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NAME: John O'CONNOR
FIRST SETTLED: 1874, Village of Geneseo
PARENTS: Dennis and Margaret O'Connor
PREVIOUS KNOWN RESIDENCE: Ireland and LeRoy,Genesee Co.,NY
LATER KNOWN RESIDENCE: Village of Geneseo

    BORN: 28 Aug 1848, Ardee on the Dee River, County of Louth, Ireland
    MARRIED: about 1868, Catherine McGovern(ca1845-11Nov1900)
    DIED: 04 March 1928, Geneseo
    BURIED: St.Mary's Cemetery, Geneseo

CHILDREN:
  1. Lewis C. O'Connor, b.17Jan1870,LeRoy,NY; Lawyer and town official, of Geneseo. Died 1935
  2. William D. O'Connor, b.ca.1872, LeRoy,NY, in 1928 was living in Rochester.
  3. John T. O'Connor, b.ca.1876, Geneseo,NY, in 1928 was living in Buffalo.
  4. Helen L. Skinner, b.aft.1875, Geneseo,NY, in 1928 living in GlenCove,L.I.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From John O'Connor's obituary there is the following: "Death of John O'Connor Now Leaves only Three-- Last Sunday morning John O'Connor, one of the few surviving Civil War soldiers, dead at his home on Second Street, leaving George Williams, Edward G. Peterson and William Milliman as the last three G.A.R. men in town (Literally Mr.O'Connor was never affiliated with the G.A.R. organization) His death followed a general breakdown from which he had long been suffering.
Mr.O'Connor was one of Geneseo's best known men ans was prominent in local affairs for about fifty years. He was born in Ardee on the Dee River, County of Louth, Ireland and came to America with his father when a small boy. The family settled in LeRoy and he recieved such schooling as he could aquire up to the age of fourteen, when he joinh the Union forces and fought in the Civil War. He and everyone of his brothers responded to the call for men. His company was Co.H, 12th New York Cavalry. He never received a wound but two of his brothers fared worse. Arthur was taken prisoner and learned firsthand the horrors of Andersonville, finally being exchanged; Dennis was pick off by a Confederate sharpshooter while engaged in camp duties.
After the war Mr.O'Connor engaged in the carpentering trade in LeRoy and after a short time moved to Geneseo, his first work bring on Congressmen Wadsworth's place. After a few years he bought the restaurant on Main Street now conducted by A.J. Jamieson, which he conducted for many years.
He is survived by three sons, Lewis C. O'Connor of this village, deputy attorney general, William D. of Rochester, and John T., of Buffalo; one daughter Mrs.Helen L. Skinner of Glen Cove,L.I. as well as fouteeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday morning with burial in St.Mary's cemetery, Rev.J.Edward Bayer offiating."

SOURCES:

  • The Genesee Country, Lockwood R. Doty, 1925,.
  • History of Livingston County, Lockwood R. Doty, 1905.
  • The Livingston Republican, Obituary- "Civil War Veteran Answers the Call", March 8, 1928, p.1
  • 1875 State Census of Geneseo, p.4 #36.
  • County Louth Library records(Ireland)

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