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I am researching the Hannegan, Steele, Messer and Mattox families. Daniel Hannegan was born in County Waterford, Ireland; his wife, Catherine Carroll (commonly called 'Kitty') was born in County Queens(Leix). They are known to have emigrated into Canada prior to December 1832 when his first son, James Michael was born in Nova Scotia.The Hannegan's settled in Upper Canada living in Richmond, Carleton County, UC now known as Ontario. They remained in Ontario until approximately 1855 when They emigrated into N.E.Iowa, settling in New Oregon, Howard County and along with 5 other families, built the first Catholic church in the area. They show up on the 1860 New Oregon Federal Census where it shows that Daniel was now 75 years of age. He died shortly after this census. Kitty and Daniel had 11 children: Margaret, born abt 1825; Nancy, born 1826 died 1832; James Michael, 10 Dec 1831; Agnes Anna, 13 Jul 1832; Mary Marie 15 Jan 1835; Patrick, 06 May 1838; Daniel Wm, 13 May 1841 (my line); Catherine, 10 Jul 1843; Thomas 1844; Rosana J. 12 May 1845; John Wm, 15 Jul 1851


The Steele family research has been a much slower process since all the family is now gone. Through the kind assistance of a Ms Rouse from Ohio I have obtained the following information.
IN 1850 Enoch twp. Monroe Co Ohio the following family is shown:
Samuel Steele, wife Selah (both born in VA) John B. Steele 29 born in Ohio, son; Angeline (Morris) Matson, wife of John B. Steele; children shown as Mary J. Matson age 12; Selah Steele age 7; Samuel age 5; Lydia age 4; Maria age 2; John S. 1/12mo.

Through, Ms Rouse's help I have been able to trace this family all the way back into Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma.


Niklaus Messer born 18 Apr 1810 in Etzelkofen Bern Canton Switzerland married Elisabeth Catherine Leuenberger of Durrenroth, Bern Canton, Switzerland. They emigrated into the US in May 1851 through New Orleans,LA. They moved up to Missouri and settled in Morgan County, Missouri. Their son, Benedict fought in the Civil War and settled in Oklahoma when it was opened up for settlement living in Geary, Blaine, County, OK

Benedict (Bennett) Messer married Sarah Miller Mar 1857, one son, John Nicholas was born of this union. Bennett remarried inSep 1869 to Elizabeth Smith born May 1846, daughter of Jack Smith and Susan Chilicoate of Springfield,Mo They had 5 Children: Anna, born Dec 1867; Samuel Benedict Sep 1869 (my line); Loretta Susan b.Feb 1879; Martha b May 1881;
William no date.

Samuel Benedict and Lydia Alice Mattox, daughter of Dr. William Mattox and Carolina Porter were married 17 Nov 1891 in Morgan County, Missouri


George Mattox was born in Maryland in 1783 and died in Missouri in 1855. He married circa 1802 to Francis Name unknown. She was born 1781 in Virgina and died 1855 in Missouri. There were 12 Children born to this union: Jane Maddox 1803 VA;; John Maddox 1805 VA; Leavira Maddox 1807 Va; Henry Maddox 1813 VA; Andrew Jackson 1819 VA (My line); James Maddox 1821 ? ; George Washington 1822 KY; Frances Maddox 1823 KY; Willoughby Maddox/Mattox 1824 KY; Eliza Mattox/Maddox 1830 to 1831 VA; Dica Mattox/Maddox 1832-1833 KY

Andrew Jackson Maddox/Mattox married Carolina M Porter, daughter of John Porter an Sarah Jane Summers of Augusta VA in Jun 1841. They had 4 children before Andrew Jackson disappeared from the scene. William Mattox, 1841-MO; John Mattox 1844-MO; George Washington Mattox 1845-MO; Melinda Mattox 1848-MO
The Hannegan Saga - Hannegan, Steele, Messer, Mattox
Updated February 27, 2011

Alicemae HANNEGAN Abbott
4906-48 Street
Box 351
Stettler, Alberta T0C2L0

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