Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
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Possible British Army service:
He was supposed to have been a member of the Queen's Life Guard in London (Queen's Guard, a "lifeguardsman", guard of the Royal residences). Was in Queen Victoria's bodyguard.
He was said to have fallen out with his brother James (an active Home Ruler) over Irish politics.
But this does not seem to fit Andrew, who lived Limerick and then went to North America. Perhaps it was another brother?
mar 3 Feb 1837 [St.John's, Limerick]
to Catherine McManus [born 1818, Co.Tipperary, think NOT McMannus].
Children grew up Mungret St, Limerick (near his brother James), where they knew the Pigotts.
"Andrew O'Mara" is listed in [Griffiths Valuation, 1850] as leasing a number of properties:
Emigrates to America, 1868:
He went to America 1868, age 51. His son Martin seems to have gone out to America earlier.
He seems to have had trouble with drink and money.
He wrote 19 Aug 1868 to his nephew Stephen O'Mara from 404 "Columba St", New York (must be Columbia St, see map). He says he does not write to Stephen's father: "I could not have the assurance of writing to him after what he suffered by me but he will be paid as sure as God is in the Heavens, and every one else if God spares me".
His son Martin writes (in Nov 1868) of lending his father money when he first arrived in America: "when he came to this country first and wrote me for money (wild as I was counted to be) I could not forget the first laws of nature - lent him in reply $100 cash and would perhaps lend him more but it would do him no good as I could hear from other people ... I don't know what to say of father, I don't know as if he'll ever mend."
Moves to Canada:
Sometime 1868-71 he moved from New York to Canada.
Settled at 188 Dundas St, London, Ontario (see map).
He wrote in 1871 to "My Dear Brother" from 188 Dundas St, London, Ontario. He says he has written to Stephen and it is clear he is writing to his brother James. He says he found it hard to write: "I could not think of doing so after what I done to you". He wants to make amends to "you and every one else that I owe one cent to".
His son John writes (c.1875) that his father is off the drink. He reads out a letter from Stephen to his father: "when I came to the part that said his brother was happy that he was a temperance man ... he actually cried and renewed his pledge for life which I do believe he will firmly keep poor man ... he is happier now than ever he was. I think after a few years he will go home and pay off his debts".
He wrote to Stephen from London, Ontario, 1876.
He died London, Ontario, 14 Jun 1878, age 61 yrs.
Stephen visited London, Ontario, on his trip to North America in 1888.
Catherine died London, Ontario, Aug 16, 1891, age 73 yrs.
Andrew and Catherine had issue: