Kevin J. O'Brien in Killernan Graveyard, County Clare, Ireland June 1981

Kevin J. O'Brien in Killernan Graveyard, County Clare, Ireland June 1981
Kevin J. O'Brien in Killernan Graveyard, County Clare, Ireland June 1981

The O'Brien's of Finnormore, Mullagh, Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, County Clare, Ireland


Descendants of Thomas O'Brien of Finnormore, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland
Generation 1

1.      THOMAS1 O'BRIEN .

Thomas O'Brien had the following children:

2.               i. JOSEPH2 O'BRIEN (son of Thomas O'Brien) was born about 1848 in Mullagh, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He died on 30 May 1911 in Finnor More, Ireland. He married Julia M. McGuinness (daughter of Patrick McGuinness) on 05 Feb 1870 in Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, County Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: Michael Lynch & Thady Sexton). She was born about 1844 in Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland. She died on 27 Jul 1914 in Doonsallagh, County Clare, Ireland.

3.               ii.     PATRICK O'BRIEN (son of Thomas O'Brien) was born in 1859 in Mullagh,

Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He married JANE. She was born in 1866 in Ireland.


Generation 2


2.      JOSEPH2 O'BRIEN (Thomas1) was born about 1848 in Mullagh, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He died on 30 May 1911 in Finnor More, Ireland. He married Julia M. McGuinness (daughter of Patrick McGuinness) on 05 Feb 1870 in Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, County Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: Michael Lynch & Thady Sexton). She was born about 1844 in Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland. She died on 27 Jul 1914 in Doonsallagh, County Clare, Ireland.


·         Census Year 1901, Cloonadrum, Finnor More



Residents of a house 12 in Finnor More (Cloonadrum, Clare)

O'Brien, Joseph 52 yrs. Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Farmer, Read and write, Irish and English, Married.

O'Brien, Julia 58 yrs. Female, Wife, R C, Dublin City, Nat. Teacher, Read and write English, Married.

O'Brien, Mary Agnes 22 yrs. Female, Daughter, R C, Co. Clare, Asst. Teacher, Read and write English, Not Married.

O'Brien, Marcella J 18 yrs. Female, Daughter, R C, Co. Clare, Scholar Read and write English, Not Married.

O'Brien, Jennie 5 yrs. Female, Grand Daughter, R C, (daughter of son Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes, They were living with Downes family in 1901 in Ballymackea beg)


·         Census Year 1911, Cloonadrum, Finnor More


Residents of a house 3 in Finnor More (Clovnadrum, Clare)

O'Brien, Joseph 73 yrs. Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Retired Tradesman, Read and write Irish and English, Married.

O'Brien, Julia 68 yrs. Female, Wife, Roman Catholic, Co. Dublin, Retired, N.Teacher, Read and write, English

O'Brien, Jane 16 yrs. Female, Daughter, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Scholar Read and write

English, Unmarried

Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness had the following children:

i.        PATRICK3 O'BRIEN (son of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on 09 May 1879 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. He died on 26 Oct 1879 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland.

ii.       MARCELLA O'BRIEN (daughter of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on 30 Apr 1882 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland.

4.               iii.    MARY O'BRIEN (daughter of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on

1    Dec 1877 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. She married John McCarthy (son of Thomas McCarthy) on 14 Nov 1905 in Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, County Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: Martin McCarthy and Jane O'Brien). He was born in Cloghaun Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

v.       BRIDGET O'BRIEN (daughter of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on 11 Jan 1876 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland.

vi.      MICHAEL O'BRIEN (son of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on 05 Sep 1880 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. He died on 04 Apr 1888 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland.

vii.     JAMES O'BRIEN (son of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on 09 Nov 1870 in Cragaknock, Clare, Ireland.

5.               vii. MARTIN O'BRIEN (son of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on 17 Oct 1872 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. He died in 1935 in County, Clare, Ireland. He married Margaret Downes (daughter of John Downes and Margaret O'Brien) on 21 Oct 1894 in Coore Chapel, Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, Co. Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: John Murrihy and Mary Morriissey). She was born on

7    Feb 1871 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. She died on 29 Oct 1915 in Dunsallagh West, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

viii.    JANE O'BRIEN (daughter of Joseph O'Brien and Julia M. McGuinness) was born on

25  Oct 1873 in Cragaknock, Clare, Ireland.

3.      PATRICK2 O'BRIEN (Thomas1) was born in 1859 in Mullagh, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He married JANE. She was born in 1866 in Ireland.

Patrick O'Brien and Jane had the following child:

i.        JULIA3 O'BRIEN (daughter of Patrick O'Brien and Jane) was born in Apr 1903 in New York City, New York, New York.



Ellis Island Passenger Manifest
23 Dec 1904

Generation 3


4.      MARY3 O'BRIEN (Joseph2, Thomas1) was born on 01 Dec 1877 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. She married John McCarthy (son of Thomas McCarthy) on 14 Nov 1905 in Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, County Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: Martin McCarthy and Jane O'Brien). He was born in Cloghaun Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

John McCarthy and Mary O'Brien had the following child:

i.        MARY JANE4 MCCARTHY (daughter of John McCarthy and Mary O'Brien) was born on 02 Sep 1906 in Cloghaun Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

5.      MARTIN3 O'BRIEN (Joseph2, Thomas1) was born on 17 Oct 1872 in Finnor More, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland. He died in 1935 in County, Clare, Ireland. He married Margaret Downes (daughter of John Downes and Margaret O'Brien*) on 21 Oct 1894 in Coore Chapel, Kilmurry-Ibrickane Parish, Co. Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: John Murrihy and Mary Morriissey). She was born on 07 Feb 1871 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. She died on 29 Oct 1915 in Dunsallagh West, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

*John Downes 26 yrs of Cahermurphy, Kilmihil Parish, son of Owen Downes married Margaret Hehir 28 yrs widowed the daughter of John O'Brien Ballymackea, Mullagh, County Clare. Witnesses: Martin O'Brien and James Downes

Further research has show that Margaret O'Brien may have had children with her first husband.

The following baptism records

HehirMary1854 June 17TromraHehirJohnO'BrienMargaretMurrihy, PatrickKeane, Maria
HehirAnne1859 Aug 29TromraHehirJohnO'BrienMargaretMorrissey, PatrickMorrissey, Ellen
HehirBridget1865 April 8TromraHehirJohnO'BrienMargaretHaren, Patrick of ShanawayO'Brien, Bridget of Killernan

Another note is Mary Hehir married James Morrissey and lived in Tromra and had a large family.  In the 1911 census, Mary O'Brien 12 years old was  living with them.  She may have been the daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes.


·         Census Years 1901 Kilmurry, Ballymackea Beg


Residents of a house 8 in Ballymackea Beg (Kilmurry, Clare)


Downes, John 63 yrs. Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Farmer, Cannot read Irish and English, Married.

Downes, Margaret 67, Female, Wife, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Farmer, Cannot read Irish and English, Married.

Downes, Margaret 29 yrs. Female, Daughter, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, General Servant, Read and write Irish and English, Married.

O'Brien, Martin 27 yrs. Male, Son in Law, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Cooper and Farmer, Read and write Irish and English, Married.

O'Brien, Pat 4 yrs. Male, Nephew, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Scholar Cannot read English, Not Married.

O'Brien, Julia 3 yrs. Female, Grand Daughter, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Cannot read English.
O'Brien, Mary 2 yrs. Female, Grand Daughter, Roman Catholic, Co. Clare, Cannot read English.
O'Brien, Margaret 1 yrs. Female, Grand Daughter, Roman Catholic,

·         Census Years 1911 Kilmurry, Ballymackea Beg



Residents of a house 21 in Ballymackea Beg (Kilmurry, Clare)
Downes, John 76 yrs. Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, County Clare, Farmer, Cannot read or write Irish and English, Married.

Downes, Margaret 79 yrs. Female, Wife, Roman Catholic, County Clare, Cannot read or write Irish and English, Married.
OBrien, Marcella 4 yrs. Female, Grand Child, Roman Catholic, County Clare, Cannot read or write, Single.



Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes had the following children:
i.        BRIDGET4 O'BRIEN (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on
25  Nov 1901 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

ii.       CATHERINE O'BRIEN (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on

6    Jul 1908 in Dunsallagh West, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

iii.      ANNE O'BRIEN (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on 26 Nov 1904 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

iv.      JANE O'BRIEN (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born about 12 Dec 1894 in Sandrum, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

v.       MARCELLA O'BRIEN (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on

25  May 1906 in Dunsallagh West, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

vi.      Ellen O’Brien (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on 27 Mar 1903 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. She died on 12 Jan 1904 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

vii.     Patrick O’Brien (son of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on 16 May 1896 in Sandrum, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He died on 02 Apr 1970 in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA. He married Julia Mary Lynch (daughter of Jeremiah Lynch and Norah Healy) on 12 Jun 1927 in New York City, New York, New York. She was born on 26 Jun 1908 in Cladananure, County Kerry, Ireland. She died on 29 Jul 2003 in Copake, New York, USA.

viii.    Nellie (Ellen) O’Brien (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on 25 Jan 1914 in Dunsallagh West, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. She married William Ryan on 03 Nov 1934 in Pro Cathedral, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland (Witnesses: Walter O'Brien & Francis Keady). He was born in Steele's Terrace, Ennis, County Clare.

ix.      Julia O’Brien (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born about Aug 1897 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. She married William Arthur Theodore Beutel (son of Friedrich Beutel and Dorothea Stier) on 06 Jun 1922 in Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan, USA. He was born in Jan 1893 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA. He died in 1952 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA.

x.       Mary O’Brien (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born about Sep 1898 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.

xi.      John O’Brien (son of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born on 01 Oct 1909 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He died in 1926.

xii.     Margaret O’Brien (daughter of Martin O'Brien and Margaret Downes) was born about 03 Jan 1900 in Ballymackea Beg, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland.


Generation 4

6.      PATRICK4 O'BRIEN (Martin3, Joseph2, Thomas1) was born on 16 May 1896 in Sandrum, Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. He died on 02 Apr 1970 in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA. He married Julia Mary Lynch (daughter of Jeremiah Lynch and Norah Healy) on 12 Jun 1927 in New York City, New York, New York. She was born on 26 Jun 1908 in Cladananure, County Kerry, Ireland. She died on 29 Jul 2003 in Copake, New York, USA.

Patrick O'Brien and Julia Mary Lynch had the following child:

i.        MARGARET M5 OBRIEN (daughter of Patrick O'Brien and Julia Mary Lynch) was born about 1928.

7.      JULIA4 O'BRIEN (Martin3, Joseph2, Thomas1) was born about 25 Aug 1897 in Ballymackea, Bonavilla,
       Kilmurry-Ibrickane, County Clare, Ireland. She married William Arthur Theodore Beutel (son of Friedrich Beutel and Dorothea Stier) on 06 Jun 1922 in Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan, USA. He was born in Jan 1893 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA. He died in 1952 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA.

William Arthur Theodore Beutel and Julia O'Brien had the following children:

i.        WILLIAM5 BEUTEL (son of William Arthur Theodore Beutel and Julia O'Brien) was born about 1925.
ii.       ELIZABETH BEUTEL (daughter of William Arthur Theodore Beutel and Julia O'Brien) was born about 1925.

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