The O'Hara Connection
John O'Hara (1851-1926)

This is a work in progress intended as a bulletin board of sorts for those interested in family trees for the many O'Hara families who settled in Central New York. Information was gleaned from newspaper obituaries and stories found in old newspaper.

One goal is to determine whether this particular John O'Hara of Skaneateles Falls, NY, was related to O'Haras who emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland, settled in that village or in nearby Mottville and Skaneateles. (Charlie Major of Skaneateles, in calling my attention to the November, 2011 obituary for John J. O'Hara, below, said he was somehow related to the descendants of Charles J. Major.)

John O'Hara (1851-1926) married Catherine Powers (1865-1938). They were married in 1891 in Skaneateles Falls. Her brother, Michael Powers, married Margaret Carrigan.

Information I've found indicates Catherine and John O'Hara had eight children, listed below. Their birth vary slightly from source to source; I've used what was listed in the 1910 United States census which had the family living in Sennett, New York, in Cayuga County, about 20 miles from Skaneateles.

1. Abraham J. O'Hara (1892-1962) m. Esther O'Shea (1896-1991). He was a retired foreman at the Waterbury Felt Company of Skaneateles Falls and a veteran of World War I. They were married in 1918. Her obituary said she was survived by two children, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Esther O'Shea was born in Marcellus, lived most of her life in Skaneateles Falls. She, too, worked at the Waterbury Felt Company. The couple is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Skaneateles.

Margaret O'Hara m. Lt. William Thornton

Eileen O'Hara m. Llewellyn Cady

2. John V. O'Hara (1894-1973) m. Lillian Meyer (1899-1970). She was a native of Sayreville, NJ, but had been a resident of Skanateles Falls for 60 years, a communicant of St. Bridget's Church.

Katherine E. O'Hara m. M. Francis Curry in 1949. She was born in Skaneateles, lived in Syracuse until 1966. She and her husband moved to Pittsburgh; when he retired they moved to Sun City, Arizona. She died in Phoenix in 2010; he died in Phoenix in 2014.

Richard Curry m Cheryl Taylor (died 2014). Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Meghan Curry m. Joseph Monaco
Quinn Monaco
Owen Monaco
Daniel Curry
Patti Curry m. Patrick Ventura; she lives in Pittsburgh
James Ventura m. Maria Lu; they live in Pittsburgh
Gianna Ventura
Michael Ventura
Jesse Ventura
James Curry lives in Slippery Rock, PA
Jack Curry m. Rita Anderson; they live in Bishopville, MD
Natalie Curry
Margaret "Peg" Curry lives in Pittsburgh

John J. (Jack??) O'Hara (1924-2011) m. Isabella Alamo in Waverly, NY (1948); they lived in Elbridge; retired to Sun City, Arizona.

Syracuse Post-Standard, November, 2011
John Joseph "Jack" O'Hara, of Sun City, AZ, passed away November 2, 2011, at the age of 87. He was born in Sennett, NY, one of six children to John and Lillian O'Hara.

He moved to Arizona in 1994 from the home he built on Sunview Dr. in Elbridge, NY, after a 29-year career at Lawrence Gray Construction. Jack was a WW II D-Day veteran of the U.S. Army and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW Post #00102.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Isabelle "Sue"; four sons and daughters-in-law, John and Kathleen of River Vale, NJ, Michael and Betsy of Peoria, AZ, Joseph and Kelly of Skaneateles, NY, and Thomas and Lara O'Hara of Glendale, AZ; and special nephew Kevin Keenan of Houston, TX.

He had seven grandchildren, Ryan (Meghan), Katie, Erin (Alan Carroll), Mikey, Jennifer (Jack Bullard), Lindsey and Amelia; and one great-grandson, Jack.

Jack is also survived by his three brothers and one sister, James (Betty) of Northfield, NJ, and Donald and Richard (Cindy) O'Hara of Skaneateles Falls, NY, and Anne Govern of Sun City, AZ; brother-in-law Frank Curry of Sun City; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Alamo of Waverly, NY. He also had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were dear to him. He was predeceased by sister Katherine Curry of Sun City.

Jack and Sue were longtime parishioners of St. Patrick's Church in Jordan, NY, and more recently of St. Elizabeth Seton in Sun City. Jack loved being with Sue and their family and friends, playing cards, bowling, golfing and pitching horseshoes. Everyone who knew him will remember him for his generosity, kindness and quick wit.

Services are private, with final burial at a future date in St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery in Skaneateles, NY.


Joseph D. O'Hara m. Kelly Ann Harrington Her parents: Mr and Mrs. Denis J. Harrington of Skaneateles. Kelly and Joseph O'Hara settled in Auburn.
John O'Hara m. Kathleen ?? Home: River Vale, NJ.
Michael O'Hara m. Betsy ?? Home: Peoria, AZ.
Thomas O'Hara m. Lara ?? Home: Glendale, AZ

James E. O'Hara m. Betty ?? Home: Northfield, NJ;

James E. O'Hara Jr.

Donald J. O'Hara of Skaneateles Falls

Richard T. O'Hara m. Cindy ?? Home: Skaneateles Falls

Anne O'Hara m. Richard Govern of Binghamton; Sun City, AZ

3. James F. O'Hara (1896-1968) m. Elizabeth Murray (1895-1975). He was the proprietor of meat markets and grocery stores in Skaneateles Falls and Weedsport. Her sister, Alice, married Matthew O'Hara (below).

Dorothy O'Hara m. Robert C. Bishop of Skaneateles Falls

Richard Thomas Bishop (1958- )

4. Matthew A. O'Hara (1899-1979) m. Alice Murray (1904-1991) of Syracuse

Marcellus Observer, August 10, 1932
Matthew O’Hara of Glenside, who was injured Friday when a wheel came off the car he was driving, is in Auburn City hospital. The doctors fear he will lose the sight of one eye. Francis Foote, also of Glenside, who was riding with him, was slightly injured. Matthew is a brother of James O’Hara, who runs our local meat market.

Auburn Citizen-Advertiser, August 5, 1932
Matthew O’Hara, 33, of Skaneateles Falls, may lose the sight of his left eye as the result of an automobile accident about a mile from Skaneateles on the Skaneateles-Mottville road at 4:15 this morning. Francise Foote, also of Skaneateles Falls, who was a passenger in the machine driven by O’Hara, suffered a long laceration on the back of his head. O’Hara was brought to the City Hospital and Foote was taken home after treatment by Dr. William R. Dolan of Skaneateles. O’Hara’s condition is regarded as serious, but physicians believe he will recover.

The accident occurred as O’Hara and Foote were traveling along the Mottville-Skaneateles road, returning to their homes. O’Hara was driving at the time and apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The car left the road and turned turtle in a ditch.

Marcellus Observer, May 8, 1991
Alice Murray O’Hara, 87, of Camp Avenue, Syracuse, died May 2. Born in Skaneateles Junction, Mrs. O'Hara had lived in Syracuse since 1943. Her husband, Maathew, died in 1979.

Mrs. O'Hara retired as a selector from Syracuse China Corp. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are a nephew, William Limage of Larchmont; and four nieces, Anna M. Feeley of Auburn, Edna Flannigan of Guilderlands, Elizabeth Bishop of Skaneateles Falls and Alice Barron of Mottville.

Services were May 6 at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home and in St. Mary's of the Lake Church, both in Skaneateles. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Skaneateles.

5. Anna O'Hara (1900- ) m. John McPeak. Home: Rochester.

6. Francis L. O'Hara (1904-1932)

7. Thomas G. O'Hara (1906-1986) m. Clara Mapstone (1906-1992). Home: Syracuse. His obituary said the couple had 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Thomas P. O'Hara of Onondaga Hill

Charles E. O'Hara of Westvale

Sally J. O'Hara m. ?? Liddell of Marcy, NY

8. Mary O'Hara (1909-1984) m. Charles Reilly (19??-1962). Home: Skaneateles Falls. She retired from the former Waterbury Felt Company of Skaneateles.