Section 10 in Tara Township figures prominently in my research of the Irish settlers in the Clontarf area. Personally, I can make several connections to occupants of this single square-mile of land.
The southwest quarter of section 10 was owned by Timothy Galvin on the 1886 plat map. Mr. Galvin came to Tara Township from County Cork, via Illinois. A Timothy Galvin appears on the ship manifest on a 1864 sailing from Queenstown, Ireland, and his name appears right next to Patrick Foley and John Regan. There is a very good chance this is the same Timothy Galvin and he went to Illinois while Foley and Regan headed to New Hampshire. Coincidence or not, they then met up in Tara Township about fifteen years after arriving in America.
Timothy Galvin’s name appears until 1912 when it is replaced by D.H. Lawler. But by March 1913, John Regan buys the 160 acres for his son Jerry. By 1913, my great-great-grandfather John Regan was an old man and had sold his farm in section 7. The house John had built on the land served as his home until his death in 1924.
Jerry Regan died in 1933, leaving his wife Agnes and six children. The family moved from the farm the following year.
Jerry wasn’t the only Regan to live in section 10. Next time we will look at the history of 80 acres in the northwest quarter.
If you grew up in Tara, do you have any memories of this house?
I will leave you with a mystery photo. If you get this one, you will deserve a special prize! The real mystery might be…whose finger is that?