Biography of Timothy O'Brien
Orleans County, NY Biographies





O'Brien, Timothy, was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, and came to Orleans county, in 1847, settling at Medina, where for a few years he was employed in the quarries of John Ryan. He then began business for himself, operating quarries at Medina, Shelby and Brockville. In 1881 he removed to Holley and purchased a quarry of the late Luther D. Hurd, which has since been carried on by Mr. O'Brien and his sons. In politics he was a Democrat, was trustee of Medina several years during his residence there, was also trustee of Holley and for one one year was president of the village. He was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Holley. He married in 1853. Mary Lahey, and they have had seven children: Mary, William, Richard G., Margaret, Anna, Thomas and James P., all now living except Thomas and James. The latter was for several years a student at Niagara University and later at Albany Law School where he received his diploma and was admitted to the bar in 1890. He was greatly esteemed, and his loss deeply felt by a wide circle of friends. He was appointed postmaster of Holley, N. Y. in March, 1894, and his appointment was confirmed August 8th. He died at Holley August 9, 1894. William O'Brien married Charlotte Bodkin, of Holley, in 1890. He was trustee of Holley four years, is a member of the C. M. B. A., Branch 75 of Holley since its organization, was representative to the Grand Council held at Auburn in 1888, and was also representative in 1890 at Binghamton. Richard O'Brien married Ellen Ryan, of Medina, N. Y., in 1884. He is member of the C. M. B. A. also, and was representative at the Grand Council held in Rochester in 1892. Timothy O'Brien died November, 1887. Since his death the business has been carried on by his sons.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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