Biography of Rev. A. H. O'Brian
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Rev. A. H. O'Brian, pastor of the First Baptist Church, East Liverpool, is well and favorably known throughout Columbiana County. He was born in Pembroke, Canada, July 27, 1871, and is the son of John and Elizabeth (Jackson) O'Brian.

John O'Brian, deceased, was a native of Canada and the son of Patrick O'Brian, who migrated from Ireland to Canada during the early days. John O'Brian became a prosperous farmer and stock man and died at the age of 74 years. His wife died at the age of 94 years. She was a native of Canada and a daughter of Joseph and Harriet Jackson, natives of Vermont, who settled in Canada in 1776, and who were known as the United Empire Loyalists. Elizabeth (Jackson) O'Brian was educated in the schools of Canada and was a writer of note. At the time of her death she had 54 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. There were nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brian as follows: Joseph and Thomas, deceased; Rev. Noah, deceased, was a Methodist minister at Watertown, N. Y.; John, lives at Pembroke, Canada; Edgar, deceased; Rev. A. H., the subject of this sketch; Hattie, married Philip Thrasher, lives at Pembroke, Canada; Emma, married Charles Whitmore, lives in Pembroke, Canada; and Elizabeth, married David McDonald, lives at Douglass, Canada.

Rev. A. H. O'Brian received his early education in Canada, after which he joined the Montreal Methodist Conference for three years. He studied missionary work in New York and was sent to China in 1896, returning to this country in 1898 on account of ill health. He remained in Canada until 1905 after which he engaged in Evangelistic and Missionary work for three years. He then had the following charges: Findlay, Ohio, five years; Kingsville, Ohio, four years; Sandusky, Ohio, five years; Tiffin, Ohio, two years; and he has been pastor of the First Baptist Church in East Liverpool since 1923. He is a member of the Ohio Baptist Convention and the Northern Baptist Convention of America.

Tn 1907 Reverend O'Brian was married to Miss Winifred Zellar, of Illinois, the daughter of Nantz and Jane Zellar, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. O'Brian have four children: Laura, born in Toronto, Canada, engaged in nursing at Detroit, Mich.; Paul, born at Findlay, Ohio; Mary, born at Findlay, Ohio; and Joseph, born at Sandusky, Ohio.

Reverend O'Brian takes a keen interest in educational and church affairs and is a man of progressive ideas.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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