Patrick Joseph Begadon 1882-1954

Patrick Joseph BEGADON is my 2nd great grandfather. He was born about 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (but no records have been found to confirm this). His parents John V BEGADON & Catherine McEvoy were irish, and Patrick Joseph BEGADON moved to Ireland before the age of 4 (estimated based on the fact that his younger brother William BEGADON was born in Queen’s County, Ireland in about 1886).

1901 Census

In 1901, Patrick Joseph BEGADON was living at Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland1 with his mother Catherine BEGADON (nee McEvoy), who was a widow. Patrick was working as a junior reporter for a newspaper.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadReligious ProfessionEducationAgeSexRank, Profession or OccupationMarriageWhere Born
Catherine BEGADONHeadCatholicRead & write51FWidowCullohill, Queen’s Co.
Patrick BEGADONSonCatholicRead & write18MJunior reporter (newspaper)Not marriedAmerica
William BEGADONSonCatholicRead & write15MTelegraph messengerNot marriedQueen’s Co.
Kieran BEGADONSonCatholicRead & write13MScholarNot marriedQueen’s Co.
Elizabeth BEGADONDaughterCatholicRead & write11FScholarNot marriedCo. Kilkenny
John BEGADONSonCatholicRead & write9MScholarNot marriedDublin


Patrick Joseph BEGADON married Hester Ellen BUTLER BRYAN on 18 August 1907 at the Roman Catholic Chapel of Boher, Limerick, Ireland2.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
18 August 1907Patrick BEGADONFullBachelorJournalistAthloneJohn BEGADONTradesman
Hesther Ella BUTLER BRYANFullSpinsterFarmerBirdville, BallycumberFergus BUTLER BRYANGentleman
Joseph BRYAN & Maria GUINAN

1911 Census

In 1911, Patrick Joseph and Hester (Vester) BEGADON were living at 17 Foxcroft Lane, Portarlington, Laois3. Patrick Joseph BEGADON was working as a journalist.

Name and SurnameRelation to Head of FamilyReligious ProfessionEducationAgeRank, Profession or OccupationParticulars as to MarriageWhere Born
Patrick BEGADONHeadRoman CatholicRead & write28JournalistMarriedAmerica
Vestor BEGADONWifeRoman CatholicRead & write27Married 4 years. 3 children, 3 livingCo. Westmeath
Vestor BEGADONDaughterRoman CatholicCannot read3SIngleKings Co.
Catherine BEGADONDaughterRoman CatholicCannot read1SingleCo. Westmeath
John BEGADONSonRoman CatholicCannot read5 monthsSingleQueens Co.


Patrick Joseph BEGADON joined the Royal Army Medical Corps during WWI, and worked  as an official Army stenographer at tribunals in France

Mr. P.J. BEGADON, for some years past representative in Portarlington district of the “King’s County Independent” has joined the R.A.M.C {Royal Army Medical Corps} and left Portarlington this week to take up duty.

Dublin Daily Express – 18 June 1915


Mr. Patrick J. BEGADON (72), whose death has occurred at 20 Lady Lane, Waterford, was a well-known journalist. Born in the U.S.A., he was educated in Athlone and Dumfries, Scotland, and started reporting on the Westmeath Independent. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the first World War, and was connected with the British General Staff, acting as official Army stenographer at tribunals in France. Thirty-four years ago he became senior reporter on the Waterford Star and gave valuable service in that capacity and as correspondent of newspapers at home and across the Channel. He retired some years ago, but maintained his association with various publications. An official of the local branch of the National Union of Journalists, he was for 25 years the Waterford area correspondent of the Irish Times. Pre-deceased by his wife many years ago, he is survived by his sister Miss Lizzie BEGADON; his son Mr. Jack BEGADON and five daughters.

Obituary of Patrick Joseph BEGADON. The Irish Times. 11 October 1954.

Family Members:

Wife:Hester Ellen BUTLER BRYAN 1879-1944
Daughter (Direct Ancestor):Hester Mary BEGADON 1907-1992
Father:John V BEGADON 1853-1889
Mother:Catherine McEVOY 1850-1923

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  1. Census Records. Ireland. Athlone, Westmeath. 01 April 1901. BEGADON, Catherine (head). : accessed 10 February 2021.
  2. Marriages (CR) Ireland. Ferbane, Birr. 18 August 1907. BEGADON, Patrick and BUTLER-BRYAN, Hesther Ella. Entry No 149. : accessed 27 November 2020
  3. Census Records. Ireland. Portarlington South. Queen’s Co. 02 April 1911. BEGADON, Patrick (head). Household 17. : accessed 19 October 2020


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