Note: Biography of James Henry O'Shea. 2 by: Olive Cecilia (O'Shea) Sayer. 2 James Henry O'Shea was born in Stirlingville on March 23, 1855. His parents were very poor people. His father Michol O'Shea came from Cork Ireland and married Amy McCumber of New Bremon. He went to school four years and had a very good education in reading and arithmetic for that day and age. 2 He was about 12 years old when he went to work for a farmer. They cut wood. He had no shoes so did his feet in what ever they could get. 2 At the age of 16 years he went to work on the ore head and in the next year he and his brother in law took a job opening a mine. He boarded with a woman named Mrs. Murphy. 2 He married Mary Jane Fleming, February 1878, at Redwood, Father Brown officiating. He was 23 years old and she was 21. 2 They moved to Rossie and he took a job hauling fish to Ogdensburg. It was a long trip with many dangers. He always carried a lantern as the panthers were very numerous. They would smell the fish and follow along the ridges for miles. When he would leave home he had to go through woods and he would be followed by the panthers. As long as he had a. lantern they would not molest him. There was many anxious hours for the ones at home. 2 In 1879, November 4, they had a baby boy named Eugene Agustus, on February 14, 1881, a girl named Genevieve Agnus, and on January 18, 1884 another girl named Grace Helen. That year they moved to Edwards into a house at the top of Eastman Hill. The Following year they moved into the Rushtion House at the foot of the hill. On November 9, 1886 another girl was born and they named her Olive Cecilia. 2 He had taken a job as mine superintendent at Talc Hill. There was John O'Shea, James O'Shea, and a brother in law, Joseph Dulack working there. It was a very rough place. They had Canadians who could not speak English and some very tough customers, Blackburns, and more like them. 2 He had to drive 15 miles from the mines to Gouverneur to get the pay for the men. They were always waiting for him, many times drunk and demanding. They would come to the house and demand their money all times of the night. Some of the neighbors would watch to see that they didn't harm him. 2 In 1888, they moved over into the main village of Edwards, into the Mc Cargon place on the corner of Factory and Main Street. The school house and M. E. Church was across the street. In the year 1890, they bought the Rickmire home and after he retired from the mines, he bought out the Edwards Hardware Store. He sold out in 1903. 2 He had cataracts and had an operation in Ogdensburg. It was not too successful. Then it was the stomach and he was in eight different times for eyes and cancers. He passed away on April 2, 1926 and was laid to rest in the Old Cemetery at Edwards.
Residence 1915 Edwards, St. Lawrence, New York, United States.
Buried Edwards, St. Lawrence, New York, United States.
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