|Standard of Ireland 1542-1801|
The Dougans moved as an extended family group from western Tennessee to southern Indiana about 1831. Samuel Dougan (1820-1870), our 3rd great-grandfather, was among them. But I'm getting ahead of my story of this pioneering family with roots in County Donegal, Ireland, so I'll start at the beginning.
Thomas Dougan (1685-1776), our 7th great-grandfather, was born in County Donegal, Ireland.
|County Donegal in dark green up in northwest Ireland|
Our 7th great-grandparents, Thomas Dougan (1685-1776) and Eleanor O'Connor (1695-1784) married in Donegal about 1709 and had three sons and a daughter in Ireland, including Thomas Hill Dougan (1719-1769), our 6th great-grandfather. This family immigrated to Pennsylvania Colony after 1723, possibly as late as the early 1740s.
"The Scots – Irish who poured into America from Ulster were middle class farmers and craftsmen who came from poor rural counties of Northern Ireland where English rule had grown increasingly severe and where the 1740 famine in Ulster hastened their departure. They were nearly all Presbyterians. Arriving in Philadelphia, they made their way westward to Lancaster and Harrisburg."
|Present-day Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|
|Conestoga wagon dipping in center so the goods wouldn't shift.|
I never imagined that my ancestors may have used one to move their households south on the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to North Carolina because I didn't know we had ancestors who settled there.
|Great Wagon Road, originally called The Warriors Path because it had been in use by Native Americans for hundreds of years|