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This is the Story How I am not a Young, Begnal, rather an Eaton per Y-DNA


As of 29 Dec 2016, I learned of my Bio Great Grandfather is Claude Brudenell Eaton, thus I am not of the Begnal or Young Surname per my Y-DNA 5 Feb 2019


This Branch of my Tree is not Biologically Connected other than my Great Grandmother Elizabeth Shaughnessy who lived with George Felix Begnal from about abt. 1909-1916


Elizabeth's son my biological GF Clifford Franklin, b. 31 Mar 1903, Utica, Oneida Co., NY, may have taken the surname Begnal after 1907-1909,

as to whenever Elizabeth met George thus their lives began to intertwine as a family.


As of 5 Feb 2019 my FTDNA Y-DNA37 test Kit No. 892549  Results

I have 11+ matches to the "Eaton" surname, thus I am not a Young other than by surname that I was born with, nor am I a Begnal as my Father was born Newton Richard Begnal


The Begnal Young Eaton Story - Part 1 - Part 2


The following I have included as a result of researching what was thought to be my Paternal Father Newton Richard Begnal Surname

Ireland FlagBegnal's of Co. Meath & Westmeath, Ireland

Thomas Henry Begnal, 1847, Ireland

George Felix Begnal, 1879, Albany, NY - Not Biologically Connected


Previously (above) thought to be my Paternal Lineage based on Records from 1910-1960, having researched for 24 yrs

========== For Those Interested in the following, are descendants of Claude Brudenell Eaton ============

Clifford Franklin Begnal (1903-1960)

Newton Richard Begnal /Richard Newton Young (1924-1995)

Clifford Anthony Begnal /Clifford Anthony Young (1923-2012)

Note: until I find birth proof regarding Clifford Franklin Begnal, I or other Begnal's Descendant of Clifford Franklin Begnal are not of the Begnal nor Young Surname, rather DNA connected to Eaton.

Letter dated 1950, from Joseph Beglin Begnall, Milltown Pass

Co. Westmeath,

Republic of Ireland


The following is 24 yrs of Researching Believing I was first a Young, and once I learned my Father was born Begnal in 1994, I began researching the following


Thomas H. Begnal, b. 1 Jan 1847, Ireland, d. 28 Apr 1928, NY, m. Margaret E. Shevlin, b. abt. Feb 1850, Ireland, d. 6 Nov 1914, Saratoga Springs, NY.  Children of this marriage are Katherine "Kate", b. 12 Aug 1876, Albany, NY, George Felix, b. 15 Feb 1879, Albany, NY, Frank Patrick, b. 4 Jun 1882, Mary V., b.  Feb 1887, and Katie, b. Jun 1890, d. bef. 1892, Albany, NY


Thomas H. Begnal, naturalized 23 Mar 1870, Albany, NY, emigrated from Meath Ireland via Liverpool, when is unknown.  March 15, 1906 - passenger list of Thomas, a US Citizen, coming from Garadice, Co. Meath Ireland to home Saratoga Springs, NY.  Garadice is in Meath Co.  May have immigrated in 1860-1866.


Margerit Shevlin, possible passenger list: Arrival Date: 6 Apr 1866, Estimated birth year: abt 1848, Age: 18, Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Destination: New York, Place of Origin: Ireland Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Irish, Ship Name: Scotland, Port of Arrival: New York Line: 22 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll: M237_263 List Number: 297


Intent - click to see entire document

Naturalization Intent Document

Naturalization - click to see entire document

Naturalization Document



Store Ad 1874

1874 Albany Newspaper Ad.  To see where Thomas Henry Begnal lived during the years 1870-1928




Ggf, George Felix Begnal (1), b. 15 Feb 1879, Albany, NY, d. 2 Jun 1957, Saratoga Springs, NY, unknown if he actually married Elizabeth Shaughnessy, b.  6 Sep 1882-1888, Utica, NY - per her death certificate d. 8 Jan 1949, San Francisco, CA  Shaughnessy Lineage / Timeline


Unknown if George F. Begnal is the biological father of my Grandfather Clifford Franklin Begnal. 


As of 29 Dec 2016, I learned my Bio Great Grandfather is Claude B Eaton, not of the Begnal Surname/Lineage




George Felix Begnal, Not Biologically Connected Father of Clifford Franklin Begnal - NY Health Dept & Utica Vital Statistics Birth Not Found.  Had been looking 30+ yrs as to who Clifford's real biological father is/was, and Clifford's full name at birth.

(1) George Begnal 3rd. marriage to Edna M. Avery, 20 Jun 1921, Saratoga Springs, NY.  Children George F. Begnal Jr. 21 May 1921, d. 1978, Jean Mary Begnal, b. 1923, John Avery (Jack) Begnal, b. 1924 and Robert Thomas Begnal, b. 1931 (3).

(3) Robert Thomas Begnal says his grandfather was Thomas Begnal (1847-1928), m. Margaret E. Shevlin (1851- 6 Nov 1914).  Children: George Felix Begnal (15 Feb 1879 - 2 Jun 1957), Frank Patrick Begnal, b. 4 Jun 1882, d. 17 Jul 1966, Katherine M. (Kate) Begnal, b. 12 Aug 1876, d. 23 May 1947, Mary V. Begnal, b. Feb 1887, d. 23 Feb 1920, and Katie Begnal, b. Jun 1890.



1st Generation


Michael Begnal, b. 29 Sep 1829, Milltownpass, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, m. Catherine (Katie) WHELEHAN, having the following children:


Anna S. Begnal, b. abt. 1854, Waterbury, CT

Mary J. Begnal, b. abt. 1859, Waterbury, CT

Katie H. Begnal, b. abt. 1863, Waterbury, CT

Joseph Begnal, b. abt. 1865, Waterbury, CT

Lizzie A. Begnal, b. abt. 1867, Waterbury, CT

Thomas F. Begnal, b. abt. 1870

Henry M Begnal, b. 25 May 1874

Rose E. Begnal, b. abt. 1878, Waterbury, CT


2nd Generation


Thomas F. Begnal, b. abt. 1870, Waterbury, CT, m. Mary Ann UNKNOWN, b. abt. 1875, having the following children:


Francis Begnal, b. abt. 1899, Waterbury, CT

Katherine Begnal, b. abt. 1901, Waterbury, CT

Margaret Begnal, b. abt. 1902, Waterbury, CT

Thomas Begnal, b. abt. 1904, Waterbury, CT

James Begnal, b. abt. 1906, Waterbury, CT

Raymond V. Begnal, b. abt. 1908, Waterbury, CT

Francis Begnal, b. abt. 1913, Waterbury, CT

Anna C. Begnal, b. abt. 1915, Waterbury, CT

Donald Begnal, b. abt. 1920, Waterbury, CT


Henry M Begnal, b. 25 May 1874, m. Sarah MURPHY, b. 5 Jan 1876, Brooklyn, NY, having the following children:


Mary Begnal, b. abt. 1896.

George Begnal, b. abt. 1902.

Joseph Begnal, b. abt. 1903.

Henry I Begnal, b. 28 May 1913

Calista Begnal, b. abt. 1915.


3rd Generation


Henry Ibar Begnal, b. 28 May 1913, Waterbury, CT, m. Kate Joan KILMARTIN, b. 22 Feb 1912, having the following children: Michael H. Begnal



Information and Links about the Surname Begnal vs. Bagnal


The following is some of which I have found on the internet in my quest to find the origin of my surname Begnal, searching records and I wish to share these surnames and links of those who have spent the time & research in putting together the following.


Michael S. Begnal writes:  Begnal, comes from the Gaelic name O'Beigleighinn, which also gives the surname Beglin, Beglan etc. (see The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght ).  It is easy to confuse these names due to the similarities and the many similar variants, but we must keep in mind that Beglin (Begnal) and Bagenal (Bagnall, etc.) are quite distinCT The former originally being a native and ancient Gaelic medical family, the latter arriving in the 16th century as part of the English security apparatus.  MacLysaght is quite clear about this in his "More Irish Families".  While the Bagenal's did eventually become Irish-ized, I think it is important to recognize the difference between the two surnames, which despite their similarities in orthography, are vastly different in origin and not at all related.


Spellings encountered of Begnal - Begnall, Begnol, Beganl, Beganll, Begnel, Begnell, Begnil, Begnill, Bignal, Bignall, Bignel, Bignell, Beigleghan and O'Beigleighinn


Bagnall began around William the Conqueror's English invasion with variations like Bagenhall, Bagenal, de Bagenal, and settled in Staffordshire.  In the 16th century Sir Nicholas Bagnall was sent by Queen Elizabeth, to head a constabulary in Ireland [Newry] and the Irish family grew from that.


Bagnal, Bagnall, Bagenal, Bagnel, Bagnell, Bagnelin, Bagnil, Bagnill,


Bagnall Genealogy -


Bagnall Variants -


SurnameThesaurus - The NameThesaurus is a technology for finding Surname and Forename variants



Mayflower Descendant of Francis Eaton (1595/96-1633) & Christian Penn (1607-1684) my 9th Paternal Gr-Grandparents

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*FTDNA Kit No. 892549 (5 Feb 2019) Y-DNA Haplogroup R-M269
*GEDmatch A476709 (28 Apr 2018) - GEDCOM ID5626977 (13Feb2019)
*AncestryDNA (16 Dec 2016)


My Ancestry DNA Results

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