Mary Margaret O'Leary 1880-1967    census in 1910 and 1920 here
 
The 5th child of Patrick and Mary Ann was born on January 7, 1880 and before her marriage worked as a custom dressmaker, making fine clothes for the wealthy people of Pittsburgh.

In 1915 she married a farmer and moved near Alliance, Ohio. Maude helped build the fences, make the hay, feed the chickens and milk the cows. She lost her first child at birth but after the age of 37 had three more sons all by Caesarian section, the first such woman in Alliance to have had such courage.

Her son Jim Miller had this memory from 1922: "Father was operating a horse drawn potato digger, while Mother was in the field with Don and I picking up potatoes and putting them in crates when Mother's water burst and they all headed for the house, with Mother telling him that she would be leaving to bring home a new baby."

Her son Don wrote a touching remembrance of life on the Miller farm (go here) and the story of how he retrieved a photo of the family on the farm in 1937 (here). More from Don about his parents here.

More pictures of Maude here, and here, and pictured on the right at her brother Joe's wedding here.

 


 

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click for larger picture here Mary is on the right, click here for larger picture