A German in the Family?!

My grandmother always prided herself on her Irish heritage. As far as anyone knew, she was Irish through and through. Her house was decorated in shades of green, leprechauns and shamrocks scattered the window sills, and an Irish flag hung proudly out front. We grew up hearing stories of how her family was “lace-curtain” Irish and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as the holiest day of the year. She is, unfortunately, no longer with us, but even if she was, I don’t think she would believe me if I told her she had German blood in her (and English too, for the record).

Jemima C. Mumper is my 4xgreat grandmother. She was born in Pennsylvania in about 1826 and was married to Peter A. Magers (this is where the English comes in). Jemima was the daughter of Abraham Mumper, Esq. and Mary Lerew. Abraham’s paternal grandparents were born in Ochsenbach, Baden-Württemberg, in what is now known as Germany. This area is located in south-west Germany, bordering France and Switzerland.

George Michael Mumper, also known as Jerg Michael Momber/Mannber, was born January 23, 1723. He immigrated to the new world in 1751. He married (whether before or after immigrating, I’m not sure) Anna Margretha, who was also born in Ochsenbach in about 1719. Together, they had two children, Michael and Anna Christina. George Michael died February 23, 1807 in Franklin, PA, outliving his wife who died August 15, 1795.

Abraham Mumper’s maternal side of the family are Burkholders, hailing from Switzerland, not far from the German border. I have not done much of my own research into this branch, so I will save this for another day.

But back to the Mumpers…The Mumpers were a prominent family in Pennsylvania, settling in the York county area. They had sizable farms and were involved in local politics and going-ons. Iron ore was discovered less than a mile away from on of the Mumper farms. I’m not going to get into details (mostly because I only skimmed the text) but if you want to read more, see The History of York County Pennsylvania.

The Bogues at New Cathedral

New Cathedral Cemetery, formerly known as Bonnie Brae or just as Cathedral, is a Catholic cemetery located in Baltimore, MD. It is a combination of three different cemeteries: St. Peter’s Kirkyard, Cathedral Cemetery, and St. Patrick’s Cemetery. The earliest interments are from 1770 from St. Peter’s. These were moved to Cathedral in 1816, and then Cathedral moved to a new location once space ran out in 1869 and the name was changed to New Cathedral. St. Patrick’s moved to New Cathedral in 1936.

This is a gorgeous cemetery and very, very large. I could get lost in there.

Many of my Irish ancestors are buried here, including the Bogues.

Below are Henry Bogue, his wife Margaret, and children. All his children are buried either in the same plot or one close by. Here are those graves, minus Henry Bogue Jr. and John.

Henry Bogue Jr. is buried with his wife and family, all in the same plot as his father. Only about half of his children are buried here.

Henry Jr.’s grandchildren, through his son Robert, are also here.

As are Henry Jr.’s wife, Ellen Tracy’s parents and siblings.

New Cathedral does offer genealogical searches through their website. For free, they will look up to see if someone is interred there and where the plot is. They will go into more detail and even take pictures of the grave for a fee. I have not used this service yet as I live close enough to visit, but it will be a good resource in the future to find the plots of those i do not know.

O’Conor Graves (St. Joseph’s, Cockeysville)

A few years ago, I took my first trip to a cemetery to look for my ancestors’ graves, hoping to gain more details into their lives. St. Joseph’s, Cockeysville has a small cemetery next to the parish. I am not sure how active this cemetery is anymore, but it is well maintained and easily accessible; the church and connecting school are still operational. This Catholic church was founded in 1852 in the area known as Texas, Maryland, serving the mainly Irish immigrant population who worked in the nearby limestone quarries (this limestone was used in the building of Washington Monument along with many other national and state buildings). More on the history of Texas can be found here.

This cemetery was the perfect starting off point for my “dead-people hunting” as I lovingly call it. I love old cemeteries, though they do give me the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Its small footprint made it easy to traverse the whole site within a couple hours (with some help from my family). What made it even easier was the unusual surname I was looking for, O’Conor.

O’Conor is not an uncommon name, generally speaking, but the way in which it is spelled is. Within Maryland, I can confidently say that anyone with the last name of O’Conor is almost definitely related to me, as most spell it O’Connor (with two n’s). The name actually started out as Connor when my ancestors first immigrated but decided to change it (that’s a story for another post). Any O’Conors to be found at St. Joseph’s Cemetery were my ancestors.

James O’Conor, his wife, Sarah Farrell, and almost all their children are buried here, with one four-sided marker.

I also found the grave of Margaret Carroll Connor, wife of Patrick Connor. Patrick is the brother of James O’Conor, giving additional proof to the fact that the O’Conors were originally Connors (along with many other pieces of evidence, like census records).

And then there were these plot markers:

There are a few Hugh O’Conors in the family, but my guess is that it is the plot of Hugh O’Conor (1832-abt 1880), the brother of Patrick Connor and James O’Conor.

The O’Conor-Dalton plot is probably that of Thomas J. Dalton (d. 1940), his wife Mary Elizabeth O’Conor (1863-1903), and possibly their family. Mary is the daughter of John O’Conor/Connor (abt. 1825-1912) and Elizabeth Doyle (1840-1890) and the niece of Patrick, James, and Hugh.

Hopefully, in the future, I can revisit this cemetery and go through the graves again with new information I have gained since my last visit. Stay tuned for more about the O’Conor family.

To learn more about those mentioned in this post, visit my family tree http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/15338424/family (you must be a member of Ancestry.com to view it).