James O'Brien

M, b. June 24, 1837, d. November 19, 1914
Father*Cornelius O'Brien1
Mother*Margaret Flynn1
James and Ellen Day O'Brien
     James O'Brien was born on June 24, 1837 in Parish of Newport, County Tipperary. There are two possible birth records for James--one in Newport, Tipperary, on June 7, 1836, to Cornelius and Margaret Flynn O'Brien, and the second in Shanagolden, Limerick, on November 23, 1839, to Cornelius and Ellen McMahon O'Brien. The first of these is most likely correct.2,3,1 He was the son of Cornelius O'Brien and Margaret Flynn.1 James O'Brien married Ellen Day, daughter of Darby Day and Johanna Murnane, on February 9, 1861 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. Winesses were Thomas Murnane and Mary Day.4,5 James O'Brien died on November 19, 1914 in Scranton Township, Scranton, Greene County, Iowa, at age 77. The obituary states: "He contracted a severe cold on the evening of Halloween day, and was on the street for the last time on election day. The cold developed into bronchial pneumonia, which was the cause of his death."3 He was buried in Scranton Township Cemetery, Greene County, Iowa. Casket bearers were P. J. Horan, J. B. Kelley, J. W. Holden, Wm. Lawless of Chatsworth, Illinois, Daniel Healy and J. J. Finnegan.6,7

Children of James O'Brien and Ellen Day


August 20, 18701870 Federal CensusSenachwine Township, Putnam County, Illinois8
June 15, 18801880 Federal CensusSaratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois9
June 5, 19001900 Federal CensusWillow Township, Greene County, Iowa10
January 1, 19051905 State CensusWillow Township, Greene County, Iowa11
April 29, 19101910 Federal CensusWillow Township, Greene County, Iowa12
ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Thomas (Darby) O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited3 Dec 2021


  1. [S162] Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915, online http://www.ancestry.com, https://rootsireland.ie/ifhf/view_detail.php and https://rootsireland.ie/ifhf/view_detail.php
  2. [S11] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Greene County.
  3. [S12] [Unknown author], Obituary James O'Brien.
  4. [S10] County Clerk's Office, Vital Records Marshall County.
  5. [S134] St. Mary Catholic Church, Church Records for St. Mary'Catholic Church.
  6. [S13] Greene County Genealogical Society, Cemetery Scranton Township, Lot 49.
  7. [S214] Find a Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, (accessed 26 January 2021), memorial page for James O'Brien (24 Jun 1837–19 Nov 1914), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23238606, citing Scranton Township Cemetery, Scranton, Greene County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Betty (contributor 46527014).
  8. [S23] August 20, 1870 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: M593_271; Page: 191B; Image: 388; Family History Library Film: 545770.
  9. [S434] June 15, 1880 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 234; Page: 285B; Enumeration District: 142.
  10. [S26] June 5, 1900 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: 433; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 89; FHL microfilm: 1240433.
  11. [S28] January 1, 1905 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.
  12. [S27] April 29, 1910 Census Record, Provo, Utah, Roll: T624_403; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0107; Image: 1456; FHL microfilm: 1374416.