The Children of John and Priscilla (Slagle) O’Harra
1. Mary “Polly”, born 1792, Hampshire County, VA;
married 24 MAR 1811, Col. John Cochran; died 14 DEC 1864,
South Bloomfield, Pickaway County, OH. Mary sells her inherited land to
brother Joseph, 5 SEP 1838; (Mary is named after mother Priscilla's sister Mary.)
census, South Bloomfield, Harrison twp,
Pickaway Co, OH:
Cochran, 71, farmer, $69,550, born PA;
Webb, 24, serving;
Thornton Wallace, 23;
O'Harra, 87 (or 84), born VA
her husband Colonel John are buried in the Harrison Township Cemetery (one half mile south of South
Bloomfield, on route 23), Pickaway Co., Ohio, along with three
of their children: John Finley Cochran,
died at age 21; Priscilla Cochran,
died at age 17; and Mary Cochran, died at 22 days.
Cochran's stone honors his War of 1812 service, indicating that he died in 1878. Mary's inscription indicates
that she died 14 DEC 1864 at age 73 years. The family
is buried not far from the grave of Mary's mother, Priscilla O'Harra, whose stone indicates that she died in 1870
at age 96.
born about 1794 at Hampshire County,
VA; married 27 DEC 1827 Polly Bowsher.
Francis sells inherited land to brother Joseph 28 MAR 1833. (Priscilla's
brother Joseph Slagle of Ross Co., OH, names a son by his second marriage, Francis Burrill Slagle, born in
to the 1850 census (Indiana, Tippecanoe, Lafayette), Mary was born 1809
Husband Francis is not with them on the 1850 census. Children listed are: John born 1828 OH; Elizabeth born
1834 IN; Andrew J. born 1837; IN;
Joseph born 1842 IN; and Josephine born 27 Nov 1847 IN. Josephine is married to Hiram Hicks in Iroquois County, IL
3. Joseph, born 1796
married 9 DEC 1828 Mary Corn; died 8 JAN 1861, Franklin
County, OH. Joseph is named after mother Priscilla's brother Joseph Slagle. There have not been Josephs in the O'Harra
family previously. Joseph names a daughter of his Priscilla.
A review of land transactions in Franklin County, shows that at the death of his father John in 1832, Joseph O'Harra begins
purchasing the family land inherited by
his siblings (1833-1851), in the same fashion as his brother Hugh is purchasing
the land (1830-1854) of his deceased
father-in-law Timothy Corn. These
O'Harra brothers, married to Corn
sisters, must have had quite a competition going throughout their lives.
4. Hugh2 (John and Priscilla1), born 24 AUG 1798 in Virginia;
married 11 FEB 1833 Anna Corn; died from typhoid
fever 9 SEP
1856 at Pickaway County,
OH. Hugh is probably named after one of his father John's
O'Harra drafted his last will and testament on 1 SEP 1856 and died 9 SEP 1856. The Daughters of the American Revolution
records for Pickaway County indicate
that Hugh and his wife were both buried at the Reber
Township, Pickaway County, OH. In the 1840 census, an elderly Priscilla O'Harra is living with son Hugh and
wife Anna and brother Joseph's wife Mary are both daughters of Timothy Corn.
Timothy Corn and John O'Harra both list their birthplaces as Virginia.
Fairfield County Courthouse, Lancaster, Ohio (next door to
Pickaway): Hugh O'HARA died. Appt.
John C.O'HARA to gdn. to Hugh O'Hara..age 20 yrs old / Jan 26,1858...And Malissa Jane O'Hara age 15 yrs old /
Jan 15,1858..And William Henry
O'Hara age 13 yrs old/ Oct 1,1858...And Elias Thompson O'Hara age 11 yrs old/Nov 2,1858...And Thomas Jones
O'Hara .age 9 yrs old/May 4,1858...chn/o
Hugh O'Hara dec'd.. Dated: March
son John C. O'Harra was able to keep the family together after his parents' death.
The 1860 Pickaway County, OH census, Walnut
Township, Circleville Post Office listed the following family members as of July 10, 1860:
O'Harra, age 24, farmer; Mary, age 20; Melissa, age 17 (to become Mrs. Davis Elliott); William O'Harra, age
14; Elias O'Harra, age 12; Thomas O'Harra, age
10; Hugh O'Harra, age 21, farm labor (and brother); George Hawkinson, 24 (farm labor).
Margaret had married John Marshall/Markel in 1855.
visit to Reber Hill
Cemetery found the following listing
for Hugh in Sec. 14, Lot
42: Born 24 AUG 1798, died 9 SEP 1856 of typhoid
fever. Birthplace and residence Walnut Township. Remains transferred in from Koch Cemetery.
a sketch concerning son John Cochran O'Harra in the History of Pickaway County, Ohio (p.608), the following is said
about father Hugh:
Hugh O'Harra was born in Virginia
in 1798 and was but a child when he accompanied
his parents to Ohio. Hugh O'Harra died in 1856, at the age of 58 years, his mother (J.C.’s mother;
Hugh’s wife Anna) having preceded him in 1852.
The children of Hugh
O'Harra and wife were: Margaret, born in
1833; Priscilla, who died young; John C.
of this sketch; Hugh, deceased; Mary E., a resident of Lockbourne, Ohio; Melissa Jane of Franklin County, Ohio;
William H. and Elias T., both deceased
(but we know that both had re-located to Findlay, Ohio prior to death, married and fathered
children); Thomas J. of Findlay, Ohio; and Gustavus,
who died in childhood.
5. John, Jr., born 15
SEP 1800 Allegheny County, MD;
married 12 NOV 1825
Hannah Slagle; died about 1832, Walnut Township,
Pickaway County, OH. Rebecca Kartalia believes that John
O'Harra married Hannah Slagle (daughter of Joseph
Slagle and Margaret Monnett) and lists daughters Margaret, Priscilla, Polly and Eliza. This Hannah later married
Andrew Corn 27 AUG 1837 in Pickaway County, OH. (See John’s father’s notes).
6. Charles, born
1798 in Virginia
(same year as brother Hugh); married first 23 JUN 1825
Mariah Fleming; and second Mary Jane, about 1830. Charles sells inherited land to brother Joseph 10 JAN
1834. The 1850 census for Prairie Township, Franklin County, OH lists
Charles as 52, with a daughter Priscilla, age 21. One also notices that Joseph O'Harra has a
son named Charles. (We speculate that Charles is named after
one of his father's brothers. A Charles O'Harra dies in 1817 in Franklin County.
He is a good candidate.)
7. Hannah, born in Hampshire County, VA.
I had not known of the existence of Hannah
Slagle O'Harra until receiving the materials from Rebecca Kartalia. Rebecca's notes indicate that Hannah: first
married Andrew Corn, 27 Aug 1837 in Pickaway
County, OH, a son of John Timothy Corn and Ann;
second married Lemuel Evans 26 Mar
1921 in Pickaway County, (Pickaway marriage records).
Kartalia also states that this Hannah is ascribed to
this family because she has the name
of her grandmother, but it is also possible that she is the daughter of Joseph Slagle who married John O'Harra, Jr., first,
and Andrew Corn, second. And thusly, Lemuel Evans, third. I personally think this is the case, since
others records do not indicate
that John and Priscilla were the parents of a daughter named Hannah.
8. Anna Stacia (Stacey),
born 1814; married 17 APR 1834 Davis S. Eilliott; married 1850 at Prairie
County, OH. Stacy sells inherited land to brother
Joseph 12 MAR 1838. Priscilla Slagle
O'Harra had a sister named Anastatia.
Priscilla was living with Stacy and
Davis Elliott in Franklin
County, in 1850. She was 75 years old, making her birth year
9. Benoni, born 25 AUG 1815, Harrision, Pickaway County, OH;
married 15 NOV 1838 Lavinia Arndts; died 5
DEC 1889, Lockbourne, OH. Benoni sells inherited land to brother Joseph 19 MAR 1841. (Priscilla was about 42 when Ben was born.
See Genesis 35:16-18. Note that
Benoni also names a daughter Priscilla.)
10. Priscilla, the baby
of the family, born 1821 at Pickaway
County, when Priscilla is 48 years old. Priscilla married 1 AUG 1836 Daniel Brantner; and dies 6 OCT 1898
at Springfield, Sangamon County, IL. Priscilla and Daniel are the parents of Civil War Soldier Samuel Brantner (see