Obrien Family History & Genealogy

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Obrien Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Sep 13, 2017

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Early Obriens

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1785 - 1861
1786 - 1866
1787 - 1872
1790 - 1877
1790 - 1881
1791 - 1886
1795 - 1882
1795 - 1896
1799 - 1879
1799 - 1884

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Sample of 20 Obrien Biographies

Unknown - 1039
Jan 31, 1891 - Apr 15, 1966
Jan 29, 1921 - October 1963
Aug 22, 1914 - Nov 20, 1997
Dec 13, 1893 - August 1963
Jul 22, 1914 - September 1984
Dec 25, 1932 - Feb 1, 1995
Jun 26, 1948 - Jul 22, 2008
Feb 23, 1898 - July 1987
Mar 25, 1899 - January 1985
Oct 16, 1889 - April 1974
Jul 18, 1928 - Jan 14, 2011
Feb 19, 1903 - April 1976
c. 1969 - Unknown
c. 1936 - Apr 3, 1948
Unknown - Unknown
Unknown - Unknown
1874 - 1947
Unknown - Unknown
c. 1928 - Unknown

Obrien Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Obrien family member is 71.3 years old according to our database of 52,245 people with the last name Obrien that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

71.3 years

Oldest Obriens

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Aug 8, 1895 - Mar 30, 2010
114 years
Nov 19, 1899 - Feb 21, 2009
109 years
Jan 22, 1872 - February 1980
108 years
Oct 23, 1894 - Dec 13, 2001
107 years
Nov 1, 1873 - June 1981
107 years
May 8, 1896 - Aug 6, 2002
106 years
Nov 1, 1902 - Apr 7, 2009
106 years
Feb 18, 1882 - Sep 21, 1988
106 years
Jan 31, 1881 - July 1987
106 years
Sep 20, 1904 - Nov 16, 2010
106 years

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Craig Obrien
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My grandfather, John O'Brien, was born on November 16, 1889 in Kilfinane, near Limerick, Ireland. His father was Thomas O'Brien, a stone mason. His mother was Ellen O'Brien (nee Riordan).
The family lore says that John came to America "under a cloud", a reference indicating that he was most likely involved with the Feenian movement against the British Crown. He was initially returned to Ireland as an undesireable alien, but somehow managed to return again. When the United States entered the First World War he enlisted in the Army, serving with "The Fighting 69th" regiment. He was wounded in the neck (as a child I remember the scars) and was gassed. He had a strange cough for the rest of his life from it. He was also a hard drinker. My mom told of how he would drink himself into a stupor at the kitchen table at night and relive his war experiences.My mom says that they (the children) would sneak up on him and try to see the scars on his neck that he tried to hide all the time.
Back from the war and raising a family in Brooklyn, he joined the Treasury Department and was a guard at the Federal Reserve and Mint for many years.He stayed very active in the VFW. Every St. Patty's day we'd watch him and the other 69th veterans march. Then we'd go to the 59th street armory for a big party.
One of my favorite memories of him was when my mom was going to punish me for some infraction or other. My grandfather's voice boomed out from the living room in a thick Gaelic brogue, "Oh, don't hit the boy Ann." He died when I was still a kid and was the only living grandparent I ever had. They didn't live as long in those days.
While he was not a perfect individual he did raise seven children to be good citizens and loving people. Another six children died before they were five from scarlett fever and the like. They were different times.As i grow older I find myself more and more curious about my family history. As an O'Brien we trace our roots to Brian Boru, who drove the Vikings from Ireland. "Remember", my mom would say, "you've the blood of kings in your veins."
He died in 1963, while on a cruise off the coast of Florida, traveling with a "lady friend." He was a rebel till the end.
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