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O'BRIEN Gerrard Joseph
Birth:          1829 Bolton, Lancashire, England
Death:          4 Jul 1881 Philadelphia, Pa.
Cause of Death: obstruction of bowels
Burial:         6 Jul 1881 New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.

Notes
See new info in maule3.ged entry for him and Anne 
Death based on fact that in 1900 census Annie (Frances Ann) gives length of marriage 
as 50 years. wrong .. marriage must be in 1850 .. could it be his second and that 
would explain Parnell? But it shows as Parrott in BMD and as alternative in 
familysearch record of the marriage in 1845.
Phila Death Record on genealogybank.com gives b year est 1829, England, age 52, d 
4 Jul 1881, bur 6 Jul 1881 New Cathedral Cemetery, salesman, 24th Ward, 418 
Douglas St.
birth in England per 1900 census living with George and Mary Foley.
Says b Sept 1825 age 74, married 50 years, 7 chi, 5 living spelled O'Brien (but death 
cert says he is 52 in 1881, s b 1829. If so, then 1845 marriage isn't his??)
BMD also has a record for a Gerrard O'Brien marriage in 2d qtr 1857 in Manchester, 
but the only people on the page are a John Graham and Elizabeth Hardcastle.  Image 
is not available. It is vol. 8d page 633, nothing helpful on page 633 or 634. And there 
is no record for a Wainhouse in 2d qtr 1857
Figured it out: Frances O'Brien died Oct Nov Dec 1853 in Bolton, Manchester, per 
BMD.
Per English Birth records, in Jan Feb Mar 1862 a Gerrard Joseph O'Brien was reported 
as born in Barton Upon Irwell (1850-1934) in Lancashire. Their child, and one of the 
two who is not alive by 1900? Yes, because he is then reported dead in Apr May Jun 
1865, district Manchester (so they had moved in teh meantime)
found him in 1870 NJ census on ancestry.com, in Camden as fits story under notes for 
Mary O'Bryan. Spelled as O'Brien in census. He shown as age 40, Frances as 42. 
VERY INTERESTING!!! She 17, he 15 at marriage!!!!
He is an agent for an oil company
Their children: Joseph age 12 (b 1857), Mary F age 9 (b 1860), Terresa age 5 (b 
1864), Agnes age 2 (b 1867), and Elizabeth 4 mos (b Feb 1870).
Living with the family is Michael Cristy a druggist, age 23. All born England except 
Elizabeth who is b NJ
Arrived in Philadelphia in 1868 (not 1866 as reported by Virginia Foley Baker). Listed 
in an old immigration list (see ancestry.com). No otherinfo. It's in US Work Projects 
Admin, Index to Records of Aliens' Declarations of Intention and/or Oaths of 
Allegiance, 1789-1880, in US Circuit Court, US Dist Court, Supreme Ct of Pa, Quarter 
Sessions Ct, Ct of Common Pleas, Phil. Project No. 20837 Harrisburg, Pa Historical 
Commission 1940 25 vols in 11. Vol. 9, Letter O 88p, on page 6. Hmm
maybe he arrived in 1866 and declared in 1868????
Found arrival of Annie age 29, Mary age 8, Theresa, 3, Agnes 4 mos Nov 1868 in the 
Aleppo, arrived Boston. Fits Great Aunt Virginia's phone account of years ago.
In 1880 census, living in Phila (ward 24, district 484, 418 Douglas St.). Same children. 
Joseph is now 22 and an insurance clerk. Mary F is a dressmaker. Theresa F or P, 
Agnes A, Elizabeth A. I'm guessing the A is for Ann.  Gerrard is a salesman for an ice 
company.
In 1861 England census, he is living in Barton upon Irwell. 213 Canal Bank, parish of 
Eccles, spelled O'Brian, he is a yarn agent. Age 31, married to Annie age 32, children 
Joseph, age 2, Mary Frances age 4 months, father John, age 80. and servant Frances 
Mary White, age 35.
Can't read occupation fro father. Looks like N. K. something and occ. ... no known 
occ? (OCt 2006: says N.K. no occ) Gerrard born in Bolton, Lancashire, wife and 
children born in Manchester.
Also shows in BMD Index for 1862 as registered, Barton upon Irewll, Lancashire. vol 
8c page 5 Again in 1865, but now in Manchester. And in 1864 in Manchester as 
Gerard O'Brian 
1851 census cannot find him or father. I find a Jerry O'Bryan, servant, age 21, 
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, a cowboy on a ranch, born in Ireland but a British subject. 
Other than birthplace discrepancy, this would be him. Stoneleigh is very close to 
Stretton, where James Judd lived (grandfather of Frances Ann Parnell) and to 
Stivichall, where William Parnell lived (father of Frances Ann).
Oct 2006 update: cannot find anything in recently released 1841 UK census
1910 census has Joseph Q. or A. OBrien, age 51 (1858), b England, came to US in 
1868, marine insurance adjuster, parents b England, wife Sarah L. 45, b Penna, 
parents b Ireland, md 28 yrs (1881), 8 ch, 4 alive: Florence 22, Marie, 20, Roland, 18, 
Arthur, 12, all B Penna, and servant Mary McGee
1920: Francis Roland O'Brien, 28, b Pa, parents b England, auto insurance adjuster,
Catharine J. or I., 28, b Pa, parents b Pa, son Joseph A. O'Brien II, age 1y 11m, b Pa, 
fatherin law John T. Kappler, mother in law Katharaine U. Kappler, two servants. Next 
door: Joseph A. O'Brien, age 59, widower, manager marine insur co., Florence, dtr, 31, 
unm, Mary dtr, unm, both b Penna., sisterinlaw Mary Lynch, 42, b Pa, has a servant, a 
boarder, a gardener. They are at 408 and 416 Lansdowne Ave
in Yeadon, Pa.
1930. Cannot find Joseph, Roland, Francis Roland, Catherine, Joseph II, etc. But I do 
find this: at 416 Lansdowne Ave in Yeadon: Mary E., head, widow, 50, age 43 when 
married, b Pa, parents b Ireland, her niece (husband's niece) is Florence D. 40, b Pa, 
parents b England, neither have an occ, with them is a family named Riley that is 
boarding. Then at 408 Lansdowne Ave, is Francis R O'Brien, 37, md, 21 when md, b 
Penna, father b England, m b Penna, manager of insur co, wife Irene C. (Catherine I 
on 1920 census!!), age 36, 20 when married, b Pa, parents b Pa., son Joseph A, 12 b 
Pa, no other children
ww2 enlistment record: Joseph A OBrien II, b 1918, Penna, enl 18 Jan 1944, civil occ 
addressing-embossing machine operator, married
ww1 draft reg F. Roland Obrien, b 13 Nov 1892 Penna 408 Lansdowne Ave Yeadon, b 
Philadelphia, adjuster for co at 226 Wallace st in Phila, married, med ht, stout, dark 
brown hair dark brown eyes
aunt Virginia Foley Baker said George H Foley had a sister Agnes Gertrude who md 
Hugh Smith. Census in UK says not. But Mary Frances O'Bryan's has a sister Agnes. 
Did she marry him? Per 1900 census in Phila Ward 26, at 1532 South Broad Street: 
Hugh J Smith b Apr 1870, in Pa., parents b Pa., real estate broker, wife Agnes T or J 
or G, b Oct 1870 in England, emigrated 1890, sister Eliza b Feb 1877 .... I don't think 
this is her.... yes it is, see obryan.gen
Phila Archdiocese Archives email 2 June 2009 (obit from genealogybank.com) Agnes 
Gertrude Smith, wife of Hugh J. Smieth, dtr of Annie and late Gerrard O'Brien (no date 
given) funeral from residence of husband 811 N 63rd St. Solemn Requiem Mass 
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, int private per Kim's Family Tree, son Joseph is 
Joseph Aloysius O'Brien (1858-1929), claims Gerrard Joseph died in 1881! is source of 
"Annie Wainhouse" as Gerrard's wife, has no death dates for his other children, cited 
by Pat Riley's tree but in turn gives Pat Riley's tree
as the source.
Pat Riley is the granddaughter of Marie, dtr of Joseph. She has a cousin Linda and a 
cousin PJ (both Rileys)
Joseph married Sarah Lynch, had children, then married her sister Mary Ellen Lynch. 
Per Pat Cornder (PJ?) nicurn233@surfglobal.net, Joseph was a pioneer in marine 
insurance business in Phila, dealt with Lloyds of London and became quite wealthy. 
Passport applications indicate he crossed the Atlantic frequently. The Lansdowne Ave 
house is gone.
Frederick J. Riley, whom I show as a boarder, married Marie and they live in Joseph's 
house. Joseph and Marie were musically talented. Joseph left his money to his son 
Arthur, to care for his siblings, but he chose not to do that. Joseph is Joseph Aloysius 
O'Bryan/O'Brien
www.immigrantships.net/1903project/oceanic19031111.html, Joseph, Florence and 
Marie return to US on the SS Oceanic
per Kim's tree:
Joseph Aloysius O'Brien b 10 Jun 1858 Manchester, England, d 26 Dec 1929 
Lansdowne, Pa. His marriage to Mary Ellen Lynch is 29 Apr 1921 St. Philomena 
Church, Lansdowne, Pa.
Marie Elizabeth  O'Brien b 1891 Phila, Pa. md Frederick John Riley (1885-1930) 19 
Jan 1921 St Philomena Lansdowne (witnesses George Riley and Florence O'Brien), 
lived in Yeadon, children: Frederick John (1920-1993), John (1921-1993), Francis 
(1923-1994), Elizabeth M. (1925-1925), William (1925-1986), Thomas (1928-1928). 
Frederick John Riley b 30 Jul 1885 Manchester England, d c 1930, Pa., son of George 
Augustine Riley and Margaret Burke.
Frederick John Riley b 3 Nov 1920 Lansdowne, d 19 Nov 1993 Miami, Fla, md Kathryn 
 Henderson (6 Sep 1919 Pa, 1 Oct 2008 Pompano Beach, Fla, dtr of Henry Taylor 
Henderson and Katherine Schatz), 3 chi: Linda, living, Thomas.
John Riley b 1921 Yeadon Pa, d 19 Nov 1993 Miami Fla, no other info
Francis Riley b 3 Feb 1923 Yeadon, Pa, d 6 Jan 1994 Ft Myers, Fla, no other info
Elizabeth M Riley b 27 Aug 1925 in Yeadon d 27 Aug 1925 Lansdowne pa
William Riley b 1925 Yeadon Pa d 1986 San Diego Cal no other info
Thomas Riley b 1928 Yeadon, d 1928 Lansdowne, Pa bur 11 Dec 1928 Holy Cross 
Cemetery
end Kim's tree
Joseph A O'Brien was president of Transportation Mutual Insurance co, 226 Walnut 
St, Phila. He was 2d vice president and treasurer of American Shipbuilders and 
Shipowners Mutual Ins Co, 226 Walnut St., Phila. He was assocated with Charles E 
Mather.
on ancestry.com is BERN's family tree, Francis Roland O'Brien, b 13 Nov
1892 Pa, d 1933
Phila Archdiocese Archives email 2 June 2009 (death cert from familysearchlabs.org) 
at death, living at 418 Douglas St. Actual certificate: age 52 (b 1829) salesman
Marr Cert in Riley Fam Tree on ancestry, he is a salesman, lives at 29 Chapel St. in 
Manchester, father is a jacquard gaiter or quilter? her father is a quilter
she lives at 28 Rutland Street Charlton upon something



Parents
O'BRIEN John (1780 - )
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Siblings
O'BRIEN Gerrard Joseph (1829 - 4 Jul 1881)

Marriage To PARNELL Frances Ann (7 Aug 1828 - ) m. 26 Jun 1845 Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, England Notes
Marriage To WAINHOUSE Anne Margaret (10 Sep 1828 - 29 Dec 1906) m. 13 May 1857 St. Ann's Chapel, Manchester, England Notes Parents WAINHOUSE Thomas () WILSON Nancy () Children by WAINHOUSE Anne Margaret 10 Sep 1828 - 29 Dec 1906
O'BRIEN Joseph Aloysius (10 Jun 1858 - 26 Dec 1929) O'BRIEN Mary Frances (3 Dec 1860 - 24 Apr 1949) O'BRIEN Gerrard Joseph (1862 - 1865) O'BRIEN Teresa F. (1864 - ) O'BRIEN ----- (EST 1865 - BEF 1900) O'BRIEN Agnes Gertrude (7 Oct 1867 - 27 Jan 1905) O'BRIEN Elizabeth A. (11 Feb 1870 - 26 Jul 1947)
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