Click for larger image Alexander Eagan  [James Cook Sedwick / Elizabeth Eagans]
AKA Alexander Higgins, Iggins, Egins
b. 1843, Port Republic, Calvert, Maryland
d. March 16, 1942, Los Angeles County, California
bu Carson, Los Angeles, California, Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
m1 February 20, 1873, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida, Elizabeth B Kelker
m2 May 24, 1921, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Mary Ann Ward
Freed man Nov 21, 1867 document
relationship to James Cook Sedwick (1786-1853) confirmed by DNA testing

Click for larger image Elizabeth B Kelker  [John Kelker / Cecilia Gomez]
b. January 29, 1851, Santa Rosa County, Florida
bp 20 June 1854, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, St Michael's Catholic Church (as Betsy Kelker)
d. November 28, 1920, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
bu Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Zion Cemetery

Click for larger image Mary Ann Ward  [parents unknown]
b. abt 1868, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
d. March 29, 1946, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
bu Carson, Los Angeles, California, Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
m1 bef 1872, Evigan Edwards
m2 May 24, 1921, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Alexander Eagan

Census Records:

1870 MA Suffolk, Boston (Higgins)
1880 FL Santa Rosa (Iggins)
1900 FL Escambia, Bohemia (Eagan)
1910 FL Escambia, Pensacola (Eagan)
1920 FL Escambia, Pensacola (Eagen)
1930 CA Los Angeles (Higgins)

Alexander Eagan was born a slave, the son of a slave woman and her master. During the Civil War he made his way north and fought in the Connecticut 29 Infantry Regiment (Colored). At war's end he found work as a sailor and lived in a boarding home in Boston. On one voyage, according to family tradition, he was shipwrecked in Florida, where he met Lizzie Kelker. They were married and lived in Pensacola, where he worked as a bayman. Lizzie reported in the 1900 census that she had had 17 children with 10 still living. After she died Alexander married Mary Ann Ward. They moved to Los Angeles with daughter Julia and her husband, where he lived to the age of 99 years. From slave to soldier to sailor to father, Alexander had seen a very eventful life. From Maryland to Connecticut to Boston to Florida to California, he had seen more of the country than many.

Elizabeth and Alexander owned a grocery store, which she operated, on Twelfth Avenue and Scott Streets, Pensacola, A bag of goodies was always around whenever her grandchildren came to visit. She also served on the Mother's Board of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church. These were the ladies responsible for serving communion.

Mary Ann Ward and her first husband Evigan Edwards lived in Pensacola as early as 1872, but it is not known when they were married. She was a school teacher. He died September 9, 1907.

Children:

Cecelia Eagan
  b. October 15, 1873, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida
  d. 2 April 1918 Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  m. June 11, 1896, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, William H. Jackson
Sophia Eagan
  b. February 19, 1875, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida
  d. January 20, 1962, Los Angeles County, California
  m1 June 30, 1896, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Zebulon Elijah
  m2 August 03, 1905, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, S. J. Bowles
Josephine Eagan
  b. March 21, 1877, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida
  d. January 24, 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  m1 December 22, 1898, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Eddie Jones
  m2 Calvin Hargrove
James E Eagan
  b. March 10, 1879, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida
  d. January 08, 1960, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  bu Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  m. February 15, 1915, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Ella Mae Stanley
Mary Jane Eagan
  b. October 03, 1880, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida
  d. January 20, 1962, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  m1 August 21, 1901, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Simund Newman
  m2 Tom Fair
  m3 John Thomas
Nellie Jatsue Eagan
  b. July 21, 1882, Bagdad, Santa Rosa, Florida
  d. December 18, 1901
  m. March 14, 1901, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, George H. Smith
Hattie Eagan
  b. March 21, 1884, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  d. December 14, 1973, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  m. June 14, 1905, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Walker Mims
Alexander Eagan
  b. August 19, 1886, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  d. 1915, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
John Eagan
  b. June 25, 1888, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  d. November 03, 1953, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  m. June 04, 1921, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Hattie Bushrod Palmer
Lizzie Eagan
  b. October 01, 1889, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
Julia A Eagan
  b. January 16, 1891, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  d. 1983, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  m. February 26, 1919, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, David Craig
George Eagan
  b. April 20, 1892, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  d. November 15, 1978, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  bu Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  m. November 29, 1916, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, Bessie Barrios
Florence Eagan
  b. 1909, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida
  d. bef 1915, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida

More about Alexander Eagan:

Book: Augustina of Spanish West Florida and her Descendants

Read also about Alexander's brother James Edward Egans (abt 1845 - 1906)


Julia Eagan and George Eagan

Sources, if not noted assume 1a:

1. Records of descendant/researcher of this family
a. Del Alexa (Eagan) Jupiter, grand-daughter of Alexander Eagan

2. Census records, any of those indicated

3. Affidavit given by Alexander Higgins as evidence of his birth (Compiled service record of James E. Egins, Co. A. 9th U.S. Colored Inf., Civil War, National Archives, Washington, D.C.)

Gentlemen:
Replying to the above letter I beg to state:
1. The writer cannot furnish evidence of the date of his birth, because he was born of a slave mother and no record was kept of the birth of slave children that he has ever heard of .
2. His mother died in 1866.
3. His father was a white man and died when applicant was 7 years old.
4. Applicants discharge was given him by J.E. Lockwood, Capt. U. S. C. V. Pctpber [October] 24th 1865 at Brownsville, Texas, and the discharge cites that the applicant was twenty years old.
5. This is all the evidence that applicant can furnish with respect of the date of his birth.
Very truly yours,
Alexander Higgins


Additional documents:

Certificate of Title showing John Sedwick, son of James Cook Sedwick, as the owner of James E Egins, brother of Alexander Eagan. (Compiled service record of James E. Egins, Co. A. 9th U.S. Colored Inf., Civil War, National Archives, Washington, D.C.)

Certificate of Title showing Sarah Sedwick, widow of James Cook Sedwick as the owner of Murray Egins. (Compiled Service Record, Murry Egins, Co. G 7th U.S. Colored Inf., Civil War, National Archives, Washington, D.C.)

Affadavit May 5, 1895 relating to disability pension claim for veteran Alexander Higgins.