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 Ellen <I>O'Brien</I> Helfenstein

Ellen O'Brien Helfenstein

Birth
Bandon, County Cork, Ireland
Death 5 Aug 1908 (aged 75)
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Burial Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 67154945 · View Source
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Ellen O'Brien is the daughter of David O'Brien (not Dennis) and Hanora Dooling. She had a brother named Denis. 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; Also 2 more of her sisters Memorial#163275940;and 149057746.
Unlocated siblings-Mary,John,Dennis,and David.


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  • Created by: Richard G. Reed
  • Added: 19 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67154945
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellen O'Brien Helfenstein (Mar 1833–5 Aug 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67154945, citing New City Cemetery, Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Richard G. Reed (contributor 47459154) .