STEPHEN PARKER4 O'BRIEN (ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born December 24, 1825 in Brown, OH, and died March 17, 1912 in Ames, Story, IA.  He married (1) SARAH E. HIESTAND Bef. 1850.  She was born June 24, 1831 in IN, and died May 24, 1864 in Ames, Story, IA.  He married (2) ELIZABETH TRIBBLE July 14, 1868 in Clay Co., IN (bk 2, p. 509), widow of SAMUEL TRIBBLE.  She was born 1837 in IN.  He married (3) SARAH R. EVANS December 24, 1884 in Story, IA.  She was born Abt. 1837 in IL, and died August 09, 1924 in Ames, Story, IA.   


NOTE:  Named in father, Enoch O'Brien's will 1837 Hancock Co, IN 

MILITARY: Civil War and Mexican War; 1st Sgt, Company A, 23rd Regt Iowa Vol. Infantry.  Enlisted 4 Aug 1862   In his son George's obituary, it said, " The father was a veteran of the Mexican war as well as of the Civil war, being for several years prior to his death the sole surviving Mexican War veteran.'

USCENS:  1860, Story Co, IA; p. 723 

Burial: March 19, 1912, Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA

Military service: Civil War; CW Co A, 23rd IA; Lieut Inf; MW: 2nd In Inf



NOTE:  her maiden name and death date listed in Stephen P. O'Brien's  pension records.

Burial: Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA


Notes for SARAH R. EVANS:

NOTE:  When Sarah filed as Stephen P. O'Brien's widow, she mentioned being married and divorced to a J. L. Jones and she showed the decree.  She became acquainted with J. L. Jones in 1870 when he was a man of about 50 years of age.  She goes on to say :  All the time I lived with him as his wife, I never heard him speak of being in the service for the U.S. in the Civil War either in the Army or Navy.  I never saw anything in the way of correspondece, badges, or anything of that kind indicating any military spirit whatever in him.  He left Ames soon after our divorce and I have lost all trace of him.  If alive he is probably in Canada or the far west.  Neither do I know any one who does, but I am inclined to think he is dead. 



1.              i.       MARY E.5 O'BRIEN, b. July 28, 1850, Clay, IN; d. December 18, 1919, Ames, Story, IA.

2.             ii.       SAMUEL W. O'BRIEN, b. October 21, 1852, IA; d. 1922, Ames, Story, IA.

                 iii.       NAOMA ANN O'BRIEN, b. November 11, 1854, Story Co, IA; d. December 02, 1941, Los Angeles, CA; m. ? PHILLIPS.

3.            iv.       NANCY ALICE O'BRIEN, b. February 20, 1857, IA.

4.             v.       GEORGE W. O'BRIEN, b. October 13, 1859, Story Co, IA; d. February 13, 1932, Ames, Story, IA.

5.            vi.       VIOLA LOUISA O'BRIEN, b. March 04, 1862, Story Co, IA; d. 1926, Ames, Story, IA.


1.  MARY E.5 O'BRIEN (STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born July 28, 1850 in Clay, IN, and died December 18, 1919 in Ames, Story, IA.  She married WILLIAM JASPER ZENOR April 22, 1869 in Story Co, IA, son of ELI ZENOR and MARIA PAYNE.  He was born December 15, 1848 in IN, and died March 05, 1923 in Ames, Story, IA.


More About MARY E. O'BRIEN:  Burial: Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA  

OBITUARY for Mrs. W. J. Zenor appearing in the "Ames Daily Tribune" on Thursday, December 18, 1919 on front page
Succumbs to Apoplexy While in Arms of Sister This Morning; Death of Pioneer Woman Shocks Host of Ames Friends; Married 50 Years.
  Death from apoplexy at her home in Ames at 9:50 this morning brought to a close the active and useful life of Mrs. W. J. Zenor, who passed away without warning while in the arms of her sister, Mrs. Thomas of Des Moines.  At the time Mrs. Thomas and Dr. Roberts were giving Mrs. Zenor a treatment for minor afflictions.  Suddenly came the stroke and she breathed hr last.
  Mrs. Zenor was born May Eleanor O'Brien and had lived in the vicinity of Ames since 1852, being one of the oldest residents of this community.  born in Indiana 69 years ago, she came to Iowa with her parents when 17 years of age and located with them just north of the college on what is now the pammell farm.  There she spent the remaining years of her girlhood and from there she was married on April 22, 1869 to W. J. Zenor, by whom she is survived.  On April 22, last year, surrounded by their family and immediate relatives they celebrated close of fifty years of happy married life together.
Cut off here and appears rest on next line: Kansas City, C. C. Zenor of Sheldon, and Mrs. Gertie Bell Holmes, wife of C. E. Holmes, who lives at San Benito, Texas.  She was the sister of George O'Brien of Ames and Mrs. Thomas of Des Moines.
  For some time Mrs. Zenor had not been in the best of health and had been under the care of her sister and Dr. Roberts who was giving her a treatment at the time the fatal stroke came upon her.
  In her girlhood Mrs. Zenor united with the Church of Christ and the years of her happy married life were spent in devout communion with that faith.  To that faith she made her life correspond and was indeed a practical Christian.  Widely known in Ames, and vicinity, particularly among those older residents she was most generally beloved and the sense of shock which came over Ames upon the news of her death this morning will be followed by a feeling of irreparable loss among the many who for years knew and loved her.


More About WILLIAM JASPER ZENOR:  Burial: Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA

Census: 1870, Franklin Twsp, Ontario, Story Co, IA  

OBITUARY appearing in "The Ames Daily Tribune", Tuesday, March 6, 1923: 
W. J. Zenor Dies
Funeral Arrangements Pending Arrival of Relatives
W. J. Zenor, 74, a brother-in-law of George W. O'Brien, died at his ome, 512 Burnett avenue, Monday morning, following a short illness from pneumonia.      Mr. Zenor is survived by a widow and three children.  The children are L. I. Zenor of San Benito, Tex., Mrs. Grettie Belle holmes, also of San Benito, and C. C. Zeanor, of Nicollet, Minn.
  C. C. Zenor and his wife are here now and it is expected that the rest of the children will arrive in Ames Thursday evening.
  Mr. Zenor was born in Clay county, Indiana, Dec 15, 1848, and came to Iowa when but a small boy.  From that time he was a resident of Story and Boone counties with the exception of a short while when he lived in Greene county, Ia., and in Kansas.




Children of MARY O'BRIEN and WILLIAM ZENOR are:

                   i.    L. L.6 ZENOR, b. April 1870, Story Co, IA; d. Of San Benito, TX.

6.                ii.   GRETTIE BELLE ZENOR, d. Of San Benito, TX.

                  iii.    C. C. ZENOR.



2.  SAMUEL W.5 O'BRIEN (STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born October 21, 1852 in IA, and died 1922 in Ames, Story, IA.  He married ANNABELLA. 


More About SAMUEL W. O'BRIEN: Burial: Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA


Children of SAMUEL O'BRIEN and ANNABELLA are:

        i.       TOM6 O'BRIEN, b. November 13, 1879, Vigo Co, IN; d. December 25, 1934, Ryan Hotel, St. Paul, Lee Co, IA.  

OBITUARY appearing in the "Ames Milepost" for Tom O'Brien 
  Tom O'Brien, son of Samuel W. and Annabella O'Brien, was born Nov. 13, 1879, in Vigo county, Indiana, and died suddenly at night of Dec 25, 1934, at the Ryan Hotel, St. Paul, at the age of 55 years, 1 month and 12 days.  The cause of his death was heart failure and he was ill only a few hours before passing away peacefully in his sleep.
  His early boyhood was spent on a farm in Indiana.  Coming to Iowa about 1895, he later became interested in the hotel business and spent several years managing hotels in Boone, Clinton and Cedar Rapids.
  About 1912 he went to Montana where he engaged in ranching, general contracting and finally the livestock business, in which he has been engaged the past eight or ten years.
  At the time of his death, he was employed as as western representative of Weiller and Weiller, St. Paul, his work taking him all over the west he loved so well.
  He leaves behind two brothers, Steve O'Brien of Ames, and Roy O'Brien of Webster City, and a nephew Leslie O'Brien of Ames.

7.   ii.       STEVE O'BRIEN, d. Of Ames.

     iii.       ROY O'BRIEN, d. Of Webster City, IA.  

OBITUARY appearing in the "Ames Tri Weekly" on Nov 27, 1918 for Ray O'Brien (this probably is  Roy O'Brien).   
A telegram was received to the city yesterday that brot all the sadness in the world.
  It was a cable from England which told of the death of Ray O'Brien, a grandson of Mrs. Sarah O'Brien and who for several years had made his home in Ames.
  The telegram merely carried the word that his death occurred in a hospital in England and gave no cause.  There is the belief on the part of his mother and other relatives that he must have been sick while on board going across for they have not heard from him.  The belief prevails here that he would have written had the opportunity have been his and that shortly after going on board he must have been stricken with sickness and later died in the English hospital.


3.  NANCY ALICE5 O'BRIEN (STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born February 20, 1857 in IA.  She married JAMES PERRY JACKSON. 


Children of NANCY O'BRIEN and JAMES JACKSON are:

                   i.    ?6 JACKSON, b. August 16, 1882, Washington Twsp, Story, IA.

                  ii.    ? JACKSON, b. October 17, 1885, Washington Twsp, Story, IA.



4.  GEORGE W.5 O'BRIEN (STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born October 13, 1859 in Story Co, IA, and died February 13, 1932 in Ames, Story, IA.  He married SARAH EMMA FERGUSON January 15, 1884 in Clay Co, IN.  She was born January 15, 1862 in IN; d. Mar 18, 1943


OBITUARY appearing in "Nevada Evening Journal" on Monday, Feb 15, 1932, front page 
Sudden Death of an Ames Pioneer
Special in the Journal
Ames, Feb 15 - In the death of George O'Brien, 72, which occurred early Saturday very suddenly, Ames loses one of the pioneer citizens, he having lived here practically all of his life.  Having been engaged in business for many years, his acquaintance was a wide one.  Death was due to heart failure.
  Mr. O'Brien rose about 5 o'clock stating he was going to sit by a warm air register.  A short time later, Mrs. O'Brien found him seated in a chair, wrapped in a blanket, dead.
  Mr. O'Brien for 40 years was proprietor of an implement and hardware business in Ames.  He was prominent in the Masonic order and in the Odd Fellows order.
  Besides his wife, he leaves a son, F. B. O'Brien of Chicago and a sister, Mrs. Ann Phillips of Pasadena, Cal.
  George O'Brien was a native son of Story county, being a son of Stephen P. and Sarah H. O'Brien who came to Story county from Indiana in 1852 and settled on the first squatters claim on the south-east quarter of Section 35 Franklin township, now just in the north edge of the city of Ames.
  The father was a veteran of the Mexican war as well as of the Civil war, being for several years prior to his death the sole surviving Mexican War veteran.
  Funeral services for Mr. O'Brien will be held Tuesday afternoon  at 2:00 at the Methodist church in Ames, after which interment will be in the Ames cemetery.  The body is now at the Duckworth Funeral Homes in Ames.


OBITUARY for Mrs. George W. O'Brien from  the "Ames Milepost Newspaper".   
Mrs. George W. O'Brien died at the home of her brother, I. J. Ferguson, last Thursday evening.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, with burial in the Ames cemetery.    Mrs. O'Brien was born Jan. 15, 1862, in Indiana, and came to Iowa after her marriage.  Surviving are two brothers, I. J. Ferguson of Ames, and William R. Ferguson, Terre Haute, Ind.


                   i.       FLOYD B.6 O'BRIEN, b. Abt. 1885, IN.

                  ii.       RAY O'BRIEN, d. November 1918, England.



5.  VIOLA LOUISA5 O'BRIEN (STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born March 04, 1862 in Story Co, IA, and died 1926 in Ames, Story, IA.  She married CHARLES H. GLIDDEN November 30, 1882 in Story Co, IA.  He was born 1858 in NY, and died 1901 in Ames, Story, IA.



Burial: Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA

Census: 1870, Franklin Twsp, Ontario, Story, IA (in household with W. J. Zenor

Religion: Baptist



STATECENS:  1895, Ames 2nd Ward, Story Co, IA; occupation-policeman

 living in 1898; appears in Story County 1898 Directory 



Burial: Ames Ceme, Ames, Story, IA

Religion: Baptist



                   i.       LYNN F.6 GLIDDEN, b. Abt. 1890, Polk Co, IA.

6.  GRETTIE BELLE6 ZENOR (MARY E.5 O'BRIEN, STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) died in Of San Benito, TX.  She married C. E. HOLMES.      


Child of GRETTIE ZENOR and C. HOLMES is:

                   i.       ZELDA7 HOLMES. 




Child of STEVE O'BRIEN is:

8.                 i.     LESLIE7 O'BRIEN, b. May 21, 1901; d. April 1966, Des Moines, Polk, IA.


8.  LESLIE7 O'BRIEN (STEVE6, SAMUEL W.5, STEPHEN PARKER4, ENOCH3, GEORGE2, ENOCH1) was born May 21, 1901, and died April 1966 in Des Moines, Polk, IA.  He married MARY B./TORENE CURE April 16, 1922, daughter of WILLIAM CURE and ANNA ?.  She was born September 03, 1903 in Maxwell, Story, IA, and died June 03, 1941 in Ames, Story, IA.



OBITUARY appearing in the "Ames Milepost" newspaper for Mrs. Leslie O'Brien
  Mrs. Leslie O'Brien daughter of Chief and Mrs. W. J. Cure died at the Mary Greeley hospital Tuesday night, where she had gone to the maternity ward.  A sudden cerebral hemorrhage snuffed out her life before the birth of her child.  An immediate Caeserian section delivered the child a half hour after her death.  The child, a son, died yesterday afternoon.
  Mrs. O'Brien was born at Maxwell on September 3, 1903 and came to Ames with her parents in 1918.  She was graduated from the Ames high school.
  On April 16, 1922, she was married to Leslie O'Brien who with her husband and the infant son, three daughter, Bonnie Jean, 17; Patty Jo. 8; Mary Jean, 7; one brother Fred Cure of Louisville, Ky., and one sister, Mrs. Sam Carter of Moville, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Cure survive her.
  Mrs. O'Brien was active in Daughters of Union Veterans, and the Utopia Club.  She was a member of the Methodist church of Ames.  She had many friends, who are shocked by this sudden tragic ending.  Deepest sympathy is expressed to her family and to her parents, for she won many friends by her kindly disposition and her friendly spirit.  She was a good wife and mother.
  Funeral service was held today at the Methodist church in charge of the pastor, Dr. A. H. Barker.  Burial was in the Ames cemetery.
NOTE :  She appears in the 1905 Iowa state census in Maxwell, Story County, IA.  The persons in the household are:  William Cure, Anna M. Cure, Fred Cure, Torene Cure, and Mary B. Cure.  

Children of LESLIE O'BRIEN and MARY CURE are:

                   i.       BONNIE JEAN8 O'BRIEN, b. Abt. 1924.

                  ii.       PATTY JO O'BRIEN, b. Abt. 1933.

                 iii.       MARY JEAN O'BRIEN, b. Abt. 1934.

                 iv.       INFANT O'BRIEN, b. June 03, 1941, Ames, Story, IA; d. June 07, 1941, Ames, Story, IA.


More About INFANT O'BRIEN: Burial: Ames, Story, IA

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