History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
Daniel Hanagan, farmer, was born in Queens County, Ireland, in 1815, the
son of Hugh and Margaret (Duley) Hanagan. The father, born in 1770, in
Ireland, a farmer by occupation, passed his entire life in his native
country, and the mother, born in 1780, in Ireland, had twelve children,
five of whom came to America, Daniel being the first one. He lived and was
educated in his native county. When about twenty-one left his home, and in
1836 came directly to Middleton, Conn., where he worked in the stone
quarries. September 1, 1842, he married Margaret Miller, who was born in
Queens County, Ireland in 1825. Seven of their eleven children are living:
Michael C., William, Lizzie D., Daniel F., Patrick H., Mary A. and Thomas.
He immediately bought eighty acres of his present farm in Crook Township,
and although beginning as a poor man he has acquired about 1,200 acres of
land, making him the largest land owner in his township and one of the
largest in the county. He has given so much to his children, however, that
he now owns 320 acres, 160 being in White County. He is one of the old and
most esteemed citizens of the region. He is a Democrat, casting his first
vote for Polk, and is a member of the Catholic Church.
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