Julian ONeal/ONeill isnot a directrelative in line to me but is a great, great uncle, I believe. However, my cousins and siblingshave always been intrigued by Julian since he died a tragic death(and I later learned his type of death stirred Congress to force the railroads to install the new Westinghouse RR brake systems, which they had been refusing, since it was cheaper to hire a replacement Irish immigrant --this was the first act by Congress to protect workers)and his family certainly had a rough time ofit.
1. Julian's parents were James Bartholomew ONeal and Louisa Schoaley/Schooley.They raised Cleophus.One of James' brotherwas Athanasius ONeal/ONeill which was my g,grandfather.James B.was born in Barr Tswp, Daviess County, and he bought and sold several pieces of land , and was a member initially of St. Marys in Barr Tswp and later of St. Peters in Montgomery
2. JamesBartholomew's parents were James ONeal (b circa 1801, d 1865) and Johanna Fitzgeald(b 1814, m ?, d ?).We do not know where in Ireland James came from--but not for much trying--nor do we know where either of them areburied.We used to think our forebears were too poor to buy a tombstone andJames was most likely buried in an un-marked grave across the road from St. Mary's in Barr Tswp.However, I have done an analysisofland transasctions by the ONeals/ONeills and the next generation should certainly have been able to afford a tombstone for the St. Mary's cemetery--especially James B. since he bought and sold several land parcels for substantial profit.
3. Johanna Fitzgerald's parents were John Fitzgerald b. 1779, d. 1867 and Catherine Crane b. 1787 d.1871. They are both buried in St. Mary's cemetery and the tombstone of John states he was from County Wexford, Ireland.We did some research in Ireland and found a match in the town of Wexford. 4. You asked if Cleophus had a half sister, and I may have a clue.Mollie Auberry died in 1900 and Julian died Sept 10, 1905.The article mentions that Julians wife and child were sent by a special train from Washington to Mitchell, but julian was already dead when they arrived.This means Julian remarried and may have had a child. 6. Cleophus b. Oct 24, 1899 is listed along with James B., Mrs. Mary L., James L., Joseph and Lyman in the St. Peters church registry in 1906. In the 1920 census, Cleophus, listed as age 20, and a grandaughter, is living with James B., Mary L.,a son age 27 but I cannot read the name, and adaughter in law Mary B. ONeill, but I cannot read the age.