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

Second Generation


2. William O'HARA (Laurence ) was born about 1797 in Co. Sligo, or Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died on 18 May 1872 in Glooria, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

William farmed in Glooria, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

William married Jane BOYDE about 1820. Jane was born about 1798 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died on 7 Dec 1879 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Jane's family probably descended from Scottish settlers.

Jane and William may have had another son, named Michael, as the New South Wales Assited Immigrant Passenger Lists show that a Michael O'Hara, aged 28 and from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon, arrived aboard the Hornet in New South Wales, Australia on 25 January 1865. Michael was therefore born about 1836 which fits in with the births of the children of Jane and William. Or perhaps Michael was a son of William's brother Roger and his wife Maria Murray who also had children around the same time that Michael was born.

They had the following children.

+ 6 M i Laurence O'HARA was born in 1821. He died on 7 Apr 1904.
+ 7 M ii William O'HARA was born in 1819. He died in 1915.
  8 M iii
Patrick O'HARA was born in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died. He was buried in possibly Ardcarne Cemetery, Co. Roscommon.

Patrick became a priest and served in Four Mile House parish in Co. Roscommon. There is a memorial to him in Ardcarne cemetery erected by his niece and housekeeper, Anne Mary O'Hara.
+ 9 M iv Robert O'HARA was born in 1834. He died in 1893.
+ 10 M v Andrew O'HARA was born in 1839. He died on 1 Jul 1887.
+ 11 M vi Roger (Rossy) O'HARA was born about 17 Feb 1844. He died after 1919.

3. Roger O'HARA (Laurence ) was born about 1800 in Co. Sligo, or Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died before 25 Jan 1865 in Oxhill, Knockvicar, Co. Roscommon.

Roger is listed as an occupier of 9¾ acres in Oxhill in Tithe Applotment records dated 1834.

Roger married Maria MURRAY. Maria died after 25 Jan 1865.

Roger and Maria lived in the townland of Knockaduff where in 1834 they farmed 10 acres, which had risen to 17 by 1858.

They may have had another son, named Michael, as the New South Wales Assited Immigrant Passenger Lists show that a Michael O'Hara, aged 28 and from Cootehall, Co. Roscommon arrived aboard the Hornet in New South Wales, Australia on 25 January 1865. Michael was therefore born about 1836 which fits in with the births of the children of Maria and Roger. Or perhaps Michael was a son of Roger's brother William and his wife, Jane Boyde, who also had children around the same time that Michael was born.

They had the following children.

+ 12 F i Maria O'HARA was born in 1831. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
+ 13 M ii Patrick O'HARA.
  14 M iii
Michael O'HARA was born about 1836 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Michael emigrated to Australia aboard the Hornet, arriving there on 25 January 1865. According to the passenger list, he was a policeman.
+ 15 F iv Catherine O'HARA was born about 1837. She died in possibly 1918.
+ 16 M v Roger O'HARA was born about 1839. He died on 31 May 1911.
  17 M vi
Andrew O'HARA was born about 10 Mar 1844 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 10 Mar 1844. He died in possibly U.S..

Sponsors at Andrew's baptism were Laurence O'Hara and Maria O'Hara.

We know Andrew emigrated to the United States because an 1880 census record has been located for him in the household of his sister Anne and her husband, John Ryan, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
+ 18 F vii Anne O'HARA was born on 17 May 1846. She died on 1 Nov 1923.

4. Patrick O'HARA (Laurence ) was born in 1808 in Co. Sligo, or Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1886. He was buried in outside the O'Hara family plot in Ardcarne cemetery, Cootehall.

Patrick farmed in the townland of Clegna (sometimes spelled Cleigna), Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was known locally as 'the Colonel'. The story goes that when when he and his brother Laurence were young, they had a quarrel. To settle the matter their father arranged a boxing contest, which Patrick won. As a result of his success, people started calling him 'the Colonel' and the nickname stuck.

Patrick married Honoria LAVIN. Honoria was born in 1810. She died in 1896 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in outside the O'Hara family plot in Ardcarne cemetary, Cootehall.

At the time of her death in 1896 Honoria was living in Corrageen (also spelled Carrageen and Carrigeen), Cootehall.

They had the following children.

+ 19 M i Michael O'HARA was born about 1841. He died about 1921.
  20 M ii
Patrick O'HARA was born about 31 May 1843 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 31 May 1843. He died in 1921.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Laurence O'Hara and Maria Lavin.

Patrick was parish priest of Kilbride, Co. Roscommon from at least the time of the 1901 census to the time of his death in 1921. I have also been told that Patrick was parish priest in Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon. However, we know that Patrick's first cousin Patrick O'Hara, son of William O'Hara and Jane Boyde, was parish priest in Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon so there may be some confusion here. It is of course possible that both Patricks served as parish priest of Four Mile House at different times.
  21 M iii
W. O'HARA died.

We know of W's existence from a short account in a local newspaper in May 1896 of the 'month's mind' mass for W's mother, Honoria O'Hara. W's address is given as 'Grove Road, Dublin'. I think it probable that his name was William.

Based on the above information, 1901 and 1911 census returns were located for an O'Hara family of 4 Grove Road, Rathmines in Dublin. It is a possibility that the individuals listed may be W's children although W himself is not listed. He may have died between 1896 and 1901. In case there is a connection between W and this family, here are this family's details:

Ellen O'Hara, head of family, aged 26 (1901) and 36 (1911), landlady (1901), single, born Co. Dublin
John O'Hara, brother, 23 and a clerk (1901) and 32 and a railway clerk (1911), single, born Co. Dublin
Pauline O'Hara, sister, 19 and a book keeper (1911) and 28 and a drapery clerk (1911), single, born Co. Dublin
Annie O'Hara, sister, 17 and a draperess (1901), single, born Co. Dublin
Maggie O'Hara, sister, 24 and a drapery clerk (1911), single, born Co. Dublin
  22 M iv
Roger O'HARA was born about 12 Jan 1846 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Jan 1846.

Sponsors at Roger's baptism were Roger O'Hara and Catherine O'Hara.

At the time of the death of his mother (1896) and the death of his niece Annie O'Hara (26 March 1901), Roger was living in Corrageen, Cootehall, which may mean that he is not the Roger O'Hara listed in the 1901 census for Clegna, Cootehall. In case he is, the Roger O'Hara in the census return was aged 50 and married to Winifred aged 45. There are no children listed. Another possibility is that the Roger from the census is Roger, son of Patrick O'Hara and Margaret Meehan of Clegna, who was born in 1854.
       
Roger married 'unknown' HUNT.

It is likely that Roger's wife's first name was Winifred as a 1911 census record was located for 65-year-old Roger O'Hara who was living in Clegna with his wife, Winifred, who was 58 years of age. According to the census return, Winifred and Roger had been married for 30 years and had no children.
+ 23 F v Mary O'HARA was born about 14 May 1848.
+ 24 F vi Anne O'HARA died.
  25 F vii
Bridget O'HARA was born about 1853 in probably Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.
       
Bridget married 'unknown' BERGAN / MORAN.

Based on a short account in a local newspaper in May 1896 of the 'month's mind' (special mass in memory of the deceased that takes place one month after the death) for Honoria O'Hara (née Lavin), mother-in-law of the above, in which the list of mourners included "Mr. Bergan, Gardner (sic) St., Dublin....and D. Moran (sons-in-law)", we are assuming Brigid was married to either Mr. Bergan or Mr. Moran.

5. Laurence O'HARA (Laurence ) was born in 1815 in Co. Sligo, or Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He died in 1885 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Laurence married Eleanor (Ellen) MEEHAN, daughter of 'unknown' MEEHAN and 'UNKNOWN', in probably early 1840s. Eleanor was born about 1818 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She died after 1900 in possibly Clegna, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon.

Ellen and Laurence farmed in the townlands of Cleigna (Clegna), Derrygirraun and Cloongreaghan in the Cootehall area of Co. Roscommon.

It has been suggested that Ellen was closely related to - perhaps a sister of - Winifred Meehan from Cootehall who married Thomas Logan.

And could Ellen have been related to Margaret Meehan who married Patrick O'Hara, nephew of Ellen's husband, Laurence?

They had the following children.

  26 M i
William O'HARA was born about 12 Jan 1845 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Jan 1845.

Sponsors at William's baptism were William O'Hara and Maria Bambrick.
  27 M ii
Patrick O'HARA was born about 28 Feb 1847 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 28 Feb 1847.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Laurence O'Hara and Anne Meehan.

It has been suggested that Patrick emigrated to the United States in 1865 at the age of 16 and settled in Oregon where in 1882 he married Jennie Siferte. However, there seems to be no evidence whatsoever available to prove that the Patrick in Oregon is our Patrick above, especially as the Irish county or parish of origin of the Patrick in Oregon appears to unknown to his descendants. There is no documented connection, as far as I can see, between the Patrick in Oregon and our Patrick above. Any help in establishing a connection would be most welcome.
+ 28 F iii Eleanor (Ellen) O'HARA was born about 23 Apr 1849.
+ 29 F iv Margaret O'HARA was born about 10 May 1851. She died on 28 May 1940.
  30 M v
John O'HARA was born about 12 Sep 1852 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 12 Sep 1852.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Michael O'Hara and Margaret Meehan.
  31 F vi
Bridget O'HARA was born about 2 Feb 1854 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 2 Feb 1854.

Sponsors at Bridget's baptism were Patrick O'Hara and Catherine O'Hara.
  32 M vii
Laurence O'HARA was born about 28 Mar 1856 in Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 30 Mar 1856. He died before 24 Sep 1860.

Laurence and Elizabeth were twins. Laurence must have died before the age of five because another son of Laurence and Ellen's, born in September 1860, was also named Laurence.  

Sponsors at Laurence's baptism were Laurence O'Hara and Winifred Hunt.
  33 F viii
Elizabeth O'HARA was born about 28 Mar 1856 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was christened on 30 Mar 1856.

Laurence and Elizabeth were twins.

Sponsors at Elizabeth's baptism were Patrick O'Hara and Maria Parthalan.
  34 M ix
Charles O'HARA was born about 17 Jun 1859 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 17 Jun 1859.

Sponsors at Charles's baptism were Thomas Moran and Eleanor O'Hara.

It is possible that Charles emigrated to the United States because a 1920 census record has been located for a Charles O'Hara who is listed in the household of Joseph Richard Lavin (who would have been his first cousin twice removed) and his wife, Margaret (née Connolly), in District 4, Queens, New York.
+ 35 M x Laurence O'HARA was born about 24 Sep 1860. He died on 12 Jan 1928.

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