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Charles Francis "Frank" O'Connor
Birth: Sep. 22, 1897
Lorain
Lorain County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1979
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Frank's adult life was pretty much lived in the shadow of his wife of 50 years, author and philosopher Ayn Rand. So for biographical information about him, one might consider referring to books primarily about her. The first one, a more personal account, is Barbara Branden's The Passion of Ayn Rand. The second, a more objective and dispassionate biography, is Anne Heller's Ayn Rand and the World She Made. Both books are highly recommended. Another good source is 100 Voices: an Oral History of Ayn Rand. This last title, a compilation of interviews with family members, personal friends and associates of the O'Connors, has much anecdotal testimony about Frank and his relationship with his wife. T.N.
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Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962

Name: F. Charles O'Connor
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place:
Birth Date: 22 Sep 1897
Birthplace: Lorain, Lorain, Ohio
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race: White
Father's Name: Dennis O'Connor
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Minnie Cecil
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C03952-4
System Origin: Ohio-EASy
Source Film Number: 1294335
Reference Number: v 4 p 101


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Charles T Oconnor
Home in 1900: Lorain Ward 4, Lorain, Ohio
[Lorain, Lorain, Ohio]
Age: 2
Birth Date: Sep 1897
Birthplace: Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Father's name: Dennis O'Connor
Father's Birthplace: Pensylvania
Mother's name: Mary A Oconnor
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: View on Image
Household Members: Name Age
Dennis O'Connor 34
Mary A Oconnor 30
Henry Oconnor 6
Joseph B Oconnor 4
Charles T Oconnor 2
Agnes L Oconnor 5/12
William H Oconnor 38


1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Frank O'connor
Age in 1910: 12
Estimated Birth Year: 1898
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's name: Dennie O'connor
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Mary O'connor
Mother's Birth Place: Illinois
Home in 1910: Lorain Ward 2, Lorain, Ohio
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Dennie O'connor 45
Mary O'connor 43
Harry O'connor 16
Joseph O'connor 14
Frank O'connor 12
Agnes O'connor 10
Margaret O'connor 8
John O'connor 6
Elizabeth O'connor 4


World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Name: Frank Charles Oconnor
City: Cleveland
County: Cuyahoga
State: Ohio
Birth Date: 22 Sep 1898
Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1831859
DraftBoard: 14


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Frank O'Connor
Home in 1920: Lorain Ward 3, Lorain, Ohio
Age: 22
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's name: Denis O'Connor
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Mary O'Connor
Mother's Birth Place: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Denis O'Connor 54
Mary O'Connor 51
Harry O'Connor 26
Joseph O'Connor 24
Frank O'Connor 22
Margaret O'Connor 18
John O'Connor 16
Elizabeth O'Connor 14
Stephen O'Connor 24*
Cornelius O'Connor 21*
Rosetta O'Connor 19*
Stella O'Connor 17*

*Dennis' stepchildren

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name: Alice Rosenbaum [Ayn Rand, Frank's future wife]
Arrival Date: 19 Feb 1926
Birth Year: abt 1905
Birth Location: Russia
Birth Location Other: leningrad
Age: 21
Gender: Female
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Hebrew
Port of Departure: Le Havre, France
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: De Grasse
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California, County Marriages, 1850-1952

Name: Charles Francis O'Conor
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 15 Apr 1929
Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 26 [Frank was actually age 31; T.N.]
Birth Year (Estimated): 1903
Father's Name: Dennis O'Connor
Mother's Name: Mary Cecil
Spouse's Name: Alice Rosebaum
Spouse's Age: 24
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1905
Spouse's Father's Name: Fronz Rosenbaum
Spouse's Mother's Name: Anna Kaplan

Page: 122
GS Film number: 2074758
Digital Folder Number: 005698480
Image Number: 00750


1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Charles F O'Connor
[Charles Francis O'Connor]
[Frank O'Connor]
[Charles F Oconnor]
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1899
Birthplace: Ohio
Race: White
Home in 1930: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
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Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Alice O'Connor
Father's Birthplace: Persia [census shows "Penna" - for "Pennsylvania" T.N.]
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Household Members: Name Age
Charles F O'Connor 31
Alice O'Connor 25


U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)

Name: Mrs Alice O'Connor
Age: 25
Birth Date: 20 Jan 1905*
Birth Location: Russia
Spouse: Charles Francis O'Connor
Arrival Year: 1929
Issue Date: 1 Dec 1930
State: California
Locality, Court: Southern District, Central Division, Los Angeles, California, District Court
Record Type: Petition for Naturalization

*this date reflects the JULIAN calendar date which was in use in Russia when Alice was born. By using the Calendar Converter, we see that this date is February 2, 1905 on the GREGORIAN calendar as shown on the Social Security Death Index below.T.N.

California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976

Name: Alice O'Connor
Event Date: 1931 [naturalization certificate issued March 13, 1931]
Event Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Age: 26
Birth Year:
Birth Year (Estimated): 1905
Birthplace:
Affiliate Publication Title: Naturalization Index Cards of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles)
Affiliate Publication Number: M1525
Affiliate Film Number: 83
GS Film number: 001571079
Digital Folder Number: 004640914
Image Number: 03394


1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Frank C Oconnor
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Ohio
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: New York, New York, New York
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Street: East 89 Street
Inferred Residence in 1935: New York
Residence in 1935: New York
Sheet Number: 4B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 95 Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Frank C Oconnor 42
Ayn Oconnor 35

[On the above census, Frank's occupation was shown as an "actor" in "theatricals" and Ayn's as a "novelist" and "playwright". T.N.]

Social Security Death Index

Name: Charles Oconnor
Last Residence: 10016 New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Born: 22 Sep 1897
Last Benefit: 10016 New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Died: Nov 1979
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)


Social Security Death Index

Name: Ayn Rand
Last Residence: 10019 New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Born: 2 Feb 1905
Died: Mar 1982
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Dennis O'Connor (1864 - 1938)
  Mary Agnes Minerva Sissel/Cecil O'Connor (1863 - 1911)
 
 Spouse:
  Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
 
 Siblings:
  Harry Harrison O'Connor (1894 - 1945)*
  Joseph Bernard O'Connor (1895 - 1960)*
  Charles Francis O'Connor (1897 - 1979)
  Agnes Loretta O'Connor Johnston (1899 - 1983)*
  Margaret Alice O'Connor Rhodes (1901 - 1926)*
  John Lawrence O'Connor (1902 - 1980)*
  Elizabeth Cecil O'Connor Donohue (1904 - 1982)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Kensico Cemetery
Valhalla
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Tom Nelson
Record added: Mar 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35266557
Charles Francis Frank O'Connor
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Charles Francis Frank O'Connor
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Charles Francis Frank O'Connor
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Cathy O'Connor Dupler - I wish I could have known Frank, too. He seems a creative, empathic spirit!
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