Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Patrick H. O'Connor




Patrick H. O”Connor was born in March 1842 in Michigan. He married Margaret “Maggie” Tyrrell on 13 July 1875 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan. Maggie was born on 15 August 1935 in Dublin, Ireland; her parents were James and Ann Doyle Tyrrell.


Patrick and Maggie had one daughter:

  1. Margaret “Ann” O'Connor was born 9 or 19 April 1876 in the City of Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Ann married Reuben T. Aldrich on 18 October 1893 by Father L. Hayden at Sacred Heart Church in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. Rueben's parents were George W. and Martha Sterigis Aldrich of Gratiot County, Michigan. Ann died on 29 January 1965 and is buried in Old Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.


In 1880, Patrick, Maggie, and Ann owned and operated 77 acres in Section 4 on Meridian Road which was located on the NE corner of Meridian and Swan Creeks Roads in Lakefield Township. Their neighbors were John Byrnes, C.V. Johnson, David DeBar, Martin Zuber, Colin McDonald, Edmund Lux, George Hockey, and Jacob Lauer.


Patrick was elected or appointed to the following Lakefield Township offices:


  1. Elected Constable on 7 April 1884

  2. Elected Constable on 5 April 1886

  3. Appointed to Board of Review on 14 April 1888

  4. Overseer of Highways Road District # 2 on 2 April 1888

  5. Overseer of Highways Road District # 8 on 7 April 1890

  6. Overseer of Highways Road District # 8 on 6 April 1891

  7. Overseer of Highways Road District # 8 on 4 April 1892

  8. Overseer of Highways Road District # 8 on 1 April 1895

  9. Overseer of Highways Road District # 8 on 6 April 1896

  10. Overseer of Highways Road District # 8 on 5 April 1897


Newspaper Article – Saginaw News, Friday July 21, 1899 – page 4.

Celebrated by a Highly Respected Couple of Lakefield – Their Silver Wedding"

"Merrill, July 21 – (Special) Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O'Connor, of Lakefield, celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary July 13, at their home in Lakefield. There were present beside their numerous friends, their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Aldrich, of Lafayette. Their nieces, Mrs. John Byrne and family, of Lakefield, Miss Anna Tyrrell, of Shiawassee, Mrs. Wm. Scollon and son, of Antrim, Mrs. James Campbell, husband and son, of Owosso. Although the weather was very unfavorable all enjoyed a pleasant time. The presents were very beautiful and useful. A silver sugar bowl and spoonholder and six silver spoons from their three nieces, Miss Tyrrell, Mrs. Scollon and Mrs. Campbell. A beautiful silver fruit dish from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dillon, of Merrill, a silver cake dish from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Doyle, of Merrill, a silver butter dish from Mr. and Mrs. Horace Johnson, of Hemlock, a silver butter dish from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Connor, of Wheeler, one pair of gold spectacles from Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Stevens , of Lakefield, a silver salt and pepper shake and toothpick holder from the Misses Marilda and Grace Doyle and Master Tom Johnson, besides many other presents.”


Patrick and Maggie lived in Lakefield Township for over 40 years and by 1920, Patrick and Maggie were living in Flint Ward 2, Genesee County, Michigan with their daughter, Ann and her family.


Patrick died on 27 March 1923 and Maggie died 21 January 1932. They are both buried in Old Calvery Catholic Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.




SOURCES: 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 Federal Census; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Plat Maps; Patrick and Margaret's marriage record; Margaret “Ann” O'Connor's birth record; Ann and Reuben Aldridge's marriage record; Find-A-Grave; Patrick, Margaret and Ann's obituary.


Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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