C. Frank Horn was born on April 19, 1851, in Tamaqua,
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. His full name was
Charles Frank Horn, but he usually went by C. Frank
Horn to distinguish his name from his fathers. His
father, named Charles Horn, was a teamster born in
Pennsylvania in 1800. C. Frank Horns mother, Matilda
Horn, was born about 1820, also in Pennsylvania.
The first mention of C. Frank Horn is in the 1860
census. His father is given as Charles Horns (sic), age
sixty, a teamster, with his family living in the North
Ward Borough of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, as of June 14,
1860. His mother is listed as Matilda Horn, age
thirty-nine, with children Mary, nineteen, Susan,
sixteen, and Charles, nine. All were born in
Pennsylvania. Interestingly, another household member,
possibly a boarder, is listed: Will Davis, age
thirty-two, a professor of music. Perhaps having Davis
in the house influenced young Charles to become a
teacher and composer of music.
Horn composed some comic songs for George Thatcher of
George Thatchers Minstrels in Philadelphia. Horn wrote
many other songs, like Miss Fogartys Christmas Cake,
Miss Mulligans Homemade Pie, Grogans Grocery,
The Band on Murphys Block, and McCarthys Fancy
Ball in an Irish dialect. Some others are Duffy, the
Rising Man, Mr. Finnegan, The Trials of Leap Year,
The McGettigans Social Soiree, and When McGinnes
Drives Up to the Door.
The name surname McGettigan is the Anglicised form of
the name, Mag Eiteagain (Pronounced the same as my
last name Magatagan). The name is of patronymic origin,
that is, it belongs to the category of surnames derived
from the first name of the father of the initial
bearer. This indicates son of Eiteagain and is an
ancient Gaelic personal name of unknown origin. This is
a Tyrone surname and in medieval times was found with
both the Mac and O prefix O hEtigen.
The Mag Eiteagain`s belong to the clan of O`Neill,
Prince of Tyrone, Kings of Ulster and several times
Monarchs of Ireland.
Although originally written for Piano & Voice, I
created this arrangement for Flute and Acoustic Piano.