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Ellen O'Brien Helfenstein
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Birth: Mar., 1833
County Cork, Ireland
Death: Aug. 5, 1908
Galveston County
Texas, USA

Ellen O'Brien is the daughter of David O'Brien and Hanora Dooling. She came to America sometime between 1847 and 1850 with her brothers and sisters except for Patrick O'Brien a younger brother who was left behind with their aunt Nancy Twomey back in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. Patrick came over later around 1866 after the Civil war. The family migrated to New Orleans, Louisiana and Ellen's parents died shortly after their arrival in New Orleans. The children were placed in Orphanages. Ellen had migrated from New Orleans to Galveston at least by July 8,1860 where she was living with the George Ball family on the 1860 Census.She married Louis H. Helfenstein on 4 August 1860 in Galveston. Louis died ca. 1868 and Ellen had to raise her two sons John and William. She ran a bording house in Galveston to survive. She was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church. She lived through the 1900 Flood;however, some of her grandchildren perished. She died on 4 August 1908 at 2110 L Street in the City of Galveston and is buried in New City Cemetery.

Ellen had several brothers and sisters.
Ellen has a younger brother Patrick O'Brien who passed away and died in Dallas, Texas see Memorial#67131234 
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  John H Helfenstein (1861 - 1905)*
  William David Helfenstein (1863 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
New City Cemetery
Galveston County
Texas, USA
Created by: Richard G. Reed
Record added: Mar 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67154945
Ellen <i>O'Brien</i> Helfenstein
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Ellen <i>O'Brien</i> Helfenstein
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