Dorothy Vincent, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland

Dorothy Vincent, 1922

Dorothy Vincent, 1922

This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the first young woman on our left in the second row as Dorothy Vincent. There was a Dorothy Vincent living in the area, described below, who is probably her.

Dorothy Louise Vincent was born December 9, 1913, in Maple Heights Village, Ohio, the daughter of William J Vincent and Frances D O'Connor. In 1920 the family was living on Broadway in Maple Heights. Beside Dorothy and her parents there were Dorothy's older sister Beatrice, her younger brothers Thomas and Paul, and a cousin, Marie Crone. Two other children would be born later: Paul and Rita.

Sadly, Dorothy Louise Vincent died March 2, 1926, at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland from acute appendicitis and the resulting infection. She was twelve years old. Her occupation was "student, Holy Name School." She was buried March 5, 1926, in Calvary Cemetery.

The Vincents

Dorothy's father, William J Vincent, was born August 31, 1882, in Bedford, Ohio, and died April 12, 1971, in Garfield Heights. He was the son of James Vincent and Marie Scarpetti/Scarpitti. The Joslyn/Scarpete Tree at has a lot of information, especially on the Scarpitti side of the family. Rather than just copy the information here, I would rather refer you to that tree.

The O'Connors

The O'Connors were nowhere near as easy to find. Frances D O'Connor was born February 17, 1882, in Cleveland, and died February 11, 1958. She was the daughter of Edward C O'Connor and Mary Louisa Hahn.

All I know about Edward C O'Connor is that he was born about 1845 in Pennsylvania and died February 2, 1896, in Cleveland. He first shows up in the Cleveland City Directories in 1883 even though, when he died, his wife said he had been in Cleveland about 20 years. His wife Mary Hahn had two children by a man named Elias Rillington, but the one that survived, the daughter Mary, was always known later as an O'Connor.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Elias Rillington and Edward O'Connor are the same person. I didn't find either of them on the 1880 census, I can't find a death record for Mr Rillington, and I never found the both of them in the same place at the same time. But I can't prove it.

The Hahns

For her part, Mary Louisa Hahn was born March 10, 1846, in Canton, Ohio, and died October 13, 1917, in Maple Heights. She was the daughter of George and Mary (Schrank/Schrenk?) Hahn. George died by 1870 when Mary Louisa, a brother John J, and their widowed mother are found on the census of Canton. Mary Louisa was in Cleveland by 1876 when the first "Rillington" child was born. Her mother, Mary Schrank, lived with her until at least 1900, but I couldn't find a death record for her. The son, John Joseph, apparently stayed in Canton.


There are more details and sources about this family in the Ohio Families section of this website. If you are a relative of Dorothy Vincent you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on. If you would like a larger image, with possibly better resolution, contact me.

Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton