Daniel O'Connell
(1865-)
Elizabeth Duncan
(1870-)
John Durwood O'Connell
(1893-1940)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Leota Frances Beecher

John Durwood O'Connell 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 1 Sep 1893, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Leota Frances Beecher on 8 Jul 1916 in Mount Gretna, Lebanon, PA 1 2 3
  • Died: 4 Dec 1940, O'Hara Township, Allegheny, PA at age 47 3 4
  • Buried: 7 Dec 1940, Sharpsburg: Greenwood Cemetery, Allegheny, PA, USA 3 4

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He has conflicting birth information of 30 Aug 1893 and Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 1

2. Newspaper: Lebanon Semi-Weekly News: Two Soldier Took War Brides At Mt. Gretna, 7 Jul 1916, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 2 Two soldiers claimed "war" brides at Mt. Gretna on Saturday, both ceremonies being performed by Rev. H. N. Bassler, of Harrisburg, chaplain of the Eighth regiment. The couples made hurried trips to this city and lifted licenses after the usual Saturday noon closing hour. They were George E. Snyder, tinner, son of George E. Snyder, and Miss Millie B. Boyles, daughter of David Boyles, both of Carlisle, and John D. O'Connell, son of Daniel O'Connell, of 26 Arbor street, and Miss Francis L. Beecher, daughter of James R. Beecher, of 1875 Lincoln avenue, both of Pittsburgh. Snyder is an Eighth regiment solider, while O'Connell belongs to the ambulance company.

3. Newspaper: Evening Public Ledger: Another Wedding at Gretna, 8 Jul 1916, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 5 Another Wedding At Gretna
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Fifty Men Clamor to Be Best Man for Pittsburgh Ambulance Sergeant
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MT. GRETNA, Pa., July 8. -- Hail to the latest war bride!
More than fifty men in the 1st Ambulance Corps here clamored for the honor of being best man at the wedding of Sergeant J. D. O'Connell and Miss Leota Beecher, both of Pittsburgh, who were married with military honors this afternoon.
Miss Beecher will be the last war bridge here, according to all predictions. Confetti, tin cans and old shoes were thrown at the bashful and youthful couple. The bridgegroom leaves for El Paso tomorrow.

4. Occupation: soldier on 8 Jul 1916 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 1

5. Residence: 26 Arbor Street, Pittsburgh, Pa on 8 Jul 1916 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 1

6. Military from 9 May 1918 to 20 Aug 1919 in , , PA: MM 2nd CL USNRF 4th NAVL DIST. 4

7. Cause of Death: Durwood died at Veterans Administration Hospital from pachymenigitis, subscute internal hemorrhagic, operation for active peptic ulcers, 4 Dec 1940, O'Hara Township, Allegheny, PA. 3

8. Occupation: labor foreman on 4 Dec 1940 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 3

9. Residence: 308 Sheridan Ave., Pittsburgh, PA on 4 Dec 1940 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 3


John married Leota Frances Beecher, daughter of James R. Beecher and Sarah Bertha Kane, on 8 Jul 1916 in Mount Gretna, Lebanon, PA.1 2 3 The marriage ended in separation. (Leota Frances Beecher was born in Mar 1897 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA,6 died on 4 Mar 1942 in Upper Sainte Clair Twp., Allegheny, PA 7 and was buried on 6 Mar 1942 in Pittsburgh: Cavalry Cemetery, Allegheny, PA 7.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFMS-PGH James R. Beecher in entry for John D. O'Connell and Francis L. Beecher, 08 Jul 1916; citing Mount Gretna, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 21472.

2 <i>Lebanon Semi-Weekly News</i> (Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.), 7 Jul 1916, page 2. Marriage of Daniel O'Connell and Francis L. Beecher.

3 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 109382. Durwood O'Connell. Father Daniel O'Connell born in Ireland. Mother Elizabeth Duncan born in Scotland. Spouse Frances Beecher.

4 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26602898.

5 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 8 Jul 1916, page 2. Wedding of J. D. O'Connell and Leota Beecher.

6 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MS1R-JT7 Sarah Beecher in entry for James Beecher, 1900.

7 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 23477. Leota Frances O'Connell. Father James Beecher. Mother Sarah Kane.



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