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James Carrigan I (1716 - 1793)

James Carrigan I [uncertain]
Born in County Cavan, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Cabarrus, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 May 2011
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Name: James Carrigan, Sr. or James Carrigan, I

Birth: 1715, Cootehill, Monaghan, Ireland[1]

Occupations: Teacher, Merchant, Farmer

Spouse: Isabell (Brown) Carrigan


  1. Rebecca (Carrigan) McCullough (1753-1821), married Samuel McCullough
  2. Mary (Carrigan) Hayr (1754-1829), married Hugh Hayr
  3. Martha (Carrigan) Hair (1755-1808), married Thomas Hair
  4. Margaret (Carrigan) Barr (1757-1817), married James Barr
  5. Isabel "Sibby" (Carrigan) Houston (1758-1824), married James Houston
  6. Jane (Carrigan) Pickens (1758-1812), married Samuel W. Pickens
  7. Robert Carrigan (1759-1779), did not marry, died of smallpox during the Revolutionary War
  8. William Carrigan (1760-1844), married Kathryn Adams
  9. James Carrigan, II (1766-1840), married Margaret Unknown
  10. Mary (Carrigan) Hayr (1768-1829), married James Hayr
  11. Rev John "Big John" Carrigan (1771-1822), married Martha Clark


  • 1763: 28 Jan 1763, John Douglas and Ellener his wife of Orange Co., planter, sold to James Carrigan for same County, for 50 pounds, 128 acres. Mentioned Thomas Lapsley's corner. Back Creek below the Upper Buffelow (sic) Lick. Original tract 640 acres owned by Zachary Kaydale.
  • 1771: 01 Apr 1771 James Carigan of Orange Co., planter and his wife Isabella to Thomas Hart of same county. For 140 pounds, 128 acres. Mentions Thomas Lapslie's corner. Signed James Carrygan and Isabella Carrygan. Witnesses John Forrest, William Caruthers. Proved 12 Oct 1772 before Samuel Ash by John Forrest.
  • 1790, residence in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina[2]
  • 1793, Death: 8 Feb 1793, Cabarrus,North Carolina#FG
  • 1793, Burial: Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina[3]
  • 1793, State of North Carolina, Cabarrus County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions - July 16, 1793, The Last Will and Testament of James Carrigan was proven in open Court by James Stevenson Sr. and Robert Benson two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, Ordered that Letters Testamentary issue to Isabella Carrigan, Samuel Pickens, and James Carrigan Excrs., who took the oath of same. The said will being filed and copies being sent.#WIll

Research Notes

Based on estimated birth locations, James and Isabel emigrated to Pennsylvania in about 1755; migrated to Hawfields, Orange County, North Carolina in about 1757; migrated to Mecklenburg County by 1790; and migrated to Cabarrus county before James death in 1793. Coddle Creek ARP Church Cemetery is in Mooresville, near the Mecklenburg County line with Iredell County.

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Note: Family stories say James was born in Cootehill, County Monaghan. Cootehill is entirely within County Cavan, but near the Monaghan border. The following descriptions of Cootehill and Cavan may help in understanding where we come from.

COOTEHILL, a market and post-town, in the parish of DRUMGOON, barony of TULLAGHGARVEY, county of CAVAN, and province of ULSTER, 12 miles (N.E.) from Cavan, and 57 (N.W. by W.) from Dublin; containing 2239 inhabitants.

This town is situated on the road from Kingscourt to Clones, and consists of four wide streets containing 438 houses, nearly all of which are slated. It is on the borders of a lake, which is navigable for the greater part of the distance of seven miles between this place and Ballybay, in Monaghan; and is a considerable market for linen. The webs are principally broad sheetings of superior quality, and the number of pieces sold annually to be bleached is about 40,000. The trade which had considerably declined, has for the last two or three years been improving. The general market is on Friday, and the corn market on Saturday, in the market-house. Fairs are held on the second Friday in each month for cattle, flax, and yarn. Here is a chief constabulary police station. Petty sessions are held every Wednesday and quarter sessions at Easter and in October in a very neat sessions-house.

The bridewell contains three cells, with separate day-rooms and yards for male and females, and apartments for the keeper.

The seats in the neighbourhood are very beautiful, especially Bellamont Forest, the residence of C. Coote Esq., which derived its name from the title the Earl of Bellmont enjoyed until the year 1800, by the ancient family of Coote. The house is of brick, two stories high , with a noble Doric portico of stone and the rooms of the lower storey are strikingly grand; it contains some fine painting, among which is the death of Dido by Guercino, also full-length portraits of the late Earl and Countess of Bellamont by Sir Joshua Reynolds, the former in the full costume of a Knight of the Bath, a full painting in excellent preservation. The demesne comprises above 1000 plantation acres, of which nearly one half is occupied with woods; it includes several lakes and a spa, and commands beautiful views a from Dismond Hill and its several eminences. The other principal seats are Ashfield Lodge, the residence of H. J. Clements, Esq.; Annilea, of M. Murphy, Esq; Bellgreen, of T. Brunker, Esq.; and Rakenny, of T. L. Clements, Esq.

The town contains the parish church, an R. C. chapel, and two places of worship for Presbyterians, one for the Society of Friends, one for Moravians, and one for Wesleyan Methodists.

There are three schools, including an infants school, also a Sunday school in the old church and at each of the Presbyterian chapels, a dispensary, and a Ladies' Society for selling blankets and clothing at half price. In an ancicnt fort at Rakenny a considerable quantity of gold, with a large golden fibula, was found in an iron pot.

The Cootehill Poor Law Union ranks as the 62d; and was declared on Aug. 10, 1839. It lies partly in Co. Cavan, and partly in Co. Monaghan; and comprising an area of 164 square miles , or 104,988 acres, with a pop., in 1831 of 63,391. The electoral divisions within Co. Monaghan , together with their respective pop., in 1831, are Cormeen 6,654, Dawson Grove 7,511, Aghabog 5,495, and Drum 3,394; and those within Co. Cavan are Cootehill 7,335, Ashfield 6,557. Tullyvin 3,033, Drumgoon 4,269, Drung 5,054, Rathkenny 4,270, Lerah 3,171, and Knockbride 6,819.

County Cavan[4]

Contae an Chabhâain

Motto: Feardhacht is Fâirinne (Irish): "Manliness and Truth"


  • Province: Ulster
  • County seat: Cavan
  • Code: CN
  • Area: 1,931 km²
  • Population (2006): 63,961
  • Website:

County Cavan (Irish: Contae an Chabhâain) is one of the traditional counties of Ireland. It is located within the province of Ulster. It was named after the town of Cavan (Irish: an Cabhâan). It is one of three counties situated in the province of Ulster without being part of Northern Ireland. The county is bordered by County Monaghan, County Leitrim, County Longford, County Meath, County Westmeath and County Fermanagh. Area: 1,931 km² (746 square miles). Population (census 2006): 63,961.

The county town is Cavan.

Cavan is the 19th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 26th largest in terms of population[1]. It is the sixth largest of Ulster’s 9 counties in size and seventh largest in terms of population.

Lough Oughter, County Cavan

In medieval times, Cavan was known as East Brefnie, or Brefnie O'Reilly after its ruling Gaelic family since it was a major part of the 11th Century Irish Kingdom of Breifne, A high degree of defense was achieved by using the natural landscape of sharp hills and loughs. This, and poorly drained soils contributed to the obstacle against invasion.

Historically, Cavan was part of the western province of Connaught, but it officially became a part of Ulster in 1584 when Brefnie was shired and became the county of Cavan. In the south, the Lough Sheelin area was part of Leinster until the late 1300s.

Cavan was hard hit by the Great Famine in the mid-nineteenth century. In the winter of 1847, the local landlord in Mountnugent parish decided to evict over 200 people. The famous ballad "By Lough Sheelin Side" is based on this event witnessed by the local Catholic priest.

The chief rivers are the Woodford, the Shannon (rising on the south slopes of Cuilcagh mountain; 667 m/2,188 ft), and the Erne, which divides Cavan into two parts: a narrow, mostly low-lying stretch of ground, 30 km/19 mi long, between Leitrim and Fermanagh; and an eastern section of wild and bare hill country.

Much of the county is covered in bog and forest. The soil is generally poor and the climate moist and cold.

The chief lakes, noted for their scenery and coarse fishing, include the tortuously shaped Lough Oughter, and Loughs Ramor, Sheelin, Sillan, and Brackley.

The county has a population of 63,961 (2006 preliminary census data),[2] and covers an area of 1,931 km².

The average density of population is 29.9 persons per km².

Cavan is predominantly a rural county, with only 16% of its population living in towns with a population of 1,500 or more.

Towns and villages in County Cavan

  • Arvagh
  • Bailieborough, Ballinagh, Ballyconnell, Ballyhaise, Ballyjamesduff, Bawnboy, Belturbet, Blacklion, Butlersbridge
  • Cavan, Cootehill, Crossdoney
  • Dowra
  • Glangevlin
  • Kilcogy, Killeshandra, Kilnaleck, Kingscourt
  • Lough Gowna
  • Mullagh, Mountnugent
  • Redhills
  • Shercock, Stradone, Swanlinbar
  • Virginia

The township of Cavan, Ontario, Canada was named after County Cavan, from which its settlers had emigrated.

Agriculture is the chief industry; mushrooms and oats are major crops; dairying and pig- and beef-farming are also important.

Cavan is divided into Four County Electoral Areas: Bailieborough, Ballyjamesduff, Belturbet and Cavan. There are three Town Councils: Cavan Town, Belturbet and Cootehill.[3]


Origins of the Corrigan surname in Ireland; O'CorragÃÆin (in Gaelic), the sept belongs primarily to Fermanagh being of the same stock as the Maguires. Corrigans - the prefix O is seldom used - are still in that part of Ulster, but the name to-day is very scattered, being found in most counties, except in Munster. This was already the case in the sixteenth century when it appears in localities as far apart as Offaly, Roscommon, Meath and Monaghan. In the 1659 census Corrigan and O'Corrigan are among the more numerous Irish names in Offaly, Longford, and Fermanagh. The majority of the references to it in the Four Masters are to abbots and other ecclesiastics in County Fermanagh.

Some known variants of the surname Corrigan are; Carrigan, Carrogan, Corragan, Corrigan. Currigan and Courigan in East Connacht, Carrorcan in Co Clare.

Other variant spellings; Carigan, Caroken, Carroughan, Carragan, Carraghan, Carregan, Carrigeen, Carroghan, Carroocan, Carrookan, Carrucan, Coarigan, Coorakan, Cooregan, Corican, Corigan, Corocan, Corogan, Corrican, Corrigin, Corrikan, Corrogan, Courakin, Currigan, Curraghan, Curraken.


  1. #S92, tombstone and church records #FG
  2. Source: #S-2134401373 Page: Year: 1790; Census Place: , Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Roll: M637_7; Page: 160; Image: 0535. Note: Note: Data: Text: Residence date: 1790 Residence place: Mecklenburg, North Carolina APID: 1,5058::179877
  3. #FG shows Cabarrus County and Will was filed in Cabarrus County vice Iredell County
  4. Wikipedia:County_Cavan
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #9723041 Retrieved Jan 27 2018. , Coddle Creek ARP Church Cemetery, Mooresville, North Carolina
  • 1793, State of North Carolina, Cabarrus County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions - July 16, 1793, The Last Will and Testament of James Carrigan, Will Book ?
  • S92William Adolphus Carrigan states that Isabel Carrigan put 1714 in Family Bible as her husband's year of birth. His grave marker shows age 77 at death in 1793
  • James Carrigan Gravestone Link
  • Catherine Adams Carrigan Family Link
  • S-2134401373 Repository: #R-2145910970 Title: 1790 United States Federal Census Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Indexed from: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States in the Year 1790. Washington, D.C.: Government Note: APID: 1,5058::0
  • "United States Census, 1790," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: accessed 3 February 2018), James Carrigan, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 362, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 7; FHL microfilm 568,147.


  • Source: S-2121940566 Repository: #R-2145910970 Title: OneWorldTree Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. Note:
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  • Source: S-2126624214 Repository: #R-2145910970 Title: Ancestry Family Trees /pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4247297&pid=179
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  • Repository: R-2145910970 Name: Address: Note:
  • WikiTree profile Carrigan-26 created through the import of HAYER.GED on May 29, 2011 by Larry Hayer.
  • WikiTree profile Carrigan-260 created through the import of Alexander Family Tree.ged on Jul 16, 2012 by Rod Alexander.

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