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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Hugh Frank Curran in IL
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 23:43:37 -0600
His initial burial was probably on or near the battlefield.
His remains may later have been transferred to a Civil War or other
National Cemetery. Maybe Jefferson Barracks Nat'l in STL?
or the one in Mounds IL?
Were you able to find them in 1860 Census?
On Jan 26, 2008, at 7:49 PM, dan hogan wrote:
> Thanks Nan and Sharon and others for their help. I
> have been gone all day and have just returned.
> I received the articles you sent, Nan. Now I need to
> find out if this Frank Curran is my ancestor.
> So far everything fits the family story that my
> ancestor was KIA in the CW. I know where the rest of
> the family is buried, but he's not with any of them.
> There is only one thing that does not fit, his name is
> Hugh, not Frank. Unless he is Francis Hugh, or Hugh
> Francis, but I have no documentation other than a
> marriage cert. stating he is Hugh Curran.
> He wed one Margaret Gilbert in Kankakee in 1856. By
> 1860 their first child born Hugh in Chicago, two other
> sons Frank and George.
> Hugh "Chick" Curran wed Margaret McCarthy and they had
> 12 children. Hugh was US Marshall, Dog Catcher, in
> charge of street clean-up, and 10th ward leader under
> Carter Harrison admin. As with most Irish politicos of
> the time, he was also in and out of indictment for
> various scandals involving Harrsion.
> Have numerous Tribune articles about him as political
> enforcer, deligate to Tammany Hall, etc.
> I also have a letter that was in possession of one of
> his daughter's lines, addressed to Joseph Mahan,
> attorney and husband of one of Chick's daughters.
> It is entitled from the War Department, office of the
> adjutant general's office, Feb. 15, 1928 stating that
> Frank Curran, Co B, 23d Infantry, enrolled June 15,
> 1861 at Chicago, and was KIA Sept.18, 1861 at
> Lexington, MO.
> This again fits into the family story and why else
> would the family have this info if this Frank was not
> a relative.
> Dan Hogan
> Dan Hogan
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