Patrick
 Eagan


 

PATRICK EAGAN was well known in Camden for over 40 years, for no good reason. He was by all accounts a drunk and a serial wife-beater, and when the wife wasn't at hand Patrick would find someone else to assault. Newspaper articles on-line, which represent a small fraction of what newspaper accounts there were at the time, give account of his escapades and imprisonments, and there were many if them, over a period beginning in 1861 and ending in 1902. The 1902 article tells of his escape from the Camden County Lunatic Asylum, which was located at the Lakeland complex in Gloucester Township, and describe with the sentence "Eagan is known as a dangerous man". Margaret Eagan, though reportedly much beloved by her son, appears to have been something of a piece of work herself. When the 1880 Census was taken, Patrick was locked up in the Camden County jail once again on one Census sheet, while Margaret had a man named Samuel living with her under the name of Eagan. While Patrick was serving a two-year sentence in a New Jersey state prison for assault, she was beaten up in March of 1891 by a John Tom McCann. The 1870 Census shows William Eagan with brothers John, Edward, and a sister Mary. By 1880 John was no longer living at home, and both Edward and Mary were dead. The 1880 Census shows three children in the household, William and 

sisters Annie, 8 and Mary, 6. The 1900 Census shows Patrick Eagan as an inmate at the Camden County Insane Asylum, and Margaret living alone, and that of her six children, 5 were no longer alive. Patrick Eagan escaped from the Asylum in 1902, and as of this writing what became of him is unknown. The 1908 City Directory refers to his wife as a widow, living at 204 Mickle Street. Patrick Eagan and his family were living at 204 Mickle Street as early as 1867.

The one child that was still alive in 1900 was William "Bad Bill" Eagan, who played professional baseball from 1887 through 1900. He turned professional in 1887, and played briefly for three different major league teams. A superb defensive second baseman and no slouch at the plate, Eagan had a terrible problem with alcohol which completely derailed his career and for intents and purposes destroyed his life.


Philadelphia Inquirer - October 19, 1861

Randal E. Morgan - John H. Jones - Bill Eagan - Federal street
Daniel Flynn - Charles Godfrey - John Guest


West Jersey Press - February 3, 1869
 

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 23, 1870
 

Camden Democrat - August 24, 1872


Philadelphia Public Ledger - August 29, 1872

Patrick Eagan - Samuel Gaul 


Camden New Republic - August 31, 1872
 

Camden Democrat - August 31, 1872

Patrick Eagan - Samuel Gaul 


Philadelphia Inquirer - May 22, 1873


Philadelphia Inquirer - April 18, 1874
 

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 14, 1879

James M. Cassady - Patrick Eagan - Michael Hefferman

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 18, 1882

Trenton Evening Times - July 31, 1884

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 27, 1886

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 15, 1890

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 20, 1890
Dr. William H. Iszard - Patrick Eagan

Rockford Republic - May 23, 1900

Philadelpohia inquirer - September 17, 1890
Patrick Eagan - William Selby

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 19, 1890

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 26, 1891

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 15, 1892

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 1, 1893

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 10, 1893

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 10, 1893

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 10, 1893

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