submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007


SARAH ONEY HILL, wife of Major Henry O'CONNOR, departed this life December 19, 1808, at her home in Sioux City, Iowa. Decedent was a native of East Greenwich, R.I., and was in the 76th year of her age. Her parents were Caleb and Hannah Hill. She was married at her native place, March 27, 1843, to Henry O'Connor, a native of Dublin, Ireland. They moved west to Cincinnati in August, 1844, and to Muscatine in 1849. Here was their home continuously until 1872, when they went to Washington, where for a number of years Mr. O'Connor was a solicitor under Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Returning to Muscatine in 1885, they shortly afterwards removed to Sioux City.

Mrs. O'Connor was a lady of much refinement, great strength of mind, and good judgment. Patient and uncomplaining in suffering, always ready and willing to perform her whole duty, she had the love and respect of all who knew her. She was a faithful and active member of the Congregational church while residing in Muscatine. She was the last of her father's family, as one brother, Col. S.G. Hill, fell in battle at Nashville, Tenn., in 1864, and the remaining brother, S.B. Hill, died in this city last April. Her son Charles is captain of the Eighth U.S. cavalry now, enroute to Cuba, while Arthur is an attorney in Washington.


The Sioux City Tribune thus records the death of Mrs. O'Connor:

    Died -- December 19, 1898, in Sioux, Ia., Mrs. Sarah O'Connor, wife of Henry O'Connor, in the 76th year of her life. The remains will be taken to Muscatine, Ia., for interment.

    Mrs. O'Connor came to Sioux City with her husband, Major Henry O'Connor, about twelve years ago, or soon after the close of his official life in Washington, where he had been for fourteen years solicitor for the State department, a most responsible position. Previous to that they had lived at Muscatine, Ia., since about 1850, and they always considered Muscatine their home. Mr. and Mrs. O'Connor were married in Rhode Island fifty-six years ago and celebrated their golden wedding in this city. Although her husband was a man of brilliant intellectual qualities he devoted his life to public duties when his earning capacity was large and in their later years, they have been in greatly reduced circumstances. However, friends have remained steadfast to her and she was not allowed to want for anything during the long illness which preceded her passing to the realm beyond.

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