The O'Heron Children


Children of M & C O'Heron (ordered by year of death) 
JANET A. DIED DEC 29 1861 AGED 1YR 3MOS 20DYS
CARRIE A. DIED SEPT 13 1871 AGED 18 DAYS
ALICE DIED AUG 16 1873 AGED 4 YRS & 3 MOS
JAMES DIED FEB 15 1875 AGED 6MOS 10DYS
  
The O'Heron monument gives us a glimpse into the tragic timeline of this family. Four children departed within fifteen years of each other -the oldest being four years old, the youngest eighteen days old. The sorrow from the loss of their children is inconceivable. The O'Heron's never got to experience the joys of watching these children grow into adults. As a parent my heart just sank when I began to read the inscriptions on this white bronze monument. Too many of the graves I've visited are that of children who had passed during the nineteen hundreds. All I can say is, I'm grateful for the medical advancements our society has accomplished within the last century and am surprised by how often life is taken for granted.

I was touched when Jon Armstrong the great grand son of Morris and Catherine O'Heron contacted me after reading my post The O'Heron Children. He shared with me information about his families history which I've been given permission to post. Thank you Jon, it was a pleasure learning more about the O'Herons.

Morris O'Heron Sr. was born in Ireland around 1797 and came to Ontario sometime before 1830. His wife Margaret was born in Pelham, Ontario in 1804 and died at Waterford in 1878 and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery.

They had at least two children, Morris Jr. (b. 9 Mar. 1833 d. 19 Mar. 1886 -Jon's great grandfather) and James who was born sometime around 1824 and died at Waterford in 1881.

James wife's name was Jane she is thought to have ran a millinery in Waterford; as the first millinery recorded in 1876 was that owned by Mrs. James O'Heron. It was said that her business was on West Street. Later, the business was owned by Mrs. Mariott and Miss Margaret Watkins.


Morris Jr. was a blacksmith/wagon maker and owner of a livery in Waterford -going south from Alice Street on Auty Street it was the second building on the west side of the street. He is believed to have been  married three times. Although not much is known about his first wife, they had at least two children; William (b. 10 Oct. 1853 d. at Simcoe 27 Feb. 1913) and Margaret (b. 1862 and died in Portland, Oregon in 1930).


The second wife of Morris Jr. was Charlotte Caroline Smith b. 28 Dec. 1835 d. 12 Dec. 1879 at Waterford of "dropsy." In Charlotte's final will she left her son John -who was 2 years old at the time- the following piece of property in Simcoe; "south half of town lot #16 on the west side of Colborne Street North." Children of Morris Jr. and Charlotte Caroline Smith;

Janet A. died 29 Dec. 1861 aged 1 year, 3 months and 20 days.

Josephine Isabelle b. 15 May 1864, Married James Fleming and died 23 Apr. 1954 in Canada

George b. 1865 who not long after Charlotte's death went west.

Alice b. Apr. 1867 d. 15 Aug. 1873

Carrie A. b. 27 Aug. 1871 d. 13 Sept. 1871

James Morris b. 5 Dec. 1874 d. 15 Feb. 1875

Sarah Alberta b. 1875 d. 1962 at Hornell, NY. Married to Howard Schultz.

John Norbert b. 6 Apr. 1877 d. 6 Apr. 1958 at Hornell, NY. (Jon's Grandfather)

Morris Jr. was married a third time to Arabelle Crabb Smith (b. Nova Scotia in 1839). Morris died at Waterford on 19 Mar. 1886 of indigestion and Arabelle died not long after. The family story is that she was found frozen to death at Morris' grave... Although there is no verified account of this happening Jon was told this story many times growing up.

John Norbert O'Heron was orphaned shortly before his eleventh birthday and went to live in Simcoe with his step brother and step sisters families. He enlisted into the British Army and served in the Boer War in South Africa. He later returned to England and married Jon's grandmother, Ethel Jane Murray of Dover. They came to the United States in 1909 and settled in Hornell, NY. They were the parents of three children, Murray, Carolyn and Mary Margaret (Jon's mother).

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