Coogan (Cogan/Coogars) James, (1834 -) Ireland, and his son, John (1857-)
Dikeman near Richards, 78 Dikeman, liquor dealers
Dikeman near Richards - 78 Dikeman Street (North side between Van Brunt and Richard)
James Coogan married Mary ______. They had one son, John, who married, Agnes Murtha.
John and Agnes had one daughter, Agnes, born circa 1886. After the death of James Coogan,
his widow married William Butler. John Coogan died in 1900. His mother evicted her daughter in law
granddaughter and did not leave them anything in her will when she died a
few months after her son.
Birth: c 1834 Ireland
Child: John c 1857
Marriage: Agnes Murtha born c 1865
Death of James Coogan: 8 February 1871
Death of John Coogan: January 1890
- Agnes c 1884 - Married Unknown
21 Jan 1884
Father's Name John J. Coogan
Mother's Name Agnes Murtha
1871 Probate: Mary Coogan widow of James Coogan one child, John, age 13,
leaving no personal property
Remarriage of Mary Coogan to William Butler before 1880.
The 1886 map shows a frame house at 78 Dikeman near Richards - mid way on the north side
between Richards and Van Brunt.
Civil War Draft Registration: Coogan, John age 34, caulker, married born Ireland,
Dikeman and Van Brunt
1860 Census Ward 12: Coogan, age 25, caulker, $150,
born Ireland, Mary age 23, born Ireland, John 3
1864: James Cogan,
Dikeman n Richards
Brooklyn, New York,
Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1864
1870 Census: Coogan, James, 36, ret. liquor dealer, $6,000 Ireland,
Mary 30, John 13
1870: James Cogan,
Dikeman and Richards, Brooklyn, New York,
Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1870
1871 James Coogan liquors, Dikeman
1880 Census: 12th ward, no address,
John Coogan 23, grocer,
Agnes Coogan 21
Directory 1881 to 1886:
Residence Year: 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886
Street Address: 78 Dikeman
Residence Place: Brooklyn, New York
Publication Title: Brooklyn, New York, City Directory, 1881
1890, January: Died, COOGAN, John at his residence 78 Dikeman
March 13, 1890: Mrs. Mary Butler brought an eviction notice against her daughter in law at 100 Dikeman Street. The article
and other records
explain the relationship between Mary Butler and Agnes Coogan as follows:
Mary _____ married James Coogan. They had one son, John. James Coogan died without a will. Mary _____
William Butler and became Mrs. Mary Butler. Her son, John Coogan, married Agnes Murtha. They had one
daughter, Agnes, before
John Coogan died prior to March 1890. Mary Butler had never liked Agnes Murtha Coogan,
hence the attempt to have her
evicted from a property which belonged to Mary Butler.
(13 MAR 1890, PAGE 6):
Another article says the property was at 78 Dikeman. It reiterated that
Mary Butler wanted Agnes Coogan out of her house. A summons was tacked on the door.
The court declared in favor of Agnes Coogan and informed Mrs. Butler that she would
have to find some other
method to get possession of her house.
Mary Butler died June 13, 1890.
TO EVICT HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW
Mrs. Mary Butler Brings a Peculiar
An action to dispossess Agnes Coogan, a widow, who has apartments
at 100 Dikeman street, was brought in the First District Court
this morning, but owing to an error in the papers the action was
withdrawn. The landlord in the case was Mary Butler, of 184
Hamilton avenue, the mother in law of Agnes. Mary Butler was
Mary Coogan. She had one son, John, and to him his father
intended his property to go in case Mary remarried. But it
happened that the husband died without making a will and so the
legal disposition of the property was made. Mary Butler did not
like her son's wife and has not been very friendly to her. Agnes
lived in her present abode with her husband, and proposes to stay
there now without paying rent, although her mother in law does
claim the property as her own. On the day the constable served
the dispossess papers upon the daughter in law it is said that
her husband's mother was in the Church of the Visitation saying
masses for the repose of his soul. New papers will be drawn and
another attempt made to evict the daughter in law. Agnes has
one child, a girl, about 6 years of age. She and John were
married about eight years. The latter having died but a short
July 9, 1890: FIGHTING HER GRANDMOTHER'S WILL
Agnes Coogan, of 78 Dikeman Street, through her guardian, John R. Kuhn, has filled notice
of contest of the will of her grandmother, Mary Butler, who died at 134 Hamilton avenue on June 13. Undue influence
is alleged. Mrs. Butler was on bad terms
with the mother of the granddaughter, who married a son of the deceased by her first husband,
and cut her off with $1. She divided her property
among her nephews and nieces and left her husband, William,
the interest on a $3,000 mortgage. She also left $100 for masses for the repose of her soul.
1892: Edward Martha, age 60 born Ireland cooker, Mary 55 born Ireland,
Edward Jr 35 born US,
Agnes Coogan age 8 born US, Agnes Coogan 32, Mary Martha age 25
Otto Nelson 38 Germany
Death, Coogan, John 30 y, Jan 29 1890 , 2073 Kings
No death listed for Mary Butler June 13, 1890.
Probate of the estate of Mary Butler: Executors, John Dunne, of NYC and Sarah J McMahan of Brooklym
death 13 June 1890, witnesses, Patrick Coogan, Hamilton ave,
and John E Decker 109 Hamilton ave. -
surviving husband William Butler, of 134 Hamilton ave.
- her only heir at law and next of kin Agnes Coogan, granddaughter, residing with her mother, Agnes Coogan, at 78 Dykeman Street -
a court appointed guardian was charged with protecting the
interest of Agnes Coogan infant - the petition stated that Mary Butler
was not "sensible" and "was out of her mind" when she made her will that the will was not properly witnessed - that Mary Butler
did not sign the will - that the will was procured by undue influence -
that Mary Butler was "instigated to engage in litigation
with the mother of the infant and
incited to maintain unfriendly relationships towards her by
depriving said infant of her rightful inheritance".
The courts ruling was that the will was signed and witnesses - That
Mary Butler was of a sound a deposing mind - and the will was valid.
The will was not with the probate papers.
So who got the money?
1925: Agnes Coogan age 60 lodger
More on Butler and Murtha:
1860 Census: 383, 929 William Butler age 29, liquor dealer $3,000 $500 Ireland, Bridget, age 30, John age 79
1880 Census: 134 Hamilton ave.: Butler, Wm., age 51, liquor dealer,
Mary wife age 37, John son age 16.
1870 Census Ward 12: Edward Murtha 38, cooper $2,000,
Mary Murtha 35,
Hugh Murtha 17, cart driver,
Andrew Murtha 15, errand boy,
Edward Murtha 13, errand boy,
Agnes Murtha 10, at school
Mary Murtha 8,
Patrick Mckenna 33, carman,