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Mary Gilligan O'Hara
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Birth: 1819
Mullingar
County Westmeath, Ireland
Death: Jan. 28, 1899
Bridgeport
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

My paternal great great grandparents, Michael & Mary Gilligan O'Hara, came over from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland about 1847. Michael and his pregnant wife boarded the ship with their three daughters: Betsey [sic], Mary and Emily. Unfortunately tragedy struck this family while on the ocean. Their little girl, Emily, died, and was "buried at sea."

That is the oral history of the family passed on by Emily's sister, Betsey (or Elizabeth). Betsey considered this part of the trip so important that in 1941 her son, John Henry Enright, passed that on to his daughter-in-law, my mother Anne/Nan R. Mackie Enright [Gustin].

Another event occurred onboard, Mary Gilligan O'Hara gave birth to her son, John. In the 1880 U.S. Census of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 33 year old John O'Hara clears up the confusion of the previous three censuses which have him being born in New York, in England, in Ireland. John told the census taker that warm June day of 1880 the real facts about his birth, his birthplace was the "Atlantic Ocean." So this is a huge hint as to when his parents emigrated. It had to have been in 1847!

Michael O'Hara is listed in the 1850-1870 censuses as either a laborer or a day laborer. In the first ten years of his new life in the United States, Michael had learned to read and write. By the end of twenty years here his real estate had grown from $400 to $2,000. He also had three grown children out and married by 1870. His children went to school and then appeared to work in the many Bridgeport factories shirtmaker, dressmaker, toolmaker, machinist, cartridge maker.

CHILDREN OF MICHAEL & MARY GILLIGAN O'HARA:

ELIZABETH(Betsey) O'HARA (1841-1918) married carriage painter John Enright April 25,1860, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and settled in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She is my great grandmother. Because their descendants are so numerous and are covered in the Enright genealogy, I am not listing the many generations of Enrights here. Elizabeth's children were:
Mary E. Enright
Thomas Enright married to Anna Hayden
M. Frank Enright married to Margaret Burke
John Henry Enright married to Mary A. Conneally
(my grandparents)
Catherine Enright married to J. Casey (no issue)
Baby boy Enright infant death.
James Enright married to Ida Thompson
Sarah Enright
Joseph Enright married to Anna Donna

MARY O'HARA (born about 1842) married Joe [Marshall] Gardner, 2 kids were Minnie Gardner married John Conlon, child: Gert Conlon. Joe Gardner died prior to 1941.

EMILY O'HARA I - not sure of her place in birth order, died at sea.

JOHN O'HARA (born about 1847) married Bridget Coates, settled in Bridgeport, kids:
John O'Hara settled in Milford, CT
Willie O'Hara died prior to 1941
Irene O'Hara
Mabel O'Hara
Annie O'Hara

JAMES O'HARA (born about 1849) was married and had two sons and two daughters.

ROSE O'HARA (born about 1951) married Andrew McGuire, kids were:
James McGuire married Nettie Sheridan, no children.
Mary McGuire married John Crane, child is:
Marion Crane who married Joe Lee
Frank McGuire died prior to 1941, unmarried.
Christopher McGuire died prior to 1941, unmarried.
Edward McGuire married Anna Dahl, kids:
Edward McGuire, Francis McGuire, & Harry McGuire
Joe McGuire married no children, settled in Kansas City

EMILY O'HARA II (born about 1854) married Richard Kennedy of Beacon, NY and had no issue/children.

MICHAEL O'HARA Jr. (born about 1856) married Annie Beck, kids were:
Freddy O'Hara
Harry O'Hara
Mabel O'Hara

HENRY O'HARA (born about 1859) married Katherine Doherty, kids were:
Florence O'Hara who married Dr. Frank Quinn, and had a daughter, Florence Quinn.
Katherine O'Hara married William Charles Schultz in New Haven. Daughter was Elizabeth Schultz married Valentino De Stefano.
Elizabeth "Bessie" O'Hara.
Edith O'Hara married Will Fitzpatrick of Fairfield, CT, had kids: Marjorie, Bill, Bob, Jack, Edith & Gail Fitzpatrick.
Peter O'Hara.
Emily O'Hara III.
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Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Michael O'Hara (1820 - 1883)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth O'Hara Enright (1841 - 1918)*
  John O'Hara (1847 - 1898)*
  James O'Hara (1849 - 1904)*
  Michael O'Hara (1856 - ____)*
  Henry O'Hara (1859 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Stratford
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
 
Created by: Chris Enright Snyder
Record added: Mar 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35354410
Mary <i>Gilligan</i> O'Hara
Added by: Chris Enright Snyder
 
Mary <i>Gilligan</i> O'Hara
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