I can't help you with Barney's life in Donegal but if you don't already have
it, here is some Civil War info:
Bernard McGonagle enlisted on July 15, 1862 when he was 19 years old as a
1st Sergeant in Company D, 50th Ohio Infantry. He was discharged March 4,
1865. Records for this man may also be under the name Bernard McGongle. I
also found possible evidence that he was enlisted first as a private and
He filed for a pension from the state of Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 1891 -
application number 1000952, certificate number 741.989.
Alice filed for a widow's pension on March 26, 1917 - application number
1096965, certificate number 8?5317 (the question mark is probably an 8 but
could be a 3).
If you haven't already done so, order both his military service record and
pension file from the National Archives. The pension files are more
traditional genealogy related information (birth, marriage and dependent
information), but I have also gotten very good leads from the service
records (and they are interesting). If you include the above pension
application numbers you will cut weeks off of the governments turn around
for the files. Always order the "Complete" file. You will need two forms,
NATF Form 85, and, NAFT Form 86, available by mail from the National
Archives web site http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/civilwar.html#where
Part 3 for information on obtaining the forms)
I think you will be pleased with the information you get from his records.
If you have any questions, I'll gladly try to help.
From: Sarah A Wasiura [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2001 9:29 AM
Trying to find where Ggrandfather, BERNARD MCGONAGLE, b. abt. 1840,
Ireland was from. Have been told that McGonagle is a Co. Donegal name.
He came to US abt. 1860. Fought in the American Civil War with an Ohio
regiment. He was a 1st Sgt. He died at the Cincinnati, OH. National
Branch Home for Disabled Vol. Soliders in 1916. He had married ALICE
CRILLEY in 1885, in New Bethlehem, PA. They had six children.
Anyone interested in these surnames? Would love to find out more about
Barney and Alice.