Olive Caroline Bracken

Female16 May 1841–25 January 1884

Brief Life History of Olive Caroline

When Olive Caroline Bracken was born on 16 May 1841, in Rush, Indiana, United States, her father, Thomas Bracken, was 46 and her mother, Matilda Coen, was 40. She married Benjamin Clark Curry on 31 December 1861, in Rush, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 25 January 1884, at the age of 42, and was buried in Sangamon, Illinois, United States.

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Benjamin Clark Curry
Olive Caroline Bracken
Marriage: 31 December 1861
Jessie Mae Curry
Ellsworth Leroy Curry

Sources (6)

  • Olive C Curry, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Olive C Bracken, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Olive Caroline Bracken Curry, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    31 December 1861Rush, Indiana, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (12)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 5

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

    Age 7

    Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 15

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breacáin ‘descendant of Breacán’, a personal name from a diminutive of breac ‘speckled, spotted’, which was borne by a 6th-century Christian saint who lived at Ballyconnel, County Cavan, and was famous as a healer; Saint Bricin's Military Hospital, Dublin is named in his honor.

    Irish: from Ó Bragáin, see Bragan .

    English: topographic name from Middle English braken ‘bracken’ (from Old English bræcen or Old Norse brakni), or a habitational name from a place called with this word, such as Bracken in East Yorkshire, Bracken Fold in Westmorland, or Bracon Ash in Norfolk.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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