Descendants of Joseph O'Hara
Joseph O’Hara Jr., 2nd son of Joseph O'Hara (c1793-1879) and Margaret Kellett (c1793-1888), was born 23 May 1845 1, in Dumfomina, Killinkere, Co. Cavan. Ireland and baptised June 1845. He died 12 March 1911 2 aged 66 years in Massie Hamlet, Holland township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada. He married on 20 July 1877 3 at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, Mary Rebecca Burchill, born 11 July 1852 4 Ontario, Canada; died 16 Oct 1922 15 aged 70 in Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois, USA, buried 18 Oct 1922, a daughter of Bandon, County Cork, Ireland born John Hornibrook Burchill (1821-1903) and Ireland born Anne Rebecca Howey (1824-1891) - both buried McLean's Cemetery, Sydenham, Ontario.
Joseph's entry in the 1901 census of Canada gave 1867 as the year he arrived in Canada. The passenger list for the steamer St Andrew that left Glascow on 19 June 1867 and arrived with 338 passengers on 5 July 1867 at Quebec, listed him as a labourer aged 22 who with 76 others embarked at the port of Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire) located 12 klms south of the city centre of Dublin and about 100 kilometres from his birth place in County Cavan 16.
St. Marks Anglican Church, Holland Centre 7
St Mark's Anglican Church in Holland pictured above was first opened on 12 Nov 1865 and moved to its present site in Holland Centre in 1948. The Holland township history book states - "The notable achievement in 1956 was the completion of the east windows" and "the centre window was installed by the congregation in memory of Mr. and Mrs O'Hara and family". It was also stated "Mr. O'Hara, a dedicated church warden, passed away in 1905 and within a few years Mrs. O'Hara and five of her six children succumbed to the dread disease of tuberculosis" 7.1. Joseph William O'Hara, b. 29 Aug 1878 8 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 1909 Cochrane, Alberta, buried St Andrews Cemetery, Cochrane.
2. Mary Ann O'Hara, b. 4 Dec 1879 8 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 30 Nov 1902 11, age 22, Holland, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada, buried St. Mark's Cemetery, Holland Centre.
3. Margaret Jane O'Hara, b. 27 Oct 1881 8 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 17 Aug 1903 11, aged 21 years, Holland, Grey Co, Ontario, Canada, buried St. Mark's Cemetery, Holland Centre.
4. Martha Elisabeth O'Hara, b. 23 Feb 1884 8 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 1909 14 Cochrane, Alberta, buried St Andrews Cemetery, Cochrane .
5. John S O'Hara, b. 22 Sep 1886 12, 9 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 1908 14 Cochrane, Alberta, buried St Andrews Cemetery, Cochrane.
6. Catherine Alice O'Hara "Kate", b. 3 Jun 1890 8 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 2 Mar 1903 11, age 12, Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada, buried St. Mark's Cemetery, Holland Centre.
7. Lily Rebecca O'Hara, b. 8 Mar 1893 8 Holland Township, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; d. 1908 14 Cochrane, Alberta, buried St Andrews Cemetery, Cochrane.
8. James Henry O'Hara, b. 26 Jul 1897 8, 10, Holland, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; died 27 Jan 1989, buried 7 Feb 1989 Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
He married and had issue. At the 1930 United States census James was listed as "Jas. H" residing in the city of Chicago in Cook Co., Illinois with his occupation given as manager of an apartment building. According to his entry in the 1940 census he was still a resident of Chicago in 1935 and in 1940 resided in Washington D.C. with the occupation of draftsman in the building and construction industry. At the 1930 and 1940 US census his citizenship status was given as naturalized and he was listed as unmarried.SOURCES:
1 Birth date as given in the 1901 census of Canada (Province = Ontario, District = Grey North #65, Sub-District = Holland B2, Schedule = 1, page = 16). Baptism month as in O'Hara family Billis Church of Ireland baptisms extracted from the original book by Herbert Stewart, Termon, Virginia, Co. Cavan and advised to compiler by letter dated 19 Nov 1999.
2 LDS Church - "Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
3 Extractions of 1877 Grey County marriages for 1977 (Part 1). Online in 2012 at URL:
http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/grey77.htm - Joseph O’Hara, 30, shoe maker, Ireland, Holland, s/o Joseph O’Hara & Margaret Kellett, married Mary Rebecca Burchill, 25, Canada, Holland, d/o John Burchill & Ann Howey, wit: James Howey & Bessie Howie (sic), both of Holland, 20 July 1877 at Owen Sound (registration #2972-77).
4 Mary Rebecca's birth date of 11 July 1852 is as given in the 1901 census of Canada and her parent names are as per an online genealogy compilation by Peter Hasselbacher titled: Descendants of Peter Hasselbacher/ Hazelbaker in America for which the URL in 2012 was:
In that genealogy compilation the parentage of Mary Rebecca's father John Hornibrook Burchill is given as - father Jason Gideon Burchill, b. 1798, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland, d. 8 Jun 1882, Grey County, Ontario, and mother as - Mary Ann Moxley, b. 1799, Ireland , d. 1835, Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario. The parentage of John Hornibrook Burchill's wife Annie Rebecca Howey is given as father - James Howey, b. 1791, Tipperary, Ireland, d. 30 Mar 1876, Walter's Falls, Ontario and her mother's as - Rebecca Anne Holmes, b. Mar 1805, Kilkenny, Ireland , d. 7 Jan 1889, Walter's Falls, Ontario, and the marriage place as Ireland. (at the 1881 census Rebecca Howey nee Holmes aged 76 was residing with Joseph O'Hara and her grand daughter Mary Rebecca).
NOTE: When Joseph's wife Mary Rebecca O'Hara died in Illinois in 1922 her mother's surname was given by the informant as HARVEY (said quickly Howey must have sounded like Harvey or was an error). There can be no doubt it was HOWEY as after Mary's death her only sister Catherine, who resided with her at the 1920 census, must have returned to Ontario province as she died at Owen Sound on 15 Jan 1933 aged 75 years with her parent's names given as John Burchill and Ann Howey. Also the 1848 first born of Mary & Catherine's five brothers, 1848 born James Thomas Burchill, died aged 78 on 16 Dec 1926 at Euphrasia, Grey Co., Ontario and in the record his parent's names were given as John Burchill and Annie Howey.
5 As per a query message, archived in 2005 as message #231 at web site (http://oharas.com/messages/all.php) from Joseph O'Hara great grandson Shannon O'Hara of Houston, Texas, USA, stated Joseph emigrated to Canada at the age of 19 after completing a shoemaking appenticeship in Ireland. Seven years later the same was advised by the same descendant to the compiler in an email dated 16 July 2012 without a source given for the claim he was aged 19 when he emigrated to Canada or a reference to establish before emigrating he completed a shoemaker apprenticeship in Ireland. A subsequent request by the compiler for a source for the seemingly incorrect claims, as for example a newspaper obituary, was not responded to.
The compiler considers it most unlikely Joseph undertook and completed an apprenticeship in Ireland as in the 1800s such usually commenced at age 14 and were of 7 years duration. Also why would Joseph state to the shipping company at embarkation he was a labourer if he was a tradesman? When Joseph died in Holland township on 12 March 1911 three semi-weekly newspapers were being published in the nearby main town of Owen Sound viz: - the Owen Sound Advertiser, Owen Sound Sun & the Owen Sound Times. A check by the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library of the microfilms of the three for the period from 12 Mar 1911 to 30 March 1911 failed to find a mention or an obituary.
6 Mildred Young Hubbert, The Paths that Led to Holland : a history of Holland Township, Historical Society of Holland Township (1983) p. 180, 182. James Howey (William's son) was the eldest son of William Howey (1826-1929). James was a first cousin of Joseph O'Hara's wife Mary Rebecca Howey. The URL of the Holland history book in 2012 was: http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=4393
7 Ibid - p. 62-63
8 LDS Church - "Ontario Births, 1869-1912" Index
9 1891 & 1901 Canada Census - in the 1891 John S. listed as aged 5 years so born 1886 - the actual date is as given in the 1901 census.
10 LDS Church - "Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1958" Index & "Ontario Births, 1869-1912" Index.
11 LDS Church - "Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947" Index.
12 1901 Census of Canada enumerated 31 Mar 1902 - District Grey North #65, Holland B2 page 16, at #155: Joseph b. 23 May 1845 age last birthday 55, Mary R. b. 11 Jul 1852 age 48, Joseph W. b. 30 Aug 1878 age 22, Mary A. b. 4 Dec 1879 age 21, Margaret J. b. 27 Sep 1888 age 20, Martha E. b. 22 Feb 1884 age 17, John S. b. 22 Sep 1886 age 14, Kate A. b. 3 Jun 1890 age 10, Lilly R. b. 8 Mar 1893 age 8, James H. b. 27 Jul 1897 age 3, John Burchill b. 6 Dec 1821 age 79 boarder.
13 Grave reference BG-G-093 - as given at the Ontario Cemetery Finder Aid (OCFS) web site for which the URL in 2012 was:
14 Alberta Family History Society - Cemetery Transcriptions Index Database (data such as the full death date on the headstone is available from - firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Society's web site URL in 2012 was: http://www.afhs.ab.ca/data/cemeteries/
15 LDS Church - "Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947" Index - died 16 Oct 1922 aged 70, Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois, USA, buried 18 Oct 1922 & born 11 July 1852 Ontario, Canada - parent names were given as John Burchill and Anne HARVEY (sic) and her father's birthplace as Bandon, Ireland.
16 Source - Library and Archives Canada web site - Passenger list for the Montreal Ocean Steam-Ship Company's 970 ton SS "St Andrew", Edward Scott - Master, departed Glascow 19 June 1867 and arrived at Quebec (Montreal) on 5 July 1867. NOTE: the erroneous "spinster" occupation entry for Jos. O'Hara is crossed out and "Lab" for labourer written in.
17 In 2012 his burial details were at given at the US Department of Veteran Affairs web site : http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/ (O'Hara search) and service details were at Ancestry.com (source given there as imported from US Veteran's Affairs #2876201).
18 Volume 1 of a Tweedsmuir community and village history compiled by the Massie Women's Institute and held by the Grey Roots Museum and Archives at Owen Sound - quoted from a section on page 10 headed "Hamlet of Massie compiled by Mrs. Clarence McPherson in 1974". In 2012 the URL for page 10 formated as a pdf file was: http://www.greyroots.com/documents.cfm/WIF4-1-015/
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