John S.O'Neill was born March 25,1880 in Berlin, Ontario. He came to the Vernon area in 1900. He worked on the Coldstream Ranch and logged throughout the valley. He married, Annie Jane Smith, on April 10,1906. They homesteaded on a farm in Salmon River Valley, BC. The road to this farm is called O'Neil road. The spelling is different, but in those days, not much attention was given to proper spelling. During their time in Salmon River, John was a game warden and farmer. John and Annie purchased property on Whitevale Rd. out of Lumby in 1936. This land was previously known as the Johnny Brewer property. John and Annie had 12 children. Their oldest daughter told me, her mother also had 2 infants die shortly after birth. This would bring their total children to 14.
John had one sister who became an actress. Back then she was called a dramatic reader. She acted under the name Teresa Maridor. She sent John a letter dated Dec.16,1910 with a picture of her performing in a dramatic sketch called "The Wildflower". At that time her return address was Boston, Mass. Her husband and her had a performing company called Beauvais, Maridor & Co.
Teresa(Tess to family) was married to Authur Beauvais.
John's brother George(Buster to family & friends), lived near their mother Mary O'Neill, in Jansen, Saskatchewan. Mary's maiden name is not known for sure, but Aunt Jenny believes it was Marygold. It is known through old letters, that Mary's Dads name was George. John wrote his mother often telling of the births of his children, potato crops & weather information. It appears John named his first born after his maternal grandfather, George. Mary O'Neill liked the name George Arthur, but John and Annie opted for George Alexander. It also seems that all of Johns(Jack to family & friends) brothers and sisters names appear in his own childrens names. Unlike many families today, John and Annies children, never met Mary O'Neill or any of their aunts & uncles on their dads side. Marys husband passed away just before John and Annie were married, so there are very few details about him. About the only information passed down was verbal. From this we were able to ascertain that Paddy(John)O'Neill came to Canada when he was 3 yrs. old. He was born in Balleymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.