Cornelius O’Neill

Cornelius O’Neill (1868-1933)
Margaret Foley (1877-1960)

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This page has been created with the input of Meghan Hurlburt, a Boston descendant of the Killorglin O’Neill family..

Cornelius O’Neill was the oldest of seven children born to Martin O’Neill and Ellen O’Shea. He was born on 10 Feb 1868 in Laharan:

Cornelius O'Neill birth 1868

Cornelius married Margaret Foley on 30 Apr 1898 in the Glenbeigh Catholic Church:

Cornelius O'Neill marriage to Margaret Foley

Margaret was the daughter of Batt Foley & Bridget Foley who were married on 18 Nov 1876 in the Killorglin Catholic Church:

Batt Foley & Bridget Foley marriage

At the time of the 1901 census the couple lived at Curraheen (Blenbeigh) with their daughters Ellie (aged 2 years) and Mary (aged 5 months). In the 1911 census Cornelius was described as a railway ganger and the family were still living in Curraheen with 7 children:

01. Ellie (b. 21 Mar 1899, d. 23 Jan 1976)

02. Mary (b. 08 Nov 1900, d. 18 Mar 1983 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts)

03. Martin (b. 1902, d.)

04. Margaret [Maggie] (b. 1904, d. 10 Jun 1918)

05. John (b. 1906, d. 03 Aug 1960)

06. Bartholomew (b. 15 Feb 1908, d. 26 Oct 1989 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts)

07. Patrick (b. 1910, d. 20 Jul 1955)

08. Kate [Kitty] (b. 1911, d. 22 Apr 1922)

Five members of the family are buried in Dromavally Burial Ground,Killorglin; this is the inscription commemorating their lives:

Curraheen Glenbeigh
Lord Have Mercy On
Died 30-July 1933
Died 7-January 1960
Their Daughter MARGARET
Died 10-June 1918
Their Daughter KITTY
Died 22-April 1922
Died 20-July 1955
R. I. P.

Generation 2

01. Ellie O’Neill Became a teacher and married a policeman, James Egan, on 15 Apr 1926 in the Catholic Church in Glenbeigh:

James Egan & Ellie O'Neill marriage

At this stage nothing else is known of this family. One researcher has listed but (for privacy reasons) not named six children.

02. Mary O’Neill, known as Mollie, emigrated to America, arriving in Boston on 25 Mar 1934 on board the SS Scythia: she is listed in the ship’s manifest as Miss M. C. O’Neill. Her naturalization papers were dated 17 Sep 1943, stating her birth to have been on “Nov 9 1900” and her occupation as domestic, resident at 58 Mansfield St, Allston, Suffolk. When believed she had visited Boston at least once previously: there is a record of a visit when she was 22, calling herself Molly and sailing on the Celtic from Cobh (Queenstown) on 08 Jul 1923 destined for Dorchester. On that trip her father was listed as Cornelius. She died in Malden (Boston) on 18 Mar 1983. Her death notice appeared in The Boston Globe two days later:
Molly's death notice

06. Bartholomew O’Neill also emigrated to America, aged 20, sailing on the S.S. Laconia which arrived in Boston on 14 Oct 1928. He was described in the ship’s manifesto as a farm labourer. He initially lodged with his Uncle Patrick and family at 159 Parsons St, Boston (1930 US census). In his petition for citizenship made on 22 Jul 1932 he gave his occupation as truck driver.

Cornelius married Mary Delia McTigue , a daughter of Michael McTigue and Deliah Walsh, on 10 Oct 1935 in Boston. In the 1953 US City Directories the couple are listed at 21 Holman Street, Allston, Bartholomew’s occupation being that of a chauffeur.

We believe the couple had seven children, the first four of whom were:

01. Cornelius J (b. 12 Aug 1937 in Arlington, d. 09 Aug 1987 in Malden)

02. Michael Christopher (b. 09 Dec 1946 in Brighton, Suffolk, d. 18 Jun 2008 in Buffalo, Erie, New York)

03. Bartholomew P (b. 06 Nov 1951 in Boston, d. 01 Aug 1993 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA)

04. Kevin (b. & d. 1953)

Mary passed away on 02 Nov 1971 in Arlington, Cornelius on 26 Oct 1989; his death notice appeared in The Boston Globe three days later:

Bartholomew 1908 death notice 1989

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