sturgis and District…, 1900-2000.[1] In that work, some members of the family are referred to as O’Reagan, a form which does not receive support from documents of the period. We have been told that there is, in addition, a genealogy of the Saskatchewan Reagans in existence, but have not seen a copy of such a work. We might note that the spelling Reagan, which (it is probably safe to say) is now generally regarded as the “standard” spelling of the name, was generally much less common in the nineteenth century than Regan, by which it is often outnumbered in contemporary records by ratios so high as 80 to 1. One also occasionally encounters such spellings as Reegan and Ragan in records of this period.
    We are informed by Todd Martell that his great-grandmother, Katherine (Reagan) Martell (born 1884), claimed to be a second cousin of U.S. President Ronald Reagan; and other family members have also mentioned rumors to this effect. If indeed the present Reagan family had any real knowledge of Ronald Reagan’s antecedents, they may have assumed that the President’s ostensible great-great-grandparents, Thomas and Margaret (Murphy?) Reagan, of co. Tipperary in 1829,[2] were the same as the Thomas and Margaret (McEntee?) Reagan, probably of co. Cavan in 1847, who founded the present line. But despite the lingering uncertainty surrounding the surnames of the two Margarets, geographical considerations alone argue against any connection, as Tipperary and Cavan are separated by about half the length of Ireland. Furthermore, Thomas Reagan of co. Tipperary was dead by 31 October 1852, while Thomas Reagan, probably of co. Cavan, was still alive in 1875.
    The tradition among the descendants of Patrick John Reagan that he had come from Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario, is probably true, because Mount Forest is almost on the line between Wellington and Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, where Jan Ehresman discovered the Reagans in the 1852 census. The Reagans were part of a nineteenth-century group-migration from Normanby to Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, which included the Heaney, Gibney and O’Brien families,[3] with all of whom they were connected by marriage. Later, in the early twentieth century, the Reagans, Heaneys, and Gibneys became part of a second group- or chain-migration to Sturgis, Saskatchewan.[4] Considering the longevity of the associations among these families in the New World, the possibility of connections between them predating their arrival in Canada is one which should be investigated.
    Prior to Jan Ehresmann’s discovery of the Reagans in the 1852 census of Ontario, probably the most compelling piece of evidence of a relationship amongst the Reagans of Manannah was that three of them were granted land on the same day, 10 June 1872, one of the Thomases (Bob Gerrish believes it was the younger one, his own ancestor) receiving the northeast quarter of section 28 in township 121N 31W in the 5th Principal Meridian, while Patrick and Bernard received the southwest and northeast quarters, respectively, of lot 8 in the same township. Later that year, on 25 September 1872, when John received land, it was one of the remaining quarters (the southeast) of the same lot 8, which is unlikely to have happened by accident. The other Thomas received the north half of the northeast quarter (thus only 80 acres) of lot 18 in the same township, on 10 February 1873.
    In addition, there are strong onomastic grounds for supposing the four younger men to have been brothers:

  • All named a son Thomas; in the case of Thomas, Patrick, and Bernard, it was the eldest son who was so named.
  • Patrick and Thomas each had grandsons named Bernard, and Bernard named a son Patrick.

Taken together, we feel these facts supply sufficient circumstantial evidence that these men were the four sons of Thomas and Margaret Reagan recorded in the 1852 census of Ontario.

Tombstone of John O. Reagan (1835-1895) We cannot however claim to have tied together all the Reagans of Manannah. As pointed out to us by Jan Ehresman, who also provided the photograph at left, there is buried in the cemetery of Our Lady in Manannah, Meeker Co., a “John O. Reagan | born 15 October 1835 | Louthe County | Ireland | died | 1 May 1895.” A published transcript of the stones in the cemetery adds a note: “Veteran [of the] Civil War, Union soldier.” This man would be a poor match for the only John Reagan of this time period treated below, whose birthdate would appear to have been 18 August 1831. It seems unlikely that the month and year would both disagree if they were actually the same man. There are also a few other nineteenth-century Reagans in Manannah who do not appear to have been closely related, if at all, to those of whom we treat.

References to the Academy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Coeur d’Alene, are so numerous in these notes that the name is abbreviated as IHM Academy.

Acknowledgements

I should like to thank my relatives Del Lubiniecki, Kevin Lubiniecki, Janice (Starling) Reagan, Terri Reagan, Rebecca (Osborn) Reagan, Sean R. Reagan, Steffanie (Scott) Edwards, the late Marylyn Reagan [formerly known as Marylyn (Reagan) Kunkel], and especially Yvonne (Desroches) Hawkins, for providing some of the material appearing here. Assistance was also supplied by descendants of various American Reagans, namely:

  • Kathleen Margaret (Reagan) Young;
  • Linda (Sinrud) Thank, wife of John Thomas Thank, of Kettle Falls, Stevens Co., Washington, who sent over 40 pages of extracts from her Reagan-Breen research notes;
  • Bob Gerrish, who does not agree with all of our conclusions respecting this family;
  • Don Winter, who sent information on the family of Michael Reagan (son of John, son of Thomas);
  • William Bernard Madden, a grandnephew of Bridget (Madden) Reagan and Mary (Madden) Reagan, who sent information on the Madden family;
  • Shawn LaRee (Reagan) Harrington, who sent information on the family of her grandfather, Edward Glenn Reagan;
  • Melinda (Reagan) Kelly, who sent information on her parents’ family;
  • Lawrence Richard Ragan Jr.
  • Todd Martell

Special gratitude is due to the following, who are not Reagan descendants:

  • Jan (O’Brien) Ehresmann, a kinswoman of the Julia O’Brien who married Patrick Reagan, Jr., who discovered the Reagans in the 1852 census of Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario, sent the obituary of Anna (Reagan) FitzPatrick, and also put us in touch with Linda Thank;
  • Mike Ransom, the editor of the alumni website for the Academy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, made some valuable suggestions concerning sources, and supplied copies of a number of documents.
  • Al Calder, a relative of the Michael Mahoney (1863-1948) who married Elizabeth Reagan (1879-1947).


We begin our account with a tentative identification of the Canadian immigrants Thomas and Margaret (____) Regan with an Irish couple of the same name. This section is greyed out pending the discovery of positive proof of the connection.

Thomas Regan, married before 1839 (and before 1831 if she was the mother of all his children and they were the Canadian immigrants), Margaret McEntee. The collection of baptismal records at RootsIreland currently contains only five children for parents of these names, and although the records are found in two different counties, they plausibly all relate to the same family. Below, on the left, we list these baptisms, and on the right, provide commentary on the question of whether this couple was identical with the Thomas and Margaret (____) Regan who came to Canada (see entry no. 1 below). However, this identification is not decisively proven. There are certain differences which cannot be dismissed out of hand, and published transcriptions of the Canadian materials (the originals of some of which have not yet been examined) contain discrepancies.

Children of Thomas Regan and Margaret McEntee Comments
Note: in every case, the parents names are given as Thomas Regan and Margaret McEntee, so this information is not repeated below. So far, no baptismal records have been found for the oldest known children of the Canadian immigrants: John Regan, apparently born 15 August 1831, and Thomas Regan, apparently born 15 August 1836.
Mary Regan, baptized 19 January 1839 in the Roman Catholic church, Kingscourt, co. Cavan, with sponsors Stephen McEntee and Rose Muligan. This child clearly died by 14 February 1847, when another daughter was given the name Mary, and thus died before Thomas and Margaret (____) Regan immigrated to Canada.
Patt Regan, baptized 30 March 1840 in the Roman Catholic church, Kingscourt, co. Cavan, with sponsors Bryan Cavanagh and Ellen McEntee. Patrick John Regan, son of the Canadian immigrants Thomas and Margaret (____) Regan, was according to the 1852 census born 17 March 1841, and according to family tradition (which agrees exactly as to the date) was born 17 March 1841 at Dublin or Cork. Obviously this year is incorrect if he was the child baptized 30 March 1840; and the places traditionally named for his birth are far from co. Cavan. Published transcriptions of his marriage record, which is evidently very inaccurate, report the names of the parents as Timothy [definitely an error Thomas] Regan and Mary [definitely an error for Margaret] McEnter or McEasten.
Bryan Regan, baptized 2 June 1842 in the Roman Catholic church, Kingscourt, co. Cavan, with sponsors Arthur Flyn and Margaret Brannen. Bryan Regan, son of the Canadian immigrants Thomas and Margaret (____) Regan, was according to the 1852 census born 2 January 1843, admittedly not a very good fit with this baptismal record, as it disagrees both as to the year and as to the time of year. As shown below, this Bryan, who was later known as Bernard, married a woman named Mary and went to Minnesota. He would be a passably good fit chronologically with the Bernard Regan, aged 22, called a son of Thomas Regan and Margaret McIntere in the record, who married in 1861 in Halton County, Ontario, Mary Rowan. Unfortunately, no clear proof of this possibility has been found.
Alice Regan, baptized 9 February 1845 in the Roman Catholic church, Clogherhead, co. Louth, with sponsors Peter Reynolds and Susanna Regan. Alice M., daughter of the Canadian immigrants Thomas and Margaret (____) Regan, was according to the 1852 census aged “7 at next birthday,” implying a birth date of 1844-45. However, according to family tradition she was born in co. Cork, which is very far from Louth. Her marriage licence fails to name her parents.
Mary Regan, baptized 14 February 1847 in the Roman Catholic church, Clogherhead, co. Louth, with sponsors Margaret Randals and Laurence Randals. No such child has been found in Canadian records.

1. Thomas Reagan (Sr.), of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, and of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, born ca. 1808 (aged “45 at next birthday” in 1852, aged 65 in 1875) in Ireland, of Irish-born but unidentified parents; alive in 1875 but probably not in 1880. He married (1) by 1831 (assuming her to have been the mother of his children), presumably in Ireland, Margaret ____, born ca. 1810-11 (aged “42 at next birthday” in 1852), died by 1870 (no death registration found in Ontario). It seems likely that they were from Cork, which is said to have been the birthplace of their daughter Alice,[5] and whence a somewhat vague family tradition also derives their son Patrick.[6] They came to Canada some time after Alice’s birth, which was almost certainly in 1845, and were enumerated at concession 2, lot 39, in the 1852 census of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, which gives Thomas’s occupation as farmer and the family’s religion as Roman Catholic; their children were: John (21), Thomas (16), Patrick (12), “Bryan” [recte Bernard] (10), and “Allis” [i.e. Alice] (7), all ages being “at next birthday.” A quirk of the returns for this township is to give for some persons the precise birthdays; in the cases of the present family they are given only for the sons, and imply (for what it is worth) the following exact dates of birth: John, 18 August 1831; Thomas, 18 August 1836 (same birthday as his brother John); Patrick, March 1841 (day not stated); “Bryan,” 2 January 1843.[7] A directory published in 1865 lists “Thomas Ragan” at lot 39, concession 2 of Normanby.[8] If he was related to the Michael Ragan listed in at lot 25, concession 14, in the same source, we have not discovered the connection. A list of rate-payers in Normanby Tp. in 1864 includes the names of Thomas, Patrick, and Michael Regan; we assume Thomas was the present man, and Patrick his son.[9] Thomas Reagan went by 1870 to Manannah Tp., where he is listed alone, as a farmer, in the census of that year. He (2) between 1870 and 1875, Mary ____, born ca. 1824-25 (aged 50 in 1875) in Ireland, of Irish-born parents; alive in 1875. They are listed in the 1875 census of Manannah Tp., but have not been found in that of 1880.
    Known issue of Thomas Reagan, all presumed to have been by his first wife, Margaret:

  1. 2aJohn Reagan, of Meeker Co., Minnesota, born perhaps 15 August 1831 (aged “21 at next birthday — 15 August” in 1852, aged 38 in 1870, 46 in 1880) in Ireland.
  2. Thomas Reagan (Jr.), born 15 August 1836 (aged “16 at next birthday — 15 August” in 1852) in Ireland, single and living with his parents in 1852. We consider it almost certain that he was identical with the following man:[10]


    Thomas Reagan, of Manannah, whose reported age of 32 in the 1870 census would suggest a birthdate of 1837-38, died 5 November 1930 at Seattle, Washington. He married by 1858, perhaps in Canada, Agnes Elizabeth McLean, said to have born 20 November 1830 in Scotland (although her age as reported in the 1870 census would suggest a birthdate of 1836-37), alive in 1870, said to have been a daughter of John McLean and Christina McKennahan. They were still in Canada in 1858 or 1859 at the birth of their eldest son, but by early 1860 at the latest they were in Meeker County, Minnedosa, where they are enumerated in Forest City Township in the censuses of 1860,[11] and in Manannah Township in that of 1870.[12] The 1860 census calls him a laborer. He was enumerated in Meeker County in 1870, but was no longer there in 1875. According to a descendant, Bob Gerrish, “Thomas and family moved from Minnesota to Deadwood [in Lawrence Co., in what is now South Dakota] after Indians destroyed their farm, between 1870 and 1878. They stayed in Deadwood until 1883, when they left for Seattle in a freight wagon.”[13] They were enumerated at Elizabethtown Tp., Lawrence County, Dakota, in 1880.[14] Despite the fact that the latter man consistently reported his birthplace as Ireland in census records (at least in 1860, 1870, and 1880), the account of his early life as a supposed 12-year-old runaway which he transmitted to descendants is implausible.[15] There are several reasons (admittedly circumstantial) for believing that he was in fact connected with the other Reagans treated in the present page: (1) his land in Manannah Tp. was close to that of the other Reagans; (2) his family and theirs used similar given names, including the uncommon name of Bernard; and (3) his descendants eventually moved from Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, where Kathleen Margaret (Reagan) Young, a descendant of John Reagan (b. 1831?) above, says her grandfather visited relatives. We hope further research will clarify this matter. Issue:
    1. Thomas Reagan (III?), born ca. 1858 in Canada, died v.p. 18 August 1930 at Seattle, Washington. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1870. He married before 1894, Gertrude Rodland. Issue:
      1. Bernard James Reagan, born June 1894.
      2. Thomas C. Reagan, born August 1896 in Washington.
      3. Alice Mable Caroline Reagan, born September 1898.
      4. Robert Emmett Reagan, born 1900.
      5. Mary Grace Reagan, born 1904; married Lee Whitson.
      6. Lee Andrew Reagan, born 1906, died in Norway.
    2. Ann Reagan, born 1859-60 in Minnesota, died 1 November 1925 at Los Angeles, California, and buried at Seattle, Washington. She married (1) John White, born 1858, died 20 June 1901 at Seattle. She married (2) Thomas Dervin. Issue by first husband.
    3. Christina Ellen Reagan, born 7 June 1862 at St. Paul, Minnesota, died 4 February 1937 at Upper Meadowdale, Washington, and buried in Calvary Cemetery, Washington. She married (1) 15 April 1883, Henry Rosenberg, from Stutgart, Germany, alive in 1889. She (2) by 1904, Milton Smith Bowen, born 21 April 1866 at Le Roy, New York, died 1 November 1942 at Omaha, Nebraska. In 1890 they took up a homestead in South Snohomish County, about 3 miles northeast of Bothell, Washington. In 1895 they sold the farm and returned to Washington. Issue by both marriages.
    4. Alice M. Reagan, born 1864-65 in Minnesota, died 22 November 1944 at Seattle, and buried in Calvary Cemetery.
    5. John Reagan, born 1866-67 in Minnesota.
  3. 2bPatrick John Reagan, said to have been born 17 March 1841 in Ireland, the place being given variously as Dublin or as co. Cork.
  4. Bernard Reagan, born perhaps 2 January 1843 (aged “10 at next birthday — 2 January” in 1852, aged 26 in 1870) in Ireland, died 1875-80. He is erroneously called “Bryan” in the 1852 census. He married before 1862, perhaps in Canada, Mary ____, born 1834-35, alive in 1880. Although we have not found him in the 1861 census, the birthplaces of his two older children show that he must have been in Canada between 1862 and 1863. However, he came to the U.S. by 1865 at the latest. He is enumerated in the 1870 and 1875 censuses of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota. On 10 June 1872 he was granted the northeast quarter of lot 8 in township 121N 31W in the 5th Principal Meridian, in Meeker County, consisting of 160 acres of land, while the southwest corner went to Patrick Reagan the same day and the southeast quarter to John Reagan a few months later. His widowed wife appears as the head of their family in the 1880 census, but we have not located her or any of her children in that of 1900. Issue (all alive in 1880):
    1. Thomas Reagan, born 1861-62 in Canada West; a farm laborer in 1880.
    2. Patrick John Reagan, born 1863-64 in Canada West.
    3. Catherine Reagan, born 1864-65 in Minnesota.
  5. Alice M. Reagan, born ca. 1845 (aged “7 at next birthday” in 1852, aged 23 in 1870), in Ireland, according to family tradition at Cork, almost certainly the one of this name who died 3 May 1921 of a cerebral hemorage, and buried 5 May following at Surrey, Ward Co., North Dakota. If so, she married (1) 7 June 1867 at Richmond, Stearns Co., Minnesota, by licence issued in Meeker County, John Joseph Breen, born 19 March 1832 in co. Cork, Ireland, died 25 October 1917 at Williston, Williams Co., North Dakota, and buried 27 October following in Riverview cemetery, Williston, son of Hugh Breen and Mary O’Brien. Both parties were recorded as of Meeker County in the licence, and the witness to the marriage was (her brother) Patrick Reagan, who attested by mark rather than by signature. This couple was enumerated in the 1870 census of Manannah Tp. They were enumerated at Devils Lake, Ramsey Co., North Dakota, in 1900, where, according to Linda Thank, “they lost two female older children and maybe a few smaller ones to a diptheria epdemic.” They were enumerated at Williston, Williams Co., North Dakora, in 1910. They were apparently separated before his death, and her second marriage followed a month afterward. John Breen’s widow married (2) November 1917, by licence, Josiah D. Benell,[16] then of Williston, born ca. 1859-60, who had been previously married with issue. In the application for the licence, his age was given as 56 years and hers as 57 years, which in her case would appear to be a considerable understatement. In 1920 they jointly purchased land in Williams County.
        The onomastic evidence for placing this Alice M. Reagan here is strong. Out of her first four children, two were clearly named for her parents, and two for her husband’s. Issue:[17]
    1. Hugh Bernard Breen, born 19 March 1868 in Mannanah Tp., died 8 August 1932 at Williston, Williams Co., North Dakota, and buried there in Riverview Cemetery. He married 5 January 1905 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Annie Elizabeth Regal (or Reagle), born 23 March 1890 at Huntingdon, Indiana, died 21 February 1930 at Williston. The lived in Saskatchewan until some time between 1909 and 1912, when they moved to Williston. They had ten children.
    2. Margaret A. Breen, born 1869 in Manannah Tp., died (unmarried) 15 March 1889 at Devils Lake, Ramsey Co., North Dakota, and buried there in Devils Lake Cemetery.
    3. Thomas Breen, born 19 August 1871 in Manannah Tp., died 15 November 1872.
    4. Mary Ellen Breen, born 20 May 1873 in Manannah Tp.
    5. Catherine Breen, born 14 February 1875 in Manannah Tp., died [unmarried] 5 January 1892 at Devils Lake, Ramsey Co., North Dakota, and buried there in Devils Lake Cemetery.
    6. Joseph Breen, born 3 January 1877 in Manannah Tp., died 11 September 1877 in Manannah Tp.
    7. John Breen, born 1879, died young.
    8. Patrick S. Breen, born June 1880 in Manannah Tp., died young.
    9. John Thomas Breen, born 16 September 1882 [recte 1881?] in Manannah Tp., died 4 April 1923. He married Mary E. ____, born 4 June 1885, died 2 July 1956 at Argyle, Minnesota. They had three children.
    10. Alice Isabella Breen, born 5 June 1883 in Manannah Tp., died young.
    11. Sarah J. Breen, born 6 June 1885, died young.
    12. Lucy (“Lu”) Theresa E. Breen, born 1 October 1877 at Devils Lake, Ramsey Co., N.D., died 18 May 1959 at Reno, Nevada, and buried there 21 May following in Mountain View Cemetery. She married (1) 31 July 1902 at Bottineau City, Bottineau Co., N.D. John Joseph Thank, born 25 August 1879 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died 12 February 1959 at Sandpoint, Bonners Co., Idaho. She married (2) 27 May 1922 at Wallace, Shoshone Co., Idaho, Edward Borland, and they lived at Reno, Nevada, from 1938 until her death. By her first husband she had five children, of whom John Thomas Thank was the father of Thomas Bernard Thank, husband of Linda (Sinrud) Thank, who has contributed this family record.

2a. John Reagan, of Meeker Co., Minnesota, son of Thomas and Margaret (____) Reagan, of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, and of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, was born perhaps 15 August 1831 (aged “21 at next birthday — 15 August” in 1852, aged 38 in 1870, 46 in 1880) in Ireland, and was still alive in 1880. He was single and living with his parents in 1852. He married in 1852-54, but separated from in 1878,[18] Selina (1870 census) or Sylvia (1875 census), who was born 1834-35 in Canada East; they are probably the same wife as their ages agree. On the evidence of census records, he was certainly in Canada between 1854 and 1857, and must have come to the U.S. between 1858 and 1870. As noted below, a record relating to his son Michael/Mitchell suggests that the family arrived in the U.S. about 1864. On 25 September 1872 he was granted the southeast quarter of section 8 in township 121N 31W in the 5th Principal Meridian, in Meeker County, this being the lot from which Patrick and Bernard Reagan had previously had grants. He is enumerated as a farmer in the 1880 census.[19] Issue:

  1. Michael (“Mitchell”) Reagan, born 29 October 1854 in Canada East (modern Québec), died 10 September 1918, and buried in the churchyard of Our Lady of Manannah. He was a farm laborer in 1870. Between 1870 and 1875 he and his brother John moved into their own household. He is listed as “Mitchel” Reagan in 1880 and 1900,[20] and “Mitchell” in that of 1910,[21] and on his tombstone. He married by 1880, Johannah (“Hannah”) (Ryan?), born ca. 1854 in England or Ireland, of Irish-born parents, died 17 June 1912, aged 57 years, and buried with her husband. The 1900 census calls him a farmer, and that of 1910 specifies that he owned his farm. A rather unusual farmer’s directory published in 1913 or 1914 lists his family on section 19 of Manannah Tp., gives the name of the only child then living with him as “Mike,” and states that they had been in the county for 49 years, suggesting that he arrived in the U.S. about 1864.[22] The obituary of his daughter, Anna (Reagan) FitzPatrick, reveals that his daughters Catharine and Mary married Sidney Scribner and Oscar Anderson, but do not indicate which daughter married which man. However, Mary is known from her husband’s obituary (see below) to have been the wife of Sidney Scribner; therefore Catharine must have married Oscar Anderson. Issue, all born in Minnesota:
    1. Catharine Reagan, born 1877-80 (census ages inconsistent, or there was more than one child of this name), living 11 November 1922 as she survived her sister Anna. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1900, but was not longer in their household in 1910. As noted above, she must have married Oscar Anderson.
    2. Dennis Arthur Reagan, born 16 January 1881, died April 1978. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1910, when he is called a farm laborer. He married Margaret (“Maggie”) Mae Wood, died 1980, daughter of Clement and Dosha Mae (Roach) Wood, of Eden Valley, Manannah Tp. They homesteaded in Canada for one year and then moved to Crosby, Minnesota. They had five children, including a son, Thomas Richard Reagan, still living (aged 75), whose daughter, Kathleen Margaret (Regan) Young, has supplied the information on his parents’ family.
    3. Mary Reagan, born 1882 (?), died 1976. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1900, but was no longer in their household in 1910. As noted above, she married Sidney Scribner, born 1880, died 1956, whose obituary, dated 19 January 1956, mentions her as his survivor.[23] They are buried together at Our Lady of Manannah, where there is also a Michael J. Scribner (1919-1978), possibly their son?
    4. Anna Reagan, born 27 March 1886 in Manannah Tp., died 11 November 1922, apparently at Sturgis, Saskatchewan. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1910, but subsequently married ____ FitzPatrick, probably explaining the Reagan-Fitzpatrick connection alluded to without explanation in Harvest of Memories, p. 622. An obituary published in the Eden Valley Journal of 30 November 1922 reads, in part: “Mrs. Anna Reagan FitzPatrick passed away on November 11th after a short illness. She died in the hospital at Kanora [recte Canora], Canada. Her early life was spent in Manannah. She lived in this vicinity until six years ago when she, her husband and children moved to Sturges [recte Sturgis]. She was born in Manannah on March 27, 1886, and was a little over 36 years of age when she died. She leaves to mourn her death her husband and children, Joseph, Jary, Margaret and Michael, two sisters and two brothers Mrs. Sidney Scribner, Mrs. Oscar Anderson and Michael Reagan of Manannah and Dan [i.e. Dennis] Reagan of Crosby, MN. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and a devoted and loyal sister … and all her many old friends near her former home in Manannah regret her early death.”[24]
    5. Michael Reagan, of Manannah Township, born 28 July 1888 [or 1889], died 5 July 1930, and buried in the churchyard of Our Lady of Manannah. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1910, when he is called a farm laborer. He married before 1915, Anna Neidermeier, born 1 March 1890 in Minnesota, of parents both born in Germany, died 6 April 1983,[25] and buried with her husband. He is enumerated in the 1920 census of Mannanah Tp., in which he is called a farmer,[26] and again in that of 1930, in which he is also called a farmer.[27] There is serious disagreement between the two records respecting the children, and we have given greater weight to the evidence of the 1930 census, which seems more careful in this instance, and accounts satisfactorily for the five children mentioned in the 2001 death notice of Michael Reagan Jr.[28] Known issue:
      1. Philip Michael Reagan, of Eden Valley, born 20 April 1914, died 4 June 2007 in the Koronis Manor nursing home, Paynesville, Minnesota, aged over 93 years, and buried in the Roman Cathollic parish cemetery.[29] He married by 1946, but divorced on 7 June 1984 in Hennepin Co.,[30] Mavis Catherine Mobley, who apparently predeceased him. His death notice, which names his parents, mentions that he was survived by three children and their spouses, as well as four grandchildren (not named) and three great-grandchildren. The children are:
        1. Kathleen Joy Reagan, born 15 December 1946 in Meeker Co.;[31] married Dan Kraus, of Wadsworth, Ohio.
        2. Lindsey Reagan, of New Hope; married Mary ____.
        3. Maureen Reagan; married Terry Young, of Wayzata.
      2. John Reagan, of St. Cloud, born 1915-16 (aged 4½ in 1920, 14 in 1930), alive on 4 June 2007, as he survived his brother Philip.
      3. Lucile Reagan, born 10 April 1913, died 10 February 1917, and buried with her parents.
      4. Lucile Reagan (called Mary in 1920 but Lucile in 1930), born probably in 1918-19 (aged 11 in 1930), alive on 4 June 2007, as she survived her brother Philip. She married ____ Dillon, of Eden Valley.
      5. Michael Peter Reagan, Jr. (see photo below), also of Manannah, born 14 July 1921 in Manannah Tp., died s.p.s. and possibly s.p. 19 November 2001 at Watkins, Meeker Co., aged over 80 years, and buried in the churchyard of Our Lady, Manannah.[32] Michael Reagan (1921-2001) He married (as her second husband) 6 July 1963 in the Church of Our Lady, Manannah, Margaret E. Hanley, born 15 October 1922, who died 5 January 1998 at Grove City, Meeker Co.,[33] who had been previously married to ____ Hanley, by whom she had issue.
      6. Margaret Reagan, born 1924-25 (aged 5 in 1930), alive on 4 June 2007, as she survived her brother Philip. She married ____ Snyder, of Mantua, Ohio.
  2. John Reagan, born 1856-57 in Canada West; a farm laborer in 1870. Between 1870 and 1875 he and his brother Michael moved into their own household.
  3. Thomas Regan, born 1857-58 in Canada West; a farm laborer in 1870, still living unmarred with his father in 1880. Despite the slight discrepancy in their reported ages, he is pretty surely the Thomas J. Regan, born May 1859 in Canada, of a father born in Ireland and mother born in “France” who was enumerated in the 1900 census of Manannah Tp.[34] The birthplace of his mother is perhaps an error for “French Canada,” which would agree with the birthplace of Canada East for Selina/Sylvia, wife of John Reagan. If so, he married in 1880-81 (married 19 years as of 11 June 1900), Elizabeth McGrath,[35] born July 1859 in Canada (per 1900 census), and was the father of the following children, all except the first born in Minnesota:
    1. John P. Regan, born Jan. 1884 in Canada.
    2. Elizabeth A. Regan, born 21 February 1886 at Glen Eden, Manannah Tp., grandmother of Luana Cowan.
    3. Leo Ragan, born April 1888, died in a glass factory accident.[36] He has a son, Lawrence Richard Ragan Sr., who has a son Lawrence Richard Ragan Jr., alive in 2013.[37]
    4. Mary J. Regan, born December 1890.
    5. Thomas Regan, born July 1891. Luana Cowan, a granddaughter of his sister Elizabeth, writes, “Thomas O. Regan moved to Seattle, WA … and … bought 80 acres of land in Napavine (Southern Washington State) on which property my grandmother lived with her eight children. I do not know what he did for a living.”

Patrick John Reagan and Catherine Heaney and family

2b. Patrick John Reagan, of Sturgis, Saskatchewan, son of Thomas and Margaret (____) Reagan, of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, and of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, is said to have been born 17 March 1841,[38] the place being given variously as Dublin or as co. Cork, Ireland,[39] died 18 December 1913 at or near Sturgis, apparently aged 71 years, and was buried in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. He married 10 February 1865 in Grey Co.,[40] Catherine Heaney, said to have been born 10 May 1841,[41] in Ireland, perhaps at Dublin, died 11 January 1916, at or near Sturgis, apparently aged 74 years, and buried with her husband, daughter of Owen Heaney (Sr.), of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, by his wife Mary Smith.[42] A directory published in 1865 lists “Patrick Ragan” at lot 41, concession 2 of Normanby Tp., only two lots away from his father.[43] At the time of their marriage both parties were of Normanby Tp.; the record names both sets of parents in full, recording those of the bride correctly but giving those of the groom as Timothy Regan and Mary McEasten (or McEnter, depending upon the transcription).[44] Because this information is so seriously garbled we cannot accept McEasten or McEnter as the surname of the groom’s mother without corroboration. The actual parentage of Patrick Reagan is, we feel, sufficiently borne out by the discussion given earlier in these pages; there is no such man as Timothy Regan or Reagan in early records of Grey County such as the 1852 census, nor is it credible that there could have been two men named Patrick Reagan living in Normanby Tp. at the same time who were both born in March of 1841.
    Family tradition states that Patrick Reagan and his wife were living at Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario, when their eldest child, Thomas, was born in 1866; but while they may well have been there at an earlier date, U.S. census records show Thomas as having been born in the Minnesota.[45] Patrick and Catherine moved shortly afterward to Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, where they were enumerated in the censuses of 1870,[46] 1875,[47] 1880,[48] and 1900[49] (the 1890 census is lost for most of Minnesota). On 10 June 1872 Patrick Reagan was patented the southwest quarter of section 8, in township 121N, 31W of the 5th Principal Meridian, in Meeker County, consisting of 160 acres of land,[50] while the northeast corner went to Bernard Reagan the same day and the southeast quarter to John Reagan a few months later. Patrick and Catherine Reagan attended St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church at Eden Valley (which town lies partly in Manannah Tp., on the county line of Stearns and Meeker), and their names are inscribed in one of the stained-glass windows there.[51]
    In Harvest of Memories it is stated that in 1903,

Timothy Gibney, a nephew of Catherine O’Reagan, went up to Canada (Saskatchewan wasn’t a province yet) and investigated homesteading. The next year the Gibneys, Fitzpatricks and Reagans, all related, sold their farms, and moved up to what is now the Sturgis area to homestead. Two of the Patrick O’ Reagan children, Anne and Elizabeth, with their husbands, remained at Eden Valley. The rest loaded up all their cattle, machinery, and other possessions and took the train to the outpost of Yorkton. The next fifty to sixty miles to their homestead, probably by horses and wagon, was a nightmare. They came in one of the wet cycles where every low spot was full of water. Black flies and mosquitoes were everywhere. The bridge over the Whitesand River had gone out. Story has it that Earl Laing helped them out by taking eighteen loads of furniture and belongings across the river in his boat. In all, they were about seventeen to eighteen days trying to get to their new land. The Reagan clan lived in sod houses for the first few years, probably on the quarter of land Patrick bought in 1903…. Patrick began working his homestead quarter [NE 26-34-4-W2] and by 1909 he had sixty-seven acres broke and in crop. He had proved up his homestead and received his patent on October 28, 1905. He built a 25×18 foot lumber house as well as some out-buildings. He and his family moved in April 1907.[52]

At least one, and probably several, of the Reagan daughters, were already married, and remained behind in the U.S. Patrick Reagan’s lands were the northwest quarter of section 13, in township 34, range 4 of the second meridian west of the Principal Meridian (NW 13-34-4-W2), and the northeast quarter of section 26 in the same township (NE 26-34-4-W2), where as noted above he built his homestead. He is found as “Patrick Ragen” at NE 26-34-4-W2 in the 1906 census, which gives the year of his immigration to Canada as 1904, and shows his livestock holdings as 3 horses, 15 “milch cows,” and 15 “other cattle.”[53] A map of the Sturgis area issued ca. 1907 (?) by the Scandinavian Canadian Land Co. gives his name as Patrick Reagan.[54] Patrick and his wife are found at the same location in the 1911 census.[55] As noted in Harvest of Memories, “the group that came in 1904 were for the most part all living in the same vicinity,” and Patrick Reagan’s children mostly remained close by.
    A photograph of his family, almost certainly taken in the U.S. before the family’s migration to Canada, is reproduced in Harvest of Memories, p. 622.
    Patrick and Catherine Reagan had the following issue (they are all accounted for because the 1900 census states they only ever had ten children):

  1. 3Thomas Peter Reagan, of Sturgis, said to have been born 6 January 1866 at Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario (although in all the extant censuses of Minnesota he is said to have been born in that state).
  2. Mary Reagan, born 1867-68 in Minnesota. She was a member of her parents’ household in 1880 but not in 1900, and we know of no evidence that she ever came to Canada. She is said to have married Robert MacNamara, but we cannot find anyone of this description in the 1900 census of Minnesota.
  3. Margaret (“Maggie”) Reagan, born probably in 1870 (per family records, although the 1901 census says March 1901) near Manannah, alive in 1919. She is said by a grandchild to have worked for some time at a hotel at Paynesville, Minnesota.[56] She married in 1888, Joseph Marshall George Durham, born in 1864 (per family records) or in December 1865 (per 1900 census) in New York State, also alive in 1919, who at the time of their marriage was working as a butter-maker at Paynesville. Margaret and her husband were enumerated in the 1900 census of Meeker Tp., in which he is called Joseph M. Durham; the record is badly faded but he appears to be called a farmer.[57] In 1904 they came to Canada, homesteading near Pike Lake, not far from Crystal Lake, near Sturgis, Saskatchewan. Issue:
    1. George Edward Durham, born in July 1889 (per 1900 census), alive in 1933. He married (1) 1916, Julia Foley, from Eden Valley, Minnesota, born 1893, died 1928; and (2) 1931, Flora Walker Ganong, having seven children by his first wife and one by his second.[58]
    2. Mary Etta Durham, born in February 1892 (per 1901 census), died 1905 in Canada, of typhoid fever, and buried on the family farm near Pike Lake.
    3. John Patrick Durham, born in Jan. 1893 (per 1900 census), died 10 years at Manannah, of meningitis.
    4. Catherine Durham, died in infancy in 1895.
    5. Thomas Marshall Durham, born in September 1897 (per 1900 census), died 1978. He married in 1919, Dehlia Jarbeau, born 1900 at Field, Ontario, died April 1974, and they had ten children.[59] An interview with him, recorded in 1975, is printed in Harvest of Memories, pp. 822-25.
  4. Annie Reagan, born 1871-72 in Minnesota, died 1941 at Brown, Minnesota.[60] She was a member of her parents’ household in 1880 but not in 1900. She remained in the U.S., and married (as his second wife) in 1900-05, Manus O’Keefe, born June 1859 (according to the 1900 census; aged 70 in 1930) in New York State, of Irish-born parents, died 17 June 1949 in Stearns Co., Minnesota,[61] and buried in Our Lady of Mannanah Cemetery, Mannanah, plot 6, plausibly said to have been a son of Manus O’Keefe, Sr., and Julia Maloney, who were very close neighbors of Annie Reagan’s parents; his first wife is said to have been Mary M. Rafts.[62] Manus O’Keefe appears as a widower, of no stated occupation, in the 1900 census of Mannanah Tp., with his sons John and Patrick by his first marriage.[63] He and his second wife, Annie, appear in the 1930 census of Saint Cloud Tp., Stearns Co., Minnesota, in which his occupation is given as “none” (he being presumably retired).[64] Three known children, all born in Minnesota and all unmarried at the time, were living with them:
    1. Florence Catherine O’Keefe, born 27 March 1905 in Minnesota, died 6 December 1971 at Freeborn, Minnesota. She was a sales-lady in a department store in 1930. She married Arnold Benedict Vorpahl, born 23 June 1901 in Minnesota, died 20 September 1973 at Albert Lea, Freeborn, Minnesota. They had issue.[65]
    2. Gen…. [illegible] O’Keefe (daughter), born ca. 1907-08, a finisher in a laundry in 1930.
    3. Sheridan O’Keefe, born ca. 1911-12, a garage laborer in 1930. He is very likely the one of this name who was born 13 October 1911, and died in June 1986 at Minneapolis.[66]
  5. Alice Reagan, born 1873-74 in Minnesota. She was a member of her parents’ household in 1880 but not in 1900. She married Bill Wood, but it is not clear whether this was in the U.S. or Canada. We cannot find anyone of this description in the 1900 census of Minnesota.
  6. 4Patrick Reagan, Jr., born 20 December 1876 in Minnesota.
  7. 5William John Reagan (twin to Elizabeth), born 23 June 1877 in Minnesota.
  8. Elizabeth (“Lisa”) Reagan (twin to William), born 1878-79 in Minnesota, died 1947.[67] She married (possibly by 1900, when she was no longer a member of her parents’ household) Michael Mahoney, born 1863, died 1948.[68] It is not clear whether this was in the U.S. or Canada. We cannot find this couple in the 1900 or 1910 censuses of Minnesota.
  9. 6Christopher Reagan, born 5 August 1880 at Eden Valley.
  10. Katherine (“Katie”) Reagan, born 12 April 1884 in Manannah, Minnesota (per her petition for U.S. citizenship[69]), alive in 1952. She came to Canada with her parents, and married 20 July 1909 at Sturgis, Saskatchewan (per her petition for citizenship), Leo Francis Martell,[70] born 10 March 1880 at Clyde, Wisconsin (per his wife’s petition for citizenship), died in 1934.[71] They are found in the Mackenzie district of Saskatchewan in the 1911 census, in which they were enumerated next door to a Bert Martell, who was only slightly older than Leo.[72] According to her petition for U.S. citizenship, which was granted on 19 November 1935, she and her by then deceased husband entered the U.S. on 31 December 1922 on the Canadian Pacific Railway, travelling from Buchanan, Saskatchewan, to Eastport, Idaho. However, they later moved (as did many of her family) to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They are enumerated on Lakeside Avenue in the 1930 census; he is called a “labour[er] [in] woods.”[73] The widowed Katherine Martell was living at 1321 Lakeside Avenue when she petitioned for U.S. citizenship on 25 August 1935. A city directory for 1936-37 lists “Mrs. Catherine Martell (wid. Leo F.), 1321 Lakeside Ave.”[74] Similar listings appear in later directories through 1952.[75] In 1949, the only year for which an occupation is mentioned, she is described as an employee of New Home Hospital. Known issue (dates and places of birth from her petition for U.S. citizenship):
    1. Catherine Leona Martell (called Katherine Leona in her mother’s peititon for citizenship), born 13 September 1912 at Sturgis. She married 5 April 1934 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[76] Clarence Vedder and daughter Darlene, 1938 Clarence Vedder, born 6 Arpil 1903 in Wisconsin, son of Edgar Vedder and Friedelena “Ella” Herbst, who moved to Coeur d’Alene from Wisconsin about 1907.[77] They are found at Coeur d’Alene in the 1940 census. See the photograph of him at right with his daughter Darlene, from the Spokane Daily Chronicle, 26 February 1938, p. 5, col. 4. Known issue:
      1. Darlene M. Vedder,[78] born 29 May 1936 at Los Angeles, California (per death notice), died 10 January 2014 at Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, with her cremated ashes being scattered near Lake Coeur d’Alene.[79] She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1954. She married (1) 30 October 1956 in the church St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[80] (marriage annulled 29 April 1976), Donald B. Moorman, son of Henry Moorman and Mary M. Beste. They lived at Coeur d’Alene. She married (2) 24 November 1966 (?) at the Hitchin’ Post, Coeur d’Alene, ndrew Wright. They lived at Connell, Washington. Her death notice reads in part: “Darlene Moorman, 83, of Interlachen, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center following a short illness. A native of Los Angeles, CA, she resided in Interlachen since 1991 coming from Palm Dale, CA. Darlene worked 28 years as a social worker with Los Angeles County. She had also been involved with the Republican Club in Interlachen in years past. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim [sic] Moorman and a cousin, Ralph Carroll. She is survived by two sons, Michael Moorman of Interlachen and Tom Moorman and wife Monica of Reseda, CA, a sister-in-law, Chery Moorman of Interlachen, 2 grandsons, Eric and Evan Moorman and cousins, Jim & Shirley Carrol of Florida and Vivian Dominique, Virginia Ellerblock, Wilma Box and Mahlin Carroll, all of Ohio.”[81]
      2. Colleen Delores Vedder, born 27 July 1937. She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1955.[82] She married ____ Fitzgerald, and was living in Spokane in 2014.
      3. Anna Marie Vedder, born 23 December 1942 at Coeur d’Alene. She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1960.[83] She married (1) ____ Borek. She married (2) (as his second wife) in 1972, Arnold “Red” Halpern, born 3 September 1924 at Brooklyn, New York, died 3 October 2003 at Kootenai Medical Center, widower of Ruth Irene Gisvold, and son of Morris and Rose (____) Halpern.[84] He graduated from HS in Hutchinson MN, and held a BS degree in physical education from the University of Minnesota. He served two years in the Army. He was survived by a son Mike, but it is not known which of his wives was this son’s mother.
      4. Clarence Vedder, Jr., born 23 December 1949 at Coeur d’Alene He attended the IHM Academy for at least eight years (1955-1964), but did not graduate from there.[85] He married Dawn ____, and was living at Cheney in 2014.
    2. Gerard “Jerry” Joseph Martell, born 7 January 1914 at Sturgis, Saskatchewan, died 17 June 1988 at Hemet, Riverside County, California.Entry for Gerard Martell on the IHM Academy website, at http://ihmacademy.com/1933.html#martell, with additional information from his grandson, Todd Martell. He was a graduate of the IHM Academy, Coeur D’Alene, in the class of 1933. He was still living in the same household as his mother about 1936, as a Coeur D’Alene city directory for 1936-37 lists “Gerard J. Martell, lab., 1321 Lakeside Ave.”[86] But in 1938 he is listed with his wife at 607 Front Avenue, his occupation being given as a laborer for the Ohio Match Company.[87] In 1940 they were living at Apt. 11, 623 Military Drive.[88] He does not appear in the city directory of 1947. He married 6 September 1937 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[89] Dorothy Elma Stratton, born 26 July 1917 at Craigmont, Idaho, died in January 1989 at the home of her son Jerry at Highland, Maryland, with her remains being cremated at Hemet, California, daughter of William and Mellie (Hensley) Stratton. His grandson, Todd Martell, informs us that Jerry Martell worked in Kellogg, Idaho area until he retired and moved to Southern California. They had two children:
      1. Jerry Lynn Martell, of Highland, Maryland, father of Todd Martell.
      2. Judy Martell, a dental hygienist, who died in her thirties from breast cancer. She married Alan Mallow, deceased. They lived at Ontario, California. They had two daughters, Dena and Kari, both of whom are married and living in Southern California.
    3. Mary Gertrude Martell, born 24 October 1915 at Sturgis, where she was residing at the time of her marriage. She married 22 January 1938 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[90] Weaver Cotton, born 29 May 1912, possibly at Kellogg, Idaho, where he was residing at the time of his marriage, son of Archie Cotton and Pearl Nearing. A newspaper announcement of their wedding reads:
      Miss Gertrude Martell of Coeur d’Alene and Weaver Cotton of Kellogg were married Saturday at Coeur d’Alene. Mr. Cotton is the son of Mrs. Pearl McKinnis. He is a graduate of the Kelloff high school and is employed by the Bunker Hill. They will make their home in Kellogg.[91]
    4. Alice Adeline Martell, born 26 December 1921 at Sturgis (not in Kansas as has sometimes been stated), died 13 April 1981, and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur D’Alene. She was a graduate of the IHM Academy, Coeur D’Alene, in the class of 1938. She married (1) 1943, Thomas S. Wilson, born 1916, died 1956. She married (2) in 1966, Lyle G. Pitner, born 1918, died 1983.[92]

Christopher Reagan and Helen Healey and family

3. Thomas Peter Reagan, of Sturgis, son of Patrick John Reagan, of Eden Valley, Minnesota, and of Sturgis, by the latter’s wife Catherine Heaney, is said to have been born 6 January 1866 at Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario (although in all the extant censuses of Minnesota he is said to have been born in that state), and died 10 February 1952, aged over 86 years. He married in 1896-97 in Eden Valley, Minnesota, Bridget Madden, born 29 September 1879 in Minnesota of Irish-born parents, died in early 1935, and buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sturgis, sister of his brother William’s wife Mary Elizabeth, and daughter of John Madden, Jr., by his wife Margaret Dillon.[93] They are found with their first child in the 1900 census of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, in a household probably very close to that of his parents.[94] In 1903, they went with the rest of his family to Saskatchewan, his homestead being NW 14-34-4-W2, four miles east of Sturgis; the application calls him Thomas Patrick Reagan, which does not agree with family records. The 1906 census calls him “Thomas P. Reagan,” so does not settle the question.[95] They are also found there in the 1911 census.[96] Thomas P. Reagan, along with his brother Christopher and two other members of the Reagan family, was one of the ten founders of the Sturgis Credit Union in 1939.[97] His granddaughter, Caroline (Reagan) Wilde, daughter of his son Robert, says that he never entered a hospital until the month before his death at the age of 86. Issue:

  1. Patrick Reagan, born 1898 at Eden Valley, drowned 1913 in May Lake, Saskatchewan.
  2. John Reagan, born 1900 at Eden Valley, died 1944 of lukemia. He married (as her first husband) in 1930, Ilene Berry, born 13 October 1905, living 1988, daughter of Fred and Alice (____) Berry, of Devil’s Lake, near Sturgis, Saskatchewan, formerly of Huddersfield, Yorkshire; she married secondly, John Kalenchuk, and had further issue. John Reagan and his wife lived on a farm northeast of Sturgis, and she moved to Sturgis after his death. They had two daughters: Doreen Reagan, who married Ray Wood; and Evelyn Reagan (d. 20 November 1986), who married ____ Carr.[98]
  3. Margaret Reagan, born 28 February 1902 at Eden Valley, died 1997. She married 1926, Herbert Desroches, of Stenen, and had seven children.[99] Their daughter, Yvonne (Desroches) Hawkins, contributed much of the information appearing here.
  4. George Reagan, born probably in 1903 (aged 3 in 1906 census), either died young, or else the son George said to have been born 1907 is misdated in family records.
  5. Leo Thomas Francis Reagan, born 29 August 1904 near Sturgis, died 28 February or 1 March 1971. He married Anne Homeniuk, died 1965. They had six children,[100] including Gary Reagan, whose wife, Janice (née Starling), contributed some of the information appearing here.
  6. George Reagan, said to have been born 1907 (but see above), died 1922 of complications arising after a fall from a horse.
  7. Katherine (“Katie”) Reagan, born 1909, died 1982. She married 16 January 1934 at Sturgis, Alois (“Al”) Hauber, who came from Munich, Germany, in 1928, and they had two children.[101] Katie Hauber was one of the charter members of the Sturgis Council of the Catholic Women’s League in 1949, and appears in a group photograph thereof taken at the time; she served as its President from 1969 to 1970.[102]
  8. Robert Reagan, born 22 November 1912 near Sturgis, died 1987. He married 18 July 1939 in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Sturgis, Bertha Lande, born 29 June 1915 at Moose Jaw. They had nine children.[103]

4. Patrick Reagan, Jr., son of Patrick John Reagan, of Eden Valley, Minnesota, and of Sturgis, by the latter’s wife Catherine Heaney, was born 20 December 1876 in Minnesota, and died 17 September 1951 at Hawthorne, California. He married about 1899 (in 1900 he is recorded as having been married for one year), presumably at or near Eden Valley, Julia Etta O’Brien, born 31 August 1881 in Minnesota, died 29 March 1946, daughter of Cornelius O’Brien and Mary Mullins or Mullens.[104] He and his wife are found in his parents’ household at Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, in 1900.[105] In 1903, they went with the rest of his family to Saskatchewan, and his father made application for land for him at SE 24-34-4-W2, on 4 November 1903. Patrick and his family are found at 24-34-4-W2 in the 1906 census, which shows their livestock as consisting of 3 horses, 2 milk-cows, 2 other cows, and 8 hogs.[106] They are also found there in the 1911 census.[107] In 1923 he left Saskatchewan and moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he lived at 722 Wallace Avenue. His children Cornelius, Ignatius, Juliette, and Loretta attended the IHM Academy from January 1924 to December 1925, and are recorded as having “moved to California, December 23, 1925.”[108] He is found in the 1930 census of Hawthorne City, Long Beach Tp., Los Angeles Co., which calls him a loader in a chair factory.[109] Issue:[110]

  1. Beatrice Reagan, born 25 August 1901 at Eden Valley, died 6 January 1878 at Mount Vernon, Washington. She married Joseph L. Chase, born 9 June 1897 in Iowa, died 17 December 1992; according to the 1930 census his parents were both born in Iowa also. He was a brother of her sister Mary’s husband. In 1930 they were living at Inglewood City, Los Angeles County, California, in the same household as her sister Mary and the latter’s husband; at the time he was a salesman at an oil station.[111] In 1946 they were living at Burlington, Skagit Co., Washington. Known issue:[112]
    1. Marie Lenaya Chase, born 7 December 1925 in Siskiyou Co., California.
    2. Gordon Wilfred Chase, born 14 February 1927 in Siskiyou Co., California.
  2. 7Edward Glenn Reagan, born 22 November 1902 at Eden Valley.
  3. Raymond Patrick Reagan, born 21 April 1904 at Sturgis, Saskatchewan,[113] died 13 August 1993 at Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He married ca. 1923 (as when he was then 19 and she 16) at Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai Co., Idaho, Hope Martha Griffie, born 17 June 1908 in Iowa, died 3 January 1991; according to the 1930 census her father was born in Kentucky and her mother in Iowa. At the taking of the 1930 census they were living at Inglewood City, Los Angeles County, California, and Raymond was a laborer in an oil field.[114] Known issue (besides a daughter who died “soon after birth”:[115]
    1. Duane Raymond Reagan, born 30 April 1928 in Los Angeles Co., California.
    2. Burton Ronald Reagan, born 9 March 1934 in Los Angeles Co., living at Palos Verdes, California (2003). He married Mary JoAnne (“Joan”) Cronin, of Youngstown, Ohio. They have two sons:[116]
      1. Michael Brian Reagan (twin), died “shortly after birth.”
      2. Sean Raymond Reagan (twin), now (2003) of Spokane, Washington. Issue:
        1. Michael Patrick Reagan.
        2. Liam Thomas Reagan
        3. Connor Seamus Reagan
        4. Aidan Bryan Reagan, born 20 February 2005.
        5. Evelyn Patricia Reagan, born 14 August 2006.
  4. Catherine (“Kate”) Anastasia Reagan, born 26 February 1906 at Sturgis, died November 1979 at Burlington, Skagit Co., Washington. She married 25 July 1926 at McCloud, Siskiyou Co., California, Marcel Rochefort, born ca. 1900-01 in Minnesota, living 1930; according to the 1930 census his parents were both born in French Canada (presumably Québec). They were enumerated close to her parents in the 1930 census of Hawthorne City, which calls her husband a mechanic in a creamery.[117] In 1946 they were living near Burlington, Skagit Co., Washington. Known issue:[118]
    1. Robert Aloysius Rochefort, born 13 November 1926 in Siskiyou Co., California; presumably died young as he is not found with his parents in the 1930 census.
    2. Betty June Rochefort, born 28 June 1928 in Siskiyou Co.
    3. Marcel Rochefort, Jr., born 27 January 1930 in Los Angeles Co., California.
    4. Alice Loretta Rochefort, born 25 August 1932 in Los Angeles Co.
  5. Mary Frances Reagan, born 15 January 1909 (month and year supported by 1911 census) at Sturgis, died 17 October 1974 at Mount Vernon, Washington. She married 4 April 1926 at Redding, Shasta Co., California (?), Claude William Chase, born 28 November 1903 in Minnesota, died 8 October 1990; according to the 1930 census his parents were both born in Iowa. He was a brother of her sister Beatrice’s husband. In 1930 they were living at Inglewood City, Los Angeles County, California, in the same household as her sister Beatrice and the latter’s husband; at the time he was (like his brother) a salesman at an oil station.[119] In 1946 they were living near Burlington, Skagit Co., Washington. Only known child:[120]
    1. Clyde Emmet Chase, born 10 January 1928 in Los Angeles Co., California.
  6. Cornelius (“Neilly”) Reagan, born 23 March 1911 at Sturgis, died March 1969 at Hawthorne, California. He attended the IHM Academy, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from 1923 to 1926.[121] He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1930, when he was a factory-worker. He married ca. 1936,________.
  7. Ignatius Reagan, born 28 April 1913 at Sturgis, died 30 June 1971 at Los Angeles or at San Diego, California. He attended the IHM Academy from 1923 to 1926.[122] He was still living with his parents in 1930. married 19— at Inglewood, California, Leona Theresa Totta. Known issue (all born in Los Angeles Co., California):[123]
    1. Patrick Anthony Reagan, born 1 May 1936.
    2. Donald Gene Reagan, born 30 September 1938.
    3. Robert Neal Reagan, born 15 February 1944.
    4. Jolene Marie Reagan, born 30 December 1955.
  8. Juliette (“Etta”) Reagan, born 7 August 1914 at Sturgis, living 3 July 2004.[124] She attended the IHM Academy from 1923 to 1926.[125] She married 4 March 1935 at Sawtelle, Los Angeles Co., California, Herbert Wilson. Issue:
    1. Charlene Marie Scott, born 21 December 1938; married 8 April 1961, Paul Scott. Issue:
      1. Jennifer Marie Scott born 21 July 1963.
      2. Steffanie Diane Scott, born 17 October 1969; married 30 March 1996, Gary Lynn Edwards. She is our informant for our record of her grandmother’s descendants. Issue:
        1. Cameron Wilcott Edwards, born 8 April 1997.
        2. Coleman Michael Edwards, born 22 October 2001.
    2. James Jay Wilson, born 9 July 1943. He married (1) ________. He married (2) 22 December 1984, Louise Joan Corriou. By his first wife he has two children:
      1. Ian James Wilson, born 24 March 1977.
      2. Michelle Lovanna Wilson, born 12 December 1980.
  9. Aloysius Reagan, died in infancy in 1917.
  10. Loretta Marie Reagan, born 16 January 1917 at Sturgis, died 13 December 1991 at Garden Grove, Orange Co., California.[126] She attended the IHM Academy from 1923 to 1926.[127] She married 21 February 1935 at Hawthorne, California, Chester J. Lickteig, born 3 June 1914 in California, died 15 March 1973 in Orange Co., California.[128] Known issue (all born in Los Angeles County):[129]
    1. Barbara Ann Lickteig, born 9 May 1936.
    2. Lenaya Mae Lickteig, born 4 April 1939, died unmarried 22 June 1955 in Los Angeles Co., California.[130]
    3. Josephine Loretta Lickteig, born 13 June 1941.
    4. Thomas Charles Lickteig, born 28 May 1943.
    5. Patricia Catherine Lickteig, born 24 November 1944.
  11. Thomas Reagan, born 18 May 1921 at Sturgis, died 28 September 1965 at Hawthorne, California. He married (1) in April 1947, Eva Ramsey. He married (2) Dolores Johns. Known issue (both born in Los Angeles Co., California):[131]
    1. Dennis Neal Reagan, born 10 November 1949.
    2. Julia Ann Reagan, born 9 September 1952.

5. William John Reagan, of Sturgis, son of Patrick John Reagan, of Eden Valley, Minnesota, and of Sturgis, by the latter’s wife Catherine Heaney, was born probably 23 June 1877 (though his wife’s petition for naturalization says 25 June 1878[132]) in Minnesota, and died probably on 4 October 1935 at Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai Co., Idaho, aged 58 years[133] and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene.[134] He was living unmarried with his parents at Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, in 1900. He married 27 September or November 1901 at Brainerd, Minnesota,[135] Mary Elizabeth Madden, born 23 March 1885 at Litchfield, Minnesota,[136] died 18 January 1970 at Kootenai Memorial Hospital, Coeur d’Alene,[137] and buried with her husband, sister of his brother Thomas’s wife Bridget, and daughter of John Madden, Jr., by his wife Margaret Dillon. In 1903, they went with the rest of his family to Saskatchewan, his homestead being NW-22-34-4-W2. As “Willie J. Reagan” he is shown there on the Scandinavian Canadian Land Co. map of about 1907 (?). They are found at 22-34-4-W2 in the 1906 census, which shows their livestock as consisting of 2 horses, 2 milk-cows, one other cow, and 4 hogs.[138] They are also found there in the 1911 census.[139] Later, in 1924, they went to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where at least seven of their children were schooled at IHM Academy.[140] Under the name “Reagen” this family was enumerated there at 801 Lakeside Avenue (a rental property) in the 1930 census, in which William is called a laborer in the wood industry.[141] At the time of his death he was a night watchman, residing at 905 Garden Street, Coeur d’Alene. His widow Mary, who evidently acquired Canadian citizenship while they were living there, applied for naturalization as a U.S. citizen on 24 February 1936, in which she renounces her allegiance to the British empire. A death notice for her reads, in part:

Mrs. Reagan, 84, who lived at 821 Coeur d’Alene Ave., died Jan. 18, 1970 … after an illness of seven weeks. Reciting the Mass will be the Rev. Benedict J. Reagan, C.Ss.R. [Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris], a son of Mrs. Reagan, and the Rev. Timothy Reagan, a grandson. Mrs Reagan … moved here from Saskatchewan, Canada. Mrs. Reagan was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and St. Thomas Altar Society.
    Survivors are five sons, the Rev. Benedict J. Regan, C.Ss.R., San Leandro, Calif., Thomas, Lawrence, and William A. Reagan, Coeur d’Alene, and Patrick J. Reagan, Seattle; four daughters, Mrs. Alice Reinhardt, Seattle, Miss Agnes Reagan, Spokane, Mrs. Warren E. Thorpe (Gertrude), Bellevue, Wash.; and Mrs. Richard Clements (Theresa), Boise; two sisters, Mrs. V.M. McKinnon (Helena) and Mrs. John Dahl, Tacoma; 30 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. One son and two daughters preceded Mrs. Reagan in death.[142]
They had the following issue, the first eleven of whom were born at Sturgis:[143]

  1. Angus William Reagan (called William Angus in the 1911 census), born in February 1902 (according to the 1911 census), died (unmarried?) 23 March 1925, aged 22 years,[144] and buried 27 March following in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene.
  2. Lucille Mary Reagan (called Mary Lucille Reagan in 1911), born 6 April 1903 at Manannah, Minnesota, died 16 February 1962, and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene, but her second husband does not appear to be buried with her. She married (1) (as his second wife) by 1929 (marriage ended some time in 1936-1938), Harry E. Boesche, born 25 August 1902 in Kansas, died 29 March 1991, probably at Spokane, Washington,[145] son of Herman P. Boesche and Margaret Koehl (per record of first marriage). They are found at Spokane in city directories of 1929 through 1936, and in the 1930 census. He had previously been married (1) on 15 February 1925 to Helen B. Fenton,[146] and he subsequently married (3) 12 June 1938 at Newport, Pend Oreille County, Washington,[147] Myrtle J. Shipman, whose prior marital status is not stated in the version of the record presently available. Lucille married (2) 4 April 1938 at Thurston, Washington, Purcell Leo Guise, born 17 September 1902, died July 1982, probably at Santa Rosa, California.[148] Lucille’ brief death notice reads: “Lucille M. Guise, of Hoodsport, Washington. Beloved wife of Purcell Leo Guise. Mother of Harry R. Boesche. Son [i.e. daughter] of Mrs. Mary Reagan. Sister of Mrs. Alice Reinhardt, Mrs. W. E. Thorpe, Mrs. Richard Clements, Patrick J., Thomas, Lawrence, William, Agnes, and Rev. B. J. Reagan, C.S.S.R. Remains will be sent to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for services.”[149] Lucille was mother, by her first husband, of:
    1. Harry Richard Boesche, born 6 March 1932 at Spokane, died 6 December 1997.[150] In 1952 and 1954 he was living with his father and stepmother (Myrtle) at W824 Jackson Avenue, Spokane, and he was employed by the U.S. Navy.[151] He is still listed them at the same address in 1956 and 1957, but was then a student.[152] He married 22 May 1970 at Las Vegas,[153] Judith A. Walker, born 8 October 1940. At the time of their marriage both were resident in Virginia. As Harry R. Boesche Jr., born 6 March 1932, and Judith A. Boesche, born 8 October 1940, they are found at 26624 Manchester Avenue, Kent County, Washington, in 1992.[154]
  3. Alice Reagan, baptized 8 October 1905 at Sturgis, Saskatchewan,[155] died 11 June 1976 at Seattle, Washington,[156] and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene. She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1926,[157] and was still living unmarried with her parents in 1930, when she was a stenographer in an insurance office. She subsequently married by Jan. 1970, ____ Reinhardt, but no husband is buried with her. Her death notice describes her as “Beloved sister of Miss Agnes Reagan, Thomas L., Lawrence G., [and] William A. Reagan, all of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Mrs. Richard (Theresa) Clements, Boise; Mrs. Warren (Gertrude) Thorpe, Bellevue; Rev. Benedict Reagan, C.Ss. R., Portland, and Patrick J. Reagan, Seattle.”
  4. Thomas Leo Reagan, of Coeur d’Alene in 1979, born 10 April 1907 (per his mother’s petition for naturalization) or 1908 at Sturgis, still alive in June 1976 (as he outlived his sister Alice). He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1930, when he was (like his father) a laborer in the wood industry. He married 24 August 1930 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[158] Mary Drumheller, daughter of Charles Drumheller and Mabel Brown. As Thomas L. Reagan, millworker, he is listed with wife Mary at 805 N 16th Street, Coeur d’Alene, in a 1947 directory.[159] Thus we can be sure he is the Thomas Reagan, wife not named, listed at that address in the 1946 School Census (taken to identify children of school-age).[160] He was of Lewiston at the death of his brother William in 1990. Children of school-age in 1946:

    1. Thomas Reagan, Jr., born 3 August 1930. He attended the IHM Academy from 1936 to 1944.
    2. Ronald Reagan, born 15 August 1933. He attended the IHM Academy from 1939 to 1944; the record gives his date of birth as 15 Feb. 1933.
    3. William Reagan, born 2 September 1936. He attended the IHM Academy from 1939 to 1944; the record gives his date of birth as 9 Feb., reversing the numerical values of the day and the month.
    4. Robert Reagan, born 18 August 1937. He attended the IHM Academy from 1945 to 1948.
    5. Jerry Reagan, born 2 February 1939. He attended the IHM Academy for one year, in 1946-1947; the record gives his name as Garry Reagan and his date of birth as 2 February 1938.
    6. Lanny Reagan, born 30 May 1940. She attended the IHM Academy for one year, in 1946-1947.
  5. Margaret Florence Reagan, born 28 January 1910 at Sturgis, died 23 June 1958,[161] and buried 27 June following in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene. She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1928,[162] and was still living unmarried with her parents in 1930, when she was a typist for a telephone company. She subsequently married ____ Johnstone (his name appears both in her death record and on her tombstone), but no husband is buried with her.
  6. Agnes M. Reagan, born 4 November 1912 at Sturgis, died (unmarried) in November 1985 at Coeur d’Alene, and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle.[163] She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1930, and was still living with her parents at the taking of the 1930 census. She was still of Coeur d’Alene at the death of her sister Alice in June 1976. She worked for the Shell Oil Company.
  7. Patrick John Reagan, of Seattle, Washington in 1979, born 1 December 1914 at Sturgis, baptized 17 March 1920 at Sturgis,[164] died 1990. He was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1932. He attended the IHM Academy from 1924 to 1928, at least. He married 15 June 1940 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[165] Henny Ferguson, born 30 December 1915 at Anthony, Kansas, daughter of Richard Ferguson and Goldie Jumper. The marriage witnesses were Edward McMahon and Veronica Healy. They were living at Seattle at the death of his sister Alice in June 1976. They have a son, Kevin Peter Reagan, who married Rebecca Osborn.[166]
  8. Lawrence G. Reagan, born 14 February 1917 at Sturgis, baptized 19 February following, died 18 February 1979 at Kootenai Memorial Hospital, Coeur d’Alene,[167] and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene. He attended the IHM Academy from 1924 to 1931, at least. He married 16 July 1955 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[168] Dorothy Mcafee, daughter of William Mcafee and Ina Mclaughlin. At the time of their marriage both parties were of Coeur d’Alene; the witnesses were William Reagan and Margaret Johnston, and the ceremony was performed by the groom’s brother, Benedict Reagan, C.Ss.R. A death notice reads, in part: “Lawrence G. Reagan, 62, 1611 Boyd Ave. … came to Coeur d’Alene at the age of six. His schooling was in Coeur d’Alene and he subsequently worked for the State Highway Department. During World War II, he served in the Army for four years. He then returned to Coeur d’Alene where he … worked for the highway department for the past 44 years. He was the maintenance superintendent at the time of his retirement on February 14, 1979.”[169] Issue (order uncertain):
    1. Rob Reagan, of Coeur d’Alene at his father’s death in 1979.
    2. Margaret Reagan, unmarried and of Coeur d’Alene at her father’s death in 1979.
    3. Melina Reagan, unmarried and of Boise, Idaho, at her father’s death in 1979.
    4. Pamela S. Reagan, baptized 5 August 1956 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene.[170] She married 15 October 1977 in the same church,[171] Robert A. Gregg, son of Paul Gregg andMary Jo Kotalski. At the time of their marriage both parties were of Coeur d’Alene; the witnesses were Jerry Streeter and Margaret Reagan, and the ceremony was performed by the bride’s uncle, Benedict Reagan, C.Ss.R. They were still of Coeur d’Alene at her father’s death in 1979.
  9. Theresa F. Reagan, born 10 March 1919 at Sturgis, baptized 23 March following at St. Patrick’s church, Sturgin,[172] died 1 December 2000 at Boise, Idaho.[173] She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1937. She married 26 April 1958 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene,[174] Richard Clements, Jr., son of Richard Clements Sr. and Hazel Tippon. At the time of their marriage both parties were residing at Boise, Idaho; the witnesses were Robt. Zimmermann and Marie Zimmerman, and the ceremony was performed by the bride’s brother, Benedict Reagan, C.Ss.R. They were also of Boise, Idaho, at the death of her sister Alice in 1976, at that of her brother Lawrence in 1979, and at that her brother William in 1990.
  10. Gertrude M. Reagan, born 21 [?] April 1921 at Sturgis, died in November 1986.[175] She was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1938. She married 22 July 1944 at Seattle, Washington, Warren E. Thorpe. They were of Bellevue, Washington, at the time of her mother’s death in 1970, and at the death of her sister Alice in 1976.
  11. The Rev. Benedict (“Ben”) J. Reagan, C.Ss.R. [Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris], born 9 October 1923 at Sturgis, ordained 29 June 1950 (according to his tombstone), died 12 September 1984 in Multnomah Co., Oregon,[176] and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene. Benedict Reagan performed the marriage ceremonies of his sister Theresa, uncle Lawrence Reagan, and niece Pamela Reagan. He was of San Leandro, California, at the time of his mother’s death in 1970, of Portland at the death of his sister Alice in 1976, and of Great Falls, Montana, at the death of his brother Lawrence in 1979.
  12. (perhaps) Gwendolyn Reagan, died in infancy 24 September 1925,[177] and buried 26 September following in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene. However, this would raise the count of daughters who predeceased Mary Elizabeth (Madden) Reagan to three, while the latter’s death notice only accounts for two. Her death record does not state her parentage.
  13. William A. Reagan, of Coeur d’Alene, born 7 December 1926 at Coeur d’Alene,[178] died 27 May 1990, and buried in the churchyard of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene.[179] He was a graduate of the IHM Academy in the class of 1944. He married 28 December 1953, Jean Bales, who survived him. They had retired to Hayden Lake by the death of his sister Agnes in 1985. His death notice reads, in part:
    William A. (“Bill”) Reagan … died Sunday evening at his Hayden Lake home after a year’s illness with cancer. He was 63. Born in Coeur d’Alene, he graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and the University of Idaho…. During the Korean War, he was called to active duty with the 149th Idaho National Guard Unit. After his service, he earned his law degree from Gonzaga University Law School.
        A lifetime Coeur d’Alene resident, Mr. Reagan began his law practice with William Hawkins and Eugene Miller. He then served two terms as Kootenai County prosecuting attorney before returning to private practice and specializing in corporate law.
        With Robert G. Templin and the late Joseph Haeger Jr., Mr. Reagan was a co-founder of Wester Frontiers about 30 years ago. They build the original North Shore Motel on the downtown lakefront where The Coeur d’Alene Resort is now located. The North Shore was sold … in 1983.[180]
    Issue:
    1. Kathy A. Reagan, born June 1955, a graduate of IHM Academy in the class of 1973. She married by 1990, Russell Larson; they were of Coeur d’Alene at her father’s death.
    2. Michael E. Reagan, born November 1956, of Coeur d’Alene at his father’s death.
    3. Mary B. Reagan (twin to Nancy), born March 1958. She married by 1990, Kevin Kerr, and they were of Anchorage, Alaska, at her father’s death.
    4. Nancy Reagan (twin to Mary), born March 1958; unmarried and of Bellevue, Washington, at her father’s death.
    5. William T. Reagan, born June 1959, of Coeur d’Alene at his father’s death.
    6. Patrick Reagan, of Coeur d’Alene at his father’s death.
    7. Amy L. Reagan, born September 1960, unmarried and of Coeur d’Alene at her father’s death.
    8. Polly L. Reagan, born August 1964; married by 1990, Joe B. Stansell, born September 1961. They were of San Diego, California, at her father’s death, and have also lived at Redmond, Washington.

6. Christopher Lawrence Reagan, of Sturgis, Saskatchewan, son of Patrick John Reagan, of Eden Valley, Minnesota, and of Sturgis, by the latter’s wife Catherine Heaney, was born 5 August 1880 at Eden Valley, died 1 November 1961 at Sturgis, aged 81 years, and was buried with his wife. Christopher Reagan accompanied his parents to Saskatchewan in 1903. Duplicate and conflicting entries for him in the census taken in the summer of 1906 show him either still living with his parents, or else, more probably, as the head of his own household at 24-34-4-W2.[181] Christopher Lawrence Reagan and Helen Healy He married 19 January 1909 in the Roman Catholic Church, Sturgis, Helen Healy, born 4 March 1891 at or near Ardoch, Walsh County, North Dakota, died 16 November 1951 at or near Sturgis, aged 60 years, and buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery on the hill overlooking Sturgis, daughter of John J. Healy, of Sturgis, by his wife Elizabeth E. McCann. Christopher Reagan was living near Sturgis, Saskatchewan, by 18 December 1907, when he was patented the 160 acres of the northeast quarter of section 24, township 34, range 4 of the second meridian west of the Principal Meridian, this land being about 6 miles west of the town.[182] The name of “C. Reagan” appears on this lot on the Scandinavian Canadian Land Co., mentioned above. Christopher and his family are in the 1911 census.[183] Christopher Reagan, along with his brother Thomas P. Reagan and two other members of the Reagan family, was one of the ten founders of the Sturgis Credit Union in 1939.[184] Helen (Healy) Reagan and her daughters “Van” (Reagan) Reed and Alma (Reagan) Lubiniecki were charter members of the Sturgis Council of the Catholic Women’s League in 1949, and appear in the group photograph thereof taken at the time, which has already been mentioned above under the account of Helen’s niece-by-marriage, Katie (Reagan) Hauber.[185] A photograph of Christopher and Helen (Healy) Reagan, taken in 1950, is reproduced in Harvest of Memories, p. 665. Issue:

  1. Gerald Joseph Reagan, born 5 July 1909, died 24 March 1970.
  2. Bernard Arthur Reagan, born 5 December 1910, died 29 September 1977. He is believed to have lived at Flin Flon, Manitoba. A son, Doug Reagan, married Leona Bedrich, and is of Saskatoon; their eldest child is Terri Reagan, of Calgary, Alberta in 2002.[186]
  3. Mary Evangeline (“Van”) Reagan, born 18 May 1912 at Sturgis, died 13 January 1968 at Los Angeles, California, of complications following heart surgery. She took a Registered Nursing Degree at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and afterward went to work in the U.S. She was a charter member of the Sturgis Council of the Catholic Women’s League in 1949.[187] She married Allen Reed, born August 1907 at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, died December 1945 at Clevland, Ohio. After her husband’s death Van returned to Sturgis to be near her family, and nursed at the Preeceville Hospital until 1960. Due to poor health, she moved with her sons to Hawthorne, California. Harvest of Memories, pp. 665-6, lists their four children, and notes that they have eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
  4. Helen Lorraine Reagan, born 10 October 1913; married Elmer Olson, born 1913, died by 2000, and they had five children:[188]
    1. Glen Olson.
    2. Mary-Boniface Olson.
    3. Ladonna-Rose Olson.
    4. Lance Olson, died by 2000.
    5. Christopher Olson.
  5. Alma Cecilia Reagan, born 14 July 1915, died 21 September 1980. According to Harvest of Memories, pp. 518-19, “She was educated ar Mannanah and Sturgis schools until Grade 8. She then worked at home and farms in the area.” Leo James Lubiniecki and Alma Cecilia Reagan and family Alma was a charter member of the Sturgis Council of the Catholic Women’s League in 1949, and served as its President from 1959 to 1961 and from 1971 to 1973.[189] She married 17 October 1936 in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Sturgis, Leo James Lubiniecki, born 1908 at Dauphin, Manitoba, died 1976 at Sturgis, Principal of the high school at Sturgis, son of Julian Lubiniecki, also of Sturgis.[190] Alma and Leo are buried in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, in the north part of the town. They have five children, for whom see the LUBINIECKI page. They were the grandparents of the present compiler.
  6. James Lawrence Reagan, born 11 January 1917. He is believed to have lived at Flin Flon, Manitoba.
  7. Eileen Elizabeth Reagan, born 7 October 1918; married ____ Lennox.
  8. Patricia Rose Reagan, born 9 January 1921, died 20 July 1983; she married ____ Schiefle.
  9. John Leonard Reagan, born 29 July 1922, living 2000.
  10. Jean Francis Reagan, born 1 August 1924, living 2000. She worked at Kamsack, and at Flin Flon, Manitoba, for a few years prior to her marriage. She married 1946 in the Roman Catholic Church, Sturgis, Glen Sando, born near Preeceville, died by June 1998 while on holiday at Crystal Lake, near Sturgis, son of Martin Sando by his wife Emma Carlson. Glen became the owner of a coffee shop at Preeceville in 1946. Later he opened Glen’s Clothing Store at Sturgis. In 1963 they returned to Preeceville, where Glen ran the dry-cleaning plant. Finally, in 1968, they moved to Calgary, where Glen worked for Eaton’s and finished his career as the owner of Palliser Insurance. Jean took her C.N.A. training and worked for a number of years. They have five children (for further details of whom see Harvest of Memories).[191]
    1. Gerry Sando.
    2. Greg Sando.
    3. Lynda Sando.
    4. Tammy Sando.
    5. Paul Sando.

7. Edward Glenn Reagan, son of Patrick Reagan, Jr., and Etta O’Brien, was born 22 November 1902 at Eden Valley, and died 12 July 1982 at Hawthorne, California. This is the “Ed Reagan, Dad’s cousin from Hawthorne, California,” who in Harvest of Memories, p. 663, is said to have come to Sturgis every Sports’ Day (a huge summer event in Sturgis). He married 25 May 1925 in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai Co., Idaho,[192] Rose Elizabeth Trotechaud Riley, born 26 October 1899 in Wisconsin, died 3 December 1989, daughter of Joseph Trotechaud and Hildegard Gautsch, and (her parents dying when she was very young) adopted daughter of Matt and Maggie Riley, whose surname she added to her own. The witness at the marriage was Catherine Reagan. In 1930 they were living at Hawthorne City, Los Angeles Co., California, and he was working as an oil worker.[193] Our record of their family was mainly supplied by their granddaughter, Shawn (Reagan) Harrington. Issue (apart from stillborn twin daughters):[194]

  1. Glenn Edward Reagan, born 26 March 1926 in Siskiyou Co., California, died in infancy.
  2. George Richard Reagan, born 15 September 1927 in Los Angeles Co., California, living at Norwood, Massachusetts, in 2010. He married before 1946, Barbara Lu Palmer, born at Topeka, Kansas. They had nine children, all born in Los Angeles Co.:[195]
    1. Richard Thomas Reagan, born 4 February 1946, apparently died young.
    2. Monica Lynn Reagan, born 16 April 1947.
    3. Mark Edward Reagan, born 29 March 1949.
    4. Melinda Rose Reagan, born 28 September 1951. She married ____ Kelly, and they were living at Kensington, Maryland, in June 2011. She is our informant for this family.
    5. Michael George Reagan, born 24 October 1954.
    6. Mary T. Reagan, born 18 November 1956, who died in a car accident as a teenager.
    7. Melissa A. Reagan, born 16 August 1958.
    8. Matthew J. Reagan, born 14 May 1961.
    9. Myles Reagan, born 13 April 1964.
  3. John (“Jack”) Patrick Reagan, born 31 July 1929 in Los Angeles Co., died 28 July 2008 in Los Angeles Co., California. He married ____ Green, and had four children:[196]
    1. Rick Patrick Reagan, born 15 June 1951 in Los Angeles Co.
    2. Shawn LaRee Reagan (female), born 16 November 1955 in Los Angeles Co.; married ____ Harrington.
    3. Casey John Patrick Reagan, Jr., born 15 August 1961 Los Angeles Co.
    4. Riley John Reagan, born 3 March 1968 in Los Angeles Co.
  4. Joseph Ignatius Reagan, of Lawndale, California, born 24 October 1930 in Los Angeles Co., died 28 June 2009 in Los Angeles Co. According to his niece Shawn Harrington, “He never married and had no natural children, but he took a family of boys under his care and considered them his children.”
  5. James Everett Reagan, born 16 September 1933 in Los Angeles Co., died in the early 1980s, hit by a drunk driver when he stopped to help a stranger change a flat tire. He married ____ Devaney, and had three children:[197]
    1. Kathleen M. Reagan, born 14 November 1959 in Los Angeles Co.
    2. Timothy J. Reagan, born 10 December 1962 in Los Angeles Co.
    3. Christopher E. Reagan, born 7 December 1965 in Los Angeles Co.
  6. Marylyn Elizabeth Reagan, born 1 November 1934 at Compton, California, died 10 November 2008 after a long illness.[198] She was a construction coordinator for several companies, including Sony-Superscope, Coast Savings, and IBM. The last 20 years of her life were spent at Lawndale, California. She reverted to her maiden surname after her divorce. Prior to her marriage she had a son, Arthur Futterman, who was given up for adoption. She m., but subsequently was divorced from, Robert Kunkel, alive on 20 December 2008. They have three children:[199]
    1. Sharon R. Kunkel, born 3 January 1958 in Los Angeles Co.
    2. Hugh E. Kunkel, born 11 October 1960 in Los Angeles Co.
    3. Edy Diane Kunkel, born 10 August 1963 in Los Angeles Co.
  7. Gerald Michael (“Mike”) Reagan, of Phoenix, Arizona, born 1 September 1936 in Los Angeles Co., died 19 March 2007 at Los Angeles, California. He married ____ Duncan, and had three daughters:[200]
    1. Colleen E. Reagan, born 27 January 1958 in Los Angeles Co.
    2. Shannon G. Reagan, born 14 April 1959 in Los Angeles Co.
    3. Maureen T. Reagan, born 12 August 1965 in Los Angeles Co.; married ____ Tevis.


Notes

1Harvest of Memories: Sturgis and District…, 1900-2000 (spine title: A Century of Memories), by the Sturgis and District History Book Committee (Sturgis, Saskatchewan: the Committee, 2000), 622-25, 662-66. The work is available online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.asp?id=6123.
2See Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, 2nd ed. (Boston, 2009), 175-76.
3R. Gibney, Irish-born Gibneys documented as of April 24, 1999, available online at http://web.archive.org/web/20021212123756/ http://us.share.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/1358/irishbirths/ irish001.html (warning: the file is 1.6 megabytes!), points out that John and Ann [Heaney] Gibney, said to have been from the parish of Oldcastle, co. Meath, Ireland, had a daughter Jane who is enumerated in the 1871 census of Normanby, District 36, Subdistrict A, Division 3, p. 22. As Jan Ehresmann pointed out to us, the O’Briens are found in the 1851 census of Normanby. Yet another family which made the same move (but for whom no affiliation with the Reagans has been found) was that of Cody, for whom see The Cody Chronicles, available online at http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/users/c/o/d/Cliff-Cody/?Welcome=1020910401.
4Harvest of Memories, p. 820 (which mentions other families from Manannah in the Sturgis area), 185 (naming early Catholic families in the Sturgis area).
5Information from Linda Thank.
6Harvest of Memories, p. 664; but the same work says Dublin at p. 622.
7Personal Census Returns of Canada West [Ontario], 1851-52, RG 31, reel C-11723, township 93, pp. 17 (personal census), 27 (agriculural census). We are deeply grateful to Jan Ehresmann for bringing this entry to our attention. The entry reads as follows:
name            age             occupation
------------------------------------------
Thos. Reagan     45             farmer
Margt. Reagan    42
John Reagan      21           
Thos. Reagan     16  15th Augt.
Patrick          12  15th Augt.
Bryan*           10  __ March
Allis             7  2nd Jan.
=====
Entire family born in Ireland; Roman Catholic
* sic; an error for Bernard
8Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), available online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wjmartin/grey5.htm.
9“Ratepayers in 1864,” in Arthur Walker Wright, Memories of Mount Forest and surrounding townships, Minto, Arthur, West Luther, Normanby, Egremont, Proton, in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of the Confederation of the Dominion of Canada and of the founding of The Mount Forest Confederate, 1867-1927 (1927?), pp. 164-68, at p. 167.
10Note, however, that a descendant, Bob Gerrish, author of a “Thomas Reagan Family History,” formerly available at http://www.dlux.net/~bobg/genealogy/thomas_reagan_biography.html, has never accepted our proposed identification, and believes that his ancestor came unaccompanied from Ireland at the age of 12 years. Mr. Gerrish’s statement to that effect was still standing as of 12 November 2011.
111860 Federal Census Transcription, Meeker Co., MN Townships of Acton, Darwin, Kingston, Forest City, Greenleaf, Litchfield and Manannah, transcribed by Erma Diane Rosenow, available online at http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/ mn/meeker/census/1860/1860meek.txt. The entry reads, in part:
Reagan, Thomas  23 m laborer Ireland  FC
   "  , Agnes   22 f         Scotland FC
   "  , Thomas   2 m         Canada   FC
121870 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., roll M593_7. The entry reads:
Thomas Reagan  32 m Ireland    farmer
Agnes     "    33 f Scotland   keeping house
Thomas    "    11 m Canada     helping father
Ann       "    10 f Minnesota  attending school
Christina "     8 f    "
Alice     "     5 f    "
John      "     3 m    "
13Bob Gerrish, “Thomas Reagan Family History,” cited above.
141880 U.S. Federal Census, Dakota Territory, Lawrence Co., Elizabethtown Tp.; National Archives microfilm no. T9-0113 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,113], p. 288C. The entry reads:
                                    fa.  mo.
Thomas Ragan head M M 43 Ireland   Ire.  Ire.  drives express wagon
Agnes    "   wife M F 43 Scotland  Scot. Scot. keeping house
Thomas   "   son  S M 21 Canada    Ire.  Scot. drives job wagon
Ann      "   dau. M F 19 Minnesota Ire.  Scot. at home
Cristina "   dau. S F 17 Minnesota Ire.  Scot. at home
Alice    "   dau. S F 13 Minnesota Ire.  Scot. at home
John     "   son  S M 12 Minnesota Ire.  Scot. at home
15Bob Gerrish, Thomas Reagan Family History, cited above, states:
Thomas Reagan was born in Drogheda, Ireland, on December 12, 1834 to Thomas Reagan and Anne Dunne…. He stowed away on a ship at the age of 12 and left for Canada…. He had a fight with his mom at the age of 12 and left home to live with an Uncle in Dublin. The Uncle paid his passage to America. He came to New York and stayed with an uncle (and his wife and children) in New York city. The uncle was fairly well to do, but died in a small pox epidemic and the aunt did not want her nephew by marriage staying, so he was on his own.
He went to work at the Erie canal. He did not help in the construction, as that was finished in 1825, 9 years before he was born. Somehow, he ended up in Canada and that may be where he met and married Agnes Elizabeth McLean. Their first son Thomas was born in Canada in 1858.
We must comment that not only is this scenario intrinsically unlikely, failing to account for the birth of Thomas’s eldest son in Canada, but such a birthdate is in significant disagreement with Thomas Reagan’s age in adulthood as reported in census records.
16And not Brunelle, as reported in an earlier version of these notes.
17All the following information was provided by Linda Thank.
18Information from Linda Thank. “John Reagan’s wife Salina left his bed and board 11 July 1878.”
191880 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., p. 219 D, microfilm no. T9-0626 [FHL microfilm no. 1,254,626].
201900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District no. 3, Enumeration District no. 106, sheet 5A.
211910 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District 6, Enumeration District no. 96, sheet 9A.
22Kurth, Ann, comp. Benton, Meeker, and Todd Counties, Minnesota Farm Directory, 1913-14 [database online] (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com, 2000-), citing Minnesota Historical Society, Collection of Minnesota County Atlases, #175, Roll 8.
23Unidentified obituary, presumably from a Minnesota newspaper, dated 19 January 1956, from information kindly supplied by Don Winter.
24Eden Valley Journal, 30 November 1922, courtesy of Jan Ehresman.
25Social Security Death Index; tombstone.
261920 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah, enumeration district 119, p. 5B.
271930 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah, enumeration district 21, p. 3A; roll 1106.
28The records of the children for the two census years are as follows:
1920
Lucile    5, apparently corrected to 6
John      4 1/12
Mary      1 5/12 or 8/12 (numerator of fraction unclear)

1930
Philip   15
John     14
Lucille  11
Michael   8
Margaret  5
Of these, the only consistent data is for the son John. Philip was missed altogether in 1920, and the child called Mary in 1920 must be the one called Lucile in 1930.
29Death notice in Paynesville Press, __ June 2007, available online at http://www.paynesvillearea.com/news/Obits/archives/ june07obits.html.
30Minnesota Divorce Index.
31Minnesota birth index.
32Minnesota Death Index; Obituaries from The Paynesville Press, November 2001, available online at http://www.paynesvillearea.com/news/Obits/archives/nov01obits.html.
33Social Security Death Index.
341900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District no. 3, Enumeration District no. 106, sheet 5B; Family History Library microfilm no. 1,240,775. The entry reads:
name      relationship  age birthdate  cond. b.p.  f.b.p. m.b.p.  occ.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thomas J. Regan    head  41  May   1859 m  C. E.* Ireland France+ farmer
Elizabeth Regan    wife  40  July  1859 m  C. E.  Ireland Ireland ----
John T. Regan      son   16  Jan.  1884 s  C. E.  C. E.   C. E.   farm lab.
Elizabeth A. Regan dau.  14  February  1886 s  Minn.  C. E.   C. E.   at school
Leo Regan          son   12  April 1888 s  Minn.  C. E.   C. E.   at school
Mary J Regan       dau.   9  December  1890 s  Minn.  C. E.   C. E.   at school
Thomas Regan       son    8  July  1891 s  Minn.  C. E.   C. E.   at school
=====
* C. E. = "Canada (Eng.)"
+ Perhaps an error for French Canada.
35Information from Luana Cowan.
36Information from Luana Cowan.
37Information from Lawrence Richard Ragan Jr.
38Harvest of Memories, p. 664. This date is in exact agreement with the age of “12 at next birthday — March” reported for him in the 1852 census, and in pretty good agreement with that of 25 years in his marriage record, and that of 30 years in the 1870 census.
39Harvest of Memories says Dublin at p. 622, but co. Cork at p. 664. According to the entry for his son Patrick in the 1930 census, he and his wife were born in (what was from 1922-1937 known as) the “Irish Free State.”
40Grey County marriage registrations, Archives of Ontario microfilm no. 1030056, per County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869, ed. Elizabeth Hancocks, vol. 33 — Grey County (Agincourt, Ontario: Generation Press, n.d.) p. 95. The 1900 census corrently states they had then been married 35 years. The statement in Harvest of Memories, that they “married and immigrated to Ontario” is misleading, as Patrick had already been living in Ontario as an 11-year-old child.
41Such a date would be compatible with her age of “20 at next birthday” as given in the 1852 census, and of 29 as given in that of 1870. It does not however quite agree with the age of 22 years given in her marriage record.
42As noted in Harvest of Memories, pp. 374, 622, she was a sister of Anne (Heaney) Gibney, wife of John Gibney, of Minnesota, and mother of Timothy Gibney, who came to Sturgis.
43Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), available online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wjmartin/grey5.htm.
44The series County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869, ed. Hancocks, transcribes the name as McEnter, while Ontario, 1858-1869 Marriage Index (Family Tree Maker CD no. 266) gives it as McEasten. We have not checked the original record.
45Harvest of Memories, p. 623, definitely asserts that their son Thomas was born at Mount Forest, while previously a patrons’ submission record in the IGI, which erroneously gives the bride’s name as “Kathrene Herney” had stated the place of the marriage as “Lake [sic] Forest, Ontario.”
461870 census transcription of Meeker County, Minnesota, transcribed by Erma Diane Rosenow, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/mn/meeker/meeker.html.
471875 census transcription of the townships of Dassel, Kingston, Litchfield, Manannah, Swede Grove, and Union Grove, Meeker County, Minnesota, transcribed by Erma Diane Rosenow, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/mn/meeker/meeker.html.
481880 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Ennumeration District no. 50, Supervisor’s District no. 2, p. 6.
491900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Ennumeration District no. 106, Supervisor’s District no. 3, sheet 5A.
50Bureau Of Land Management - General Land Office Records, accession no. MN1910__.209.
51Michael Nistler, The Valley of Eden (1986), from an extract kindly sent by Jan Ehresmann.
52Harvest of Memories, p. 622.
53Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. [21], PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359]; duplicate entry at p. 14, with error of “Luddy” (or something of the sort) for the name of his wife.
54“Scandinavian Canadian Land Co. Historic Map,” available online as part of the Kamsack, Saskatchewan, GenWeb Project, at http://www.rootsweb.com/~skkamsac/map/Tsp34-Rge4.gif. The date of the map is there given as ca. 1905, but this date is evidently too early.
551911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, p. 8. The entry reads:
name           gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
--------------------------------------------------
Reagan Patrick        M   head  M   Mar 1841   70
Reagan Catherine      F   wife  M   May 1841   70
56Harvest of Memories, p. 624.
571900 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., enumeration district 106, p. 6A; roll T623_775.
58See Harvest of Memories, pp. 344-45.
59See Harvest of Memories, pp. 345-46.
60See the research of her great-granddaughter, Cynthia (Vorpahl) Purcell, at http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/pedigree.aspx?tid=36860705.
61Minnesota Death Certificates, ID no. 1949-MN-015792, per Minnesota Death Certificates Search, available online at http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm.
62These statement are made in a database by Anne & William Herndon, at http://www.wherndon.net/html/genealogy/, which misses the second marriage of Manus O’Keefe (the younger). Manus and Julia O’Keefe are enumerated next to Patrick and Catherine (Heaney) Reagan in the 1900 census; see 1900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Ennumeration District no. 106, Supervisor’s District no. 3, sheet 5A.
631900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Enumeration District no. 106, Supervisor’s District no. 3, sheet 5B.
641930 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Stearns Co., Saint Cloud Tp., Enumeration District no. 55, p. 17A [microfilm reel no. T626_1131].
65For the dates see the research of their granddaughter, Cynthia (Vorpahl) Purcell, at http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/pedigree.aspx?tid=36860705.
66Social Security Death Index.
67Information from Al Calder.
68Information from Al Calder.
69Katherine Reagan Martell, Petition for Citizenship, no. 41332 (resulting in certificate no. 3998622), from a copy kindly supplied by Al Calder.
70Leo Martell is named in the marriage records of his children Gerard and Gertrude.
71See the entry for his granddaughter Darlene Vedder on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/1954.html#vedder.
721911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, p. 9. The entry reads:
name           gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
----------------------------------------------------
Martell Bert        M  head     M  Jan 1872    39
Martell Mary        F  wife     M  Jan 1873    38
Martell Bernice     F  daughter S  Oct 1902     8
Martell Clement     M  son      S  Nov 1904     6
Martell Francis G.  F  daughter S  Jan 1911     4/12
====================================================
Martell Leo F.      M  head     M  Mar 1880    31
Martell Catherine   F  wife     M  Apr 1894    27 
731930 U.S. Federal Census, Idaho, Kootenai Co., Coeur d’Alene, enumeration district 11, p. 9A, roll 401. The record reads:
name              relat. age  birthpl.   father           mother   occ.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Leo Martell        head  50*  Wisconsin  Canada--French   New York  **
Katherine Martell  wife  46*  Minnesota  Canada--English  Canada--English
Leone Martell      dau.  17   Canada--English  Wisconsin  Minnesota
Gerard Martell     son   16   Canada--English  Wisconsin  Minnesota
Gertrude Martell   son   14   Canada--English  Wisconsin  Minnesota
Alice A Martell    dau.   9   Kansas           Wisconsin  Minnesota
====
* Age at first marriage for him 30; for her 24
** occupation: labour [in] woods
74Polk’s Coeur D’Alene City and Kootenai County (Idaho) Directory, 1936-37, p. 104.
75Polk’s Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) City Directory including Kootenai County, 1938-39, p. 87; Polk’s Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) City Directory including Kootenai County Residents, 1940, p. 83; Ibid., 1947, p. 89; Ibid. 1949, p. 93; Polk’s Coeur D’Alene (Kootenai County, Idaho) City Directory, 1952, p. 103.
76Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942, vol. __, p. 42, IGI batch no. M00576-9, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
77See the entry for his daughter Darlene Vedder on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/1954.html#vedder.
78Information without citation is from the entry for Darlene Vedder on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/1954.html#vedder.
79http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=135875823.
80Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942, vol. 62 p. 26, IGI batch no. M01049-6, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,099.
81Death notice from unidentified newspaper, reproduced in FindAGrave entry.
82See the entry for Colleen Vedder on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/1955.html#vedder.
83See the entry for Anna Marie Vedder on the IHM Alumni wesbite, at http://ihmacademy.com/1960.html#vedder.
84See the entry for him at http://ihmacademy.com/obituaries.html#halpern.
85See the entry for Clarence Vedder on the IHM Alumni wesbite, at http://ihmacademy.com/1968.html#vedder.
86Polk’s Coeur D’Alene City and Kootenai County (Idaho) Directory, 1936-37, p. 104.
87Polk’s Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) City Directory Including Kootenai County, 1938-39, p. 87.
88Polk’s Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) City Directory Including Kootenai County Residents, 1940, p. 83.
89Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, vol. __, p. 5; IGI batch no. M00576-9, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
90Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, vol. __, p. 6; IGI batch no. M00576-9, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
91Spokane Daily Chronicle, 24 January 1938, p. 5, col. 1.
92See the entry for Alice Martell on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/1938.html#martell.
93Harvest of Memories, p. 526. William Bernard Madden, a grandnephew of Bridget (Madden) Reagan, sent the following information on her parents: “John Madden was born in 1846 in Ballinasloe, County Galway, and arrived in Boston in 1871. He and Margaret Dillon were married in Roxbury (a suburb of Boston) on May 10, 1877. They then went to Eden Valley, where their first child Maggie was born March 3, 1878. She lived only a month and then Bridget was born on September 29, 1879.” In 1906 John Madden, aged 55 years and apparently a widow, was living with two children on the same section of land as his son-in-law Thomas Peter Reagan (14-34-4-W2).
941900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District no. 3, Enumeration District no. 106, sheet 5A.
95Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. [21], PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359].
961911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, p. 9. The entry reads:
name         gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
----------------------------------------------------

Reagan Thomas V.* M   head    M   Jan 1866   45
Reagan Bridget    F   wife    M   Sep 1879   31
Reagan Patrick    M   Son     S   Feb 1899   12
Reagan John       M   Son     S   Nov 1900   10
Reagan Margaret   F   Dau.    S   Feb 1902    9
Reagan Leo T.F.   M   Son     S   Aug 1904    6
Reagan George     M   Son     S   Jun 1906    4
Reagan Catherine  F   dau.    S   Nov 1908    2 
Maddon John       M   servant -   May 1868   43
====
* sic (really P); possibly misheard by enumerator
97Harvest of Memories, p. 51.
98See Buchanan History Book Committee, The Hands of Time: Village of Buchanan, 1907-1987, R.M. of Buchanan, 1913-1988, and district (Buchanan, Saskatchewan: Buchanan History Book Committee, 1988), 217-19, available online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.asp?id=3613; Harvest of Memories, pp. 784-5.
99See Harvest of Memories, pp. 336-38.
100See Harvest of Memories, pp. 624-25.
101See Harvest of Memories, pp. 406-7.
102Harvest of Memories, p. 205 (where the photograph is reproduced).
103See Harvest of Memories, pp. 662-64.
104Cornelius O’Brien was born in “English Canada” and Mary Mullins at Providence, Rhode Island.
1051900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District no. 3, Enumeration District no. 106, sheet 5A.
106Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. [21], PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359].
1071911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, p. 8. The entry reads:
name           gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
----------------------------------------------------
Regan Patrick    M  head  M   Feb 1877   34
Regan Julia      F  wife  M   Aug 1881   29
Regan Beatrice   F  dau.  S   Aug 1901    9
Regan Edward     M  son   S   Nov 1902    8
Regan Raymond    M  son   S   Apr 1905    6
Regan Katherine  F  dau.  S   Feb 1907    4
Regan Mary       F  dau.  S   Jan 1909    2
Regan Cornelius  M  son   S   Mar 1911 2/12 
108School records, from extracts supplied by Mike Ransom.
1091930 Federal Census, California, Los Angeles Co., Long Beach Tp., Hawthorne City, Enumeration District no. 999, sheet 1A.
110Information from Yvonne Hawkins and Jan Ehresmann. Harvest of Memories, p. 623, gives only a sketchy account of this family, which did not stay in Sturgis; this is our sole source for the existence of a son Lyndon who is said to have died in infancy.
1111930 U.S. Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, Inglewood City, enumeration district 1003; roll T626_128, p. 1A.
112California Birth Index.
113Saskatchewan birth registrations, no. 3217.
1141930 U.S. Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, Inglewood City, enumeration district 1021; roll T626_128, p. 19A.
115California Birth Index; information from grandson, Sean R. Reagan, of Spokane, Washington.
116Information from Sean R. Reagan.
1171930 Federal Census, California, Los Angeles Co., Long Beach Tp., Hawthorne City, Enumeration District no. 999, sheet 1A.
118California Birth Index.
1191930 U.S. Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, Inglewood City, enumeration district 1003; roll T626_128, p. 1A.
120California Birth Index.
121School records, from extracts supplied by Mike Ransom.
122School records, from extracts supplied by Mike Ransom.
123California Birth Index.
124Information from her granddaughter, Steffanie (Scott) Edwards.
125School records, from extracts supplied by Mike Ransom.
126California Death Index.
127School records, from extracts supplied by Mike Ransom.
128California Death Index.
129California Birth Index.
130California Death Index.
131California Birth Index.
132Mary Madden Reagan, Petition for Naturalization, no. 63991 (resulting in certificate no. 4092617), from a copy kindly supplied by Al Calder.
133Idaho death records, 1935, no. 95754, Family History Library microfilm no. 1,530,930, transcribed oat FamilySearch, which gives the names of his parents in full as Patrick Reagan and Catherine Heaney, and the date of his death as 4 October 1935 and burial as 9 October following; however his tombstone gives 9 October as the date of death.
134His and his wife’s tombstones, and those of several children, are transcribed in Kootenai County Cemeteries: St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, R–S, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~idkooten/Cemeteries/StThomas/stthomrs.txt.
135According to the death notice of his wife cited below says September, while her petition for naturalization says November.
136The date given in her petition for naturalization. However, the 1911 census gives the date of her birth as March 1886.
137Tombstone; death notice (cited below); month confirmed by Social Security Death Index.
138Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. [21], PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359].
1391911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, p. 8. The entry reads:
name           gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
--------------------------------------------------
Reagan William John   M   head  M   Jun 1878   32
Reagan Mary           F   wife  M   Mar 1886   25
Reagan William Augus  M   son   S   Feb 1902    9
Reagan Mary L.        F   dau.  S   Apr 1903    8
Reagan Alice          F   dau.  S   Oct 1904    6
Reagan Thomas L.      M   son   S   Apr 1908    3
Reagan Margaret F.    F   dau.  S   Jan 1910    1 
140Mike Ransom, Academy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, available online at http://IHMAcademy.com/. The date of their move to Coeur d’Alene is taken from her death notice in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, cited below.
1411930 U.S. Federal Census, Idaho, Kootenai Co., Coeur d’Alene, Ward 2, enumeration district 11, sheet 4B; roll 401.
142Death notice of Mary Elizabeth (Madden) Reagan, from an unidentified Coeur d’Alene newspaper, kindly supplied by Mike Ransom; punctuation revised for clarity. A briefer notice, but with a few additional particulars, appeared in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, 19 January 1970, p. A3, col. 4.
143As listed in her petition for naturalization, with a few additional details taken from LDS patrons’ submission records. This family is not treated in Harvest of Memories.
144Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965, vol. __, p. 20, IGI batch no. B00728-4, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
145U.S. Social Security Death Index.
146Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004, at Ancestry.com. Their engagement was announced in The Evergreen [published by the State College of Washington, Pullman, Washington], 11 May 1923, p. 3, col. 3, an item kindly brought to our attention by Mike Ransom.
147Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004 (index entry only), at Ancestry.com.
148U.S. Social Security Death Index.
149Death notice, Seattle Daily Times, from a copy kindly supplied by Mike Ransom.
150U.S. Social Security Death Index, which however erroneously makes him a son of his father’s third wife, Myrtle J. Shipman.
151Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1952, p. 114; 1954, p. 98.
152Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1956, p. 81; 1957, p. 54.
153 Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005, at Ancstry.com.
154U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, bolume 1, at Ancestry.com.
155Saskatchewan birth registrations, no. 4058. The birthdate of 12 October 1905 ascribed to her in her mother’s petition for naturalization and in the U.S. Social Security Death Index is probably incorrect.
156Death notice of Alice A. (Reagan) Reinhardt, Seattle Daily Times, 13 June 1976, p. 108, from a copy kindly supplied by Mike Ransom.
157See the entry for Alice Reagan on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/ihmgraduates1925-31.html#reagan.
158Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, vol. __, p. 38; IGI batch no. M00576-9, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
159Polk’s Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) City Directory Including Kootenai County Residents, 1947, p. 114. We are grateful to Mike Ransom for bringing this entry to our attention.
160School Census, Kootenai County, Idaho, 1946; we are much indebted to Mike Ranson for this extract.
161Collection: Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965, vol. 63, p. 24, IGI batch no. B01813-4, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,099.
162See the entry for Margaret Reagan on the IHM Alumni website, at http://ihmacademy.com/ihmgraduates1925-31.html#reagan2.
163Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), 9 November 1985, p. A9, col. 1; month and year confirmed by Social Security Death Index.
164Information from Mike Ransom.
165Records of the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Coeur d’Alene, searched by Mike Ransom.
166Information from Rebecca (Osborn) Reagan.
167Exact date from tombstone; month and place from Social Security Death Index.
168Original church register, from a photocopy kindly supplied by Mike Ransom; briefer entry in Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, vol. 62, p. 23, IGI batch no. M01049-6, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,099.
169Death notice, from an unidentified newspaper, kindly supplied by Mike Ransom.
170Per her marriage record, cited below.
171Original church register, from a photocopy kindly supplied by Mike Ransom.
172Per her marriage record, cited below.
173Social Security Death Index.
174Original church register, from a photocopy kindly supplied by Mike Ransom; briefer entry in Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, vol. 62, p. 30, IGI batch no. M01049-6, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,099.
175Social Security Death Index; her mother’s petition for naturalization gives the date of her birth as 2 April 1921, possibly dropping a digit.
176Oregon Death Index.
177Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965, vol. __, p. 20, IGI batch no. B00728-4, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
178However his school record gives his date of birth as 7 December 1927.
179Death notice, Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), 30 May 1990, p. C6, col. 1; Social Security Death Index.
180Death notice, Spokesman-Review, 30 May 1990, p. C6, col. 1.
181Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. 14 (showing him with his parents) and p. [21] (showing him as the head of his own household), PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359]. The unusually large time-spread permitted for the taking of the census lead to it being riddled with duplicate entries. However, in this instance, the two entries were made only a few days apart, on 27 August and 24 August, respectively.
182Western Land Grants (1870-1930), Library and Archives Canada, R.G. 15, liber 301, fo. 6 (microfilm no. C-6173).
1831911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, pp. 8-9. The entry reads:
name              gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
-----------------------------------------------------
Reagan, Christopher L.  M   head   M   Aug 1880    30
Reagan, Helen E.        F   wife   M   Mar 1892    19
=== (page-break) ===
Reagan, Gerald J.       M   son    S   Jul 1909     1
Reagan, Bernard A.      M   son    S   Dec 1910  5/12 
184Harvest of Memories, p. 51.
185Harvest of Memories, p. 205.
186Information from Terri Reagan.
187Harvest of Memories, p. 205.
188See Harvest of Memories, p. 620.
189Harvest of Memories, p. 205.
190Harvest of Memories, pp. 518-19.
191See Harvest of Memories, p. 687.
192Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, vol. __, p. 32, IGI batch no. M00576-9, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,021,098.
1931930 U.S. Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, Hawthorne City, enumeration district 998; roll T626_128, p. 12B.
194Birthdates, where available, are from the California Birth Index.
195All except last found in California Birth Index. The birthdate of the youngest child was supplied by his sister, Melinda (REagan) Kelly.
196California Birth Index, and information from Shawn (Reagan) Harrington.
197California Birth Index.
198Death notice, Los Angeles Times, 11 November 2008.
199California Birth Index.
200California Birth Index.


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Last revised 17 November 2017