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Re: John & Margaret O'Holloran
Posted by: Kathleen Herron (ID *****6277) Date: May 29, 2012 at 11:50:52
In Reply to: Re: John & Margaret O'Holloran by MARY GRAY-HOFFMAN of 94936

I'd go for the baptismal cert in OH for Mrgt's maiden name.
You'e got a date range, and a specific townland ... post for help in OH genforum or email/phone the archdiocese.

Chapter II – St. Pius Church becomes St. Peter’s – Steubenville, 1850: A period of expansion, a period of industry; the key-word was progress! The Ohio Foundry was three years old; Steubenville was becoming synonymous with the word “steel.” The Western Herald newspaper had become a daily paper. From Pittsburgh a thin strand of wire stretched from tree to tree, across the Ohio River to a room on South Third Street; a telegraph system was in operation. In 1848 a charter for building the Steubenville – Indiana Railroad was issued. A plank road was being built in 1850 from Market Street, extending five miles west of town.

Edwin Stanton, prominent lawyer, was expanding his practice by opening a branch office in Pittsburgh. In just a few years Stanton would achieve national fame as Lincoln’s Secretary of War.

Father Thienpont came to Steubenville in 1850. He was pastor of St. Peter’s from 1850 to June 30, 1865. The congregation at Steubenville’s Catholic Church was composed mostly of Irish and German immigrants. By 1854 the railroad project was completed and the river road continued with a railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River.

Father Thienpont assumed the spiritual needs of the great number of Catholics that were working on the railroad. There were large gangs scattered all along the railroad line, and he traveled as far as fifty miles west of Steubenville. He would say Mass in the railroad shanties, in the fields. His journeys were by horseback, carrying altar missal, chalice, vestments, etc. in his saddlebags. It was often said that Father Thienpont possessed a natural disposition to kindness and affability and gained affection of the people which would make him their willing pupils.

Steubenville’s population was rapidly increasing in the 1850’s; the priest decided to enlarge the church. With the contributions from parishioners and railroaders, a new church was built. Father Thienpont changed the name from St. Pius to St. Peter’s and it was consecrated by Archbishop Purcell in 1854.

The new church stood on the corner of Fourth and Logan Streets. It was an imposing structure for that era; being about one-half the size of the present church. It was two stories high, and the front corners rose into two towers. The right side tower had two clocks, facing Fourth Street and Logan Street. The inner frames of the windows were fashioned in the form of a cross with four panels of glass in each window. The first floor of the church served as a school and there was a small student’s chapel. The entire edifice was surrounded by a wood fence.

St. Peter’s Church – Steubenville – 1854
{From, Upon This Rock, the first years}

Unpleasant incidents entered Father Thienpont’s life shortly after the church was built. He found himself bitterly opposed by an anti-Catholic spirit, motivated by religious prejudice. In fact, on the very day the corner stone of the new church was to be laid, religious prejudice so intense that a mob was organized to prevent, even by force, the laying of the corner stone. A man name McCook took a hand in the affair. It is not known exactly who this individual was. There was at that time a prominent Steubenville citizen name Captain Anson G. McCook who played a role in recruiting soldiers for the Civil War a few years later. There were other McCooks in Steubenville; in fact more than a dozen who, because of their fighting prowess gained the title of “The Fighting McCooks.” Nevertheless, McCook was a fair-minded individual whose interference with the mob was strong enough and persuasive enough to disband those who wished to halt the laying of the St. Peter’s corner stone.

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