PATRICK J. DORGAN

THE US CENSUS AND THE CENSUS OF RHODE ISLAND

1900 US FEDERAL CENSUS OF RHODE ISLAND

(Providence, Ward 3, ED 27, Pg. 4, June 4, 1900)
Patrick Dorgan and his wife, Mary, together with their six children (Anne, Michael, Patrick, David, John and William) appear in the 1900 Federal Census of New England ( Image #695, roll T623_1506, page 140, Enumeration District 27, Sheet 4, June 4, 1900) living at 39 Ashborne Street in the 3rd Ward of Providence, RI. Patrick listed his occupation as a “night laborer”.

1905 RHODE ISLAND STATE CENSUS

Patrick Dorgan and his wife, Mary, together with their six children (Anne, Michael, Patrick, David, William and Mary) appear on the 1905 Census of Rhode Island living at 296 Charles Street in Providence, RI. His son, John had died. This census depicts him as a “common laborer.” , age 45, who emigrated to the US in 1896 and was “unemployed for three months” during the census year of 1905.

1910 US FEDERAL CENSUS OF RHODE ISLAND

Patrick Dorgan, age 44 (notice he said he was 45 in 1905!) and his wife, Mary, age 39, together with their six children (Anne, 21, Michael, 20, Patrick, 18, David, 16, William, 12 and Mary, 5) appear on the 1910 Census of Rhode Island living at 47 Osborne Street in Providence, RI. Patrick is listed as a laborer with a “Bleachery”; Anne is a milliner at a Department Store; Michael works in a Jewelry Shop; Patrick is an apprentice Tool Maker.

1915 RHODE ISLAND STATE CENSUS

This census lists Patrick (“Patsy”) as “Head” of the family together with his wife, Mary and three of their children, David, William J. and Mary. At this time they were living at 125 Wayne Street in Providence, RI. Patrick is listed as a laborer with the City of Providence and was “out of work on April 15, 1915,” but was “working on own account.”

1920 US FEDERAL CENSUS OF RHODE ISLAND

No record for Patrick Dorgan.

1925 RHODE ISLAND STATE CENSUS

This census lists Patrick as “Head” of the family together with his wife Mary and his daughter Mary. At this time they were living at 61 Bergen Street in Providence, RI. This was a three story home owned by his son David’s father-in-law, James Doorley. James Doorley, David Dorgan and his wife Ellen (Helen) Doorley lived on one floor. Patrick and Mary Dorgan and their daughter, Mary Dorgan lived on another floor. Edward Doorley, the son of James Doorley, and his wife Elizabeth and their son, James lived on another floor. This census also lists Patrick’s and Mary’s citizenship as “petitioning aliens”.

1930 US FEDERAL CENSUS OF RHODE ISLAND

(Cranston, Ward 2, Providence County, Rhode Island, ED #4-128, pg. 11A)This census lists Patrick Dorgan as “Head” of the family. He stated that he was 65, married at the age of 25, born in the Irish Free State of Irish parents and that he paid $45 rent. At this time he and his family were living in the Auburn section of Cranston. Patrick was a factory worker (a boilermaker) in Providence, RI at the Providence Ironworks in the Turks Head Building. Living with him was his wife, Mary, and his daughter Mary Catherine, together with her husband, Raymond J. Moriarty and their daughter, Barbara Jane.

Patrick Dorgan appears in these City Directories, Providence, Rhode Island:

  • 1900 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 280, 39 Ashborne St.
  • 1907 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 584, 49 Osborne St.
  • 1913 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 804, 123 Wayne St.
  • 1915 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 783 125 Wayne St.
  • 1919 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 717 125 Wayne St
  • 1923 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 160 68 Bergen St.
  • 1925 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, fireman (“boiler man”) at the Turk’s Head Building. He resided at 61 Bergen St.
  • 1928 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, fireman (“boiler man”) at the Turk’s Head Building. He resided at 61 Bergen St.
  • 1929 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, laborer. He resided at 103 Rosedale St.
  • 1930 – Rhode Island City Directories, Providence, pg. 677 103 Rosedale St.
  • 1932 – Rhode Island City Directories, Cranston, pg. 379 304 Bayview Ave.

DEATH CERTIFICATE OF PATRICK J. DORGAN

Patrick had petitioned to become a US citizen since 1916. Finally, he became a US citizen on May 15, 1933 at the US District Court in Providence. At that time he was living at 170 Richland Street, Cranston, RI. He was a stationary fireman. His sponsors were John H. Maguire, his son-in-law, who was a trucking contractor living at 21 College Road in Providence, RI and John H. O’Brien who was also a contractor and builder living at 100 Bolton Avenue, Providence, RI.

Patrick suffered a debilitating stroke in the mid-late 1930s. He died at the home of his son Michael, 213 Woodbine Street in Cranston on December 9, 1937. This was a three-story tenement house. Michael Dorgan occupied the first floor. Thomas A. Dorgan, Sr. occupied the second floor and Patrick and Mary Dorgan occupied the third floor.