History of Pickaway County
and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf
EGAN, one of Circleville's leading business men,
dealer in staple and fancy groceries, was born in County
Cork, Ireland, May 1, 1841, and has been a resident of
this city for over 30 years. His father, John
Egan, was born in County Cork, while his mother,
Catherine O'Sullivan, was born in County Limerick.
There were five children in the parental family.
James J. Egan was reared
and educated in his native land, where he resided until
he was 32 years of age, when he came across the ocean.
After residing in New York City for two years, he came
to Circleville. He is the only one of his family
to come to America. For one years he worked for
William Foresman and was then engaged as a
grocery clerk for Fred Warner in 1877, but in
1879 he embarked in a grocery business for himself and
has been so engaged continuously ever since.
Mr. Egan owns the store where he conducts business,
besides a handsome residence on East Watt street.
Mr. Egan was married (first) in 1877 to Eliza
O'Sullivan, who died in 1880. Mr. Egan
was married (second) in 1881 to Mary J. Warke,
who was born in Ireland. The children born to this
union are: J. Parnell and Robert Joseph,
both of Chicago; Mary, at home; Sarah B.,
manager of the music department of the firm of Ball &
Livingstone, of Columbus, Ohio; and Elizabeth T.,
living at home. With his family, Mr. Egan
belongs to the congregation of St. Joseph's Catholic
Church; he is a member of the Holy Family Society of
this church, and was a member of the building committee,
when the parochial school was erected.
Politically Mr. Egan is a Democrat and on
numerous occasions he has been called to take a place on
important civic bodies. He was a member of the
Board of Equalization for seven years, for six
years was a member of the Board of County Visitors and
at present is the city's careful and capable health
officer and a member of the Board of Health of
Circleville. For two years he was canal collector
under Governor Hoadly. Mr. Egan has been a
resident of Circleville for upwards of 31 years.
Source: History of Pickaway County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon.
Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 -