Irish Families Identified in the 1880 US Census Who were Living in the City of South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana Ennumeration District 162, with Surnames O-R

A large concentration of Irish immigrants were living in the City of South Bend's District 162 around 1880. Many of the Irish in this area were employed by either the University of Notre Dame and the Singer Manufacturing Company. They lived on a cluster of streets in and around Notre Dame Avenue. District 162 appears to cover wards 2 and 4. There appears to have been a change in boundaries as many were in district 161 in the 1870 Census.

I plan to include Irish Descendents who were born in the U.S. but have at least one parent from Ireland, in this compilation. Many of the Irish in the City of South Bend had been here since the 1850's and by the 1880's their children who were born here could be having children.

I am in the process of tracing all of these South Bend Irish Families and have created pages on over 40 of them so far. I would love to hear from any descendents of these families so that we can share information and see how all of our ancestor's migration trails might have crossed. By working together, I think we will all have a much greater likelihood of finding our true origins in Ireland.

Special Note: Michael Robinson, an Irish Parish Priest (with Irish Parents) was listed as a border living with the Caldwell family on Notre Dame Street. He is listed on the A-C page.

They will be presented alphabetically by the father's or the head of the family's surname:

Street/ Ward Father Mother Child/ Other Occupation/ Misc Information
Hill Street; Ward 4 O'Connor, Dennis, 36 married born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland O'Connor, Mary 35 wife born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland O'Connor, Margret, 7 daughter born in Canada, parents born in Canada Dennis is a Moulder; Margret is at home
" " " O'Connor, Mary, 6 daughter born in IN, parents in Ireland Home
" " " O'Connor, Maud, 4 daughter born in IN, parents born in IR Home
" " " O'Connor, John, 1 son born in IN, parents born in IR Home
Notre Dame Avenue; Ward 4   O'Conner, Bessie, 50 yr old born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland. O'Connor, Patrick, 18 Son born in Indiana, Parents born in Ireland Bessie Keeps Home has a disability- lung frain??; son Patrick is a Brick Maker
"   " O'Connor, Mary 12 yr old daughter born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Home
"   " O'Connor, Katie, 16 yr old daughter born in Indiana; parents born in Ireland Home
25 ? St, 2nd Ward (may be Joseph St can't decipher) O'Conner, Timothy, 29 yr old born in Ireland as were his parents O'Conner, Lena, 26 yr old wife born in Indiana, parents born in Switzerland O'Conner, Lizzie, 9 month old daughter born in Indiana, parents in Ireland Timothy works at a Sewing Machine Factory; Lizzie is at home
St Peter; Ward 4 O'Donnell, Dan'l 55 married born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland O'Donnell, Johanna, 61 wife born in Ireland; parents born in Ireland O'Donnell, Philamine, single 17 born in IN, parents born in Ireland Dan'l is a Laborer; Philamine is home.
" " " O'Donnell, Olive single 13 daughter born in IN, parents in Ireland Home
" " " O'Donnell, James 15 single son born in IN, parents born in Ireland  
78 Market Street; Ward 2   O'Neil, Ellen, Servant 23 born in Michigan, parents born in Ireland   Servant at home; she is living with the Cassidy Family
102 Michigan Street, Ward 2 O'Neil, John, single 28 yr old lodger born in Ohio, parents born in Ireland (lives withe the Ellsworth Family)     Clerk
141 Main Street, Ward 2   O'Neil, Maggie, 16 yr old single servant born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland   Home Servant (Another Irish girl Nellie Sheridan, lives at this address with her). They live with the Tutt Family- a retired lawyer from Virginia.
20? Day Street, Ward 2   O'Neil, Margaret, 38 yr old widow born in Canada, parents born in Canada (Lodger Tim Masen from Canada lives with them) O'Neil, Margret, 17 yr old single daughter born in Ohio, dad born in Ireland, mom in Canada Mother Margaret keeps House and daughter Margret is a Home Servant
"   " O'Neil, Mary E, 15 yr old single daughter born in OH, dad in IR, mom in Canada Home Servant
"   " O'Neil, Michael, 13 yr old son born in Maryland, dad in Ireland, mom in Canada Works in a Wagon Factory
"   " O'Neil, Agnes, 11 yr old daughter born in Indiana, dad in IR, mom in Canada Home Servant
"   " O'Neil, Sarah, 9 yr old daughter born in IN, dad in IR, mom in Canada Home
"   " O'Neil, Katie, 2 yr old daughter born in IN, dad in IR, mom in Canadda Home
"   " O'Neil, William, 6 yr old born in IN, dad in IR, mom in Canada Home
"   " O'Neil, Dennis, 4 yr old son born in IN, dad in IR, mom in Canada Home
60 Warmington; Ward 4   O'Neil, Mary 24 single born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland (she lives with the Edenbaugh family from Pennsylvania)   Home Servant
10 Emeric? Street; Ward 4 Orser, Alfred, married 33 born in Canada as were his parents Orser, Elizabeth, 30 wife born in Canada; parents born in Ireland Orser, William, 11 son born in Canada as were parents Alfred worked in Sewing Machine Factory
" " " Orser, Mary 7, daughter born in Canada as were parents Home
" " " Orser, Katie, 5 born in Canada as were parents Home
" " "' Orser, Alfred, 2 yr old son born in Canada as were parents Home
Day Street, 2nd Ward   Pidmer, Ann, 47 yr old widow born in Ireland as were her parents Pidmer, Mary, 23 yr old single daughter born in OH, dad born in England, mom in Ireland Ann Keeps House; daughter Mary is home
"   " Pidmer, Thomas 21 yr old single son born in OH, dad born in England, mom in Ireland Works at Iron Works?
"   " Pidmer, Timothy, 19 yr old son born in IN, dad in England, mom in Ireland Works in Sewing Machine Factory
"   " Pidmer, Margaret, 15 yr old single daughter born in OH, dad in England, mom in Ireland Home
28 Washingston Street or Pearl Street?; Ward 2 Ranken, Chas, 37 yr old married born in Baden as were his parents Ranken, Mary E, 30 Wife, born in Ohio, parents born in Ireland Ranken, Fred'k, 8 yr old son born in Indiana, dad in Ohio, mom in Ireland Chas was a Saloon Keeper; Fred'k is at home
Main Street, Ward 2   Riley, Tracey, 19 yr old servant born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland   Home Servant
Notre Dame Avenue; Ward 4 Roach, William, 50 born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland. He is married Roach, Bridget, 60 yr old wife born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland Roach, Martin, 22 yr old single son born in IN, parents born in Ireland William is not employed; Martin is a Laborer
" " " Roach, Bridget 20 yr old single daughter born in IN, parents born in Ireland Home
" " " Roach, Elizabeth 15 yr old single daughter born in IN, parents born in Ireland Home
112 Michigan Street, Ward 2 Robinson, Jas, single 34 yr old boarder, born in Ireland, dad born in England, mom in Ireland     Painter
40 Pearl Street; Ward 2 Rofs, Sam'l F married 47 born in Ohio, parents born in Ireland Rofs, Elizabeth, 37 wife born in Ohio, parents born in New York Rofs, George, 21 yr old son born in Iowa, parents born in Ohio Samuael is a Pump Salesman, Son George works in Framing;
" " " Scoles, Mary 19 yr old twin single daughter born in Indiana, parents born in Ohio Home
" " " Scoles, Martha 19 yr old single twin daughter born in Indiana, parents in Ohio Home
" " " Scoles, Jessie, 16 yr old single son born in Indiana, parents born in Ohio Home
? Main Street, Ward 2   Rourke, Kate, 20 yr old single boarder born in Michigan, parents born in Ireland Rourke, Aggie 15 yr old single boarder born in Indiana, parents born in Ireland Kate works at a Wagon Mfg Co.; no evidence of their relation
Hill Street; Ward 4 Ryan, Thomas, 22 single border born in Michigan, parents born in Ireland (he lives with the Webber family from Bavaria)     Ryan works in the Sewing Machine Factory
Hill Street; Ward 4 Ryan, William 54 married born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland Ryan, Bridget, 50 wife born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland   William is a Cooper