William R. Hall Family of Michigan:Information about Daniel O'Brien
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Daniel O'Brien (b. 1774, d. November 02, 1844)Daniel O'Brien (son of Bryan O'Brien and Mary O'Brien) was born 1774 in Tiermaclane, County Clare, Ireland, and died November 02, 1844 in Beverly, Upshur, WV.He married Hannah Norris on February 16, 1815 in Beverly, Upshur, WV, daughter of John Norris and Mary Jones.
Notes for Daniel O'Brien:
In April of 1995 I had the good fortune to locate Helen Hunt Hall, 82 years
old, still residing in the Hall territory of Buckhannon, WV. She supplied me
with invaluable information on the Hall/O'Brien lines (we are related to her
through both lines). Halls and O'Briens were connected through the marriage of
Enoch Hall and Mary O'Brien on 10 Dec 1839 in West Virginia (Virginia at that
The following is in the handwriting of Daniel O'Brien, father of Mary O'Brien,
regarding his own roots:
"Daniel O'Brien was born in Ireland in the year 1774, Tiermaclane, in County
Clare, being a son of Bryan O'Brien and Mary O'Brien (both) being descended
from the O'Briens of Inciquin in a direct line. Mary O'Brien, a daughter of
Torlough O'Brien descended in a straight line from Donseigh O'Brien, Earl of
Thomond. The above families are of record in the histories of Ireland.
Daniel O'Brien emigrated to America in the year 1796, lived in Baltimore 8
years and traveled to Tygarts Valley, Randolph County, (WV) in the year 1804,
there acted in the mercantile line until the year 1817. In the year 1815,
February, married Miss Hannah Norris, daughter of John Norris, then of Harrison
County in Virginia (now WV), they being natives of America, their families or
descent is unknown to me. If any of my children should travel to Europe,
enquire of Balicrile, Dromoland, or of the family of the Melvilles, Enocanvia,
near Ennis or O'Gradies of same counties all are near relations to said Daniel
Another record (in the Bible):Daniel O'Brien departed this life the
2nd day of November 1844 being Saturday evening, age 70 years.
This is a remarkable record. Of course, then as now, people are quick to
conclude that they are direct descendants of royalty, castle and all, but there
is enough information here to pursue the records. I am struck by the level of
education of Daniel O'Brien, and by his touching desire to record his roots for
posterity. It would be fitting to travel to Ireland and revisit his birthplace.
Helen Hunt Hall adds: "Dromoland is a beautiful castle. The first time I was in
Ireland (1982) our guide pointed it out to us as he knew I was of O'Brien
ancestry...in recent years it was purchased by a millionaire from Parkersburg,
WV, who renovated it and opened it as a Honeymoon Hotel. There are at least two
other O'Brien castles - Bunratty and Knappaogue which appear to be much older
and have been refurbished by the Shannon Development Company."
In Sep 1980 Helen Hunt Hall found the following in GENEALOGICAL PERSONAL
HISTORY OF THE UPPER MONONGAHELIA VALLEY, Butcher 2 vol. originally pub. 1912.
pp. 397-398 Vol. 1: Daniel, son of Bryan and Mary O'Brien, was born in the year
1774 in County Clare, (Ireland), died in 1844 in Beverly, then Virginia
(Upshur). He emigrated to America in the year 1796, resided in Baltimore 8
years as a merchant, traveled to Tygart's Valley, in Randolph County, by way of
the Seneca Trail, in the year 1804, and resided in Beverly, where he engaged in
the mercantile business. Feb 16, 1815, he married Hannah, daughter of John
Norris, of Lewis County, then VA, a descendant of the Norris and Jones families
of Fauquier County, VA, and was a second cousin of Gen. George Washington,
connected through the Ball family. She died in Upshur Cty., WV in 1880.
Katherine Hall Knall
More About Daniel O'Brien:
Burial: Unknown, Volga, Barbour, WV.
More About Daniel O'Brien and Hannah Norris:
Marriage: February 16, 1815, Beverly, Upshur, WV.
Children of Daniel O'Brien and Hannah Norris are:
- Melville Norris O'Brien, b. January 1816, d. September 19, 1854.
- +Mary Delano O'Brien, b. October 05, 1818, d. March 13, 1897.
- +Emmett Jones O'Brien, b. May 14, 1819, d. 1887, Weston, Lewis, WV.
- Nancy O'Brien, b. August 02, 1821, d. February 04, 1848.
- Julia O'Brien, b. September 11, 1823, d. date unknown.
- Hannah O'Brien, b. June 20, 1826, d. date unknown.
- Daniel O'Brien, b. October 18, 1833, d. date unknown.