John Carrigan

Birth Name John Carrigan
Gender male
Age at Death 15 years, 6 months, 19 days


The Carrigan's son John most likely died in 1878 by drowning, at a point opposite Border Street. The John on record was 14 years old, born in England, and had parents named John and Elizabeth, who were born in Ireland. Only the father's name is not a match, and that could have been confused with John's own name.

Mass Death Records, 1878, Vol 303, page 141, from image at NEHGS Website.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth December 20, 1862 Lancashire, England   1 2a
Event Note

Lancashire Birth indexes for the years: 1863
Surname Forename(s) Mother's Maiden Name Sub-District Registers At Reference
CARRAGAN John BRACKEN Preston Preston PRES/135/54

A birth could be in December and not be registered until the beginning of the next year. See notes at John's baptism.

Baptism after December 20, 1862 St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Preston, Lancashire, England   2a
Event Note

a message at, posted by barneyrubble, on Sunday 06 January 13 21:06 GMT (UK) says:
I`ve checked the marriages for St. Wilfreds RC Church for James and Elizabeth but no joy there.

However, there is a baptism for JOHN CARRIGAN b 20/12/1862 father James Carrigan, mother Elizabeth Carrigan nee Bracken but no baptisms there for the first 2 children Catherine and Margaret!!

Immigration (son) November 30, 1864 New York, United States   3a
Event Note

District of New York - Port of New York
Passenger manifest, Ship North American, Henry Davis Cutting, master.
list of all passengers taken aboard at Liverpool
sworn 30 Nov 1864

Bessey Carrigain, 24, female, wife, born in England
Catherine, 5, child, born in England
Margt, 3, child, born in England
John, infant, male, child, born in England

all intend to be inhabitants of the US, all were passengers in steerage

Census May 1, 1865 East Boston, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States   4a
Event Note

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Ward 2, Boston, Family 3666
May 1, 1865

James Kerrigan, 27, laborer, born in Ireland, checkmark for "rateable polls"
Betsy Kerrigan, 27, born in Ireland
Catherine Kerrigan, 7
Margaret Kerrigan, 5
John Kerrigan, 3

children born in England

"Massachusetts, State Census, 1865," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 March 2015), James Kerrigan, Boston, Ward 02, Suffolk, Massachusetts; State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 954,374.


"My understanding of the rateable poll was a predetermined tax levied on a property owner and an occupier of a dwelling who was over a certain age. Once they paid this tax, then they were allowed to vote, but not until then. I think it was based on British Law. The rateable poll was repealed in the 20th Century because it was disproportionate between rich and poor."

Death July 8, 1878 East Boston, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States   5a
Event Note

John Carrigan, male, single, 14, accident, drowning, off Border Street, born in England, parents: John and Elizabeth, both born in Ireland


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father James CarriganMarch 1838December 26, 1903
Mother Elizabeth Brackenabout August 1841October 2, 1887
    Sister     Catherine F. Carrigan between October 1, 1858 and December 31, 1858 December 28, 1929
    Sister     Margaret Louise Carrigan between January 1, 1861 and March 31, 1861 March 3, 1910
         John Carrigan December 20, 1862 July 8, 1878
    Sister     Mary Ellen Carrigan October 4, 1865 July 12, 1956
    Sister     Elizabeth F Carrigan from 1870 to 1871 January 4, 1956
    Sister     Jennie G. Carrigan April 8, 1877 December 17, 1955

Source References

  1. FreeBMD
      • Page: barneyrubble, Sunday 06 January 13 21:06 GMT
      • Citation:

  3. New York Passenger Lists
      • Page: 30 Nov 1864, Ship North American, Bessey Carrigain
      • Citation:

        "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), Bessey Carrigan, 1864; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

  4. 1865 Massachusetts Census
      • Page: James Kerrigan, Ward 2, Boston, Family 3666
  5. Massachusetts Deaths
      • Page: July 8, 1878, Boston, John Carrigan
      • Citation:

        "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), John Carrigan, 08 Jul 1878; citing Boston, Massachusetts, v 303 p 141, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 960,215.