Thursday, May 21, 2015

79. New Message from Dermott O'Neill

Hi Ron,

                Just back from walking parts of "camino" from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, mixed weather, and met a great variety of people, including a Lutheran minister from Pittsburgh.
                Working much slower at family history recently, was given a Christmas present of a subscription to My Heritage, mixed feelings about it, a lot of stuff it is giving me is what I put in myself in Geni.
                Anyhow, this summer I intend to have a look around the Fenagh/Garryhill area, and maybe talk to church wardens to try to identify John and Esther's gravestone.
                Just thought I would mention the proximity of other counties when doing research, all within approximately 20 miles, (Carlow is the second smallest county in Ireland) Laois, Kilkenny,Wexford, Wicklow and Kildare.
                John and Esther's grandson James, ( my GG Grandfather ), farmed near Athy, County Kildare, and his son John had a farm, Tomgar House, Ballycanew, County Wexford, my father’s birthplace.
                Also, the river Barrow as a means of transport/communication prior to railways before the mid-1800s.
                Will talk again, I keep an eye on your blog.

Slainte, Dermott

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

78. New Irish Digital Resource--and free!

    I was interested in this site featured in Dick Eastman's EOGN  blog today. It's a free online magazine with a lot of good Irish resources. I am especially interested in this back issue that concentrates on Carlow sources. I'm hoping to find some new O'Neill stuff. Always something new these days--hoorah!  See it at

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

77. David Wymer O'Neill, 1937-2014

I first met Dave a number of years ago when we connected online about the O'Neill family and he drove down to Indy on business and we managed a genealogy visit as part of that. We later met in Summerfield, Ohio, at a Horton Family reunion, as the two of us represented Anne Horton, who married John O'Neill. We corresponded several times and always enjoyed hashing over O'Neill family points.
David O'Neill (1937 - 2014)

Died peacefully after a long illness on Friday, September 12, 2014 at St. John Providence Hospital in Detroit, MI. David was born April 21, 1937 to Stanley Paul and Catherine Marion (Vinsik) O'Neill in Dearborn, MI and at the time of his death he was a resident at Henry Ford Village, Dearborn, MI, only a half mile from his residence at birth.
                David graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics and was a proud member of the Mu Kappa Mu fraternity. He remained active his entire life in the fraternity alumni, serving as Treasurer until he became ill. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1975.
                David proudly served in the United States Air Force following his graduation from MI Tech, working as a meteorologist. Following his service to his country, he made his career with the General Electric Corporation from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. He was a lifelong member of the Michigan and National Societies of Professional Engineers, serving in multiple capacities, including President and Treasurer. Following his retirement, David moved to Port Huron, MI, where he joined the Marysville Lions Club and served as their Treasurer for many years. He also cherished being a member of the Polish Boat Club and the Men's Breakfast Fellowship within his church, the First Presbyterian Church of Port Huron.
                He was a world traveler, a passionate genealogist, avid boater and golfer, and had a tremendous love of Irish music.
                He is survived by his life partner Nadine Lovell (Grosse Pointe, MI), his sons Brian (McPherson, KS), and Mark (Michele-Toledo, OH), grandsons Aaron (Toledo, OH) and Ajay (Janelle-Redmond, OR), his daughter Kristie (Jim Mitchell-Southfield, MI), his son Craig (Tanya-Henderson, NV), grandson Aiden Griffin, step-son Commodore Josh Reyher (Kim-New Orleans, LA), granddaughters Elinor, Molly and Tabitha, step-daughter Dr. Jennifer (Dr. Andrew Drescher-St. Louis, MO), grandchildren Anna, Ian and James.
                Memorials may be made to the Marysville Lions Club or his fraternity's fund ("Gamma Alpha Plan"), and can be mailed in care of Kristie O'Neill Mitchell, 28115 Fairfax St., Southfield, MI 48076. The family is planning a tribute to celebrate his life, to be scheduled close to St. Patrick's Day, 2015.

Published in The Times Herald on Sept. 28, 2014
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

76. Update On Deborah O'Neill Gravesite

   David Shackle, who lives the closest to Summerfield of any O'Neill family member, sent me some new photos of Deborah's gravesite, taken on Wednesday, Feb. 11th. He also accompanied an oil company archaeologist to evaluate the location. There is some fracking and pipeline construction nearby, and Dave wanted to be sure the grave was not disturbed.
   Evidently, there is no danger at the moment and no relocation is planned. The archaeologist also used a quality GPS to refine the site coordinates, which are as follows:
39 degrees 48' 23.993 " N  81 degrees 21' 05.643" W

   All us O'Neill descendants owe David a huge debt of gratitude for keeping watch over this remote and precious site. For newbies, Deborah was the wife of Hugh O'Neill and migrated with him and their children from County Carlow in 1805 and relocated to Summerfield in Noble County, Ohio. Hugh, who later remarried, is buried in Philo Cemetery in Muskingum County, Ohio.