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1. John Francis O'BRIEN. Born on 27 Jun 1848 in Ireland. At the age of 85, John Francis died in Tennessee in Apr 1934. Buried in Apr 1934 in Grant Cemetery, 7th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1880.

From The Jackson Sun Feb. 10, 1934:
HUMBOLDT, Feb. 10 - Funeral services were held Friday for John Francis O'Brien, 80-year-old citizen of the Cedar Grove community, who passed away at his home Wednesday following an illness of several weeks. The funeral services were held from the residence with Mr. Burns officiating. Interment followed in the Grant cemetery, family burial grounds. Mr. O'Brien was born in Ireland and came to this country when 8 years of age. He came over as a stow-away and wasn't found until the ship got nearly to the states. He was told that he would be carried back to his native country by ship officials, but he jumped overboard as the ship neared the New York harbor and swam to safety. He was given a job for a few months in a New York City brickyard and later came to Memphis where he lived when the yellow fever epidemic was in full force. He was employed in the construction of the Louisville & Nashville railroad and made his home in Memphis for a number of years. Later he settled in the Cedar Grove community where he married Miss Lula Grant, and to this union three children were born, of which two sons survive, Robert O'Brien of Cedar Grove and Patrick O'Brien of Milan, Tenn. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mrs. Lawrence McMinn of Humboldt is a grand-daughter. Mr. O'Brien was christened in the Catholic church, while a baby in Ireland, but was of the Protestant faith since he reached manhood.

On 22 Jan 1877 when John Francis was 28, he married Clarka Ann GRANT, daughter of John GRANT Junior (1806-) & Anna Jane ? (1812-), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 14 Feb 1837 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 75, Clarka Ann died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 30 Oct 1912. Buried in Oct 1912 in Grant Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in District 16, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870. Resided in District 8, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880.

Cause of Death: Clarka was heating water in a large pot to wash clothes. Somehow she made contact with the fire and her clothes were engulfed in flames. Her husband, John O'Brien, extinguished the flames. However, her body could not withstand the trauma. She died two days later.

They had the following children:
2 i. Patrick Henry (1878-1958)
3 ii. Robert Emerson (1879-1962)
4 iii. Thomas Austin (1884-1927)


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