Patrick Francis DORGAN
b: 28 MAY 1891
d: 8 APR 1969
Biography

Patrick Dorgan is a colorful character. He is described as a very intelligent man, an engineer, a toolmaker, and a veteran. He was often "on the run" from "business associates". He sometimes used an alias, Patrick Forgan, perhaps to escape his creditors. He travelled to many States and spent some time in Indianapolis, Indiana with his nephew, Francis Maguire.

Patrick Dorgan married twice. His first wife was a womand named Violet. I have been unable to locate a marriage record for this marriage. His second wife was Edna Frechette from New York, perhaps Long Island. Patrick lived on Long Island for some time.

Patrick Francis Dorgan signed up for the WWI Draft on 5 June 1917 in Providence, Rhode Island. He used his real name, Patrick Francis Dorgan, but he gave his birth date as July 18, 1891 and his place of birth as Sydney, Australia! He stated he lived at 443 Pine Street, Providence, Rhode Island and he lived with his wife and sister who was under 12 years old. He also stated he was a “naturalized citizen” and a salesman at the Chandler Motors Company of Cleveland located at 118 Broad Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

Patirck said that he served with the US Navy in World War I, but I have been unable to find his military record. His father, Patrick J. Dorgan, and his two brothers, David A. Dorgan and Michael J. Dorgan and Richard Hartnett enrolled in a citizenship class conducted at a library or school during the War year1917. But, ironically, Patrick F. Dorgan was not with them.

Patrick’s Obituary appeared in the Providence Journal on 10 April 1969, page 28:

“Patrick F. Dorgan died Tuesday at his home, 168 Whitehall St. He was the husband of the late Edna (Frechette) Dorgan. Born in County Cork, Ireland, a son of the late Patrick J. and Mary (Hartnett) Dorgan, he was a 50-year resident of Providence, and a Navy veteran of World War I. Surving are two sisters, Mrs. Anne T. Maguire and Mrs. R. James Moriarty, both of Cranston; and two brothers, David A. Dorgan of Providence and William J. Dorgan of Cranston. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. from te J. F. Skeffington Chapel, 925 Chalkstone Ave., with a high requiem Mass at 10 in St. Anthony’s Church, Plainfield Street. Burial will be in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Cranston.”

Francis Maguire shared this personal remembrance of his uncle Patirck Francis Dorgan:

UNCLE PAT

My first memory of Uncle Pat is when out of the blue he arrived at our home on Bartlett Ave, in Cranston sometime in the year of 1930, this has to be close since I remember he took care of us while Ma was in the hospital for the birth of Hope (August 5,1931).

Although I was only nine years old at the time, it seemed that Uncle Pat arrived without any warning from our parents about the new guest he just appeared and moved in, I'm sure there must have been adult negotations prior to the move, kids wouldn't be consulted at all.

Pat was a favorite with all of the kids as I remember and I loved him because he would always have time to tell me about what he was working on and give all sorts of advice. He was adept with tools and he repaired everything around the house, His pet project was converting an old console RCA radio into a sort of stand up cabinet and he insisted on painting it “Chinese Red”, no other tint would do. He helped me to write a letter to Ma while she was in the hospital and he also wrote a letter for my brother Bill since Bill wasn't ready for writing at the time.

The crash of 1929 took a terrible toll on working people and I presume there were millions of people who were forced to move in with relatives the way Uncle Pat came to us. The folks told us that Pat had been working on some type of oil equipment in Mexico and had developed some illness like malaria and had been in the hospital before he came back to Rhode Island. I can't imagine how he could recuperate in a home filled with nine kids aged one month through nineteen.

Pat left us sometime between the years 1932-1935, I don't know when but he didn't move to College Rd. with our family.

Our father died in1936 and I don't think we saw much of him during the years 1936 through 1940, even though he was working in Prov. He somehow was connected with the Fay theater and he may have had connections with Mr. Fay. I've always suspected that Uncle Pat was an “expert” on large industrial type oil furnaces.

Prior to 1940 Pat lived in Prov and apparently married Vi, I remember “Aunt Vi” since we would visit with her when we were kids she was a kind and pretty lady and always handed out candy and coins. As I recall Vi lived in a large double on Broadway near downtown Prov. Pat was never there when I visited, he had probably departed for other pastures some time in the early 40's

The next connection with Pat was when we drove our mother to Kew Gardens,NYC to visit he and the new wife Edna. At that time I know Pat worked on or supervised the installation of large boilers because he took me to one or two installations. He and Edna seemed to be doing quite well at this juncture as their apartment was rather upscale and they dressed very nicely.

So we all were off to war in1942 and heard no more from Uncle Pat until 1947 the year our son Jim was born. We had just moved into a new small two bedroom home on the south side of Indy in August of '47 and I think Pat called in early '48 to ask if they could come to Indy to see us, of course I was happy to see one of my favorite relatives.

I picked them up at the train station and lo and behold they arrived with lots of bags and baggage and also “freakin” dog. So in they moved into a small bedroom with a twin bed and along side a crib with Baby Jim. This went on for many long months until the strain on our marriage reached the snapping point.

Pat ,Edna and doggie finally left and I put them on a train to Rhode Island, probably early '49.We never heard from Pat or Edna again.

Edna had been married to someone with an Italian name like Mongano, my sister Pat probably has the correct name in her archives. Edna's son, I think “Tommy” was in the Army stationed near Quonset Point in early 1942 and he called me several time for a ride back to base, I obliged him several times until I found out he was charging the 3 or 4 GI's with him and he never offered to pay for gas. One of our finer citizens.

One more remembrance of Uncle Pat, if I would smart off to him he would say, “DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOUR TICKET”. I would be puzzled until he explained the difference between first class and other class tickets.

Over the years I think Pat would stretch his luck and live beyond his ticket only to use his last dollar to get out of town, hence all of the name changes.

Hope you can use the info Bill

Fran
Facts
  • 28 MAY 1891 - Birth - ; Ballybraher, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
  • 28 MAY 1891 - Baptism - ; Church of Ballycotton, Diocese of Cloyne.
  • 11 APR 1969 - Burial - ; St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 8 APR 1969 - Death - ; Providence, Rhode Island
  • Occupation - Engineer
Ancestors
   
Patrick DORGAN (DARGAN)
ABT 1820 - BEF 1886
 
 
Patrick J. DORGAN
26 APR 1860 - 9 DEC 1937
  
  
  
Johanna (Ann) (Nancy) FLYNN
ABT 1817 - 9 MAR 1895
 
Patrick Francis DORGAN
28 MAY 1891 - 8 APR 1969
  
 
  
John HARTNETT
1832 - 1893
 
 
Mary Catherine HARTNETT
22 NOV 1866 - 23 NOV 1950
  
  
  
 
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Patrick J. DORGAN
Birth26 APR 1860Carrigkilter, Ballintemple, East County Cork, Ireland
Death9 DEC 1937 Cranston, Rhode Island
Marriage26 NOV 1886to Mary Catherine HARTNETT at Cloyne RC Church, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
FatherPatrick DORGAN (DARGAN)
MotherJohanna (Ann) (Nancy) FLYNN
PARENT (F) Mary Catherine HARTNETT
Birth22 NOV 1866Churchtown South, East County Cork, Ireland
Death23 NOV 1950 Warwick, Rhode Island
Marriage26 NOV 1886to Patrick J. DORGAN at Cloyne RC Church, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
FatherJohn HARTNETT
Mother(Mary) Catherine DUHIG
CHILDREN
FAnne Theresa DORGAN
Birth24 APR 1887Churchtown South, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
Death1 JUN 1975Warwick, Rhode Island 02888
Marriage26 JUN 1913to John Henry MAGUIRE , Jr. at Providence, Rhode Island
MPatrick Francis DORGAN
Birth28 MAY 1891Ballybraher, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
Death8 APR 1969Providence, Rhode Island
Marriage12 JAN 1914to Sarah Violet WATERS at St. Patrick's Church, Providence, Rhode Island
Marriageto Edna FRECHETTE at New York, New York
FMary Catherine DORGAN
Birth19 MAR 1905Providence, Rhode Island
Death20 DEC 1996Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
Marriageto Raymond James MORIARTY
MTimothy Joseph DORGAN
Birth17 JUN 1902Providence, Rhode Island
Death17 APR 1903Providence, Rhode Island
MMichael Joseph DORGAN
Birth25 FEB 1889Ballybraher, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
Death10 AUG 1967Hooksett, New Hamshire
Marriage29 JUL 1914to Catherine Josephine KING at Immaculate Conception Church, Warwick, Rhode Island
MJohn Joseph DORGAN
Birth16 DEC 1895Ballybraher, Ballycotton, Parish of Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
DeathAFT 22 DEC 1895Ballybraher, Ballycotton, Parish of Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
MWilliam Joseph DORGAN
Birth11 APR 1897Carrigkilter, Ballintemple, East County Cork, Ireland
Death22 FEB 1983Warwick, Rhode Island 02889
Marriage25 JUL 1923to Helen Louise McINTOSH at Fall River, Massachusetts
Marriage9 JUN 1917to Jessie GREIG at Saint Patrick's Church, Providence, Rhode Island
MDavid Andrew DORGAN
Birth9 SEP 1893Ballybraher, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
Death4 OCT 1984Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Marriage5 NOV 1919to Ellen Margaret DOORLEY
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Patrick Francis DORGAN
Birth28 MAY 1891Ballybraher, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
Death8 APR 1969 Providence, Rhode Island
Marriage12 JAN 1914to Sarah Violet WATERS at St. Patrick's Church, Providence, Rhode Island
Marriageto Edna FRECHETTE at New York, New York
FatherPatrick J. DORGAN
MotherMary Catherine HARTNETT
PARENT (F) Sarah Violet WATERS
Birth1884Providence, Rhode Island
Death23 JAN 1938 Providence, Rhode Island
Marriage12 JAN 1914to Patrick Francis DORGAN at St. Patrick's Church, Providence, Rhode Island
FatherPeter F. WATERS
MotherMary STOWELL
CHILDREN
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Patrick Francis DORGAN
Birth28 MAY 1891Ballybraher, Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
Death8 APR 1969 Providence, Rhode Island
Marriage12 JAN 1914to Sarah Violet WATERS at St. Patrick's Church, Providence, Rhode Island
Marriageto Edna FRECHETTE at New York, New York
FatherPatrick J. DORGAN
MotherMary Catherine HARTNETT
PARENT (F) Edna FRECHETTE
Birth22 JAN 1901
DeathMAR 1967 Providence, Rhode Island
Marriageto Patrick Francis DORGAN at New York, New York
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
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Descendancy Chart
Patrick Francis DORGAN b: 28 MAY 1891 d: 8 APR 1969
Sarah Violet WATERS b: 1884 d: 23 JAN 1938
Edna FRECHETTE b: 22 JAN 1901 d: MAR 1967