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Thomas O'Neill

Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hannah O'Neil
Father of Carrie Gheen; Margarette Evans; Thomas Ralph O'Neil and Samuel H. O'Neil

Occupation: Professor of Music
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About Thomas O'Neill

A Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a Complete Genealogical Family Register With Biographies of His Descendants from the Earliest Available Records to the Present Time By A J Fretz, Eli Wismer

Page 84, 85

V. Hannah Shattinger, bn. July 19, 1836. Mrd. Prof. Thomas O'Neill, of Philadelphia, Apr. 24, 1856. Res. 2405 Master St., Phila., Pa. Professor of Music. Prof. Thomas O'Neill was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 14, 1829. At a very early age he evinced a talent for music which he gratified by writing notes to any thing in the form of a melody that he heard whistled or sung. A talent, however, which his father thought not to encourage. In 1856 he became organist and choirmaster of the Broad Street Baptist church in Philadelphia. He was subsequently induced to remove to Norristown, where for many years the music at the Frest Presbyterian church of which he was organist and choirmaster, was an attractive feature of the services. After ten consecutive years of service as principal of the music department at the Oakland Female Institute, at Norristown, then a flourishing school for young ladies, he voluntarily resigned the position at the seminary in order to attend to outside teaching. Quite a number of his pupils occupy prominent positions.

Mr. Elnord Beaver, a competent church organist of Norristown, was under his instruction for five years, and Miss Anna L. Cressinan, who succeeded him as organist at the F. P. ch. was his pupil for a like term of years. Among his brightest pupils is his daughter, Mrs. J. Jay Gheen, of West Chester, who is a pianist of such signal ability that her music is not only a joy to her, but is an unfailing source of pleasure to her large circle of friends.

Mr. O'Neill's compositions are characterized by an originality and depth of feeling which proclaim him to be a composer cf decided talent. His "Morning Song" and "Among the Birds" are little gems, while his "Good-bye, Sweet Day" has been described as "a charming little bit of music, of that plaintive tone that never fails to touch a responsive chord in the heart of the listener." As a lecturer and writer, Mr. O'Neill also deserves mention, his letters (as special correspondent) to the Norristown Herald, are graphic, complete and interesting in the extreme, he possesses that rare faculty of putting into words the impression conveyed to his own poetic soul by beautiful music and brilliant effects, and some of his letters on this subject are the most charming we have ever read. Mr. O'Neill, Presby. Mrs. O'Neill, Baptist. Children: Carrie, Margarette, Thomas, Samuel.

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Thomas O'Neill's Timeline

December 14, 1829
Philadelphia, PA, United States
January 20, 1857
Age 27
Philadelphia, PA, United States
October 2, 1858
Age 28
Norristown, PA, United States
December 4, 1863
Age 33
Norristown, PA, United States
February 11, 1868
Age 38
Norristown, PA, United States