Descendants of Laurence O'HARA (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Third Generation

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28. Eleanor (Ellen) O'HARA (Laurence , Laurence ) was born about 23 Apr 1849 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 23 Apr 1849.

Sponsors at Ellen's baptism were Edward Walpole and Mary Anne O'Hara. Ellen's name on her baptismal certificate is Helena.

According to her marriage certificate, Ellen's residence prior to her marriage was Cleigna in Cootehall.

Eleanor married Patrick MULLANY on 13 Jan 1867 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Patrick was born about 1838 in Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo. He died after 2 Apr 1911 in probably Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.

Patrick and his wife, Ellen) and family lived in Coolmurla (sometimes spelled Coolmurly), Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo. Kilmactranny is the name of the civil parish, Coolmurla also being located in the Catholic parish of Geevagh, comprised of the civil parishes of Killadoon and Shancough, as well as Kilmactranny.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Michael O'Hara and Maria O'Hara.

Eleanor and Patrick had the following children.

+ 135 F i Mary Jane MULLANY was born about 1868. She died on 25 Oct 1940.
  136 M ii
John MULLANY was born about 1870 in Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.
  137 M iii
Joseph MULLANY was born about 1872 in Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.
  138 iv 'unknown' MULLANY.
  139 v 'unknown' MULLANY.
  140 vi 'unknown' MULLANY.
  141 vii 'unknown' MULLANY.
  142 F viii
Elizabeth (Lizzie) MULLANY was born about 1884 in Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.
  143 M ix
Laurence MULLANY was born about 1885 in Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.
  144 M x
Denis MULLANY was born about 1885 in Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.
  145 F xi
Bridget MULLANY was born about 1886 in Coolmurla, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo.

29. Margaret O'HARA (Laurence , Laurence ) was born about 10 May 1851 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 10 May 1851. She died on 28 May 1940 in Derrynargon, Keadue, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

Witnesses to the marriage of Margaret and Owen were James Barrett and Bridget O'Hara, Bridget presumably being Margaret's sister.

Owen and Margaret farmed in the townland of Cloonfeacle near Carrick-on-Shannon.

Margaret died at the home of her daughter Linda Molloy and was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, as were her husband, Owen, and their two their children who died young, William and Gretta. Their gravestone, if there was one, is no longer visible.   

Note: The O'Hara family is twice connected to another family being researched - the Gordons of Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Margaret O'Hara's daughter, Mary Morahan, married Cormac Gordon whose older sister, Bridget Gordon, was married to Margaret's younger brother, Laurence O'Hara.

Margaret married Owen MORAHAN, son of John MORAHAN and Mary BERTRIDGE, on 4 Feb 1875 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Owen was born in Dec 1842 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 12 Dec 1842 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 3 Feb 1928 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

The only baptismal record found by the Leitrim Genealogy Centre for an Owen Morahan baptised in Kiltoghert gives a baptismal date of 12 December 1842 and parents' names of John Morahan and Mary RUTLEDGE (sponsors were Mathew Gaffney and Ann Jones). The genealogist from the Leitrim Genealogy Centre thinks that 'Rutledge' should actually read 'Bertridge' given the similarity between the names and the fact that there is no evidence of any more baptisms around that time in Kiltoghert where the mother was Mary Rutledge. Nor is there any record of a marriage in Kiltoghert between a John Morahan and a Mary Rutledge whereas a marriage did take place between John or James Morahan (it is unclear on the actual certificate) and Mary Bertridge on 24 March 1836 in Kiltoghert. Furthermore Owen's date of baptism doesn't conflict with the baptism dates of John Morahan's and Mary Bertridge's other children, or with their date of marriage.

Note: In some documents, Owen is listed as "Eugene" (these names are interchangeable in Irish families).

They had the following children.

+ 146 M i John MORAHAN was born on 17 Nov 1875. He died on 24 Jan 1953.
+ 147 F ii Mary MORAHAN was born in Aug 1877. She died on 20 Jan 1932.
+ 148 M iii Michael Joseph MORAHAN was born on 13 Jul 1879. He died on 7 Mar 1959.
  149 M iv
Lawrence (Larry) A. MORAHAN was born in May 1881 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 8 May 1881 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 29 Jul 1970 in Roebuck Road, Dublin. He was buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin.

Sponsors at Larry's baptism were Michael Hunt and Ellen O'Hara.

Larry became a schoolteacher and it is known that he was teaching in Dublin in 1903. Sometime afterwards he emigrated to the United States and we know that in 1906 he was living in Butte, Montana where a very large number of Irish were living at the time, attracted by the plentiful supply of jobs in mining. Larry himself worked for the Irish-run nationalist Butte Independent newspaper ("Published Every Saturday by Mulcahy, Morahan and Hunt").  A copy of the paper from January 1911 includes the Morahan name in the list of publishers, indicating he was still in Butte at that time, but later that year he moved to Houston, Texas - Ellis Island records show that his brother Paddy, who arrived in New York in October,  was planning to join him there. Larry became naturalised in Houston on 9 May 1912.  

The 1920 census shows Lawrence and Patrick living in the same rooming house in Houston. Lawrence was now working as a clerk in a tax assessment company, although family sources say that he continued to work in the newspaper business in Houston. Larry eventually returned to Ireland and lived in Galway. Much later he moved to a nursing home in Roebuck Road in Dublin, where he died aged 89. There is no stone marking his grave in Deansgrange Cemetery.
       
Lawrence married Mary (Molly) T. HURLEY. Mary was born in 1889. She died on 14 Jan 1951 in Galway.

Larry and Molly had no children.
+ 150 F v Bridget Linda (Linda) MORAHAN was born in Mar 1883. She died on 30 Apr 1958.
  151 M vi
Eugene MORAHAN was born on 15 May 1885 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 28 Jul 1935 in 283 Tara St., San Francisco.

Eugene emigrated to the United States in April 1909 and made his way to Butte, Montana where his brother Laurence was living. From his Declaration of Intention (to become a US citizen), made in Montana in March 1911, we know that Eugene was working as a miner in Butte at the time and that he was was 5ft 11ins tall with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Sometime prior to 1920 Eugene moved to the San Francisco area where it is known he worked as a foreman in the shipyards, a steelworker (as per the 1920 census), an automobile mechanic and eventually a labourer doing odd jobs (as per the 1930 census). It is known that he was living in San Mateo, south of San Francisco, in 1920. At some point during the 1920s he visited his brother Michael in Denver and gave each of Michael's children $5, a big sum in those days.  

Eugene died tragically at the age of 50 when a fire broke out at his home on Tara St. in San Francisco. His wife, Margaret, was away at the time visiting in the San Mateo area, when in the early hours of Sunday, 28 July 1935 the fire department was alerted to the fire at 283 Tara St. It is believed that Eugene had been smoking his pipe and listening to the radio as usual in the sitting room before going to bed and that the blaze was caused by the pipe which had been left smouldering in the sitting room. The fire was confined to the sitting room but Eugene died from "carbon monoxide poisoning, first and second degree burns to his face, arms, chest and legs". The coroner's report adds that "a quart bottle containing some wine was found in the bedroom".
       
Eugene married Margaret CLAFFEY, daughter of John CLAFFEY and Bridget BYRNE, on 15 Feb 1920 in St. Michael's Church, San Francisco. Margaret was born about 1884 in Corramore, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon. She died after 28 Jul 1935. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California.

Margaret and her first husband, Eugene Morahan, had no children. They lived at 283 Tara St. in San Francisco, just around the corner from Margaret's sister Cecilia and her family who lived at 511 Mount Vernon Avenue. It is believed that Margaret and Eugene struggled financially.

Margaret's second marriage, to John Gibbons, was apparently arranged by matchmaker John Nerney.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Eugene and Margaret were Thomas Nerney and Agnes Naylor.

  152 M vii
Patrick (Paddy) MORAHAN was born on 21 Oct 1887 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 23 Oct 1887 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 5 Mar 1965 in Houston, Texas. He was buried on 8 Mar 1965 in Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

Sponsors at Paddy's baptism were John Morahan and Mary Hunt.

Paddy emigrated to the United States in 1911. According to Ellis Island records, he and his sister-in-law, Emily, (wife of his brother, Michael) travelled together, arriving in New York on 5 October 1911. On the ship manifest, Paddy's occupation was given as "clerk" and his final destination was Houston, Texas where his brother, Lawrence, lived. There is another Ellis Island record showing a re-entry to the U.S. for Paddy on 20 November 1922. By this time his home was Houston and he was a U.S. citizen having been naturalised in 1920.  From Paddy's Declaration of Intention (to become an US citizen) made in Houston in January 1914, we know he was 5ft 9ins and had brown hair and grey eyes.

Paddy worked as a salesman for Standard Printing and Litho in Houston from 1911 until 1947 and then as a salesman for two other companies until 1962.

Paddy's death was due to a heart attack. He died in Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston.

       
Patrick married Opal Emma COLLIER, daughter of George Wesley COLLIER and Sarah SANDERS, on 29 Jul 1947 in County Clerk's Office, Houston, Texas. Opal was born on 5 May 1906 in Oklahoma. She died on 5 Jul 1974 in 4404 Junius St., Dallas, Texas. She was buried on 12 Jul 1974 in Dallas City Cemetery.

Opal had been married before but the marriage had ended in divorce. From her death certificate we know she had worked as a clerk in a drug store. The cause of death was "arteriosclerotic heart disease".

  153 M viii
William MORAHAN was born on 20 Sep 1889 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 21 Sep 1889 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 24 Apr 1912 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

William died of pneumonia aged only 22.
+ 154 M ix Thomas (Tom) J. MORAHAN was born on 24 Jan 1891. He died on 10 Apr 1949.
  155 F x
Margaret (Gretta) Mary MORAHAN was born in Jun 1894 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 23 Jun 1894 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 1 Jan 1912 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was buried in Jamestown Cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

According to family sources Gretta died of tuberculosis, although the cause of death given on her death certificate is nephritis, the duration of which was a year. She was only 17 years of age when she died.

35. Laurence O'HARA (Laurence , Laurence ) was born about 24 Sep 1860 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 26 Sep 1860. He died on 12 Jan 1928. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

The O'Hara family is twice connected to another family being researched, i.e., the Gordon family of Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. Laurence married Bridget Gordon; and Mary Morahan, a niece of Laurence's, married Bridget's younger brother, Cormac.

It is believed that Laurence spent a number of years in Colorado as a young man.

Laurence married Bridget (Bea) GORDON, daughter of Thomas GORDON and Anne FOLEY, on 18 Jul 1886 in Fairymount Church. Bridget was born on 7 Jun 1859 in Kilgarriff, Fairymount, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 11 Jun 1859 in Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon. She died on 5 Sep 1949 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

There is a record in the LDS Vital Records Index for the christening in Loughglynn of a Bridget Gordon, daughter of Thomas Gordon and Anne Foley. The date of the christening ties in with the date of birth provided by the family (June 1859) and not with the information on Bea in the 1901 census which indicates that she was born about 1865.

Bea and her husband, Laurence, lived in Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

They had the following children.

  156 M i
John Gordon O'HARA was born about 1 Nov 1887 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 1 Nov 1887 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died in young.

It is thought that John died in a drowning accident.
+ 157 F ii Evelyn Mary O'HARA was born about 13 Jul 1889. She died in 1954.
  158 F iii
Florence Mary (Sr. Margaret) O'HARA was born about 14 Mar 1891 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 14 Mar 1891 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1968.
  159 M iv
Joseph O'HARA was born about 21 May 1892 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 21 May 1892 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died in possibly before 1902.

Joseph's name isn't among the names of Bea's and Laurence's children as provided by the family, nor is he listed in the 1901 census. However, a baptismal record for a Joseph O'Hara, born to Laurence O'Hara and Bridget Gordon, was located by the Co. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Company. It is possible that Joseph died as a child. A sister named Josephine was born a year and a half later - perhaps she was named in memory of Joseph.
  160 F v
Josephine (Sr. Austin Camillus) O'HARA was born about 19 Nov 1893 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 19 Nov 1893 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died in 1983.

Sr. Austin Camillus was a member of the Sisters of Charity order.
  161 M vi
Laurence O'HARA was born in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died in young (poss bef 1902).
+ 162 F vii Bridget (Bertha) O'HARA was born about 14 Dec 1896. She died on 1 Oct 1948.
+ 163 F viii Kathleen Mary O'HARA was born about 1900. She died on 4 Dec 1984.
+ 164 F ix Matilda (Maud) Mary O'HARA was born in 1906. She died on 21 Feb 1976.

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