Selected Families and Individuals


Kevin DERWIN [Parents] was born in 1958 in New York. He died in 1994 in Danbury, Connecticut. Kevin married Susan BILOTTO.

Living.


Lawrence LAVIN [Parents] was born on 12 Sep 1873 in Ardgallagher, Kilmore, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1940 in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. Lawrence married Martha Mary 'UNKNOWN' before 1911.

Other marriages:
MCDONNELL, Margaret

Lawrence emigrated to the United States and lived in Queens, New York for many years and worked for the railway company. He later returned to lived in Ireland, settling in Ballyknockan, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow.

Martha Mary 'UNKNOWN' was born on 15 Aug 1875 in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. She died in 1935 in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. Martha married Lawrence LAVIN before 1911.


Lawrence LAVIN [Parents] was born on 12 Sep 1873 in Ardgallagher, Kilmore, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1940 in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow. Lawrence married Margaret MCDONNELL.

Other marriages:
'UNKNOWN', Martha Mary

Lawrence emigrated to the United States and lived in Queens, New York for many years and worked for the railway company. He later returned to lived in Ireland, settling in Ballyknockan, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow.

Margaret MCDONNELL died. Margaret married Lawrence LAVIN.


Damian GEARTY [Parents] was born in 1919 in Lavagh, Kilglass, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1991. Damian married Kathleen CASLIN in 1951.

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They had the following children.

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Other marriages:
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They had the following children.

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Living [Parents].

Other marriages:
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They had the following children.

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They had the following children.

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William J. O'HARA [Parents] was born about 9 Jul 1873 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 9 Jul 1873. He died on 26 Nov 1931 in Philadelphia. He was buried on 1 Dec 1931 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia. William married Susan (Susie) MCMENAMIN on 29 Apr 1903 in St. Charles Boromeo Church, Kellyville, Pennsylvania.

Sponsors at William's baptism were Patrick O'Hara and Joanna O'Hara.

A William James O'Hara from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon emigrated to the United States in 1897 aged 24. Our William was born in 1973 (which would have made him 24 years of age in 1897) and he had a brother named Joseph (the William who emigrated also had a brother named Joseph), so it is very likely that it was our William who arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland on 25 April 1897.

The William who emigrated was met on his arrival in Philadelphia by a "cousin" named Hugh (also known as Hubert) O'Hara. We do not know exactly how Hugh was related to William but from Hugh's death certificate we know that Hugh's parents' names were Andrew O'Hara and Margaret Gaffney and that he had been born on 29 February 1866. I have not yet been able to link Andrew to our O'Hara family. Hugh had arrived in New York on 16 February 1893 aged 25 and it is believed that he emigrated from Co. Roscommon. His occupation was given on the ship manifest as "coachman" but by 1894 Hubert was working in Philadelphia as a bartender. On 4 May 1898, in Philadelphia, he married Rose Anna Gallagher (born in Tullyillian, Co. Donegal in 1873) and they had eight children: Mary (born March 1899), Margaret (about 1900), Rosanna (about 1901), Elizabeth Regina (1903), Helen (about 1905), Teresa (1910), Hugh (lived 1912-1915) and Frances. Two of their daughters joined the Sisters of St. Joseph, becoming Sr. Ann de Lourdes and Sr. Rose Mystica (perhaps it was Rosanna who became Sr. Rose Mystica). Elizabeth married John Keffer and lived in Trenton, New Jersry. Hugh died in Philadelphia on 17 June 1943 of myocarditis. He had also been suffering from colon cancer.

Geting back to William, shortly after his arrival in Philadelphia, he also found work as a bartender. He eventually ran his own saloon in Philadelphia and his cousin Hugh became a liquor dealer. Both were very successful businessmen and their families lived comfortable lives. Even during Prohibition (1920-1933) William was able to continue in business by making his own liquor in the basement of his home which his daughters would transport to the saloon a few blocks away. It is not known how Hubert managed during this period.     

William's grandson Jerry Dallahan tells us that William had a cousin, Rev. Robert E. McKeon, living in St. Louis, Missouri. William did have a cousin (who was actually both a first cousin once removed and a second cousin once removed) named Mai O'Hara (1900-1971) who was married to a Joe McKeon of Edenmore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Could William and Fr. Robert McKeon have been connected (perhaps not a blood connection) through Joe? A search of US Federal Census records shows that 35-year-old Robert was living in Missouri in 1930.

Susan (Susie) MCMENAMIN [Parents] was born on 7 May 1876 in Kellyville, Pennsylvania. She died on 21 Oct 1959 in 323 Long Lane, Stonehurst, Pennsylvania. She was buried on 24 Oct 1959 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia. Susan married William J. O'HARA on 29 Apr 1903 in St. Charles Boromeo Church, Kellyville, Pennsylvania.

Susie's parents were both born in Ireland. She and William had eight grandchildren, including a grandson who was a Christian Brother and whose name in religion was Br. Manus Borromeo.

They had the following children.

  F i
Elizabeth M. O'HARA was born about 1904 in Philadelphia. She died before 21 Oct 1959.

Elizabeth entered the convent, taking the name Sr. Regina Josephine.
  F ii Margaret G. O'HARA was born on 3 Aug 1905. She died on 17 Nov 1985.
  F iii
Mary Jane B. O'HARA was born on 3 Aug 1906 in Philadelphia. She died on 20 Apr 1984 in Pennsylvania. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia.

The 1930 census tells us that Mary was working at the time as a stenographer in an insurance company.

Mary never married.
  F iv Regina Teresa O'HARA was born on 27 Jan 1908. She died on 22 Nov 1997.
  M v
William R. O'HARA was born in 1909 in Philadelphia. He died.

William may have died as a child.
  F vi Anna Catherine O'HARA was born on 14 Nov 1910. She died on 22 Oct 1997.
  M vii
Joseph W. O'HARA was born in Apr 1912 in Philadelphia. He died on 18 Dec 1972 in Pennsylvania. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia.

The 1930 census tells us that Joseph was working at the time as a chauffeur in an auto sales company.

Joseph never married.

  F viii Rita F. O'HARA was born on 6 Mar 1914. She died in Sep 1977.
  M ix
Hugh Andrew O'HARA was born on 20 Apr 1916 in Philadelphia. He died on 18 Sep 1916 in Philadelphia. He was buried on 20 Sep 1916 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Hugh died of acute ileo-colitis aged five months.

Patrick MCMENAMIN was born in Ireland.

He had the following children.

  F i Susan (Susie) MCMENAMIN was born on 7 May 1876. She died on 21 Oct 1959.

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