Geneseo, March 5.--John O'Connor, youngest
of the three Civil War veterans of Geneseo, died yesterday from a
general breakdown from which he had long been suffering. He was
seventy-nine years old.
Mr. O'Connor was prominent in Geneseo for a
full half-century. During much of that time he was one of its Main
street merchants. He was born in Ardee on the Dee River, County
Louth, Ireland, but his father emigrated to LeRoy, N.Y., soon afterwards
and sent for the family, so that most of Mr. O'Connor's schooling
was in this section. Young O'Connor did not have long to go to
school, however, for the Union was in peril, the Federal government
calling loudly for more men, and he and every brother of his of
military age responded to that call.
When he joined Company H, Twelfth New York Cavalry,
John was a stripling of fourteen. He came through the conflict without
injury, but his two brothers fared not so well. Arthur was taken
prisoner and long subjected to semi-starvation at Andersonville prison,
eventually being exchanged and recovering, but Dennis, after passing
through great peril, was killed by an enemy sharpshooter while engage
in peaceful camp duties.
Returning to LeRoy after being mustered out,
Mr. O'Connor took up carpentering and soon moved to Geneseo, his first work
being on Congressman Wadsworth's place. A few years afterwards he bought
a Main street restaurant in Geneseo, and operated it until his
He is survived by a son, Lewis C. O'Connor, Geneseo
law partner of former Attorney-General Charles D. Newton. Mr. O'Connor
is one of the state's deputy-attorney generals. The other children are:
William D. O'Connor, of Rochester; John T. O'Connor, of Buffalo;
Helen L. O'Connor, of Glen Cove, L.I., all of these former Geneseo
residents, as well as fourteen grandchildern and two
great-grandchildren. Mr. O'Connor's wife, who was Miss Catherine McGovern,
of Caledonia, died many years ago. The funeral will be held at St.
Mary's Church, Geneseo at nine o'clock to-morrow morning, Reverend
Edward J. Bayer officiating, with interment at St. Mary's Cemetery.