I recently discovered via DNA testing that I am related to Daniel Dunagan, a Revolutionary War soldier whose story is copied below. Daniel was born in Ireland in 1752, migrated first to Virginia and then Tennessee after the war. His descendents moved further west to Missouri, Oklahoma and elsewhere. The story was discovered on Ancestry.
The Founding Father
Recent research has disclosed the Irish origins of Bernard Dunigan of Woodbridge, NJ, patriarch of many US Dunigans. Bernard was born on October 14, 1828 to Edward and Mary Dunigan of Raheen, Killeigh Parish, County Offaly, Ireland. (County Offaly was formerly known as Kings County.) Edward was likely born in the 1780s and died 1 January 1861. His father was also named Edward; he was born in 1732 and died in 1814. Edward Sr. was married to Marcella, who was born in 1752 and died in 1826. Edward and Marcella had two sons that we know about in addition to Edward Jr.
Bernard (Barney) Dunigan
(Bernard Dunigan also spelled his name as "Dunnigan" very frequently. The spelling with one "n" is used throughout this history. Bernard is also the ancestor of George Dunigan, whose history appears elsewhere on this site. There are a few differences between my history and George's that are attributable mainly to information recently discovered. )