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O'Connor, Jeremiah Darby
Grady, Eleanor
O'Connor, John
(1820-1903)

 










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O'Connor, John

  • Born: 3 Nov 1820, Ballynabuck townland, Parish of Dingle, County Kerry, Munster, Ireland
  • Marriage: O'Connor, Mary on 8 May 1860 in St. Martin's Catholic Church, Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa, USA
  • Died: 27 Aug 1903, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
  • Buried: Aug 1903, St Rose of Lima Cemetery, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
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bullet  General Notes:

Grandma (Aunt Clare) left the following note. John O'Connor was born in Ireland of Bally-na-buck S/D of Moorstown, Parish of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. He immigrated to the USA in 1850.

The following is from the Denison Library:

JOHN O'CONNOR, one of the prominent and well-known citizens of Craw-ford county, was born in county Kerry, Ireland, in 1820, a son of Jeremiah and Ellen (O'Grady) O'Connor, natives of the same county. They remained in their native country until death. John, our subject, found employment on the railroads and other public works in his native, place until thirty-two years of age. In 1852 he sailed from Queenstown to Liverpool, and then to New York City, being twenty-one days on the voyage. He was first engaged in picking up potatoes at Long Island, receiving twenty-five cents per day, and then found employment on a railroad in Orange, county, New York, where he was paid $1 per day. Mr. O'Connor followed railroad and public work for many years in New York, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota,; was always industrious and saving, and accumulated some money. He lived for a time at Fort Dodge, Iowa, later on the Des Moines river, and then in 1867 bought 160 acres of his present farm. In 1871 he located on this place, to which he has since added until he now owns 520 acres of rich and well improved land. He has a beautiful residence, 16 x 28 feet, with an L, 16 x 18 feet, one and a half stories high, and furnished in a way that shows the refinement and culture of the family. Has a grove of three acres, beautiful lawn and shade trees, a barn, 24 x 40 feet, and fine pastures and meadows.

Mr. O'Connor was married at Cascade, Iowa, to Miss Mary O'Connor, a native of county Kerry, Ireland, and a daughter of Thomas and Bridget (Quirk) O'Connor. The priest was Father Jeremiah O'Connor (no relationship). Our subject and wife have five sons and two daughters, viz.: Morris, a popular and well-known attorney of this county; Nelly; Thomas, a farmer of this township; Jerry, James, Michael and Bridget. They lost four by death: Kate, deceased at the age of nine months; Mary, at seven years; John, at three years; and a babe. Mr. O'Connor is a Democrat in his political views, and the family are worthy members of the Catholic Church. The children have received a good education, and the sons are now successful and popular business men, and the daughters, refined, cultured and intelligent ladies.

The following is from the Denison Library

John O'Connor, one of the prominent and well-known citizens of Crawford county, was born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1820, a son of Jeremiah and Ellen (O'Grady) O'Connor, natives of the same county. They remained in their native country until death. John, our subject, found employment on the railroads and other public works in his native place until thirty-two years of age. In 1852 he sailed from Queenstown to Liverpool, and then to New York city, being twenty-one days on the voyage. He was first engaged in picking up potatoes at Long Island, receiving twenty-five cents per day, and then found employment on a railroad in Orange county, New York, where he was paid $1 per day. Mr O'Connor followed railroad and public work for many years in New York, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota; was always industrious and saving, and accumulated some money. He lived for a time at Fort Dodge, Iowa, later on the Des Moines river, and then in 1867 bought 160 acres of his present farm. In 1871 he located on this place, to which he has since added until he now owns 520 acres of rich and well improved land. He has a beautiful residence, 16 x 28 feet, with an L, 16 x 18 feet, one and a half stories high, and furnished in a way that shows the refinement and culture of the family. Has a grove of three acres, beautiful lawn and shade trees, a barn, 24 x 40 feet, and fine pastures and meadows.
Mr O'Connor was married at Cascade, Iowa, to Miss Mary O'Connor, a native of county Kerry, Ireland, and a daughter of Thomas and Bridget (Quirk) O'Connor. Our subject and wife have five sons and two daughters, viz: Morris, a popular and well-known attorney of this county; Nelly; Thomas, a farmer of this township; Jerry, James, Michael and Bridget. They lost four by death: Kate, deceased at the age of nine months; Mary, at seven years; John, at three years; and a babe. Mr O'Connor is a Democrat in his political views, and the family are worthy members of the Catholic Church. The children have received a good education, and the sons are now successful and popular business men, and the daughters, refined, cultured and intelligent ladies.

Biographical History of Crawford, Ida, and Sac Counties, Iowa ; 1893; The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago


Obituary in the Denison Bulletin

Last Thursday night, soon after The Bulletin was mailed to its readers, the life of John 0'Connor, of East Boyer Township, went out. The end had been expected for two weeks by his family and friends, as there was an evident breaking down of the tissues of the body, due to his extreme old age, and while the old gentleman suffered little or no pain, and with his family around him, he quietly breathed his last. The funeral was held on Sunday morning in Denison. Rev. Farrelly of the Catholic church officiating. The remains were interred in the old Catholic cemetery two miles east of town, where he had two children buried before. It was a large funeral and with genuine sorrow the friends and relatives laid the aged body at rest, after the 83 years of life in which Mr. 0"Connor had participated with good to his fellow men and without an enemy in the world. He had been a devout Catholic all his life. With his good wife, who still survives, he had raised a noble family of boys and girls, all of whom do credit to his name and will keep his memory green.

John 0'Connor was the eldest son of Jeremiah O1Connor and Ellen (Grady) 0'Connor, of Bally-na-buck (Sub-division of Morrestown) Parish of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. He was born Nov. 3rd 1820; emigrated to America in 1850; was married by Father Jeremiah 0'Connor to Miss Mary O'Connor at Cascade, Iowa, on May 8, 1860. Attendents wereThomas and Ellen O'Connor. He moved from Ft. Dodge, Iowa, to Crawford County April, 1971. John died of old age August 16, 1903.

Note: St. Rose of Lima Church records and his tombstone says August 27th.. Grandma (Aunt) Clare said August 17th) I'm going with the Church Records and his Tombstone date for now.

He leaves surviving him his wife and 5 sons, Maurice of Vail, Iowa; Thomas, Jerry, James and Michael, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Nellie Magner and Miss Bridget all of East Boyer township; 4 brothers, Thomas of Utica, IL Michael and Jerry of Aurora, IL.; Patrick, of San Antonio,Texas and 1 sister, Mrs. Kate Guheen, of Van Orin, Illinois.

He resided on the farm where he died since he came to Crawford County All of the family were present at his bedside during his illness the time of his death, and at his funeral; his brothers Thomas and Michael were also at his funeral. Family relatives from a distance who were also at the funeral were Mrs. Annie Horrigan, Miss Annie O'Connor. Mrs. Patrick O'Connor, and Messrs. Thomas and Joseph O'Connor of Imogene, Iowa. Numerous old friends from almost every part of the county, from Vail, Aspinwall, Manilla, Charter Oak, Buck Grove and other places were also at the funeral.


1880 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, East Boyer twp, T9_335
ED 68, page 4D, line 25, dwelling no 29, family no 29

O'Conner, John, white, male, age 57, married, farmer, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland
Mary, white, female, age 47, wife, married, housekeeping, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland
Maurice, white, male, age 19, son, born in Illinois
Ellen, white, female, age 17, daughter, born in Iowa
Thomas, white, male, age 15, son, attended school, born in Iowa
Jerry, white, male, age 14, son, attended school, born in Iowa
James, white, male, age 12, son, attended school, born in Iowa
Micheal, white, male, age 9, son, attended school, born in Iowa
Bridget, white, female, age 5, daughter

1900 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, East Boyer twp, T623_426
ED 57, sheet 1A, page 184, line 19, dwelling no 5, family no 5

O'Connor, John, head, white, male, Nov, 1820, age 79, married 40 years, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland, immigrated to US in 1862, naturalized, farmer, cannot read or write, speaks English, owns farm free, schedule no 6
Mary, wife, white, female, Mar, 1833, age 67, married 40 years, mother of 7 children, 7 living, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland, immigrated to US in 1862, can read and write, speaks English
Jerry, son, white, male, April, 1868, age 32, single, born in Iowa, farmer, can read and write, speaks English, schedule no 17
James, son, white, male, Oct, 1869, age 30, single, born in Iowa, farmer, can read and write, speaks English
Bridget, daughter, white, female, Oct, 1877, age 22, single, born in Iowa, can read and write, speaks English
Micheal, brother, white, male, Sept, 1830, age 60, single, born in Ireland, immigrated to US in 1866, naturalized, cannot read or write, speaks English

From Mary Cobb in reference to the 1900 Census

From June 1, 1900 Census, living in Denison, Iowa
John O'Connor bd 11/1820
Mary 3/18/33
Jerry 4/1869
Bridget 10 /1877
Michael 9/1830 a brother

bullet  Marriage Notes:

John married Mary O'Connor, daughter of Thomas O'Connor and Bridget Quirk, on 8 May 1860 in St. Martins Catholic Church, Cascade, Dubuque, Iowa, USA. Attendents were Thomas and Ellan O'Connor. Mary O'Connor was born on 17 Mar 1830 in Parish of Camp, County Kerry, Munster, Ireland, died on 24 Nov 1916 in Crawford County, Iowa, USA and was buried on 27 Nov 1916 in St Rose of Lima Cemetery, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA.

John O'Connor and Mary O'Connor were married by Father Jeremiah O'Connor at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Attendants were Thomas O'Connor and Ellen O'Connor




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