William H. Reagan (1839-1905)

John Reagan was born in Ireland around 1807, the son of Christopher Reagan (born 1775) and Honora Murray (1777-1870). With his parents and siblings he emigrated as to the United States after 1819. John married Julia Grady, born around 1808, also in Ireland, and the couple settled in Ansonia, then a village in the town of Darby, Connecticut, where their seven children were born:

  1. Mary Anne Reagan (born ca. 1835)
  2. James Reagan (ca. 1837-before 1901)
  3. William H. Reagan (1839-1905)
  4. Catherine Reagan (ca. 1840-before 1901)
  5. Julia E. Reagan (30 June 1842-11 April 1920), married Peter Cummings (1837-1923), lived in Pittsfield, Mass.
  6. John Reagan (1845-1901), Civil War, First Vermont Cavalry.
  7. Edward C. Reagan (1846-after 1901), lived in Philadelphia.

Between 1850 and 1855, both John and Julia died, leaving seven children without home or support. Having learned that their grandparents, Christopher and Honora Reagan, were living in North Adams, Massachusetts, the children set out on foot, making their way up the Connecticut River to Greenfield, Massachusetts, then over the Hoosac Range via the Mohawk Trail to North Adams, where they located their grandparents, who took them in and raised them.

William H. Reagan, born in December 1839, was the third child of John and Julia Reagan. As a young man he moved to Troy, New York, where in 1866 he married Caroline O. Newcomb (1849-ca. 1922), daughter of Cyrenius William Newcomb, shoemaker, and Elizabeth Adaline "Betsey" Chase. The couple moved to Vermont for a few years, and then, around 1875, to North Adams, where he is listed in census records as an engineer (1880) and shipping clerk (1900). He was member of the Universalist church, and served as "dictator" of lodge no. 487 of the Knights of Honor. The couple's first two children were born in New York, the third (Bessie) in Vermont; their remaining children were born in North Adams. William H. Reagan died in 1905. They had nine children; the following are known:

  1. Arletta May Reagan (1866-after 1940), married Fred H. Simonds (born 1858), a church sexton in Philadelphia; had four children.
  2. William P. Reagan (December 1871-21 November 1900), married Mary Parker. After learning the shoe-cutter's trade, he became a North Adams police officer, but committed suicide. He left two young daughters, Grace (born 1898) and Marion Arletta (1899-1936).
  3. Bessie M. Reagan (June 1874-after 1962), married William Lincoln Dickie (1868-1934).
  4. Frank E. Reagan (ca. 1877-after 1902).
  5. Caroline A. "Della" Reagan (4 April 1881-12 August 1964), married her first cousin Charles Mortimer Fake (1882-1960); they had two sons and one daughter.
  6. Fred Herbert Reagan (1883-1962).
  7. Mabel E. Reagan (20 April 1889-1 April 1975), married Joseph M. Mulcahy (died 1956).
  8. James Reagan (died before 1900?)

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