I have been following James T. ONeill for a while wondering if he is an uncle or cousin to my(and Diane Kepus(nee McDaniel mentioned above) line of ONeillsâ€“James and Athanasius. Below I will post the same information I posted on Geneology.com to postings to Cynthia Frens and Bonnie Pine, who I assume are related to you. I sent email to both of them but the mail bounced back. The main reason I have followed James T. is he lived within
blocks of Athanasius ONeill in Cannelburg, Indiana, probably a coincidence.
As background, my great-great grandfather was James ONeill/ONeall/ONeal, born in Ireland about 1801 and settled in Barr Township, north of Cannelburg, in the early 1840s. His wife Johanna Fitzgerald, and her brother and fatherâ€“both named John-also settled in Barr township. I know they were from County Wexford, Ireland because John Sr. had it put on his tombstone. I have never been able to determine James ONeillâ€™s birthplace in Ireland.
My great grandfather Athanasius Oâ€™Neill lived in Cannelburg where he was a miner and my grandfather James E. lived in Montgomery and Washington Indiana
Anyway, here is what I have in my notes on James T.
1. Dec. 20, 1886 James T. ONeill and Martha J. Tolson were married in Daviess County(name is spelled ONeaill in the index)
2. Feb. 7, 1893, Martha J. Oâ€™Neill buys from Mark Kavanaugh for $200 Lot 4, Block ?(difficult to read, possibly C), Town of Cannelburg, Book 3 Real Estate Transactions, page 137, Daviess Co. Courthouse.
Mark Kavanaugh is my great grandfather through my other grandmother. His daughter Bridget married my grandfather James E. Oâ€™Neill, Nov. 20, 1894. This doesnâ€™t mean the families are related, but James T. ONeillâ€™s wife buys land from Mark a year and half before Markâ€™s daughter marries James E. Oâ€™Neill. Interesting coincidence. At a minimum, they knew each other.
3. August , 1893, Martha J. Oâ€™Neill and husband sell to Maurice Healy for $250, lot 4, Block C in Town of Cannelburg. Book 4, p. 14, Daviess County.
If this is the same lot, it was a nice 25% profit in six months.
4. In the Index to Birth records, Daviess Co., 1882-1920, J.T. ONeill and Martha Tolson have a female born feb. 4, 1900, book H1a, page 1. No name is given in the index. These records are in the County Health Office, just east of the Courthouse in Washington.
5. In 1906, there is a Martha Oâ€™Neill in the Parish of St. Peters in Montgomery Indiana(along with my relatives), but James T. is not mentioned. This list is on the Daviess County Indiana website. This may not be your relative since their son George Theodore was born in Terre Haute, IN in 1907 according to Cynthia Fren's posting.
6. I have a copy of the 1910 census index, James Oâ€™Neil, age 49 is in the 2nd ward of Terre Haute, roll 385, page 8b. Since Bonnie Pine said James T. later lived in Terre Haute this appears to be the right age.
7. In 1880, Martha J. Tolson is in Washington, Daviess County Indiana, age 10, father is Benjamin Tolson. I donâ€™t seem to have the rest of the family, but I am sure it is on the Latter Day Saints web site as they have an index for 1880 census.
8. I have been through all of the baptism and marriage records of St. Marys in Barr Township. It has been the best way to determine kin. If someone married into the family they were usually next in line to be a baptismal sponsor, and as one reached maturity they usually became a sponsor.
James T. is not in the records, but this is not conclusive as the records end before he became of age. The best proof would be the baptismal, confirmation, and marriage records of St. Peters in Montgomeryâ€“where James and Martha were parishioners. But I do not know if these are available or were anywhere.
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