We don't know very much about the Hogan family. This is such a common name, that it is difficult to identify which people are our ancestors. The earliest ancestors we know of are James and Bridget Rice Hogan, parents of Daniel William Hogan, born in Ireland in about 1810. The first record we've found in the United States is Daniel's marriage to Anastasia Martin in the Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri in 1853. (James and Bridget were named in this marriage record, though not present at the wedding. Thomas Hogan was a witness, possibly a brother to Daniel.) Anastasia was also an Irish immigrant, born in about 1827. (She had probably been living with her mother, Elizabeth, a brother, and several sisters in St. Louis.) Daniel and Anna moved across the Mississippi River to Alton, Illinois, where their two sons, James and Michael, were born in 1857 and 1862. Daniel worked as a laborer. In the early 1890s, Daniel and Anna moved to St. Louis. They were living with James when they passed away, just 11 days apart, in January of 1892.
By 1880, James and Michael were living and working in St. Louis. James was living with his uncle and aunt, William and Elizabeth Martin Dooley at the time of the census that year. (Elizabeth was Anastasia Martin Hogan's sister.) Michael was living with his aunts Mary and Kate Martin (more of his mother's sisters). Both boys may have been working for Uncle William at his grocery store. By 1890, they were running their own Hogan Brothers grocery store. William's niece, Anastasia Labrune, was also visiting from Rickardsville, Iowa, in 1880. She and James would later marry.
Michael married Sarah Tuemler, probably in the mid 1890s. She died in childbirth in 1897. Their infant son died two days later. He remarried Elizabeth Williams in the early 1900s, but she died shortly thereafter, in 1905. Michael passed away in 1910. All are buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.
In 1887 James and Anastasia were married in her home town of Rickardsville, Iowa and returned to St. Louis where they began raising a family with the birth of their first son, Daniel, in St. Louis in 1889. Marie, my grandmother, was born in 1892. Little brother Leo Labrune Hogan was born in 1900. It's not clear how long Hogan Brothers grocery remained in operation. Censuses in 1900 and 1910 show Michael and James as grocery clerk employees, and in 1920 James' occupation is a clerk in a milling company. In the late 1920s, one of James' granddaughters remembers him being referred to as a butcher, so I'm not sure of their work. Anastasia used to make doll clothes for her granddaughter, Marie, in Chicago. She went into the hospital on one visit to Chicago in 1929, apparently for surgery related to a cancer, and never recovered. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. James then moved to Chicago to live with his daughter, Marie Hogan Donnelly, and her family. He died there in 1931, and he, too, was buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.
Daniel was working at an automobile co. and living with his parents in St. Louis in 1910, but at some point moved to Montana, married Viola (a former Miss Lewiston ?), and raised four children there. He reportedly knew Mother Cabrini, the Italian nun sent to America in 1889 who built many schools, orphanages, and hospitals, and was later made a Catholic saint, and devoted a great deal of time to raising money for a shrine to her in Denver, and a small shrine to her in a Chicago-area hospital. He passed away in 1961. Viola died in 1985.
Leo enlisted in the Navy when 17 years old to take part in WWI. He later became a very successful real estate broker: Hogan & Farwell owned many of the large buildings in Chicago, such as the Chicago Board of Trade. In WWII, he rejoined the Navy and became the Fire Control Officer on the USS Intrepid, which earned the distinction of being "the most bombed carrier in the fleet". During one such attack in the Philippines, "... Hogan took charge in extinguishing an enemy caused fire, leaped into a gun position and hurled burning ammunition over the side. Twice wounded by exploding ammunition, he braved fires which he continued to fight until they were brought under control." He was decorated with the prestigious Silver Star (for gallantry in action, the 3rd highest valor decoration), Bronze Star (heroic service), and Purple Heart (wounded in combat) medals, and returned to the US a hero. He was a Lt. Commander when he left the Navy. He once said that the most exciting experience he ever had was returning to the US mainland from duty in the Pacific, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge covered with cheering people welcoming them home. There are many stories that illustrate what a "colorful" character Leo was. He allegedly talked a US pilot into flying him over Tokyo at the end of the war, where he dropped his Hogan & Farwell Real Estate business cards over the city. He remained a bachelor, though he was hardly what you might call "single". At his funeral in 1948 were the entire chorus line from Club Alabam, one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago, and the mayor of Chicago. Leo is buried in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Marie was a music teacher living with her parents in St. Louis in 1920. She had been seeing Len Donnelly for several years before they married in 1922. [Read more about Marie on the Donnelly page.]
From MORE IRISH FAMILIES, by Edward MacLysaght, printed in 1960:
O'Hogan: The Hogans are a Dalcassian family, their eponymous ancestor being Ogan who was descended from an uncle of Brian Boru, the most celebrated of all the Kings of Ireland. The Dalcassian territory extended well beyond the boundaries of Co. Clare which was the heart of Thomond, their country. The Hogans occupied the extreme north-eastern part of it and their chief lived at Ardcrony, near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. The name is numerous in Ireland, being among the hundred commonest surnames. The great majority of the eight thousand or so persons so called (which is the estimate of the present Hogan population) belong to their original native habitat, being found today in Counties Tipperary, Clare and Limerick. There are also a number in Co. Cork, whose origin is stated by O'Donovan to be different from the Dalcassian Hogans. One of the minor Corca Laidhe septs was O'Hogan. In Irish the name is O hOgain but the prefix O is only occasionally met with in the modern form in English. In the seventeenth century the name was often written Ogan. There is a placename Ballyhogan in the parish of Dysart, Co. Clare.
The most famous Hogan is probably John Hogan (1800-1858), an Irish sculptor of international repute; but to Irishmen the romantic figure of "Galloping Hogan" (the date of whose birth and death I cannot trace), the hero of Sarsfield's exploit at Ballyneety (1690), makes the most appeal. Maurice O'Hogan was a notable Bishop: he held the see of Kildare from 1281 to 1298. Rev. Edmund Hogan, S.J. (1831-1917), did much work as an editor of manuscripts and produced his best known book Onomasticon Gaedelicum at the age of seventy-two. The first Minister of Agriculture in the Irish Free State Patrick Hogan (1891-1936), was one of three brothers who distinguished themselves in various national activities in our own time.
From SURNAMES in IRELAND, by Sir Robert Matheson, printed 1909:
Extracted from website at http://village.vossnet.co.uk/e/early/nam.html (link no longer working).
The table "Surnames in Ireland having Five Entries and upwards in the Birth Indexes of 1890 ..." shows 193 Hogans born, 115 of them in Munster province and 59 in Leinster. The most Hogans were born in counties Tipperary, Dublin, Limerick, Clare, and Limerick. The estimated total number of Hogans in Ireland in 1890 was 8600 out of a population of 4,717,959. (For comparison, the most common name was Murphy: 62,600 or 1.3% of the population.)