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Richard Lanagan

Posted: 1274837484000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1274879269000
Surnames: Lanagan, Lyles, Becker
I am looking for my great great grandfather Richard Lanagan. I already have quite a bit of information about him (see family tree) but my grandfather thinks he may have been adopted. I found a 1870 census in Virginia that confirms this. He is living with the Lyles family in Alexandria VA and is 12 years old. Later he moves to Detroit and married Catherine Becker has children and becomes a judge/attorney.

I want to find out who his parents were and why he was adopted...the 1870 census indicates that he was living with Enoch and Johanna Lyles and their children. I believe Johanna (nee Lanagan)could have been his paternal aunt. Any info about the Lyles would also be useful.

Thanks so much


Re: Richard Lanagan

Posted: 1274890067000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1274898411000
Surnames: Lyles, Lanagan, Tamagan, Baker
I'm not related to this family.

1850 - either there is more than one Richard Lanagan OR Richard is totall confused abt his age and where he was born
Name: Enoch L Lyles
Age: 38
Estimated birth year: abt 1812
Birth Place: Virginia
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia

Enoch L Lyles 38, VA
Joanch Lyles 37, Ireland
Rebecca Lyles 14, VA
Rechd Lanagan 6, NY [Richard [1844]

1870 -
Name: Richard Lanagan
Birth Year: abt 1858
Age in 1870: 12
Birthplace: Maryland
Home in 1870: Alexandria Ward 1, Alexandria (Independent City), Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Alexandria

Enoch Lyles 58, VA - resturant keeper
Johanna Lyles 56, IRE
Richard Lyles 25, NY - clerk @ mill
Richard Lanagan 12, MD
Mary Lyles 21, IRE
Enoch Lyles 1/12, VA

Facts you should know about the early census records -
All census records prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces

1880 - Richard Lanagan is not listed

1900 -
Name: Richard F Tamagan
[Richard I Lanagan]
Home in 1900: Detroit Ward 12, Wayne, Michigan
Age: 47
Birth Date: Mar 1852
Birthplace: Maryland
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Spouse's name: Cathriene
Marriage Year: 1881
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 19
Occupation: news reporter

Richard F Tamagan 47
Cathriene Tamagan 42, 11/57 MI - 6 children & 5 living
Fredrica M Tamagan 16, 6/83 ILL - dau
Godfrey T Tamagan 14, 11/85 MI
Kathriene A Tamagan 11, 2/89 MI
Phylls T Tamagan 8, 2/92 MI
Alga M Tamagan 5, 8/94 MI [Alza]

1910 -
Name: Richard L Lanagan
[Richard F Lanagan]
Age in 1910: 52
Estimated birth year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Michigan
[Maryland] [this is correct]
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Michigan [should be Maryland]
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Spouse's name: Katherine
Home in 1910: Detroit Ward 1, Wayne, Michigan
Marital Status: Married 27 yr
Race: White
Gender: Male

Richard L Lanagan 52, MD - 2nd marriage; lawyer
Katherine Lanagan 52, MI - 1st marriage; 6 children & 3 living
Katheryn Lanagan 21, MI
Phyllis Lanagan 18, MI
Olga W Lanagan 14, MI
Rex R Eastman 1 4/12, UT - g/son

birth & death record -
Name: Joseph Lanagan
Birth Date: 08 Sep 1896
Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Richard Lanagan
Father's Birthplace: Maryland
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Catherine Lanagan
Mother's Birthplace: Michigan
Mother's Age:
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Additional Relatives:
Death Date: 09 Sep 1896
Death Age:
Film Number: 2322711
Digital Folder Number: 4206994
Image Number: 389
Frame Number:
Reference Number: item 2 p 64 rn 960
Collection: Michigan Births, 1867-1902

marriage record -
Groom: Richard F. Lanagan
Groom's Titles & Terms (Original):
Groom's Race (Original):
Groom's Race (Standardized):
Groom's Age: 23
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1859
Groom's Birth Date: 1859
Groom's Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Il
Bride: Catherine V. Baker
Bride's Titles & Original):
Bride's Race (Original):
Bride's Race (Standardized):
Bride's Age: 23
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1859
Bride's Birth Date: 1859
Bride's Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne, Mi
Marriage Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 27 Feb 1882
Marriage Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Intended Marriage Date:
Intended Marriage Place:
Groom's Father:
Groom's Father's Titles & Terms (Original):
Groom's Mother:
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Groom's Marital Status:
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Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband:
Groom's Paternal Grandfather:
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Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 1030119
Frame Number:
Digital Film Number: 4226241
Image Number: 776
Reference Number:
Collection: Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920

Illinois marriage record -
BAKER, CATHERINE V 1881-09-27 COOK County, ILL

Note: from another researcher
Info from Detroit City Directories: In 1898-99 book he was a reporter for Detroit
Tribune & lived at 133 20th. In 1879 he was a law student at Brevoort & Miller
& boarded at 104 High St. E. In 1891 book he was State Editor for the Evening
Sun & lived at 298 Rivard. In 1901 book he was suburban editor for the Detroit
Tribune & lived at 407 Hubbard Avenue. In 1913 & 1914 book he was a Lawyer
with office at 313 Moffatt Bldg. his home was at 68 Grand Avenue E. in Highland
Park. 1913 & 1918 book show him living at 68 Grand Avenue E. in Highland Park.
1913 book shows him as an attorney or lawyer. In 1917 book he was a Lawyer &
Justice of the Peace at 5 Cottage Grove Ave in Highland Park & still lived at 68
Grand Ave. E.

Find Richard's parents names by ordering his death cert.
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