Date of Birth: 
12 Sep 1852
Date of Death: 
24 Nov 1909

John was born at Garvagh, Derry, Ireland.

He migrated to NZ in 1875, arriving at Timaru, listed as a ploughman.

He married Mary-Ellen Hunt (born at Surrey, England in 1858) at Christchurch in 1876.

They had 15 children, between 1878 & 199. 6 girls & 9 boys. Most were born in Christchurch, however 4 were born at Otaki.

One son died in infancy & one at age 22. He is buried at Tiro Tiro Rd cemetery in Levin.

One son, Charles & one son-in-law, James Pinkerton, served in WW1.

John was described as a dealer in Christchurch & then a farmer in Levin.

Mary-Ellen was recorded on the 1905 unofficial census for the Levin township petition.

Relatives mentioned in profile: 
John O'Connell, James O'Connell, Rose Doherty, Mary-Ellen Hunt, Ellen (Nellie) O'Connell, William Albert Horsfall, John (Jack) O'Connell, Annie Elizabeth (Eliza) Plummer, Annie O'Connell, George Milstead Birch, Matilda (Lilian) O'Connell, Armand Francis Louis Henri Delamar, Francis O'Connell, Selina Winter (Lena) McKain, Patrick O'Connell, Michael Joseph O'Connell, Mary Lilian Edwards, William O'Connell, Annie Bulman, Thomas Bernard O'Connell, Rubina Robina Travis, Harriett Lilian O'Connell, James Robert Pinkerton, Charles O'Connell, Elsie Emmett, Christina O'Connell, John O'Donoghue, Catherine (Kitty) O'Connell, Joseph Albert Kneebone, Daniel Joseph O'Connell, Daniel Maurice O'Connell, Evelyn Mabel Bevan.