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Michael O'Shea (1831 - 1886)

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Michael O'Shea
Born in Cork, Irelandmap
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Died in Rossie, St. Lawrence, New York, United Statesmap
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Born 1831 Cork, Ireland. [1]

Died Cause: of drowing. 21 APR 1886. Rossie, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. Note: Michael O'Shea  .                                Gouverneur FreePress. Gouverneur St. Lawrence County N.Y. Wednesday April 28, 1886. Michael O'Shea, 60 years of age came up missing in Rossie last week. Wednesday. His hat and kerosene oil can were found on the shore of the Indian river, leading to the supposition that he was drowned. Saturday, parties were dragging the river near Dayton's rapids in search of the body. Mr. O'Shea was a tailor, and sometimes indulged in a little too much drink. The body was recovered Saturday night..


Note: The Michael O'Shea Family. 2 by: Phyllis Rebecca (Sayer) Cory. 2 Michael O'Shea was born in Cork Ireland in 1831. Michael was a tailor, his brothers, John and James were Lawyers. They sailed to New York. (I do not know the date, maybe I will be able to find it and then I will add it at a later date.) Where John and James got Michael drunk and took the deeds to castle and lands and went back to Ireland and sold them. 2 When they returned to New York they practiced law and helped the Irish emigrants. This I learned when I went to Ireland. I had known that they practiced law and that my great grandfather had not gotten the money from the sale of the property. 2 The Mac Cumbers were merchants in New York and traded up country to Canada. They had come to the country from Scotland. Rufas F. Mac Cumber was born in Scotland, June 11, 1802 and died Sept 2, 1877 age 75 years 3 months. He was married twice. His second wife was Pulchara Jaquay. I believe that they were born in Scotland. Pulchara was born on January 26, 1807 and died in 1831. They had five girls. I do not know when they came to the United States. I do have the birth dates;. 2 Marcy Melissa Mac Cumber born January 15, 1826. 2 Lucy Lucretin Mac Cumber born August 31, 1827. 2 Ama Alvira Mac Cumber born June 1, 1829 in New Bremon, NY. 2 Olive Orilla Mac Cumber born October 19, 1831. 2 Pulchara Alice Mac Cumber born December 19, 1836. 2 Putchara died in child birth on December 19, 1836. I do have the birthplace of Ama, it was New Brenion, NY. She died in Edwards, New York in 1898 and was living with my grandfather when she died. 2 Rufas might have lived with Michael. I found the grave stone in 1986 in the cemetery in Rossie, NY. On the stone is inscribed "September. 75 yrs. 3 mo. Buried by his son-in-law Michael O'Shea.". I remember some interesting stories. 2 Michael was a tailor and came to the north country. It was being settled very rapidly. The land in that section of the country was once the hunting camp- of Joseph Bonaparte. It had been subdivided by his sons. In the north section, the land belonged to jai-mes E. Le Ray F)e Chaumont and Champlain. 2 The land now known as St. Lawrence and Jefferson Countries was succeeded by a treaty Peter Penet from the Oneida Indians in 1788. Macomb, was the largest grant of land ever made by the State of New York to a citizen. It was known as Macomb's purchase. It was granted to Alexander Macomb on June 22, 1791. It embraced three million, six hundred and ninety three thousand, seven hundred and fifty five (3, 693,755) acres of land laying in the countries of Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Herkermer, and Oswego. 2 In April of 1782, Macomb made an application to the Legislature for all the vacant land between the St. Lawrence River and ????, offering eight pence per acre. This proposal was rejected in consequence of its extent "and because it contained lands joining old patents and forts too great a proportion of water communication. " He again made an application in the following May, the extent being reduced, which was accepted. 2 I think this is important to understand where the people and information come from that live in that part of the country. For they keep mentioning the "Macomb Purchase". 2 I have found that the Mac Cumbers were merchants in New York City and they are mentioned in articles on trade in the north country. 2 To make an interesting story, I am going to say the O'Shea brothers had been asked to a party, where, Michael liking his "nip", had to much and the brothers took the deeds and left the country for Ireland. I believe that John and James had found out that the property in Ireland had increased by about 7% and felt it was a good time to go back and sell. 2 I was told that my grandfather got none of the money. I suppose he had gone north by the time they returned from Ireland. 2 Michael was told about all the new development in the northern part of the state and went with some of the merchants up to Sterlingville. He meet one of the merchant's daughters or niece, Amy Alvier MacCumber, and fell in love with her. 2 Michael O'Shea married Amy Alvier MacCumber in 1855. They settled in Sterlingville. Their first four children were born there. 2 - John O'Shea born March 16, 1851 in Sterlingville. He died in Edwards. 2 - Cornelious O'Shea born April 8, 1853 in Sterlingville. 2 - James Henry O'Shea born March 23, 1855 in Sterlingville, and died in Edwards on April 2, 1926. He was married in Redwood in February 1878. 2 - Conchessa O'Shea was born August 8, 18nn in Sterlingville, died in Edwards on March 1, 1930. She married Joseph Dulack. 2 Rossie is also in upstate New York, a community at the south end of Black Lake in St. Lawrence Country. 2 I suppose from the stories that I have heard, that business was not good. Rossie had developed very rapidly and Michael and Amy moved there in hopes of making a better living. There were large Muskelung fish being caught in Black Lake and transported to Ogdensburg to be salted and shipped. There was several kinds of ore discovered, lumbering, and fishing in the area. Rossie was a busy place on a large lake. 2 That is where the other four children were born. 2 - Agness O'Shea was born Rossie in 1865 and died in 1935. Agness married Wallace O'Shea. When he passed away, she married Mr. Hayes. They had nine girls. 2 - Lucy O'Shea was born in Rossie. She married Mr. McKee. They had three boys, Glen, Willard, and Freddie. 2 - Margaret O'Shea was born in Rossie. She married Mr. Watson. They had one girl and three boys. She was married twice. 2 - Rosanna O'Shea was born in Rossie and died in Monteque. She married Amos Campbell. They had three children: James who married Hazel Wood, Carrie who married Edwin Belinger (they had four children, I think), and Amos who married Florence Crabtree (they had one boy, James). 2 Rosanna marred a second time to William Curtis. They had two children, Genevieve and Harold. 2 As I mentioned before, Michael enjoyed his strong drink and many a trip to the pub. 2 They lived in a house near town, but they had to cross a creek to get to town. James went to school to the fourth grade and started work when he was twelve. 2 I remember my mother telling stories of her sisters and brothers going to parties and dances. She said that both the Flemmings and the O'Sheas had twins in their families and the twins married twins. 2 I have been able to find things out about everyone but Cornelious. Mother said that he left home and went down into the southern part of New York State. A few years ago, I had a customer that came into the store and my mother was there. The customer was very surprised, because she said that my mother looked just like her mother. Her name is Murray and she came from Painted Post, New York. She was a descendent of Cornelious. 2 Michael was always a very happy man in appearance. He always enjoyed playing jokes on people. He would work all night sowing while singing all the time. One of the songs my Grandfather remembered him singing was "Red Flannel Petticoat". He would dance the Irish Jig on a china dinner plate, he was so light on his feet. 2 If a person, bum or tramp, came to the door of the house and asked for help, he would not be turned away. He would be given a meal and a place to sleep, many times with the boys. Great Grandmother Amy, seemed to be always cleaning up lice and bed bugs. 2 Grandmother Amy had a hard life and found it very hard to keep things in order with such a big hearted husband. You must remember that the water had to be carried from a creek or well. Cooking was done on an open fire place or outside in summer. The toilet was in back of the house, several feet away. In winter, it was not heated and often snowed inside. One bathed in a wash tub, with more than one using the same bath water, since it had to be carried in a pail from the creek or well and heated in a kettle. 2 They were very poor, Grandfather had not gotten any of the money from tile Irish land. James told of not having shoes to wear to school and raping his feet in rags. The weather there is very cold in winter. 2 Michael lived next to Mrs. Murphy, her grave is also in Rossie, and she was a Sicket. When he went to the pub the day he died, it was raining and cloudy. He said to Mrs. Murphy that it was cloudy, she responded that the biggest cloud was in his head and he should not got to the pub that day. 2 He was found face down in the creek the next day. No one ever knew the cause, supposedly drowned. 2 Amy stayed with James and Mary Jane after Michael died so my mother knew her well. I have a picture of her and my mother when she was sixteen. She would set by the kitchen stove and when she wanted to smoke her little clay pipe, she would go outside to the toilet. 2 I have a book that is filled with information on the history of Edwards, "Edwards on the Oswegotchie", 1812 to 1876. 2 The New York Central railroad, April 1893 to September 1967, was built to handle zinc and cheese. The Ackerman Hotel at Trout Lake hired a bus during the Summer Season to meet all the passenger trains. 2 Zinc ore was discovered at Edwards by T.M. Williams, a geologist traveling for Pilling & Crane, of Philadelphia, PA. When ridding on a Trout Lake bus, he noted a projecting rock that tile wagon wheel hubs were scraping against. He got a sample of the rock and found a small percentage of the ore. On the chance of a real strike, he was authorized to sink a 125 foot shaft, which showed a small percentage of zinc. After a few years, Mr. Williams was out of it and their was founded a company known as "The Northern Ore Company".

Buried AFT 21 APR 1886. Rossie, St. Lawrence, New York, United States.

File Format: jpg. Grave Stone of Michael O'Shea. PHOTO Scrapbook: Y.


  1. Source: #S77 Page
  • Source: S77 Census 1870 TID 0 Footnote Census 1870 ShortFootnote Census 1870 Bibliography Census 1870 Page The 1870 census lists a Conchesse, age 38 living in the home. It lists Michael's occupation as a taylor.

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