On June 24, 1834 Robert (b. December 3, 1796), his wife Helen McDowal (b. 1799), and 4 of their 5 children emigrated to America from Scotland on the Ship Francis from the port of Greenock. Robert's profession was listed as miner. According to the ship manifest, their children's names and approximate birth years were as follows: Catherine (b. 1824), Sophia (b. 1826), James (b. 1828), and Agnes (b. 1833). On the journey to America, Agnes died and was buried at sea. Another daughter Jane (b. April 14, 1829) is not listed on this ship manifest. Once in America the Pagans had 4 other children: Helen (b. 1838), Elizabeth (b. November 30, 1840), Jemima (b. 1846), and Robert (b. 1851).