Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Family Locates Ancestor Who Died on the General Lyon Disaster in 1865-- Part 2

James O'Rorke's  name was probably misspelled throughout his service.  His relatives decided to give him the funeral he never had.  The dedication ceremony was held at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Rochelle, Illinois.

The O'Roark's were given a headstone on James O'Rorke's behalf.  The Sons of Union veterans of the Civil  War conducted the service.

The 92nd Illinois organized in Freeport with members from Carroll, Stephenson and Ogle counties.  James O'Rorke was born in Ireland.  In 1859, he and his family moved to Rochelle and numerous descendants still live in the area.  Many were present at Saturday's ceremony.

Upon his death, James' mother received $8 a month survivor's pension from the government.

I'd never Heard of the General Lyon Disaster Before This.  --Old Secesh

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