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Actor Tom Cruise [O'Mara>Mapother>Cruise]

Actor Tom Cruise [O'Mara>Mapother>Cruise]

Posted: 1162541984000
Classification: Query
Mary Cruise was born around 1841 in New Jersey, according to Louisville KY census records. [Further research MIGHT show her to be Mary, the daughter of Matthew and Rosanna Cruise of Newark NJ. Both born in Ireland, according to the Newark 1850 and 1860 censuses. In 1860 Matthew was a policeman, b ca 1815.]

Around 1859, place not known, Mary married Dillon Mapother, and had six children by him. He reportedly died around 1874, and she married in Louisville on 28 Feb 1876 Thomas O'Mara, who was born in Tennessee or Kentucky around 1835. He was a druggist, and appears to have had at least three children by previous marriages.

On 29 Dec (or Jul) 1876 Thomas O'Mara (Jr.) was born in Louisville. Sometime before 1900 his name was changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother. Actor Tom Cruise was reportedly born Thomas C. Mapother IV, and it has been claimed that he changed the spelling from Cruse to Cruise. Cruse may be the spelling used by some census takers, but "Cruise" appears on the WWI draft registration card of Thomas C. Mapother I.

See Ward Harrison's remarks at
See also the submission on Thomas Cruise Mapother/O'Mara at Rootsweb's WorldConnect Project.

Immigration records show Dillen Mapother, engineer, age 18, arrived in New York City 2 Jan 1850 from Liverpool aboard the ship "Wisconsin". His place of origin was listed as Ireland, and most census records list his birthplace as Ireland.
Fifth Ward, p. 458, 24 Aug 1850

DILLON MAPOTHER 18 England, civil engineer

Louisville, Ward 7, 17Aug1850, p. 366
(All in following household were listed as born in Ireland. Birthplaces on censuses are not always correct.)

MARY B. O'MARA 50 widow
Thomas O'MARA 14 [Whether this is the Thomas O'Mara who married Mary Cruise is yet to be determined.)
John ROBINSON 50 collector
Isabella ROBINSON 15
Mary O'MARA 11
Mary BURKE 23

Louisville, Ward 3, 2 Jul 1860, p. 105/709

DILLON MAPOTHER 28 Ireland, lithographer, value of real estate $9000; value of personal estate $4000
Mary 19 NJ
Mary 4 months KY
Ann McCARTY 11 England servant
Mary McCONNELL 28 England servant

Louisville, Ward 7, 21Jun 1860, p. 55/447
THOS. O'MARA 25 TN druggist
Ellen 22 KY

Louisville, Ward 7, 5 Jul 1870, p. 133/67

D. H. MAPOTHER 38 Ireland, lithographer. R.E. $1000; P.E. $5000. Both his parents were of foreign birth.
Mary P. 38 (First digit should be 2) NJ. (No marks in blocks labeled "Father of foreign birth" and "Mother of foreign birth.")
D. E. 8 KY male
H. H. 6 KY male
G. B. 1 KY male
Annie DONLEY 20 KY cook
Hester DONLEY 12 KY nurse
Louisville, Ward 9, 22 Sep 1870, p. 56

THOMAS O'MARA 35 TN druggist. Both his parents were listed as of foreign birth.
Alice J. 25 KY
Mary E. 9 KY
Alice M. 3? KY
Francis M. 1 KY (female)
Clifton McGINNIS 35 KY druggist
Mary WARD 35 KY
Maria MARTIN 40 KY cook

Louisville, ED 128, Page 23 (479), June 1880

THOS. O'MARA 45 head KY IRE IRE wholesale drugs
Mary 37 wife NJ IRE NY
Thos. 3 son KY KY NJ
Dellia MAPOTHER 18 KY IRE IRE clerk in store
Wible MAPOTHER 7 (male) KY IRE IRE
The birthplaces after the Mapother children's names should have been entered as KY IRE NJ.
The relationships of the Mapother children to Mr. O'Mara, the head of the household, were not shown.

The book "Finding Your Famous (and Infamous) Ancestors", by Rhonda McClure, available at, is said to contain some of Tom Cruise's ancestry. I haven't seen this book yet, and don't know whether it outlines Mary Cruise's ancestry.

Children of Thomas O'Mara

Posted: 1162698782000
Classification: Query
Surnames: O'Mara, McKeen, McGinnis, Cruise, Mapother, Perkins
According to the 1900 census of Williamsburg, Whitley Co KY, Thomas O'Mara was born in May 1835 in Tennessee of parents born in Ireland. A WorldConnect submission says he died in Apr 1905 and was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville KY. Earlier censuses list him as a druggist; 1900 census lists him as a "merchant" and a widower. Only other family member in household then was his unmarried daughter Alice; married daughter Anna McKeen lived next door. Thomas was evidently married at least three times: first to Ellen, second to Alice J. McGinnis, third to Mrs. Mary (Cruise) Mapother in Louisville.

Children of Thomas O'Mara:

1. Mary E. O'Mara, b ca 1862 KY. Possibly the only child of Thomas' first marriage. Evidently remained single. Despite birthplace and age conflicts, she might be the Mary O'Mara, "inmate" of the Convent of the Good Shepherd in Cleveland OH in 1900. Lived with sister Alice at Columbus OH in 1910; alone in West Corbin, Whitley Co KY in 1920, a dry goods merchant. With Alice again in San Diego CA in 1930. KY death index lists a Mary E. O'Mara who died in Jefferson Co KY 11 Mar 1935 at the age of 72.

2. Alice M. O'Mara, b in KY 12 Jun 1866 according to death record, or Jun 1867 according to 1900 census. Evidently never married. Lived with father in Williamsburg, Whitley Co KY, in 1900; Columbus OH in 1910; San Diego CA 1930. Died in Alameda Co CA 12 Dec 1963.

3. Frances M. "Fannie" O'Mara, b Jun 1869 KY, m William Perkins, lived Williamsburg, Whitley Co KY, 1900. KY death index lists a Fannie Perkins who died in Jefferson Co KY 3 Feb 1930 at age 60. Children: Evelyn, b May 1895; Alice, b Aug 1896; William Jr., b Jan 1899; Margaret, b ca 1902; George, b ca 1904; and Annabel, b ca 1907.

4. Anna Belle O'Mara. Name and birth date from WorldConnect submission. Born Aug 1871 KY, death data not known. She married Arthur B. McKeen, b 30 Jan 1871 IN, d 2 Feb 1958 Los Angeles Co CA. Lived Whitley Co KY 1900 and Columbus OH 1910; divorced by 1920. Two known children: Alice Grace McKeen, b 2 Jul 1903, d 8 Dec 1911, and Samuel Burt McKeen, b 30 Sep 1900, d 13 Jun 1912. Both children are buried in Greenlawn Cem, Columbus.

5. Thomas O'Mara, b 29 Dec 1876 Louisville KY, d there 12 Apr 1939, bur St. Louis Cem. Name changed to Thomas Cruise Mapother possibly around the time of his parents' divorce or separation, which evidently occurred between 1880 and 1890.

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