Martin Langan Ellen Moughan (Mohan)
November 9, 1872 Mochara, Co. Mayo, Ireland
January 5, 1915, New York City
March 25, 1874, Ballinrobe, Ireland
1962, USA

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Martin Langan information from Ken Carty

Some information in this section came from Langan descendant, Ken Carty, who first contacted me by email in the spring of 2004. Ken is the descendant of Martin Langan and his wife, Ellen Moughan, though their daughter, Martha. The information that he supplied is entered in blue.

Martin Langan (1872-1915), A Brief Biographical Sketch

Martin Langan, the son of Mathias Langan and Penelope Byrne, was born November 9, 1872 in the village of Mochara in the parish of Shrule in County Mayo, Ireland.

He immigrated to New York City circa 1890/91, where he married Ellen Moughan in 1897. They had two children, Martha and Helen, both born in New York City. Ellen Moughan Langan and her two children went back to Ireland before 1911. They returned to the States in 1920. Martin Langan died in New York City in 1915.


The exact date of Martin's immigration is not known.

For general information on the Langan immigration to New York City, go to The Langans in New York City now or at the bottom of the page.


I did not find a naturalization record for Martin Langan.

He was not naturalized in the US Supreme Court in NYC.

Not all immigrants were naturalized. Estimates are that between 1890 and 1930 only about 25% of the immigrant population were naturalized.

New York City Directory Listings

I did not find any listings for Martin Langan in the NYC directories between 1890 and 1896.


Martin Langan, age 23, place of birth, County Mayo, Ireland, son of Matthew Langan and Philomena (sic) Byrnes, address 445 E. 19th Street


Ellen Moughan, age 22, place of birth, County Mayo, Ireland, daughter of Mary Hallorans and Patrick Moughan, address, 445 E. 19th Street

December 7, 1897

Witnesses, Joseph Walsh and Maggie Walsh, clergyman, Thomas P. Phelan at 239 E. 21st Street.


  • Martin was really 25.
  • Maggie Walsh was Martin's sister, Joseph Walsh was her husband.
  • 239 E 21st Street was the address for the rectory of the Epiphany R.C. Church.
  • Ellen Moughan was the sister of Pat Moghan who married Fanny Walsh in NYC in 1899. Joseph Walsh married Maggie Langan in 1895.

The marriages between the Walsh, Langan, and Mohan siblings was a little complicated.

Ellen Moughan was married to Martin Langan. Her brother, Pat, was married to Fanny Walsh, the sister of Joseph Walsh. Joseph Walsh was married to Martin Langan's sister, Maggie Langan.

Pat "Mohan" was the brother of Ellen "Moughan"
Ellen "Moughan" married Martin Langan
Martin Langan was the brother of Maggie Langan
Maggie Langan married Joseph Walsh
Joseph Walsh was the brother of Fanny Walsh
Fanny Walsh married Pat "Mohan"


Martin Langan and Ellen Moughan had:

  1. Martha Mary Langan (1898-) and Frederick G Carty


    Civil Record: The original birth record listed Martin Langan, male, of Martin Langan, age 25, born in Ireland, waiter, and Ellen Monaghan, age 21, born in Ireland, March 7, 1898. 445 E 19th Street, one of one living child. (1898 NYC Certificate #10845).

    On June 30, 1914 a correction was made in the name and sex from Martin, male to Martha Mary, female. The rest of information was the same.

    Note: Why was the change made in 1914, sixteen years after her birth? At the time of this correction, Martha was in Ballinrobe with her mother and sister. Kathy Carty, the wife of Martha's son, Ken Carty, suggested that Martha may have needed her birth record for some occasion like confirmation and only discovered the error on her birth record at that time.

    Church Record: I did not find the baptismal record for Martha Langan.

    Frederick G. Carty, Sr. 22 November 1925, St Luke's R. C. Church, 623 138th Street, Bronx, New York, 10454. (information from their son, Ken Carty)

    Civil Record: Bronx marriage certificate #7096, 1925

    Frederick G Carty 431 E 134th Street, age 22, single clerk, born NYC, father Joshua, mother Adelaide Spiekerman, 1st marriage, to Martha Langan, 592 E 136 Street, age 27, single born NYC father Martin, mother, Helen Mahon, 1st marriage, St Luke's Church 623 E 138th Street, Bronx, 22 November 1925, Rev. Patrick J Cummane, RC Clergyman, witnesses, Christopher J Geoghegan, and Margaret Glynn.

    Frederick George Carty, Sr.: Frederick George Carty was born 18 February 1903 in Philadelphia, Pa. the son of Joshua Carty and Adelaide Spiekerman.

    More on Fred Carty: Fred's parents, Joshua Carty Jr. and Adelaide Spickerman Carty were listed in the 1900 Census in Absecon Atlantic Co., New Jersey living with Adelaide's parents - Martin (born Feb 1854) and Sophia (born 1858). Martin Spickerman and his son George C. (born Dec 1880) were listed as tin smiths. The census indicates that Joshua Carty Jr. was born May 1872 in New Jersey. His occupation was listed at insurance agent.

    Adelaide Spickerman Carty was born in New Jersey 1875.

    By 1900 the Cartys had one son, Martin S, age 11 months. (Martin S Carty is listed in the 1920 census in Camden Co. New Jersey.)

    I did not find Joshua and Adelaide Carty in the 1910 census.

    Joshua Carty Jr's father, Joshua Carty Sr. (born circa 1834 - son of Samuel Carty and Martha ) was listed in the 1850 census in Egg Harbor New Jersey with siblings, Susan (Sarah), Daniel, Abigail, Lydia, Edward, and James.

    Joshua Carty Sr. married Patience before 1860. They were listed in the 1860 census in Chews, Landing, Waterford, Camden Co. with one son Owen, age 4. Next to them were Samuel and Martha who by this time had added Lydia, Laura (?), Samuel, Benjamin, and Hannah to their brood. By 1870 Joshua Carty Sr. and Patience had Owen, Mary Jane, John, Charles and Lewis.

    Joshua and Patience moved back to Egg Harbor before 1880 when they were listed with two additional children: Joshua Jr. and Franklin F.

    Joshua Carty Jr. married Adelaide Spickerman. The censuses and other records indicate that they had: Martin S circa 1899, Adelaide circa 1901, Frederick circa 1903. I could not find them listed in the 1910 census. Sometime before 1920 Adelaide died and Joshua Jr. remarried. He was listed in both 1920 and 1920 as a building carpenter living in Pleasentville Atlantic Co, NJ with his wife Myrtle. The had William born circa 1920 and Joeletta born circa 1927.

    Adelaide, a public school teacher, was listed with her grandparents, Martin and Sophia Speckerman in the 1920 census in Abescon, Atlantic Co New Jersey. Also listed with them was Bridget Oberle, age 89 listed as "mother' born in Donegal Ireland. Sophia was born in Massachusetts. Martin was born in New York.

    "Fred" Carty was listed in the 1920 census at E136 Street Bronx, nephew, age 17 born in "Pa", helper in store with George "Speckman", age 38 born NJ no occupation listed, Charlotte Speckman wife age 39, and their daughter Pearl age 15.

    Children of Martha Langan and Frederick Carty :

    1. Mary Joan Carty
      Birth: September 02, 1927, New York, New York
      Death: 23 May 1936, Bronx
      Bronx Death Certificate: Mary J Cardy, age 8, May 23, 1936 Bronx certificate # 5391
      Lincoln Hospital Bronx, age 8, born in US, father, Frederick Carty, mother, Martha Langan, both born US, 445 E 140th Street buried Calvery Cemetery. Cause of death: Burns of body and extreem shock, clothes ignited while playing with matches, May 23, 1936 5:00 PM.
      A Mother's Warning: As children my mother always warned us against playing with matches telling us of a young cousin who was burned to death when her clothes caught on fire. I would imagine that this is the cousin from whom the warning derived. However, as I remember the story the young girl got up at night and her bedclothes caught on fire when she went too near a vigil candle lit before the Virgin Mary. Why this fanciful version was told, I have no idea.
    2. Helen Adelaide Carty
      Birth: December 26, 1929, New York, New York
      Death: 15 April 1979 Glendale, Queen County, New York, buried 19 April 1979, Saint Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, N. Y.
    3. Frederick George Carty, Jr.
      Birth: August 30, 1932, New York, New York
      Married: Maureen Dennehy, 11 September 1954, Bronx
      Death: 17 March 2002, in Southern New Hampshire Regional Hospital, Naushua
    4. John Joseph Carty
      Birth: 13 July 1937, Bronx, New York
      Married: Patricia Ann Clementz, 30, July 1960, Edgemere, Queens, New York
    5. Robert Francis Carty
      Birth: 17 August 1940
      Married: Eileen McKenna, 01 Oct 1966 New York
      Married: 20 May 2001 Susan Smith
      Death: 4/19/18 per his niece Sheila Carty October 2019
      "Robert F. Carty, 77 years of age from Bay Shore, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Beloved husband of Susan. Dedicated brother to Ken and Jack. Loving dad to Jackie Muller and Tracy Sokolowski. Proud grandfather of Travis, Justin, Tommy and Cassidy." Inmterment at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, LI
    6. Kenneth Patrick Carty, Sr.
      Birth: 01 October 1941
      Married: Kathleen O'Brien, 16 November 1963 in Jamaica New york
      Death: 4/25/19 per his daughter Shiela Carty October 2019
      Kenneth Patrick Carty, Sr., 77, a resident of Greensboro passed away on Thursday April 25, 2019 at Moses H. Cone Hospital. He was born October 1, 1941 in The Bronx, New York, the son of Frederick George and Martha Mary Langan Carty.
      Ken was employed for 42 years with Lucent Technologies (Western Electric, AT&T), retiring as a Business Systems Manager. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and was active in the Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen and two brothers, Robert and Frederick. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen of the home; daughters, Christine Carty Dohm and husband Donald of Madison, Sheila Carty of Cary; sons, Kenneth P Carty, Jr. and wife Jessie of Charlotte, Brian Carty of Raleigh; brother, John Carty and wife Patricia of Greensboro; sister-in-law, Susan Smith of Bay Shore, NY; cousin, Helen Jacobs of Bellmore, NY and grandchildren, Thomas, Patrick, and Ryan Dohm.

    1930 Census: No

    1940: E 142nd street, Bronx, Carty, Frederick Sr, 35, shipping clerk, Martha, 35, Helen A. 10, Frederick Jr. 7, John J 2

    Death of Martha Langan Carty: 25 June 1972, Edgemere, Queens buried 28 June 1972 Saint Raymons's Cemetery, Bronx.

    Martha Carty SSN: 093-42-6689 Last Residence: 11691 Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USA BORN: 7 Mar 1898 Died: Jun 1972

    Death of Frederick George Carty Sr.: 24 February 1976 buried 17 February 1976 Saint Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx.

    SSDI: Frederick Carty, SSN: 061-01-9174 11691 Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, United States of America, Born: 18 Feb 1903, Died: Feb 1976, SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)

  2. Helen Langan (1900-1955)

    Birth: Helen Florence (Nellie)

    Civil Record: Nellie Langan, female, of Martin, 26, waiter, born in Ireland, and Ellen "Monaghan" born in Ireland, was born on August 23, 1900, address 348 E 56th Street, two of two living children. (1900 NYC certificate # 34832)

    Church Record: I did not find the baptismal record for Hellen (Nellie) Langan.

    Death: 1955 (information from Ken Carty)

1900 Census

Martin and his family were listed at 246 E. (?) 6th Street in the 1900 US census as follows:

  • Martin, head of household, married 2 years, born November 1872 in Ireland, age 27, immigrated 1890, alien, occupation, waiter.
  • Ellen, wife, born March 1877, in Ireland, age 22, mother of 1 child, immigrated 1893.
  • Martha, daughter, born September 1898 in New York, age 2.

1910 Census

I did not find a listing for Martin Langan or Ellen Langan in the 1910 census.

Return of Ellen Moughan Langan to Ireland

Notes from Agnes Walsh Lahiff (the daughter of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan)

"Martin Langan married Ellen (Muddy) Mohan- went to Ireland, 2 children, Ellen-Ireland, Martha- Mat Flannery, Fred"
1901 Census, Ballinrobe, Ireland

Not listed.

1911 Census, Ballinrobe, Ireland

Ellen Moughan Langan and her daughters were listed in the 1911 Irish Census on Glebe Street in the town of Ballinrobe as follows:

  1. Ellen Langan, head of family, Roman Catholic, able to read and write, age 37, domestic servant, married for 15 years, 2 children, 2 children still living, born in Co. Mayo, Irish/English speaker.
  2. Martha Langan, daughter, Roman Catholic, able to read and write, age 13, scholar, single, born in New York City, English speaker.
  3. Helen Langan, daughter, Roman Catholic, able to read and write, age 10, scholar, single, born in New York City, English speaker.
Information from Ken Carty

Ellen's, grandson, Ken Carty says:

My mother, Aunt Helen and grandmother Ellen (Muddy) went back to Ballinrobe in 1904. They stayed until 1920 and returned to the states leaving from Liverpool on the Carmania, arriving October 17, 1920.
Information from the 1920 Manifest

On her return to the US in 1920 Ellen Langan indicated that she had first arrived in the US in 1891 and left in 1900.

Langan, Ellen age 38, domestic, from Ballinrobe, Ireland, Martha age 18, ch-mst assnt, born 3-5-1898 NYC Helen age 16 born 8-23-1900 NYC, all US Citizens, from Father in law M Langan high street, Ballinrobe, to New York City to sister Mrs. Pat Brown, 207 E 37th St NYC.

Death of Martin Langan

Martin Langan died on January 5, 1915 at Metropolitan Hospital. He was listed as, single , aged 40, occupation, waiter, born in Ireland, resident of New York City for 24 years, son of Matthew Langan and Napper Burns, cause of death; pulmonary tuberculosis. Martin was admitted to Metropolitan Hospital on August 31, 1914. His former residence was listed as 1485 2nd Ave., New York. Martin was buried in Calvary Cemetery on January 8, 1915 in the same grave as his mother Penelope, his brother, James, James' wife, Anastacia and several of his nieces and nephew.


  • He was really 42.
  • The address is the same address listed as James's address when he died a few weeks later.

Return Ellen Moughan Langan and her Daughters to the US in 1920

Ellen Moughan Langan was listed with her daughters, Martha and Helen on the ship manifest for the Carmania arriving at Ellis Island, New York on October 17, 1920 as follows;

  1. Langan, Ellen, age 38, Female, widow, domestic, born Ireland, Ballinrobe, in US from 1891 to 1900, nearest relative in Ireland, M. Langan, (father in law) of High Street, Ballinrobe, final destination New York, passage paid by self, nearest relative in US, Mrs. Pat Brown, (sister) 207 E 37th street, NYC, 5 feet 3 inches, fair complexion, brown hair, brown eyes.
  2. Langan, Martha, age 18, single, chemists assistant, born US citizen baptismal certificate dated 7-9-14 at NYC born 3-6-1898, 5 feet 4 inches, "fsh" complexion, black hair, hazel eyes
  3. Langan, Helen, age 16, chemists assistant, born US citizen baptismal certificate dated 7-9-14 at NYC born 8-23-1900, 5 feet 5 inches, fair complexion, fair haired, blue eyes.

Other information for Martha and Helen is the same as that for their mother.

Mathias Langan, Ellen's father in law, died November 28, 1920 in Ballinrobe. See Mathias Langan

1930 Census


Death of Ellen Moughan Langan

Ken Carty says:

Muddy died in 1962
Ellen Langan - Age: 79 - Birth Date: abt 1883 - Death Date: 30 Jun 1962 - Death Place: Queens, New York, New York, USA - Certificate Number: 8080

Helen Langan, from a photo in A Century of Memories an undated magazine about Ballinrobe, xeroxed at the Castlebar Library in 2004. See Old Photos of Ballinrobe for the total picture.

The Moughans in the Records in Ballinrobe

The 1901 Census

Ellen's parents, Pat and Mary Moughan, were listed in the 1901 census on Glebe Street in Ballinrobe as follows:

  1. Patrick Moughan, head of household, age 60, cannot read or write, carrier, married, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
  2. Mary, age 40, cannot read or write, born Mayo, Irish/English speaker
  3. Margaret, can read and write, age 12, Irish/English speaker
  4. Kate, can read and write, age 10, Irish/English speaker

The Griffith Tax Records for No. 44 Glebe Street Town of Ballinrobe

The Griffith Tax records indicate that Patrick Moughan was the head of household at no. 44 Glebe Street in the ledger that covers the mid to late 1890s to to about 1903.

The Griffith Tax records indicate that Patrick Moughan was the head of household at no. 44 Glebe Street town of Ballinrobe in the ledger that covers the years 1900ish to 1915ish. Patrick Moughan was crossed out and Mary Moughan was entered. There are two dates in the observation column, 1911 and 1915. I do not know why there are two dates and only one change of name. However, it would suggest that Patrick Moughan died in either 1911 or 1915.

The Griffith tax ledger that covers the 1920s and 1930s shows two changes at no. 44 Glebe Street:

  1. In 1927 Mary Moughan was crossed out and Ellen Langan was entered as the head of household
  2. In 1929 Ellen Langan was crossed out and Christine Hynes was entered as the head of household.
Note: The Griffith were property tax evualations first made in Ballinrobe in 1856 and updated when changes in tenancy were made. They only list the head of household. New ledgers were made every few years. However, they are not officially dated. Dates can be infered by the notations in the margins, which is why I say 1900ish. The Griffith is a good way of tracking a certain peice of property over time. It is also a good way of getting estimates of when moves and deaths occurred.

Pat Moughan and Mary Hollerans, Marriage, Children and Death




  1. Mary of Pat Moghan and Mary Hollerine, sponsors, John Murphy and Bridget Branegan, April 29, 1872, No place. (Ballinrobe Parish Records)

  2. Eleanor of Pat Moughan and Mary Holleran, sponsors, Jas O'Connell and Mary O'Mally (?), March 25, 1874, No place. (Ballinrobe Parish Records)

    Note: Ellen married Martin Langan NYC

  3. Pat of Pat and Mary Moghan, sponsors, Peter Holleran and Bridget Houryhigan (?), December 3, 1876 Town of Ballinrobe. (Ballinrobe Parish Records)

    Note: Pat Mohan married Fanny Walsh in NYC in 1901. Fanny was the sister of Joseph Walsh who married Maggie Langan, Martin Langan's sister. See Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan

  4. Anne Mohan of Pat and Mary Mohan, Sps Peter Holleran and Mary Coleman, May 11, 1879, No place. (Ballinrobe Parish Records)

    Civil Record from the IGI: Anne Maughan - International Genealogical Index Gender: Female Birth: 04 JUN 1879 Ballinrobe, Mayo, Ireland to Patt Maughn and Mary Holleran

  5. 10 year break, there were probably other children born to them during those 10 years

  6. Margaret circa 1889, from 1901 census

  7. Kate circa 1891, from 1901 census
    Immigration: Kate Mohan age 19, servant, from Ballinrobbe Ireland, on the Majestic from Queenstown arriving May 27, 1909, mother Glebe Street Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo to sister Mrs Brown 314 E 25th Street NYC*, 5'3" fair, brown eyes brown hair.
  • I only have the Ballinrobe parish records through 1881.
  • Mary Holleran Moughan was listed as age 40 in the 1901 census. If true, this would mean she was born circa 1861 and impossible feat if she had a child in 1872.
  • *Ellen Mohan Langan and her daughters Martha and Helen were listed as going to her sister Mrs. Pat Brown, 207 E 37th street, NYC in 1920.

1901 Irish census

Glebe street, Ballinrobe,

Moghan Patrick 60 Male Head of Family R Catholic, carrier, cannot read or write,
Moghan Mary 40 Female Wife R Catholic, cannot read or write
Moghan Margt 12 Female Daughter R Catholic, read and write,
Moghan Kate 10 Female Daughter R Catholic, all English Irish speakers.

1911 Irish census

Not found in Ballinrobe under Mohan, Moghan, Moughan

Death of Pat Moughan, senior

The change of head of house hold in the Griffith Tax ledger suggests a death in either 1911 or 1915.

Death of Mary Holleran Moughan

The Griffith Tax ledger that covers the 1920s and 1930s suggests that Mary Holleran Moughan died in 1927 and that Ellen Langan continued to have some control over the property in Ballinrobe in 1929.

Note: Langan descendant, Ken Carty, says that Elllen and her children returned permanently to the United States in 1920.

A Town Girl's Shoes

In her reminiscences of life in Ireland Martha Langan Carty told her sons, Ken and Bob, about what nice shoes she had. They both found it very funny that she should brag about her shoes. However, shoes were probably a status symbol as many pictures of women and children in western Ireland show them shoeless, see People.

Social Security Claim

Ellen Mohan Langan [Ellen Mohan Mohan] SSN: 076123907 Gender: Female Race: White Birth Date: 25 Mar 1876 Birth Place: Republic of Ireland Father: Patrick Mohan Mother: Mary Halloran Type of Claim: Original SSN. Notes: Mar 1939: Name listed as ELLEN MOHAN LANGAN

Walsh/Langan Introduction
The Langans in New York City
Mathias Langan
Maggie Langan and Joseph Walsh
Fanny Walsh Moughan, under Walshes in New York City
1951 Photo of some of the Langans
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