1850 USA census (6 Aug 1850) - Lisbon, Saint Lawrence, NY:
Andrew Oneil abt 1822 New York
Mary L Oneil abt 1822 New York
James Oneil abt 1847 New York
Andrew Oneil abt 1848 New York
Mary Oneil abt 1850 (2 months) New York
1860 USA census (16 Aug 1860) - Lisbon, Saint Lawrence, NY:
Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate Personal Estate Birthplace
Andrew Oneil 36 M Farmer 9600 1700 New York
Adaline Oneil 30 F New York
James Oneil 13 M New York (Attended school within year)
Andrew J Oneil 11 M New York (Attended school within year)
Mary Oneil 10 F New York (Attended school within year)
William Oneil 5 M New York (Attended school within year)
Alice Oneil 4 F New York
Mary Willson 23 F Farm Domestic Ireland
Robert Lenon 21 M Farm Laborer Ireland
Mary Holliston 66 F Farm Domestic - 1300 Scotland
Mary Hunter 12 F Canada
1870 USA census - Lisbon, Saint Lawrence, NY:
Name Estimated birth year Birthplace
Andrew Oneill abt 1823 New York
Adaline Oneill abt 1831 New York
James Oneill abt 1848 New York
William H Oneill abt 1855 New York
1880 USA census:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
James O NEILL Self M Male W 32 NY Lawyer NY NY
Marian O NEILL Wife M Female W 22 ME Keeping House ME ME
Ernest O NEILL Son S Male W 3 WI NY ME
Census Place Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin
Family History Library Film 1255419
NA Film Number T9-1419
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1900 USA census - Neillsville , Clark, Wisconsin:
James Oneill abt 1847 New York White Head
Martha Oneill abt 1859 Maine White Wife
Ernest Oneill abt 1878 Wisconsin White Son
Marian Oneill abt 1883 Wisconsin White Daughter
1910 USA census - Neillsville Ward 2, Clark, WI:
James Oneill abt 1848 New York Head
Marian R Oneill abt 1858 Maine Wife
Marian Oneill abt 1883 Wisconsin Daughter
1920 USA census - city, Clark, Wisconsin:
James Oneill abt 1850 New York race Head
Marion Oneill abt 1860 Maine race Wife
Wisconsin, Men of Progress in 1897
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O'NEILL, James, a resident of Neillsville and judge-elect of the Seventeenth Judicial circuit, was born at Lisbon, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., Sept 3d, 1847. His father, Andrew O'Neill, a farmer by occupation, is also a native of Lisbon, and resides there still. His grandfather, also Andrew O'Neill, the first settler in the town of Lisbon, was born in Shanes Castle on the banks of Lake Neag, in the north of Ireland. Andrew O'Neill, the father of the Judge, is a Republican, was collector of customs in Lisbon for sixteen years, is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and has a most honorable record as a good man and a public-spirited citizen. Judge O'Neill's mother, Mary Holliston, was born near Ogdensburg, N. Y., and died in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1852.. Her parents were both from Berwickshire, Scotland. His paternal grandMOTHER's maiden name was Armstrong, and her nationality English.
James O'Neill had his rudimentary education in the common schools of his native town, and began teaching a district school when fifteen years of age and taught several terms. In 1863, at the age of sixteen years, he entered St. Lawrence University, at Canton, N. Y., and was a student therein for three years in all, dropping out occasionally to teach school and earn part of the money necessary to enable him to pursue his studies. In 1868 he entered Cornell University as a sophomore, and
graduated therefrom in June, 1871, in the full classical course. While in the university he was editor of the Cornell Era one year, and member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. From 1870 to 1871 he was principal of the Ogdensburg Academy.
Entering the Albany law school in 1872, he graduated in 1873, and came to Wisconsin in September following, on a visit to his uncle, James O'Neill, at Neillsville, who was its first settler, he having located there in 1844, represented the county in the state assembly in 1849 and 1868, and died in 1880. At the earnest solicitation of his uncle, the young man concluded to make his home in Neillsville, opened an office there from the practice of the law, and there he was remained since, steadily pursuing his professional work, first alone, then with H. W.. Sheldon from 1877 to 1879, and again alone until 1890, when Spencer M. Marsh became his partner, under the firm name of O'Neill & Marsh.
Judge O'Neill's political record has been that of a consistent and earnest Republican, and an honorable worker for what he believes to be the best public policy. He was a member of the lower houses of the legislature in 1885, was appointed district attorney of Clark county, by Gov. Rusk in 1887, and elected to the same office in the following year by the largest majority received by anyone on the ticket. In 1888 he was a delegate to the Republican national convention, and was the Republican candidate for attorney-general in 1890 and 1892, but the party was defeated in those years, and he suffered de feat with it. He was a candidate for judge of the Seventeenth circuit in 1891, but was defeated by W. F. Bailey, who had a majority of 512. He was again a candidate for the same position in April, 1897, and was elected by a plurality of 5412, one of his opponents being Win. F. Bailey, who was successful four years before in the contest for the same office. Judge O'Neil carried every county in the circuit, and the endorsement by the press of his candidacy and of his eminent fitness for the office both as regarded character and ability were unqualified and enthusiastic.
The Judge was baptized and brought up in the Episcopal church—the church of his father. He was married June 6th, 1876, to Marian Robinson of Neillsville, and two children have been born to them—a son, Ernest, twenty years old, now in the state university, and a daughter, Marian, fourteen years of age.
Obit: O'Neill, James (1847 - 1929)
Posted By: Stan
Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2004, at 6:37 a.m.
Surnames: O'NEILL HOLISTON ROBINSON CALWAY SPARROWHAWK
---------Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 06/13/1929
--------- O'Neill, James (3 SEP 1847 - 10 JUN 1929)
On Monday morning, June 10, 1929 at 6:20 o'clock, the long, useful and interesting life of Judge James O'Neill closed on earth. About two years ago his friends began to notice a slight decline in his physical strength, as it seemed difficult for him to take the active exercise of former days. He complained of shortness of breath when walking up hill to his home. As time went on the difficulty gradually increased, and during the past fall and winter he rarely came down to his office. His general health, however, seemed unimpaired, all organs of his body except his heart, seeming to function perfectly, the weakness of the heart action apparently causing the shortness of breath. With the coming of spring he got out of doors again, and only a little over two weeks before his death, he was down on the street visiting with friends. It was evident, however, to those who watched him closely, that he was slowly failing. On Sunday, two weeks before his death, he was taken out for a ride and on his return seemed quite exhausted; from then on to the close, he remained most of the time in bed. He continued conscious and clear of mind until Sunday, and even to the last seemed to recognize members of his family at the bedside.
James O'Neill was born in Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., Sept. 3, 1847, making him 81 years, 9 months and 7 days old at his death. He was the son of Andrew and Mary (Holiston) O'Neill. His grandparents on his father's side were the first settlers in the Lisbon township and the old farm where he first settled is still owned by his descendants. On this farm Judge O'Neill lived as a boy and attended the district school. At the age of 15 he began to teach school, later entering Lawrence University at Canton, N. Y., where he attended for three years; then he taught school again. In 1868, before he was 21, he won a scholarship in a competitive examination, to enter the newly organized Cornell University, and entered that institution as a sophomore. Here he distinguished himself as a scholar and debater. He left college in the fall of 1870 to become principal of Ogdensburg High School, meanwhile continuing his studies by himself, so that he graduated with his original class at Cornell in the summer of 1871. He was a charter member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Cornell, and all his future life maintained a great interest in this fraternity. At the university he enjoyed the privilege of instruction under men of the faculty, who were then famous, among them the president, Andrew D. White, James Russell Lowell, Louis Agassiz, Bayard Taylor, George William Curtiss and others. In his graduating class were a number of men who later became prominent in public life, four of them becoming members of the Supreme Court in New York. The atmosphere of his home community seemed favorable to the development of scholars and statesmen, out of St. Lawrence County coming at that time such men as Secretary of State Kellogg; Ex-Mayor Eustis, the famous philanthropist of Minneapolis; Irving Bacheller, the noted author, and many others. Contact with the men he met at college and in the home community developed the talents and ambitions of James O'Neill. After graduating from Cornell he entered the office of James McNaughton, a famous lawyer at Ogdensburg, and studied for some time. He then entered Albany Law School, receiving his degree in Law in 1873. His uncle, James O'Neill Sr., who was founder of Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., was then a prominent man of affairs here and he invited his nephew and namesake to come west and visit him.
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In ?, 6, 1876 he was married to Miss Marian Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Robinson, pioneers of Weston Rapids, an early village north of Neillsville. To them were born two children, Ernest Andrew, who died Oct. 5, 1905, a young man of 28; and Marian, Mrs. F. D. Calway of Neillsville. Besides his wife and daughter, Judge O'Neill leaves one sister, Mrs. George W. Sparrowhawk on the old home farm in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. and one brother, William H. O'Neill, in the village of Lisbon, N.Y.
Funeral services will be held at the F. D. Calway home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. G. W. Longenecker, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiating.
Article in the Canton Commercial Advertisor Tuesday 13 October 1942 Page 4
Mrs. Sparrowhawk Passes at Age of 92 ..
Mrs. Sparrowhawk had another brother, James O’Neill, a member of the class of 1871 of St. Lawrence University, but who transferred to Cornell, taking his B. A. degree in 1871 and his law degree from Union College in 1878, James O’Neill took up his practice in Neilsville, Wis., and had one of the most successful careers of any of the young men leaving St. Lawrence County for a generation. James O’Neill was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, he served as district attorney of Clark County with distinction, and circuit judge of Wisconsin from 1898 to 1922, a period of twenty-four years. It is recalled that a young lawyer, Harleigh Sheldon, a graduate of St. Lawrence University in 1873, who studied law in the office of Sawyer & Russell of Canton, went to Neilsville in the seventies and became a law partner of James O’Neill. Harleigh Sheldon married, Ida Sherman, a daughter of Dr. R. R. Sherman of Canton and they made their home In Neilsville. To them a son was born, Robert Sheldon, now a resident of Canton. Harleigh died in 1879 and his father-in-law went to Neilsville and brought his body to Canton for burial in Evergreen.