Reddigan

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? A variant, apparently not recorded elsewhere, of the surnames of Ireland (O) Redahan. (O) Redican, Ó Roideacháin. (MacLysaght). See also REARDIGAN. MacLysaght traced (O) Redahan in Co. Mayo, (O) Redican in Co. Clare.

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At Ferryland Surrogate Court Records: 1809 - Martin Redigan fined £3. 3. 0. for assaulting Walter Wallice and burning two of his shirts.
  Supreme Court Actions: October 26, 1830 - Thomas Flannagan vs. Richard Reddigan. Action to recover £9. 10. 8. Defendant admits sum is due.
  District Court Actions: February 6, 1832 - Reddigan, Michael assaulted: Congdon, Ann. Bound over to keep the peace for 12 months.
At Aquaforte: Misc. Roman Catholic & Methodist Marriage Records: November 11, 1825 - John Mullaly, of Co. Kilkenny m. Mary Readigan, of Co. Kilkenny. Witnesses: John Condon & Mary Walsh.
  Colonial Office Papers - CO. 194.74, Page 297: Sept. 1827 - Martin Readigan and other inhabitants of Aquaforte sign a petition against increased duties.
  Registry of Deeds - Southern District - Volume 1 Folio 47 - December 12, 1827 - Richard Reddigan of Caplin Bay sold a dwelling house, fishing flakes and stages at Brewin Cove, Aquaforte to Andrew Morrisson, surgeon, Ferryland for £51. 8. 9.
At St. John's: The Newfoundlander: November 21, 1827 - Melancholy Occurrence - A poor man, belonging to Caplin Bay, named MARTIN REARDIGAN, went into one of the stores of Messrs. JAMES STEWART & Co., for the purpose of purchasing some Molasses, and while in the act of receiving it from the Storekeeper, fell down and instantly expired. An inquest was immediately held before Mr. L.L. CHANCEY, coroner - Verdict, died by the visitation of God.
  Southern Shore Marriage Records: November 13, 1832 - Michael Reddigan (Not Stated) m. Bridget Cody - Fermeuse. Witnesses: John Cody & Catherine Gulip.
At Fermeuse: Voter's List for Fermeuse: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849 - Michael Reddigan, Admiral's Cove.
At Caplin Bay: Royal Gazzette - September 20, 1829 - Redigan, Richard - Petitioned for a grant of land in Caplin Bay.
  Registry of Deeds - Southern District - Volume 3 Folio 274: April 20 1844 - James Walsh Sr. makes a "deed of gift" giving all his property at Caplin Bay to Richard Reddigan "the younger", who in return will look after James and his wife Ellen for the rest of their lives.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Richard Reddigan.
  Crown Lands Registry: #2830 - May 1 1869 - Richard Reddigan Jr. granted land north side of road - Caplin Bay
  Crown Lands Registry: # 3216 - March 31 1871 Richard Redigan, Senior is granted parcel of land at Caplin Bay. It is described as being on the south side of the road to Stone Island, bounded on the west by land claimed by Thomas Condon and on the east by land claimed by James Walsh.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory - Richard Redigan, fisherman.
  Last Will and Testament of Richard Reddigan: April 4 1872 - dictated on his deathbed and witnessed by Andrew Keough and Thomas Condon. Richard left the waterfront and fishing room to his son Richard Reddigan and his cousin Martin Reddigan. He left the land, mentioned in the grant above, to Richard and John, eldest sons of his son Michael Reddigan, to be divided equally between them when they came of age. The land on the north side of the road, which had actually being granted under the name of Richard Redigan Jr., he left to his cousin Martin Reddigan. To his daughter Ellen Reddigan, he left his bed.
  Ferryland RC Marriages: January 14, 1875 - Caplin Bay - Martin Redigan m. Bridget Redigan. Witnesses: Matthew Ryan & Ellen Walsh. Priest: M.A. Clancy.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory - John Redigan, fisherman; Michael Redigan, fisherman; Martin Redigan, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory - John Redigan, fisherman; Michael Redigan, of Michl, fisherman; Martin Redigan, fisherman; Michael Redigan, of Martin, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory - Martin Redigan,fisherman; Michael Redigan, fisherman, John Redigan, fisherman; Mich Redigan, of Mich, fisherman.
Family History: The Reddigans of Calvert are descended from two branches of the same family, who were more distantly related until the intermarriage of two Reddigans in 1875. Martin Readigan, likely from Co. Killkenny, Ireland came to the Newfoundland between 1800 and 1809 and settled in Aquaforte. He lived there until his death at St. John's in 1827. Three weeks after Martin's death, Richard Reddigan of Caplin Bay sold off a piece of property located at Aquaforte. It is believed that Richard Reddigan, who was probably born in Co. Kilkenny, may have lived at Aquaforte before he married and moved to Caplin Bay. Richard married Catherine Evoy about 1826 and raised his family on land adjacent to his in-laws, James and Nelly (Evoy) Walsh. Six of their children are known - Richard, James, Michael, Ellen, Bridget and Mary Ann.
  In the 1830s (and maybe later), it appears that Richard Reddigan spent some time as the captain of a small schooner called the Castor. Based on information extracted from the Maritime History Archives, Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Richard Redigan was the first captain of the Castor, a 41 ton two masted schooner built at Chapple (sic) Arm, Trinity Bay in 1835. The original owners were listed as Thomas Brooking, George Richard Robinson, and John Bingley Garland, merchants of Newfoundland and Great Britan. Two years later, the Castor was sold to Samuel Blackler, a trader/dealer of Tors Cove. Richard Redigan was still the captain, but there are no indications as to how long he stayed on in that position. Records indicate that the Castor was lost at sea in 1869, but no further details have been found to date.
  In August of 1831, James Walsh Sr. signed over all of his property to his son, James Walsh, Jr. Strangely, in November of 1832, James Jr. cancelled the "Deed of Gift" returning full control back to James Sr. No explanation was given for the change in plans. In April 1844, another "Deed of Gift" was made by James Walsh Sr., this time giving all of his property to Richard Reddigan, Jr. In return, Richard Reddigan Jr. agreed to provide for James and his wife Ellen, for the rest of their lives. Richard "the younger" was only about thirteen years old at that time. The document was witnessed at Ferryland by John Mullally, husband of Mary Readigan. Nothing more is known of the consequences of this document, which was never rescinded, however, all of the land and property described in the deed reverted to James Walsh, Jr. and his descendants.
  In Feb 1832, a Michael Reddigan surfaced in the Aquaforte area and later that year he married Bridget Cody of Fermeuse. Little is known of Michael except that his name is present in the Voter's Lists at Admiral's Cove, Fermeuse until 1849. After that year, there is no record of the surname in that area. About 1869, the first mention of a Martin Reddigan at Caplin Bay is recorded in some old court records.
  In April 1872, Richard Reddigan, Sr., believing that he was on his deathbed, made his will. His will was found in the old family house at Calvert in the early 1980s. In his will, Richard left his fishing room to his son Michael and his land to the eldest sons of Michael, Richard and John, "when they come of age". He left the "water side" to his son Richard and "his cousin Martin". The big surprise in the will is that he also gives the property on the north side of the road to the person he refers to as "my cousin Martin". He left his feather bed to his daughter Ellen. There is no mention of his daughter Bridget at this time, however three years later Bridget Reddigan married "cousin" Martin Reddigan. So the two Reddigan families, who were distantly related prior to this time, became more closely related through this marriage. A logical conclusion, that explains the origin of Martin, is that he was the son of Michael and Bridget (Cody) Reddigan of Fermeuse.
Present Status: There are several Reddigan families at Calvert; all those bearing the surname are descendants of Martin and Bridget. There are also a number of descendants from both Reddigan families at Calvert, throughout other parts of Newfoundland and Canada, the U.S.A., and Scotland.

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