Sarah Shepherd in
and Ellen had 3 children: Elizabeth, John Benjamin, and Frederick.
They bought a house at
died of cystitis on
Eleanor “Ellen" Harrington (Driscoll) was born in
married the widower Timothy Driscoll on January 1, 1862.
She and Timothy had 3 children: Elizabeth, John Benjamin, and Frederick
and they all lived at
Timothy passed away in 1889, Ellen and Elizabeth lived together in the house at
1900 William had retired from sailing and had gone into the roofing business
with a man named Louis Blair. Jane’s
aunt, the widow Josephine Duplesis, was living with them and the whole family
had moved to
health declined and by the end of 1919 he, Jane and Bella had all moved in with
their daughter, Clara, and her husband, Jesse, at 81 E. 6th St. William was alive when the census taker
arrived to gather the household data on January 10, 1920. He was dead by the end of the day.
It is assumed that he is buried at
Jane Ann "Jennie" Goolah (Driscoll) was born in July 1846 in
married William C. Driscoll on November 20, 1864. Together they appear to have had 4 children
who lived to adulthood (see Mary Isabelle Driscoll for further explanation of
this ambiguity): William Henry, Clara Louise, Sarah G., and Mary Isabelle.
At the time of the 1900 federal census, Jane told the census taker that
she had given birth to 11 children, but only 4 remained alive in 1900. They lived on
Jane’s mother appears to have died in 1877 or 1878. Complicated legal battles over money ensued after her death in which Jane and another woman, , sued her father, Maxim, and it seems that was also suing Jane. Maxim seems to have done a few shady things regarding property deals, using his deceased wife’s name.
1900 Jane’s aunt, the widow Josephine Duplesis, is living with her and William
and the whole family has moved to 106 Seneca.
By 1910 Josephine is gone, but Jane’s widowed daughter, Bella (Isabelle)
Robillard is now living with them. By January
of 1920 Jane, William and Bella have all moved in with their daughter, Clara,
and her husband, Jesse, at
is known of Jane’s life after William passed away. Presumably she continued to live with Clara
and Jesse up until her death on March 24, 1930.
It is assumed that she and William were buried at
Mary Ann Driscoll (Wood) was born to Timothy and Sarah Driscoll in
Mary Ann is the only member of the family who can possibly be located on the
1860 federal and county censuses. She is listed as "Mary Ann
Driscole," a "servant" living with her aunt and uncle, John and
Susan Shepherd, and their young children, Emily and Laura.
Wherever the rest of the family is located in 1860, she must have stayed
with her mother’s relatives, helping out with their 2 small children, while her
parents went elsewhere, perhaps in search of work. Her mother passed away
some time between 1856-1861, but her father and her siblings reappear in
1875 Mary Ann married Joshua Bailey Wood, a maritime engineer like her father,
and they settled in
Joshua Bailey Wood (under construction)
Margaret Jane Driscoll (Farrell) was the last child born to Timothy and Sarah Driscoll. She was born in
whereabouts are unclear until the time of her marriage, but it looks as though
she may have been working as a domestic in different homes up until that time (possibly
in the McCarthy home that would one day be her own). One of the homes she worked in belonged to
Captain passed away in 1922 and Margaret lived with Lulu at the house on
Captain John “Tailor” Farrell was born in
In about 1882 he
married Margaret Jane Driscoll. They
He retired from sailing after the schooner Cortez burned at the dock. In his retirement he opened a tobacco shop and was also appointed Oswego harbormaster.
The captain died on February 3, 1922. He is buried with his wife and daughters at St. Paul's in Oswego.
After the death of her father in 1889 she lived there with her mother, Ellen, and after Ellen’s death in 1914, she seems to have occasionally taken in boarders. Elizabeth never married or had children of her own, but is remembered for the loving care which she gave to her nieces and nephews, the children and grandchildren of her brother, John Benjamin. Photos of her are labeled “Aunt Lizzie” or “Auntie Driscoll,” and she is often seen holding a baby or following a toddler.
John Benjamin Driscoll was born to Timothy and Ellen on September 3, 1866. Although his birth certificate, death certificate and obituary read "John Benjamin," during his lifetime, he was simply known as "Benjamin" or “Ben.” Ben worked as a clerk for the local grocer in his teenage years. He settled down and married Amelia Rosella O’Neill on June 23, 1897. Together they had 8 (possibly 9) children (Frederick Thomas, Howard John, Robert Paul, Benjamin Francis, Joseph Benjamin, Leo Xavier, Mary Eleanor and Edmund Francis), 7 of whom lived to adulthood (Benjamin Francis died at one year of age, another infant who died early on is suspected, but no confirmation has been found of this). The family lived at
Amelia "Millie" Rosella O'Neill (Driscoll) was born to Thomas O'Neill and Margaret Kennedy on
Her family moved to
New York when she was about 5 years old, and she grew up there with her 7 brothers and sisters. In
husband Benjamin died on
Henry "Skid" Driscoll was born to William C. Driscoll
and Jane Ann Goolah on
married, Minnie Kane Ladue., widow of William A. Ladue, in 1897. Her son,
George Ladue was only 8 at the time of their marriage, and they appear to
have been close, William raising George as his own son. Minnie and
William had one child of their own, Sarah Irene, called “Sadie.” The family lived at
His obituary states that he was buried at St. Paul’s, but if there ever was a headstone bearing his name is had been destroyed or stolen by 1992 when the transcriptions were done. There are two empty spaces next to Sadie’s grave, which is next to the Kane’s plot, so it seems quite likely that William and Minnie are buried there, but no headstone marks the graves.
Mary "Minnie" Kane (Ladue, Driscoll) was born Mary Kane in November of 1866 to Irish immigrants, James and Mary Kane. She was in a large family of boys: and three girls: Kate, Anna and Minnie
1886-7 she married William Ladue. They
had their first son in 1888, Willie A., who lived only 5 months and is buried
with Minnie’s parents at
his death, Minnie and George appear to have lived with her mother, Mary, her
father, James, having passed away a few years prior. Several years passed, and on
died on May 3, 1954. Her resting place
is unknown, but is presumed to be at
Clara Louise Driscoll (Todd) was born to William C. and Jane Driscoll in January of 1871.
It seems that sometime around the turn of the century, Clara married a man named Howard J. Prosser, son of Charles and Nora Prosser. It is hard to determine when they were married. In 1900 she is listed as Clara Driscoll, living in the house of her parents, but she is also listed as married, which would seem to indicate that she was married before 1900. however, according to the NY Vital Records Index a Clara L. Driscoll was married on June 30, 1903; there were no other marriages of a Clara Driscoll in prior years and there seem to be no other Clara Driscolls in Oswego during this period.
Whenever they were married, Howard died in 1907 at the age of 32 after
a long illness. Clara appears on the 1910 census living as a
widow in the house of her in-laws, Charles and Nora Prosser. It
also indicates that Clara had given birth to one child, who was no
longer living. Also living in the house are a number of boarders,
including a young man named Jesse Todd. Jesse Sanford Todd was a painter from nearby
They lived together at 81 E. 6th St. in Oswego City for many years.
a lengthy illness, Clara died at home on November 11, 1951. Although Clara was a member and communicant
and his brother Raymond both worked as painters. In 1904 he began working for the
Oddly, Jesse appears to appear in 2 places on the 1910 census: in Scriba town living with his parents and boarding at the house of Charles and Nora Prosser in Oswego city. As the censuses for the 2 towns were taken several weeks apart, it is possible that Jesse went back and forth between the two, or that his parents merely told the census taker that he still lived there, but I am certain that both entries are for the same man.
died in 1951. Jesse worked at the Ames
Iron Works for a few more years after that, but retired in 1954, as it seems
his health was failing. Jesse grew ill
and was hospitalized at least once, in 1959.
He entered the Harr-Wood Nursing Home, where he died on January 11, 1968. Jesse was buried beside Clara at
Sarah G. Driscoll (Slattery) was born in March of 1876 to William C. and Jane Driscoll. Perhaps the "G" stands for Goolah , her maother's maiden name,but this is only speculation.
In 1898 she married canalboat
captain William Henry Slattery and moved to
Her exact date of death is not known, but she was still alive in November of 1961 at the time of her brother William's death. The location of her resting place, or that of any of her descendants, is not known.
Captain William Henry Slattery (underconstruction)
Mary Isabelle “Bella” Driscoll
been one of the great enigmas
of my search. The family notes that were handed down to me said that
child of William and Jane was "Mary Jane" or “Mary
I did think that Mary's middle initial on the censuses looked
an "I" than a "J" or “E” but it's often so hard to tell.
But as I went on with my search it began to become even
more curious. I found a sister named Isabelle, who was not listed
family tree. I thought that I had found a lost sibling until I
and looked at the censuses. Isabelle's birth date was very close
to the estimated
birth date of Mary and there was no evidence of an additional surviving
on any census. Therefore, I concluded that she must be Mary
Mary Jane. I can find no evidence of any Mary Jane Driscoll in
Isabelle is listed on the 1900 census as a single woman living with her parents. On the 1910 census she is still living in the house of William and Jane, but she is listed as "Bella Labrey," their widowed daughter. This indicates that she must have married and was widowed some time between the 1900 and the 1910 census. Isabelle was living with Clara and Jesse at the time of her death, and for quite a few years before that. She is on the 1920 and 1930 censuses as Isabelle or Isabella Rabblard or Robelard, sister-in-law to the head of the household, Jesse.
NY Vital Records index shows that Isabelle did in fact marry William Robillard
she is listed with her married name in every census, her obituary, her
headstone and other family obituaries list her as "Isabelle
Driscoll," with no mention of a prior marriage at all. Perhaps
her death the family chose to divest her of the married name,
possibly because they disapproved of her late husband, or possibly
just stopped using the Robillard name some time between 1930 and 1941.
Isabelle died at
Clara and Jesse’s house on September 10, 1941 and was buried at
Alva Bailey Wood (under construction)
May Sarah Wood (under construction)
Carl Frederick Krumhar (under construction)
Mary “May” Sara Farrell
was born on November 3, 1883 to Captain John and Margaret Farrell. In her early adolescence she was an attendant at
Farrell (under construction)
She graduated from the
John Myron Farrell
was born on
Frederick Thomas Driscoll (under construction)
was born on
Martha Marie Poulin (Driscoll, McKenna) (under construction)
At the time of the 1920 census she is living with
She lived with the Driscoll family for a number of years, but eventually she remarried to Thomas McKenna.
Howard John Driscoll was born in June 1900 to Ben and Amelia. He worked with his father at the Standard Oil Box Company from a young age. Howard died tragically young on February 7, 1922 at the age of 22, from pneumonia. He is buried at
Monsignor Robert Paul Driscoll (under construction)
was born on June 26, 1902, the third child of Ben and Amelia Driscoll.
He entered St. Bernard’s seminary in
In he was transferred to
In he was promoted to Monsignor by
Upon his retirement, he and his sister Mary
Eleanor (“Ellie”), bought a house in
Father Bob died on
Benjamin Francis Driscoll, son of John Benjamin and Amelia was born some time in 1908 and died on September 18, 1909. He was buried at
Joseph Benjamin Driscoll was born on
Leo Xavier Driscoll was born "Francis Xavier Driscoll" to John Benjamin Driscoll and Amelia Rosella O'Neill Driscoll on
His father and older brother died unexpectedly in 1922, so Leo left school after he graduated the eighth grade at St. Mary’s to go to work and help support his mother and siblings. He put his older brother Bobby through the seminary, and cared for everyone around him.
In 1935, he married Loretta
Doris Blanchette of
returning from the service he resumed working for Woolworth’s for several
years, but the constant moving became tiresome and he left the Woolworth
Company for good in the mid-1950’s, so that the family could settle down in one
place. They lived on
Leo died on January 10, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT after suffering 2 heart attacks and a stroke, all in a 24 hour period. He was 93 years old. Leo was laid to rest in St. Bridget's Cemetery in Cheshire, CT.
Mary Eleanor Driscoll was born to John Benjamin Driscoll and Amelia Rosella O'Neill on September 6, 1914. The NY Vital Records Index lists her as "Amelia Driscoll," so either her parents later changed their mind, or the government employee who recorded the birth erroneously entered the mother's name in place of the child's. As she was born just a few months after the death of Ben’s mother, Eleanor, she is presumably named after her. She was called “Ellie” by her family and friends.
never married, but instead spent her life caring for her brother, Monsignor
Robert P. Driscoll. They both retired
and moved to a home in the country in
Edmund "Bud" Francis Driscoll (under construction)
was born on
Staff Sergeant in WWII; 1945 Bronze star 
Bud married Janet Margaret
“Sadie” Irene Driscoll (Galvin)
was the only child born to William and Minnie Driscoll.
Both the 1900 and the 1910 census list her as "Sarah," as does
her marriage record, but she seems to have preferred to be called “Sadie.”
In November 1915 she married Leo J. Galvin.
She gave birth to a son, William J. Galvin, on
Leo J. Galvin was born on August 21, 1897 to John Galvin and Sarah Hodge Galvin, the third child of five. His father appears to have died when Leo was quite young.
Galvin family was all together in 1900, living on
Leo resurfaced in Oswego between 1910 and 1915, and on November 1915 he married Sadie Driscoll, daughter of William and Minnie. She gave birth to their son William J. Galvin, on February 20, 1916. She died 16 days later on March 8, 1916.
Leo and his son, William, lived with his in-laws, William and Minnie Driscoll, for several years after Sadie's death. Leo was sent off to war in 1918, and a number of letters that he wrote to his mother and his Aunt Annie were published in the Oswego Palladium Times, telling of his experiences overseas. He served in France and Belgium with Company D, 108th Infantry. He returned safely, and lived again with William, Minnie and his son for a short while.
He met Agnes Sheridan and they were seen at parties together in the mid-twenties. Leo married Agnes Sheridan in 1928 and they lived with her family at 104 E. 7thSt. Together they had two children. In 1928 he also began working as a machinist for the Taggart Bag Company, and worked there for 35 years, until his retirement in 1963. His son, William, appears to have continued to live with William and Minnie Driscoll when Leo remarried and began a new family, as he is still living with them at the time of the 1930 census.
Roy Nelson Wood (under construction)
Eleanor Rose "Baby" Driscoll was born to Leo Xavier and Loretta Driscoll at on
The remainder of generation 4 is either still living, or their history is unknown.
William J. Galvin
was born to Leo Galvin and Sarah “Sadie” Irene Driscoll Galvin on February 20,
1916. His mother passed away 16 days
later. For a number of years William and his father lived with Sadie's parents,
William Henry and Minnie Driscoll, at
In 1937 he entered St. Bernard’s Seminary in
Stephen Kevin John Smith Maguire was born Stephen John
The remainder of generation 5 is either still living ,or their history is unknown
 1821-1822 comes from family notes and calculations based upon age given to federal census takers; the 1855 County census lists it as 1820.
 LDS Family Search website; no source information given.
records provided by
 Family notes.
 Anecdotal evidence from family stories.
 Multiple censuses, federal and county.
 Multiple censuses, federal and county and family notes.
 Many sources: censuses, family records, etc.
 Change of profession reflected both in the censuses and in the city directory; also see Oswego Morning Express, Tuesday May 2, 1882; Oswego Daily Times, Thursday January 4, 1894.
 NY State Death Certificate.
 The Palladium,
 Oswego Palladium Times and cemetery records
 1855 county census; 1860, 1870, 1880 federal censuses.
 1855 county census and 1850 federal census.
 1855 county census.
her headstone no longer exists. This
information was gleaned from the transcription of all stones at
 1900 federal census.
 Parish records of St. Mary’s Church, transcribed by Justin White; this information provided by Mary Edna Savage.
 The notes of Mary Edna Savage.
Although oddly, no record of their marriage can be found in the NY State Vital
Records Index, this date comes from the Parish records of St. Mary’s Church in
 One family record says that Amelia gave birth to 9 children, but no record of a ninth child has ever been found.
 Many family records, as well as 1920 U.S. Census.
oddly, no record of their marriage can be found in the NY State Vital Records
Index, this date comes from the Parish records of St. Mary’s Church in
 One family record says that Amelia gave birth to 9 children, but no record of a ninth child has ever been found.
 Her headstone has her birth year as 1878, the same as her husband Jesse, but this is an error.
State Vital Records Index and
 NY State Vital Records Index (39746).
 NY State Vital Records Index (54379).
 NY Vital Records Index
 Newspaper clipping found in family scrapbook; unidentified upstate, NY newspaper.
 Family records.
 NY Vital Records Index
 NY Vital Records Index
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