CATHERINE DONOVAN DEGNAN is the daughter of Richard and Honora O’Brien Flanigan Donovan. She was born in 1855 in Garryowen, Jackson County, Iowa.
Catherine married Frank Degnan.
They had two children:
- Frankie and Katie Degnan (twins).
Catherine Donovan Degnan died in 1889 when her babies were born. She is buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Garryowen, Iowa.
- Frank Degnan Jr was raised until he was eleven by Maurice and Mary Ellen Shanahan Donovan. Then his father took him to live in Chicago.
- Katie Degnan was raised by the Maloney Family, who were relatives of the Degnans. Katie married John Ryan. They had one son: James Aloysius Ryan.
- James Aloysius Ryan married Mary Elizabeth Heiar. They had five children:
- Mary Ann Ryan
- Doris Kay Ryan
- James Allen Ryan
- Linda Mae Ryan
- Patricia Jean Ryan