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Edward O'Brien
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1843
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1925
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA

Taken from the Muscatine Iowa Journal Oct. 1925.

Edward O'Brien, 82 died at 8 o'clock last evening at his home 302 Gilbert street of complications
resulting from old age. His health had been poor for the past year.

Mr. O'Brien was born in New York City, 24 August 1843 the son of Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien. Enlisting in the federal army at the age of 19 he saw three years of actual service in the Civil War, and passed 11 months, until the close of the war, in the Andersonville Prison, having been captured while on a scouting trip. After the war he moved to Illinois, living in Rock Island and Mercer counties until 1877, when he came to Muscatine where he lived there the remainder of his life. In 1866 he married Miss Mary Jane Brewer in Muscatine. He was a member of the Shelby Norman post, G. A. R. Of the seven children, three survive him: Mrs. William D. Bierman, Muscatine; Mrs. Mollie Bliss, Buda Ill., and William H. O'Brien of this city. He also leaves his wife. Three children died in infancy and one daughter, Anna Margaret O'Brien died 23 February 1923 in Muscatine.

Funeral services will be held from the home, 302 Gilbert street tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the Rev. E. A. Benzinger. Burial will be in the Greenwood cemetery.

I (June Welsch) visited with Arlene Swisher Solomon and she has a book of poems that Edward carried with him all thru the civil war. He had wrote his name in it and he had the most beautiful penmanship. Arlene said he always called himself a gentleman and that when he sat down for a meal he always put a dinner jacket on. He was a very educated man. He taught all of his children to write.

He was in the 1880 Drury Township, Rock Island County, Illinois page 286C Census;
Edward O'Brien farming 40 born NY both parents born Ireland;
Mary J. wife 30 born VA both parents born VA;
Mollie daughter 13 born IL;
Nancy daughter 9 born IL;
William son 6 born IL;
Maggie daughter 4 born IL.

He was in the 1900 Muscatine County Iowa Census;
Edward O'Brien born Aug. 1844 in New York;
Mary Jane born Nov. 1847 in Indiana married 33 years and she had 7 children and 4 living;
Hannah M. born Nov. 1875 in Illinois.

He was in the 1915 Muscatine County Iowa, Census;
Edward O'Brien 72 born in New York;
Mary J. 68 born in Indiana.
Living next door was
William H. O'Brien his son 40 born Illinois;
Nola 33 wife born Iowa;
William H. Jr. 7 son born Iowa;
Randall 18 born Iowa;
Jesse 15 born Iowa;
Louis 13 born Iowa;
Edward's father was born in Ireland and his mother was English;

1920 Muscatine City, Muscatine County, Iowa page 2b;
Edward O'Brien 78 born NY;
Mary Jane wife 73 born Indiana;
Hannah daughter 44 born IL;
Research Source (June Welsch) e-mail

1925 Muscatine City, Muscatine County, Iowa
O'Brien Edward Head 81 Muscatine, Fourth Ward
O'Brien Mary Jane Wife 78
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  Mary Jane Brewer O'Brien (1847 - 1933)
  Mary Ann O'Brien Bliss (1867 - 1932)*
  Nancy Tudy O'Brien Bierman (1872 - 1938)*
  William Henry O'Brien (1873 - 1926)*
  Hannah Margaret O'Brien (1875 - 1923)*
  William Smith O'Brien (1877 - 1880)*
  Lena O'Brien (1884 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA
Created by: June Welsch
Record added: Oct 31, 2009
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VETERAN - whether active duty, discharged, retired, reserve or passed away - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to, and including their life. Thank You for your...(Read more)
- June Welsch
 Added: Oct. 31, 2009

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