J.E. Maddigan (1871-1947)
Sarah Joanna McDonald was born 24 June 1871 to Mary McDonald. She was registered as an illegitimate child, but the father was listed as James Egan, a blockmaker and tanner who had been born in Newfoundland. By July 9, 1871, Janie was baptised in the Roman Catholic church as Sarah Joanna Egan in Fort Augustus, PEI, (however she was always referred to as Jane/Janie throughout her life). Although we have been unable to locate a marriage certificate, it appears that Mary and James married sometime between the birth of Jane and her baptism, allowing her to be baptised in the church with James’ last name.
Jane was the oldest child of James and Mary, and she had at least eight younger siblings: Mary Helen (b. 21 Feb 1875), Frederick Louis (b. 26 April 1879), James Alfred (b. 9 April 1881), Joseph (b. 15 July 1883), Daniel Francis (b. 7 July 1885), William Patrick (b. 28 June 1888), Annie (b. 19 July 1890) and Catherine/Katie (b. 14 February 1893).
On 23 February 1914 Janie Egan married the widowed Richard Maddigan. Richard was a grocer and wholesaler of PEI postcards. His store, Maddigan, R. F. & Co., was located at 79 Queen Street, in Charlottetown.
The wedding announcement in the Charlottetown Guardian (24 Feb 1914, p.4) reads:
WEDDING BELLS- Every seat in the chapel of Notre Dame Academy, which was made all the more magnificent by the exquisite electrical illumination, was filled last evening for the marriage of Miss Jane Egan, Fitzroy Street, to Mr. R.F. Maddigan, Grocer, Charlottetown. At 7:30 o'clock the bride entered the chapel, on the arm of her brother Mr. Alfred Egan, of the P.E.I.R while the strains of the wedding march were played by the organist of the Convent Choir. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Katherine Egan and the groom was supported by Mr. Ambrose Hennessey. Father Pius McDonald, Spiritual Director of the Children of Mary Society, to which the bride belongs, and of the League of the Cross Society of which the groom is a member, was the officiating clergyman and united the contracting parties for life by the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the excellent Convent Choir sang beautifully the “the Star of the Sea.” After receiving the congratulations of the large host of friends present, the bride and groom, with the other members of the bridal party and some immediate friends repaired to the dining-room of the Academy, where a delightful repast was served. The wedding couple left by the train last night for Georgetown, en route to the mainland on a wedding trip. The Guardian joins with the many friends in wishing the happy couple a happy and prosperous wedded life.
Janie became the step-mother to Richard’s four children: John Wilfred, (b. 24 June 1899), Vernon Francis (b. 2 May 1902), Gerald Joseph (b. 12 May 1904), Mary Camilla (b. 2 Nov 1905). The children would have been between the ages of 8 and 14 when Janie married their father. By the 1921 Census they were all living together at 125 Pownal St., Charlottetown.
The UPEI book, Encyclopaedia of Etiquette. What to Do. What to Say. What to Write. What to Wear. A Book of Manners for Everyday Use. Volume 1, written by Emily Holt, published in 1921, is signed, twice: “J.E. Maddigan, 125 Pownal St., City.”
Richard died on 24 February 1928 the day after their 14th wedding anniversary. After her husband's death, Mary stayed at 125 Pownal Street. On 5 January 1935 Janie's mother, Mary Egan, died at the residence, although we are uncertain whether she was living with her daughter or just visiting. The funeral took place at 125 Pownal followed by a mass at St. Dunstan's Basilica.
Janie, herself, died on 21 March 1947, in the family home. Eight days later a notice of sale went into the newspaper for the Maddigan home at 125 Pownal Street, by Janie’s step-daughter Mary Camilla Maddigan.
1881 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Roll: C_13163; Page: 21; Family No: 94.
1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Roll: T-6383; Family No: 48.
1901 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (West/Ouest), Prince Edward Island; Page: 5; Family No: 49.
1928 Telephone Exchange Lists
Baptismal Record for Annie Egan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 4, page 487:
Baptismal Record for Catherine Egan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 5, page 36:
Baptismal Record for Daniel Francis Egan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 4, page 295:
Baptismal Record for Frederick Louis Eagan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 4, page 77.
Baptismal Record for Gerald Joseph Maddigan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 5, page 368
Baptismal Record for James Alfred Egan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 4, page 146
Baptismal Record for John Wilfred Maddigan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 5, page 575
Baptismal Record for Joseph Eagan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 4, page 222
Baptismal Record for Mary Camilla Maddigan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 5, page 426
Baptismal Record for Mary Helen Egan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 3, page 388
Baptismal Record for Sarah Joanna McDonald (ill.). St. Patrick’s Church, Fort Augustus PEI. Record Book Number 1, page 80
Baptismal Record for Vernon Francis Maddigan. St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. Record Book Number 5, page 295
Charlottetown Guardian. 24 Feb 1914, p.4.
Charlottetown Guardian. 5 January 1935, p.3.
Charlottetown Guardian. 7 January 1935, p.7.
Holt, Emily. Encyclopaedia of Etiquette. What to Do. What to Say. What to Write. What to Wear. A Book of Manners for Everyday Use. Volume 1, Oyster Bay, NY: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., 1921.
“Groceries, Soft Drinks, and Postcards; R.F. Maddigan and Co.”, Straitpost. The Early Postcards of Prince Edward Island, accessed 24 June 2020.