Jeremiah O'Brien

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Jeremiah O'Brien

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Timoleague, Cork, Ireland
Death: September 25, 1897 (64)
Darwin, Meeker County, Minnesota, United States
Place of Burial: Darwin, Meeker County, Minnesota, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John O'Brien and Sheila "Julia" O'Brien
Husband of Johanna O'Brien
Father of Julia Agnes Dynan; John O'Brien; Mary Heenan; Joseph O'Brien; Catherine McRaith and 4 others

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About Jeremiah O'Brien

  1. Census: 1 JUN 1870 Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Fourth Ward, page 4
  2. Census: 1 JUN 1860 Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Ward Three
  3. Census: 1 JUN 1880 U.S.Census, Minnesota, Meeker County, Darwin, E.D. 56
  4. Burial: 1897 Darwin, Meeker County, Minnesota
  5. Note:
   According to Nora Casey's information on the O'Briens enclosed with her letter of May 30, 1979 to John A. Brickley, Jeremiah O'Brien immigrated about 1952-53. She does not mention the parents.
   Dates of Jeremiah's birth and death were taken from the gravestone, Darwin, Minnesota, and narrative history by Joanne LINK.
   Question: Jeremiah apparently was born in Timoleague, County Cork.
   Of the children of John and Sheila(Julie) who moved away from Pittsburgh, Jeremiah stayed and Tim returned from Canada. With his cousin, Dan SULLIVAN, Jeremiah piloted riverboats on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to New Orleans until the Civil War stopped that traffic. They then worked in the shipyards in New Jersey for John Ericson, who built the ironclad ship later called the Monitor which sank during a storm in 1862.
   [Research question: Did Jeremiah and Dan serve in the Civil war?]
   June 1, 1860, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Ward Three: Jeremiah was living wth his mother and employed as a laborer [See Julie Kessane].
   June 1, 1870 United States Census, State of Pennsylvania, Ward 4 of Allegheny County, page 4, dwelling number 29, family numbered 32, lines 28-31. Enumerator Edward Masters.
   O'BRIEN, Jerry, age 33, born in Ireland to parents born in Ireland, citizen, Day Laborer, real estate valued at $2000, personal estate valued at $200;
   Johanna, age 27, born in Ireland of parents born in Ireland;
   Julia, age 3, born in Pennsylvania to parents born in Ireland;;
   Margaret, age 1, at home, born in Pennsylvania to parents born in Ireland;
   Also in dwelling 28, family number 33, lines 32-34:
   Lansing, John, age 45, born in Ireland of parents born in Ireland, citizen, Watchman Roll Mill, personal estate $100;
   Bridget, age 35, born in Ireland of parents born in Ireland, keeping house;
   Frank, age 5/12, born in Pennsylvania.
   Jeremiah's cousin, Dan, with two other men, Dennis McCarthy and John Hurley, went to Minnesota. It was through them that Jeremiah bought a farm from Clarence McScott in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, not far from Darwin. Jeremiah and Johanna moved to their farm in 1875. At that time, Julia, their oldest child, was nine years old.
   John Lansing wrote this letter to close friends Jeremiah and Johanna O'BRIEN:
   June the 26, 1879
   my dear friends we received youre leter and we are both hapy to hear that you are all well as this leter us both at present riting now I tell you all the news from pittsburgh the spring here was very backward for groing crops e verything was a month bee hin time warm and dry but now we have fine wether not very warm for Summer but nice groing wether bloomfield is impanning a good deal since you left here new houses and others altred we have gas on our street and we wil have water pipes this sumer there is gas on all the streets out here now. Libert street is now the foxy drive for the big bugs they are going to run the street cars up to the park on liberty in the grove thare is a fine hotel built in friendship park and the grove is now a big beer garden with walks and roads with a dancing pavilian on hundred by 60 feet square there is other beer gardens out here now on on the pike a cross from the garison wall so you see Jery we have prety lively times out here now mr hess has turned the turners hall a round and made two butifull houses out of it for charles and lewey they are both married and as for the times Jery everything has got down to hard from a dolar is a dolar now from one dolar to one and a quarter is the wages in a a round the mills all the mills are in full blast paying the old rate of wages five dolars per ton for foudling so I think the times here are on the mend everything in the market is very reasonable except beef that is kept up prety well all the naibours that you now are well and in good
   kate quad has left the world joind the saint franciscas sister here The same that mary bary went and she sends her best respects to you all she came to see us be fore she left she will bee part of the time in birming HAM an part of the time up at the cemetry mrs oblison and family are well and geting a long well she and anie are dress making and mary jane is packing medcine in sellers drug store aney is a dasing fins lady now ann colins or mrs mullvehil and aney are well she has three bouncing children promise to be a big as her sefe and one died mrs abison always remenbers you now I will tell you about margret she is still in irland and I think she will stay there now for she is maried her name is now margre hannon her husbands father was a second cousin to her mother so they were well aquainted but bridget don't now him but new his father they are living in the town of galway keeping house both here antz died since she went home so she is now living in the same house her ant margret lived in she got maried the 6th day of april Last I had a leter from her husband a short time a gow so I supose he will order me to send that thousand dolars on to him next fall it is now out on mortgage and he canot get it be fore next January so he was luckey to cach her I am still working in clarks mill yet labouring fred eagan and tim o brine comes here now and then to see us louisi and amelia hess sends magie and julia their picture in this leter anty sayes the next leter you send magie and julia must tell her all a bout the cows and horses and chickens and every thing and she hopes she will live long a nuff to see you all a gain so margie you must kiss all the little ones for her from youre one dear anty Lansing rite when you have time Jery we are always glad to here from you
   John Lansing
   I will send some papers with this leter good by
   Name: John LANSING
   Age: 58
   Estimated birth year: <1822>
   Birthplace: IRE
   Occupation: Laborer
   Relation: Self
   Home in 1880: Laurel Avenue, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
   Marital status: Married
   Wife: Bridget, age 46, keeping house
   Race: White
   Gender: Male
   Head of household: John LANSING
   Father's birthplace: IRE
   Mother's birthplace: IRE
   [Son Frank was not listed; may have died; would have been 10 years old .]
   Image Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1093; Family History Film: 1255093; Page: 252C; Enumeration District: 137; Image: 0513.
   Pittsburgh City Directory: 1888-1892
   Name: John Lansing
   Location 1: Laurel avenue, n Pearl
   Occupation: laborer
   Year: 1890
   City: Pittsburgh
   State: PA
   Name: John Lansing
   Home in 1900: 4744 Laurel, Pittsburgh Ward 16, Allegheny, Pennsylvania - owned, free of mortgage
   Age: 79
   Estimated birth year: Sept. 1821
   Birthplace: Ireland
   Race: White
   Relationship to head-of-house: Head - married 36 years
   Wife: Bridget, born June 1833 in Ireland
   Niece: Dowd, Della born June 1876 in PA.
   Occupation: Day laborer; did not work for 8 months
   Immigration year: 1855 [or 1850; in U.S. 50 years, not naturalized]
   Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Pittsburgh Ward 16, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T623 1360; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 196.
   June 1, 1880 United States Census, State of Minnesota, Meeker County, City of Darwin, page 12, Enumeration District 56, dwelling number 86, family numbered 88, lines 12-23. Enumerator C.W. BROWN.
   O'BRIEN, Jeremiah, age 40, married, farmer, born in Ireland to parents born in Ireland;
   Johannah, age 35?, wife, keeping house, born in Ireland to parents born in Ireland;
   Julie, age 13, daughter, attended school, born in Pennsylvania;
   Margaret, age 11, daughter, attended school, born in Pennsylvania;
   John, age 9, son, attended school, born in Pennsylvania;
   Mary, age 7, daughter, attended school, born in Pennsylvania;
   Joseph, age 6, son, attended school, born in Pennsylvania;
   William, age 4, son, born in Minnesota;
   Timothy, age 2, son, born in Minnesota;
   Elen, age 2, daughter, born in Minnesota;
   Catherine, age 4/12, born in Minnesota;
   Jeremiah, age 4/12, born in Minnesota.
   Two farms away lived the Daniel and Ellen SULLIVAN family. The parents were from Ireland, had 6 children, all born in Minnesota. The family arrived in Minnesota before 1869 when Kate, age 11, was born.
   During a June 23, 2001 visit from Ruth GENSMAN, Helen CASEY and her daughter, Margaret, told how Jeremiah did not know how to farm when he bought the property. He learned farming by imitating of his neighbors.
   Jeremiah and Johanna had twelve children, which included three sets of twins. The children were very intelligent. Several men became successful lawyers. One was named a judge in Fargo, N.D. Several girls became teachers by taking what little training was demanded at that time. Julia had a millinery and dress shop in Darwin. [The shop may have been in Litchfield - Helen CASEY.]

Johanna and Jeremiah were married in 1864 or 1865. The place of marriage has not been verified -- whether Pittsburgh or Detroit.

Report from Diocese of Pittsburgh search of records:

"We searched the marriage records of St. Paul, St. Bridget, St. Patrick, and St. Mary (Lawrenceville) and found no entry for Jeremiah O'Brien between 1860 and 1867. If you were to identify where Johannah Kielty was living prior to the marriage, we might be able to suggest additional parishes to search.

We also searched the above parishes, with the exception of St. Paul's, for the baptisms of their children. Based on their residence in 1870, the closest parish was St. Patrick, but no baptisms were found there. Since none of the baptisms were found, the family probably attended St. Paul where the baptisms are missing for all the years in questions.

St. Paul's baptisms are missing from 1861 to 1875."

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Jeremiah O'Brien's Timeline

March 15, 1833
Timoleague, Cork, Ireland
April 21, 1867
Age 34
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 11, 1870
Age 37
August 24, 1872
Age 39
May 27, 1874
Age 41
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 19, 1877
Age 44
February 12, 1880
Age 46
February 12, 1880
Age 46
March 31, 1882
Age 49