Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all O'Neils in:
 • Riverview Cemetery
 • Streator
 • LaSalle County
 • Illinois
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Josiah O'Neil
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: 1835
Death: 1889

O'Neil came to Streator at age 2, living on the family farm on Spring Lake Road. At age 24, being Streator's first blacksmith, he built a house and blacksmith shop at the top of the rise above the Vermillion River ford, now Water Street. His buildings were the first in what was to become Hardscrabble. His brother John joined him in the business. (It was John who named the settlement "Hardscrabble".) Josiah remained as a bladksmith for almost 30 years. He saw the development from settlement to incorporated village of Unionville in 1865 and then the incorporation of the village of Streator in 1868. His son, Warren, was the first child born in Hardscrabble.

Mr. O'Neil provided dentistry to many residents, as trained dentists were not available. He also served as fire chief, fighting the many fires that often broke out. As the community grew, he became more influential. He was elected village trustee and later alderman of his ward. O'Neil was a charter member of the first Masonic Lodge, holding high degrees in that organization.

-Riverview Cemetery: A self guided tour, 2nd ed. p 18. 
Family links: 
  Barnabas O'Neal (1807 - 1903)
  Clarissa White O'Neil (1814 - 1846)
  Matilda Elizabeth Woodruff O'Neil (1830 - 1913)*
  Josiah O'Neil (1835 - 1889)
  Margaret J. Woodruff (1836 - 1857)*
  Abel O'Neil (1840 - 1865)*
  Adaline O'Neal Rainey (1843 - 1925)*
  Mary Catherine O'Neal Frisbey (1845 - 1922)*
  Julianne O'Neil Fogler (1849 - 1879)**
  Martha Ellen O'Neil Warfield (1853 - 1921)**
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 9 Row 11
GPS (lat/lon): 41.12164, -88.85146
Created by: Timothy M. Coplin
Record added: Nov 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31716916
Josiah O'Neil
Added by: Timothy M. Coplin
Josiah O'Neil
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Magma
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


Privacy Statement and Terms of Service