Biography of Patrick J. O'Connor
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

PATRICK J. O'CONNOR. A true type of the useful and respected Irish American citizen is found in Patrick J. O'Connor, of Scottdale. Dominick O'Connor, the father of Patrick J. O'Connor, emigrated in 1847 from! county Roscormon, Ireland, to the United States, and settled in Baltimore county, Maryland, where for some years he was variously employed. In 1857 he moved to West Virginia, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Roman Catholic church. He married, February, 1849, Margaret Dolan, who came from Ireland in 1848, and their children were: Mary Ann, died in infancy; Catherine, married Peter Horn, of Scottdale; Bridget, died in 1886; Annie, married James W. Murphy, and is now deceased; Mary; Margaret, wife of John T. Ward, of Pittsburg; Margaret and Patrick J. (twins), the latter mentioned hereafter; Ellen, married John W. Kennedy; John and Ellen (twins), both died in infancy. Mr. O'Connor, the father of the family, died March, 1866, and was survived many years by his widow, who expired May, 1901, at the age of seventy-nine.

Patrick J. O'Connor, son of Dominick and Margaret (Dolan) O'Connor, was born January 30, 1857, in Baltimore county, Maryland, and obtained his education in the common schools. At the age of fourteen he went to work in a stone quarry in West Virginia, and in 1872 moved with his mother to Dunbar, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where for a time he was employed as a laborer in a limestone quarry. He then went to Connellsville and for eight years was employed at the coke works. In 1881 he moved to Scottdale, and there also was employed at the coke works. At the end of two years he entered the puddling department of a rolling mill, where he remained fifteen years, and then found work in the sheet department as a heater, a position which he still holds. During all these years his ability and integrity have insured him the confidence and respect of both his associates and his employers. In February, 1905, he was elected a member of the council of Scottdale, as a representative from the Fourth ward. He is a member of the Scottdale Iron and Steel Workers' Beneficent Association, and also belongs to the K. of C., Lodge No. 948, of Collinsville, the A. O. of H., Lodge No. 4, of Fayette county, the I, O. H., Lodge No. 172. of Scottdale. and the C. T. A. U., of the Scottdale Roman Catholic church. The doctrines of the Democratic party receive from him support and endorsement. He is a member of the Roman Catholic church of Scottdale. Mr. O'Connor married Margaret, daughter of Casper and Annie (Jaekal) Glos. of Maryland, and they have children: Annie Laura, born November. 2,. 1888. a graduate of St. John's school. Scottdale; Margaret Matilda, born July 28, 1890; Charles Francis, born November 6, 1892; Mary Elizabeth, born June 11, 1895: Ellen Teresa, born August 28, 1900; and Catherine Eva. born March 27, 1904.


From:
History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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