I will begin with the Duggan history from the 1978 Clontarf Anniversary booklet, which includes a bit of Regan family history.
(Please note : I am a little sketchy on a couple of details in the Regan history, but like most of the family histories in this booklet, it is based on oral history, which is not always 100% accurate.)
Duggan, William – Regan, John Family History
William and Julia (Credan) Duggan came from Ireland in 1862 and lived for a short time in Concord, New Hampshire. In 1876 they arrived in what is now Tara Township and homesteaded there on a 160 acre farm. They had eight children viz. Margaret, William, James, Mary, Catherine, Cornelius, John and Julia.
Julia Duggan married Patrick Regan and lived on a farm one-half mile northeast of Clontarf. Patrick Regan’s parents, John and Mary, came to the United States in 1865 and settled in Massachusetts. In 1876 they homesteaded in the present Tara Township and had six children viz. Nell, Cornelius, Patrick, Jeremiah, John, and Mary. Patrick Regan was in the hay business – farming nearly all of the land between Clontarf and Benson.
Originally, William Duggan owned the south 80 acres of the southeast quarter of section 10 and the north 80 acres of the northeast section of section 15. On the 1886 plat map, William’s mother-in-law, Catherine Credan owned 80 acres in the northeast quarter of section 10. Mrs. Credan died in 1887.
Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s, son James Duggan’s name appears on William Duggan’s original 160 acres as well as various other parcels in section 10.
William Duggan played an important role in early Clontarf history. He might even be considered one of the “founding fathers” of Clontarf; his name shows up frequently in early township records.
Located on the eighty acres in section 15 is a schoolhouse – known as the Duggan school, of course.
In the late 1800s, the priest would come out from Clontarf and say Mass in the schoolhouse. The sign above the door says “Tara Twp Hall” – I am not sure if it is presently used for township meetings. Anyone know?
William Duggan’s mother-in-law, Catherine Credan, and Jane (Howard) Kenna’s mother were sisters. Both the Kenna family and the Duggan family came from Concord, New Hampshire. As did the Regans, the Foleys, the Kents, the Donovans, and the Quigleys. If you know of any other families who settled in the Clontarf area, who came from New Hampshire, please let me know by leaving a comment. I am headed out to New Hampshire in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I will learn a thing or two about the families who eventually made Clontarf and Tara their homes.
Next time, we will finally wrap up section 10 with the Doherty family. I want to confirm they lived on section 10…if you know, please leave a comment!