24. John Ambors Bocook (1889-1947) Age 57
25. Mahala Jane Henderson (1886-1964) Age 78
Michael Francis Dugan (1880-1966) Age 85
25. Mahala Jane Henderson (1886-1964) Age 78
While Michael Francis Dugan was not John Bert Dugan's biological father, he raised him as one of his own. Many of us have or had his family name, so it goes without saying that he is included in our family history.
Michael Francis Dugan was born 26 Sep 1880 in Malden, Kanawha County, West Virginia. The West Virginia Births Index has his name as Mitchell Dugan (a name he seemed to use from time to time) and his parents as Charles and Catherine Dugan, with the information provided by Charley Dugan.
The names of his parents that had been passed down to me were Jack and Sara Dugan. Rumor had it that Jack had died somewhere out in Oklahoma and was buried there, and that Sara was buried in the Malden Presbyterian Churchyard in Malden, West Virginia. No evidence to support either of these statements has been found.
In fact, Mike's parents were John Patrick "Jack Dugan, who was born Jul 1853 in England, and Kathryn "Katie" Heatherman, who was born in 1858 in West Virginia, the daughter of Patrick T. and Mary (Fitzgerald) Heatherman.
Mike's younger brother, Patrick, was born 14 Sep 1886 in Clay County, Indiana. No Birth Record has been found for him in that county. Katie appears to have died shortly after Patrick's birth, somewhere between Sep 1886 and 22 Aug 1889 when Jack married Lusetta (Bays) Smith, widow of Henry Smith, in Kanawha County, West Virginia. At the time of his marriage to Lusetta, he gives his marital status as Widowed.
In addition to the son, Edward Louis Smith (1885-1966), that Lusetta had with Henry Smith, she had at least five more children with Jack Dugan:
-John Lawrence Dugan (1890-1924)
-Lelia W. Dugan (1893-____)
-Katherine Geraldine "Katie (Dugan) Hornbeck Goudy (1896-1942)
-Jerry Dugan (1898-1898)
-Charles Bliss Dugan (1900-aft 1943)
It is unknown when or where Jack Dugan died. Lusetta indicates that she is Widowed in the 1910 Census. She died 8 Nov 1940 at the age of 74y 1m 20d in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery there. The cemetery has no record of Jack being buried anywhere there.
The photo to the right was provided by Agnes Sundin Dugan and may be of Michael Francis (standing on the right) and his father (seated), and two sons of Mr. Peaches (not a clue about who this is). It is written to Maggie, and she refers to our Pap and Mike. The address was very difficult to make out, but Annabelle was a mine in the Four States area in operation from 1911-1932.
Michael Francis stated on his World War I Registration that his nearest relative was his brother, Patrick. Michael Francis was in the Merchant Marines and traveled the world. When he returned home from one of his trips on the ship "Adriatic", he lists his address as 303 Hedge Street in Clarksburg, West Virginia. This is the address of Patrick H. Dugan, his wife, Irena Jane Ballard, and their children.
Michael Francis married Mahala Jane Henderson (still looking for a marriage record) and they had four children:
-Michael Hugh Dugan (1923-1993)
-Rosemary (Dugan) Durr ( 1927-2009)
-Margaret Ellen (Dugan) Wydler Wagner (1930-1973)
-Patrick Dugan (1933-1933)
The 1930 Census for Glen Rogers, Wyoming County, West Virginia, shows Mike at age 49 living with his family on Main Street. He lists his work as a Miner in the Coal Mine.
The 1940 Census shows Mike at age 59 living with his family in Mullens, Wyoming County, West Virginia. He works as a Coal Loader in the Coal Mine.
In 1942, Mike completed his Registration Card for WWII. On it, he states his full name is Michael Francis Dugan and that he works for the Lillybrook Coal Company in Killarney, West Virginia.
Beckley Post-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia) Wednesday, November 13, 1946, Page 7
Mike died in Jan 1966 while living with his daughter, Margaret, in Woodbridge, Prince William County, Virginia.
While his name is listed on the marker along with Mahala in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia, it does not include his date of death. His burial there has been confirmed and is listed on his Death Certificate.
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Patrick H. Dugan, brother of Michael Francis Dugan, moved to Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he died 24 Aug 1971 at the age of 84y 11m. He, his wife Irene, and daughter Elizabeth Irene (Dugan) Hoover, are all buried in Forest Lawn Gardens in McMurray, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
His son John Nelson Dugan died 6 Dec 1996 in Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, but it is unknown where he is buried. He was the father of three known children.
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