Family: O’Connor Currans/Cordal


Brian 'Maurice Brian' O'Connor Gortloss, has great research material on the Irish aspect of the O'Connor Family Ancestry. Brian's work is captured and represented here. 

Charles O'Connor GL0 who was born in Roscommon and who married Ms Baily and lived and farmed 200 acres at Farrandoctor, Currans is the first O'Connor listed in the O'Connor Ancestry. There are four GL1 Sons: Paddy, John 'Sean-Bui', Daniel and Denis, listed in that family. There is little captured on GL1 Daniel and GL1 Denis. Both GL1 Paddy and GL1 John 'Sean-Bui' have 8 children each listed in their respective families. Two O'Connor brothers married two O'Sullivan-Ulick's sisters. For more, refer below including GL1 Family Tree diagrams for GL1 Paddy and GL1 John 'Sean-Bui' O'Connor. Listed below also are details for some GL2 family Ancestry also.

GL0 Charles O'Connor, it is documented as having originated in Roscommon. This Ancestry is yet to be precisely determined. However the Familiar O'Connor Christian names are prevalent there as per the document below. 
HERE:   PEDIGREE of The O'Connors of Roscommon. 
HERE:   Re: Clonalis House, Castlerea, County Roscommon, The ancestral home of the O'Connor Don, who is a direct descendant of the last High King of Ireland, Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair.

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Generation Level Zero – GL0 Family Tree: Charles O’Connor & Ms Baily O’Connor

GL0: Charles O'Connor & Ms Baily O'Connor

Generation Level 1- GL1 Family Tree: John ‘Sean Bui’ O’Connor & Margaret ‘Peggy’ Kenny

GL1 John 'Sean-Bui' O'Connor & Marg 'Peggy' Kenny

GL1 John 'Sean-Bui' O'Connor & Marg 'Peggy' Kenny

Generation Level 1- GL1 Family Tree: Paddy O’Connor & Ms OSullivan Ulick’s & Ms Lyne

GL2 Family Tree: Daniel & Mary Behane O'C

Generation Level 2 – GL2 Family Tree: Charlie Paddy O’Connor & Ms Alice Evans

GL2 Charles 'Paddy' & Alice Evans O'Connor

Generation Level 2 – GL2 Family Tree: Daniel & Mary Behane O’Connor (NewZealand)

Thanks to Paddy Franklin, Auckland, NZ for all the incredible ancestral information regarding the O'Connor Families in NZ. Appreciated Paddy & Thank You!

GL2: Daniel 'Paddy' & Mary Behane O'Connor

GL2: Daniel 'Paddy' & Mary Behane O'Connor

Generation Level 2 – GL2 Family Tree: Maurice Paddy O’Connor & Ms Catherine Behan Listowel

Descendant of Maurice Paddy -  Peter O'Connor NZ visited Kerry on Oct 6th 2018. Thanks to Peter for sharing some lovely stories about his Ancestors and for providing fabulous ancestral nuggets regarding O'Connor Families in both NZ and here in Kerry. Thanks to Peter's information we have added to our ancestral data regarding Maurice Paddy - as captured below. Some inaccuracies have also been amended - again with thanks again to Peter's information.
(Any additional information or errors you notice etc - please advise via the contact form at the base of the Home Page. Thank You.)
In time, hopefully we will capture many of Peter's lovely stories and share those with you here.

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GL2: Maurice Paddy & Catherine Behane O'Connor

Story: O’Connor, Moffatt & Co, San Fran .GL2 Bryan O’Connor, Son of GL1 John Sean-Bui & Mgt ‘Peggy Kenny’ O’Connor.

GL2 Catherine 'Kate' O'Connor, daughter to GL1 John 'Sean-Bui' O'Connor and Margaret 'Peggy' Kenny Md David or 'Dave Dave' Fleming CurraCity circa 1858/59.

Catherine's brother, GL2 Bryan O'Connor B1841/42 son of  John 'Sean-Bui' O'Connor and Margaret 'Peggy' Kenny immigrated to San Francisco via Australia & New York. He was one of the founders of O'Connor, Moffatt, Kean Co. The store opened first in 1860 at 2nd & Market Sts. and then moved to South side of Post St. bet. Kearny & Grant Ave. The business Macy's West was established in San Francisco, California in 1866 as O'Connor, Moffatt, Kean Co. (Check Wiki) at Second & Market Streets, eventually moving into several buildings on south Post Street, between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street, where it rebuilt after surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. On Aug 28th 1887 Bryan died aged 45 of Bright's Disease . The previous day, he had complained of feeling unwell and late that evening went home. His condition deteriorated. About twenty minutes before he died he  signed a will bequeathing all his property to his wife. The house of O'Connor & Moffatt was the largest in the city of San-Francisco in the line of 'dry & fancy foods'. His wife Mary Josephine 'Jane' Costello O'Connor, who came from Rathkeale, died three years afterwards. Aged 52, she died on Memorial Day, May 30, 1890 in a terrible railroad train accident that occurred on the Webster Street Bridge which led to the death of at least 13 passengers. The train, carrying people from the ferry from San Francisco towards Oakland hurtled through the open Webster Street draw and plunged into San Antonio Creek. (Read more on this tragedy below) Having no surviving children ( Both daughters died as infants) the business was liquidated. The sum generated was enormous (Circa $700,000/$800,000 then). A share was repatriated to Ireland and shared among Bryan's siblings (Sisters: Catherine Fleming, Mary Scanlon, Margaret Scanlon, Hannah Brosnan [Lived in Australia] & Brothers Patrick & Maurice).  In 1928, the company, by then known as O'Connor, Moffat & Co., commissioned a new location at 101 Stockton Street. R.H. Macy & Company, New York, New York acquired O'Connor Moffatt in 1945 and on October 16, 1947 renamed the store Macy's San Francisco. Macy's followed up with a major expansion of the store at 170 O'Farrell Street in 1948, using the original architect of the 1928 building, Louis Parson Hobart. The rest as they say, is History.

Tomb Bryan O'Connor, Holy Cross Cemetry.

RestingPlace:  Bryan & Mary O'Connor, Holy Cross Cemetery California, USA.



Click Below for more information on Bryan & Mary Jane 'Costello' O'Connor
About the Life & Death of Bryan & Mary Jane Costello O'Connor, San Francisco. An Incredible Life Story.

HERE   O'Connor Moffatt  Store Front, Van Ness Avenue. Temporary location of O'Connor, Moffatt & Co. 1906.
HERE   or Click on the image to read where Bryan O'Connor is buried.
HERE   Sample Advertisement for O'Connor, Moffat & Co.
HERE  Obituaries: Bryan & Mary ‘Costello’ O’Connor, San Fran USA.

Webster Street Bridge Disaster (1890) - The Oakland Train Tragedy
On Memorial Day, May 30, 1890 a terrible railroad train accident occurred on the Webster Street Bridge which led to the death of 13 passengers including Mary Jane Costello O'Connor, wife of Bryan O'Connor, of O'Connor, Moffatt & Co . The train, carrying people from the ferry from San Francisco towards Oakland hurtled through the open Webster Street draw and plunged into San Antonio Creek (i.e., the estuary).
Front page account of the disaster - The San-Francisco Chronicle May 31st 1890. ( When the page loads - click on the image to magnify).
Wiki account - Webster Street Bridge Disaster (1890) - Oakland - LocalWiki
Click Here  
California Disasters, 1812-1899: Firsthand Accounts of Fires, Shipwrecks ...(By William B. Seacrest)
Click Here for more.


Scanlon Woodlands

Two Scanlon brothers (A&B), sons of Bartholomew Scanlon married two O’Connor sisters (Daughters of John 'Sean-Bui' & Margaret Kenny)
A) Bartholomew ‘Batt’ Scanlon and Margaret O’Connor. 
B) James 'Batt' Scanlon and Mary O’Connor. Md 1845.

Story: Daniel ‘Paddy & New Zealand.

Sons of Daniel Paddy & Mary Behane O'Connor

GL3: Sons of Daniel Paddy & Mary Behane O'Connor

Thanks to Paddy Franklin, Auckland NZ, a descendant of Daniel Paddy and Mary Behane.
Paddy is responsible for the research and compilation of this truly magnificent material regarding Daniel Paddy. She has kindly shared some fabulous pictures and stories on our relatives also.  This page contains some of Paddy's research material. Appreciated Paddy & Thank you.

Read more about The O'Connor Clan New Zealand: Click HERE: Towsey Tales by Julian Toswey (Copyright 2013) A NZ Descendant of Daniel-Paddy & Mary Behane O'Connor. Re Daniel-Paddy & Mary Behane, Patrick-Daniel (Circa 1870), Timothy B & Family (Circa 1911), Josephine-Cooper(Nee O'Connor) 1913 & Towsey Tales. Great Read. Strong language!
Read more about The O'Connor Clan New Zealand: CLICK HERE:
Including: There are a couple of the descendants of Daniel and Mary Behane O'Connor who are good rugby players including Sam O’Connor who played a number of games for the Wallabies in recent years. A son of GL2 Daniel Paddy & Mary Behane O'Connor - GL3 Timothy Beehane O'Connor (TB Pictured Back Row RHS - Born Jan 19 1860 at Kilcusnan, D1936 NZ - Sponsors: Nano O’Connor & Patrick O’Connor), Timothy was a member of the first NZ International Rugby Team (Now considered The All Blacks).

'' “Tim” has been actively identified with athletic sport ever since he has been in Auckland.  In 1893 he was a member of the New Zealand athletic team that went to Australia, and he personally won the shot putting and hammer throwing events.  As a footballer, Tim was long a tower of strength to New Zealand in general and Auckland in particular.  He was a member of the first N.Z. team that toured Australia in 1884, was captain of the Auckland team that beat Stoddart’s English combination in 1888, besides playing in other matches “The O’Connor Clan.”  innumerable.  He has also been prominent in rowing circles, and is still a member of the Waitemata Rowing Club. '' Extract “The O’Connor Clan.”  From The Observer, Saturday March 6, 1909.

After the 1884' tour he came back to resume his club rugby for the Auckland club. He stuck with Auckland up until he played his last year of rugby for Ponsonby. After one season for Ponsonby O'Connor then served for a few years on the Ponsonby committee before turning his attention to the now defunct City club (which had basically taken over the Auckland club's area) and served as auditor to that body for many years. O'Connor's talents were not just in rugby, as stated above, he was also a notable field athlete as he won the 1893 Australasian shot put title and three at national level (1891, 1892 and 1897), adding another Australasian title in the hammer throw in 1893.

Timothy has his own Wiki Page Click HERE:
England V Auckland 1888. Match Report. Click HERE:
Where did the 'All Blacks' name and Jersey come from ? What is the origin of the Silver Fern? Click HERE:

Suitable Plaque: The Kilcusnan, Co. Kerry, All-Black, Timothy O’Connor’s great grandnephew, Peter O’Connor visited Castleisland and Kilcusnan in April 2015. Castleisland R F C members are in the process of organising the erection of a suitable plaque to commemorate Timothy O Connor in the near future.
Click HERE to Read More in the Maine Valley Post Article by Maurice Walsh.

Re: Joseph Astbury Warbrick - All Black Legend: One of the stars of that same Auckland side playing along-side Timothy B O’Connor - was the All Black legend Joe A Warbrick. Originally from the small Bay of Plenty settlement of Matatā, Joe came to the attention of the Auckland selectors in 1877 when as a 15-year-old playing for Ponsonby he regularly potted dropped goals from halfway – in bare feet. Born on 1 January 1862 in Rotorua to Englishman, Abraham Warbrick and his Maori wife Nga Karauna Paerau, Joseph Astbury Warbrick was one of five children (four sons and a daughter). After his mother passed away, his father's second marriage to Harina, cousin of his deceased wife produced seven more half-brothers and sisters. Four of his brothers - Alfred, Arthur, Frederick and William - were also very good rugby players and played alongside Joe on the 1888 New Zealand Natives tour. He remains New Zealand’s youngest first-class rugby player. Warbrick was selected for the first New Zealand representative team in 1884. Joe married Harriet Burt and had one daughter, Orini Rosa Warbrick (married name Anderson). He later became a tour guide in the geyser fields of Rotorua. Geyser tourism had been given a major boost in 1900 when the Waimangu (‘black water’) geyser burst into life. It was the largest geyser recorded anywhere in the world between 1900 and 1904. In August 1903, it exploded unexpectedly, killing Warbrick and a party of three tourists. After his tragic death his wife Harriet married William Lees and had three sons Sydney (Toss), Ronald and Maurice (Mo), all of them fine athletes. William Lees was the nephew of another member of the 1884 international rugby team, Timothy Behane O'Connor. (The ‘Nephew’ was the son of Timothy B O’Connor’s sister Catherine ‘Kate’ Maud O’Connor – Kate married Thomas Frederick Lees and ther Son William John Lees B1884 married Harriet)


Generation Level 3 – GL3 Family Tree: Bryan ‘Bryan-Patrick-SeanBui’ O’Connor & Bridget Kelliher

GL3 Bryan O'Connor & Bridget Kelliher

GL3 Bryan O'Connor & Bridget Kelliher

Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland:

Courtesy of Paddy Franklin, Auckland, NZ.

Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland:
Daniel and Mary Behane O’Connor’s sons did them proud!  By far the largest monument in the block.  Made of white marble as it hasn’t grown with fungus as granite does.  The main part of the column is over 2m high and there was a cross with a decorative base on top which is broken and has been placed at the base of the monument.  Buried in this area are:

Four brothers, Charles, Jeremiah Daniel, Timothy Beehane, and Maurice are buried in the same family area at Waikumete Cemetery along with their parents, Daniel and Mary O’Connor (nee Behane): Roman Catholic A 7 5-8. Also, Jeremiah and Timothy’s wives, Mary Jane and Helena Agnes, along with Timothy and Helena’s daughter, Margaret Mary Alacoque, and Jeremiah and Mary Jane’s son (only child), Maurice David (died aged 5 yrs.).  Also buried in this plot is a Timothy O’Connor (c.1894-1933), who was a grandson of Daniel snr and Maurice snr’s brother Charles Patrick O’Connor, who came out to NZ in the mid-1920s. 

Not far from this grave is that of Patrick and Maurice O’Connor, sons of Maurice O’Connor and Catherine Behane, and members of their families. O’Connorgrave3 has Patrick’s grave, along with that of his wife, Hannah, and children , William John, Theresa, Catherine, Ellen/Irene/Eileen, Henry Arthur, and Mary - all buried at Waikumete Roman Catholic A 5 10-12.  The writing was pretty hard to photograph/ not distinctive enough to be picked up in the light. Maurice and his wife, Mary Josephine, are buried at Waikumete Roman Catholic A 9 69 (no headstone).

Gallery: Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland: (Pictures & Information courtesy of Paddy Franklin)

Gallery: Daniel Paddy & Mary Behane O’Connor: (Pictures courtesy of Paddy Franklin NZ)

Gallery: Maurice Paddy & Kitty Behane O’Connor: (Pictures courtesy of Pater O’Connor NZ)

Details on Graveyards, Headstones. Obituaries & Remembrances are located in the Documentation Section associated with each respective Family Name.