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Ireland, came to the United States, settling
at Silver Lake, Susquehanna county, Penn-
sylvania. Thomas Sheahan died in Grand
Rapids, Michigan, aged ninety-three yearsi
His wife died in Meadville, also at an ad-
vanced age. Children: Philip; James, a con-
tractor in Iowa; Patrick; Thomas; Margaret,
of previous mention; Mary; Eliza, living at
Grand Rapids, Michigan; Honora, living in
Port Colborne, Canada. Children of Martin
and Margaret Donnelly: i. Mary J., born
February 3. 1848, in Susquehanna county. 2.
James E., January 27, 1850, at Binghamton,
New York. 3. John J., of whom further. 4.
Anna Eliza, January, 1855, in Susquehanna
county. 5. Thomas P., 1857, in Wisconsin,
killed on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad in
Pennsylvania, February 6, 1893. 6. Nellie,



born May 30, 1861, in Susquehanna county. |
7. Joseph E., April 30, 1863, in Susquehanna
county. 8. Lucy, born 1865, died young.

(Ili) John J., son of Martin Donnelly, was
born at Binghamton, New York, February
10, 1853.

He attended the public schools and worked
on the farm until he was sixteen years
of age. He then entered the train ser-
vice of the Delaware, Lackawanna & West-
ern railroad as brakeman. He later came to
Connellsville, and on May i, 1873, entered
the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Company. In 1874 he was promoted to con-
ductor, continuing with the company ten
years and one month. He then resigned, and
for sixteen years was engaged in the bottling
business in Fayette county. He spent nine
years in the lumber business, two years in
contracting and is now living retired. He is
a Democrat and has served the city of Con-
nellsville as auditor for two terms of three
years each. He is a member of the Roman
Catholic church.

John J. Donnelly married, January 6,
1876, Lena Bower, born in Germany Feb-
ruary 6, 1856, daughter of John and Kath-
erine Bower. John Bower was born in Ger-
many in 1808; came to the United States and
settled in Alleghany county, Maryland, in
1863, where he worked at his trade of miller;
later moved to Bedford county, where he
engaged in farming until his death in 1881.
His wife Katherine was born in Germany in
1823, died in Bedford county in 1884. Chil-
dren: Charles; Louis; John; Laurence, de-
ceased; Frederick, deceased; and Lena, of
previous mention. Children of John J. and
Lena Donnelly: i. William H., born October
15, 1876; married Mary Jones; children: Mar-
garet J., born December 25, 1902; Marie,
November 18, 1904; John J., September 11,
1907; Eleanor, March 14, 1910. 2. Joseph E.,
born January 17, 1878. 3. Dodie Frances,
February 10, 1880; married September 5,
1906, D. J. Lambert; and has a son, John,
born February 10, 1910. 4. Nellie Mary,
born February 10, 1882; married, November ,
4, 1910, M. M. Patterson, and has a daugh-
ter, Louisa, born April 7, 191 1. 6. Charles
F., born August 28, 1889. 7. Albert V., May
31, 1891. 8. Margaret G., December i, 1893.
9. Eugene H., October 26, 1895, died March
30, 1897.



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This is a famous name in
O'CONNOR Ireland, and was borne in
the United States by one of
the greatest lawyers of the New. York bar,
Charles O'Connor, a descendant of the Irish
family. Tlie father of Bernard O'Connor, of
Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Peter O'Connor,
died in 1871 in Ireland, where his life had
been spent. His widow, Mary (Murtha)
O'Connor, came to the United States, where
she lived with her children until her death in
1887. Peter O'Connor was a farmer and

small landowner. He married (first)

McCluskey; children: John, who came to the
United States and was never heard from ;
Bridget and Peter, died in infancy. Children
by his second wife, Mary (Murtha) O'Connor:
I. James, lives in Ireland and farms the old
home acres. 2. Michael, died in Ireland, leav-
ing six sons and two daughters. 3. Alice,
married John Riley and lives in Ireland; eight
children. 4. Mary, married James Rock and
died leaving two children in the old country.
5. Margaret, died in infancy. 6. Francis, came
to the United States and settled in Connells-
ville, Pennsylvania; married and has

five sons and three daughters. 7. Patrick,
came to the United States and resides in Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania, with a family of six sons
and two daughters. 8. Rose, married (first)
in Pennsylvania, James O'Freil; he died at
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania; she married
(second) Lawrence Megr-n. 9. Bernard, of
whom further. 10. Kathesine, came to the
United States, married John Lynch, of Pitts-
burgh. Pennsylvania; has four living children;
parents and children were all members of the
Roman Catholic church.

(II) Bernard, youngest son of Peter and
Mary (?klurtha) O'Connor, was born in Coun-
ty Cavn. Ireland, November, 1855. He re-
ceived his education in the village school in
his native land and under a private tutor, at
his own expense. In 1881 he came to the
United States and located in Connellsville,
Pennsylvania, where he was employed for one
year and seven days rs a coke drawer by the
Cambria Iron Company. He then entered the
service of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad as
foreman of a construction gang and laid the
first section of the double track between Con-
nellsville and Pittsburgh. Later for a vcr
was timekeeper for the W. J. Rainey Coal
Company, then for six months was patrolman



on the Connellsville police force. In 1885 he
bought seventy-tive acres of the old Rogers
homestead, "Cross Keys," and for four years
was engaged in dairy farming. In 1889 he
discontinued dairying, but remained owner
of the farm until 1908. About 1888 he began
contracting in a small way, but his business
so increased that in 1900 he gave up the farm,
built a brick residence at No. 201 North First
street, Connellsville, West Side, which has
since been his home. He continued in busi-
ness very successfully, and in 1909 formed a
partnership with J. W. Madigan, under the
firm name of O'Connor & Madigan. For four
years, 1904 until 1908, he was proprietor of
the Victoria Hotel in Connellsville, then re-
turned to contracting. He is a member of
the Roman Catholic church, the Holy Name
Society and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. In politics he is an independ-
ent.

He married, May 12, 1882, at St. Patrick's
Cathedral, New York city, Rose, born in
County Monaghan, Ireland, daughter of
James and Rose Cassidy, who both died in
Ireland. Children: i. Florence, married J.
W. Madigan. 2. Mary, died aged fourteen
years. 3. Alice, died in infancy. 4. Anna,
resides with her parents. 5. Charles, in busi-
ness with his father. 6. Laura, graduate of
.State Normal School at California, now a
teacher in the Connellsville schools. 7. Kath-
erine, a graduate of the State Normal School
at California. 8. Bernard P., student in the
Connellsville high school. 9. William, student
ill the Connellsville high school.



The earliest available record
DUNAWAY of this family is of Matthew

Dunaway, who in early life
lived near Pittsburg. Pennsylvania, but in
1812 moved to Fayette county. After a
year spent in Luzerne township, at Gray's
Landing, he moved to Greene county, Penn-
sylvania, where he spent several years. In
1835 he again came to Fayette county, pur-
chasing a farm of two hundred acres near
ATerrittstown, on which he erected a fine brick
residence, later owned by Jefferson Hibbs.
He was a successful business man, industrious,
quiet and unassuming, highly respected by all
v;ho knew him. He died at a good old age,
as did his wife Annie. He was a Democrat,
and a Presbyterian. Children: i. John, of



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whom further. 2. Thomas, died in La Salle
county, Illinois. 3. Jacob, died in Cass county,
Illinois. 4. Jesse Evans, died in Iowa. 5.
James, lived in Cass county, Illinois. 6. Wil-
liam, born in Nicholson township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, March 23, 1812.

(II) John, eldest son of Matthew and Annie
Dunaway, was born in Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, November 4, 1801. He was edu-
cated in Fayette cotmty, but after his mar-
riage removed to Greensboro, Greene county,
where he was a stage driver and farmer. He
married Margaret Robinson, born October 3,
iSoi, died October 4, 1888. Children: i.
Thomas, born January 2, 1828, died April 7,
1889. 2. Catherine, born January 24, 1830.
3. Nancy, September 4. 1832. 4. James, Oc-
tober 16, 1837. 5. Allen, August 24, 1840,
died June 15, 1904. 6. John W., born Sep-
tember 13, 1847. 7. Alexander, of whom fur-
ther.

(HI) Alexander, son of John and Mar-
garet (Robinson) Dunaway, was born in Lu-
zerne township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
April 3, 1849, died in Fairchance, Pennsyl-
vania, January 5, 1905, of paralysis. He was
educated in the public schools of Greensboro,
Greene county, where his parents moved
when he was quite young. He began busi-
ness in Greensboro when a young man, en-
gaging in the drug business, continuing there
very successfully until 1896. In that year he
moved to Fairchance, Fayette county, where,
with a cousin, C. W. Weltner, of Uniontown,
he owned and operated a distillery until four
months previous to his death, when the part-
nership was dissolved. He was a very suc-
cessful business man, and death came very
unexpectedly, his plans having been laid for
spending the winter in the south. He was
a member of Fairchance borough council, and
deeply interested in the welfare of this
borough.

He was a member of the Royal Arcanum
and of other societies. He married Han-
nah E. Ewing, born March 23, 1854,
daughter of E. A. and Mary Ann (Hibbs)
Ewing. of Greensboro, and granddaughter of
James Ewing, born in Ireland, died in Fayette
county. Pennsylvania. Giildren of E. A.
Ewing :

Harriet E., John, Andrew, Horace Greeley,
Laura, Edward, William, Annabella, and
two died young. Children of Alexander



Dunaway: i. Minor Gray, born August 16,
1879, died November 15, 191 1, a druggist. 2.
Catherine, born September 2, 188 1. 3. War-
ren Gordley, of further mention.

(IV) Warren Gordley, youngest son of
Alexander and Harriet E. (Ewing) Dunaway,
was born in Greensboro, Greene county,
Pennsylvania, December 19, 1885. He was
educated in the public schools, attended the
Uniontown high school. He has been since
191 1 manager of the Dunaway Drug Store in
Fairchance. He is a Democrat in politics,
and served the borough as tax collector for
a term of three years. He is a member of
the Knights of Pythias, the Patriotic Order
of America, and an attendant of the Presbv-
terian church. He is unmarried.



The Dilworths are found
DILWORTH in Bucks county, Pennsyl-
vania, at an early day.
James Diiworth married, about 1681, Ann
Wain, and came from Thornbury, in York-
shire, England, to Bucks county, where he
died in 1699, leaving William, Richard, Jane,
Hannah, Jennet, Rebecca and James. Wil-
liam miarried Sarah Webb, settled in Birming-
ham. James Diiworth, believed to be a son
of William, married, in 1745, Lydia Martin,
and is said to have built the first log cabin
where Dilworthstown, Chester county, now
stands and the tavern building in 1758, al-
though there was no license there vmtil after
his death. Charles, eldest son of James Dii-
worth, was justice of the peace, and took an
active part in the revolution, for which he was
disowned by the Society of Friends. It is
from this Chester county Diiworth family that
the Dilworths of Connellsville descend. Their
parental grandfather settled in Ohio with his
v.'ife Rebecca, who lived to be nearly one hun-
dred years of age.

(II) George M. Diiworth was born at
Mount Pleasant, Ohio, where he succeeded
his father in the mercantile business. He was
a prosperous merchant, and held a high posi-
tion in his town. He was a director of the
First National Bank, and for twenty-five years
was a member of the school board, also serv-
ing in many positions of trust. He was a
member of the Presbyterian church, and help-
ful in church and town afifairs, being a man of
great public spirit. He married Evelyn Hogg,
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both grew to adult vears, married and died,
he in 1888, she in 1880. Her father, John T.
Hogg, was an early settler at Mount Pleasant,
a leading merchant, and a well-known influ-
ential mad in that section. Children of George
M. Dihvorth: i. William R., of Alliance,
Ohio. 2. Cassie, married Arthur Murdock,
of Denver, Colorado. 3. Anna, resides in
Denver. 4. Winfield S., resides in Denver.
5. Ellen, married B. F. Montgomery, and re-
sides in Los Angeles, California. 6. Desso K.,
of whom further. 7. Ada, married Charles
Van Peltz.

■ (HI) Desso Kirk, youngest son of George
M. and Evelyn (Hogg) Dihvorth, was born in
Mount Pleasant, Ohio, August 14, 1858. He
was educated in the public schools, finishing
nis studies at the high school. He learned
telegraphv, and for some time was in the em-
ploy of the C. & P. Railroad Company as
operator, but resigned to become bookkeeper
for the stove works at Martin's Ferry, Ohio.
In 1884 he came to Pennsylvania and was en-
gaged with the Rainey Coal Company of
Moyer, and for four years with the Connells-
ville Glass Company, later returning to the
Rainev (Company as manager of their office
business at Mount Braddock, Pennsylvania,
a position he yet holds, being one of the old-
est employees of the company, as well as one
of the most capable and efficient. He is a
member of the Presbyterian church, as is his
wife, and of King Solomon's Lodge, Free and
Accepted Masons. In poHtics he is a Re-
publican.

He married, September 18, 1890, Maud L.,
daughter of John and Eliza (Barnes") Mont-
gomery, of near Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
John Montgomery was a millwright and con-
tractor, building many of the grist mills of
western Pennsylvania. He was a member of
the Presbvterian church, as was his wife Eliza.
He died lulv 2, 1881, she January 20, IQ02.
Their children: James, Clarinda, Franklin,
Hannah. Nancv, Theodore, John. David,
Richard, Maud L. (of previous mention), Isa-
dore and Belle.

Children of Desso K. and Maud L. Dil-
worth: i. John Montgomery, born August 8,
i8gi; graduate of Connellsville high school,
class of 191 1. 2. Desso Kirk (2), born De-
cember 6, 1897. Mr. Dihvorth lives at No.
201 Washington avenue, Connellsville, where
he erected his present residence in 1902.



This family descends from
DE TEMPLE Jacob De Temple, mem-
ber of a wealthy, influen-
tial and aristocratic family of Belgium. He
located in the north of France, where he es-
tablished and operated extensive iron works.
These works were highly profitable until the
French revolution, when, with other French
faniilies of wealth, he fled to Switzerland,
where he found asylum for only a few months.
Being compelled to leave Switzerland, he went
to a Rhine province in Germany, where he
remained until the downfall of the revolution-
ists, and restored peaceful conditions made it
again safe to return and reopen his iron
works. He continued in business until his
death. He married,and among his children
was a son Joseph.

(II) Joseph, son of Jacob De Temple,
worked with his father in the management of
the iron works in northern France, and on
the death of the latter continued their opera-
tion. He married Eva Monbier, and had six
sons, all of whom served in the French arrny
under Louis and under Napoleon III. Chil-
dren: John, of whom further. 2. Alexandre,
served in the Marine Corps (artillery), and
was in the regiment that escorted the body of
the great Napoleon from St. Helena to the
magnificent monument in Paris, the Hotel
des Invalides, where the body was laid at rest,
December 15, 1840. 3. Louis, also served in
the Marine Corps. 4. Nicholas, served in the
Fifty-ninth Regiment of Infantry. 5. Joseph
(2), served in the Thirty-third Regiment In-
fantry. 6. Michael, served in the Thirty-third
Infantry.

(III) John, son of Joseph De Temple, was
born in "1808, in northern France, in the de-
partment from which came Lafayette. He
was a worker in the family iron and steel
plant with his father and brothers. He was
a soldier under the Citizen King, Louis Phil-
Hpe, the "King of the French," that being the
title under which he was allowed to reign
after the Tulv revolution of 1830 which de-
throned Charles X. John De Temple served
eight years with the French army in Africa,
in the Fifty-eighth Regiment (infantry). He
married Catherine Bon. born in France in
1812, daughter of Nicholas Bon. a soldier
under Napoleon T. His brother, Peter Bon,
was with Napoleon on his disastrous invasion
of Russia; was captured by Cossacks at Mos-



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cow, escaped, and after the burning of that
city struggled homeward to France with the
badly broken L'rench army, suffering as he
was from a bad wound in the face. Nicholas
Bon, after leaving the army, engaged in the
grocery business; he married Eva Schmelk of
German (or Dutch) descent. Children of John
De Temple and Catherine Bon: i. Joseph,
died in infancy. 2. John, of whom further. 3.
Catherine, married Michael Gradeau, a soldier
of France; killed in the Franco-Prussian war.
4. Alexander, came to the United States in
1870; now living in Connellsville; unmarried.

(IV) John (2), son of John; (i) De Temple,
was born in northern France, February 24,
1844. He received a good education, and
after completing his studies and until 1868
worked in the iron and steel mills, held for
three generations in his immediate family. In
1868 he camic to the United States, settling at
that Mecca of the steel worker, Pittsburgh,
remaining there one 3'ear, when he came to
Connellsville, entering the employ of the
American Steel Company as hammerman.
When the Connellsville branch was discon-
tinued, Mr. De Temple began building coke
ovens and continued for many years, making
that his specialty. He became known all over
the United States where coke is made, and
has erected ovens in all sections of the coke
rield. In 1905 he made a tour of Europe, go-
ing alone, and although over sixty years old,
visited ail the countries of Europe except
Russia, Spain and Turkey. He is a Repub-
lican, and with his wife belongs to the Roman
Catholic church.

He married, March 2, 1867, in the city of
Nancy, France, Catherine Lufifer, who died in
1902: he married (second) Anna Mary Smith.
Children, all by first wife: John (3). a rail-
road min, married Emma Rhodes; Theresa,
deceased: Mary, married Patrick Handlin;
Louis, a boilermaker, now living in New
Orleans.



The Work family came to Fay-
WORK ette county from "over the
mountains," having been resi-
dents of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania,
prior to their removal west. The first settle-
ment was made by Joseph Work, the great-
grandfather of Judge James Clark Work, of
Uniontown.

(I) Joseph Work, of English parentage.



was a resident of Lancaster county, Pennsyl-
vania, as early as 1755. He had brothers,
Samuel and Robert, and in 1766 they came
with their few belongings to Fayette county,
having made the journey over the mountains
on horseback. Samuel took up land in Dun-
bar township, where in 1799 he was assessed
as having "one slave, four horses, four cattle
and three hundred and eighty-two acres of^
land." Robert settled in North Union town-
ship, about two miles north of Uniontown.
In the tax Hst of 1793 he is assessed as a sin-
gle man. Joseph settled near what is now
Vanderbilt, in Dunbar township, Fayette
county, where he is on the first assessment
roll of the township, bearing date 1799, as
owning four horses, six cattle and three hun-
dred acres of land. He had children : James,
of whom further; John, located in Washing-
ton county, Pennsylvania; Adam and Alex-
ander, farmers of Dunbar township; Andrew,
of Franklin township; Mary, married Thomas
Miller, of Harrison county, Ohio; Esther,
married William Dugan, of Dunbar town-
ship.

(II) James, son of Joseph Work, was born
in Dunbar township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania. He married Mary Ellen Dugan,
also born in Fayette county. After marriage
they moved to Harrison county, Ohio, where
they remained several years, then returned to
Dunbar township, where he owned the farm
now the property of his grandson. Judge
Work, of Uniontown. James Work was a
man of weak frame and delicate health, which
threw the greater burden of farm work upon
his sons. Children: Catherine, died unmar-
ried; John, of whom further; Ellen, married
William Griffith, a farmer of Dunbar town-
ship; Nancy, married Samuel J. Cox, a tailor
of Brownsville, Pennsylvania; Joseph W., a
prosperous farmer of Fayette county, mar-
ried a Miss Murphy; Mary, died unmarried.

(III) John, eldest son of James and Mary
Ellen (Dugan) Work, was born at Cadiz,
Harrison county, Ohio, December 30, 1818,
died January 3, 1900. He was nine years of
age when the family returned to Fayette
county, where he attended the subscription
schools for a limited time. Owing to his
father's health the burden early fell upon his
shoulders, being the eldest son, but he was
made of manly material and bore his burdens
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home farm he worked for nearby farmers at
wages of thirty-five and fifty cents a day. At
nights he studied by the light of the wood
fire and so educated himself that he taught
two terms in the district school.' When but a
young man he bought a little farm three miles
northwest of Dunbar, on which he was able
to make a first payment. He was known
from boyhood as a good judge of stock, and
at the age of twenty-five years he was chosen
by Greenberry Crossland to take charge of
his droves of cattle while being driven over
the National Pike to eastern markets — Balti-
more, Philadelphia and New York. So ca-
pable was he that he was taken into partner-
ship with Mr. Crossland, an alliance that ex-
isted fifteen years. He then retired and
formed a partnership with his father-in-law,
Charles McLaughlin, continuing the same
business. In both these associations Mr.
Work superintended the driving of the stock
and its sale in eastern markets. In those days
drafts were unknown, and the money re-
ceived was brought back by Mr. Work in
gold and bills, carried on his person or in his
saddle bag. Though he carried hundreds of
thousands of dollars in this way over "the
pike." where he was well known, he was
never molested nor did he ever carry a re-
volver. The droves often exceeded two hun-
dred head and the returns were very large.
Mr. McLaughlin retired about 1870, Mr.
Work continuing until 1882. During the war
the business was very profitable, and they
continued their drives to 'market even after
the railroads came. He was a very active,
energetic man, weighing over two hundred
pounds, but his large frame carried no extra
flesh. He stood six feet high and was built
in perfect proportion. He was strong and ro-
bust, continuing active until his last illness.
He was a Whig, later a Republican, and with
his wife belonged to the Presbyterian church.
He married Sarah McLaughlin, born in
Dunbar township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, in 1826, died April 16, 1894, daughter
of Charles and Mary (Swearingen) McLaugh-
lin. Charles McLaughlin was a son of the
emigrant from Ireland, who settled first in
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, but after
about seven years there crossed the moun-
tains to Fayette county, making the journey
on horseback. He settled near Laurel Hill in
Dunbar township, where he died. Charles



McLaughlin was born in Lancaster county,
but his childhood and after life were spent in
Fayette county. He grew up on the farm,
but early in life began hauling produce to
eastern markets, returning loaded with goods
for the merchants of his section. After the
National Road was opened he was a wagoner
on that historic thoroughfare for several
years. He also engaged with his son-in-law,
John Work, in cattle dealing. He owned a
good farm, on which he lived and made the
base of his operations. The family were mem-
bers of the Presbyterian church. His wife,
Mary (Swearingen) McLaughlin, was of Ger-
man descent, hers being a well known county
family. Children of Mr. and Mrs. McLaugh-
lin: I. William, married Emma Gaddis; they
lived and died on their farm in Dunbar town-
ship; she died in 1912. 2. Sarah, of previous
mention, wife of John Work. 3. Samuel, a
farmer of Dunbar township, married Eliza
Clark, both deceased. 4. Elizabeth, married
William Whitehill, a farmer of Dunbar town-
ship, later of near Marengo, Iowa, where
both died. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Work:



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