The Dennis O'Connor and Mary McCarthy Family of South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana: An Analysis of this Irish Family's Migration from Ireland to Canada and on to South Bend, Indiana

The earliest evidence that I have for this family in South Bend, Indiana is the St Joseph Church of South Bend Census conducted in 1876. Denis O'Connor 28, wife Mary 28, Mary 2 and Mary Jane 4 months. I have not been able to find their marriage record thus far. Initially, I felt that I had found them in an August 8, 1871 Marriage record from Wentworth, Ontario, but her name is listed as Mary McCarty not McCarthy and there is another Dennis Connor living in the Wentforth, Ontario area in 1901.

The objective of this compilation is to try to establish the earliest possible evidence of this family in the United States through all available resources. I would love to hear from anyone who believes that they may be a descendent of this family so that we can work together to find their origins in Ireland and migration trail to the U.S. This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with Ireland and U.S. marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical resources. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate.

Please contact me if you feel that you are descended from this family or another South Bend, Indiana Irish Family so that we can share information, see if there were common migration trails followed and delve further back into their origins in Ireland!

The following is a brief summary of what I have discovered about their children thus far:

  1. The Mary J. McCarthy and Patrick Cullinane Family: Mary J O'Connor, who was born July 28, 1876 to Dennis O'Connor (Laborer) and Mary McCarthy (both born in Ireland) in South Bend, Indiana, married Patrick Cullinane on October 14, 1907 in St Joseph County, Indiana. Mary (McCarthy) Cullinane appears to have died on February 23, 1921 in Chicago, Cook County, Indiana and was buried on February 24, 1921 in South Bend, Indiana. A note suggests that she had been a resident in Cook County, Illinois for 2 years.
  2. John Joseph O'Connor and Ellen Agnes Gleason Family: John Joseph O'Connor, (born 1882 in Indiana, age 29) the son of Dennis O'Connor and Mary McCarthy, married Ellen Agnes Gleason (age 28, born 1883 in Michigan to Thomas Gleason and Agnes Mallon) on June 8, 1911 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  3. Margaret O'Connor and Michael Welsh Family: Margarittam O'Connor (born January 18, 1873 in Harrisburg, Canada to Dionysius O'Connor and Maria McCarthy) married Michael Welsh (born March 1864 to Patritius and Margaret Griffin in Waterford, IR)
Census, Church or other Record Date Born, Baptized, Married Father/ Husband Mother/ Wife Child; others Occupation; Misc.
Ontario Marriages 1869-1927 Familysearch.org Hamilton, Wendtworth, Ontario (only a slight possibility that this is their marriage record- needs verification!) August 8, 1871 Marriage in Hamilton, Wentworth, Canada Connor, Dennis, age 25 born about 1846 to Denis and Elizabeth Connor McCarty, Mary age 24 born about 1847 in Ireland to John and Jane McCarty   The timeline certainly fits with this family as does the birth of Margaret in 1873 in Canada and the fact that one more child (other than Maud appears to have died before the 1900 census was conducted)- this record still needs to be proven or ruled out!
Ontario Births, 1869-1912 (possible birth record for Eliza Jane, dtr of Denis Conner/Mary McCarty in Wentworth, Ontario, Canada- this is only a possibility!) June 18, 1872 Wentworth, Ontario, Canada Conner, Dennis McCarty, Mary   Familysearch.org film 1844891;
St Joseph Church Marriage record for Margaret O'Connor in 1893 indicating her birth and location Margaret O'Connor (this is the daughter of Dennis and Mary) was Born January 18, 1873 Harrisburg, Canada? O'Connor, Dionysius McCarthy, Maria    
Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 Marriage of Mary J O'Connor and Patrick Cullinane indicated birth date of Mary J. Mary O'Connor was born on July 28, 1876 in South Bend, Indiana O'Connor, Dennis, Laborer born in Ireland McCarthy, Mary born in Ireland Mary J born July 28, 1876 in South Bend, Indiana Her parents were residents at 209 S Peter Street in South Bend at the time of her marriage in 1907
1876 St Joseph Church Census, South Bend, Indiana 1876 O'Connor, Denis age 48 O'Connor, Mary age 48 O'Connor, Marg age 2  
" " " " O'Connor, Mary June? age 4 months  
St Joseph Church, South Bend Baptismal Record Born June? 4, 1877, Baptized June 17, 1877 O'Connor, Denys McCarty, Mary Magdalenam Michael Frain? and Maggie Coyne; G Demers CSC
St Joseph Church, South Bend Baptismal Record Born May 4, 1879; Baptized May 11, 1879 O'Connor, Denis McCarty?, Maria Joannam and Josephum Geraldum? looks like could be twins? Gregorius McCarty, Maria McCarty and Jacobus Caldwell and Bridget McCarty Sponsors
1880 St Joseph Church, South Bend Census 1880 O'Connor, Denis age 33 McCarthey?, Mary age 33 O'Connor, Maggie age 7  
" " " " O'Connor, Mary 6  
" " " " O'Connor, Johanni age 1  
" " " " McCarthey, Thomas 31  
1880 US Census for South Bend, Ward 4, St Joseph County, IN District; 124 Hill Street 1880 O'Connor, Dennis, 36 born in Ireland as were his parents O'Connor, Mary 35 born in Ireland as were her parents O'Connor, Margret, 7 yr old daughter born in Canada, parents born in Ireland Dennis was a Moulder; I believe this Margaret, age 7 later married Michael Welsh on November 1, 1893 at St Joseph Church, South Bend
" " " " O'Connor, Mary 6 yr old daughter born in Indiana, parents born in IR Home; I believe that Mary married Patrick Cullinane on October 14, 1907
" " " " O'Connor, Maud 4 daughter born in Indiana, parents born in IR Home
" " " " O'Connor, John 1 yr old son born in IN, parents born in IR Home; I believe that John married Ellen Agnes Gleason on June 8, 1911
St Joseph Church South Bend Marriage Record November 1, 1893 Marriage Welsh, Michael born March 1864 to Patritius and Margret Griffin- catholic parish Waterford, IR? O'Connor, Margarittam born January 18, 1873 in temporary residence? of Harrisburg Can (Canada)? to Dionysius O'Connor and Maria McCarthy (Harrisburg is a Hamlet in Brant, Ontario, Canada).   Witnesses: Patrick Joyce and Maria O'Connor; J Stoffel CSC
1900 US Census for South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana, District 0126; 209 St Peter St. 1900 O'Connor, Dennis, Head 52 yr old born May 1848 in Ireland as were her parents O'Connor, Mary, 52 yr old wife born June or Jan? 1848 in Ireland as were her parents; married 28 yrs (abt 1872?) with 6 kids, 4 living; O'Connor, John 20 yr old single son born May 1880 in IN, parents born in Ireland Dennis was a Day Laborer; John was in School
" " " " O'Connor, George, 18 yr old single son born July 1881 in IN, parents born in IR George was a Machine Apprentice
1910 US Census for South Bend, Ward 4, St Joseph County, IN; 209 N St Peter St 1910 O'Conners, Dennis, Head 60 yr old born in Ireland as were his parents O'Conners, Mary L, 61 yr old wife born in Ireland as were her parents; first marriage, married 37 years with 6 children, 4 living O'Conners, George, 26 yr old son Born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland Dennis was a Laborer at a Woolen Mill; George was a Mechanic
Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 (I believe this is the death record for Dennis O'Connor) September 5, 1919 Dath of Dennis O'Connor O'Connor, Dennis died at the age of 78 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; he was born in Ireland.     Dennis was a resident of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was buried September 6, 1919 in South Bend, Indiana- per familysearch.org