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O'NEILL, Francis in Killeshill, County Tyrone
(About 1800-)
(About 1804-)
O'NEILL, John Iron puddler


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1. ROURKE, Sara

O'NEILL, John Iron puddler 2

  • Born: Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, Ireland
  • Baptised: 21 June 1831, Killeshill RC parish, County Tyrone, Ireland 2
  • Marriage (1): ROURKE, Sara on 10 November 1852 in St Margaret's RC Chapel, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1

   Other names for John were O'NEIL, John and O'NIEL, John.3

  General Notes:

"Church Baptism Record

Name: John O'Neill
Date of Birth:
Date of Baptism: 21-Jun-1831
Address: Parish/District: KILLESHILL
Gender: Unknown
Father: Francis O'Neill
Mother: Mary McGoogin
Sponsor 1 /Informant 1: Mary

Copyright Irish World Heritage Centre (Tyrone + Fermanagh)"


When John's son, also John, was born in March 1855, he was born at Gartness Iron Works. John senior was the informant of the birth and made his X mark. He was a 'pudler' by occupation and aged 26 years. This birth certificate noted also John's place of birth and year and place of marriage.

In 1856 when his daughter Sarah Anne was born at the Mossend Works in the parish of Bothwell, John O'Neil was the informant of her birth before James Hunter, registrar, at Bothwell on 23 July 1856 and made his X mark. His occupation was recorded on her death certificate as 'puddler at Iron Works'.

When his daughter Sarah Anne died in 1857 John O'Neil was recorded in her death certificate as a 'mineral labourer

The 1861 census for Bothwell parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland, recorded John O'Niel [sic] as the head of a household living in Mossend village. With John lived his wife, Sarah, their four young children, John's mother, Mary and a 22 year old Irish born lodger, Edward McGraw, who was a labourer. John O'Niel by occupation was recorded as a puddler of iron. He was 31 years of age and had been born in Ireland. 2 3

  Research Notes:


Killeshill is about 9 miles from Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, Ireland, north west of Dungannon.

John married Sara ROURKE, daughter of Charles ROURKE in Ballywholan County Tyrone and Mary O'NEILL, on 10 November 1852 in St Margaret's RC Chapel, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 (Sara ROURKE was born in Ballywholan, County Tyrone, Ireland and was baptised on 8 February 1824 in Coalisland parish, County Tyrone, Ireland 4.)

  Marriage Notes:

Fr Duncan McNab married this couple. The witneses were Terence McIlhone and Bridget Stewart.

The earlier date recorded in the IGI was probably the banns of marriage. 1


1 Roman Catholic Records, Marriages St Margaret's RC Chapel Airdrie.

2 Irish Family History Foundation, Killeshill RC Parish County Tyrone Church Baptism Record.

3 1861 UK census, Parish: Bothwell; ED: 7; Page: 9.

4 Irish Family History Foundation, Coalisland Parish County Tyrone Church Baptism Record.

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