O'Hair Book Jacket - Front
1749 - 1813
SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION
By K. R. O'Hair
K. R. O'Hair
(great great grandson of Michael O'Hair), was born in Paris, Edgar County,
Illinois Jan. 9, 1887. His parents were Herschel B. and Lizzie L. O'Hair. He was
of the third generation of O'Hairs born in Edgar County. His great-grandfather,
John O'Hair (a son of Michael O'Hair) settled in Edgar Co. in 1830. K. R. O'Hair
was a successful businessman in Paris, Illinois from 1912 until his retirement
in 1971. He also has been active during his entire adult life in public service.
He was married June 18, 1912 to Myrle L. Lycan, a member of the D.A.R. They have
two children and six grandchildren.
He has made free use of the works of many authors in the hope that his book will
prove to be both interesting and informative. He accumulated eighty-four
additional books for his own library during his research. He has collected much
information relative to the historical events during the lifetime of Michael in
Ireland, Virginia and Kentucky, including records of Michael's service in the
Revolutionary War. He was fortunate to have obtained several very old and rare
books, such as: "Census of Ireland - 1659"; "The Annals of Ireland, Translated
from the Original Irish of The Four Masters" by Owen Connellan,
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1845; "Records of Augusta County, Virginia - 1745-1800"; "Irish Names and
Surnames," by Rev. Patrick Woulfe, Priest of the Diocese of Limerick, Ireland;
"The George Rogers Clark Papers - 1771-1781." This information was collected
over a period of five years. Research was done at the Virginia State Library at
Richmond; Fincastle, the county seat of Botetourt County, where Michael first
lived when he came to America from Ireland; The D.A.R. Library at Washington, D.
C.; Yorktown, Va.; Valley Forge, Pa.; Vincennes, Ind. Many fact finding trips
were made to Floyd, Morgan and Wolfe Counties in Kentucky; and to Frankfort, the
State Capital of Kentucky.
The author was unable to make a personal trip to Ireland; however, he sent two
of his grandsons to Ireland for the purpose of locating members of the O'Hair
family and obtaining information from the family and from public records. These
two grandsons were Captain Richard F. O'Hair of the U. S. Air Corps, and Richard
Z. Gumm, a student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago,
Illinois. They obtained much useful information; however, many public records
were not available, having been destroyed by fires at Dublin and Belfast. Most
church records did not begin until after 1800, and no written family records
were located. Some of the information obtained was verbal.
The book has
been completely indexed and contains the names of nearly three hundred fifty
people in addition to the names of members of the O'Hair family.